Baker, homemaker, risk taker

A single mom with a humdrum romance gets the gumption to return to school, learn how to start her own business and prevail as the best cookie maker in town. Gail Anderson-Dargatz tells the tale. FULL STORY

Who’s Who

A is for Adams
After Shelley Adams’s first self-published cookbook in 2005, Whitewater Cooks: Pure, Simple and Real Creations from the Fresh Tracks Café, sold out its first print run, she sold her publishing rights to Whitecap Books, generating further success. But she and her husband opted to stick with self-publishing for her second book, Whitewater Cooks At Home, establishing their own imprint. Now, according to publicity materials, cumulative sales for her four Whitewater titles have eclipsed 200,000 copies, leading to her fifth, newly released title, Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food (Alicon / Sandhill $34.95), due in early December.  978-0981142432

B is for Butler
Born in Penticton, Dave Butler is Professional Forester, Professional Biologist, author and photographer who lives in Cranbrook. He’s also Director of Sustainability for Canadian Mountain Holidays, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dave His first novel, Full Curl, a Jenny Willson Mystery (Dundurn $14.99) was short-listed for the Unhanged Arthur in 2015 (Crime Writers of Canada). In Full Curl, the first novel in a projected series. Park Warden Jenny Willson discovers trophy animals missing from Canada’s national parks. She initiates an investigation that leads her on a trail of deceit, distraction and murder. With the list of murder victims (both animals and human) growing, Willson’s trail leads her across the Canada-US border in a race for justice. 9781459739031

C is for Chamberlin
Having only started writing “documentary fiction” and “adventure fiction” in 2015, within two years Kenneth Chamberlin published seven full length novels. His fictional Mega Thrust is a look into what could happen in B.C. if and when the Cascadia Fault Zone unlocks, producing a mega earthquake. Justice Best Served portrays a vigilante sniper correcting social ills when the justice system fails First Nations in Hazelton, B.C. Chamberlin began writing after he retired from his engineering and construction businesses. Earlier, he served in the navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and suffered hearing loss. His interests throughout the years include flying airplanes, target shooting, hunting, sailing and designing gold processing plants. He lives in Vancouver. His most recent self-published titles include Cryonic Cyborgs and The Galactic Ambassador.

D is for Dale
Carolyn Dale, a retired veterinarian and flight instructor, has self-published numerous mystery novels and an autobiography. A short story written under the pseudonym Anne Barton was a contest winner and 2001 and was published in Bloody Words, The Anthology. Born in Drumheller, Alberta, she grew up in Northern Idaho and moved to the Okanagan where she has been involved in Habitat for Humanity and the Anglican Church. Her Gail and Anton Schild mystery series includes Here Be Dragons (Carrick / Red Tuque 2017) which opens with a bloodstained knife being found in the Dragon Fountain on the grounds of Drayford Agricultural College, in Alberta. A professor has been murdered in his home and Gail and Anton Schild are the prime suspects because they were his dinner guests the night before. To prove their innocence, their investigations take them to Alberta sites such as the Drumheller dinosaur museum and the hoodoos. 9781772420647 $20.13

Eldon Yellowhorn

E is for Eldon
When the colony of British Columbia passed the Indian Graves Ordinance in 1865, it was the first public law to ban grave robbing, making all Indigenous cemeteries in B.C. into government property. Such facts arising from any events after 1492 are rare in Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (Annick $16.95), an attempt by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger’s attempt to describe who Indigenous peoples lived in North America as far back as fourteen thousand years ago—before Columbus. Primarily based on archaeological finds and scientific research, Turtle Island is for ages eleven and up, with seminal myths opening each chapter. An SFU archaeology professor, Yellowhorn is a member of the Pikiani First Nation. 978-1-55451-943-9

