Some Member Book Selections

Cover Image of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J.K. Rowling published by Arthur A. Levine Books
Cover Image of The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew, Book 4) by Carolyn Keene published by Applewood Books
Cover Image of Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Cover Image of Good Faith by Jane Smiley published by Knopf
Cover Image of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon published by Picador
Cover Image of Living to Tell the Tale by GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ, EDITH GROSSMAN published by Knopf
Cover Image of The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad published by Back Bay Books
Cover Image of In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden by Kathleen Cambor published by Harper Perennial
Cover Image of Life of Pi by Yann Martel published by Harvest Books
Cover Image of The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Plays) by Arthur Miller published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Cover Image of Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence published by New American Library
Cover Image of The Danzig Trilogy: The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years by Gunter Grass published by Harcourt Brace
Cover Image of Why I'm Still Married : Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes by Karen  Propp, Jean  Trounstine published by Hudson Street Press
Cover Image of Love Walked In by Marisa  de los Santos published by Dutton Adult

LATEST Feature Articles

Western Canadian Wilderness Writers 

by  - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Who can resist a quiz? Bibliophiles will be keen to see how well you do answering this geographical literary quiz posted on Matador, a fantastic travel website. Book titles and author names are provided and the question is not what country the author derives from, but the country the book title's narrative is set. We've replicated the list with links to purchase in case you missed an answer and want to fill in your reading void:

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  1. a) Venezuala b) Columbia c) Equador d) Peru
      The Reader by Bernardt Schlink
    1. a) France b) Poland c) Germany d) Austria
        Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
      1. a) Iran b) Macedonia c) Belgium d) Greece
          Ulysses by James Joyce
        1. a) England b) Greece c) Ireland d) Turkey
            The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende
          1. a) Argentina b) Peru c) Chile d) Columbia
              The Adventures of TinTin by Herge
            1. a) France b) Belgium c) Luxemburg d) the Netherlands
                The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
              1. a) Camaroon b) The Democratic Republic of Congo c) Gabon d) South Africa
                  Disgrace by J.M. Coetze
                1. a) South Africa b) Lesotho c) United Kingdom d) The Netherlands
                    Things Fall Apart by Chinoa Achebe
                  1. a) Uganda b) Nigeria c) Kenya d) Ghana
                      The Old Man in the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
                    1. a) Mexico b) Cuba d) The United States d) Puerto Rico
                        A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
                      1. a) Afghanistan b) Iraq c) Iran d) Pakistan
                          Let The Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
                        1. a) Norway b) The Netherlands c) Sweden d) Denmark  ...More >>

LATEST Author Interviews

Chef's Table: Netflix Inspiring A Food Movement 

by  - Sunday, July 12, 2015

Each spring my husband and I relocate to our farm in the southern Interior of British Columbia. While we've owned the property for two decades, we've not had the luxury of circumstance or time to be there until the last few years. Taking control has put us on a steep learning curve on multiple fronts. The best teacher of course is experience, and we have tried to pick off projects within the scope of our budget and energy, which of course necessitates learning by our mistakes. I don't feel we began to really take things seriously until we acquired chickens. A garden can be tilled, seeded and left for a few days or even a week with a timed water system. Ditto for a ploughed field depending on the planting and time of year. But animals require that you be there. And being present on a daily basis you learn their rhythms, their needs, their idiosyncrasies and personalities.

Chickens were the catalyst to understanding the responsibility of our farm. My book shelves are lined with titles on topics of interest. The Guide to Self Sufficiency, Back to Basics, The Organic Grain Grower, Bee Keeping & Honey, The Oxford Companion To Beer. And of course many many cook books to deal with all the bounty from the vegetable garden. There is a series on Netflix right now that connects the dots from farmer and field to consumers and their tables. It is called Chef's Table. This is where you become inspired by cooking movements around the world started by chefs who embody a philosophy of eating that is most often traced back to their roots. If you watch this series I challenge you NOT to think about food and its connection to the health of the landscape from which it derived, combined with the skill, technique, history and cultural identity of every hand that touches product from field to table.   ...More >>

Feature Articles >>

Take This Literary Quiz 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Who can resist a quiz? Bibliophiles will be keen to see how well you do answering this geographical literary quiz posted on Matador, a fantastic travel website. Book titles and author names are provided and the question is not what country the author derives from, rather it asks which country the book title's narrative is set. We've replicated the list with links to purchase each book in case you missed an answer and want to fill in your reading void:

1. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • a) Venezuala b) Columbia c) Equador d) Peru
  • 2.The Reader: A novel by Bernardt Schlink
  • a) France b) Poland c) Germany d) Austria
  • 3.Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • a) Iran b) Macedonia c) Belgium d) Greece
  • 4. Ulysses (Annotated: Revised and Expanded Edition) by James Joyce
  • a) England b) Greece c) Ireland d) Turkey
  • 5.The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende
  • a) Argentina b) Peru c) Chile d) Columbia
  • 6.Adventures of Tintin (Complete Slipcase) by Herge
  • a) France b) Belgium c) Luxemburg d) the Netherlands
  • 7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • a) Camaroon b) The Democratic Republic of Congo c) Gabon d) South Africa
  • 8.Disgrace by J.M. Coetze
  • a) South Africa b) Lesotho c) United Kingdom d) The Netherlands
  • 9. Things Fall Apart by Chinoa Achebe
  • a) Uganda b) Nigeria c) Kenya d) Ghana
  • 10.Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • a) Mexico b) Cuba d) The United States d) Puerto Rico
  • 11.A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • a) Afghanistan b) Iraq c) Iran d) Pakistan
  • 12.Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • a) Norway b) The Netherlands c) Sweden d) Denmark
  • Click title for answers. ....More >>

     

     

    Book Reviews >>

    A Review of John Vaillant's First Novel: The Jaguar's Children 

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    Sunday, April 05, 2015

    Anyone who has read John Vaillant's books knows that he is a champion for causes. Be it a rare golden spruce on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in BC or an endangered Amur tiger in the Pri­morye region on Russia’s far eastern border.

    He is also a consummate storyteller who takes facts from his exhaustive research to construct plots with convincing detail and thriller-like tension. Was the missing Grant Hadwin an eco-terrorist who cut down the 500 year-old iconic tree? Was he murdered, drowned or hiding? Was the Amur tiger a man-killer, stalking for revenge? Would the search team tracking the wounded animal's blood in the snow reach the animal before it would have a chance to kill again? Gripping stuff—and this is nonfiction we're talking about!

    So when John announced he was working on his first novel, we all waited with baited breath. What will it be about? Where will it be set? Would he succeed in contriving characters and conflict evoked from his imagination as well as those in real life? Of course good story telling is based on something equally as powerful as facts. To make great fiction you must construct truth. For in fiction the reader is looking as hard for mistakes in the logic of your writing as the footnoted sources of your nonfiction. Throw on too much sentimentalism, too much bravado and like a failing movie your audience will not feel safe to suspend the disbelief that carries them to the fateful end.

    The Jaguar's Children: A novel is set deep in Mexico in Oaxaca and on the borderland between Mexico and California. Two boyhood friends, Hector and Ceasar have decided to flee their homeland; one for the promise of a better life, the other to bring promise back to the people left behind. They pay a coyote [slang for a person who smuggles Mexican nationals] to weld them inside the belly of an empty water truck along with a dozen other desperate illegal immigrants. The truck breaks an axle ....More >>

     

     

    Publisher News >>

    Harbour Publishing Partners with D&M 

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    Saturday, March 01, 2014

    Harbour Publishing announces its collaboration with Canada's respected industry giant Douglas & McIntyre. "Douglas & McIntyre, the original imprint of British Columbia’s long-time flagship book publisher, will live to see another day thanks to a new alliance with Harbour Publishing, another long-established British Columbian publisher. Harbour owners Howard and Mary White reached an agreement to purchase assets associated with the famous imprint from its former owner, D&M Publishers Inc. D&M Publishers Inc. published under two imprints, Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books. During reorganization the imprints have been separated and sold as individual entities. The Douglas & McIntyre imprint dates back to 1971 when the original publishing company was co-founded by Jim Douglas and Scott McIntyre. The Douglas & McIntyre list is made up of some 500 titles including the Giller-Prize-winning novel The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skribsrud; the Canadian NonFiction Prizewinner Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and works by such eminent Canadian authors as Emily Carr, Bill Reid, Wayson Choy, Doris Shadbolt, Wade Davis, Bill Richardson, Douglas Coupland, Will Ferguson and others. The Whites plan to operate Douglas & McIntyre as a separate company with its own editorial direction, maintaining the press’s focus on First Nations, art, fiction and books directed at the national and international market. All Douglas & McIntyre titles will continue to be distributed by Harper Collins in Canada with no interruption of service. ....More >>

     

    Whistler Reads >>

    Whistler Reads: PEDAL by Chelsea Rooney 

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    Tuesday, April 07, 2015

    Our next Whistler Reads event is Thursday April 30th at the Nita Lake Lodge (Library) 7pm-9pm. (Tickets $15 Message Paula if you are a non-profit) Come meet Vancouver's new literary prodigy, fresh out of UBC's MFA program with her debut novel. Chelsea Rooney is the author of Pedal(published Caitlin Press)and named Book of the Year by the Canadian Publishing community. Now a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award co-presented by Canada's premiere literary magazine, The Walrus!

