Five questions for Bethany Lindsay, author of British Columbia Burning

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What made you want to become a journalist/writer?

I studied Biology in university, and I loved learning something new about the world every single day. I wanted a career where I could keep on doing that and also have the chance to fill people in on all the amazing things I've discovered. I love the fact that any time a question pops into my head, I can just pick up the phone, call an expert, and get an answer — most of the time.

What inspired you to write this book?

I've been a reporter for more than a decade, and I've never experienced anything like the 2017 wildfire season. It was a crisis that felt like it didn't have an end, and every day seemed to bring a new emergency. The stories I heard were heartbreaking and the environmental implications were dire. I wanted to explore how we got to this point, what it meant for people's lives, and where we go from here.


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Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens by Amy Jo Ehman was celebrated during the month of March as Saskatchewan's official One Book, One Province selection for 2018. 

The One Book, One Province selection committee said Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens was chosen for its potential to promote an understanding of the province's heritage through its food, while appealing to a broad, diverse, and contemporary audience. Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens is the story of the people and the food they prepared. The book is a tantalizing blend of pioneer cuisine and rich culinary heritage dating back to the First Nations and beyond. With dozens of photos, it is a window into life as it was then.

McNally Dinner with Deborah McConkey

Amy Jo is pictured above with Deborah McConkey, a librarian with the Saskatchewan Library Association.                     Photo courtesy of Deborah McConkey.

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Pictured above: some of the amazing food served at the One Book, One Province celebration held recently at McNally Robinson. All recipes are from Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens. Photos courtesy of One Book, One Province.

Launched by the Saskatchewan Library Association in 2017, Saskatchewan's One Book, One Province aim is to engage Saskatchewan residents with their communities through a shared story, while at the same time creating a reading culture and raising the profile of libraries and literacy organizations in the province.

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Pictured above: Amy Jo on the set of Wheatland Cafe, a cooking show on CTV, with the host CJ Katz. Photo courtesy of CTV.

Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published in 2014.


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An elk in underwear: Dave Kelly explores Alberta in new children's book.

- Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

Dave Kelly was nine years old when he got his first glimpse of Alberta.

He was living in Ottawa at the time, although he wouldn't be for long. It was in the 1970s and his father was planning to take the clan to Calgary where he hoped to find work.

Kelly remembers looking at some flyers about his new home. To a nine-year-old, it almost seemed like a mythical land.

Click here to read more in the Calgary Herald



Liverpool's Vernon Oickle has just published a new anthology called Where Evil Dwells: The Nova Scotia Anthology of Horror. He will be holding a book reading and signing on Dec. 16 at the Queens County Museum. - Laura Churchill Duke- Queens County Advance

Latest anthology by Liverpool author focuses on the supernatural

LIVERPOOL - From ghosts, monsters and legends to the macabre and fantastical, Where Evil Dwells: The Nova Scotia Anthology of Horror will frighten, intrigue and change the way you think about the supernatural. This is the premise of Liverpool's Vernon Oickle's newest book.
Where Evil Dwells is a collection of work produced by a mix of writers. Oickle says he edited the book and also contributed a short story to the book.


JEN TAPLIN Published December 1, 2017 - 3:07pm, The Chronical Herald

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An image from John Boileau's book 6/12/17. (CONTRIBUTED)

There are no black and white photos of a destroyed Halifax on the cover of the book, 6/12/17. It's just a black void with billowing grey smoke.

Author John Boileau, an army veteran, wanted to do something completely different for his first foray into the Halifax Explosion genre. His book is bursting with colour, photos, documents, images, stories, sidebars, facts and quotes. The author, who has written a dozen books of historical non-fiction, had touched on the Explosion before but never explored it, until now.

He says there's always a new story to tell in an event as massive as the Halifax Explosion.