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Watch for these Spring 2023 books

Spring brings more than warmer weather and flowers, it also brings books! Check out this great lineup of new books we have planned. You’ll be entranced with nature-focused narratives, intrigued by historical mysteries and tales, and inspired by incredible women. Don’t forget to pick up an updated edition of some of our favourite guidebooks. Creative … Continued

Shop Local Tips for Books

Indie Bookstores: Online & In-Person Lots of local independent bookstores have a number of options for customers, such as online shopping with shipping, click and collect, or wishlist-making. To find your local bookstore, use this handy map of Canadian Independent Bookstores. Chapters Indigo Chapters Indigo is the only bookstore chain in Canada—and it’s Canadian-owned. The … Continued

Book recommendations for Young Readers: Social Issues

November is bookended with two celebrations of children and young people, Young Readers Day on November 8 and UN Children’s Day on November 20. In the spirit of celebrating children and promoting literacy, these books will capture your child’s interest while introducing them to challenging topics in Canadian history and current events, like Residential Schools, … Continued

A Ghostly Tale for the Halloween Season

Are you ready for Halloween? To get you in the right mindset, we have a chilling tale from Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada by Barbara Smith for you. In Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada, Barbara Smith combines truth, legend, and a healthy dose of suspense! Smith weaves together over thirty bone-chilling tales perfectly … Continued

Aggie & Mudgy wins the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize

The night of October 12, 2022 Mayor Lisa Helps and co-sponsor Brian Butler announced Wendy Proverbs as the winner of the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize for her novel Aggie & Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dene Children. Established in 2008, the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize recognizes and celebrates exceptional literature for … Continued

kā-āciwīkicik / The Move finalist for Governor General’s Literary Award

Canada Council for the Arts announced the Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists on October 12, 2022. We are honoured to share that kā-āciwīkicik / The Move is one of the finalists for Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books! Rooted in the historical displacement and relocation of members of the Chemawawin First Nation from their ancestral … Continued

Aggie & Mudgy on First Nations Communities READ shortlist

First Nation Communities READ announced the 2022-2023 shortlist on September 21, 2022, for the Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) Indigenous Literature Award in two categories. We’re proud to share that Aggie & Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children, written by Wendy Proverbs, has been shortlisted in the YA/Adult category. The shortlist was chosen … Continued

Two Heritage House books shortlisted for Victoria Book Prizes 2022

Heritage House is overjoyed to see two of our Indigenous children’s books on the shortlist for the 2022 City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize. The $5,000 prize, now in its 15th year, is awarded to a Greater Victoria author or illustrator for the best children’s book. Aggie and Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena … Continued

Fall 2022 books to fall for

Fall is around the corner, which means a new season of exciting books! We can’t wait to share a bevy of beautiful new books, including Jack Knox’s fourth hilarious collection, a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir, an inspiring collection of BC creatives, and lots of unique local history. Pre-order now at your fave local bookstore. Humour … Continued

Bestselling book Slumach’s Gold celebrates 50th anniversary amid new television series and continued interest in the legend and lost gold mine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—More than a century after Slumach was hanged for murder, the legend of a lost gold mine and alleged curse continues to enthrall audiences. June 2022 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the bestselling book Slumach’s Gold: In Search of a Legend (Heritage House, $14.95) by Rick Antonson, Mary Trainer, and Brian Antonson. Co-author … Continued

Kids out for Summer

Summer is here and the kids are out of school! If you are looking for some fun book-themed activities for the young people in your life we’ve gathered together some fun things, from colouring books to middle grade fiction. Check them out below. Activities Granville Island ABC: A Family Adventure By Alison Kelly Illustrated by … Continued

Reading for Canada Day

Fireworks, parades, and picnics are some popular ways Canadians have celebrated July 1st since 1868. While many still celebrate this way, others have begun to look on Canada Day in a different light, especially since the discovery in May 2021 of 215 unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site. Whether you have … Continued