21 Jun 2020

The Girl And The Wolf

‘Everything got quiet and dark. The girl felt cold and scared. She didn’t know what to do.’ ‘Out from between the trees, a tall grey wolf with big white teeth appeared. The girl was very still. “What are you doing out here by yourself?” asked the wolf. “I lost my

05 Jun 2020

Joella Daniela

i. I work as a: I am an Artist, Writer, Instructor & Entrepreneur. ii. I do this creative work because: I have to. To not create means to endure my thoughts alone; to not be true to myself. I find that through art, writing, and teaching I’m able to make

15 Mar 2020

Chelene Knight

i. I work as a writer, editor, publishing consultant, and creative writing teacher. ii. I do this creative work because: I have always felt a pull toward the publishing industry. I also believe strongly in finding new ways to help writers build community and sustain long-term careers in the arts. iii.

26 Jan 2020

Books We Borrowed

What do a lollipop-loving caterpillar, a Goldfinch, a wimpy kid, and Michelle Obama have in common? All four of these protagonists sit atop the Vancouver Public Library’s latest ‘Most Borrowed’ lists. It is Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar who wins the crown, with more than 10,000 checkouts over the past 16

17 Sep 2019

R.J. Palacio

‘I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make

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