Green gold in 1850s B.C.

Gabriel Hemery’s (l.) semi-fictional story of a Scottish gardener hired to collect seeds of wild B.C. plants to send home, enthralled reviewer Michael Layland – once he got over his distaste for the book cover. FULL STORY

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Thumbs up for Shut Up

September 30th, 2019

Téa Mutonji’s debut story collection, Shut Up You’re Pretty (VS. Books $17.95), not only gets our vote for best ‘title’ of the year; it’s the only published-in-B.C. contender for either the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize or the Giller. It’s the inaugural release from Arsenal Pulp Press’s new VS. Books imprint, curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Mutonji of Scarborough reflects life within Congolese traditions and the challenges of being a Congolese immigrant “interrogating the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but imposed.” Of the 117 works submitted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, all six shortlisted authors were published from Ontario (including three British Columbians associated with Creative Writing Departments: Alix Ohlin, Steven Price, Ian Williams). 978-1551527550

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