2017 The Year of Reconciliation

2017 The Year of Reconciliation Harmony by Robin Rewa Haworth 1996 Readers will know that most years, rather than resolutions, I set themes for the year to come.  Last year's was The Year of Writing Daily and while I fell far short of this "goal" I did have my work I need no reference book to know (about the work of Joseph Drapell) featured in the Art-Poem-Art Experiment (and chap book) by Camosun College Visual Arts Department, won first place … [Read more...]

Books I Read in 2014

Books I read in 2014. I grew up as an avid reader, regularly borrowing books from the-not-yet-regional library in Ucluelet.  As a child my favourites were the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Gang of Five by Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden.  As a young teenager I discovered science fiction legends like Clarke, Heinlein, Bradbury and Herbert, and the fantasy of Tolkein. CanLit surged to the … [Read more...]

Books I Read in 2013

I got a Kobo for Christmas in 2012 and thus started the year, by fluke, reading Alice Munro's newest short story collection Dear Life. How fortuitous! I finished the year reading the 2013 Giller prize winner Lynn Coady's books, including Hellgoing.  And added the short stories and novels of Lisa Moore, another east-coaster, who was on the Giller short list, to my repertoire. Along the way I re-connected with Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Musgrave … [Read more...]

Books I Read in 2012

I didn't start the year out with a goal of reading 52 books - honest! But, I had wanted to increase my reading. As a child and teen, I would read any time, any place, often getting in trouble for reading in class when I should have been doing school work.  Then, life and work happened, and somewhere along the way I lost my love of reading. 2012 was the year I got it back. I  read 52 books: 31 by female authors, 20 by male authors, and one … [Read more...]

#ReadUp Tweetup for Family Literacy Day

A huge thank you to Drew and Kate of Tall Tales Books for hosting the #Read Up Tweetup for Family Literacy Day in their store on Saturday January 29th. What is Family Literacy Day?  Here's information from the ABC Life Literacy Canada website: "Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27. This special day promotes the importance of reading and … [Read more...]

Books for Zimbabwe

My friend Peggy Frank of Positively Africa sends along a request for books for children in Zimbabwe from Doug Funk  I need books for Zimbabwean school children and young adults. I will be sending a 20 foot steel container of books from Victoria to Harare, Zimbabwe. I hope to pack the container around June 20,3 weeks away, next month. I have around 5,000 books thanks to the Compassionate Warehouse in Esquimalt but would love to double that … [Read more...]