Category Book Reviews

Fighting for Space: Carnegie launch

Last Saturday was a pretty fantastic day at the Carnegie. I was worried that we would be short-staffed due to illness, but turns out that we had an extra person (which never happens!). There was some positive energy happening, with a free lunch on the street, a party in the Carnegie alley with a live […]

True Grit is Female: Respect for Elspeth Beard

I just watched the movie, True Grit (2010) and noticed how the promotional poster highlights the names, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin. This really bothered me, especially the highlighting of Brolin who plays a bit part, considering that the film is truly about the young teenager, Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) who perseveres to […]

Bud Osborn’s book collection: a prophet’s companions

I approached the bookcase with dismay. Someone had picked the lock on the glass door and it was evident that several books had been stolen. I was angry. The books were from the Bud Osborn social activism collection in the Carnegie Centre*, and I had gone to some effort to find a place for them […]

Spirit of Dorothy Day

I’m reading a book called Dorothy Day: the World will be Saved by Beauty (an intimate portrait of my grandmother (2017) by Kate Hennessy. It gives a pretty gritty perspective of the highs and lows of the Catholic Worker movement in New York during the 1930s and onward, and the struggles that happened in particular between […]

The Bishops

One might ask what a Hells Angels founding-father and a 4th Century preacher have in common, but I think I’ve found some similarities worthy of sharing. About a month ago I was chatting with a regular patron who decided to reveal some of his sordid past. He’s a tall, lean man, probably in his late […]

What to buy a Gasoline Gypsy?

Perhaps some of my readers are looking for Christmas gift ideas (hi mom and dad, and Scott!)? Well, as a Librarian I highly approve of the Icelandic tradition called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” In an article by NPR, it is explained that on the eve of December 24th everyone in Iceland gives each other […]

Letters to the Editors Launch

Just over a month ago in Berlin, my friend Anna Szaflarski launched a book featuring a collection of writings from her self-published journal called Letters to the Editors. My essay on the desert mothers “Women in the Wilderness” was included, and now she’s coming to Vancouver to do a second book launch. So, May is looking pretty […]