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Fall Books: Check out our new titles for Fall 2017

Congratulations to Manitoba children's author Andreas Oertel, a selected author for the 2018 TD Canadian Children's Book Week.

Upcoming Events

Sylvia Taylor presents Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast

• Parksville, BC: Mulberry Bush Books, Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm

• Pacific Rim Arts & Culture Festival: Featured artist. Tofino and Ucluelet, September 23-30


Jack Knox presents Opportunity Knox: Twenty-Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing

• Victoria: Munro’s Books, Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 pm (doors at 7:00)

• Victoria: Coles Books at Tillicum Mall, Saturday, October 14, 1-3 pm

• Nanaimo: Harbourfront Library, Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-8:00 pm

• Courtenay Library, Thursday, October 26, 2-3:30 pm

• Parksville: Mulberry Bush Books, Thursday, October 26, 6:30-8 pm

• Duncan: Cowichan Library Duncan Branch, Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm

• Victoria: Chapters Saturday, November 4, 12-2 pm

• Kamloops: Chapters Aberdeen Mall, Saturday, November 25, 1:30-3 pm

• Victoria: Bolen Books, Saturday, December, 2-4 pm

• Victoria: Coles Books at Tillicum Mall, Saturday, December 9, 1-3 pm


Craig McInnes book launch for The Mighty Hughes: From Prairie Lawyer to Western Canada’s Moral Compass

• McNally Robinson Books, Saskatoon, Friday, October 13, 1:30-3:30 pm

• Bolen Books, Victoria, Thursday, October 26, 7 pm


Keith Ogilvie book launch for The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie: From the Battle of Britain to the Great Escape

• Trent, ON: RCAF Museum, Thursday, November 9, time tbc

• Ottawa, ON: Books on Beechwood, Friday, November 10, 5-7 pm

• Victoria: Bolen Books, Wednesday, November 15, 7-9 pm

• Parksville: Mulberry Bush Books, Thursday, November 13, 7-9 pm


Sheldon Goldfarb book launch for The Hundred-Year Trek: A History of Student Life at UBC

• Vancouver: UBC Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Monday, December 4 6:30-9 pm


Amanda Spottiswoode book launch for Up in Arms

• Salt Spring Island Library, Tuesday, November 28 time tbc


Beckoned by the Sea

Author: Sylvia Taylor
Renée Saklikar

Beckoned by the Sea celebrates coastal women from northern BC to northern California who work on or with the sea. The twenty-four women featured in this inspiring and fascinating book represent a variety of industries—from conservation, commercial fishing, and marine biology to safety and rescue, tourism, and the arts. Weaving together elements of social history, culture, geography, and environmentalism, author Sylvia Taylor draws on in-depth interviews, meticulous research, and her own experience as a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat. Beckoned by the Sea investigates the myriad ways in which women have contributed to the marine industries that sustain the people and shape the culture of North America’s west coast—and reveals how the sea itself has touched the lives of these women by giving them not just a livelihood but an infinite source of inspiration and personal fulfillment.

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Sylvia Taylor

Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning author, editor, and educator. In addition to her first book, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast, she has published over four hundred articles and literary pieces in various publications. Taylor currently sits on the board of the Arts Council of Surrey and is a past president and former executive director of the Federation of BC Writers. She teaches writing-related programs and has served on the jury of numerous literary competitions, including the 2013 BC Book Awards in Creative Non-fiction. She lives in Greater Vancouver, BC.

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