Memoir and Biography

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Sunrise Over Half-Built Houses

By Erin Steele
Categories: Memoir, LGBTQ+

Erin wants nothing more than to be seen and loved, but she’s trapped in a cage of her own shyness. Set in the underbelly of the suburbs of Vancouver in the early 2000s, young Erin develops a confusing ...

Embedded

By Catherine Lang
Foreword by Ehsanullah Amiri
Categories: Memoir

When Catherine Lang's niece and Calgary Herald reporter Michelle Lang was killed while embedded with Canadian troops near Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in 2009, her world shifted.

In the aftermath, Lang ...

They Called Him a Radical

Peter “Pete” Maloff was born in Saskatchewan in 1900, the year after the first Doukhobors, including his parents, immigrated to Canada. Living through the eras of WWI and WWII in a Doukhobor community ...

Apocalypse Child

By Carly Butler
Categories: Memoir

Carly Butler was a lively, imaginative child being raised by her strong and independent mom, DJ, in 1990s Montana. They were a dynamic duo, working on housing projects and bringing music to the local ...

Water Confidential

In Water Confidential, Susan Blacklin (formerly Sue Peterson) revisits the important work of her late ex-husband, Dr. Hans Peterson. Beginning in 1996, Peterson, growing frustrated with his work in government ...

Permission to Land

By Judy LeBlanc
Categories: Memoir

When Judy LeBlanc’s mother died in 2015, she embarked on a personal journey of discovery and reconciliation with her known but unacknowledged Coast Salish ancestry on her mother’s side. She was to ...

Accidental Blooms

By Keiko Honda
Categories: Memoir

Keiko Honda is living a successful, busy life as a scientist of cancer epidemiology at Columbia University in New York City when one morning she abruptly loses all strength in her legs. She phones a friend ...

Knots and Stitches

By Kristin Miller
Categories: Memoir

In 1979, Kristin Miller and her partner hitched a ride on a fishboat to a remote community across the harbour from Prince Rupert, BC. Entranced with the wild beauty of the rocky inlet, they bartered a ...

The Eventful Life of Philip Hankin

Today’s explorers of Vancouver Island may be familiar with the name “Hankin”—Hankin Island lies off the coast of Ucluelet within the famous Pacific Rim National Park; Mount Hankin looms amidst ...

Stoneface

By Stephen Kakfwi
Categories: Memoir, BIPOC

Stephen Kakfwi was born in a bush camp on the edge of the Arctic Circle in 1950. In a family torn apart by tuberculosis, alcohol and the traumas endured by generations in residential school, he emerged ...