111 West Coast Literary Portraits by Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright

111 West Coast Literary Portraits Photographs by Barry Peterson and Blaise Enright Text by BC authors Introduction by Alan Twigg ~ When it comes to West Coast writing and publishing, we have gone from famine to feast in less than a lifetime. This unprecedented array of portraits celebrates the feast. Barry Peterson’s approach is consistently [...]

36 Cornelian Avenue by Christopher Wiseman

In his tenth collection of poetry, 36 Cornelian Avenue (Véhicule Press, May 10 2008), Christopher Wiseman writes about his wartime childhood in England, and revisits the streets, shore, and woods that belonged to the resort town of Scarborough where, his father away fighting, he and his mother lived. In clear, quick-moving colloquial poetry, Wiseman explores [...]

4 poets

    4 poets: Daniela Elza, Peter Morin, Al Rempel, Onjana Yawnghwe The first of Mother Tongue Publishing’s new series titled New BC Poets, 4 poets highlights over a dozen new poems by emerging poets Daniela Elza from Vancouver, Peter Morin from Victoria, Al Rempel from Prince George & Onjana Yawnghwe from Burnaby. 4 poetsalso includes poetry drafts, interviews, author photographs, poetics and [...]

50 Shades of Grey ~ Reviewed by Pearl Luke

Curious about all the hype surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, I recently bought the book. How unfortunate that I did not ask for a  review copy instead. I could have bought lunch, or at least coffee and a bagel, with the 18 bucks I wasted. This is not a positive review, and [...]

A “Heritage” Gem by Larry Eugene Gray

A “HERITAGE” GEM  by  Larry Eugene Gray The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything – they just make the best of what they have. Sandra and Larry Gray have certainly done so with this 20 year history of operating the Heritage House Bed and Break-fast in the beautiful city of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. [...]

A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat

A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat. Oolichan Books, 2008 The characters in the short stories in A Crack in the Wall share a strong sense of home, whether it is a lifelong sanctuary, or a shell as fragile as the person who inhabits it. A young kleptomaniac ventures outside the shaky walls of [...]

A Crack in the Wall ~ Reviewed by Elizabeth Nolan

  A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat Oolichan Books, 2008 240 pages Reviewed by Elizabeth Nolan The attempt to understand the human condition is at the heart of all great art and literature. For Albertan writer Betty Jean Hegerat, this quest must have even more profound depths, coming as she does from [...]

A New Leaf by Merilyn Simonds

A New Leaf: Growing with My Garden by Merilyn Simonds Random House, 2011 A Note from Merilyn Simonds For most of my life, I’ve grown the food my family eats and the flowers that bring beauty to our table. I’ve often thought, as the world where I live became affluent and the drift toward urbanization became [...]

According to Luke by Rosanne Dingli

According to Luke, by Rosanne Dingli. Bewrite Books, 2011. 366 pages. Shattered by the breakdown of yet another romance, Jana Hayes becomes a recluse in her tiny Venice apartment and buries herself in her work as an expert art conservator … until an ancient religious icon brings Roman Catholic priest Rob Anderson into her life. The secret they [...]

Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence

Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound. Harbour Publishing. $26.95 From Captain George Vancouver to Muriel “Curve of Time” Blanchet to Jim “Spilsbury’s Coast” Spilsbury, visitors to Desolation Sound have left behind a trail of books endowing the area with a romantic aura that helps [...]

Running Toward Home by Betty Jane Hegerat

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