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BC Ferries bans Giller Prize finalist The Golden Mean because of a bare arse

It will probably surprise you that Annabel Lyon's book, The Golden Mean was banned by BC Ferries. There are no racy tidbits or derogatory sections in the book. The reason for the book ban is actually

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This is a fantastic film. One of the most surprising films of the year so far. I have to admit, that when I went in to the theatre I had a completely different idea of what to expect. The theatre...

The Writing Warrior

All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt about their work. In The Writing Warrior (in paperback from Shambhala) Laraine Herring offers advice to writers...

Reading US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

They’re a bit like Will’s blackberries, these poems, growing in secret underbrush—even published. Who thinks to search for them?

Is the Internet changing how we think?

Nicholas Carr argues in a compelling new book that the Internet is changing the way we think.

Heading home with author Ursula K. Le Guin

Imagination is a primal human tool, a lodestone that helps us find our place in creation. Proof abounds in the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Author lives for a year without car and finds a world of beauty on foot and bike

Kurt Hoelting, a fisherman, wilderness guide and meditation teacher from Puget Sound, abandoned his car and foreswore jet travel for a year. Concerned about his carbon footprint, he confined his...

Curiouser and curiouser: Alice in Wonderland through the iPad

Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland has never been out of print in the 145 years since first publication. It has made the leap from print to the big screen, then the small screen, then the eve

Vuong-Riddick Explores History in her New Book, The Evergreen Country: A Memoir of Vietnam

Vancouver's Thuong Vuong-Riddick was born in Hanoi, but educated in Montreal and France with a BA in Philosophy and Literature. She is the author of the book, "The Evergreen Country: A Memoir of...

"Second Childhood" juxtaposes the idyllic with the post-apocalyptic in a thriller set on Cortes Island, BC

Donna McMahon's new novel, Second Childhood, is worth a read, even if you're not a science fiction fan.