North Shore Authors Collection Celebration
Thursday, November 21 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library
Come meet and mingle with our talented local authors while exploring their diverse works and ideas. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
Presented in partnership with the North Vancouver City Library and the North Vancouver District Public Library.
Gloria M. Allan
A Walk on Broken Glass is Allan’s first published novel, no minor feat at the age of 88. Gloria attended UBC and University of Seattle, majoring in English. She began writing as a cub reporter in Toronto, but put her writing on hold once she married and to raise her 5 children. She firmly believes in the importance of having purpose. For her this includes family and marveling as her grandchildren become adults, leading meaningful lives and sharing stories of strong, independent, historical women.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: A Walk on Broken Glass: Elisabeth, Empress of Austria
Garet Anderson is an 82-year-old retired professional engineer. He currently enjoys his retirement in North Vancouver where he plays a lot of Duplicate Bridge. This is his first book. His second book, Killer Space, is well underway and is anticipated in 2021.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Killer Gold
Born in the Canadian prairies; a yellow Toyota, the voice of Cat Stevens, and a best friend brought her to BC. After a life of adventure on the west coast with the love of her life, building the world class Rivers Lodge in Rivers Inlet, she is now settled in West Vancouver where she tends to a her garden, sings in a bluegrass choir, and enjoys a cup of tea or a glass of champagne with friends. Pat can be seen walking the seashore with her beloved dog Lindsay and taking in many a music concert.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Grizzlies, Gales and Giant Salmon Life at a Rivers Inlet Fishing Lodge
Considering herself a writer from around the age of 6, North Vancouver’s Jenn Ashton was first published at age 14. She has written in many genres and for many purposes, from children’s books, fiction and non-fiction, to newspaper editorials, music magazine columns, course and training materials, and academic journals. Jenn is a member of The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, The Federation of British Columbia Writers, and Access Copyright.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Great Oak Joke, The Tale of Donkey Otey
The author has lived in Bermuda, Canada, and South Africa while enjoying a global career as a banker and corporate executive. An enthusiastic sailor, scuba diver, and occasional art collector, B.R. Bentley draws on the knowledge gained from his international travel, business career, and recreational pursuits to facilitate his writing. Novels to date include The Cross; The Bermuda Key; and The Banker’s Box.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Cross, The Bermuda Key
Elaine Eton Berg
Author of thrillers, children’s books, poetry, memoirs, and comedy skits, Elaine Eaton Berg is passionate about her writing. A dual citizen of Canada and the US, she was born in Chilliwack, BC. As a small child she moved to California. When she was 10 years old she moved to northern Alberta to live in the rural community of Shamrock Valley. She has made her home in Deep Cove for the past 30 years and began to paint and write later in life.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Jennifer Anne and the Cats of Bratston Hall, Agnes and Oswald, When Rabbits Cry, Don’t Tell Mummy
Rob Boffard is a journalist and writer. He has written about music and technology for the Guardian, Wired, Huck Magazine, and more. He comes from Johannesburg, but lives in Vancouver because you can’t snowboard in South Africa. He is the author of Adrift, and the Outer Earth series, published worldwide on Orbit Books.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Adrift
Alexander Boldizar was the first post–independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Since then, he has been an art gallery director in Bali, an attorney in San Francisco and Prague, a pseudo–geisha in Japan, a hermit in Tennessee, a paleontologist in the Sahara, a porter in the High Arctic, a police–abuse watchdog in New York City, an editor and art critic in Jakarta and Singapore, and a consultant on Wall Street. His writing has won numerous awards as well as a placement on some of the US’s most prestigious book lists.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Ugly
Joan Boxall, Illustrated by Stephen A. Corcoran
Joan Boxall is a retired English teacher turned creative non-fiction writer. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an English and French major from UBC. She taught English, French, and PE to teens in Cranbrook and Delta before acquiring a TESL certificate in adult education. She contributes her non-fiction work regularly to Inspired 55+ Lifestyle Magazine. DrawBridge is her first book. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: DrawBridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia
Patrick Bruskiewich is a Canadian-born, West Vancouver author with 225 books in print with both Pythagoras Publishing and Obelisk Press. He is the editor of Pen & Pencil Magazine, Art & Eros Magazine, and Poetic Voice.
