Earthquake mayhem

“Frances Peck (l.) spent 7 years on her novel about the impact of an earthquake, “The Broken Places” due out in April. Here she talks about the research done and the characters she created to tell the story.” FULL STORY



Homecoming and CHEK Republic

October 22nd, 2014

Diane Dakers’ first teen novel, see Homecoming (Orca $9.95), more about Fiona’s dad arrives home from prison after sixteen months and eight days away. Fiona joins her mother and family friends in awkwardly welcoming him home, in an uncomfortable reunion. Fiona and her mom suffered financially, emotionally and socially while her dad was in jail. Now, even the dog, Honey, isn’t sure about him. Fiona had believed her father was in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now that he’s back, everyone is treating him like a criminal. Guilty or not, her dad has ruined everything. It’s not until after she’s lured into the darker side of life that Fiona discovers who her father really is. Daker’s other new book, released simultaneously, would surely be in the running if there was  contest for best title of the years. In CHEK Republic: A Revolution in Local Television (Heritage House $19.95), Dakers chronicles the life and times of Vancouver Island’s CHEK-TV, the first and only employee-owned television station in North America. CHEK was also the first television station in Canada with colour telecasting capabilities. Launched in 1956, the channel became the subject of a David and Goliath legal battle in 2009 when its corporate owner, CanWest Global, threatened to shut it down. Employees rallied behind the station and CHEK became employee-owned—republic of sorts, independent unto itself. Homecoming 9781459808034; CHEK 978-1-927527-99-3

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