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?
Delia Buckley hasn’t seen Daniel Wolfe in twenty-two years, ever since he’d abandoned her and their unborn child. But now here he is, back in Kiltilly, knowing all about Delia’s family troubles and wanting to employ her to nurse him in his terminal illness. Desperate to hang onto the family farm and keep her sister Maggie in the care home she’s lived in for years, Delia is in no position to turn down Daniel’s very handsome offer, but she is determined to leave the secrets of the past buried. Unfortunately, that won't be possible. Set in contemporary Ireland, this family drama explores how our choices — and our mistakes — echo through generations.More info →
Debbie Pierce has it all. The former Miss America lives an enviable life in Southern California with a modelling career, a doting husband, two kids and all the fashionable clothing money can buy. But somehow, it isn't enough. Image-obsessed Debbie is plagued by dissatisfaction, anxiety and an unquenchable desire for admiration. Her two children, neither beautiful nor charming, become petulant and resentful in the face of her ill-concealed disappointment, acting out in ways that have far-reaching consequences for the entire family.
Told from the perspectives of eleven interconnected characters, Plastic is a story of loneliness and longing, of alienation and acceptance and of the never-ending pursuit of the American Dream.
Available from Chapters: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/plastic/9780889844049-item.html?ikwid=Plastic+by+Margaret+Gracie&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0More info →
An ekphrastic anthology showcasing lush full-colour Group of Seven landscape paintings and the flash fictions they inspire. Penned by award-winning authors from each region across Canada, and beyond our borders, to the US, UK, and AU. Including Mike Blouin, Carol Bruneau, Paulo da Costa, Alfred DePew, Tamas Dobozy, Valerie Fox, Travis Good, Mark Anthony Jarman, JJ Lee, Bretton Loney, Yael Eytan Maree, Michael Mirolla, Isabella Mori, Nina Munteanu, Waubgeshig Rice, Robert Runte, Karen Schauber, Nina Shoroplova, Mireille Silcoff, Mary Thompson. A marvellous tribute in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Group of Seven, taking place this 2020.More info →
In 1989 Don Hunter's short fiction collection "Spinner's Inlet" (Horsdal and Schubart) rode he B.C.best sellers list for eight months and was short-listed for the Leacock Medal for Humour. The stories of characters and events in a fictional Gulf Islands community, had their beginnings in the Sunday Magazine of The Province newspaper. Thirty years later some of the same characters are still around, older and (possibly) wiser.
The launch for "Return to Spinner's Inlet" will be held Saturday Nov. 2 from 4- p.m. at the Fort Langley public library, south end of the community Hall on Glover Road. A short reading (one story), then open discussion.
Refreshments will be supplied, books available for signing and sale
Against the background of a 1955 village massacre that haunts & shapes 2 families for decades, through the 1979 Revolution and beyond, Fereshteh, a woman physician, struggles to use her skills to help victims of domestic violence, the regime’s worsening human rights violations, and its merciless subjugation of women. Then in 2009, the discovery of an appalling truth behind both the village massacre and her sister’s arrest converges with the brutal aftermath of the post-presidential election crackdown. Fereshteh’s decisions put her on a collision course with three powerful men, themselves forged in the fire of events beyond their control.More info →
This book is my life’s learning and experiences in various parts of this beautiful Paradise, Canada. Let’s
work together in making it the best part of this precious planet, our home.
For over thirty years I have experienced all kinds of beautiful interactions with people of all walks of life. At
the same time, I have heard of and seen injustices that I never expected to witness here in my beautiful Canada, a country that never really incited any international war. It’s a country which has a social safety system better than most, yet one where countless people must turn to food banks regularly. Many have problems with paying for medications, and some die as a result. There are those who cannot attend or complete university because of inadequate support. And so here, the cruel cycles of poverty keep many excluded, just as in many other parts of our planet.
|In Amity, author Nasreen Pejvack makes her reader wrestle with questions, page after page, as she recounts both the painful and happy memories that form the lives of her two main characters: Ragusa, a survivor of the Yugoslav ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, who is on the verge of taking her own life, and her unknowing rescuer, Payvand, who is an Iranian activist with a tragic life story of her own.
Amity shows that there are moments in some peoples’ lives in which hope does not materialize from suffering. There are times when the soul has been so utterly shattered, that the mere suggestion of finding meaning within its pain is insulting.
As the stories in Amity show, the suffering of many of those individuals will not cease once they have a Canadian passport or British citizenship. The marks that their pasts have left on their souls will accompany them forever, like a shadow surrounding the most trivial moments of their lives.