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The Devil’s Breath The story of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster of 1914 By Steve Hanon NeWest Press 327 pages, $24.95 Reviewed by Lorne Daniel The early years of the 20th century seems distant, faded from today’s viewpoint, almost a full century later. European powers and their “new world” spinoffs still saw western Canada as a […]

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November 21 at 5:00 PM Clearihue A206! What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal investigates the experiences of black women involved in the metal, hardcore and punk scenes. Join for a Q & A on the book and its development.  

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Novel posits bleak future

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October 18, 2013

Debut novel Swarm By Lauren Carter Published by Brindle & Glass 288 pages, $19.95   Reviewed by Jenny Boychuk Capitalism has fallen. The government hardly exists except as whispers in condemned buildings. There are no jobs and everyone is poor. There is violence, rebellion. People have to quickly adapt to an older way of life—when […]

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Every Happy Family By Dede Crane Coteau Books 247 pp., $18.95 Reviewed by Susan Braley. Jill, mother, wife and “itinerant” scholar in Dede Crane’s third novel Every Happy Family, thinks “perfection is out there . . . if only she tries a little harder.” For the five years we know her, she devotes herself, lovingly […]

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Island Wineries of British Columbia (updated and expanded) Edited by Gary Hynes Contributors from EAT Magazine Photographs by Rebecca Wellman TouchWood Editions, 256 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Candace Fertile This book was first published in 2011 and won the 2012 Gourmand International Wine Books Award for Canada, among other accolades. That a revised edition was […]

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Stolen By John Wilson Orca Book Publishers, 119 pages,  $9.95 Him Standing By Richard Wagamese Raven Books, 129 pages, $9.95 Reviewed by Marcie Gray Ever start a book and then put it down for so long that when you pick it up again, you have to reread the beginning? Ever take a book out of the library […]

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Journalist Cathi Bond divides her time between the streets of Toronto and the fields of rural Ontario.  With her lively focus on contemporary culture and the Internet, Bond was a columnist on Definitely Not The Opera (DNTO) with Nora Young, and is a regular contributor to Spark, both on CBC Radio. She also does movie […]

Victoria residents Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock are partners in life and crime-writing. Their third mystery in the Danutia Dranchuck series was published this spring. The series features a female RCMP constable who grows more complex with each new book. The authors will be in Vancouver April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Peter Kaye […]