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Chiru Sakura--Falling Cherry Blossoms

At eight years old, Grace Eiko Nishikihama was forcibly removed from her Vancouver home and interned with her parents and siblings in the BC Interior. Chiru Sakura--Falling Cherry Blossoms is a moving ...

Beyond the Legal Limit

By Pat Henman
Categories: Memoir

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in June 2013, performer and singer Pat Henman, was driving home on the highway with her 19-year-old daughter, Maia, when they were struck head-on by a drunk driver. Pat and ...

Our Backs Warmed by the Sun

By Vera Maloff
Categories: Memoir, BC History

For many, the Doukhobor story is a sensational one: arson, nudity and civil disobedience once made headlines. But it isn't the whole story. Our Backs Warmed by the Sun: Memories of a Doukhobor Life is ...

Balancing Bountiful

By Mary Jayne Blackmore
Categories: Memoir

As the daughter of Mormon leader Winston Blackmore, Mary Jayne Blackmore grew up within the closed-off polygamist community of Bountiful, BC. She spent her younger years riding ponies, raising pet lambs ...

Finding Heartstone

By Cathy Sosnowsky
Categories: Memoir

When Cathy Sosnowsky, her husband Woldy, and their little boy Alex first joined the Hemming Bay Community, a cooperative formed to preserve a large piece of wilderness on a remote coastal island of British ...

Small Courage

By Jane Byers
Categories: Memoir, LGBTQ+

Rarely do we know what life will hold. When starting the adoption process, Jane Byers and her wife could not have predicted the illuminating and challenging experience of living for two weeks with the ...

Dispatches from Ray's Planet

By Claire Finlayson
Categories: Memoir

As a child, Claire's big brother Ray was always bright and inquisitive, but as the two became teenagers, Ray struggled to acquire the social skills that came more easily to others. Claire tried to help, ...

Cataline

In the early days of British Columbia, pack trains of horses or mules were a lifeline for the early pioneer population. Explorers, trappers, traders, miners, merchants, workers and settlers and relied ...

Escape to the Wild

By Andrea Hejlskov
Translated by Lasse Nyholm
Categories: Memoir, Environment

Andrea Hejlskov was certain of one thing: life could not continue as it was. She and her husband had become disillusioned with their jobs and the pressures of urban living, their four children were spending ...

When Days Are Long

By Amy V. Wilson
Introduction by Laurel Deedrick-Mayne
Categories: Memoir

When Amy Wilson accepted the job of field nurse for the Indigenous Peoples in the Yukon and Northern British Columbia in 1949, she was told that the north was a fine country for men and dogs but that ...