Renée Layberry

Renée Layberry - Editor

Victoria, BC, Canada

An editor with over a decade of experience in magazine and book publishing. My reason for being is to connect people through storytelling.

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Overview

A publishing professional with over a decade of editorial experience, I offer manuscript evaluation, substantive, line, and stylistic editing, manuscript preparation, proofreading, and project management. In recent years I've been an in-house editorial coordinator with a traditional print publisher, and I currently work in a digital content management environment. I've worked on guidebooks, cookbooks, short stories, mysteries, and memoirs that have been acclaimed locally and nationally and have been featured on the BC Bestseller list.

Author testimonials:

"Renée shepherded my novel through the editorial process, and what a great job she did. She demonstrated her dedication to the project throughout all its stages. The project included a few phrases from languages that use a non-Latin alphabet and she was enthusiastic about finding solutions and meticulous about making sure they worked. She was diligent, knowledgeable, resourceful, patient, and solution-oriented, but, best of all, she shared my passion." —Peggy Herring, author of Anna, Like Thunder

"It was a pleasure to work with Renée on my manuscript of short fiction. She has a keen editorial eye and a strong sense of both the micro and macrocosm of a project. I also appreciated her compassionate and direct communication and would jump at the chance to work with her again." —Julie Paul, author of The Jealousy Bone, The Pull of the Moon, Meteorites, and the poetry collection The Rules of the Kingdom.

"It was a real pleasure to work with Renée. She’s a pro with the necessary eye for detail that is needed in editing books that span natural and cultural history, bouncing between Latin and SENĆOŦEN names and European and Indigenous references." —Briony Penn, author of A Year on the Wild Side

"Renée’s patience and sense of humour made working with her a pleasure and a privilege. Her insight and sharp eye gave me confidence; I knew my book was in the best of hands." —Julie Roorda, author of A Thousand Consolations

"It was a pleasure to have Renée Layberry as the editor for Island Craft. Her encouragement was always welcome and her expert advice very helpful. Her contributions made this a better book." —Jon C. Stott, author of Beer 101 North: Craft Breweries and Brewpubs of the Washington and Oregon Coasts, Beer Quest West, and Island Craft.

"Renée’s expertise and positive energy contributed greatly to the success of First, We Brunch. She was not only professional and positive during the creation of the book—she provided wonderful support from the sidelines as the book was introduced to the world. It is clear that Renée cares deeply about her authors and the success of their publications." —Rebecca Wellman, author of First, We Brunch

"I was lucky enough to have Renée edit my first six books. A kind, generous editor who has an extraordinary ability to intimately know the characters, details, and nature of any given book, and whose goal without fail was to help make it the best book it could be. She helped me become a better writer. A real joy to work with!" —Iona Whishaw, author of the Lane Winslow series

"I should like to record my gratitude to Renée Layberry for her significant contribution to the publication of my book In Nature’s Realm; Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island. Renée was the publisher’s editorial coordinator for the project—an illustrated, hard-cover book of 282 pages with an index, bibliography, glossary, endnotes, list of illustrations with sources, and a foreword. Throughout the editing and production processes I found her most professional, knowledgeable, skilled, thorough, and pleasant to work with. I have no hesitation in endorsing her competence for future projects of this kind."—Michael Layland, author of A Perfect Eden, The Land of Heart's Delight, and In Nature's Realm.

Languages
English (CAN)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Travel
Fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Social & Family Issues
Themes & Motifs

Work experience

Account Manager

Constant Content
August, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Manage digital content writers and content creation projects for corporate clients throughout North America.

Editorial Coordinator

TouchWood Editions
April, 2015 – August, 2019 (over 4 years)

Evaluate manuscript submissions; guide authors from first draft to print; prepare manuscripts for typesetting; edit manuscripts; assign freelancers; negotiate rates and terms of freelance projects; organize photos and documents for designer; review cover and interior proofs, catalogues, and promotional material; work with publisher, designer, and publicity and promotions coordinator to develop best practices; use collaborative project management tools; write and refine catalogue and cover copy; perform pre-press checks on final files and printer's proofs.

Portfolio (52 selected works)

A Killer in King's Cove (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 1)

Iona Whishaw

A smart and enchanting postwar mystery that will appeal to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels li... read more

A smart and enchanting postwar mystery that will appeal to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.It is 1946, and war-weary young ex-intelligence officer Lane Winslow leaves London to look for a fresh start. When she finds herself happily settled into a sleepy hamlet in the interior of British Columbia surrounded by a suitably eclectic cast of small-town characters she feels li... read more

Death in a Darkening Mist (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 2)

Iona Whishaw

The second instalment in the Lane Winslow mystery series; for fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford series.On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow—a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove in pursuit of a tranquil life—is introduced to the local hot springs. While there she overhears nearby patrons speaking Russian. When one of ... read more

The second instalment in the Lane Winslow mystery series; for fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford series.On a snowy day in December 1946, Lane Winslow—a former British intelligence agent who’s escaped to the rural Canadian community of King’s Cove in pursuit of a tranquil life—is introduced to the local hot springs. While there she overhears nearby patrons speaking Russian. When one of ... read more

An Old, Cold Grave (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 3)

Iona Whishaw

The third book in the popular Lane Winslow mystery series by an author the Globe and Mail has called a “writer to watch.”It’s early spring of 1947 in idyllic King’s Cove, and the Hughes ladies, mère et filles, are gardening and sorting through the jars of food that have been put up for the winter. But while cleaning up after the roof of their root cellar has caved in slightly, they are horrifi... read more

The third book in the popular Lane Winslow mystery series by an author the Globe and Mail has called a “writer to watch.”It’s early spring of 1947 in idyllic King’s Cove, and the Hughes ladies, mère et filles, are gardening and sorting through the jars of food that have been put up for the winter. But while cleaning up after the roof of their root cellar has caved in slightly, they are horrifi... read more

It Begins In Betrayal (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 4)

Iona Whishaw

Finalist for a 2019 Lefty AwardThe fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about th... read more

Finalist for a 2019 Lefty AwardThe fourth book in what the Globe and Mail has proclaimed “a terrific series” by “a writer to watch.”Summer descends over the picturesque King’s Cove as Darling and Lane’s mutual affection blossoms. But their respite from solving crime is cut short when a British government official arrives in Nelson to compel Darling to return to England for questioning about th... read more

A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery

Iona Whishaw

In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific,” Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King’s Cove.Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving... read more

In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific,” Lane Winslow investigates the murder of an unidentified man she found adrift in a boat near King’s Cove.Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving... read more

A Deceptive Devotion (A Lane Winslow Mystery Book 6)

Iona Whishaw

A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess for Countess Orlova, an elderly Russian woman who has tracked her missing brother to the Nelson area. Nelson PD investigates, but then the murder of a lone hunter in the hills above King’s Cove takes top priority.Darling works... read more

A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess for Countess Orlova, an elderly Russian woman who has tracked her missing brother to the Nelson area. Nelson PD investigates, but then the murder of a lone hunter in the hills above King’s Cove takes top priority.Darling works... read more

A Match Made for Murder: A Lane Winslow Mystery

Iona Whishaw

Lane and Darling's Arizona honeymoon is interrupted by gunshots in the newest instalment in a series Kirkus Reviews calls "relentlessly exciting."It’s November, and Lane and Darling have escaped the chilly autumn in the Kootenays for a honeymoon at the posh and romantic Santa Cruz Inn in sunny Tucson, Arizona. But despite her very best intentions to relax, soon after their arrival Lane’s plans... read more

Lane and Darling's Arizona honeymoon is interrupted by gunshots in the newest instalment in a series Kirkus Reviews calls "relentlessly exciting."It’s November, and Lane and Darling have escaped the chilly autumn in the Kootenays for a honeymoon at the posh and romantic Santa Cruz Inn in sunny Tucson, Arizona. But despite her very best intentions to relax, soon after their arrival Lane’s plans... read more

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic

Martina Scholtens

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees. An Iraqi journalist whose son has been been murdered develops post-traumatic stress disorder and mourns his loss of vocation. A Congolese woman refuses antiretroviral treatment for her new HIV diagnosis, and instead places her trus... read more

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees. An Iraqi journalist whose son has been been murdered develops post-traumatic stress disorder and mourns his loss of vocation. A Congolese woman refuses antiretroviral treatment for her new HIV diagnosis, and instead places her trus... read more

It's Only the Himalayas: And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker

S. Bedford

A laugh-out-loud travel memoir that reveals backpacking’s awkward side.Sue, a disenchanted waitress, embarks upon a year-long quest around the world with her friend, Sara—who’s exasperatingly perfect. Expecting a whimsical jaunt of self-discovery, Sue instead encounters an absurd series of misadventures that render her embarrassed, terrified, and queasy (and in a lot of trouble with Philippine... read more

A laugh-out-loud travel memoir that reveals backpacking’s awkward side.Sue, a disenchanted waitress, embarks upon a year-long quest around the world with her friend, Sara—who’s exasperatingly perfect. Expecting a whimsical jaunt of self-discovery, Sue instead encounters an absurd series of misadventures that render her embarrassed, terrified, and queasy (and in a lot of trouble with Philippine... read more