    Since its inception in 1974, The First Novel Award has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelists, including: Michael Ondaatje, Joy Kogawa, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels and Joseph Boyden." That means Whistlerites will have the opportunity to preview this talent before the announcement on May 21st. Come judge for yourselves.

    I met Chelsea at a book event in Vancouver and was immediately taken by her candour and poise. Of the three authors on offer that evening, she was the most compelling speaker. Her novel deals with a difficult subject matter; sexual attraction between adults and minors, but she manages to take out the demons offering her own first person experience, effectively transformed into fiction. Her book intelligently asks questions that challenge the status quo on victimization.

    We are reaching out to a few local Whistler non profit organizations with an offer to obtain copies of the book for your staff and network, and a few spaces for interested persons. Message me on our LIKE.

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    WGBH Boston >>

    PBS Masterpiece and Hilary Mantel 

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    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    Mark your calendars! It's all things Wolf Hall (and Hilary Mantel) it seems, since the just-aired BBC series has received outstanding critical reviews saying "it's close to perfect television". That same series premieres in North America on PBS MASTERPIECE April 5th. For those of you lucky enough to be in New York, you can catch the Broadway play of "Wolf Hall", which launches a week later.

    MASTERPIECE on PBS will air a six-hour miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. MASTERPIECE brings both works to life in Wolf Hall, airing on Sundays, April 5 to May 10, 2015 at the special time of 10 pm ET on PBS.

    Wolf Hall stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and shines a spotlight on Thomas Cromwell's involvement in King Henry VIII's marriage to and divorce from Anne Boleyn. See www.pbs.org/wolfhall Viewers in USA can watch streaming online. Viewers in Canada will have to catch the series on TV at the scheduled times in their zone.

    Praise for Hilary Mantel's writing is not quiet or discreet. It shouts and drools.

    Sir Peter Stothard, Chairman of the Man Booker Prize '"Bring Up the Bodies" is simply exceptional...I envy anyone who hasn't yet read it'
    Philip Hensher, Independent on Sunday 'In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII's right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read. A staggering achievement' Sarah Crompton, Sunday Telegraph

    Masterpiece has given BookBuffet copies of Wolf Hall for our members. Message me on our @bookbuffet Twitter feed. Here is the link to purchase. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies ....More >>

     

     

    Wine & Book Club >>

    Wine and Book Club: Sept - Oct 

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    Monday, September 01, 2014

    Ken Follet's new novel, the third volume in his Century trilogy is titled, Edge of Eternity, which is a bit of a cheesy sounding title but with his reputation and success as a writer and screenwriter, who are we to complain?

    Though I have only read this last book in the series, it is a compelling stand-alone volume that does not require, but perhaps inspire, you to read the first two books in the series. Here is how KF's website describes the trilogy:

    Throughout the "Century" trilogy, Ken has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families – American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh – as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now in Edge of Eternity they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all, the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Presidential impeachment, revolution – and rock and roll.

    Growing up in the atomic era I can say that ETERNITY brought back vivid memories of my childhood and the fear we all lived under - which is something I have tried to explain to my children. The "duck and cover" bomb drills in school, the television interruptions posting the Indian head test pattern with a loud alarm tone and the announcer's words, "This is a test." etc. Every city and town block had a siren alarm box attached to the telephone poll. Living in the era of nuclear fear kept you awake at night, even as a child you had a pit of anxiety in your stomach and a sense of impending doom. The Kubric film "http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/">Dr. Strangelove was an apt cautionary parody of geo-politics of the day. Now I can point my children who are each in varying degrees students of history, to this book as it captures the era pungently.

