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Book Cover A Russian Sister

Sibling Connections

By Caroline Adderson

Stories about romantic love and sexual passion abound (there’s plenty of that A Russian Sister too!), but the particul …

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Image Book Auction to Support Prisoners

The Book Auction to Support Prisoners

By 49th Shelf Staff

"This year has marked a sea change in how we perceive racism and our justice system, and we hope this event will further …

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Book Cover The Barren Grounds

Launchpad: THE BARREN GROUNDS, by David A. Robertson

By Kerry Clare

"David A. Robertson has written such a fine, beautiful novel. He manages to combine hard truths about our history with a …

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Book Cover TreeTalk

TreeTalk-ing or, "How I Became a Serial Poetry Monogamist"

By Ariel Gordon

"I knew I wanted to do more than just sit in a booth, eating chicken and waffles, and writing. It had to do something th …

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Book Cover The Orange Shirt Story

Books for Orange Shirt Day

By Julie Booker

Books to connect younger readers with the tragic legacy of Canada's residential schools.

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The Chat with Emily Urquhart

The Chat with Emily Urquhart

By Trevor Corkum

In The Age of Creativity (House of Anansi Press), Emily Urquhart challenges us to reconsider our thinking around artisti …

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Book Cover Noopiming

Launchpad: NOOPIMING, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

By Kerry Clare

"This is bold storytelling drawing upon a rich history to present a possible future. Simpson is generously gifting reade …

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Book Cover Brighten the Corner Where You ARe

Fiction We Can't Wait to Read This Fall

By Kerry Clare

29 books that should be on your radar.

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Super September Giveaway!

Super September Giveaway!

By Kiley Turner

Did we call it this because of the alliteration? Maybe, but more because the books up for grabs here are SO GOOD. Enter …

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Book Cover Crosshairs

Launchpad: CROSSHAIRS, by Catherine Hernandez

By Kerry Clare

"Crosshairs asks us what we will do to resist and build a better future when faced with such momentous and dangerous tim …

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The Chat with Laisha Rosnau

What happens when an author decides to create a novel based on the real lives of three reclusive women in early twentieth century BC? That’s the premise of Laisha Rosnau’s intriguing new novel, Little Fortress (Buckrider/Wolsak & Wynn).

In a starred review, Quill & Quire says “Rosnau has done a masterful job of using the lives of historical figures as the building blocks of a stunning work of fiction ...The narrative is utterly spellbinding.” 

Laisha Rosnau is the author of the best-selling novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow, and four collections of poetry, most recently, Our Familiar Hunger, recipient of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Her first collection, Notes on Leaving, was the recipient of the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Prize and her work has been nominated for several awards, including the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and three times for CBC literary awards. Rosnau teaches at UBC Okanagan, and she and her family are resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary where they live in Coldstream, BC.


Trevor Corkum: Little Fortress follows the real-life story of three women living in exile in Vernon, BC, in the middle of the last century. Why was it so important for you to tell this story? And why explore it through fic …

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Summer Eats: Apricot Curd Tart

Apricot Curd Tart

Canada is never more delicious than it is right now, summer at its peak, delicious produce ripe and in season from the Annapolis Valley to the Niagara Region, all the way west to the Okanagan—and so many places in between. Possibly pitted fruit is the thing that unites us? We'll give it a try, in particular with these apricot curd tarts from the gorgeous new cookbook The Okanagan Table, by Rod Butters and Kerry Gold. 


My chef de cuisine Robyn Sigurdson, who has worked with us since Fresco, came up with this simple and yummy tart, showing off the tasty union that is apricot and thyme.

Makes 8 (4-inch) tarts



2 tsp gelatin powder

2 cups apricot purée (divided)

1 tsp thyme leaves

6 egg yolks

½ cup granulated sugar



½ cup almonds

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

¾ cup brown sugar

1 egg



1 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water

4 egg whites


APRICOT CURD FILLING Combine gelatin powder with 1 cup of apricot purée. Set aside for 2 minutes to let the gelatin bloom.

In a heatproof bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup purée, thyme leaves, egg yolks, and sugar and place over a pot of simmering water. Stir continuously until it starts to thicken. Add the gelatin mixture and stir u …

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