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“Maleea Acker (at left) joins four other writers shortlisted this year for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Three writers are up for the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. Read more here.FULL STORY



Buffy Cram

July 17th, 2023

A child of the 1960s, Elizabeth Squire has a complex and difficult relationship with her mother Margaret in the novel Once Upon an Effing Time (D&M $24.95) by Buffy Cram of Salt Spring Island. Margaret leaves Ontario and takes Elizabeth with her on a life journey that sometimes includes criminal misadventures. Yet Elizabeth tries to remain close to the neglectful, conspiracy-loving Margaret. It leads Elizabeth to adopt personas and live multiple lives such as transforming into a fortune teller who speaks in Bob Dylan lyrics, and joining an American hippie doomsday cult. Buffy Cram grew up in a communal housing project on the tip of Vancouver Island, earned an MFA in creative writing from UBC and travelled extensively before returning to BC. 9781771623605

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