Some Member Book Selections

Cover Image of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper: A Novel by Harriet Scott Chessman published by Plume
Cover Image of The Jaguar's Children: A novel by John Vaillant published by Knopf Canada
Cover Image of The Piano Tuner : A Novel by DANIEL MASON published by Vintage
Cover Image of The Futurist : A Novel by James P. Othmer published by Doubleday
Cover Image of We Need New Names: A Novel (NoViolet Bulawayo) by NoViolet Bulawayo published by Reagan Arthur Books
Cover Image of Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones published by John Murray
Cover Image of Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard published by Grand Central Publishing
Cover Image of Emma by Jane Austen published by Bantam Classics
Cover Image of Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford published by Random House Trade Paperbacks
Cover Image of Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond published by Harvest Books
Cover Image of Little Children : A Novel by Tom Perrotta published by St. Martin's Press
Cover Image of In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Cover Image of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek published by Little Brown & Company
Cover Image of A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance Portrait of an Age by William Manchester published by Little Brown & Co (Pap)

LATEST Feature Articles

Whistler Tackles Financial Literacy: Mar 28th 

by  - Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 28th Whistler Reads "Community Series" begins with the hot button topic Financial Literacy. Come learn lessons from the trenches of three dynamic business women at this afternoon clinic taking place in the Whistler Public Library 12-2pm $25 pp (community room) includes take-aways.Tickets Here There is a wine reception you'll be welcome to join at the Nita Lake Lodge 5-7pm as well.

Dragon Den winner Natasha Strim who along with her husband Norm founded Nonna Pia's Balsamic Reductions. The accolades just keep coming, named BC Business of the Year, and Product of the Year by the Canadian Consumer Industry, Natasha will describe how they've built the company and her experiences taking a brand from local to North America wide. (see Dragon's Den video below)

Ashleigh McIvor-Demerit is Whistler's GOLD MEDAL Olympian in Ski Cross and she's transitioned her elite athlete status into a successful career in broadcasting, media and modelling! Not all athletes make that switch successfully. Find out what it takes to channel that athletic drive and commitment into the next stage of life. (see clips of Asheigh's commercial below)  ...More >>

LATEST Author Interviews

Q Hosts John Vaillant On His Breakout Novel 

by  - 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 >>

Feature Articles >>

Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Last week I was fortunate to have an expert speaker address our standing-room-only audience on the topic of ISIS: Leadership in the Middle East. Weeks following the shocking Hebdo killings in Paris at the hands of radical islamists, our guests were united in the quest to come to terms with the brutality behind the movement that has emerged since the Arab Spring and the protracted civil war in Syria with Western contingents and Middle East countries confusing and shifting alliances. How does the world stop this radicalization, what are the forces behind it, is there hope for a solution?

Graham Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. He followed that career by serving as a senior political scientist at RAND - the California think tank for another decade, and he stands currently as adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. Having lived in the Middle East (and other related world posts) for two decades his fluency in Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Chinese have together afforded Graham deep insight into... ....More >>

 

 

Book Reviews >>

The Secret Sharer: Movie Review of Debut Screening of Oscar-winning Filmaker's Latest 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

I had the good fortune to meet Oscar-winning filmmaker, Peter Fudakowski (Tsotsi 2005 Best Foreign Language Film: producer credit) at a private screening of his latest movie The Secret Sharer (2014) in Whistler, BC. to which Fudakowski is both the writer and director. This is a film completely unlike his previous, but equally deserving of superlative accolades. Shot on a decaying freighter in the coastal waters off Thailand with actors speaking both English and Chinese language with subtitles it is quickly being picked up at Film Festivals around the world.

The Secret Sharer is a story about a young ship's officer, (British actor, Jack Laskie) who is promoted to the rank of captain for the purpose of taking commission of a cargo freighter whose wayward crew has taken control, making it their floating possession. Orders are to return the vessel to its owner at a port in China. Upon arrival on aboard ship, the young Captain, who speaks perfect Chinese, is faced with complete indifference to his orders by the motley crew. And they are breaking all the rules: women, alcohol, laziness and potted plants everywhere.

