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Spring Preview: Check out our new titles for Spring 2017.

Award finalists: Congratulations to Amanda Spottiswoode and Molly March, whose kids' novel Brother XII's Treasure is nominated for a 2017 Chocolate Lily Prize.

In the spotlight:Congratulations to author-illustrator Caroll Simpson for her new book Whale Child and for being a selected author for the Canadian Children's Book Centre 2017 TD Children's Book Week Tour.


Upcoming Events

Gary Geddes national tour for the launch of Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care

• University of Winnipeg, annual Spring Institute, "The Politics of Disease: A Genocide by any Other Name," Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm, Convocation Hall

• Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Meno Ya Win Health Centre, Thursday, May 18, 2:00 pm.


Amanda Spottiswoode Okanagan book tour for The Silver Lining

• Chase Library, Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am

• Lake Country Library, Wednesday, April 26, 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

• Mission Library (Kelowna), Friday, April 28, 1:00 pm

Vernon Museum, Saturday, April 29, Chase Library, Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 am


Sylvia Taylor presents her long-awaited second book Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast

• Women of BC, a panel hosted by Read Local BC, Saturday, May 6, 8:00 pm, Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

• Book launch at Vancouver Maritime Museum, Thursday, June 22, 7:00-8:30 pm


Watch for the launch of Pulling Together: A Coach's Journey to Uncover the Mindset of True Potential, by Jason Dorland, at events in these locations:

• Victoria: Elk Lake Boathouse, Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm

• Vancouver: Lulu Lemon Lab, #50 Powell Street, Thursday, May 25, time tbc

• St. Catharine’s: Ridley College, June 3, time tbc


Caroll Simpson will visit Prince Edward Island from May 8-13 as part of TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2017. She will visit school classrooms to present her beautiful book Whale Child.


Jayne Seagrave presents All the World's a Stage: The Story of Vancouver's Bard on the Beach

Writing Non-fiction: How I Wrote the Story of Vancouver's Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch), Saturday, May 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

• Author event at Book Warehouse Main Street, Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 pm

• Grand book launch, Bard on the Beach festival site, Tuesday, July 4, time tbc


Book launch for Mark Bate: Nanaimo's First Mayor, by Jan Peterson, Saturday, June 3, 1:00-3:00 pm.


Britannia's Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914

Author: Barry Gough

The influence of the Royal Navy on the development of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest was both effective and extensive. Yet all too frequently, its impact has been ignored by historians, who instead focus on the influence of explorers, fur traders, settlers, and railway builders. In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of his classic 1972 work, naval historian Barry Gough examines the contest for the Columbia country during the War of 1812, the 1844 British response to President Polk’s manifest destiny and cries of “Fifty-four forty or fight,” the gold-rush invasion of 30, 000 outsiders, and the jurisdictional dispute in the San Juan Islands that spawned the Pig War. The author looks at the Esquimalt-based fleet in the decade before British Columbia joined Canada and the Navy’s relationship with coastal First Nation over the five decades that preceded the Great War.

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Barry Gough

Canadian historian Barry Gough has published more than eighteen books to critical acclaim, including Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History; Through Water, Ice & Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812; and Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams. He has received many accolades, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to civic life in Canada, and the 2015 Mountbatten Literary Award for his book Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon. Dr. Gough is past-president of the British Columbia Historical Federation. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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