Books

Nanaimo-born children’s author Penny Chamberlain is releasing her first adult novel, ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key).’ (Photo courtesy Frances Litman/submitted)

Nanaimo-born author releasing novel about a strange illness in a small town

Penny Chamberlain to hold live-streamed reading of ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key)’

Nanaimo-born children’s author Penny Chamberlain is releasing her first adult novel, ‘Songs from a Small Town (in a Minor Key).’ (Photo courtesy Frances Litman/submitted)
Sheila Brooke of Gabriola Island and Nanaimo’s Vicki McLeod and Rachael Preston (from left) have made the 35-person longlist for the 2020 CBC Non-fiction Prize. (Photos courtesy Auralia Brooke/Wendy D/Ian Warren)

Three Nanaimo-area writers up for CBC non-fiction prize

Sheila Brooke, Vicki McLeod and Rachael Preston make 35-person longlist

Sheila Brooke of Gabriola Island and Nanaimo’s Vicki McLeod and Rachael Preston (from left) have made the 35-person longlist for the 2020 CBC Non-fiction Prize. (Photos courtesy Auralia Brooke/Wendy D/Ian Warren)
Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans

Nostalgic customers take a trip back to their youth as downtown shop owner unloads boxes of comics

Loss of storage space leads to 25-cent bargains for Victoria comic book fans
Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned

Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned

Author’s long-awaited “Midnight Sun” sold more than 1 million copies in its first week

Stephenie Meyer says more ‘Twilight’ books are planned
Local poet Ian Cognito is releasing his first solo book and second collection with fellow poet Pat Smekal. (Photo courtesy Denise Smekal/Cover of Animusings by Christine Earl/Cover of Much Adieu About Nothing by George Smekal)

Nanaimo poet releases new books on nature and death

Ian Cognito presents solo book ‘Animusings’ and collaboration ‘Much Adieu About Nothing’

Local poet Ian Cognito is releasing his first solo book and second collection with fellow poet Pat Smekal. (Photo courtesy Denise Smekal/Cover of Animusings by Christine Earl/Cover of Much Adieu About Nothing by George Smekal)
Youth engagement coordinator Chloe Valentine helps Jimmie and Gale Glover donate their lightly used books. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Youth engagement coordinator Chloe Valentine helps Jimmie and Gale Glover donate their lightly used books. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Pioneer churches of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, a new book from Liz Bryan. (Liz Bryan photograph)

Author chronicles churches built by pioneers in the Salish Sea

B.C. author Liz Bryan preserving a little bit of pioneer history in her latest book

Pioneer churches of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, a new book from Liz Bryan. (Liz Bryan photograph)
Colin Holt, manager at Bolen Books, has noticed an increase in demand for books on anti-racism. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Book stores in Victoria notice uptick in sales for anti-racism titles

White Fragility, How to be an Antiracist are among the best selling titles

Colin Holt, manager at Bolen Books, has noticed an increase in demand for books on anti-racism. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch has begin offering takeout service, after easing of COVID-19 restrictions. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo libraries beginning to allow book borrowing following COVID-19 closures

Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch open for ‘takeout’ service Tuesdays through Saturdays

Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch has begin offering takeout service, after easing of COVID-19 restrictions. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online

Book will be a fairy tale for kids and benefit those particularly affected by the pandemic

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
Kate Armstrong, who wrote a memoir of her years as one of the first women to attend Royal Military College, has been shortlisted for a national award. Photo: Tyler Harper

‘Don’t expect justice or fairness’: B.C. author wins prize for book on sexism in military school

Kate Armstrong’s debut book The Stone Frigate has been shortlisted for a national writing award

Kate Armstrong, who wrote a memoir of her years as one of the first women to attend Royal Military College, has been shortlisted for a national award. Photo: Tyler Harper
Qualicum Beach author Laura Langston has released a new novel, ‘No Right Thing’. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach author releases latest novel ‘No Right Thing’

Langston uses local backdrop as setting for 21st story for young adults

Qualicum Beach author Laura Langston has released a new novel, ‘No Right Thing’. (Michael Briones photo)
This month Nanaimo author Haley Healey releases her first book, ‘On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)

Nanaimo author highlights history-making Vancouver Island women in first book

Haley Healey presents ‘On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island’

This month Nanaimo author Haley Healey releases her first book, ‘On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)
Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)

The capital seeks submissions for annual Victoria Book Prizes

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, Children’s Book Prize each come with $5,000

Brian Butler (left) and Mayor Lisa Helps at the 2019 Victoria Book Prizes Announcement Gala. (File contributed/Victoria Book Prize Society)
Nanaimo writer Julia Jenkins’s story I am Aani Littlecrab was longlisted for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize. (Photo courtesy Gordon Lafleur)

Nanaimo author up for CBC Short Story Prize

Julia Jenkins makes award longlist for ‘I am Aani Littlecrab’

Nanaimo writer Julia Jenkins’s story I am Aani Littlecrab was longlisted for the 2020 CBC Short Story Prize. (Photo courtesy Gordon Lafleur)
Nanaimo author John Dacombe recently released the second book in a planned trilogy, Unidentified Male: A Constable Amber Virtanen Mystery. (Photo courtesy Wanda Thompson)

A traumatized RCMP officer tracks a serial killer in Nanaimo in new book

Island author John Dacombe releases ‘Unidentified Male: A Constable Amber Virtanen Mystery’

Nanaimo author John Dacombe recently released the second book in a planned trilogy, Unidentified Male: A Constable Amber Virtanen Mystery. (Photo courtesy Wanda Thompson)
A little free library with barren shelves after books were pulled due to COVID-19. (File Contributed/ victoriaplacemaking.ca)

Vancouver Island little free libraries pulling books due to COVID-19

Some community book exchanges opt to temporarily close to reduce risk of coronavirus exposure

A little free library with barren shelves after books were pulled due to COVID-19. (File Contributed/ victoriaplacemaking.ca)
VIU student SB Smith unveils Disabled Voices Anthology in the Malaspina Theatre lobby on March 11. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

VIU student unveils anthology of work by disabled writers and artists

‘Disabled Voices Anthology’ launch to be held in Malaspina Theatre lobby

VIU student SB Smith unveils Disabled Voices Anthology in the Malaspina Theatre lobby on March 11. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Kathy Page (left) and Aidan Cassie each walked away with the Victoria Book Prize on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Victoria Book Prizes)

Two local authors walk away with Victoria Book Prize

Kathy Page and Aidan Cassie each walked away with a literary award

Kathy Page (left) and Aidan Cassie each walked away with the Victoria Book Prize on Wednesday night. (Facebook/Victoria Book Prizes)
Steven Price’s Lampedusa is on the long list for the Scotia Bank Giller’s Prize. (File Contributed/ Penguin Random House Canada)

Victoria author nominated for prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize

Steven Price’s book, Lampedusa, is a historical fiction novel about an an Italian author

Steven Price’s Lampedusa is on the long list for the Scotia Bank Giller’s Prize. (File Contributed/ Penguin Random House Canada)