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Writers Fest presents Sally Armstrong, Mount Everest

Staff Reporter
Mar 19th, 2013

Kobo, Kindle, iPad, whatever. Ebook readers are getting more and more love. Even ebook borrowing is at an all-time high. Like Everest.

While the gradual turn away from print may be a hard and grey-hairing ordeal for some to have to witness, the incredible ways that digital media is able to tell stories unlike ever before cannot be denied. That's why, for its  first Incite Reading Series event, the Vancouver International Writers Festival is proud to celebrate a book solely available in electronic format.

"The remarkable use of digital features in Pat Morrow and Sharon Wood's book, 'Everest: High Expectations', is the reason that [we] wanted to showcase this book at Incite," read the press release from Writers Fest this afternoon.

Work Smarter with Evernote

Anja Konjicanin
Dec 20th, 2012

Alexandra Samuel

Alexandra Samuel's new ebook, Work Smarter with Evernote, is a short guide to a more focused, effective, successful career.  Evernote's motto is "Remember Everything" and Samuel explains how to make Evernote deliver on its promise to find things fast and access information anywhere.

Samuel writes beautifully about technology.  She's been a warm and friendly resource  for readers on tech for years through her blog at  Harvard Business Review, and has written for publications such as The Toronto Star, CBC Radio, Business 2.0 and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  She has the rare ability to demystify complex platforms and make them seem accessible, fun and easy to use.  

Hot off the press: What Happened to Serenity? wins inaugural Monica Hughes Award

Anja Konjicanin
Nov 25th, 2012

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P.J. Sarah Collins wrote the first draft fourteen years ago. Now, the Vancouver children novelist's What Happened to Serenity? has been recognized with inaugural Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Red Deer Press announced today. It was administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre with a prize of $5,000, "honour[ing] excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy writing for children and adolescents”.

Candace Plattor wins International Book Awards

Jenny Uechi
Nov 18th, 2012

Candace Plattor, a Vancouver-based counselor and blogger for The Vancouver Observer's Psyched bloghas been honoured with not just one, but two International Book Awards this year. 

Her book, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself Workbook, has won in the "Self-Help: Relationships" category, as well as " "Health: Psychology/Mental Health."

Plattor's extraordinary work involves not only addiction recovery, but help for those whose loved ones are suffering an addiction. 

Farm life stories appeal to urban, rural, liberal, conservative

Justice Marshall
Feb 7th, 2012

Early in this memoir,  Brian Brett divulges that he spent his first 20 years "middle-sexed" due to an undiagnosed glandular disorder. While this facet of his formative experience was undoubtedly painful and challenging, he speaks of it as a gift.

As the book continues to unfold in the context of his most recent 18 years as an organic farmer on Salt Spring Island, his stories reflect this same inherent perspective: challenges in a life well-lived are also full of gifts.

BookNet Canada's November bestseller lists

Anja Konjicanin
Dec 9th, 2011

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Put your favourite reading glasses on – a fresh batch of BookNet Canada's  bestsellers has arrived. They're top drawer:

Top 10 Fiction

"The Next Always" by Nora Roberts
"11/22/63" by Stephen King
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"Half-Blood Blues" by Esi Edugyan
"The Litigators" by John Grisham
"Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult
"Secrets to the Grave" by Tami Hoag
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson
"Crescent Dawn" by Clive Cussler
"The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje

Top 10 Non-Fiction

"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
"Ripley's Believe It or Not! Strikingly True" by Geoff Tibballs
"Guinness Book of World Records 2012" published by Canadian Manda Group
"The Wealthy Barber Returns" by David Chilton
"Cornered" by Ron M. Maclean
"Seriously... I'm Kidding" by Ellen DeGeneres
"Falling Backwards" by Jann Arden
"The Book of Awesome" by Neil Pasricha
"Heaven Is for Real" by Todd Burpo

Top 10 Juvenile

‘Living the Life of your Dreams’ says how you can have it all

Mindy Chapman
Dec 7th, 2011

Marilyn Tam

Living the Life of Your Dreams by Marilyn Tam, a former fortune 500 CEO and former Nike executive, shares insights into a questions that many people ask themselves: how to achieve success, without losing sight of the important things in life? 

In a concise 37 pages, Tam explains how achieving success can be a fulfilling process, rather than a stressful one. 

Born to a traditional Chinese family in Hong Kong, Tam was the sole daughter in a family that prized sons. She endured many hardships and became an inspiring model of success, rising to executive chair positions at Nike, Inc., Reebok, and Aveda Corp. She explains how having purpose and balance in your life is the key to obtaining both success and leisure.

Tam guides us through discovering and harnessing our inner potential, then utilizing it to lead you where you want to go. She calls this "Life’s Compass". While life often throws unpredictable curveballs, Tam advises that people with a strong sense of this compass will always know where they want to go in life. 

BookNet Canada's October bestseller lists

Anja Konjicanin
Nov 4th, 2011

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Aren't books just great? If you're not going to enter our Black Rock Resort Contest (which we fully believe you should) and can't afford to book even the most affordable of vacations, here's a list of good reads to help you escape the city hubbub and grey weather gloom.

Here are BookNet Canada's bestsellers for October.

Top 10 Fiction

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson
"The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje
"Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult
"The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks
"The Impossible Dead" by Ian Rankin
"The Fifth Witness" by Michael Connelly
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"Before I Go to Sleep" by S. J. Watson
"Bad Blood" by John Sandford

Top 10 Non-Fiction

"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson
"The Wealthy Barber Returns" by David Chilton

BookNet Canada's August bestseller lists

Staff Reporter
Sep 9th, 2011

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This fall, everyone is picking up a book, and with good cause: The Vancouver International Writers Festival is coming up in October, so let's all help promote Canadian and international writers. Here are BookNet Canada's bestsellers for August.

Top 10 Fiction

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
"The Confession" by John Grisham
"The Help Movie Tie-in Edition" by Kathryn Stockett
"Room" by Emma Donoghue
"Private" by James Patterson
"One Day" by David Nicholls
"Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks
"Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova
"A Dance with Dragons" by George R. R. Martin
"The Distant Hours" by Kate Morton

Top 10 Non-Fiction

"A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard
"Heaven Is for Real" by Todd Burpo
"The Book of Awesome" by Neil Pasricha
"The Wealthy Barber Returns" by David Chilton
"Go the F* k to Sleep" by Adam Mansbach
"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
"Quinoa 365" by Patricia Green
"The 17 Day Diet" by Mike Moreno

BookNet Canada's July bestseller lists

Anja Konjicanin
Aug 11th, 2011

Crack open a good book with BookNet Canada's bestseller lists for July:


The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
One Day by David Nicholls
The Postcard Killers by James Patterson
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 
The Devil Colony by James Rollins

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