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Happy Labour Day picnic tips

Where better to spend a labour-free weekend than on the grass? Author of Picnic in Pisticci, Tina Powell shares tips to keep in mind for the most fun and easy picnic possible: 1. Remember...

Death of the paperback

These are dark and stormy times for the mass-market softcover, the NY Times reports.

Top events around town this Labour Day weekend

We don't know how this happened, but September is practically here. These upcoming events look good, however, so all is not lost. Maybe we're just sad because Honey Bee Steve is going to be...

Michael Moore to speak at Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival will present Academy Award-winning filmmaker and writer Michael Moore to Vancouver audiences on Sept. 18, 2011. In his only scheduled...

Take part in the celebration of the arts this weekend

This weekend will be a celebration of the arts, with tons of cool artists showcasing their work along with some interesting design conferences and a lecture series.

BookNet Canada's July bestseller lists

Crack open a good book with BookNet Canada's bestseller lists for July: Fiction The Help by Kathryn Stockett A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin Room by Emma Donoghue...

UBC Bookstore renaming debate reflects drastic changes in book industry

What's in a name? When UBC Bookstore circulated an email about its plans to change the name to "UBC Central" in August, it set off a storm of negative feedback from both within and outside the UBC...

Ray Hsu on taking the "book" out of "bookstore"

Is UBC Bookstore being transitioned into a UBC Futures shop? Eight hundred have signed a petition protesting UBC's decision to drop "bookstore" out of its bookstore's name. Ray Hsu comments.

Margaret Atwood for mayor: author's tweet-fight with Toronto Councillor Doug Ford results in cheeky campaign

The "Margaret Atwood for Mayor" site appeared after the Canadian literary icon's defiant exchange with a City Councillor over Toronto mayor Rob Ford's proposed cuts to their city's library...

Reporter who broke Murdoch hacking scandal gets book deal

Years spent investigating phone-hacking in media empire will pay off in book next year.