F is for Florence
In Elinor Florence’s second novel, Wildwood (Dundurn $19.99), a single mother from Arizona must spend a year enduring pioneer conditions in the remote Alberta backwoods to earn her inheritance from her great-aunt’s will. If she makes it through a year in an off-the-grid abandoned farmhouse, she can sell the land to fund her four-year-old daughter’s much-needed medical treatment. But an idealist local farmer hopes to stop her plans to sell the property to an oil company. Molly Bannister must endure a brutal winter that includes blizzards and grizzly bears, emboldened by a journal that was kept by the land’s original homesteader, her courageous great-aunt. 978-1-459740-20-4

Rachel Greenaway

G is for Greenaway
Nelson-based R. M. (Rachel) Greenaway’s first novel Cold Girl (Dundurn 2016) won the Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel was the first in the B.C. Blues Crime series featuring RCMP investigator David Leith and his team. The story begins with the vanishing of a young rockabilly singer named Kiera in northern B.C. In Greenaway’s foreword she says the story is told from the perspectives of Leith and his temporary constable Dion. The police set up shop in the small police detachment in New Hazelton and live across the street in the Super 8 Motel. The second book in the series Undertow (Dundurn 2017) brought detectives Leith and Dion together in Vancouver as they sought to solve the murders of a mother, father, and baby. In the forthcoming book three of Greenaway’s B.C. Blues Crime series, Creep (Dundurn 2018 / $17.95),  the two investigators in North Vancouver are mystified by a mauled body on the North Mountains–and a small boy is attacked and bitten by a man in wolf form. Constable David Leith follows procedures while out-of-the-loop and rebellious Constable Cal Dion asks an attractive witness out on a date… It’s dark in them thar hills. 978-1-45973559-0

Tomson Highway

H is for Highway
“When I was growing up,” writes acclaimed Cree playwright Thomson Highway in his remarkable prologue to From Oral to Written: A Celebration of Indigenous Literature in Canada, 1980-2010 (Talon $29.95), “the nearest centre of white civilization, so to speak, was Lynn Lake, a mining town seventy-six miles to the south as the crow flies. There being no road, one had to fly there, by bush plane with its pontoons in summer, its skis in winter. To us children, Lynn Lake with its population of some three thousand white people was the Emerald City: New York or Paris! All by way of saying that Indigenous languages on reserves like Brochet [pronounced Bro-shay, where he grew up on the Barren Lands First Nation in northern Manitoba] remain intact. To this day, there are people up there—my godmother, aunts, uncles, cousins—who speak no English. My mother didn’t speak it.” To this day Highway writes his plays in Cree. His overview of Indigenous Lit highlights most of the best-known works over four decades of growth until 2010; with notables from B.C. including Lee Maracle, Jeannette Armstrong, Taiaike Alfred, Joanne Arnott, Marie Clements, George Clutesi, Garry Gottfriedson, Vera Manuel, Eden Robinson, Harry Robinson, Gregory Scofield and Richard Wagamese. In the past decade indigenous literature has exploded. For a more comprehensive reckoning, you can find information pertaining to 252 indigenous authors in British Columbia alone by visiting the ABCBookWorld reference site. 978-1-77201-116-6

I is for Irani
In July of 2017, when the 13-title longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 was announced at the Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi, it included Anosh Irani for his novel, The Parcel (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India). The prestigious 25,000 ($US) prize is named for its sponsor, the Delhi-based DSC Group infrastructure corporation. A shortlist of five or six books will be announced September 27 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This winner will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival in Bangladesh on November 18.

J is for Johnson
In Tyrell Johnson’s post-apocalyptic suspense novel, The Wolves of Winter (Simon & Schuster $24.95), set in the Yukon, we are introduced to a fierce young woman named Lynn McBride – think Hunger Games – and the McBride family after the planet has been ravaged by war and disease. Order has collapsed. Nobody knows how many humans are left. For all our heroine and her loved ones know, they might be the only survivors of mankind. After seven years of meagre but peaceful co-existence, an outsider on the run shows up and suddenly threatens to destroy the functionality of everything they’ve managed to create. Johnson lives in Kelowna. (Author photo by Josh Durias). 9781501155734

 

