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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

THANKSGIVING MENU: Cocktail

Mind Over Matter From Spain by Emily Lycopolus and DL Acken A note from Emily This recipe is my adaption of one of the most popular cocktails at a favorite local cocktail lounge in Victoria. Brian Newham created the original version of this delicious beverage by combining the complexity of sweet cream sherry with a bright … Continued

THANKSGIVING MENU: Dessert

Carrot Cake with Maple Pumpkin Seed Brittle and Brown Butter Cream Cheese Icing From All the Sweet Things by Renée Kohlman A note from Renée That title is a rather large mouthful, is it not? Well, there’s lots happening here, from the moist and aromatic carrot cake to the sweet and crunchy brittle in the middle … Continued

THANKSGIVING MENU: Vegetable Side

Zucchini Gratin From Waste Not, Want Not by Cinda Chavich 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided 1 large onion, thinly sliced ½ tsp granulated sugar 3 lb small zucchini, sliced 6 ripe Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup fresh or … Continued

THANKSGIVING MENU: Salad

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Apples From Out of the Orchard by Julie Van Rosendaal   A note from Julie This is one of my favourite salads. Because it’s so portable, it’s perfect for bringing to parties or potlucks or even for lunch at work. Serves 4–6 Salad 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa ¼ cup (60 … Continued

THANKSGIVING MENU: Seafood Appetizer

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Harissa Aioli From Off the Hook by DL Acken and Aurelia Louvet   A note from the Danielle and Aurelia These crab cakes are perfect for passing around as hors d’oeuvres at a party and can be fully made up to a day in advance. Make 12 bite-sized cakes instead of … Continued