Books

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)

Merritt country music festival’s ‘crazy-ass scene’ recalled in photographer’s new book

Campground C party zone and more remembered in Dee Lippingwell’s third book

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)
Nanaimo author Greg Fraser’s debut book is ‘Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia.’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

Author pens biography of Métis man who ‘founded’ Nanaimo in colonial B.C.

Former history teacher Greg Fraser, of Nanaimo, examines life of Joseph William McKay in debut book

Nanaimo author Greg Fraser’s debut book is ‘Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia.’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)
The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is underway. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island library’s summer reading clubs promise adventure

VIRL presents reading challenges, offers prizes for children and teens

The Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club is underway. (Stock photo)
Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)

Author tells true story of the B.C. kids’ post-war candy protest that swept the country

‘Candy Bar War’ tells the tale of when chocolate jumped from 5 to 8 cents and the kids didn’t take it

Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)
Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)

Nanaimo author tells true story of Island kids protesting rising candy prices

Writer and illustrator Lindsay Ford presents latest book, ‘Candy Bar War’

Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)
Nanaimo author R. Lewis Heath’s new book is ‘Louise.’ (Photo courtesy Jane Logan)

Nanaimo author discusses spirituality, racism in latest novel

R. Lewis Heath concludes trilogy with ‘Louise,’ released this spring

Nanaimo author R. Lewis Heath’s new book is ‘Louise.’ (Photo courtesy Jane Logan)
Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)

Nanaimo author invites readers into dangerous world of dreams in debut novel

B.S. Thompson unveils ‘The Book of Nodd’ with online launch June 20

Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)
Nanaimo teenager Rama Altaleb won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, Youth Short Story Category for her short story ‘Lost Childhood.’ (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo teen wins award for short story about living through Syrian war

Rama Altaleb won Amazon Canada First Novel Award, Youth Short Story Category for ‘Lost Childhood’

Nanaimo teenager Rama Altaleb won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, Youth Short Story Category for her short story ‘Lost Childhood.’ (Photo submitted)
Nanaimo author Haley Healey recently launched her second book, ‘Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)

Nanaimo author pens second book on ‘trailblazing’ Vancouver Island women

Haley Healey’s ‘Flourishing and Free’ follows her 2020 debut ‘On Their Own Terms’

Nanaimo author Haley Healey recently launched her second book, ‘Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island.’ (Photo courtesy Kristin Wenberg)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street. (Mark Large/Pool via AP, File)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to release 1st children’s book

Meghan and Harry are expecting their second child, a girl, later this year

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis in Oxford Street. (Mark Large/Pool via AP, File)
Viking-inspired fantasy writer Joshua Gillingham of Nanaimo and Seattle-based Islamic science fiction editor Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad are co-editing ‘Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star.’ (Photos submitted, illustration by Lada Shustova/Figue)

Nanaimo author co-editing historical anthology connecting Vikings and Muslims

Joshua Gillingham presents ‘Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star’

Viking-inspired fantasy writer Joshua Gillingham of Nanaimo and Seattle-based Islamic science fiction editor Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad are co-editing ‘Althingi – The Crescent and the Northern Star.’ (Photos submitted, illustration by Lada Shustova/Figue)
Gabriola writer Charlotte Cameron seated by a monument depicting the Cathar peace symbol in Minerve, France in 2013. Her new book, ‘Love and Courage in Troubled Times,’ touches on the Catholic crusade against the Cathars in the 13th century. (Photo courtesy Tom Cameron)

Gabriola playwright brings French crusades into the present in debut novel

Charlotte Cameron’s first young adult book is ‘Love and Courage in Troubled Times’

Gabriola writer Charlotte Cameron seated by a monument depicting the Cathar peace symbol in Minerve, France in 2013. Her new book, ‘Love and Courage in Troubled Times,’ touches on the Catholic crusade against the Cathars in the 13th century. (Photo courtesy Tom Cameron)
Nanaimo author Lawrence Winkler’s latest book is ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.’ (Bulletin file photo/supplied)

Nanaimo author wraps up trilogy following ‘antihero’ Island doctor

Lawrence Winkler presents ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa’

Nanaimo author Lawrence Winkler’s latest book is ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.’ (Bulletin file photo/supplied)
Protection Island author Craig Taylor’s new book is ‘New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time.’ (Photo courtesy Mayita Mendez)

Nanaimo author writes about New York from the perspective of its residents

Craig Taylor’s latest book is ‘New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time’

Protection Island author Craig Taylor’s new book is ‘New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time.’ (Photo courtesy Mayita Mendez)
Steven Kothlow and Bryce Raffle, who split their time between Nanaimo and New Westminster, have released their first children’s book, ‘The Littlest Dinosaur.’ (Photo courtesy BHB Photography)

Nanaimo-raised writer releases children’s book about a lonely dinosaur

Steven Kothlow and partner Bryce Raffle make children’s book debut with ‘The Littlest Dinosaur’

Steven Kothlow and Bryce Raffle, who split their time between Nanaimo and New Westminster, have released their first children’s book, ‘The Littlest Dinosaur.’ (Photo courtesy BHB Photography)
A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator’s legacy, announced on his birthday, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, that it would cease publication of several children’s titles including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo,” because of insensitive and racist imagery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

Books affected include McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat’s Quizzer

A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator’s legacy, announced on his birthday, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, that it would cease publication of several children’s titles including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo,” because of insensitive and racist imagery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)

Nanaimo children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)

Nanaimo writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe

Into The Wild With Writer George Mercer

A passion for parks sets the backdrop for novel series

  • Jan 6, 2021
Former park warden George Mercer has turned to writing fiction since his retirement and move to Vancouver Island. Photograph by Lia Crowe