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Rodney DeCroo and the Wise Blood Celebrate 100 Years of Al Purdy


Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 8:34am

Rodney DeCroo + The Wise Blood, known for country-noir inspired songs with a poetic swagger, are celebrating the life and work of Al Purdy, who was coined Canada’s unofficial poet laureate for his colloquial style and rowdy yet sensitive persona. This concert marks the launch of Beyond Forgetting, an anthology of poems paying tribute to Purdy from Canada’s best-known writers, published in honour of Purdy’s 100th birthday. Readers from the anthology will include Rob Taylor, Wednesday Hudson and Ian Williams, as well as Purdy’s long-time publisher and fellow-poet Howard White.


Proceeds going to the Al Purdy A-Frame Association and its writer-in-residence program. 

Tickets are available here: thecultch.com/events/beyond-forgetting-rodney-decroo-the-wise-blood-celebrate-100-years-of-al-purdy/

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Meet Mike McCardell!


Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:05am

Meet Mike McCardell, bestselling author and CTV personality, at a series of book signings for his new book, Shoelaces Are Hard: And Other Thoughtful Scribbles.

Mike McCardell’s instinct for finding the perfect story at just the right time has led him to a lifetime of great scoops and gripping tales as an author and Vancouver news icon. In Shoelaces Are Hard, McCardell takes on such diverse subjects as four-year-old tobogganists, incarcerated snowmen, 105-year-old tai chi masters, and the meaning of life. Although his stories tackle hardships of all kinds, McCardell reminds us that, as with learning to tie our shoelaces, much can be accomplished with a little help and a lot of perseverance.

Until December 31, 2018, partial sales proceeds from each copy of Shoelaces Are Hard will also be donated to the BC Women’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit to support the miraculous and lifesaving work they do every day.

Meet Mike on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 17 – 1:30pm. Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, 141-11900 Haney Place in Maple Ridge
  • Saturday, November 24 – 1:30pm. Black Bond Books, Trenant Park Square, 5251 Ladner Trunk Road in Ladner
  • Saturday, December 1 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coles, Seven Oaks Mall, 32900 S. Fraser Way in Abbotsford
  • Saturday, December 8 – 12:00 – 3:00 pm. Coles, Cottonwood Corner, 45-45585 Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack
     
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Somebody Told Him Somethin': Rick James on tour with rum running book


Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:41pm

Maritime historian Rick James has been researching what really went down along the West Coast during prohibition. He has recently released a book on the subject titled Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running and will on tour giving illustrated presentations at the following locations:

  • Powell River: Presentation at the Powell River Public Library (100-6975 Alberni Street) on October 19 from 7pm to 9pm
  • Courtenay: Book Launch at the Native Sons Hall (Lower Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave .) on Saturday, October 27. Doors open at 1:30pm, and the presentation starts at 2:30pm.
  • Victoria: Presentation at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia (634 Humboldt St.) on Thursday, November 1 at 5pm. 
  • Vancouver: Presentation at the Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Avenue) on Sunday, November 4 from 2:30pm to 4pm. The event is free with museum admission, available at a discount here.
  • Tofino: Presentation at the Tofino-Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre on Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm. 
  • Port Alberni: Presentation in the Dogwood Room at the Echo Centre (4255 Wallace Street) on Thursday, November 15 at 7pm. Presented by the Port Alberni Maritime History Society. Admission with PAMHS membership or by donation.

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is a lively volume in which James separates fact from fiction, taking an authoritative look into BC’s rum-running past. Contrary to popular perception, rum-running along the Pacific was usually carried out in a relatively civilized manner, with an oh-so-Canadian politeness on the British Columbian side. But there were indeed shootouts, hijackings and even a particularly gruesome murder associated with the business.

Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How is impeccably researched, and James draws on first-hand accounts from old-time rum-runners, the often-sensational newspaper coverage of the day and his expert knowledge of the various vessels that speckled the coast—from beaten-up fishing boats to ocean-going steamers. In addition, he offers astute commentary on the parallels between the prohibition of alcohol and the regulation of recreational drugs such as marijuana. In Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How, James has brought history alive making it relevant to British Columbians today.

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One Eagle Soaring receives Moonbean Children's Book Award!


Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 9:41am

One Eagle SoaringOne Eagle Soaring, the second book in the First West Coast Books series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has received a gold medal in the 2018 Moonbean Children’s Book Awards in the Board Book / Cloth Book category!

The Moonbean Children’s Book Awards, which launched in 2007, celebrate exemplary children’s books and their creators with the intent to promote life-long reading. Winners are selected by an expert panel of youth educators, librarians, booksellers and book reviewers of all ages!

From a single eagle aloft to ten owls hooting to sleep, West Coast animals introduce little readers to numbers and counting through the stunning world around them. One Eagle Soaring is a beautiful combination of Roy Henry Vickers’ vivid illustrations and Robert Budd’s catchy rhymes that readers of all ages can admire and enjoy!

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Sherbrooke Poet Rebecca Păpucaru wins Canadian Jewish Literary Award!


Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12:41pm

Rebecca Păpucaru has won the 2018 Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of poetry for her debut collection The Panic Room, (Nightwood Editions). The jury said of Păpucaru’s collection: “The range of identifying references to Judaism, Jews and Jewishness— historic, psycho-spiritual, and religious — leave you with a range of inter-ethnic encounters which are a challenge to unpack and makes the experience of Canada ring true.”

 

The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us, too. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Păpucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family's past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. Păpucaru’s debut was previously long-listed for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2018) and was a finalist for the  A.M. Klein Poetry Prize (2017).


Rebecca Păpucaru’s work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.

 

The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards is honouring eight outstanding books for 2018. Now in its fourth year, the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards recognizes and rewards the finest Canadian Jewish writing. Winners have been declared in the following categories: fiction, memoir/biography, poetry, history, scholarship, Holocaust literature, Yiddish, and books for children and youth.

 

The awards ceremony will be held on October 14, 2018 in Toronto. For more information, visit www.cjlawards.ca.

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Nightwood Editions’ Fall 2018 Preview!


Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:04pm

This fall, Nightwood brings back some of our favorite authors and series, revisits some essential Canadian literary conversations, and explores complicated characters, coming-of-age in rural PEI, Acadian culture and feminism with debut short story and poetry collections by emerging talent from across the country.

 


Featuring 2600+ Canadian clues, the 19th instalment of O Canada Crosswords offers a motherlode of national content, puns and fun. This book is bursting at the seams with hours of brain-teasing amusement.

 

On the West Coast, Ian Waddell’s compelling memoir, Take the Torch, takes readers on a journey through his career as a storefront lawyer, an NDP Member of Parliament, a Minister of Culture, a writer, a teacher, a film producer and more, including his incorporation of Aboriginal rights into

constitutional amendments in 1981.

Musician and novelist Kyp Harness returns with The Abandoned, which follows three teenagers drawn into a cult-like retreat. Tim, a young misfit, his first love Sherrie, and his first friend Russ are put to the test as they confront their vanishing childhood. In Difficult People, by Catriona Wright, we are forced to encounter manipulators, liars, egomaniacs, bullies, interrupters, condescenders and the like, and perhaps consider how familiar these characters may be.

Heading east, Jenna Lyn Albert’s debut poetry collection, Bec and Call, refuses to be silenced, vocalizing the social derangement of Acadian culture amidst the difficulties women encounter as a result of rape culture and anti-feminism. Also rooted in place and culture, Chris Bailey’s What Your Hands Have Done explores a life spent in a close-knit fishing family in rural PEI.

Spanning the generational spectrum, What the Poets are Doing, edited by Rob Taylor, is a compilation of conversations between millennial and Gen X poets, featuring Jordan Abel, Phoebe Wang, Dionne Brand, Steven Heighton and many more voices from 21st century poetic landscape.

 

Check out our events calendar for information on launches and readings!  

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Harbour Publishing's Fall 2018 Preview!


Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 12:09pm

This fall, Harbour Publishing is excited to present several new titles that are sure to keep you entertained as the weather gets colder.

West Coast SummerA West Coast Summer is a children’s picture book sure to charm those of all ages with gorgeous watercolours from artist Carol Evans and paired with a lilting rhyming story by Caroline Woodward. Available September 1st, it is sure to be a new favourite for all who love the stunning scenes of the West Coast.

Don't Never Tell Nobody Nothin'

For more West Coast adventure, we dive into the real story behind the prohibition-era rum running in Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How. This October, author Rick James delivers the story of British Columbia rum-runners who hauled much-valued cargo to their southern neighbours. As we continual to immerse ourselves in historical BC, we travel back through the history of the West Coast with Iron Road West by Derek Hayes, taking a ride through time along the western railways. Packed with images and illustrations to show how the rails impacted and shaped British Columbia, Iron Road West hits shelves in November. 

Beyond ForgettingOctober’s Beyond Forgetting is an anthology of poems dedicated to Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, Al Purdy, for what would be his 100th birthday in December. Griffin Prize shortlisted poet Russell Thornton brings forward a new collection of poems in The Broken Face, displaying an intense lyricism and mastery of craft. Check in again soon for more on our forthcoming books and events!

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Kyp Harness Wins 2017 ReLit Award for Debut Novel


Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 4:40pm

As reported at CBC Books, the recipients of this year’s ReLit Awards, identifying top titles from Canada’s independent publishers, were announced on July 13th. Kyp Harness's debut novel Wigford Rememberies (Nightwood Editions, $19.95) has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Best Novel. Other winners include Bad Things Happen by Kris Bertin in the short fiction category and All the Gold Hurts My Mouth by Katherine Leyton for poetry.

Known as Canada's "pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.” (The Globe & Mail), the winners each receive a special ReLit ring designed by Newfoundland artist Christopher Kearney.

Wigford is a small town in rural Southwestern Ontario, home to a cast of recurring characters: Buzz, a drunk-driving father of two; his wife, who should have married Bert Walmsley instead; Happy Henry, a devout, socially inept apostle who loves to play the organ; Elmer, a stroke survivor. Wigford Rememberies tells this community's stories through an impressionistic series of vignettes. 

