Books

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)
The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
Nanaimo crime writer Ardelle Holden concludes her three-book series with ‘Murder by Pins and Needles.’ (Photo submitted)

A quilt holds the clues to a murder in Nanaimo crime writer’s latest book

Ardelle Holden concludes three-book series with ‘Murder by Pins and Needles’

Nanaimo crime writer Ardelle Holden concludes her three-book series with ‘Murder by Pins and Needles.’ (Photo submitted)
Gabriola poet and inaugural Nanaimo poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Now and Here.’ (Photo submitted)

Gabriola poet Naomi Beth Wakan puts poetry to pictures in latest book

Nanaimo’s first poet laureate releases new book ‘Now and Here’

Gabriola poet and inaugural Nanaimo poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Now and Here.’ (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo children’s book writer and illustrator Don Ravensbergen’s latest book is ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my B.C. Beautiful.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo children’s book writer releases third colouring book

Don Ravensbergen’s latest book is ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my B.C. Beautiful’

Nanaimo children’s book writer and illustrator Don Ravensbergen’s latest book is ‘Vancouver Island: Colour my B.C. Beautiful.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)

UBC Library gifted Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio

The first folio, published in 1623, features 36 of 38 known Shakespeare plays

William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)
‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer topped the list for most borrowed e-audiobooks at the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2021. (VIRL photo)

Vancouver Island Regional Library releases list of top borrowed books for 2021

Included are titles by Indigenous authors, murder mysteries from world-famous authors

‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer topped the list for most borrowed e-audiobooks at the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 2021. (VIRL photo)
Nanaimo author Marilyn Jackson and a page from her new book, ‘Ms. Claus Rescues Christmas.’ (Photo courtesy Amelia Perkins)

Ms. Claus fills in for a sick Santa in Nanaimo author’s first children’s book

Marilyn Jackson’s debut kids’ book is ‘Ms. Claus Rescues Christmas’

Nanaimo author Marilyn Jackson and a page from her new book, ‘Ms. Claus Rescues Christmas.’ (Photo courtesy Amelia Perkins)
Mary Spilsbury Ross has released her debut novel No Intermission. (Photo by Don Denton)

Island author’s debut novel set in North Oyster

Mary Spilsbury Ross’s No Intermission a coming-of-age story of dance, travel, mystery

Mary Spilsbury Ross has released her debut novel No Intermission. (Photo by Don Denton)
Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness in our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)

Nanaimo author pens children’s book on homelessness

Lois Peterson to bring latest book ‘Shelter’ on virtual classroom tour

Nanaimo children’s author Lois Peterson’s latest book is ‘Shelter: Homelessness in our Community.’ (Photo courtesy Louroo Photography)
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Nanaimo author pens an instant-Christmas classic with a modern twist!

Christmas is a time of tradition. Most children look forward to enjoying…

  • Nov 29, 2021
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