David Buik is a Scottish writer, academic, mathematician, and futurist. He is of the opinion that humankind, having demonstrated great skills over the last 200 years, have shown that their desires for self-interest are at the expense of their fellow man and their natural environment. Against a background of soaring human population levels, the potential of humans to cause a sixth extinction appear to be quite likely and even probable. Whether in terms of human health, the interface and understanding of the natural world, or basic equality, humans have shown their trait for short term satisfaction and society’s traits to subordinate all to the ‘Economic Model’.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Disparitis, Catalytic Events
Maryse Cardin is an author, university communications instructor, coach, consultant, and workshop leader. Years ago, she made a life-changing decision to stop self-bashing. She then embarked on years of studying self-talk until she transformed her inner speech. In this book, she shares all her insights and tools she developed for herself, her workshops, and her university classes.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Speaking to Yourself with Love: Transform Your Self-Talk
Megan Clendenan is a freelance writer and editor from North Vancouver. When she’s not writing, she spends her time running or biking through the local mountains or trying to play her violin. She lives with her family and their two incredibly fuzzy orange cats. Offbeat is her first novel.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Offbeat
Evelyn Cohoon Dreiling
Evelyn is a Montreal native who studied Arts at Concordia University whose pursuits, including many years with the Public Service, took her and her family all across Canada. She always had a strong interest in books and writing, and plans to continue her genealogical research. She is a member of the North Shore Writers Association. Evelyn feels the pull of Canadian history and loves to tell stories about her own and other ancestors. She presently lives in North Vancouver with her two grown children.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: A Rebellious Spirit: Daniel Tracey, From Colony to Country: Michael Tracy, Canada’s Coming of Age: John and Ellen Tracey
Author Len Corben has a long history with baseball and education on the North Shore. Born January 1, 1942, in Vancouver, he played baseball in North Vancouver on Little League, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, high school, and senior men’s teams as well as umpiring baseball and softball for many years. He began writing in high school and with the North Shore Citizen where his “Corben’s Corner” sports column appeared from 1962-71. After a 31-year career as Co-ordinator of Athletics for North Shore secondary schools (1969-99), he returned to writing where he continued pursuing his love of sports, research, history, and the North Shore with his popular “Instant Replay” sports history stories in the North Shore Outlook (1999-2014) and the publishing of three books.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Pitching Professor: The Life and Times of Ernie Kershaw (co-authored by Ernie Kershaw), PLAY IT AGAIN! A Century PLUS of North Shore Sport Stories.
David Crerar, co-authors Harry Crerar, Bill Maurer
David Crerar grew up on the lower slopes of Mt. Seymour and now lives on the lower slopes of Grouse Mountain. In 2009 he created the Bagger Challenge, a contest to see who could climb the most North Shore peaks in a season; since then over 700 people have participated, which led to this book. A lawyer by day, David is the author of Mareva and Anton Piller Preservation Orders: A Practical Guide. He is also the co-editor and a co-author of British Columbia Business Disputes, as well as the leading Canadian text on civil procedure, The Civil Litigation Process. David is an outdoors fanatic, and especially loves adventures with his four children on trails, lakes, oceans, and rivers.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore: A Peak Bagger’s Guide
Lilia D’Acres is the Lieutenant Governor Award-winning author of Lions Gate (Talon, 1999). She has taught Writing and Literature committing herself to the literary arts. She founded the George Woodcock Centre for the Arts and Intellectual Freedom Fund endowed at the UBC Library.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Secrets of the Span: Lions Gate Renewed
Bobby Dazzler is a pseudonym used by the author Jasbir Rai who was a retailer for 30 years in many locations in British Columbia. She closed the doors to her retail business in 2017 in order to pursue another path that better aligned to her soul’s purpose. Jasbir lives in West Vancouver, BC with her teens. She enjoys reading, writing and spiritual growth through learning. (BA, 1996, SFU and Certificate in Liberal Arts, 1993, SFU)
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Retail Jail: Retail Apocalypse, G-D’s Eye: Universal Awakening
Abdou Fall was born on September 11th, 1987 in Senegal, West Africa. He completed all of his education in French, the official language of Senegal. Abdou received his first Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Gaston Berger University in 2011. He then moved to Montreal, Canada and achieved his second Master’s Degree in Economics in 2013. Upon graduating from The University of Montreal, he worked for three years as a Senior Financial Advisor for a major banking conglomerate in Vancouver. Abdou’s background as a millennial and a French-speaking West African living in English-speaking Canada endows him with a unique perspective on global progress. Currently, Abdou lives in Vancouver, Canada, where he writes full-time.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Women of all Countries Unite!
