Books

Protection Island author Craig Taylor won the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for non-fiction for his book ‘New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time.’ (Photo courtesy Mayita Mendez)

Nanaimo author wins New York library award for book on New York

Craig Taylor’s ‘New Yorkers’ wins Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for non-fiction

Protection Island author Craig Taylor won the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for non-fiction for his book ‘New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time.’ (Photo courtesy Mayita Mendez)
This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)

Former CP conductor on the hunt for helpful strangers in 70s photo

John Cowan is looking for the group of strangers who helped clear the tracks east of Golden in 1978

This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)
Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)

Island author and a dinosaur go ‘Along the Way’ in a new children’s book series

Teresa Schapansky releases 12-book series on Canadian geography

Book One of the ‘Along the Way’ series features Albert the dinosaur in Alberta at the start of his cross-Canada adventure. (Courtesy of Teresa Schapansky)
Nanaimo poet Alison Watt has been long-listed for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize. (Photo courtesy Alison Watt)

Nanaimo poet makes CBC Poetry Prize long list for poetic field guide

Alison Watt up for national award for ‘Addendum — Flora of a Small Island in the Salish Sea’

Nanaimo poet Alison Watt has been long-listed for the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize. (Photo courtesy Alison Watt)
Writer and editor Keith Ogilvie’s latest book is ‘Failed to Return: Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War.’ (Photo courtesy Mika Ogilvie)

‘Fearless’ Nanaimo pilot tasked with dam busting in Second World War

John Fraser’s story among those told in new anthology ‘Failed to Return’ by Island author

Writer and editor Keith Ogilvie’s latest book is ‘Failed to Return: Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War.’ (Photo courtesy Mika Ogilvie)
Nanaimo writer Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine: Embrace Your Flaws and Own Your Awesome’ is nominated for a Canadian Book Club Award in the Spirituality and Wellness category. (Photo courtesy Blaise Hunter)

Nanaimo writer nominated for Canadian Book Club Award

Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine’ a finalist in the Spirituality and Wellness category

Nanaimo writer Blaise Hunter’s ‘Heroine: Embrace Your Flaws and Own Your Awesome’ is nominated for a Canadian Book Club Award in the Spirituality and Wellness category. (Photo courtesy Blaise Hunter)
Museum at Campbell River Curator Beth Boyce is pleased to release ‘Twas the Wreck of Northwestern. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Children’s book chronicles Christmas windfall from Vancouver Island shipwreck

Tale recalls hospitality of the locals/ sneaky salvaging after boat went aground in 1927

Museum at Campbell River Curator Beth Boyce is pleased to release ‘Twas the Wreck of Northwestern. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
Nanaimo author Joshua Gillingham has released his second novel, ‘The Everspring.’ (Photo courtesy Joshua Gillingham/cover art by Helena Rosova)

Nanaimo fantasy author pens sequel to Norse mythology-inspired debut novel

Joshua Gillingham to unveil ‘The Everspring’ at Well Read Books

Nanaimo author Joshua Gillingham has released his second novel, ‘The Everspring.’ (Photo courtesy Joshua Gillingham/cover art by Helena Rosova)
Chef Ian Riddick of Ucluelet’s Heartwood Kitchen and Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant at the Oct. 21 Island Eats book launch.

New ‘Island Eats’ cookbook celebrates Vancouver Island food

Book paints a picture of Vancouver Island with a compendium of over 80 recipes from signature chefs

Chef Ian Riddick of Ucluelet’s Heartwood Kitchen and Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant at the Oct. 21 Island Eats book launch.
Nanaimo poet laureate Kamal Parmar has released her latest book, ‘What Does the Wind Say?’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

