Holiday Book Buying Guide: Diverse Local Authors Tell Unique Stories

 

By Rachel Rosenberg

As 2019 creeps towards its end, we are starting to see the signs of the upcoming holiday season: lit-up trees in people’s windows, that hurried walk of present shoppers, the joyful tunes of holiday music being piped into stores. Regardless of which holiday you are exchanging gifts for, books are always a solid present because often they show our loved ones what we know about them and what we think they might appreciate. There is also something very satisfying about giving a gift that is intrinsically tied to the giver — I’ve always liked getting locally-made presents and books can fulfill that need. By finding the writing of local authors, we have the opportunity to learn more about our city and the people who live in and around it. These seven titles, a mix of fiction, memoir and children’s, were published between 2017-2019.

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Holiday Book Buying Guide: Diverse Local Authors Tell Unique Stories

Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival—including a tribute to Stephen King!

Author Tanya Talaga is a guest curator at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

This year’s Vancouver Writers Festival takes place Oct. 21-27. The week-long festival welcomes over a hundred authors, many taking part in panels and special events in various venues on Granville Island. Here are a few that stand out.

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Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival—including a tribute to Stephen King!

Gladwell, Donoghue and Klein among guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest

Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

Malcolm Gladwell, Naomi Klein, and Emma Donoghue are among the featured guests just announced by the Vancouver Writers Fest. They are among more than 100 authors from around the world that will attend the event, which runs Oct. 21-27.

For more on these and other VWF guests, see below.

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Gladwell, Donoghue and Klein among guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest

De-Mystifying Non-Binary with Luna Ferguson

By Rachel Rosenberg

Luna Ferguson has the sort of career most of us can only yearn for. They are a filmmaker, author and trans right activist with a brand-new book published earlier this month. Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond The Binary is an inspiring and engaging read; a memoir and a manifesto to the importance of gender fluidity, it aims to demystify and celebrate what being non-binary looks like.

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De-Mystifying Non-Binary with Luna Ferguson

Picture Perfect: Vancouver’s Derek Desierto Illustrates His Way onto the NYT Best Sellers List

By Rachel Rosenberg

It isn’t every day that your debut makes it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List, but that is exactly what happened to Derek Desierto. In the Vancouver-based illustrator’s first picture book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, he collaborated with Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram and former editor-in-chief of Lucky. That would be a big deal for any debut illustrator, and Desierto’s collage art is a fitting embodiment for Chen’s popular heroine Juno. The pairs’ follow up, A is for Awesome, is a board book filled with feminist icons, and the simple text really showcases Derek’s unique, vibrant style.

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Picture Perfect: Vancouver’s Derek Desierto Illustrates His Way onto the NYT Best Sellers List

5 Not-to-Be-Missed Speakers at The Growing Room Festival 2019


Hannah McGregor, creator of podcasts: Secret Feminist Agenda and Witch Please | Image by Christopher M Turbulence

By Rachel Rosenberg

The Growing Room Festival was founded in 2017 by Room Magazine and every March since it has brought Canadian authors and artists together to converse, educate and collaborate as they discuss feminism in all its intersectional glory. Most panels and readings are pay-what-you-can to ensure accessibility, and writing workshops and one-on-one manuscript consultations are offered.

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5 Not-to-Be-Missed Speakers at The Growing Room Festival 2019

5 Diverse Reads by Vancouver Authors

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

By Rachel Rosenberg

The air is cold, the mountains are snow-capped, and if you are like me, this is the best time of year to find new reads to cuddle up by the fake Netflix fire (or a real one, sure). I want to offer you 5 suggestions for brilliant books by Vancouver authors, all of whom tell their incredible stories from marginalized perspectives. These all came out in the last year, so you should have no problem finding yourself a copy at any local Vancouver bookstore.

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