|Like a Child to Home offers sharply-honed realistic insight into the world of social work on Canada’s West Coast. It is a clear, dispassionate portrayal of one professional, Wally Rose, his colleagues, his clients, his world. Wally tackles difficult cases with understated humour and compassion, while facing an internal investigation into his conduct after a complaint is made against him.
As an unforgiving November unfolds, we enter the little known, barely understood world of lives lived on the fringes of conventional society and a few of the people who try to provide support despite a bureaucratic maze.
What a pleasure to read this lovely jumble of poetry, stories and plays! While each one is wildly different from the next, yet they are all loosely linked and together they form a unique glimpse into the author’s life and perceptions. Some are raw, some are fresh, some are subtle, but each one dances across the page to speak its truth. This is a book about life. :Rachel McMillen,
Best-selling author of the Dan Connor Mystery series
Author Isabella Mori takes us on a slow, iterative meandering through the landscape of images, feelings and thoughts that lends itself well to the deliberate nature of haiku. In Part 1 she reflexts and lightly touches on the topics of haiku and imperfection, with a selection of her own haiku. In Part 2 she delves deeper into these ideas, linking to the work of present and past haiku poets and scholars.More info →
Hilarity runs rampant throughout this book as the author pontificates on porta-potties, turnips and tiny pants (read: shorts), the perils of volunteerism, country etiquette, small-town secret societies and community discourse. And sprinkled generously throughout, are quotes that run the gamut from Brigitte Bardot to Voltaire. You’ll even see one from his alter ego, Rural Roberts.
The bite-size essays in CIGS are perfect for ferry rides, nightcaps and workday commutes. And if relocating to a small town is something you’ve dreamed of, pack your shovel, because, to quote the man himself, “Caca occurs!”
Poems about Harleys, road trips, tattoos, friends, and fitness. Started as a legacy project for my grandchildren after the loss of one of my sons. The idea being if I was to leave this planet my children could pass this book onto my grandchildren at some point and say "this is your grandfather! This what and who he was"More info →
Max Berdahl is not the man people think he is, and when his body is discovered in a vacant house in the village of Britannia Bay, Detective Sergeants Rossini and Tan must forgo his shady business practices and look into his personal life for a perpetrator and the reason for his murder. These appear to be elusive until a series of chance incidents lead them to the killer and a bizarre motive.More info →
Everyone knows everyone’s business in the small fishing community of Kitsum. When young Brenda Joe gets pregnant and quits high school, the news spreads quickly. Things look up when Brenda’s favourite aunt returns to visit and Brenda can reveal her secret relationship with the baby’s father, a local man from a hard-partying family. When Aunt Monica goes to set him straight, her actions trigger a chain of events that neither of the women would have ever expected.
When spring finally arrives with the annual herring spawn, after a long winter of family scandals, how are people able to face one another?
In Minerva’s Owl, Carol Matthews reflects on Hegel’s observation that the owl of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, spreads its wings only at twilight. Understanding comes late in life and, as Hegel suggests, the past cannot be rejuvenated, only known. For Matthews, the knowing is helpful. Part grief memoir, part love story, this account an exploration of how bereavement after a long-term marriage can be experienced as part of an ongoing relationship.More info →
In this exciting new anthology from Oolichan Books, editors Kim Clark and Dawn Marie Kresan comb the Canadian landscape for its redheaded writers. Only 2% of the world's population is born with red locks, and Canadian Ginger explores what it means to be red in the head. Whether it is a poet, a playwright or a prose writer in between, each has a particular take on the myths and stereotypes of having red hair. The anthology includes established and emerging writers, from nonfiction by Penn Kamp to a short play by Jordan Watkins, from poetry and prose by Bruce Meyer to nonfiction by Christine Lowther.More info →
Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.More info →
You spend hours at the beach picking up stones. You fell in love with an amethyst geode. You're never without crystals in your pocket. For anyone who has a connection with stones and crystals, this book will expand your understanding of your stone allies and give you new ways to bring their energy into your lifeMore info →