Literature

Author Robin Fisher holds a copy of ‘Wilson Duff: Coming Back, A Life’ which biographies the “pioneering efforts” of B.C. anthropologist Wilson Duff. Fisher will hold a VIU ElderCollege talk on Sept. 17 on the subject of the White and Bob case, which is noted in the book. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo author tells of B.C. anthropologist and advocate for Indigenous rights

Robin Fisher’s ‘Wilson Duff: Coming Back, A Life’ was released this spring

 

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

 

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)
Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison firefighter publishes story in 2 ‘Chicken Soup’ books

Fred Webber fulfilled his firefighting dream in his mid 50s

Harrison Firefighter Fred Webber smiles as he holds copies of the two Chicken Soup for the Soul books that contain his story. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Nanaimo’s Glenn Brucker, author and illustrator of ‘City Day,’ was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Book Award in May. (Photo by Alyson Brucker)

Nanaimo author and illustrator nominated for B.C. children’s book award

Glenn Brucker’s ‘City Day’ shortlisted for Chocolate Lily Book Award

Nanaimo’s Glenn Brucker, author and illustrator of ‘City Day,’ was nominated for a Chocolate Lily Book Award in May. (Photo by Alyson Brucker)
‘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)
A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)

City of Nanaimo unveils ‘Hidden Messages’ public art project to encourage physical activity

Project showcases 10 haikus by city’s poet laureate that only appear when wet

A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)
Vancouver-raised author Pik-Shuen Fung, shown in a handout photo, has won this year's Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Fung was awarded the $60,000 prize for "Ghost Forest" at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

B.C. author’s ‘Ghost Forest’ wins Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Pik-Shuen Fung awarded the $60,000 prize for story of woman grappling with the death of her father

Vancouver-raised author Pik-Shuen Fung, shown in a handout photo, has won this year's Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Fung was awarded the $60,000 prize for "Ghost Forest" at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Award-winning CBC journalist Angela Sterritt (left) will be a mentor for the 2022 Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle program. Samantha Krilow (right) was a participant in the 2021 program. (Submitted photos)

Applications open for Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle mentorship program

21 participants will be matched with one of seven mentors in the six-month program

Award-winning CBC journalist Angela Sterritt (left) will be a mentor for the 2022 Audible Indigenous Writers’ Circle program. Samantha Krilow (right) was a participant in the 2021 program. (Submitted photos)
Jackie Elliott’s ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ is one of five finalists in a new category for the 2022 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence. A winner will be announced on May 26. (Photos submitted)

Nanaimo author shortlisted for national crime writers’ award

South Wellington’s Jackie Elliott named a finalist in new category by Crime Writers of Canada

Jackie Elliott’s ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ is one of five finalists in a new category for the 2022 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence. A winner will be announced on May 26. (Photos submitted)
Toronto poet laureate A.F. Moritz will deliver the 2022 VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading. (Photo courtesy Steven Payne)

Poet to discuss oral, written poetry at Vancouver Island University

Toronto poet laureate A.F. Moritz to deliver VIU Gustafson lecture and reading

Toronto poet laureate A.F. Moritz will deliver the 2022 VIU Gustafson Lecture and Reading. (Photo courtesy Steven Payne)
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)
Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)

Nanaimo spoken word group creating online art and literature magazine

Submissions open for WordStorm Society of the Arts’s new ‘Counterflow’ magazine

Bowen Island poet Susan Alexander is the guest editor for the inaugural issue of Wordstorm Society of the Arts’s ‘Counterflow’ magazine. (Photo courtesy Karolina Turek)
Gabriola Island-based writer Libby Gunn has been long-listed for the CBC Non-fiction Prize for her short story ‘Whitefish.’ (Photo courtesy Diane Simpson)

Gabriola Island writer long-listed for CBC Non-fiction Prize for second time

Libby Gunn ponders connection to land and family in short story ‘Whitefish’

Gabriola Island-based writer Libby Gunn has been long-listed for the CBC Non-fiction Prize for her short story ‘Whitefish.’ (Photo courtesy Diane Simpson)
Kamal Parmar is Nanaimo’s new poet laureate. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

City of Nanaimo appoints new poet laureate

Kamal Parmar will serve in the role for a two-year term

Kamal Parmar is Nanaimo’s new poet laureate. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is the managing editor of VIRL’s new online art and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island Regional Library unveils new art and literature magazine

‘Sea and Cedar’ features poetry, stories and visual art from across the Island

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley is the managing editor of VIRL’s new online art and literature magazine, ‘Sea and Cedar.’ (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
VIU’s ‘Portal’ magazine is turning 30 years old. (Image courtesy Chantelle Calitz)

Vancouver Island University’s literary magazine ‘Portal’ celebrates 30 years

Virtual launch featuring contributor readings takes places on April 30

VIU’s ‘Portal’ magazine is turning 30 years old. (Image courtesy Chantelle Calitz)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley led the effort to create a Vancouver Island poetry booklet in recognition of National Poetry Month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library publishes booklet for National Poetry Month

Collection features winners of ‘Poem in your Pocket’ contest

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley led the effort to create a Vancouver Island poetry booklet in recognition of National Poetry Month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Vancouver writer Doretta Lau is judging the adult submissions to the Nanaimo Arts Council’s Islands Short Fiction Contest. (Photo Ming Kai Leung)

Nanaimo Arts Council seeks submissions for Islands Short Fiction Contest

Writers of all ages from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are welcome to submit

Vancouver writer Doretta Lau is judging the adult submissions to the Nanaimo Arts Council’s Islands Short Fiction Contest. (Photo Ming Kai Leung)
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