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Fall Books: Check out our new titles for Fall 2017.

Award finalist: Congratulations to Jack Knox, whose book Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada was nominated for the 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour Writing.

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

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

• Book launch at Vancouver Maritime Museum, Thursday, June 22

• Surrey: Beckoned by the Story-Teen Memoir Writing Workshop, July 6, 1:30-4:30 pm, City Centre Library.

• Vancouver: SFU Writer's Studio Reading Series, Thursday, July 6, 8:00 pm, Cottage Bistro.

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

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


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

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

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

• Toronto: Ug3 Live (77 Peter St.), 7:00 pm June 28


Book launch for Mark Bate: Nanaimo's First Mayor, by Jan Peterson. Nanaimo Museum, June 3.


Book launch for Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii, by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm, Haida Gwaii Museum


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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