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From all of us at TouchWood, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday season.   Photo © DL Acken, from Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea

Twelve Days of TouchWood

Are you stumped by what to get your dad this Christmas? What about your sister-in-law, your boss, or your mailman? We have a few suggestions! Whether they’re foodies, historians, naturalists, art lovers, or arm chair detectives, we have the perfect book for the reader on your list. Day 1 – for the Islander (whether or not … Continued

E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island a Finalist for 2019 Victoria Book Prizes

TouchWood Editions is pleased to announce that E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island—the acclaimed biography of the solitary and beloved BC artist, written by Robert Amos—is a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, one of two prestigious prizes awarded by the Victoria Book Prize Society. The announcement was made September 11. Also … Continued

Celebrating Cephalopods

In honour of #CephalopodWeek, we’re pleased to share a personal essay from Briony Penn’s west coast almanac, A Year on the Wild Side.   Another Seaside Attraction January   She was washed up on the shore: a quiet mass of mottled pink flesh diminishing, even in the thin heat of the January sun. The remaining arms … Continued

Off the Hook wins PubWest Book Design Award

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that designer Tree Abraham has received a prestigious 2019 PubWest Book Design Award for her original design of Off the Hook: The Essential West Coast Seafood Recipes by DL Acken and Aurelia Louvet. Winners were announced June 7, 2019.   Off the Hook explores the world of fresh British Columbia … Continued

Food Artisans of Alberta shortlisted for 2019 Taste Canada Awards

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to share that Food Artisans of Alberta by Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri has been shortlisted for the 2019 Taste Canada Awards. The announcement was made via Facebook Live streaming on June 4. Food Artisans of Alberta: Your Trail Guide to the Best of our Locally Crafted Fare was born out … Continued

E. J. Hughes biography by Robert Amos shortlisted for BC Book Prize

TouchWood Editions is pleased to announce that E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island—the acclaimed biography of the solitary and beloved BC artist, written by Robert Amos—has been shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes’ Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. The announcement was made March 20. E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island debuted at #4 on the … Continued

Honey Pie for Pi Day!

Honey Pie From Greece by Emily Lycopolus   A note from Emily This pie is probably better described as a Greek-style cheesecake. It’s sweetened with honey and Apricot white balsamic vinegar, so it’s not overly sweet, and it has a slightly coarser texture than New York–style cheesecake thanks to the yogurt and ricotta, which also … Continued

BOOK SIGNING: Iona Whishaw at ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
TouchWood Editions Booth 2404B

Iona Whishaw, author of the Lane Winslow mystery series, will be attending the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting this Saturday to sign copies of Lane’s newest adventure, A Deceptive Devotion. If you are milling about in the Exhibition Hall, be sure to stop by the TouchWood Editions (booth 2404B) between 2-5pm to meet her.   … Continued

Holiday Greetings!

From all of us here at TouchWood Editions, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year.

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


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


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


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


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


Caramelized Pear on Warm Brie From The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus   A note from Emily When that first crisp morning arrives at the beginning of September, all I want to do is get to the market to pick up some pears and some Brie so I can eat this … Continued

RELEASE: Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

TouchWood Editions is pleased to announce that Jody Robbins’ travel guide, 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit, has been awarded silver in the 2018 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. The announcement was made September 24. According to the official release, the Society of American … Continued