Author Michelle Kim runs through time

Born and raised in Surrey,B.C., Michelle Kim didn’t envision herself writing a book when she was pursuing a career in film. Unable to ignore the little scenes she kept scribbling in notebooks, she finally sat down and took the time to write her first fiction novel, Running Through Sprinklers. Kim, who took inspiration from her film…

Author lets flow a few goosefeathers of emotion

As part of the Pick Your Poison: Writers’ Reading Series, author Naomi Steinberg, along with guests, will be reading from her Goosefeather manuscript at The Generative Nest on April 22, May 6, May 20 and June 3. Steinberg, a well-traveled storyteller from Vancouver, took off on an adventure in December of 2014 and never looked back. Fascinated…

A conversation with Lee Maracle

As part of the New Legends of Vancouver Author Readings, author Lee Maracle will be reading from her latest book, My Conversations with Canadians, at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)’s Central Branch on Apr. 22. Written in the Notes application on her iPhone, this collection of prose essays started as a pipe dream for Maracle that…

The Lady of the Bead

An empty canvas is a one of great potential. Bead Bai and Home Between Crossings are the first historical novels in an ongoing trilogy being written by Kenyan-born Canadian ethnographer and writer, Sultan Somjee. The writer has spent nearly a decade working on his trilogy, which takes the reader on a journey from the drought-stricken fields of India, shantytowns…

Debuting author explores the in-between worlds of newcomers

Djamila Ibrahim, launches things are good now, nine fiction short stories that explore the lives of people affected by immigration. Ibrahim emigrated from Ethiopia with her parents and five siblings when she was a teenager. Her experience taught her what it means to “fit into the in-between worlds,” where a person feels connected by place, language…

Stories of Vietnam

Vancouver-based authors Brandy Lien Worrall and Elizabeth McLean will appear at the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Nov. 29, 2017 to discuss their respective books What doesn’t Kill Us and The Swallows Uncaged. These titles center on the joys and tragedies that have occurred over the course of Vietnam’s history and both authors…

Tales told through Taiwanese comic books

Nick Stember, a translator and historian in the field of Chinese comic books has been working closely with the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan and the Grayhawk Agency on the Books from Taiwan project. He has been translating excerpts from notable Taiwanese comics and hopes to catch a publisher’s interest. Stember will be delivering his…

How one couple travelled the world

Travelling to 77 countries over six continents is no easy feat. Shahla and Peter Nygaard are sharing their long journey in their new book, Decade of Discovery. In 2004, the Nygaards left their home in Edmonton with a one way ticket to Frankfurt, Germany. “We were really curious about the world and decided the best…

The Native Voice: Maisie Hurley’s “Political Diary”

The British Historical Federation awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Honourable Mention to Eric Jamieson for his historical book, The Native Voice: The Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada’s First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a Nation on May 27. Eric Jamieson, a former banker in British Columbia, developed a passion for writing at an early…

Literary connections to community

The Surrey City Centre Library hosted a book launch featuring the city’s first ever Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar on May 12. The legacy story project Surrey Stories Connect: Teens and Seniors Write Surrey, subtitled Fear Less, Love More; Moins de peur, plus d’amour; ਡਰੋ ਘੱਟ, ਿਪਆਰ ਵੱਧ ਕਰੋ was one of Saklikar’s major undertakings…

Book Unlaunch: The Muslimah who Fell to Earth

Saima S. Hussain, editor of The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth started collecting stories on Muslim women after a work colleague suggested she was her only Muslim friend.  “Our conversation made me realize that we don’t really know each other,” says Hussain. “We live side by side, but we don’t really live together in Canada.…

A search for belonging

‘To the restless, the lonely, and those forever stuck in between,’ is the dedication of the new book Wherever I Find Myself, published by Caitlin Press Inc. and edited by Miriam Matejova, PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In the book, immigrant women describe their struggles of integrating into Canadian society in…

Reconciling truth through story reclamation

Simon Fraser University (SFU) linguistics and First Nations studies professor Marianne Ignace, her husband Chief Ronald Ignace, PhD and elders from their community – Skeetchestn in the Secwepemc Nation – took on a project to reclaim and teach their ancient stories in the Secwepemctsin language. One of the many First Nations ‘stsptekwll’ or oral traditions…