Meteorites: Stories

Julie Paul

A young man takes his father to Hawaii, even though he’s been dead for months. An organ player won’t let her newly amputated arm stand in the way of Sunday duties. A grad student decides to take the fate of a homeless man into his own hands. A couple of criminals, new to rural living, find their idyllic life in jeopardy when nature strikes back. A stepdaughter moves in, a brother goes missing,... read more

A young man takes his father to Hawaii, even though he’s been dead for months. An organ player won’t let her newly amputated arm stand in the way of Sunday duties. A grad student decides to take the fate of a homeless man into his own hands. A couple of criminals, new to rural living, find their idyllic life in jeopardy when nature strikes back. A stepdaughter moves in, a brother goes missing,... read more

Radiant Voices: 21 Feminist Essays for Rising Up Inspired by EMMA Talks

From Idle No More to Black Lives Matter to the Me Too movements and more, one thing is certain: There is a burgeoning collective desire to hear non-dominant voices in subtle, curious, generative ways.The Vancouver-based EMMA Talks speakers’ series amplifies the voices of women-identified, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks. Curated by carla bergman, the series showcases a diversity of write... read more

From Idle No More to Black Lives Matter to the Me Too movements and more, one thing is certain: There is a burgeoning collective desire to hear non-dominant voices in subtle, curious, generative ways.The Vancouver-based EMMA Talks speakers’ series amplifies the voices of women-identified, trans, and gender-nonconforming folks. Curated by carla bergman, the series showcases a diversity of write... read more

Everyone's Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen Free

Amanda Orlando

Not everyone outgrows childhood allergies. When Amanda Orlando learned firsthand that the social and emotional impact of anaphylactic reactions affects adults, she started blogging about it, and EverydayAllergenFree.com was born.Her new cookbook, Everyone’s Welcome, is for people with anaphylactic allergies to any of the “big eight”: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish... read more

Not everyone outgrows childhood allergies. When Amanda Orlando learned firsthand that the social and emotional impact of anaphylactic reactions affects adults, she started blogging about it, and EverydayAllergenFree.com was born.Her new cookbook, Everyone’s Welcome, is for people with anaphylactic allergies to any of the “big eight”: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish... read more

The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover's Cookbook: Revised and Updated Edition

Emily Lycopolus

There’s nothing like fresh extra-virgin olive oil, infused and fused olive oils, and flavoured white and balsamic vinegars―but how, exactly, do we use them? Elevate the flavour of your fare using products like Rosemary or Herb de Provence infused olve oil, Blood Orange fused olive oil, Apricot white balsamic, and more by diving into this easy-to-use, gorgeously photographed book. Discover reci... read more

There’s nothing like fresh extra-virgin olive oil, infused and fused olive oils, and flavoured white and balsamic vinegars―but how, exactly, do we use them? Elevate the flavour of your fare using products like Rosemary or Herb de Provence infused olve oil, Blood Orange fused olive oil, Apricot white balsamic, and more by diving into this easy-to-use, gorgeously photographed book. Discover reci... read more

Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island

Jon C. Stott

Hopheads, rejoice! Take the ultimate beer-lover’s road trip from Victoria, BC’s craft beer capital, to Tofino and Campbell River, visiting craft breweries and brewpubs in between. Your guide? Jon Stott, born and bred in Victoria—and beer enthusiast extraordinaire.In 1961, Vancouver Island had just one brewery. In 2018, Stott visited thirty-three breweries on the island—and three more breweries... read more

Hopheads, rejoice! Take the ultimate beer-lover’s road trip from Victoria, BC’s craft beer capital, to Tofino and Campbell River, visiting craft breweries and brewpubs in between. Your guide? Jon Stott, born and bred in Victoria—and beer enthusiast extraordinaire.In 1961, Vancouver Island had just one brewery. In 2018, Stott visited thirty-three breweries on the island—and three more breweries... read more

Island Home: Out and About on Vancouver Island

Anny Scoones

A collection of humorous essays about Vancouver Island’s unique quirks, from the south end to the north from beloved storyteller, Anny Scoones.Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have a reputation for their ineffable charisma, laid-back pace, and distinct grooviness. As Anny Scoones travels the length of our beloved Vancouver Island, and visits the little coastal and inland towns and iconic ... read more

A collection of humorous essays about Vancouver Island’s unique quirks, from the south end to the north from beloved storyteller, Anny Scoones.Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have a reputation for their ineffable charisma, laid-back pace, and distinct grooviness. As Anny Scoones travels the length of our beloved Vancouver Island, and visits the little coastal and inland towns and iconic ... read more

