11 Feb 2018

Pages. Manhattan Beach

You can learn a lot about a place from its independent bookstores. One of our favourites is Pages in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. We spoke to Margot Farris, the Vancouver born and bred co-founder. What is it that you think makes Pages so unique? It is an independent bookstore created

23 Jan 2018

Lui Shou Kwan + Emily Carr

“The ultimate goal in Chinese painting is a homecoming and the revelation of one’s true self.” So said Lui Shou Kwan, founder of Hong Kong’s New Ink Movement. “Only when emptiness is created can the true and genuine reality be generated.” Emptiness is the name of the exhibit that Lui Shou

05 Jan 2018

David Sedaris

Word has it that David Sedaris is coming to the Vogue Theatre on May 13th! If you enjoy his writing and audio readings, it’s worth seeing him live. With that distinctive voice, he brings his irreverent, incisive stories to life, and sneaks in shocking Rated X bits he daren’t commit to writing.

24 Oct 2017

Atwood, Erpenbeck + Ware

It may be 2017, but Margaret Atwood‘s 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale is 17 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Sellers list and the source for Bruce Miller’s award winning Hulu series, starring Elisabeth Moss. A few quotes from this chilling novel make it clear why Atwood’s work is

15 Oct 2017

Lydia Kwa

The Vancouver Writers Festival, now in its 30th year, starts next week. From October 16th to 22nd, our city will be hosting an impressive range of writers: Margaret Atwood, Ruth Ware, David Chariandy, Adam Gopnik, Nicole Krauss, Barbara Gowdy, Jennifer Egan, Ausma Zehanat Khan … The list includes Vancouver talents like novelist and

09 Apr 2017

Don Mowatt Q/A

Don Mowatt, performer and author, has built a rich career in Vancouver. He was a major radio producer at CBC, where he accumulated an endless shelf of awards – ACTRA, New York Audio Arts, George F. Peabodys. “My specialty was doing feature documentaries at CBC, which combined my background in music, journalism

19 Feb 2016

The Galiano Literary Festival

If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, take a trip to the Galiano Island Literary Festival. With just a 55 minute ferry ride from Tsawwassen, you will find yourself on a beautiful Southern Gulf Island, home to a disproportionate number of artists. The Galiano Literary Festival was started

31 Jan 2016

Dianna Bonder

Helen had a head of hair piled high as it would go. She held it with some hairpins and tied it with a bow. Perhaps you are one of the kids or parents who have spent hours staring and re-staring at Dianna Bonder’s children’s books. Admiring the weird and whimsical

18 Oct 2015

Snape For A Day

a teacher with greasy black hair, a hooked nose and sallow skin. It will feel strange to walk into a room and know that this is the first impression I create. There is no room for self-delusion, though; J.K. Rowling has made it clear. That said, I’d still like to

17 Oct 2015

Harry Potter Rain City

‘The forest at Hogwarts is home to magical creatures like unicorns and centaurs,’ writes JK Rowling. ‘Because the Canadian editions are printed on Ancient-Forest Friendly paper, the Harry Potter books are helping to save magnificent forests in the muggle world, forests that are the home of magical animals such as