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Vancouver Island Regional Library has permanently removed overdue fines on all materials starting this year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island Regional Library completely phases out overdue fines

VIRL will still charge replacement costs for unreturned materials after four months

Vancouver Island Regional Library has permanently removed overdue fines on all materials starting this year. (News Bulletin file photo)
FILE - Britain’s Prince Harry, left, reacts as he walks with his best man, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive for the the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Prince Harry has said he wants to have his father and brother back and that he wants “a family, not an institution,” during a TV interview ahead of the publication of his memoir. The interview with Britain’s ITV channel is due to be released this Sunday. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP, File)

Report: Prince Harry says William attacked him during row

Guardian newspaper sourced an advance copy of the book, ‘Spare,’ due to be published next week

FILE - Britain’s Prince Harry, left, reacts as he walks with his best man, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive for the the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Prince Harry has said he wants to have his father and brother back and that he wants “a family, not an institution,” during a TV interview ahead of the publication of his memoir. The interview with Britain’s ITV channel is due to be released this Sunday. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP, File)
Nanaimo author Daryl Ashby holds a paperback copy of his latest book ‘Nobody’s Boy: Ralph Harris – The Northern Connection’ released in mid-November. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo writer recounts criminal life of Ladysmith drug smuggler

Daryl Ashby released ‘Nobody’s Boy: Ralph Harris – The Northern Connection’ this past fall

Nanaimo author Daryl Ashby holds a paperback copy of his latest book ‘Nobody’s Boy: Ralph Harris – The Northern Connection’ released in mid-November. (Submitted photo)
Gladys Vallee worked in a number of bookstores and saw overbought books can often end up in the landfill. (Courtesy of Terrier Books)

Eco-conscious online bookstore opens in Sooke

Terrier Books has a unique angle: they sell books that would otherwise be headed for the landfill

Gladys Vallee worked in a number of bookstores and saw overbought books can often end up in the landfill. (Courtesy of Terrier Books)
Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo

Courtenay photographer releases book about Vancouver Island marmot

As an “ethical photographer,” Catherine Babault is not as concerned about getting…

Catherine Babault releases Vancouver Island Marmot, The World’s Rarest Marmot, on Dec. 21. Catherine Babault photo
Colin Eckstrand with his book and the Amazon page on his computer. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Magical experiences of youth provide inspiration

Chemainus resident documents his memoirs with positive messages

Colin Eckstrand with his book and the Amazon page on his computer. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mary Murphy and her latest novel, <em>Speaking Of.</em> She will be having a book launch on Dec. 3. Photo supplied

Speaking of Mary Murphy, Comox Valley musician/author has new book out

Book of mostly short stories is a bit of a literary departure for Comox Valley resident

Mary Murphy and her latest novel, <em>Speaking Of.</em> She will be having a book launch on Dec. 3. Photo supplied
Harry Bliss, left, and Steve Martin pose for a portrait to promote the book “A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection” on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Steve Martin, Harry Bliss team up on ‘Number One Is Walking’

Comedian’s cartoon captions merge with New Yorker cartoonist’s drawings in new release

Harry Bliss, left, and Steve Martin pose for a portrait to promote the book “A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection” on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)
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New book – Stories of Sooke – highlights rich tapestry of life in the region

Historian Elida Peers has been writing stories about Sooke history since 1970s

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Jody Wilson-Raybould signs a copy of her book for Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard during Wilson-Raybould’s induction ceremony into the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. Photo by Terry Farrell

Reconciliation a ‘call to action to all of us,’ Jody Wilson-Raybould says in new book

Canada’s former justice minister releases ‘True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force for Change’

Jody Wilson-Raybould signs a copy of her book for Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard during Wilson-Raybould’s induction ceremony into the Comox Valley Walk of Achievement. Photo by Terry Farrell
Suzette Mayr accepts her award as the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner in Toronto, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Suzette Mayr wins $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize for ‘The Sleeping Car Porter’