    That is the benefit of historical fiction, and why KF made the ....More >>

     

     

    Author Interviews >>

    Q Hosts John Vaillant On His Breakout Novel 

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    As a reviewer I am fortunate to have copies of new books delivered by publishers pre-pub or soon after release date. As a friend of John Vaillant's with whom we have had the pleasure of hosting at literary events on three previous occasions, I was buoyed to receive John's break-out novel,The Jaguar's Children (Knopf, Canada Random House), and see it reading so well. John's two previous award-winning nonfiction books: The Tiger and The Golden Spruce have placed him in the Canadian literary canon, as a welcome American emigrant. I suspect it is unbridled talent combined with his life experience, living as a US-Canadian dual citizen that informs his keen writerly sensibility to communicate this powerful story of cross-border drama. Click this link to view. CBC's Q interview with JV and guest host Damian Abraham. Video and summary of previous JV-WR collaborations follow below. We are hosting John again this May. Stay tuned!! ....More >>

     

     

    Technology Corner >>

    How NOT to Look Ugly on a Webcam Interview 

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Coincidentally, I was just giving (4 of these) bits of advice to colleagues who I've asked to film a webcast for an event when this timely post came from web guru Guy Kawasaki. It's the most comprehensive, easty-to-follow guide as seen on his AllTop website. But I see the original infograph credit goes to Kate Rinsema of Mixology. In summary:

      Don't have any distracting light source behind you.
    1. DO have natural sunlight (as from a window) or other flattering light source in front of you bathing your face.
    2. Keep in mind what is in the background - is it working FOR you or AGAINST the vibe?
    3. Use ethernet cable, not WiFi - if connection fails, you've just lost your audience and possibly future opportunities
    4. Pick a quiet/comfortable place to record so your mind is not distracted
    5. Re-start your computer (even if it is a MAC) and close all extra windows & programs
    6. Take yourself off "network share" while recording, if you are using this (go to system preferences-network-share "off")
    7. Position yourself in the centre of the webcam screen. I always think you should also have laptop or camera at eye level or above shooting down instead of lower shooting unflatteringly UP.

    GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEXT WEBCAM SESSION!! ....More >>

     

     

    Events >>

    London Book Fair 2015 - It's A Wrap 

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    Friday, July 03, 2015

    Each year much of the book world convenes in London for the annual London Book Fair. LBF is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content. This year was the largest in its 42 year history with over 25,000 people in attendance from 114 countries. Who are they and what do they do? Visitors include anyone involved with the creation, distribution, sale or treatment of content: book sellers and book buyers, small to large publishers, acquisition editors, book designers, translators, authors, agents, talent scouts, editors and digital authorities.

    This year held no clear single news-maker, but two debut novels were rumoured to sell for seven-figure deals: Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and DeSales Harrison's The Waters & the Wild. The first is an epic set in 18th century Ghana and the second is a literary thriller. It seems the most photographed personality was Austrian singer and drag-queen artist Conchita-Wurst, who gained celebrity after winning a Eurovision song contest and recently launched her book in Berlin. (Holding a copy)

    Independent and self-published topical sessions were extremely popular, seeing a rise from previous years. People are also interested in e-book distribution systems and traditional publishers are looking at ways out of the "no" culture they've created with prospects who are flogging to independent methods of pub and distribution. There's talk on how to adapt to market needs with services that aid prospective writers with better experiences on the road to some form of published product.

    Amazon remains the behemoth in the room with their self-publishing arm and subscription service. And last, library lending of e-books remains prickly with many authors complaining that the system lacks standardization and is difficult to find. ....More >>

     

     
     
     
     

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    Some Member Book Selections

    Cover Image of City of Women: A Novel by David R. Gillham published by Berkley
    Cover Image of Tessie and Pearlie: A Granddaughter's Story by Joy Horowitz published by Touchstone Books
    Cover Image of Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie published by Penguin USA (Paper)
    Cover Image of The Hours by Michael Cunningham published by Picador
    Cover Image of Lonesome Dove: A Novel by Larry McMurtry published by Simon & Schuster
    Cover Image of A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano by Katie Hafner published by Bloomsbury USA
    Cover Image of North of Montana by April Smith published by Fawcett Books
    Cover Image of Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 by Thomas L. Friedman published by Farrar Straus & Giroux
    Cover Image of Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman's Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison by Marina Nemat published by Free Press
    Cover Image of A River Sutra (Vintage International) by Gita Mehta published by Vintage
    Cover Image of The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels by Patrick O'Brian published by W. W. Norton
    Cover Image of Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay published by Ballantine Books (Trd)
    Cover Image of A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Vintage) by Mohammed Hanif published by Vintage
    Cover Image of On Rue Tatin : Living and Cooking in a French Town by SUSAN HERRMANN LOOMIS published by Broadway
     

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