Kyp Harness is a versatile artist. He is a musician who has written and recorded 200 songs on 13 independent recordings. Ron Sexsmith called him “one of the finest songwriters on the planet” and the Calgary Straight said of his work: “I won't mince words: Right now, Kyp Harness is the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there.” His second novel, The Abandoned, will be published in the fall by Nightwood Editions. He lives in East York (Toronto).

 

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Ask a Paleontologist #6: What was the biggest dinosaur?


Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 4:04pm

Here’s the big question: who tops the dinosaurian scales and weighs in as the largest of the large? Find out in episode 6 of the Dinosaurs of the Alberta Badlands Ask a Paleontologist web series:

 

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From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I shortlisted for the prestigious Fred Kerner Book Award


Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018

The Canadian Authors Association has announced the finalists for the Fred Kerner Book Award. Whitehorse writer Michael Gates’ most recently published book, From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I (Lost Moose, $24.95) has been shortlisted. The Fred Kerner Book Award is presented to a Canadian Authors Association member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.

From the Klondike to Berlin: The Yukon in World War I is an important chronicle of the Land of the Midnight Sun’s contribution ...

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Mary White, Quite a Run


Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 5:00pm

Mary White put in her last day of full-time work in the Harbour Publishing design department May 31, 2018. Mary Lee, as she was then, began working for what would become Harbour Publishing in November, 1970 and worked all night setting the first issue of a community paper called The Peninsula Voice on a cranky Varityper. But for her energy and organizational talent, Harbour Publishing would never have survived beyond that stage. In time she performed virtually every function in publishing including typesetter, pasteup artist, process camera operator, bookkeeper, office manager, ACP and BPG delegate, foreign rights sales person, IT person, designer, editor, co-publisher, publisher and co-owner. During her 48 years of work she had a hand in the creation of approximately 1,000 BC books. Along the way she raised two sons who continue in the literary field. She will continue as publisher of Harbour and director of both Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd. and Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd. Thanks for five great decades, Mary!
 

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Doreen Armitage, 1931-2018


Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 4:01pm

With sorrow we report that Harbour Publishing author Doreen Armitage passed away in North Vancouver on May 15, 2018.

Born in Toronto in 1931, Doreen earned a teaching degree in Ontario and started her career as an elementary school teacher. She relocated to British Columbia in 1972 where she continued teaching in the field of Special Education, later earning her Master of Education at UBC. She worked as a special education consultant with the Vancouver School Board, and also as an instructor at UBC.

A writer who believed strongly in oral history, Doreen wrote for publications such as Canadian Geographic, Outdoors Canada and Canadian Living before publishing her first book, Around the Sound: A History of the Howe Sound-Whistler (1997), which developed organically from her innate curiosity about the world and the many years she spent boating in the sound, exploring the wilderness and driving the Sea to Sky Highway. Her second book, Burrard Inlet: A History (2001), the first comprehensive history of the inlet, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Doreen then turned her attention to recording maritime workers’ personal histories with her next two publications, From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell Their Own Stories (2003), which was shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and Tales from the Galley: Stories of the Working Waterfront (2007), which she created by conducting a variety of interviews with fishermen, coastal pilots, commercial divers and skippers who earned their living in, on or beside the sea.

We are very grateful for the important stories Doreen recorded and the body of work she contributed to the history of British Columbia. She is survived by her husband, Bill, her daughters, Lynn and Lauren, four grandchildren and other extended family.

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Howard Macdonald Stewart receives BC Historical Federation Award


Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 10:42am

Congratulations to Denman Island author Howard Macdonald Stewart, whose book, Views of the Salish Sea: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia has received Third Place in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Competition! The BCHF Historical Writing Awards are presented annually to authors whose books contribute significantly to the historical literature of British Columbia. The prizes were presented at the 2018 BCHF Conference in Nakusp, BC, hosted by the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, from May 24 – 27, 2018.

In Views of the Salish Sea, author Howard Macdonald Stewart considers the complex relationship of humans to the expansive and diverse region of the Strait of Georgia, from colonization, to the commodification of resources like fish and lumber, to modern recreation and waste disposal. The book traces the history of the Strait as an interrelated whole, one that we must carefully work to protect if we wish to preserve its inherent richness.

Stewart was born and raised on the shores of the North Salish Sea and has worked for the United Nations, local and national governments, international agencies, communities, NGOs and industries around the world. This book grew out of his PhD thesis in geography at the University of British Columbia. He has also contributed to numerous periodicals, and professional and academic publications. He lives on Denman Island, BC.

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Alan Fry, Author of How A People Die, Dies


Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:53pm

Alan Fry, author of a series of bestselling novels in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away. Born in Lac La Hache, BC, in 1931, Fry spent fifteen years as an Indian agent in rural BC before turning his hand to writing. His first novel, How A People Die, about the death of an Indigenous infant on a coastal BC reserve, was his most successful as well as his most controversial book. His other published works include The Revenge of Annie Charlie, Come a Long Journey, The Burden of Adrian Knowle, Ranch on the Cariboo, and with Wilf Taylor, Beating Around the Bush. He had been living in the Yukon for many years.

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