Robert Falls, Ph.D., R.P.Bio., has an extensive history in resource science, working in academe, the energy and environment industries, and in government service. Robert began his professional career with the Marine Biology Division of BC’s Royal Provincial Museum. Since that time he has managed a range of projects in various energy sectors in Canada, the US, and in China. Robert is currently an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Forest Sciences Centre, and Executive Director of The Aquatica Foundation. Robert was presented an “Award for Innovation” by BC Premier Christy Clark in 2011 for his role in a climate mitigation project directed to the protection and restoration of sensitive ecological lands.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: CARBON PLAY – The Candid Observations of a Carbon Pioneer
Anne Farrer has a life-long passion for writing and a knack for turning out an entertaining sentence. She is a well-regarded brand strategist and marketer, who currently finds great satisfaction wrestling with the writing of her first screenplay. She is a proud resident of North Vancouver with roots in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Her debut book, Exit this Side, is a small collection of stories drawn from experiences commuting on the SeaBus. She was dared to finish it and self-publish, and therefore was compelled to completion in order to spare her dignity.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Exit this Side
Cambridge-educated Jon Ferry has worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency, a columnist for the Vancouver Province newspaper and a reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Edmonton Journal, and the Victoria Daily Colonist (now Times Colonist). A North Vancouver resident, Ferry is the author of the poetry book Charred Horses (Prominence Publishing) and co-author of The Olson Murders (Cameo Books).
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Dark Wood
Rosalind Ferry was born in Zimbabwe and spent her formative years in the highlands of Kenya where her father was a doctor and her mother a nurse. There, she developed a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a passion for riding horses. After training at the Middlesex Hospital in England, she has spent her entire working career as a physiotherapist, most of it in BC, where she set up her own private practice in Deep Cove. She has lived with her husband, raised her son, and worked in this amazing community for over 35 years. She believes that, unlike most wild animals, many stressed city-dwellers have lost the ease and fluidity of movement required to maintain their physical health and overall well-being.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Posture Pain Fix
Julie was born and raised in Newcastle, England. When she was 27 she had her own adventure and moved to North Vancouver, Canada. She soon developed a love for the outdoors, especially trail running and hiking. Her running adventures have taken her to some magical places in the world with races in the Sahara Desert and Rocky Mountains, among others. Her running adventures and where she lives have inspired her to explore writing. In particular, a 200-mile foot race in the Italian Alps where she used many of the Ten Essentials more than once. The proof of their importance and her imagination has been captured in Finn and the Magic Backpack.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Finn and the Magic Backpack
Michele has always felt a sense of kinship with quirky and diverse people. As a bisexual author, writing love stories that explore the rainbow of human experience is both a pleasure and a calling. Her work celebrates the divine nature of diversity and the sacred, messy work of intimacy. If you’d like to know when Michele releases new books, bonus content, book club questions, and sneak peeks, you can sign up for her newsletter at michelefogal.com. You can also connect with her on various social media.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: King of Snowflakes, King of Rain
Jackson Ford is a former Navy SEAL, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Time Person of the Year. He has won three Academy Awards, including two for Best Makeup. He has written 16 novels, which have been translated into multiple languages, and optioned for film by Quentin Tarantino. He resides on his 2,000-acre ranch in Wyoming with his wife, seven cats, and a pet moose. He has a lifelong phobia of social media. The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind is his first children’s book.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind
Born and raised in Vancouver and a resident of North Vancouver since 1987, Daniel Francis is the author of 30 books, principally about Canadian, BC, and local history. He was the editorial director and principal writer of the mammoth Encyclopedia of British Columbia, hailed on its appearance in 2000 as one of the most important books ever published about the province. His biography of Vancouver mayor Louis Taylor, L.D.: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver, won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (the Pierre Berton Award) which recognizes excellence in bringing Canadian history to a wide popular audience.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Where Mountains Meet The Sea: An Illustrated History of the District of North Vancouver
Steve Galliford enjoys exploration – from hiking in the mountains to researching new scientific discoveries. Years ago as a new dad, Steve often played with his active imagination to create “weird & whacky” bedtime stories for his children and their friends. These popular evening events eventually inspired Steve to put pen to paper, starting with The House at the Edge of Space. “I think grown-ups can learn a lot from children & I hope I never lose my fun-loving curiosity. What can make the heart beat better than a sense of adventure?” Steve Galliford lives happily with his partner (and mother of their children) in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The House at the Edge of Space
Sonia Garrett has worked as a dancer, clown, actor, and Drama Teacher. She has run her own business as a franchise owner for Gymboree Play and Music, and has now settled down to being a mom, teacher, storyteller, and writer. She was born in England, went to school in Australia, and returned to England for university where she graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA (Hon.) in Drama and English. She lives in Deep Cove with her stunt performer/co-ordinator husband, Rich, and their daughter, Jacquie. Maddie Makes Money is the second book in the Maddie Series.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Maddie Makes Money, Maddie Makes a Movie
C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipinx-Canadian author and theatre-maker born, raised, and based on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). A graduate of UBC’s Creative Writing program, he is a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award whose plays have been produced locally, nationally, and internationally. Double Melancholy is his first non-fiction book.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man
