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Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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Andreas Vesalius’ beautiful Fabrica: a pioneering book of anatomy

In 1543, Belgian physician Andreas Vesalius published one of the most influential books in medical history. De humani corporis fabrica translates from Latin as On the Fabric of the Human Body and it has stood the test of time. Not bad considering Vesalius was just 28 at the time. Affectionately known as The Fabrica, the […]

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2014 Giller Prize Shortlist

The shortlist is out! Canada’s most prestigious literary honour, The Giller Prize, was established in 1994. That’s a full two decades of recognition and reward each year to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded to the winner and each of the […]

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Don’t Miss The 2014 Vancouver Book Fair

The 2014 Vancouver Book Fair is coming up quickly, and booklovers who have attended in past years know this is an event not to be missed. As Western Canada’s only book fair dedicated to rare, collectible and antique books, there is sure to be something for everyone from dabbling novices to serious and established collectors. […]

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Giller Prize Longlist for 2014

The longlist has been announced for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary honour. The Giller Prize was established in 1994 and has been recognizing and rewarding outstanding literary talent ever since to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The prize sees cash being awarded […]

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Remembering Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat, the Canadian author, died last Wednesday, at the age of 92. I had not heard of him before moving to Canada but now I feel sad that Canada has lost one of its great writers of modern times. I have read three of his books – Cry Wolf, read aloud as the book […]

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The Best Books from British Columbia

British Columbia’s top authors, poets, and illustrators were honored this past weekend at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in Vancouver, BC.  Established in 1985, the BC Book Prizes consists of seven annual prizes, including prizes for fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. AbeBooks is a proud sponsor of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. This year’s big […]

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What is one novel all of Canada should read?

Now in its 14th year, Canada Reads is CBC’s annual battle of the books.  This year’s months-long process began in October when Canadians were invited to recommend up to five novels written by a Canadian author.  The most popular titles made up the Top 40 list, and from there Canadians voted to whittle it down […]

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Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in Victoria, B.C.

Anyone in the Victoria area on February 26th will enjoy a rare opportunity to view two volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at the University of Victoria. In 1998, the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota commissioned the first handwritten illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press. […]

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The 5th Annual Galiano Literary Festival: Feb 21-23

Nestled among the Southern Gulf Islands on the coast of British Columbia, Galiano Island is home to birds, wildlife, and bibliophiles. Presented by Galiano Island Books, the fifth annual Galiano Island Literary Festival takes place February 21st-23rd, 2014 at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. A gathering of some of British Columbia’s best writers, the […]

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