George Ryga Award 2020 shortlist

Five books have been shortlisted for the George Ryga Award (pictured at left) about Aboriginal rights, the labour movement, environmental concerns and immigrant experiences. FULL STORY


Natelle Fitzgerald

When journalism graduate Natelle Fitzgerald of tiny Beaton, B.C. (formerly Thomson’s Landing, at the head of Upper Arrow Lake) isn’t… FULL STORY

Shotguns in libraries

Librarians not only help readers find books, some also write them. Cranbrook Public Library’s community development librarian is the latter…. FULL STORY

Karen Schauber

Montreal-raised Karen Schauber edited The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings (Heritage 2019), an anthology… FULL STORY

Sara Panton

Sara Panton, co-founder of essential oil company vitruvi has written Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Using Essential Oils… FULL STORY

Point well taken

Robert D. Watt’s book with and about Susan Point, People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point (Figure… FULL STORY

Blaser as mechanic

Miriam Nichols has provided a study of Robin Blaser’s life—recalling his mid-western conservative religious upbringing and his coming of age… FULL STORY

Roberta Staley

Roberta Staley wrote Voice of Rebellion: How Mozhdah Jamalzadah brought hope to Afghanistan (Greystone $32.95) about the Afghani-Canadian pop singer,… FULL STORY

Keith Powell

There’s a well-known story in Cranbrook about elephants escaping from a circus in 1926, and fleeing into the nearby woods…. FULL STORY

Steven Price

Following on the heels of his historical novel By Gaslight (Penguin, 2016), Steven Price’s Lampedusa: A Novel (Penguin $32) imagines… FULL STORY

Prudence Emery

Prudence Emery of Victoria was born in Nanaimo in the 1936. After working for five years as a press secretary… FULL STORY

Aidan Cassie

Winner of the 2019 Victoria Children’s Book Prize for her debut picture book, Sterling, Best Dog Ever (Farrar, Straus and… FULL STORY

Thumbs up for Shut Up

Téa Mutonji’s debut story collection, Shut Up You’re Pretty (VS. Books $17.95), not only gets our vote for best ‘title’… FULL STORY

Bill Arnott

When he was banished from Iceland to Greenland in 982, Erik Thorvaldsson—aka Erik the Red—established a settlement at Qassiarsuk, or… FULL STORY

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