Patrick Hill is an extensively travelled civil engineer and has written several books on voyages he has made with his wife Heather and countries he has visited. He has an active outlook and his driving force is “Do it Soon…Do it Now”. He left London after the War, immigrating to Canada, then spent time in the Australian Outback before returning to Vancouver, an environment which he considers the best he has seen.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: So Where Do You Go at Night?, Travel With Me
Shelley Hrdlitschka is the author of eleven novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Lost By is the companion book to Sister Wife, and continues the story from the point of view of the boys of polygamy, the ‘lost boys’.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Lost Boy, Dancing in the Rain, Allegra
Georgia Hunter is a Canadian author/artist residing in North Vancouver, BC. Born in Winnipeg, she moved to Vancouver after a short stint at a dairy farm in Alberta with her family. She holds a Fine Arts degree from UBC and completed some post-graduate studies in art across the country. Working through various mediums, Georgia’s sculptures have gained recognition in the art community, with various pieces in collections around the world. She draws on the wonderful experiences, places, and people she has encountered while traveling. For example, Yubi and the Blue-tailed Rat is founded on a visit of an ancient lavender mill on the island of Hvar, Croatia. Other stories are rooted in South Africa, Cuba, and Eastern Europe.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Yubi and the Blue-tailed Rat, Yubi and the Good Dog of Tangibad, Little African Bear, Herraduras de la Suerte, Lucky Horseshoes
Crystal Hurdle teaches English and creative writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is the author of the poetry collection After Ted & Sylvia and her poetry and prose has been published in many journals, including Bogg, Canadian Literature, the Dalhousie Review, Event, Fireweed, and the Literary Review of Canada.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Teacher’s Pets
Anosh Irani has published four critically-acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was a finalist for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize; and The Parcel, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The Parcel was longlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2018 Dublin Literary Award and was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Books and others. His work has been translated into eleven languages.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Parcel
Jiwen is a member of the Chinese Canadian Writers Association and the iQIYI Literature Star Writers Team. She is also a leading writer for Jiangsu Network Literacy Glen. Because of her Nanjing Stories series, she was named a “Nanjing Cultural Ambassador”.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, The Jiangnan Imperial Examination Hall, Changgali, Chaotian Palace
Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal winner, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal winner, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best historical fiction), Zero Avenue and Poughkeepsie Shuffle. 50 of his short stories have been published internationally, and his next novel Call Down the Thunder was released October 2019.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Poughkeepsie Shuffle, Zero Avenue, House of Blazes, Triggerfish, The Deadbeat Club, Ride the Lightning
Kerry Karram is the fourth generation in her family to live at the foot of Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver. Hiking mountain trails and observing wildlife instilled in her a love for nature. Her interest in the North was ignited after reading the extraordinary letters written by her grandfather, RCMP Officer Andrew Cruickshank (Re #9959) who patrolled the Yukon. During her visit to Depot Division for her own son’s RCMP graduation, Kerry learned about the Lost Patrol of 1910. After obtaining a copy of the handwritten diary of Inspector F. J. Fitzgerald, she worked with an eager grade 7 class from Westcot Elementary School, West Vancouver, while she wrote this important piece of Canadian history.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Four Degrees Celsius: A Story of Arctic Peril, Death Wins in the Arctic: The Lost Winter Patrol of 1910
Marian Keen is a Canadian children’s author and visual artist from West Vancouver, British Columbia. Her published works include: Verity, a teen novel; four books in the middle-grade series Lexi Catt’s Meowmoirs—Tales of Heroic Scientists; a beginning readers story, Abigail Skunk’s Lessons for her Kits; and a subscription-based series of short stories, Kitty Letters for Kids (48 stories). Marian received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Central Connecticut State University, with a major in middle-grade education and later attended the University of Alberta. Her American History professor would ignite Marian’s love and ability of telling history through personable tales. Marian was a founding member and is an active member of the North Shore Writers Association.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Verity, Lexi and Hippocrates Find Trouble at the Olympics, Lexi and Marie Curie Saving Lives in World War I, Lexi and Lister Defeat Death, Lexi and Imhotep to the Rescue
From an early age, Michael Bryan Kerr has thought of himself as a writer. He has been a member of various writing groups for many years and a number of his stories have been published in chapbook anthologies. While studying at UBC’s School of Library and Information Science, a chance assignment in a children’s storytelling class led to an early version of the title story of this collection. The Nervous Prince was a finalist in the North Shore Writers’ Association 2015 short fiction contest; the remaining stories just happened along wanting to be part of the fun. Michael Bryan Kerr is a Digital Services Librarian at the North Vancouver City Library.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Nervous Prince and Other Stories
While David is now retired from professional practice, he worked as a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychogeriatrician, and psychotherapist for 45 years in Alaska, British Columbia, and Oregon. And yet, none of these professional roles made living with a partner with Alzheimer’s any easier. His experience did, however, inform his perspective, insight, and viewpoint(s) on living with, and loving, a partner with Alzheimer’s.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Neither Married Nor Single: When Your Partner Has Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia
Me-An Laceste has always been a poet at heart. This natural inclination has often kept her awake in the still of the night; writing her endless thoughts as they compete with sleep for her time. Her passion to helping others, raising her two boys, and succeeding against all odds occupied her days and delayed the sharing of her memory until this first edition. A combination of the aforementioned, along with being a mother and her life experiences in the Philippines, Kenya, and Canada, populate this engaging compilation. In her limited free time, Me-An is a dance enthusiast, hiker, walker, and a “DIY” chef.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Feeling Blue? JUMP!, Feeling Pink? LOVE!
