Hope is an activist

TRU Department of English Chair, George Johnson (left) has written a picture book about how kids can get involved in activism, the first in a series. The protagonist’s name is Hope. FULL STORY

Elspeth Rae (left) and Rowena Rae at a Pender Island writing retreat, 2019.


The ‘Meg and Greg’ books

How two siblings came together to write a series of books for children with reading difficulties & learning disabilities.

Dyslexia-friendly features include shaded paper to cut down on contrast, a font that mimics printed letters, extra spacing between words and lines, and illustration labels printed mainly in lowercase letters. FULL STORY

Adventure travel, 1950s-style

Renate Belcyzk and Sigrid Hirte’s advice for a successful trip: be positive, keep an open heart and take a chance.

In pursuit of Charlie

Sarah Louise Butler’s debut novel never mentions the words Sasquatch or Bigfoot. Rather the mysterious primate is a universal symbol… FULL STORY

Enter, colonizing settlers

Her 16 essays are “thought-provoking” says reviewer Ian Chunn and give opportunities to ponder how the difficulties of colonialism can… FULL STORY

Drawing social struggle

“I didn’t want the drawing sequence [of June 21, 1919, known as ‘bloody Sunday’] to be entertaining,” Lester says. “I… FULL STORY

Sky highs

Kirkby’s trip to the ancient Himalayan region of Zanskar and a 1000-year old Buddhist monastery, traveling with his wife and… FULL STORY

Self-isolate with Iona

Past episodes of Iona Whishaw’s series saw romance bloom between amateur sleuth Lane Winslow and Inspector Frederick Darling; now Winslow… FULL STORY

Playing with fire

Piles of wood debris — called slash — left behind by logging operations in B.C. must be destroyed by slashburning… FULL STORY

The big league

A new collection of non-fiction stories from 26 plus-sized people tells how they navigate a society obsessed with thinness, including… FULL STORY

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