21 Apr 2019

Lowry’s Last Lap to the Sea

Malcolm Lowry was an oft heard name on our phone lines. When Dad was a twenty-something writer, he met Lowry – twenty years his senior – at Earle Birney’s Deep Cove hut. Biographers would call, asking Dad to talk about his ensuing friendship with the brilliant, hard-living author of Under The

26 Mar 2019

Daniel Kalla

It’s launch day! Today, We All Fall Down – the new suspense novel from bestselling author and Vancouverite, Daniel Kalla – comes out. This is the tenth novel from Kalla, who also works locally as an ER physician at a busy downtown hospital. ‘What might happen,’ Kalla asks with We

24 Mar 2019

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

‘Be it known that I, William J. Morrison, of Nashville, county of Davidson, State of Tennessee have invented an Improvement in Candy-Machines.’ So declared William J. Morrison, inventor and dentist, in US patent 816,114. This 1906 patent was the follow-up to the 1903 patent – 717,756 – he filed with

15 Jan 2019

Tilar J. Mazzeo

‘After the war, when Irena made a list of all the people in Warsaw who took part in her network to help Jewish families and save their children, it was fourteen pages long, and the names in fact numbered in the dozens upon dozens. What Irena never forgot was that

30 Dec 2018

Top Books + The VPL Roof Garden

As we near the end of the year, CBC has partnered with the Public Library to reveal Vancouver’s most-borrowed Adult and YA books of 2018. Adult Fiction, Print The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood Indian

09 Sep 2018

Susin Nielsen

This week, public tickets go on sale for the 2018 Vancouver Writers Fest. With a $35 membership, you can get your tickets early. It’s an exciting line-up of authors that includes the award-laden Susin Nielsen who wrote for TV’s Degrassi Junior High before creating books like Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney:

04 Sep 2018

Polly Horvath

i. I work as a Writer ii. I do this creative work because: I have always written.  Before I knew how to print I was writing stories through play. iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are: I focus and I am persistent. iv. The greatest challenges around doing

12 Aug 2018

Coco Your Cakes

Countdown to one sweet launch. On August 14th, Lyndsay Sung – one of Vancouver’s hyper-creative baker bloggers – will see the release of her first cookbook: Coco Cake Land: Cute and Pretty Party Cakes to Bake and Decorate, published by Roost Books. ~ ~ Inside you’ll find photos of her

03 Aug 2018

Kidsbooks

On the twenty year anniversary of Harry Potter, it is fitting that we celebrate Kidsbooks, the first Canadian store to sell JK Rowling’s tale of Hermione, Ron and their scarred friend: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Founded by Phyllis Simon in 1983, Vancouver’s Kidsbooks quickly became the go-to spot

01 May 2018

Tiffany Stone

i. I work as a children’s author. I think of myself primarily as a poet, one who writes in rhyme, but recently I’ve begun to branch out into writing picture book texts in prose. However, these stories contain plenty of word play, which I consider a close cousin to poetry. ii.