Ralph Lake is a retired Douglas College teacher where he taught Chinese for 26 years. Since retiring, Lake has turned to his other loves of Chinese-English translation and writing. His books include: a translation of Zhang Tianyi’s Big Lin and Little Lin, Arizzo of Arezzo and The Anything Machine, Most Miserable Monster and Eleanor of Roosevelt Lane. These are available as ebooks through Apple Books, Kobo, Scribd and Barnes and Noble. They are also available in a bound printed form through the author.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Most Miserable Monster, Arizzo of Arezzo and The Anything Machine, Eleanor of Roosevelt Lane
Eve Lazarus is a journalist, author, and blogger. Her passion for non-traditional history and her fascination with murder has led to seven books of non-fiction including the BC Bestsellers Blood, Sweat, and Fear, a 2018 finalist for Best National True Crime book, Arthur Ellis Awards; Cold Case Vancouver, 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, BC Book Prizes; and Sensational Vancouver, recipient of a City of Vancouver Heritage Award. Her latest book is Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer, a #1 BC bestseller, and a finalist for Best National True Crime book, Arthur Ellis Awards, and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, BC Book Prizes.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing Tru Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer; Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator; Cold Case Vancouver: The City’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders; Sensational Vancouver
“Outdoor storyteller”, that’s how Fernando could best be described. Drawing from his passion for outdoor sports, a Biology degree, and a Master’s in Photography, he specializes in documenting the relationship between man and mother nature. Fernando has ample experience in the field, having worked on projects in a wide variety of areas, including the untouched Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic Ocean and more. Urban Salmon is Fernando’s first project in North America.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Urban Salmon
Bruna Martinuzzi is the founder of Clarion Enterprises, which specializes in presentation skills training and leadership communication coaching. She has helped thousands of individuals improve their presentation skills and become more effective communicators. Fluent in six languages, Bruna delivers high-quality presentation skills training to international audiences. She has also lectured at various universities, such as SFU’s MBA Program and UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She is the author of Presenting with Credibility: Practical Tools and Techniques for Effective Presentations (2012) and The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow (2009.) Bruna holds a BA and an MA from UBC and is the recipient of several awards.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Presenting with Credibility: Practical Tools and Techniques for Effective Presentations
Ramona Materi is the President of Ingenia Consulting. Ingenia provides services in labour market and business research and has worked in northern British Columbia since 2009. Her company has carried out projects with First Nations, the natural gas, mining and solid wood sectors, and even governments. British Columbia’s New North draws upon the wealth of experience from northern entrepreneurs and community leaders, captured through over 100 interviews.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Starting a Green Business in Canada, British Columbia’s New North
Dr. Lawrence E. Matrick received his M.D. from the Manitoba Medical College. He subsequently worked at the Provincial Mental Hospital as a psychiatry resident. He continued his studies in England and achieved British degrees in Psychiatry. As a Fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UBC, Dr. Matrick maintained a full-time private practice in Vancouver for almost 50 years. He also frequently served as an expert witness for the court in British Columbia. A previously published fiction and non-fiction writer, he resides in West Vancouver.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Road to Recovery: Following Your Motor Vehicle Accident, The Quisling, The Madhouse
Gael McCool helps people turn their problems into a powerful source of purpose. She is an inspirational teacher, guide, and developer of tools for personal transformation. For over 35 years she has taught individuals, executives, and companies to engage the life-changing powers of self-awareness, accountability, and conscious choice to make a difference in themselves and in the world around them. She is the founder, President, and Chief Creative Coach at FEEL Inc.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Be Wise Now: A Guide to Conscious Living
Sharon McInnes is the author of Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder (2012), a compilation of her Just for the Birds columns and photos from The Flying Shingle newspaper. After living on Gabriola Island for twelve years, she and her partner moved to North Vancouver in 2018, where she now lives, happily, next door to the City library. She is at work on a memoir. Across a Narrow Strait is her first novel.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Across a Narrow Strait