Nanaimo poet laureate releases new poetry book

‘What Does the Wind Say?’ is the fifth book by Kamal Parmar

Nanaimo poet laureate Kamal Parmar has released her latest book, ‘What Does the Wind Say?’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)
Eva Hilborn, the founder of ‘Wonderful World of Books,’ sitting in her Qualicum Beach home, looking at what books might be a good fit for her program which delivers free books to three-year-olds in the School District 69 (Qualicum) catchment area. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Author, 95, shares lifelong love of books with three-year-olds in Bowser

Foundation hopes to expand delivery of free reading material to children

Eva Hilborn, the founder of ‘Wonderful World of Books,’ sitting in her Qualicum Beach home, looking at what books might be a good fit for her program which delivers free books to three-year-olds in the School District 69 (Qualicum) catchment area. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Nanaimo writer Haley Healey has released her first fiction book, ‘Immortal Grit.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)

Nanaimo historical writer makes fiction debut with supernatural mystery novel

Haley Healey to unveil ‘Immortal Grit’ at book launch at Coach and Horses

Nanaimo writer Haley Healey has released her first fiction book, ‘Immortal Grit.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)
Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Lonely Doug.’ (Photo courtesy Bread and Clutter)

Nanaimo children’s author writes about famous fir tree ‘Lonely Doug’

Writer and illustrator Lindsay Ford releases 10th children’s book

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Lonely Doug.’ (Photo courtesy Bread and Clutter)
Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)

Nanaimo poet gets ‘deeply reflective’ in her second book

Joanne Dzierza releases ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos’

Nanaimo poet Joanne Dzierza’s latest book is ‘The Mountains Mock our Egos.’ (Photo courtesy Daiki Katawama)
Nanaimo writer Robert Hilles’ new releases include a book that takes place across two time periods and a book of poetry inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. (Photo courtesy Rain Hilles)

Nanaimo author presents poetry and prose in online double book launch

VIU creative writer prof Robert Hilles to unveil latest releases via Zoom

Nanaimo writer Robert Hilles’ new releases include a book that takes place across two time periods and a book of poetry inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. (Photo courtesy Rain Hilles)
Four schools in Nanaimo-Ladysmith district will participate in Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo schools partnering with bookstore to try to bolster library shelves

Brechin, Departure Bay, Georgia Avenue and Qwam Qwum schools part of Indigo’s Adopt-a-School program

Four schools in Nanaimo-Ladysmith district will participate in Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program. (News Bulletin file photo)
Vancouver Island Regional Library has loaned childrens books for a new family space at Vancouver Island University. Pictured here, Ben Hyman, VIRL executive director, and Lara Wright, interim university librarian. (Submitted photo)

Vancouver Island Regional Library loans books for new VIU family space

Renovated space at Vancouver Island University includes 2SLGBTQ+ and breastfeeding friendly space

Vancouver Island Regional Library has loaned childrens books for a new family space at Vancouver Island University. Pictured here, Ben Hyman, VIRL executive director, and Lara Wright, interim university librarian. (Submitted photo)
Greg Tomkins has summarized his knowledge as a financial advisor in a step-by-step guide to money and finances designed to help people achieve financial security. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo financial advisor’s new book tries to take guesswork out of financial decisions

Greg Tomkins writes step-by-step guide to understanding money and mastering personal finances

Greg Tomkins has summarized his knowledge as a financial advisor in a step-by-step guide to money and finances designed to help people achieve financial security. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)

Nanoose Bay author and former Spirit of the West drummer releases first novel

Vince Ditrich’s ‘The Liquor Vicar’ will be available as of Aug. 17

Nanoose Bay author Vince Ditrich’s debut novel is ‘The Liquor Vicar.’ (Photo courtesy Alec Watson)
Nanaimo storyteller Sandra Cole’s short story ‘Beauty Doesn’t Have to Come with Pain’ is in the recent issue of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul, Navigating Elder Care and Dementia: 101 Stories for Family Caregivers.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo storyteller Sandra Cole’s short story ‘Beauty Doesn’t Have to Come with Pain’ is in the recent issue of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul, Navigating Elder Care and Dementia: 101 Stories for Family Caregivers.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)