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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 Turns Ten: Come Celebrate 

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Monday, March 09, 2015

As Whistler Reads turns 10 we reflect on a decade of book events, authors and the evolution of a program for readers that has contributed to the cultural fabric and the history of this mountain community in fun and memorable ways. Enter the contest: What was your favourite book of the decade? We'll vote on your passionate defence - and make that a Whistler Reads pick! Help shape what everyone in Whistler is reading and talking about!
email whistlerreads@bookbuffet.com

Looking Back on a Decade of Shared Events Join Us!
March 28th, 2015 5pm-7pm
Nita Lake Lodge Library | $25 w your first glass of wine
Tickets Here

It was ten years ago this month that Whistler Reads launched its first book discussion. (PiqueNewsmagazine Announcement) Betty McWhinnie was our first member! The book was Rockbound by Frank Parker Day - a fascinating look at an unlikely title that won the Canada Reads selection for 2005. (Discussion outcome)

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WGBH Boston >>

PBS Masterpiece: 2014 Filmfestival 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The PBS Online Film Festival gets underway June 16th to July 31st. Participate by heading to the iTunes App Store to download their App Once you've viewed a film, you can vote on your favourite on the PBS website. Viewers in Canada are blocked from online viewing - which is such a disappointment. Why can't PBS do something about this? People are not just moving away from cable network subscriptions - they are RACING to online streaming sites like Netflix. Time for a re-think PBS!

Check out all our Masterpiece posts here, including our interview with creator Julian Fellowes and Masterpiece Diva Producer, Rebecca Eaton. Then join the BookBuffet Masterpiece Group for latest books associated with Masterpiece episodes and series. ....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 >>

Author Podcast: Cheryl Strayed's - WILD 

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Saturday, November 29, 2014


When Cheryl Strayed's mother contracts what initially seems like a cold, her condition rapidly devolves into a diagnose of cancer. In a soul-wrenchingly short seven weeks, her 45-year-young life is taken leaving Cheryl and her two siblings behind. Compelled by profound loss, Cheryl, just 22, sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail - all 1100 miles - solo. She has never hiked. She has never backpacked. From her home in Portland, OR she catches a plane to Los Angeles, hitches a ride to the desert town of Mohave and sets off on a journey that will transform her life, compel her to write a bestselling book titled Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail., which Reese Witherspoon options before before the book can make it to print, and hires English novelist, essayist, lyricist and screenwriter Nick Hornby to adapt into a feature film that stars Reese Witherspoon and is now murmured for Oscar nominations. [That is one sentence for a purpose: take a breath, you are only just reading it. Cheryl had to live it.] Suddenly Cheryl's life is vertiginous with success and purpose. Her emotional journey is set to become the public touchstone for transformation over grief.

But wait, there is more. ....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.

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Events >>

Africa Writes 2014 

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Africa Writes 2014 is the the annual literature and book festival in association with The British Library now in its third year. It takes place Friday July 11th through Sunday July 13th at the British Library Conference Centre on 96 Euston Road, London. (Directions)

Africa Writes brings together over 50 authors, poets, publishers, critics a selection of book launches, panel discussions, presentations and workshops with activities for adults as well as families with children. Most events are free, and a few are ticketed such as on Saturday 18:30-20:00 when Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghana’s leading author, poet, playwright, academic and former Minister of Education, will be joined for an in-depth conversation led by Wangui wa Goro, writer, critic and translator. I am also interested in seeing the The Caine Prize 2014 Conversation, also Saturday 15:00 – 17:00, FREE.

Each year, the Caine Prize for African Writing maps new directions in contemporary African writing. Join the five authors short- listed for the 2014 Prize - Diane Awerbuck, Efemia Chela, Tendai Huchu, Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor - in conversation with Delia Jarrett-Macauley, award-winning writer and judge for the 2007 Caine Prize.

Program Guide: click to down load.

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Some Member Book Selections

Cover Image of The Master by Colm Toibin published by Scribner
Cover Image of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood published by Anchor Books
Cover Image of Last Last Chance: A Novel by Fiona Maazel published by Picador
Cover Image of A Pair Like No Otha' : A Novel by Hunter Hayes published by Avon Trade
Cover Image of The Emperor's Children (Vintage) by Claire Messud published by Vintage
Cover Image of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Alone 1932-1940 by William Raymond Manchester published by Little Brown & Company
Cover Image of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai, Ina Rilke published by Anchor Books
Cover Image of For Whom the Bell Tolls (Scribner Classics) by Ernest Hemingway published by Scribner
Cover Image of Dubliners (Dover Thrift Editions) by James Joyce published by Dover Pubns
Cover Image of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik published by Ballantine Books
Cover Image of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton published by McClelland & Stewart
Cover Image of The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke published by Harper San Francisco
Cover Image of The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Plays) by Arthur Miller published by Penguin USA (Paper)
Cover Image of Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson published by Putnam Adult
 

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