Books

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)
Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)

B.C. boy, 7, spends spring break giving away own books to other kids

Jackson Kuhn of Chilliwack decided to hand out books he no longer reads to fellow young readers

Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)
Nanaimo author Susan Juby signs copies of ‘Mindful of Murder’ for a reader Tuesday, March 15, at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, while being waited upon by VIU theatre student Daleal Monjazeb, hired as a butler for the evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo author Susan Juby signs copies of ‘Mindful of Murder’ for a reader Tuesday, March 15, at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, while being waited upon by VIU theatre student Daleal Monjazeb, hired as a butler for the evening. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)

Ladysmith author explores love and friendship in debut novel

Shimmy answers ‘where do pets go when they die?’

Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)
One local woman was upset with Indigo’s display of vibrators in the bookstore’s self help section. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Langley mom upset by vibrator display in bookstore

Indigo said it is responding to customer demand for sexual wellness products

One local woman was upset with Indigo’s display of vibrators in the bookstore’s self help section. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Lead by Hammond Bay library manager/chair of the BCGEU unit’s bargaining committee Jen Seper (second from left) and Cowichan District library manager Annette Van Koevering (far right) librarians walk the picket line at the Cowichan District branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Wednesday, March 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan pickets could mark start of rotating Vancouver Island library job action

Librarians awaiting response to their latest counteroffer

Lead by Hammond Bay library manager/chair of the BCGEU unit’s bargaining committee Jen Seper (second from left) and Cowichan District library manager Annette Van Koevering (far right) librarians walk the picket line at the Cowichan District branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on Wednesday, March 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may hit the picket lines on Wednesday, March 9. (Black Press file)

Vancouver Island Regional Library staff set to strike Wednesday

Gap widening on new BCGEU-VIRL collective agreement

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may hit the picket lines on Wednesday, March 9. (Black Press file)
Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may begin job action as early as 8 a.m. on March 3. (Black Press file)

Job action looms for Vancouver Island Regional Library employees

Strike could occur as early as 8 a.m. on March 3

Vancouver Island Regional Library’s union employees may begin job action as early as 8 a.m. on March 3. (Black Press file)
Nanaimo writer Judy Millar has a short story in the latest issue of Vancouver Island Regional Library’s ‘Sea and Cedar’ magazine. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

VIRL’s online art and literature magazine now available in print

‘Sea and Cedar’ highlights art, poetry and stories by Vancouver Islanders

Nanaimo writer Judy Millar has a short story in the latest issue of Vancouver Island Regional Library’s ‘Sea and Cedar’ magazine. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
There is a wide variety of reading material available, although efforts have been made to challenge, suppress or ban certain works. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about the freedom to read?

The week of Feb. 20 to 26 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada

There is a wide variety of reading material available, although efforts have been made to challenge, suppress or ban certain works. (Black Press file photo)
Ontario writer Anne Marie Carson and Yellow Point poet Ian Cognito have released their poetry/prose collaboration, ‘Interchange.’ (Photos courtesy Shane MacLaughlan/François Cormier)

Nanaimo area poet, Ontario writer pen ‘accidental’ book of poetry and prose

Ian Cognito and Anne Marie Carson holding virtual launch for ‘Interchange’

Ontario writer Anne Marie Carson and Yellow Point poet Ian Cognito have released their poetry/prose collaboration, ‘Interchange.’ (Photos courtesy Shane MacLaughlan/François Cormier)
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