Books

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Seven books you can still read before the end of summer

Summer may be almost over, but there’s still time to pick up a great book before the back-to-school grind starts again. Whether you’re looking for something light to pack in…
"TikTok made my buy it" table at Bolen Books. Photo by Maya Linsley.

Viral books: BookTok’s impact on the business of books

In October 2020, young adult novelist Gabrielle Prendergast made a TikTok account. Its initial purpose was to celebrate an unexpected success: her novel, Zero Repeat Forever, was hitting top charts…
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Victoria Festival of Authors offers platform for powerful voices

The Victoria Festival of Authors wrapped up its online events on Oct. 4 after four days of lively panel discussions. Exploring ideas of environmental crisis, social upheaval, diverse futurisms, and…

Stephen King’s The Institute could be a classic, as long as readers can finish it

The Institute is a gritty account of one boy’s experience in an institute for children with powerful gifts. King creates a story that manages to disgust and enthrall the reader…

Margaret Atwood talks new book, global activism to sold out UVic audience

Excited whispers and the rustle of pages filled the lobby of the University Centre on Sep. 28 as a bustling crowd waited to be let in to the Farquhar Auditorium.…

21-year-old UVic student publishes 127000-word novel

Today — Jan. 16 — her book is being released It’s not every day that a 21-year-old can say they’ve written a 127 000-word novel, ended a publishing contract won…

New book humanizes health care in Canada

Andrew MacLeod’s “All Together Healthy” offers accessible criticisms for an all-too-often inaccessible health care system The joke goes like this: the premise of Breaking Bad would never work in Canada. That’s…

Brianna’s books: Two Roads Home by Daniel Griffin

How far would you be willing to go for a good cause? Set against the anti-logging protests of the ‘90s on Vancouver Island, author Daniel Griffin imagines a world for…

Brianna’s books: Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt

How do you recover from a traumatic event? Can you ever go back to whom you once were? The main characters of Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt all have to face this question in…