Great Canadian Ghost Stories: Legendary Tales of Haunting from Coast to Coast

Barbara Smith

A compelling collection of iconic ghost stories from all across Canada.Time and place are infused with ghosts and hauntings. From coast to coast to coast, Canada’s provinces and territories teem with the supernatural—phantoms obscured in the mists of time, spectres that delight in wreaking terror, and spirits destined to linger forever at the edge of the veil.Visit the far-flung corners of Can... read more

A compelling collection of iconic ghost stories from all across Canada.Time and place are infused with ghosts and hauntings. From coast to coast to coast, Canada’s provinces and territories teem with the supernatural—phantoms obscured in the mists of time, spectres that delight in wreaking terror, and spirits destined to linger forever at the edge of the veil.Visit the far-flung corners of Can... read more

City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria's Multicultural Past

May Q. Wong

A timely, intriguing collection of the overlooked stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour.Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with... read more

A timely, intriguing collection of the overlooked stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were also diverse people of colour.Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with... read more

A Year on the Wild Side: A West Coast Naturalist's Almanac

Briony Penn

A freshly designed, new edition of a funny weekly chronicle that offers a year-long, intimate view of the flora and fauna populating the West Coast.A Year on the Wild Side is a witty commentary on the social and natural history of Vancouver Island. Composed of 52 essays arranged in 12 monthly chapters, this engaging book reveals the magic and humour of the natural world and reminds us of our p... read more

A freshly designed, new edition of a funny weekly chronicle that offers a year-long, intimate view of the flora and fauna populating the West Coast.A Year on the Wild Side is a witty commentary on the social and natural history of Vancouver Island. Composed of 52 essays arranged in 12 monthly chapters, this engaging book reveals the magic and humour of the natural world and reminds us of our p... read more

Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea

DL Acken, Emily Lycopolus

Off the shore of Canada’s west coast lies a food lover’s island paradise. Vancouver Island’s temperate climate nurtures a bounty of wild foods, heritage grains, organic produce, sustainable meats and artisan-crafted edible delights. This thoughtfully curated, beautifully photographed contemporary cookbook brings Vancouver Island’s abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere.... read more

Off the shore of Canada’s west coast lies a food lover’s island paradise. Vancouver Island’s temperate climate nurtures a bounty of wild foods, heritage grains, organic produce, sustainable meats and artisan-crafted edible delights. This thoughtfully curated, beautifully photographed contemporary cookbook brings Vancouver Island’s abundant food scene into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere.... read more

In Nature's Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island

Michael Layland

A celebration of the richly diverse flora and fauna of Vancouver Island as explored through the records of explorers, settlers, and visitors, and with due respect to the wealth of Indigenous traditional knowledge of the island’s ecosystems.In Nature’s Realm gathers initial reports, recorded histories, and personal accounts left by Vancouver Island’s early naturalists who studied the region’s f... read more

A celebration of the richly diverse flora and fauna of Vancouver Island as explored through the records of explorers, settlers, and visitors, and with due respect to the wealth of Indigenous traditional knowledge of the island’s ecosystems.In Nature’s Realm gathers initial reports, recorded histories, and personal accounts left by Vancouver Island’s early naturalists who studied the region’s f... read more

E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island

Robert Amos

The reputation of EJ Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. His paintings, collected by every major gallery in our country, fetch more than $1 million at auction. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life. Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Vancouver Island, and lived most of his 93 years at Shawnigan Lake and Duncan. This book features ... read more

The reputation of EJ Hughes in British Columbia is second only to that of Emily Carr. His paintings, collected by every major gallery in our country, fetch more than $1 million at auction. Yet Hughes lived a notoriously private life. Hughes painted scenes from all over BC, but he especially loved Vancouver Island, and lived most of his 93 years at Shawnigan Lake and Duncan. This book features ... read more

E.J. Hughes Paints British Columbia

Robert Amos

A retrospective on one of BCs most famous artists that features beautifully reproduced landscape paintings from all over mainland BC, and unveils new photographs, sketches, and ephemera from the artists estate.

A retrospective on one of BCs most famous artists that features beautifully reproduced landscape paintings from all over mainland BC, and unveils new photographs, sketches, and ephemera from the artists estate.

Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days with ALS

Alison Acheson

"A mesmerizing memoir by a talented writer on coming to terms with the unexpected." ―Library JournalMarty, age 57, was given a preliminary diagnosis of ALS by his family doctor. Seven weeks later, the diagnosis was confirmed by a neurologist. Ten months and ten days later, Marty passed away.From day one, Alison, Marty’s spouse of over twenty-five years, kept a journal as a way to navigate the ... read more

"A mesmerizing memoir by a talented writer on coming to terms with the unexpected." ―Library JournalMarty, age 57, was given a preliminary diagnosis of ALS by his family doctor. Seven weeks later, the diagnosis was confirmed by a neurologist. Ten months and ten days later, Marty passed away.From day one, Alison, Marty’s spouse of over twenty-five years, kept a journal as a way to navigate the ... read more

Boom & Bust: The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove

Jennifer L. Butler

Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island’s most visited tourist destinations, has humble origins as a one-shack telegraph station, established a century ago. The community grew, first with a salmon saltery and sawmill, then with new industries developed by the ingenuity of the Cove’s inhabitants. From the 1920s, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Danish, Italian, and English community members, a... read more

Telegraph Cove, one of Vancouver Island’s most visited tourist destinations, has humble origins as a one-shack telegraph station, established a century ago. The community grew, first with a salmon saltery and sawmill, then with new industries developed by the ingenuity of the Cove’s inhabitants. From the 1920s, Irish, Chinese, Japanese, German, Danish, Italian, and English community members, a... read more

Along the E&N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

Glen A. Mofford

In 1885, Vancouver Island’s E&N rail service carried coal to smelters and ships, and the towns in the railway’s path prospered as the tracks expanded.Along the E&N celebrates the historic and still-surviving hotels and roadhouses that sprung up near the E&N. Within this carefully researched historical narrative, you’ll find stories of the halfway house in the Esquimalt District, the murder and... read more

In 1885, Vancouver Island’s E&N rail service carried coal to smelters and ships, and the towns in the railway’s path prospered as the tracks expanded.Along the E&N celebrates the historic and still-surviving hotels and roadhouses that sprung up near the E&N. Within this carefully researched historical narrative, you’ll find stories of the halfway house in the Esquimalt District, the murder and... read more

Aqua Vitae: A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917

Glen A. Mofford

In April 1858 the Fraser River Gold Rush hit, and the sleepy hamlet of Victoria on Vancouver Island got an economic boost. The population nearly doubled overnight, and suddenly locals were rubbing shoulders with prospectors on their way to the gold-fields of the interior, as well as the regular band of sailors, sealers, whalers and other seafarers who made up Victoria.In those days, a saloon c... read more

In April 1858 the Fraser River Gold Rush hit, and the sleepy hamlet of Victoria on Vancouver Island got an economic boost. The population nearly doubled overnight, and suddenly locals were rubbing shoulders with prospectors on their way to the gold-fields of the interior, as well as the regular band of sailors, sealers, whalers and other seafarers who made up Victoria.In those days, a saloon c... read more

From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor

Antoine Mountain

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe (Fort Good Hope) in the Northwest Territories just south of the Arctic Circle. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school—run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the Government of Canada—three hundred kilometres away. Over the next twelve years, the three residential sc... read more

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe (Fort Good Hope) in the Northwest Territories just south of the Arctic Circle. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school—run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the Government of Canada—three hundred kilometres away. Over the next twelve years, the three residential sc... read more

Italy: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers

Emily Lycopolus

More than ever, people are interested in learning how to incorporate the remarkable flavours of specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars into their everyday cooking. The Recipes Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s cookbook series is an easy way to learn how to do that with minimal investment. With just four products, you can make every one of the 50 recipes in the book. The first in t... read more

More than ever, people are interested in learning how to incorporate the remarkable flavours of specialty extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars into their everyday cooking. The Recipes Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s cookbook series is an easy way to learn how to do that with minimal investment. With just four products, you can make every one of the 50 recipes in the book. The first in t... read more

Spain: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers

Emily Lycopolus

Winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book in a Series in Canada Traditional Spanish cooking is famous for its fragrant spices, fresh herbs, and delicate touch of citrus. Whether you’re a novice to Spanish cuisine or a seasoned cook, this brand-new cookbook will inspire and guide you through the finest classic Spanish recipes. A handful of premium olive oils and quality vinegars i... read more

Winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book in a Series in Canada Traditional Spanish cooking is famous for its fragrant spices, fresh herbs, and delicate touch of citrus. Whether you’re a novice to Spanish cuisine or a seasoned cook, this brand-new cookbook will inspire and guide you through the finest classic Spanish recipes. A handful of premium olive oils and quality vinegars i... read more

Greece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers

Emily Lycopolus

The second book in the Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers’ cookbook series made with specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegars in mind.With just two types of olive oil―Eureka Lemon Fused and Garlic Infused―and two balsamic vinegars―Apricot White Balsamic and Black Cherry Dark Balsamic―you can produce all fifty of the classic Greek recipes featured in Greece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers.... read more

