Category Archives: books

Spark | CBC Radio

Spark | CBC Radio. Last week on the CBC radio program Spark, Nora interviewed William Gibson.  They primarily spoke of his new novel Zero History and Nora mentioned his treatment of underground fashion.  Their discussion of our “information society” started … Continue reading

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No flying, no tights.

I am beginning to prepare a workshop on graphic novels in the classroom with the afore-mentioned Susan Ma.  We will be presenting at the BCTELA (British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts) regional conference in Courtney on the Feb district … Continue reading

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Graphic novels: an interview with my friend Susan Ma…

I work with a wonderful person named Susan Ma at Vancouver Kidsbooks. She has studied extensively the genre called ‘graphic novels.’ While she continues to explore the potential of the genre, she also helps me make connections to the classroom … Continue reading

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Novel Study 2.0

Historically, one reason for mass public education was to expose all children to a series of common experiences, thereby creating and solidifying a common culture. This common culture is a foundation of patriotism and nationalistic spirit – generally speaking – … Continue reading

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Drew Hayden Taylor and "First Nations Literature": New Directions?

I recently attended a release event for Drew Hayden Taylor’s new book, his first full-length YA novel, The Night Wanderer. It was a fairly small and intimate event, held at Vancouver Kidsbooks. The book is described as “A Native Gothic … Continue reading

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Great authors at Hycroft 2007

Last night I attended the annual(?) celebration of newly released children’s books by British Columbia writers and illustrators. The event was co-hosted by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable and CWILL BC (Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia) and was … Continue reading

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