Join William Gibson and Johnnie Christmas for a special launch of their book Alien 3!

In the mid-1980s, producers Walter Hill and David Giler commissioned Vancouver-based science fiction author William Gibson to write a sequel to Aliens. The screenplay was never produced, but last year Dark Horse Comics began publishing William Gibson’s Alien 3, a comic-book adaptation by Vancouver comic artist Johnnie Christmas.

To celebrate the release of the series in book form, both Gibson and Christmas will discuss the adaptation and sign copies of their work Aug. 15 at VFS Café (390 W. Hastings St.) from 7 – 9 p.m. Find out more about the event and the book below.

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Join William Gibson and Johnnie Christmas for a special launch of their book Alien 3!

True-crime author Lazarus on the notorious Vancouver ‘murder by milkshake’

Vancouver true-crime author Eve Lazarus. Rebecca Blisset photo.

Earlier this month, Arsenal Pulp Press published Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer. The book, by bestselling historian-turned-true-crime-investigator Eve Lazarus, details the investigation into the death of Esther Castellani. The Vancouverite died after suffering through months of agonizing pain from arsenic poisoning. The killer was her husband, Rene Castellani, a local radio personality who was carrying on an affair with his station’s twenty-something receptionist.

We emailed Lazarus (whose other books include 2015’s Cold Case Vancouver: The City’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders, a BC bestseller and 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) to ask about the book and the state of true-crime in general.

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True-crime author Lazarus on the notorious Vancouver ‘murder by milkshake’

2018 Writers’ Fest lineup includes Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart and Jodi Picoult

Rachel Kushner comes to Vancouver with this year’s Writers Festival.

Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart, and Jodi Picoult are among the boldfaced names coming to this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 15-21 at various locations on Granville Island).

The lineup also includes singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and author Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers). All told, the festival features over 100 authors from all over the world.

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2018 Writers’ Fest lineup includes Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart and Jodi Picoult

Province’s labour struggles laid bare in new book

The sisterhood at the canteen. Five shop stewards with the Marine Workers and Boilermarkers Union share a happy moment during lunch at Burrard Dry Dock, 1942. North Vancouver Museum and Archives, 8073.

On the Line is a new history of B.C’s labour movement from pre-Confederation to today.

Written by former Vancouver Sun labour reporter Rod Mickleburgh, the book offers plenty of historical analysis as well as archival photos. Find out more about On the Line (official publication date: April 28) below.

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Province’s labour struggles laid bare in new book

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

‘Oh god, keep this book out of schools’—comedian Evany Rosen launches What I Think Happened

A new imprint from Vancouver publisher Arsenal Pulp Press promises to bring some of Canada’s funniest people to print.

Overseen by local comedian/writer Charles Demers, Robin’s Egg Books will feature “fresh, smart and funny writing on culturally relevant subjects,” according to a media release.

The imprint’s first book, published earlier this month, is What I Think Happened: An Underresearched History of the Western World. Written by Toronto comedian/author Evany Rosen, the book looks at history from a feminist (and funny) perspective.

Rosen will be in town for the book’s official (and free!) Vancouver launch, Nov. 4 at Little Mountain Comedy (195 E 26th Ave., 7 p.m. start). Demers will also be in attendance, along with some special guests.

But just what lies between the covers of What I Think Happened?

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‘Oh god, keep this book out of schools’—comedian Evany Rosen launches What I Think Happened

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver