Category Archives: book reviews

Caroline Woodward re-releases Alaska Highway Two-Step

It’s not often these days a novel gets a second chance at life. Author Caroline Woodward’s first novel, Alaska Highway Two-Step, will get just that, with a new edition being released this month by Harbour Publishing. Woodward’s novel tells the … Continue reading

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Evolutionaries vs. The Psychopath Factor

There’s a classic scene in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie when Indiana Jones is faced with an expert swordsman in an Arab marketplace.[1] Realizing he’s hopelessly outclassed, Jones simply pulls out his revolver and shoots the man. This … Continue reading

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Morita-Cole launches memoir of Japanese internment

Nelson author Diana Morita-Cole launched her memoir, Sideways—Memoirs of a Misfit—at New Denver’s Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre the afternoon of September 12 to a full house. Many in the audience, both friends and fellow writers, had travelled 100 kilometres from … Continue reading

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Margoshes’ Wager a Novel Leap of Imagination

INTRODUCTION: This week I’m featuring an interview with novelist Dave Margoshes, whose earlier novel Drowning Man I reviewed favourably in this blog on November 17, 2014 as The Lost Kootenay Novel. (See Book Reviews thread.) This year the prolific Margoshes … Continue reading

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Disaster in Paradise: Book Review

Living in the Kootenays we can sometimes forget that nature is a force to be reckoned with and respected. And in the age of rapid climate change, the ground is literally shifting beneath our feet, as Johnson’s Landing residents tragically … Continue reading

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Chameleonfire Book Club Pt. 3: The Narcissism Epidemic

Every once in awhile you come across a book that could be called a Foundational Text, a book that so cuts to the heart of societal malaise you wonder that you never thought of the idea yourself. Often you did … Continue reading

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Chameleonfire Book Club: Part Two

Shakespeare, The Biography by Peter Ackroyd Ackroyd deftly avoids the numerous traps of the Shakespearian academic industry with its many divergent, often crackpot theories about who The Bard was or wasn’t. The most ridiculous example is probably the one espoused … Continue reading

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