K is for Kimura
In 1942, when Japanese Canadians were interned, Kishizo Kimura was the only Japanese-Canadian member of the Japanese Fishing Vessels Disposal Committee and he also served another committee that oversaw the forced sale of the property of Japanese Canadians in Vancouver. His memoir—written during the last years of his life—has now been translated into English and published as Witness to Loss: Race, Culpability, and Memory in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (McGill-Queen’s $26.95), edited by Jordan Stanger-Ross, Pamela Sugiman. Kimura defends his actions for helping to facilitate the dispossession, thereby raising complex questions about the meaning of resistance and collaboration. 9780773551213

L is for Lilburn
Tim Lilburn’s The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place (U. of Alberta $34.95) continues to trace a relationship between mystic traditions and the political world. He proposes nothing less than “a new epistemology leading to an ecologically responsible and spiritually acute relationship between settler Canadians, Indigenous peoples, and the land we inhabit.” It’s a work of environmental philosophy for engaged in the process of enhancing conversation between Indigenous peoples and settlers. 978-1-77212-299-2

John Meyer

M is for Meyer
Originally from Vancouver, John Meyer, writes fictional travel memoirs—unique adventure stories that combine fun facts of history with present-day drama and humor—always revolving around a fictitious love story and always based on his own thrilling journeys. Meyer is also the studio writer for Entertainment Tonight Canada and has been ever since the popular daily show launched back in 2005. Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy (Summer Nomad Publications, 2011) is his travel memoir that combines a love story with an Italian adventure through majestic Rome, captivating Amalfi, and breathtaking Siena during its fervent Palio Festival. Bulls, Bands, and London (Summer Nomad Publications, 2013) is a fictional travel memoir that combines an unpredictable love story with an adventure through the rock ‘n’ roll wonderland of London and Pamplona during its San Fermin Festival. Shadows, Shells, and Spain (Summer Nomad Publications, 2017) is a new adventure where an abandoned husband searches for his estranged wife by following the mysterious letters she’s left hidden along the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across northern Spain. 978-0-9876703-6-6

Alessandra Naccarato

N is for Naccarato
This year’s winner of CBC’s $6,000 Poetry Prize is Alessandra Naccarato of Saltspring Island for her poem Postcard for my Sister selected from 2,400 entries. Also an essayist, spoken word artist and arts educator, she has won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and has graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She gets a ten-day writing residency at Banff Centre for the Arts. Two of the four runners-up were also from B.C.: Cornelia Hoogland of Hornby Island and Harold Rhenisch of Vernon.

O is Oghma
After a severe accident caused agnosia—the inability to recognize and identify objects or persons—Emisch Oghma of Victoria began studying and modernizing the ancient Chinese face reading system called siang mien. By being more observant and interested in people’s faces, Emisch was able to reduce the effects of agnosia, giving rise to his book, In Your Face (Agio $19.95), designed to show how anyone can quickly “read” their own face, their friends, family or co-workers. 978-1-927755-54-9

Grant Patterson

P is for Patterson
In Grant Patterson’s first two books about a semi-reluctant, private eye in Brazil, we follow Will Bryant, formerly a Canadian cop, who is now in exile after a shooting incident in which he tried to save his fellow cop. He’s married, with kids, teaching ESL, trying to lead a respectable life. Sort of. Crime and bad guys have a way of crossing his path. Back in Slowly is set in Rio and Southern Cross is set in Sao Paolo. These stories are not for the squeamish–but then neither is Brazil. Part of their appeal as fiction is that they do NOT bow to political correctness. The stories involve nasty characters but there’s a constant, underlying degree of humour. It’s a great idea for a series. A professional editor might have made these adventures more saleable; but at the same time it’s Patterson’s rough edges as a stylist make these thrillers feel original. Born in Vancouver, Patterson graduated from SFU in Criminology in 1995 and recently retired from the Canada Border Services Agency. He lives with his wife and children in Brazil. / Southern Cross (tellwell 2017) 978-1-77370-017-5 / Back in Slowly (tellwell 2017) 978-1-77370-033-5

