Hugh’s News #13
January 26th, 2016
Kolin Lymworth’s Banyen Books operation in Kitsilano turned 45 in December. Also thriving, Vancouver Kidsbooks is relocating a few blocks east on West Broadway in Kits.
Kathy Drover has sold her Reading Room Bookstore in Sooke (population less than 10,000) to Malinda Riffle. It was opened in 2003, adding a café in 2007.
The courageous book by Joan McEwen about the plight of Ivan Henry, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry (Heritage House), has been fundamental in Henry’s ability to sue prosecutors for breaching his charter rights. After 27 years in jail for sexual assault charges, Henry settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit with the City of Vancouver in November. The province and federal government remained as defendants.
Nightwood Editions’ publisher Silas White, who doubles as a town councillor on the Sunshine Coast, has been instrumental in a decision for Sechelt to name one of its streets after poet Peter Trower, now a resident of Inglewood Care Centre in West Vancouver.
Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Harvard University Press) by SFU’s Mark Winston has won the Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award the Canadian Science Writers Book of the Year Award. “Honeybees are hurting,” he says, “with one-third of all colonies dying annually across most of the world.”
The Vancouver JCC Jewish Literary Festival would like you to know the submission deadline for their first Western Canada Jewish Book Awards is February 29th for titles published west of Ontario in 2014 and 2015 in the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Children & Youth, Poetry, Holocaust. Visit: (https://jccgv.com/content/wcj-book-awards)
Meanwhile former Vancouver Writers Festival head honcho Alma Lee is fronting the new Granville Island-based CUFFED Crime Writers Festival program, March 11-13, at Performance Works to feature more than twenty crime writers, including non-fiction authors such as the esteemed journalist Kim Bolan and former Picton VPD investigator Lori Shenher. For more news on the CUFFED festival, visit www.cuffedfestival.com
Meanwhile novelist Steven Galloway has been suspended from his activities as the head of UBC Creative Writing department due to unspecified allegations that the university has described as “serious.” He also relinquished his role as a judge for a prominent Ontario-based book award.
After nine years, Pirkko Anderson reports that he’s closing Coho Books in Campbell River; after ten years in Powell River, Sean Dees is pulling the plug on Breakwater Books. Temporarily closed are K & K Books in Vernon, due to a fire next door, and Vancouver Co-Op Bookstore, due to a fire upstairs.
Collected by Hugh Henderson