The second book in the Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers’ cookbook series made with specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegars in mind.With just two types of olive oil―Eureka Lemon Fused and Garlic Infused―and two balsamic vinegars―Apricot White Balsamic and Black Cherry Dark Balsamic―you can produce all fifty of the classic Greek recipes featured in Greece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers.... read more

Syria: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers

Emily Lycopolus

A new cookbook in the series that reveals the best ways to use specialty olive oils and vinegars in international cuisines―now featuring the succulent, flavourful dishes of Syria.Eating together in Syrian culture is all about generosity and hospitality, bustling community, and lively conversation over tables laden with fragrant dishes. Whether you’re a culinary expert or just taste-curious, th... read more

A new cookbook in the series that reveals the best ways to use specialty olive oils and vinegars in international cuisines―now featuring the succulent, flavourful dishes of Syria.Eating together in Syrian culture is all about generosity and hospitality, bustling community, and lively conversation over tables laden with fragrant dishes. Whether you’re a culinary expert or just taste-curious, th... read more

Following the Curve of Time: The Legendary M. Wylie Blanchet

Cathy Converse

After her husband died in 1926 from a suspected drowning, Capi Blanchet spent every summer cruising BC’s west coast with her five children and their dog in the family’s 25-foot boat. The Curve of Time is the book Capi wrote chronicling these adventures, and it remains a bestseller and a classic in the annals of nautical literature. But little is known about the rest of her life. Cathy Converse... read more

After her husband died in 1926 from a suspected drowning, Capi Blanchet spent every summer cruising BC’s west coast with her five children and their dog in the family’s 25-foot boat. The Curve of Time is the book Capi wrote chronicling these adventures, and it remains a bestseller and a classic in the annals of nautical literature. But little is known about the rest of her life. Cathy Converse... read more

Off the Hook: Essential West Coast Seafood Recipes

DL Acken, Aurelia Louvet

Fresh, fast, and delicious, these are the quintessential recipes every West Coast fish and seafood lover must have.The islands of Canada’s West Coast are home to some of the freshest and most sustainable seafood in the world. In this exquisitely photographed and curated cookbook you’ll find 60+ easy and approachable recipes using simple techniques written for home cooks of any skill level. Fro... read more

Fresh, fast, and delicious, these are the quintessential recipes every West Coast fish and seafood lover must have.The islands of Canada’s West Coast are home to some of the freshest and most sustainable seafood in the world. In this exquisitely photographed and curated cookbook you’ll find 60+ easy and approachable recipes using simple techniques written for home cooks of any skill level. Fro... read more

Food Artisans of Alberta: Your Trail Guide to the Best of our Locally Crafted Fare

Karen Anderson, Matilde Sanchez-Turri

Winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Culinary Travel / Food Tourism Book in CanadaFrom the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.Come to know the stories, inspira... read more

Winner of a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Culinary Travel / Food Tourism Book in CanadaFrom the coulees of the badlands to the combines of the wheatlands, discover Alberta’s diverse terroir, and be captivated by the distinct tastes of this majestic province. Food Artisans of Alberta is a robust travel companion for local food lovers and visitors alike.Come to know the stories, inspira... read more

Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your Guide to the Best Locally Crafted Fare

Jennifer Cockrall-King

Winner of the 2017 Taste Canada Food Writing Award in Culinary Narratives.The food lover's guide to finding the best of the best in the vibrant Okanagan.Discover the edible delights of the Okanagan with profiles on more than 125 farm-to-table chefs, bakers, beekeepers, orchardists, farmers, market gardeners, butchers and charcutiers, fisherpeople, coffee roasters, distillers, craft brewers, ch... read more

Winner of the 2017 Taste Canada Food Writing Award in Culinary Narratives.The food lover's guide to finding the best of the best in the vibrant Okanagan.Discover the edible delights of the Okanagan with profiles on more than 125 farm-to-table chefs, bakers, beekeepers, orchardists, farmers, market gardeners, butchers and charcutiers, fisherpeople, coffee roasters, distillers, craft brewers, ch... read more

Anna, Like Thunder: A Novel

Peggy Herring

In 1808, eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina is aboard the Russian ship St. Nikolai when it runs aground off on the west coast of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. The crew, tasked with trading for sea otter pelts and exploring the coast, are forced to the shore into Indigenous territory, where they are captured, enslaved, and then traded among three different Indigenous communit... read more