Mehdi was born in Ghoochan, a small town in Northeastern Iran, and grew up in Tehran. After achieving his high school diploma, he moved to the US, where he earned a BSc and MSc in organic chemistry from Oregon State University, and later, a PhD from the University of Washington. He moved to Vancouver, BC to teach chemistry at a private college, and continues to live in the Lower Mainland today. While his professional career has been in the sciences, his true passion has always been literature, particularly poetry. An avid reader of both Iranian and Western literatures, he has written translations of the poet William Blake into Farsi, and has written a number of other works.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Nina
In an effort to regain her health, beauty, and vibrancy, Lili discovered the transformative power of holistic health. As a health store owner and holistic practitioner, she consults with many clients across North America for her age defying natural health and beauty secrets. As a writer, she enjoys sharing powerful messages of inner health and outer happiness.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Effortless Beauty: Simple Strategies to Regain Your Youth and Beauty Naturally
Aryan is a 15 years old and lives with his mother, father, and his dog in BC Recently, he (and a group of friends) earned a medal from the Lieutenant Governor of BC for his entry of a song in a Truth and Reconciliation competition. He enjoys writing stories and using his creativity. He is a sport loving teen as much as he is a math lover, and there is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Atom, Floating in Space
Mary Novik is a North Vancouver novelist. Her novel Conceit, about the daughter of the 17th-century writer John Donne, was hailed as “a magnificent novel of seventeenth-century London” by The Globe and Mail, which chose it as a Book of the Year. Conceit was long-listed for the Giller Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Prize. Canada Reads named it as one of The Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. Her second novel, Muse, is set in Avignon during the 14th-century Babylonian Captivity, when the popes resided there. Muse is narrated by the mysterious woman who was caught up in a love triangle with Francesco Petrarch and Laura. Muse was also published in French (Muse) and Italian (L’amante del Papa).
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Muse
Shelley O’Callaghan is a retired environmental lawyer and social advocate. Her first book, a memoir, How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake, reflects her passions about history, social justice, and the environment. Shelley is a member of the North Shore Writers Association and the Whistler Writing Society as well as the Canadian Creative Non-Fiction Collective.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake
Sanford Osler has an MA from UBC and has held leadership positions with national NGOs, major utilities, and financial institutions. He moved from Toronto to North Vancouver with his wife and two children in 1992. He is active in the community and is the past Chair of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission and a past Board member of the North Vancouver District Public Library. Sanford was introduced to the canoe as a youngster, an event that sparked a lifelong interest in the role of the canoe in our history and modern-day lives. This fascination was further fuelled in British Columbia and led him to write Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft that Helped Shape British Columbia (Heritage House, 2014).
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Canoe Crossings: Understanding the Craft That Helped Shape British Columbia
Laurie Pawlik, MSW, is the adventurous writer who created the “She Blossoms” blog and book series. She writes full-time in her treehouse overlooking the waters of Indian Arm in Vancouver, BC. Laurie has 25 years of teaching, social work, and Bible study experience, and has been published in magazines such as Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest, and Women’s Health. Find out more at http://www.blossomtips.com.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back
Sachi was horror stricken by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. As a result, she has broken her long silence about being a child in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. With the innocence of a child, she describes the devastation and loss she endured and her gratitude for the love and joy she has shared as an adult.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Hiroshima – Memories of a Survivor
North Shore UBC scholar Thomas Salumets is a cultural and literary historian whose more recent work includes the book Unforced Flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014). The first significant study in English of one of Northern Europe’s most important contemporary literary figures, Salumets’s book has been translated into Estonian and shortlisted for the prestigious Estonian Cultural Endowment award. Reviewers in North America and Europe have praised Unforced Flourishing for its fresh and captivating introduction to a fascinating but also controversial and deeply troubled man who finds more richness in nature than in the human imagination. Unforced Flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski is available at amazon.ca in a paperback or kindle edition.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Unforced Flourishing: Understanding Jaan Kaplinski