Q is for Queen’s
It was Gordon Campbell’s regime that instructed ICBC to become more litigious when British Columbians try to get compensation as accident victims. Possibly it says something about his popularity, after a decade-long premiership that included the Winter Olympics, that the first critical book to examine his legacy isn’t B.C.-published. UNBC professors J.R. Lacharite and Tracy Summerville have gathered 368 pages of critical essays for The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics and Policy in British Columbia (MQUP $31.46) from McGill-Queen’s in Quebec. 9780773551039

R is for Rode
Punjabi-born Ajmer Rode is a founding member of several Indo-Canadian literary and performing arts associations. He has written, directed and acted in plays of Punjabi theatre, and has published books in India and Canada, in Punjabi and English.  He is regarded as the founder of Punjabi theatre in Canada. He has also attracted attention in the U.S. with his poem Stroll in a Particle, which is one of the eight international poems inscribed on a public wall outside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation building in Seattle. His collection of poetry, Poems at My Doorstep originally published in 1990 has been re-issued by Ekstasis this year. $23.95 ISBN 978-1-77171-233-0

Adrian Sinclair (left) & Karlis Kalnins

S is for Sinclair
Adrian Sinclair aka “Professor Prawns” (on the left) co-wrote with  Karlis Kalnins aka “Count Snackula” (right), Freestyle Focus Group: Learn how to freestyle rap and build community (Praxis Publishing $19.95). The two spent six years refining their concept for using music to create fun, be more creative, develop performance techniques, and build positive community environments. Both live what can only be described as alternative lifestyles. Besides co-curating Mobile Sauna Truck Happenings, Sinclair has been staging Guerilla Freestyle-Rap interventions via Sound Bike with the Freestyle Focus Group FFG, growing and fermenting various foods, serving tea with the RYTWM Project, and doing activist and communications work for arts and non-profit groups such as PIVOT Legal, Greenpeace, 45 West Studios and Wilderness Committee. He is an amateur entho-botanist-forager, an academically trained philosopher (MA from the University of Western) and a children’s zine writer. He lives in East Vancouver. Kalnins is based in Vancouver where he bio-intensively gardens, builds mobile bike-based sound systems, freestyle raps, develops his skills in mycology, and is co-director of the newly founded BC Tea Growers Association. His past works in the arts contributed to the early formations of locative media art in Canada. In 2001 Karlis founded the Locative Media Lab with Marc Tuters to explore the field of user generated cartography. These efforts resulted in GPSter (2001), Geograffiti (2002) and Where-FI (2003). His work has been presented internationally at conferences and new media festivals including: IMPAKT (Utrecht), Media Architecture (Riga), Collaborative Cartography (London), VSMM (Berkeley + Montreal), Next 5 Minutes, E-Culture Fair (Amsterdam) and others. 978-1-365-81163-0

Agnes Toews-Andrews

T is for Toews-Andrews
The second edition of Agnes Toews-Andrews’ newly expanded The Goddess Lives, Poetry, Prose and Prayers in her Honour (Isis Moon) recalls the author’s travels to matrilineal sacred sites “including her experience at the December 22, 2012 galactic alignment,” Mother Mary appearances in Jerusalem and Mt. Shasta, California, B.C.’s Center of the Universe experience (Bonaparte Plateau) “and stories of the ancient adepts, the 13 Spirit Grandmothers and Grandfathers of Time, initiations that humans must go through to reach enlightenment.” She has visited Aphrodite’s temple in Cyprus, Inanna’s Temple in Palmyra, Syria, the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland and numerous sacred sites in England sacred sites. 978-0-9940026-1-7

