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

Locally Made, Body-Positive, Gender-Inclusive Undergarments: Get Them in Vancouver

Credit: Kay Ho Photography

By Kendell Yan

Feeling confident in your own skin can be an overwhelming challenge that marginalized bodies struggle with on a daily basis, especially when it’s so hard to find affordable clothing that fits well AND makes us feel good. Enter Tina Ozols, founder and sole producer of Oona Clothing in Vancouver’s Eastside, a company that aims to clothe all bodies with sustainability and affordability.

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Locally Made, Body-Positive, Gender-Inclusive Undergarments: Get Them in Vancouver

Four Amazing Books by Queer Vancouver Authors That Make Great Holiday Gifts

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, why not let your loved ones delve into imaginative and heartfelt stories by Vancouver queer and/or trans authors? For unique perspectives from this coastal city, here are four great options:

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Four Amazing Books by Queer Vancouver Authors That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

There’s an unspoken collective agreement that December is the time where you get to gorge yourself on as much as you want, which makes it an especially wonderful time to share great food and beverages among all the people you like best. The diversity of the ingredients and of the people in our corner of the world makes shopping anything but local totally unnecessary – so while you’re thinking of treats and decadent dinners, why not have all that blissful gluttony also support creative locals who are super passionate about feeding it?

WestCoastFood.ca reaches across the Lower Mainland from Metro Vancouver to The Fraser Valley to tell food stories about the ingredients, the place, and of course, the growers, makers, and business owners that make it all thrive together. You can find pretty much anything you’re craving made right here.

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Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Saje at Home

Saje at Home

The following article was contributed by the Robson Street BIA

This spring, Robson Street has seen an influx of new store openings and expansions. Read on for a round-up of the latest happenings!

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Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Happenings: Robson Street

Locally Made Vancouver Gifts for that Person You’re Sorta or Seriously Seeing

Sourced from Wikimedia Common - Evalowyn

Sourced from Wikimedia Commons – Evalowyn

My boyfriend is lovely but gift-giving is not his strong suit. His first present to me consisted of a hockey stick and baseball glove (and believe me, I’m not the sporty type). When it was my birthday, he begged me to take him shopping and not so subtly point out items I might want. He’s even admitted to breaking up with girls before the holidays because he wanted to spare himself the ordeal of shopping for them. I tried not to judge him.

I, on the other hand, come from a family that adores presents, both giving and receiving them, and so, over time, I’ve somewhat perfected the art of giving good gifts. I will admit though that presents to significant others can be tricky, especially in the early stage of dating when you want to set the tone right. Here are some basic strategies and ten gift ideas that may help you as you start your shopping this month.

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Locally Made Vancouver Gifts for that Person You’re Sorta or Seriously Seeing

Portobello West Fashion and Art Market, May 25-26

photo: Portobello West Fashion + Art Market

photo: Portobello West Fashion + Art Market

Experience Portobello West’s Summer Market on Saturday May 25th + Sunday May 26th, 2013 at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in the Olympic Village!

Stop by between 11:00am-5:00pm and shop from up to 50 amazing Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists, and producers! There’s something for everyone including fashion, accessories, jewellery, art, sweets, and baby + kids items.

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Portobello West Fashion and Art Market, May 25-26