Books

Yves Côté and the book he co-authored, Metamorphosis: My path to transformation. Côté spent 32 years behind bars for serious crimes including murder, but he says this book is meant to show that change is possible. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. man’s book co-authored by criminologist examines a life of murder and crime

Yves Côté spent just 11 months out of 32 years out of jail, but he believes in real transformation

 

Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer

Author explores the glory days of Nelson rail in his latest work

When Trains Ruled the Kootenays to be launched June 22 at the Touchstone Museum of Arts and History

 

Henry Winkler arrives at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. Celadon Books announced Wednesday that it has a deal with Winkler to tell his life story. The memoir, currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Henry Winkler gets book deal, memoir to come out in 2024

‘The Fonz’ currently starring in HBO series ‘Barry’

 

Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadian authors, booksellers say COVID-19 has both helped and hurt their industry

Book sales are up compared to pre-pandemic levels, but supply chain woes loom large

Author Christopher DiRaddo is seen at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo

Oak Bay “serial artist” Barbara Black turns to fiction

Short story collection Music from a Strange Planet

  • Apr 4, 2022
January 31, 2022 - Writer Barbara Black in the standalone studio in the backyard of her Oak Bay home. Don Denton photo
Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)

B.C. boy, 7, spends spring break giving away own books to other kids

Jackson Kuhn of Chilliwack decided to hand out books he no longer reads to fellow young readers

Jackson Kuhn, 7, of Chilliwack gave away a bunch of his books to other kids on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Jenn Kuhn photo)
Joey Ambrosi, author of ‘Fishing the Canadian Rockies’, at Amethyst Lake. (Courtesy of Joey Ambrosi)

Updated guide book ‘Fishing the Canadian Rockies’ soon to hit local shelves

The book includes information on lakes and fishing spots from around the Rockies

Joey Ambrosi, author of ‘Fishing the Canadian Rockies’, at Amethyst Lake. (Courtesy of Joey Ambrosi)
Jamie Chai Yun Liew, author of ‘Dandelion’, was born in Fernie and spent her childhood in Sparwood until she was 11 years old. She now works as a professor of immigration law at the University of Ottawa and is a practicing immigration lawyer. (Courtesy of Daniel Shehori)

New novel ‘Dandelion’ pays homage to author’s childhood in Sparwood, explores issues of migration

Author Jamie Chai Yun Liew grew up in Sparwood, and went on to become an immigration lawyer in Ottawa

Jamie Chai Yun Liew, author of ‘Dandelion’, was born in Fernie and spent her childhood in Sparwood until she was 11 years old. She now works as a professor of immigration law at the University of Ottawa and is a practicing immigration lawyer. (Courtesy of Daniel Shehori)
One local woman was upset with Indigo’s display of vibrators in the bookstore’s self help section. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Langley mom upset by vibrator display in bookstore

Indigo said it is responding to customer demand for sexual wellness products

One local woman was upset with Indigo’s display of vibrators in the bookstore’s self help section. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
There is a wide variety of reading material available, although efforts have been made to challenge, suppress or ban certain works. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about the freedom to read?

The week of Feb. 20 to 26 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada

There is a wide variety of reading material available, although efforts have been made to challenge, suppress or ban certain works. (Black Press file photo)
The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)

UBC Library gifted Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio

The first folio, published in 1623, features 36 of 38 known Shakespeare plays

William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)
Gordon Sombrowski and Angie Abdou talked about Sombrowski’s new book, What Narcissus Saw, at the official Fernie launch of the Fernie-inspired collection of short fiction. Pictured at Park Place Lodge, Fernie, on Dec. 7 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie author officially launches book of short, Fernie-inspired fiction

Gordon Sombrowski launched his book What Narcissus Saw in Fernie on Dec. 7

Gordon Sombrowski and Angie Abdou talked about Sombrowski’s new book, What Narcissus Saw, at the official Fernie launch of the Fernie-inspired collection of short fiction. Pictured at Park Place Lodge, Fernie, on Dec. 7 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy program facilitator Laura Vaughan lies surrounded by book packages from the 2020 book drive in Fernie. (Courtesy of Chrisy Hill)

Books for Christmas: program that brings books to food bank hampers expands

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy has expanded its program to Tobacco Plains and Elkford

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy program facilitator Laura Vaughan lies surrounded by book packages from the 2020 book drive in Fernie. (Courtesy of Chrisy Hill)
Emma Dressler, the library director at the Fernie Heritage Library, holds a stack of books from author Steven Heighton, who is the featured writer for the first in-person Booked! event in the library space since COVID. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Really excited’: in-person Booked! events at Fernie library are back

The event will feature a conversation between authors Steven Heighton and Angie Abdou

Emma Dressler, the library director at the Fernie Heritage Library, holds a stack of books from author Steven Heighton, who is the featured writer for the first in-person Booked! event in the library space since COVID. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Steven Heighton and Angie Abdou hiking at Island Lake Lodge when Heighton last visited Fernie in 2010. (Courtesy of Angie Abdou)

‘Real treat’: Author, poet Steven Heighton to speak in Fernie

The event is part of the long-running Booked! series at the Fernie Heritage Library

Steven Heighton and Angie Abdou hiking at Island Lake Lodge when Heighton last visited Fernie in 2010. (Courtesy of Angie Abdou)
Jon Turk is pictured on a camel among the Samburu people of Kenya. He took a month trip there in 2017, the experiences of which formed the narrative basis for his book, "Tracking Lions, Myth and Wilderness in Samburu." (Courtesy of Jon Turk)

Jon Turk’s last book explores Kenya and big questions

The adventurer spent a month among the Samburu people of Kenya

Jon Turk is pictured on a camel among the Samburu people of Kenya. He took a month trip there in 2017, the experiences of which formed the narrative basis for his book, "Tracking Lions, Myth and Wilderness in Samburu." (Courtesy of Jon Turk)
This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)

Former CP conductor on the hunt for helpful strangers in 70s photo

John Cowan is looking for the group of strangers who helped clear the tracks east of Golden in 1978

This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)
Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)

Merritt country music festival’s ‘crazy-ass scene’ recalled in photographer’s new book

Campground C party zone and more remembered in Dee Lippingwell’s third book

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)
Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)

Author tells true story of the B.C. kids’ post-war candy protest that swept the country

‘Candy Bar War’ tells the tale of when chocolate jumped from 5 to 8 cents and the kids didn’t take it

Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)