U is for Uphill
Previously a mayor of Fernie, Thomas Uphill was B.C.’s longest serving MLA from 1920-1960. His political career began during British Columbia’s Prohibition. Uphill opposed Prohibition on the grounds it restricted the average worker’s right to enjoy a well-deserved beer at the end of his working day. Uphill famously stood up in the Legislature and brandished a bottle of beer, declaring, “Beer is as necessary to the worker as milk to the baby… Hands off the workers’ beer!” Wayne Norton, author of Fernie at War: 1914-1919 (Caitlin $24.95), has been campaigning to get a plaque for Uphill installed at the Legislature in Victoria. At Norton’s book launch, at Swan’s Brewpub in Victoria, patrons will be able to enjoy a new beer named Thomas Uphill Amber Ale. The event commences at 7 pm at 506 Pandora Street on Tursday, October 26. 978-1-987915-49-5

V is for Virag
After forty years making other people look good as an editor, Nancy Flight has won the inaugural Karen Virag Award which recognizes exceptional efforts by an individual or organization to raise the profile of editing in their community. The award is named for Karen Virag, a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada who died in 2014. Flight is currently associate publisher at Greystone Books.

Hillel Wright

W is for Wright
Hillel Wright has published the 30th anniversary issue of MiNUS TiDES international, a small literary magazine mainly from for Denman and Hornby Islands. It all began in 1987 as a one-off satire of Denman’s monthly magazine, High Tides, after the editor went on holidays. “The crew, in the Denman Island anarchist spirit, just went ahead and published MiNUS TiDES!,” writes Wright. “Like minus tides in Nature, we followed no predictable schedule. When we had 40 pages of good writing, we published.” The anniversary issue includes selections from previous issues Zella Clark’s memoir of her friendship with Canlit star, Margaret Laurence. Will there be more? “Hard to say,” he writes. “If 40 pages of good writing comes across the transom in the next 12 months – va pour ca?”

John Oliphant

X is for XII
The Nanaimo Museum continues to promote Brother XII with walking tours, special exhibits and talks. Meanwhile the mystical manipulator of lost souls–who established the Aquarian Foundation on Vancouver Island in 1927 at Cedar-by-the-Sea, south of Nanaimo, with adjunct settlements on DeCourcey and Valdes Islands—-will soon be introduced to two million viewers on the Travel Channel thanks to an upcoming episode about him for the program Expedition Unknown. The show’s head honcho Josh Gates visited DeCourcy with Brother XII’s foremost biographer John Oliphant, whose book will be featured on the program. Oliphant’s fascination with Edward Arthur Wilson, the English sea captain and occultist who notoriously became Brother XII (“Brother Twelve”) has been ongoing since long before he released his definitive biography in 1991. It was re-released as Brother XII: The Strange Odyssey of a 20th Century Prophet (Twelfth House Press, 2006.) 0-7710-4848-4

Y is for Yeyeh
Cree/Metis author and visual artist Julie Flett is a finalist for the $30,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for her latest book, Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree Board (Garfinkel Publications),  a detailed explanation of how colour words work in Cree from the Cree Literacy Network. Simultaneously, set in the Nicola Valley, Nicola I. Campbell’s A Day with Yayeh (Tradewind $19.95), illustrated by Julie Flett, is a picture about a girl who spends a day gathering edibles such as herbs and mushrooms with her grandmother from the world around her. 978-1-926890-05-0

Mark Zuehlke

Z is for Zuehlke
As the twelfth installment in Mark Zuehlke’s military history series, The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports (Douglas & McIntyre $37.95) tells the story of how First Canadian Army opened the way to Allied victory in World War II. They thought of themselves as the “Cinderella Army” and international correspondents agreed. This was because First Canadian Army had been relegated to the left flank of the Allied advance toward Germany from the Normany beaches and given the tough and thankless task of opening the Channel ports from Le Havre to Ostend in Belgium. Then suddenly in September 1944, securing these ports became an Allied priority that would allow Field Marshal Montgomery to drive to the Rhine with Operation Market Garden and win the war before Christmas. Over the month of September, the Canadians set about fighting for control of each port–a terrific undertaking fought against brutal German resistance–and scrambling for supplies while under constant military pressure to get those ports open now. For Canada this was the Cinderella Campaign, the battle for the Channel ports. For those who fought it, the sacrifice of comrades dead and wounded would never be forgotten. 978-1-77162-089-5

 

 

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