Books

Raymond Tony Charlie always has a ready smile that endears him to everyone he meets. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Vancouver Island residential school survivor stepping out of the shadow

Resilient Kuper Island school survivor-turned-author’s smile resonates under trying circumstances

 

Retired music promotions rep RayMan Ramsay, a South Surrey resident, with the two “Promo Monkey” books he’s authored. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

‘Promo Monkey’ a B.C. man’s glimpse inside the world of rock stars and record-selling

RayMan Ramsay writes about some of the world’s most famous musicians and B.C. music-biz insiders

 

FILE - Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021. The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year’s totals, which were the highest in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Book ban efforts surging in 2022, US library association says

681 challenges to books through the first 8 months of this year, involving 1,651 different titles

 

Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)

Two wheel journeys: new guidebook will help you explore Vancouver Island by bike

Author Colleen MacDonald talks about her 3rd biking route book

Colleen Macdonald signs copies of her new book “Let’s Go Biking, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast” at Mermaid Tales Bookshop on Aug. 14. (Marcie Callewaert photo)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
Andrew Weaver explores sustainable aviation fuel for one of his return blog posts in a bid to spur conversation and interest. (Courtesy Andrew Weaver)
Alison Marie’s memoir My Anchor of Hope: A Journey of Restoration, Redemption and Freedom is available at Chapters. She is donating $5 per book sold in August to Haven Society. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo author helping charity through memoir sales

Alison Marie’s memoir ‘My Anchor of Hope’ examines domestic violence and trauma

Alison Marie’s memoir My Anchor of Hope: A Journey of Restoration, Redemption and Freedom is available at Chapters. She is donating $5 per book sold in August to Haven Society. (Photo submitted)
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

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)
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

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)
John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)

Nanaimo photographer launches book on ‘difficult to see’ tropical birds

John P. Whitelaw’s book to launch July 20 at Nanaimo Museum

John P. Whitelaw will launch his ‘Elusive Birds of the Tropical Understory’ photography book at the Nanaimo Museum on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted images)
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

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)
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)
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)

Vancouver Island residential school survivor publishes account of abuse and recovery

Penelakut elder Raymond Tony Charlie writes In the Shadow of the Red Brick Building

  • 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)
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)
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)
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
April Hilland poses with a copy of her new children’s book, Billi the Maker, inspired by past students. (Submitted photo)
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
Therese Marcoux-Pena browses the paperbacks Friday, April 1, at the Rotary Used Book Sale at Nanaimo North Town Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Giant used book sale starts at Nanaimo North Town Centre

Rotary Used Book Sale happening April 1-10

Therese Marcoux-Pena browses the paperbacks Friday, April 1, at the Rotary Used Book Sale at Nanaimo North Town Centre. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Lantzville author is launching her book Victim: A Feminist Manifesto from a Fierce Survivor on Wednesday, March 30, at the Lantzville Pub. (Stasia Garraway photo)

Lantzville author launching ‘feminist manifesto’ at the place the book was written

Karen Moe holding book launch Wednesday, March 30, at the Lantzville Pub

Lantzville author is launching her book Victim: A Feminist Manifesto from a Fierce Survivor on Wednesday, March 30, at the Lantzville Pub. (Stasia Garraway photo)
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