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RELEASE: Renée Kohlman wins Gold at Taste Canada Awards

TouchWood Editions is pleased to share that All the Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean, Renée Kohlman’s debut cookbook, is the 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Gold Winner in the Single-Subject Cookbook category. The announcement was made at the awards celebration in Toronto on October 29. All the Sweet … Continued

EXCERPT: The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn

THE CURSE OF BROTHER XII CEDAR, VANCOUVER ISLAND   The rural community of cedar is just south of Nanaimo. It was once home to one of North America’s most sensational cults. Much has been written about Brother XII—the infamous preacher of the 1920s and 30s. He was, after all, the charismatic leader of the Aquarian … Continued

EXERPT: Victoria’s Most Haunted by Ian Gibbs

THE WILKINSON JAIL VICTORIA, BC   The complex of buildings now known as the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, the Wilkinson Jail, or “the Wilkie” has had a rich and storied life, which may explain why so many spirits and ghosts still wander the halls. In researching this building, I not only had the opportunity … Continued

EXCERPT: Great Canadian Ghost Stories by Barbara Smith

INTRUDERS RURAL new Brunswick   Some people, and even some families, seem more likely to have a ghostly encounter than others. This was certainly the situation for a New Brunswick family we will call the Lawsons. Bob Lawson recalled an especially stressful time for his family during World War II, the winter of 1942 to … Continued

BOOK SIGNING: Barbara Smith at Coles Westshore

October 27, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Coles Westshore | 2945 Jacklin Rd, Langford

From a poltergeist haunted family in Nova Scotia to a moaning mist in a Yukon cabin, Great Canadian Ghost Stories proves that we are certainly not alone, no matter how alone we think we are, and this is your chance to get your copy signed by the Ghost Story Lady herself, Barbara Smith. Meet Barbara, … Continued

EDMONTON LITFEST: Food Artisans of Alberta // Karen Anderson & Matilde Sanchez-Turri

October 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Matrix Hotel | Amber Room | 10640 100 Ave Edmonton, AB

Edmonton LitFest celebrates some of  finest food artisans, along with the book that salutes them: Food Artisans of Alberta by Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri. Karen and Tilly will be joined by artisans as well as Trina Moyles, author of Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World, and event host Liane Faulder. Festival … Continued

BOOK LAUNCH: City in Colour // May Q. Wong

November 7, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bolen Books | 1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC

Join us in celebrating the release of May Q. Wong’s new book, a collection rediscovered stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour. Meet the author, join in on a discussion about the unsung individuals of the city’s history, and pick up a signed copy of the book.   … Continued

BOOK LAUNCH: Great Canadian Ghost Stories // Barbara Smith

October 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Bolen Books | 1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC

Join us in celebrating the release of Barbara Smith’s latest book of spooky tales, Great Canadian Ghost Stories.  Meet the author, ask about your favourite ghost story, and pick up a signed copy of the book! Share this event on Facebook.

EXCERPT: As A Dog Thinketh by Monique Anstee

Monique Anstee is the founder and head trainer at the Naughty Dogge on Vancouver Island, but she was a dog lover and competitor first. She has represented Canada at Crufts in England, and holds top ten placements in Canada on all of her dogs. At the Naughty Dogge, her clients love her for her honesty, and … Continued

LAUNCH TOUR: A Sorrowful Sanctuary // Iona Whishaw

To celebrate the release of A Sorrowful Sanctuary, the latest Lane Winslow mystery, Iona Whishaw will be touring to Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She’s looking forward to meeting you at one of the following events. Vancouver // Book Warehouse on Main Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30)​ 4118 Main Street, Vancouver Lethbridge // … Continued