Jennifer Samson is a Canadian writer and is the author of the crime saga Sin City series and the comedy/thriller Billie and Diana series. She has also been published in the literary journals Thursday and The Lyre, as well as the BoldPrint book Friends. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Sun, and others. She enjoys pens, Hilroy loose leaf, corner store candy, adorable cats, and beating her Goodreads Reading Challenge every year.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Final Cut (Co-authored by M.B. Miller), Sin City
Born and raised in South Africa, Brenda was a high-school English teacher before moving with her husband to Vancouver, Canada. There, she switched careers and worked as a bookkeeper, accountant, and entrepreneur. At best, writing was merely a hobby. However, after her mother’s death, it became a tool to process and express her grief. Writing has since become Brenda’s lifeline and her life purpose. Through her writing courses, Brenda helps others to capture and tell their own stories.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: When God Says No: My Journey Through Grief to Acceptance
Claire Snyman is an author, blogger, and advocate for patient and healthcare collaboration. She is passionate about inspiring people to put their health in their own hands. She has co-authored a scientific study between neurosurgeons and patients and developed a TEAM Approach for Empowering patients©. Claire spoke at TEDxStanleyPark 2018 on putting your health in your own hands. Her second book, Activate – How to Save your Life in a Complex Health Care System explores the challenges faced within health care systems and how patients need to be more proactive participants in their health care management. Claire continues to look for ways to increase communication and collaboration between patients and the health care system, and improve the patient experience.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Two Steps Forward – Embracing Life with a Brain Tumour, Activate: How to Save Your Life in a Complex Health Care System
Prior to becoming a novelist, Diana Stevan worked as a family therapist, teacher, actor, model, and a freelance writer-broadcaster for CBC television. She’s published poetry, a short story, and newspaper articles. Her novels are women’s fiction: A Cry From The Deep (romantic mystery/adventure), The Rubber Fence (women’s fiction) and Sunflowers Under Fire (family saga/historical fiction). She lives in Campbell River and West Vancouver, BC with her husband, Robert. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she loves to garden and travel.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: A Cry From The Deep, The Rubber Fence, Sunflowers Under Fire
Mary-Ann Stouck, Illustrated by Rebecca Evans
Mary-Ann Stouck is the author of a previous children’s title, A Fine Winter Cap (Walhachin Press), and has edited two books of medieval saints’ lives for adults. She is retired from SFU’s Humanities Department where she was an associate professor of medieval studies. As a child, her first animal pet was a hamster, and since then she has given a home to dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, a horse, and three more hamsters. She has volunteered at the West Vancouver SPCA and served on its Community Council. She is deeply committed to fostering empathy between children and pets.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Jeannie Houdini
Barry Swanson is a marine naturalist, a steward of the environment, and a singer/songwriter. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest and spends summers on the Salish Sea.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Lost Frequency
Manon, une écrivaine canadienne française, lâche prise sur sa vie matérielle et part seule en mission à l’aventure en Inde. Après la rencontre de son futur mari, elle a vécu deux ans au pays de Gandhi où elle est devenue professeure de yoga. De retour en Occident, elle a donnée naissance à son fils en Angleterre. En tant que professeure de français langue seconde, elle trouve sa force intérieure par la méditation. Apres quinze ans, Manon se replongeait dans l’écriture et elle a depuis crée les inséparables Mianna et Aïda en mémoire de toutes ses amitiés. Elle lance au printemps 2019, son premier livre, Les messagers diaphanes. Elle exerce toujours le yoga et organise des marches en pleine conscience avec les cinq sens à Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: By Rickshaw to Romance: A Mountainous Journey
Mary Tasi & Wade Baker
Mary Tasi is an award winning urban planner, community historian, and author. She has an honours degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo and her work has been presented to the Victoria Legislature for excellence in historical research. She writes historical non fiction, and is honoured that she has been given permission to share her indigenous family’s stories in her books. She has traveled extensively, learning the history of place of the regions she writes about, and walking the paths of the ancestors. She has a unique voice that comes through in all her work regarding the importance of legacy and reconciliation, and sharing the authentic stories.