In 1808, eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina is aboard the Russian ship St. Nikolai when it runs aground off on the west coast of Washington State on the Olympic Peninsula. The crew, tasked with trading for sea otter pelts and exploring the coast, are forced to the shore into Indigenous territory, where they are captured, enslaved, and then traded among three different Indigenous communit... read more

One Good Thing: A Novel

Rebecca Hendry

In the spring of 1977, Annie, a flighty artist, and her twelve-year-old daughter, Delilah, trade the cherry blossom trees and beaches of Vancouver for rugged and remote Old Town in Yellowknife, surprising Delilah’s father by showing up on his doorstep. As she adapts to her new surroundings, Delilah befriends Will, a local Dene man and her father’s business partner. But Annie’s capricious natur... read more

In the spring of 1977, Annie, a flighty artist, and her twelve-year-old daughter, Delilah, trade the cherry blossom trees and beaches of Vancouver for rugged and remote Old Town in Yellowknife, surprising Delilah’s father by showing up on his doorstep. As she adapts to her new surroundings, Delilah befriends Will, a local Dene man and her father’s business partner. But Annie’s capricious natur... read more

A Thousand Consolations

Julie Roorda

Moving, entertaining, and witty, A Thousand Consolations is a literary romantic comedy for fans of David Nicholls’s Us and Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers.Paula doesn’t put much faith in the candles she designs for her customers, which promise to cure everything from unrequited love to ingrown toenails; it’s just a business she started after her husband’s untimely death put an end to their joint d... read more

Moving, entertaining, and witty, A Thousand Consolations is a literary romantic comedy for fans of David Nicholls’s Us and Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers.Paula doesn’t put much faith in the candles she designs for her customers, which promise to cure everything from unrequited love to ingrown toenails; it’s just a business she started after her husband’s untimely death put an end to their joint d... read more

The Whole Beautiful World: Stories

Melissa Kuipers

"Kuipers' light touch and eye for telling details will keep the reader wanting more. A collection of delicate sketches that mark Kuipers as a writer of promise." ―Kirkus Reviews Original, witty, and subtle, this collection of beautifully crafted short stories features complex characters whose internal struggles manifest in their most intimate relationships, told by a writer with a compassionat... read more

"Kuipers' light touch and eye for telling details will keep the reader wanting more. A collection of delicate sketches that mark Kuipers as a writer of promise." ―Kirkus Reviews Original, witty, and subtle, this collection of beautifully crafted short stories features complex characters whose internal struggles manifest in their most intimate relationships, told by a writer with a compassionat... read more

Walking in the Woods: A Métis Memoir

Herb Belcourt

An updated edition of Herb Belcourt’s remarkable life story with a brand-new foreword by the author. The eldest of ten children, Belcourt grew up in a small log home near the Métis settlement of Lac Ste. Anne during the Depression. His father purchased furs from local First Nations and Métis trappers and, with arduous work, began a family fur trading business that survives to this day. When Be... read more

An updated edition of Herb Belcourt’s remarkable life story with a brand-new foreword by the author. The eldest of ten children, Belcourt grew up in a small log home near the Métis settlement of Lac Ste. Anne during the Depression. His father purchased furs from local First Nations and Métis trappers and, with arduous work, began a family fur trading business that survives to this day. When Be... read more

Sonja & Carl

Suzanne Hillier

Sonja Danychuk, a serious and introverted student, takes pride in her intellect and academic achievements—essential skills when growing up in a dirt-poor family that struggles to survive in a small town. When her father is cut down by a fatal heart attack, Sonja must find a way to pay for college while also supporting her financially strained mother. She agrees to tutor Carl Helbig, her high s... read more

Sonja Danychuk, a serious and introverted student, takes pride in her intellect and academic achievements—essential skills when growing up in a dirt-poor family that struggles to survive in a small town. When her father is cut down by a fatal heart attack, Sonja must find a way to pay for college while also supporting her financially strained mother. She agrees to tutor Carl Helbig, her high s... read more

An Extraordinary Destiny

Shekhar Paleja

It’s 1947 in Lahore, and the Sharma family is forced to flee their home during the violence of the Partition of India. As the train tracks measure the ever-growing distance between Varoon and his mother, who vanished during the panic to escape, the boy is thrust towards an uncertain future.Forty years later, Varoon’s grown son, Anush, desperately tries to disentangle himself from his father’s ... read more

It’s 1947 in Lahore, and the Sharma family is forced to flee their home during the violence of the Partition of India. As the train tracks measure the ever-growing distance between Varoon and his mother, who vanished during the panic to escape, the boy is thrust towards an uncertain future.Forty years later, Varoon’s grown son, Anush, desperately tries to disentangle himself from his father’s ... read more

