Books

Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. man’s book co-authored by criminologist examines a life of murder and crime

Yves Côté spent just 11 months out of 32 years out of jail, but he believes in real transformation

 

Janis Harper will launch her debut novel ‘Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story’ at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on July 23. (submitted photo)

Author holding book launch for debut novel at Nanaimo Harbourfront Library

Janis Harper’s ‘Jonas and the Mountain: A Metaphysical Love Story’ launches July 23

 

Emily Carrington at her desk at home on Gabriola Island, holding original inkings of her debut graphic novel memoir, ‘Our Little Secret’ which depicts teenage sexual abuse and the aftermath that follows. (Photo submitted)

Gabriola artist tackles trauma of childhood sexual abuse in graphic novel

Emily Carrington’s memoir ‘Our Little Secret’ aims to provide a voice for other survivors

 

Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo author’s new book blurs boundaries between humans and animals

Don LePan’s ‘Lucy and Bonbon’ a speculative fiction work that explores theoretical inter-breeding

‘Lucy and Bonbon’ author Don LePan in his Nanaimo home as he flips through one of his last on-hand copies since the book was published this spring. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Munro’s Books is hosting its first in-store book launch since the pandemic June 11 with Ordinary Monsters by local author J. M. Miro, also known as Steven Price. (Courtesy of Munro’s Books)

Victoria book store hosting book launch June 11

The launch of Ordinary Monsters marks the first in-store event since the pandemic started

Munro’s Books is hosting its first in-store book launch since the pandemic June 11 with Ordinary Monsters by local author J. M. Miro, also known as Steven Price. (Courtesy of Munro’s Books)
A panel is pictured from “But I Live,” a graphic narrative of Israeli Holocaust survivor Emmie Arbel’s experiences during the Second World War. (Courtesy of Barbara Yelin)

Graphic novels featuring survivors of Holocaust published by UVic prof

Series gives voice to those silenced by Holocaust in youth-friendly format

A panel is pictured from “But I Live,” a graphic narrative of Israeli Holocaust survivor Emmie Arbel’s experiences during the Second World War. (Courtesy of Barbara Yelin)
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie’s book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)

Penelakut elder tells story of impact of residential schools

In the Shadow of the Red Brick Building tells of abuse, and recovery

  • May 29, 2022
Raymond Tony Charlie and his wife Lorraine hold a copy of Charlie’s book about the abuse he experienced at residential school, his recovery, and the scars that remain. (Submitted photo)
Jeremy Tolmie will hold a book launch event for his most recent work, titled ‘Kicking ASSpergers: One Meltdown at a Time’ at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on May 14. (photos submitted)

Nanaimo author pens book challenging stigma, myths and assumption about autism

Book launch event for ‘Kicking ASSpergers: One Meltdown at a Time’ to be held May 14

Jeremy Tolmie will hold a book launch event for his most recent work, titled ‘Kicking ASSpergers: One Meltdown at a Time’ at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library on May 14. (photos submitted)
Henry Winkler arrives at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Celadon Books announced Wednesday that it has a deal with Winkler to tell his life story. The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Henry Winkler gets book deal, memoir to come out in 2024

‘The Fonz’ currently starring in HBO series ‘Barry’

Henry Winkler arrives at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Celadon Books announced Wednesday that it has a deal with Winkler to tell his life story. The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadian authors, booksellers say COVID-19 has both helped and hurt their industry

Book sales are up compared to pre-pandemic levels, but supply chain woes loom large

Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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A new anthology was launched at a public reading in Tofino on April 30 at an event that also served to introduce the town’s new Poet Laureate.

Anthology featuring love letters to trees set for launch in Tofino

Worth More Standing was edited and curated by Tofino’s Poet Laureate Christine Lowther

A new anthology was launched at a public reading in Tofino on April 30 at an event that also served to introduce the town’s new Poet Laureate.
Victoria author Jennifer Fraser explores how abuse impacts the brain in her book, The Bullied Brain. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Victoria author explores the impacts of bullying on the brain

The Bullied Brain looks at how the mind can heal from traumatic peer experiences

Victoria author Jennifer Fraser explores how abuse impacts the brain in her book, The Bullied Brain. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The back cover of Yvonne Maximchuk's fiction novel 'Murder Rides A Gale Force Wind.' (Submitted photo)

North Island artist-author explains how she wrote her very first fiction novel

‘I could probably write a book about everything I learned from writing this book’

The back cover of Yvonne Maximchuk's fiction novel 'Murder Rides A Gale Force Wind.' (Submitted photo)
Yvonne Maximchuk’s latest book is a mystery novel set in Echo Bay. (Supplied photo)

Echo Bay artist-author ventures into the fiction genre with brand new mystery book

Entering the fiction genre for the first time, Maximchuk says the book was a lot of fun to write

Yvonne Maximchuk’s latest book is a mystery novel set in Echo Bay. (Supplied photo)
Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. Applications for the Butler Book Prize and Children’s Book Prize are now being accepted by the City of Victoria. (File courtesy of Victoria Book Prize Society)

Submissions now open for two prestigious Victoria book awards

Butler Book Prize, Children’s Book Prize honour local authors or illustrators

Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. Applications for the Butler Book Prize and Children’s Book Prize are now being accepted by the City of Victoria. (File courtesy of Victoria Book Prize Society)
April Hilland poses with a copy of her new children’s book, Billi the Maker, inspired by past students. (Submitted photo)

‘Go-getter’ students inspire Vancouver Island author’s latest children’s book

April Hilland holds Kickstarter for Billi the Maker

April Hilland poses with a copy of her new children’s book, Billi the Maker, inspired by past students. (Submitted photo)
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo

Oak Bay “serial artist” Barbara Black turns to fiction

Short story collection Music from a Strange Planet

  • Apr 4, 2022
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo
Architect/ adventurer/ author Rob Wood has penned a new book. Submitted photo

Discovery Islands adventurer, architect and author pens new book

Rob Wood ponders his place in the world in The Zone: Rediscovering Our Natural Self

Architect/ adventurer/ author Rob Wood has penned a new book. Submitted photo