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I hope everyone is enjoying the last long weekend of the summer (sobbing)!

I just wanted us all to remember that Labour Day has a long and important history, and make a quick reading suggestion for you, based on an interesting fact I dug up somewhere recently:

Between 1880 and 1882, 17,000 labourers were brought from China to build the Canadian
Pacific Railway’s passage through the Rockies. 4,000 died during the building of
this section.

For an excellent exploration of Chinese Canadians working on the railways, check out David H.T. Wong’s Escape to Gold Mountain.

Escape to Gold Mountain
A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
by Wong, David H.T. (10/01/12)
9781551524764 | Arsenal Pulp Press | UTP
Paperback | Price: $19.95



Hello and happy Labour Day weekend.  It is the last weekend of the summer

(not officially, but in most people’s minds).

Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

If you have some time for a vicarious trip to Las Vegas,

I can recommend The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas by

Chris Ewan

9780312580865     $19.50

Minotaur (Raincosat)

I think I have written about this series before but

so far I haven’t been disappointed.  This is a

not-too-heavy mystery that is perfect for an escapist afternoon.

Have a great weekend!



Hi guys!

Why is Lena Dunham so super cool? Not only is she an actress, screenwriter, director,
nominated 8 times for an Emmy Award, two-time Golden Globe winner, and the first woman
to win a Director’s Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series, (thank you,
first paragraph from Wikipedia), but she’s also an awesome reader. Check out who’s reading
St. Martin’s Press’ Landline and Picador’s PRO. Come on, if Lena Dunham is reading them,
wouldn’t you too?


- Tamara

Juust in case you were curious, here is what’s going on in my reading life this week:


hack attack

Hack Attack by Nick Davies
This is the culmination of several years of Sisyphean work by Guardian reporter Nick Davies about illegal

phone hacking by newspapers in the UK, along with an extra helping of police corruption. Recommended,

but it doesn’t paint a rosy picture. Don’t read this if you’re feeling unhappy that day, as you are liable

to either slip into a deep depression or have a heart attack borne out of frustration.

It has a fantastic blurb on the back:

“Davies… makes Captain Ahab and Inspector Javert look like quitters.” – Jack Shafer, Slate.


Welcome to Resisterville by Kathleen Rodgers
A brief history of war resisters and other counter-culture figures who found their way to Nelson, BC

in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On a macro level, it examines how

communities ultimately form from disparate groups. On a micro level, it has

some great anecdotes about people who were trying to live a more morally honest life.

how to read the bible

How to Read The Bible

A handy, short essay that helps the reader decide on their own approach to reading the Bible. Obviously, this isn’t really something that a lot of people are looking for, but we won’t worry about them. For people who are interested, it’s potentially quite useful.  Great beach read. I’m dead serious.


Books are so weird. It’s still August (although it’s feeling more autumnal here in Vancity),

but for us reps, fall is over! On to winter! That being said, I’m still catching up on my fall reading.

I’ve been making my way through Who We Be: the Colorization of America, by Jeff Chang.

Who We Be
The Colorization of America
by Chang, Jeff (10/21/14)
9780312571290 | St. Martin’s Press | RAI
Cloth | Price: $37.99

It’s a fascinating history, and I’m especially enjoying the chapters that deal with the

NYC gallery scene, because I’m an art nerd like that.



Happy Friday.  I thought I would give you a good pun to round out

your day.  Here you go:


Egrets, I’ve had a few.

Photo by Chris Robataille via Dana Gallery

Have a great weekend,


Hi everyone!

We are well into our Winter 2015 conferences and so far, so great!
At least, that’s what I gather from me creeping through my glass office
door at the presentation in the room next to me. It can get lonely in here…


The good news is that although I don’t participate in the conference,
I do participate in the food eating, during conference lunches. This is where
the magic really happens…and the tight pants. Not much to report this week
since everyone is ignoring me, ahem, I mean, in conference. So I’ll leave
you with a tribute to tight pants. Enjoy!

As crazy as it sounds, we’re about to go into conference for the Winter 2015 books!

I’ve already gotten a start on the picture books, and here are a few of my early favourites:

The Remarkable Tale of a Real Bear
by Walker, Sally M ; Voss, Jonathan D. (01/20/15)
9780805097153 | Henry Holt and Co. | RAI
Cloth | Price: $20.50

I think most Canadians know the story of Winnie-the-Pooh (thanks Heritage Moments!), but this is a lovely retelling, full of great watercolour illustrations.

Coming Home
by Ruth, Greg (11/04/14)
9781250055477 | Feiwel & Friends | RAI
Cloth | Price: $19.50

So this book had me sniffing, and Cheryl was sobbing. Mark remained unaffected, so I guess it doesn’t work on everyone. At any rate, it’s a gorgeous story, told with only a few words, and incredibly deft illustrations.

Second Banana
by Graves, Keith (02/10/15)
9781596438835 | Roaring Brook Press | RAI
Cloth | Price: $20.50

Oop the gorilla is an ape after my own heart. When she came up against a problem, ”She had a snack. Snacks always made Oop feel better.” ME TOO, OOP! Anyways, it helps, and she begins a new life as the Amazing Oop!


Books are foreverHello and happy Friday!


I hope you’ve had a good week; I have even though the rain has come back and

interrupted our wonderful summer.  I hear it is a temporary visit though and

summer should return on the weekend.  Meanwhile, isn’t it time to read a good book?


Have a great weekend,


Hi guys!

As I mentioned in a post a little while ago, Grumpy Cat visited the Eaton
Centre and I had every intention of going to see her. But then Saturday morning
came and there were all sorts of things to do, like sleep in and eat brunch, and
watch YouTube videos of Jimmy Kimmel/Fallon doing funny things…
Here is a review of how it all went, though. Please feel free to judge me
Grumpy Cat Mania Grips Toronto’s Eaton Centre

- Tamara

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