Waiting for the Cyclone: Stories

Leesa Dean

"A radiant debut—beautifully written, passionate, and whip smart." —Ayelet Tsabari, winner of the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish LiteratureIn the realm of fiction, women are too often cast as inherently good—typically kind, always considerate, and traditionally in possession of high morals. Not so in the audacious stories of Waiting for the Cyclone.Debbie, a seemingly perfect mother, shoots p... read more

"A radiant debut—beautifully written, passionate, and whip smart." —Ayelet Tsabari, winner of the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish LiteratureIn the realm of fiction, women are too often cast as inherently good—typically kind, always considerate, and traditionally in possession of high morals. Not so in the audacious stories of Waiting for the Cyclone.Debbie, a seemingly perfect mother, shoots p... read more

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of wh... read more

What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of wh... read more

First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria's Best-Loved Breakfast Joints

Rebecca Wellman

Winner of three Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in English Canada for best books in Entertaining, Photography, and Breakfast categories It’s the weekend in picturesque Victoria, and whether you’re planning on enjoying a scenic seaside hike or indulging in some window shopping, we all have priorities: First, we brunch. It is, after all, the official brunch capital of Canada. This exquisitely pho... read more

Winner of three Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in English Canada for best books in Entertaining, Photography, and Breakfast categories It’s the weekend in picturesque Victoria, and whether you’re planning on enjoying a scenic seaside hike or indulging in some window shopping, we all have priorities: First, we brunch. It is, after all, the official brunch capital of Canada. This exquisitely pho... read more

All the Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of SweetSugarbean

Renée Kohlman

Gold Winner of a 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing AwardGourmand World Cookbook Award for best First Book in English Canada "Not only is Renée a fantastic baker, she is a soulful writer and gifted photographer; when you’re not cooking from her book, you might just find yourself tucked into bed drooling over her photographs and savoring her heartfelt stories.” ―Erin Scott, bestselling author of Yu... read more

Gold Winner of a 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing AwardGourmand World Cookbook Award for best First Book in English Canada "Not only is Renée a fantastic baker, she is a soulful writer and gifted photographer; when you’re not cooking from her book, you might just find yourself tucked into bed drooling over her photographs and savoring her heartfelt stories.” ―Erin Scott, bestselling author of Yu... read more

Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

Cathy Converse

Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the province, but she worked tirelessly to achieve ... read more

Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the province, but she worked tirelessly to achieve ... read more

On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers

Pat Carney

Winner of the 2017 BC Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award In this collection of short stories, Pat Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal BC. Featuring a revolving cast of characters —the newly retired couple, the church warden, the musician, the small-town girl with big city dreams —Carney’s keen observations of the personalities and dramas of coastal life are ... read more

Winner of the 2017 BC Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award In this collection of short stories, Pat Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal BC. Featuring a revolving cast of characters —the newly retired couple, the church warden, the musician, the small-town girl with big city dreams —Carney’s keen observations of the personalities and dramas of coastal life are ... read more

A Perfect Eden: Encounters by Early Explorers of Vancouver Island

Michael Layland

Shortlisted for two 2017 BC Book Prizes.In 1842, when explorer James Douglas encountered the rugged natural paradise that would become Vancouver Island, he described it as “a perfect Eden." This book, a compelling history of the earliest explorers to Vancouver Island, gathers the early recorded histories and personal accounts left by Chinese seafarers, Spanish and British naval officers, trade... read more

Shortlisted for two 2017 BC Book Prizes.In 1842, when explorer James Douglas encountered the rugged natural paradise that would become Vancouver Island, he described it as “a perfect Eden." This book, a compelling history of the earliest explorers to Vancouver Island, gathers the early recorded histories and personal accounts left by Chinese seafarers, Spanish and British naval officers, trade... read more

25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit

Jody Robbins

Silver prize-winning guidebook in the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism CompetitionNow is the perfect time to explore this vast country with your kids while finally experiencing the spectacular Canadian destinations you’ve been dreaming about.Planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but award-winning freelance travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins puts ... read more

Silver prize-winning guidebook in the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism CompetitionNow is the perfect time to explore this vast country with your kids while finally experiencing the spectacular Canadian destinations you’ve been dreaming about.Planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but award-winning freelance travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins puts ... read more

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels

Lawrence C. Sherk

Shortlisted for the 2017 Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Foreword by Ian Coutts, author of The Perfect Keg and Brew NorthWhat’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favorite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer—a fact evidenced by these 150 vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills i... read more

Shortlisted for the 2017 Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Foreword by Ian Coutts, author of The Perfect Keg and Brew NorthWhat’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favorite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer—a fact evidenced by these 150 vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills i... read more

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