Wade Baker is a cultural knowledge keeper, story teller and member of the Squamish Nation. He is also an award winning artist, winning a design excellence award from the City of North Vancouver for the “Gateway to Ancient Wisdom” Public art piece for the first portion of the Spirit Trail. Wade learned his amazing stories from listening to Chief Capilano and Chief Simon Baker as a child, and from visiting his many relatives in Alert Bay for potlatches. In his culture, story and art are intertwined, and he is a sought after speaker to share his knowledge of the legends of the west coast.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Hidden Journals – Captain Vancouver and His Mapmaker Through an Indigenous Lens
Melanie Ting is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in beautiful North Vancouver, BC Her hobbies include herding cats, hiking low mountains, and cheering on losing hockey teams. She began writing romances during the 2010 Olympic, inspired by both the extraordinary athleticism and the crazy party atmosphere.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: An Irresistible Force
Ingrid Torrance; actor, coach, producer, director and author has appeared in numerous movies and television series since 1994. She has also been an acting teacher since 1995 and an on set and off set coach since 1998. Ingrid has worked on such shows as Once Upon A Time, The Killing, Fringe, The Good Wife and Blade: The Series. She has appeared in such films as Double Jeopardy, Act of War, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Auburn Hills Breakdown, and Driven to Kill, Ingrid has been nominated for a Leo Award as Best Actress and was featured in Entertainment Weekly as a “Breakout” Actress. Won Women In Film’s Capilano Leadership in Education Award in 2015.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Act! A Step by Step Guide to Starting Your Acting Career
Returning to school as a single mother of five in her early 40s, Diane Tupper completed her undergraduate degree as the oldest student in her year, a feat that fueled her aspirations to become a lawyer. She finished law school at UBC and practiced family law for the next 20 years. Tupper began writing Balancing Act after being forced into retirement following a serious accident. The chapters in Balancing Act are named after fictitious court cases and are loosely based on her life, while the characters’ names are those of some of her children and grandchildren. A life-long North Shore resident, Diane graduated from West Van High and raised her children in North Van, where she now resides.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Balancing Act
Neil Van Seters
Neil works as a director in the Canadian telecommunications industry and is actively involved in the charitable sector, having sat on boards and establishing a non-profit organization in Uganda with his wife. Fear No One was inspired by a desire to understand his grandfather’s concentration camp experiences and how he managed to survive, when so many others around him did not. As part of his research process, Neil visited many of the Holocaust memorial sites. He currently resides in North Vancouver with his wife Wendy and their three sons Eli, Seth and Jesse.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Fear No One
Tom Van Walleghem
Tom Van Walleghem has lived in North Vancouver since 2002. He took early retirement to pursue his personal interests in military history, education, and writing. Knowing how history shapes the present, he is passionate about helping people of all ages understand the sacrifices and choices made by previous generations that affect the world today. Tom has interviewed over 50 Canadian veterans and their families to capture their stories in writing. He also does community presentations for all ages on a variety of topics related to both World Wars and conducts writing workshops for young authors. Discovered Courage is Tom’s first book for young readers, and was inspired by real events in Tom’s early school years in Winnipeg.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Discovered Courage
Lawrence Verigin is the author of the multiple award winning Dark Seed trilogy – Dark Seed, Seed of Control and Beyond Control. Lawrence’s goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects that need more attention brought to them. In his spare time Lawrence enjoys cooking good food, rich red wine, travel, running, reading and numerous rounds of golf. Lawrence and his wife, Diana, live in beautiful North Vancouver, Canada.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Dark Seed, Seed of Control, Beyond Control
Jaroslav Jerry Vlcek
Jaroslav (Jerry) Vlcek was born in Czechoslovakia, son of a small farmer and flour miller. He was a student at the Technical University of Prague but was interrupted when he was expelled from the university as “not suitable for high education” by the newly installed Communist government, forcing him to leave his country as a political refugee in Germany from where he emigrated to Canada. After a stint working as a tree-cutter in Northern Ontario, he returned to his university which led to a career as a professor at the University of Toronto where he taught and conducted research in applied science. His book presents a new theory of consciousness, evolution and a view of life, incorporating quantum physics.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Tracking Consciousness Before Birth and Beyond
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction. Lisa is a technical writer, a meditation teacher, a student with SFU’s Writer’s Studio, and for several years, a writing group for teens in Lynn Valley. Her debut novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer grand prize for paranormal fiction. The Warrior Prophet is her third book.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Warrior Prophet
Gerhard Winkler has enjoyed writing throughout his entire life. It took him a while to feel comfortable talking in a new language, however. Some 25 years ago he started to enjoy writing travel stories and was published in various magazines. With help of a writer’s group, several of his stories were published in anthologies of the North Shore Writers Association and won several awards. He published two books before this current one, a novel titled Divided and a bio of his life before Canada in his native Germany, My First Life. His books are available in various libraries.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Landed
Frank Wolf is a Canadian adventurer, writer, photographer, and environmentalist. He is known for feature magazine articles and films that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His journeys include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season, and cycling 2000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. In 2015, he was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine and in 2012 he was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Adventurers by Explore Magazine. His first book of adventures – Lines on a Map – was published in October 2018 by RMB.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: Lines on a Map
Born in England, Peter left school at 15 and worked as a booking clerk for British Rail. Continuing his studies through night school, Peter won two scholarships that led him to a BSc in Agricultural Economics, followed by an MSc in Business Administration. He began his professional career as an agricultural industries analyst, ultimately providing policy and planning advice to senior levels of industry and government in North America, Asia, and Europe. Now retired from his consulting practice, Peter has returned to his first love—writing. The Girl From Barcelona is his first published novel. Outside of writing, Peter loves hiking in the mountains of British Columbia and Arizona, the relaxed lifestyle in Barcelona, and travelling.
Titles in the 2019/2020 Collection: The Girl from Barcelona