Author says her book shines a spotlight on an under-represented part of Canadian history

Suzette Mayr accepts her award as the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner in Toronto, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Rupi Kaur arrives on the red carpet for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Canada’s literati are folding up their reading glasses and breaking out their finest garb ahead of tonight’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Literati to gather to crown next winner of $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Poet and social media phenom Rupi Kaur and actress-producer Sarah Gadon will host

Rupi Kaur arrives on the red carpet for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Toronto on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Canada’s literati are folding up their reading glasses and breaking out their finest garb ahead of tonight’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - U2 singer Bono gestures as he attends the launching of the first blood by drone delivery service in the country at the Philippine Red Cross headquarters in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. Bono opened his book tour for his bestselling “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, to thousands of screaming fans at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Bono opens book tour before adoring fans at Beacon Theatre

U2 singer talks “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story” out this week already in the top 10 on Amazon.com

FILE - U2 singer Bono gestures as he attends the launching of the first blood by drone delivery service in the country at the Philippine Red Cross headquarters in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. Bono opened his book tour for his bestselling “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, to thousands of screaming fans at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
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Prince Harry’s memoir, titled ‘Spare,’ to come out Jan. 10

Prince Harry’s memoir, an object of obsessive anticipation worldwide since it was…

(Random House Group via AP)
This image provided by the Random House Group shows the cover of “Spare,” Prince Harry’s memoir. The book is an object of obsessive anticipation worldwide since first announced last year, is coming out Jan. 10. (Random House Group via AP)

Prince Harry’s memoir, titled ‘Spare,’ to come out Jan. 10

Prince Harry’s memoir, an object of obsessive anticipation worldwide since it was…

This image provided by the Random House Group shows the cover of “Spare,” Prince Harry’s memoir. The book is an object of obsessive anticipation worldwide since first announced last year, is coming out Jan. 10. (Random House Group via AP)
FILE - Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of “The Invention of Lying” in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2009. Perry turns 52 on Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Near-fatal ODs and love faxes to Julia Roberts: What Matthew Perry’s memoir reveals

‘I was Chandler’: Friends star’s book details a constant battle with addictions

FILE - Matthew Perry arrives at the premiere of “The Invention of Lying” in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2009. Perry turns 52 on Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
The inaugural Big Island Book Fest takes place on Oct. 22 at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. (Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)

Courtenay’s Big Island Book Fest features authors, books, live music

If you like books, and if you enjoy meeting authors, you will…

The inaugural Big Island Book Fest takes place on Oct. 22 at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. (Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)
Esi Edugyan and Wendy Proverbs have won this year’s City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, respectively. (Courtesy of Victoria Book Prize Society)

Victoria’s book prize winners celebrated at gala

Esi Edugyan won the city’s Butler book prize while Wendy Proverbs took home the children’s book prize

Esi Edugyan and Wendy Proverbs have won this year’s City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, respectively. (Courtesy of Victoria Book Prize Society)
Ian Ellis James, an Emmy award-winning Sesame Street writer known by his stage name William Electric Black, leads a first grade class in a book reading on urban gun violence prevention at the Drexel Avenue School, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Westbury, N.Y. He said young children in areas afflicted by gun violence are more aware of it than parents may think. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

VIDEO: Demand soars for kids’ books addressing violence, trauma

Depression and anxiety rates steadily rising for young people

Ian Ellis James, an Emmy award-winning Sesame Street writer known by his stage name William Electric Black, leads a first grade class in a book reading on urban gun violence prevention at the Drexel Avenue School, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Westbury, N.Y. He said young children in areas afflicted by gun violence are more aware of it than parents may think. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Brittany Leonard is planting one tree for each book sold. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Author and illustrator brings climate change issues to light in books

Leonard’s novel series a throwback to the comic book era

Brittany Leonard is planting one tree for each book sold. (Photo by Don Bodger)