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Don’t Read and Drive: Unless You’re Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in the middle of a torrid scandal. Sex scandal? No. Embezzling? No. Drinking and driving? Close, but no. Ford’s crime is reading and driving. You read that right. A twitter user posted a photo of what appears to be Rob Ford, driving in 70km/hour traffic on the Gardiner Expressway, with […]

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Teaser Trailer

It’s been 11 years since the publication of Yann Martel’s book of mystery, metaphor and magical realism, Life of Pi, was published. At long last, there is a snippet available – albeit very brief – of the upcoming film adaptation to stoke our excitement. The film is due for release in the United States in […]

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Impressive Collection of Aesop’s Fables Wins Grand Prize

Congratulations to Samuel Jang of Victoria, BC, who was the first place winner in the 2011-2012 National Book Collecting Contest for Young Canadians Under 30, of which AbeBooks was a proud sponsor. The requirements for the contest were simple – be Canadian, be under 30, and write an essay about your book collection – what […]

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Reading on the bus

Congratulations to Sheila Turner, who recently won BC Transit’s Transit Hero contest and earned a big pile of British Columbia-themed books (donated by AbeBooks) for her efforts. Sheila wrote a very interesting essay about her bus reading club where a small group of like-minded bibliophiles talk books on the morning commute. Our bus has a […]

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8 Excellent Asian-Canadian Novels

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and the CBC has a selection of excellent Asian-Canadian novels, compiled by CBC producer and Asian-Canadian history enthusiast Adrian Ma. His list includes a few I’ve read and many I haven’t, and one of my favourite books of all time, The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. Tales from […]

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Double win for Chuck Davis at 2012 BC Book Prizes

The BC Book Prizes were handed out in Vancouver on Saturday evening. Victoria’s Esi Edugyan, who has probably built an extension to house all her trophies, won the fiction prize for Half-Blood Blues – a novel about jazz musicians in Germany. She had already won the Giller Prize, been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and […]

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Onoto Watanna – The Canadian Chinese-British Japanese Author

Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) was a Canadian author, who published her books under a Japanese pen-name, despite her British and Chinese heritage. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where she was first published at age 14, then moved to the United States, where she adopted the pseudonym Onoto Watanna and began writing under the […]

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“The Crow’s Vow” by Susan Briscoe – Beautiful Cover, Beautiful Poetry

Remember our March Madness Battle of the Beautiful Books? Well, we have an interview with the poet whose book “The Crow’s Vow” won the whole enchilada. Read on to learn more about the lovely and bird-crazy Susan Briscoe. And I came across another book today which reminded me that two designs, while very similar when […]

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Hark! a Great Gift – Kate Beaton’s “Hark! A Vagrant” Book Now Available

Kate Beaton’s Hark! a Vagrant web comic is now available in a book. It’s hard to imagine anything more wonderful.

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Wanted: BC’s transit heroes – tell your story

Our friends at BC Transit have just launched an interesting initiative around Transit Heroes – they are looking for engaging stories from people who ride public transport around British Columbia. You can write something, make a video submission or record an audio file. If you do submit a story, then you will have a chance […]

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