With Russian troops occupying Crimea and sabre-rattling all around, there’s no better time to revisit the Canadian Cold War classic, 11 Steps to Survival.
First published in 1961 and reprinted throughout the 1960s by the Canadian Emergency Measures Organization, the booklet outlines everything you’ll need to know in the case of a thermonuclear exchange. From blast and radiation protection to simple first aid, it’s all covered.
This evening, one of America's most provocative analysts of climate change is in Vancouver.
Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, will deliver a free lecture entitled "Rethinking the State in the Conext of the Climate Crisis".
There's mandatory registration, and it will take place at 7 p.m. in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's.
If you've got all of the books in the Fifty Shades trilogy on your nightstand, this event is for you.
E.L. James, the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, is set to do a book signing event in Vancouver.
The event will take place on February 16 at 2 p.m. inside Chapters (788 Robson Street) in the downtown core.
Here's the details from Chapters:
The depravity of the Nazis knew no bounds.
I came across an article on the Jewniverse website reporting that Adolf Hitler's party banned the children's book Bambi in 1936 "because of it's 'political allegory on the treatment of Jews in Europe'."
The author, Felix Salten, had become internationally famous when the book was translated into English in 1923.
According to the article, Salten moved from Austria to Switzerland as hostility to Jews rose in Europe.
Copies of Bambi were burned by Nazis in several states, but they couldn't kill the book's appeal.
In 1942, Walt Disney released the film version, ensuring the story remained immortal.
After 24 years in business, many of them directly across the street from one of the big-chain bookstores that were once thought to be the biggest threat to independent booksellers, Oscar’s Art Books has announced that it’s preparing to close its doors for good.
The reason given in the short statement made today by owner Sean O’Flynn is not competition from megachains like Chapters-Indigo, Oscar’s close neighbour on West Broadway at Granville. Rather it is “internet technology”, which “has caught up with” the store and forced it into shutdown.
Oscar's will close on March 31.
Over the years, it has built a strong clientele by specializing in a curated selection of large-format art books, along with an array of offbeat calendars.
It's the 109th anniversary since the birth of a crackpot cult leader named Ayn Rand.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she wrote novels in America that influenced generations of neoconservatives.
"If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject," she claimed.
In books such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, she promulgated a philosophy that she called "objectivism", but which looked to others like selfishness.
As an avid reader, I adore the many neighborhood book exchanges that have popped up around our city in the last few years.
The concept behind the exchanges is simple: enterprising citizens build a dry storage space, usually visible from the street. Patrons are encouraged to take or leave a book (or two) as they like, which ensures a diversity of titles that rotate fairly quickly over time.
These pocket libraries not only encourage people to read—they're open 24 hours a day every day of the year, and there are no library fines to deal with—but they also foster a sense of community, providing a meeting spot for neighbours to connect and share their favourite books.
This year’s crop of contenders for the annual RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (known for much of its 13-year history as the Charles Taylor Prize) is especially strong, according to the prize’s founder, Noreen Taylor. At today’s announcement of the five finalists for the $25,000 honour, Taylor declared that “the depth and breadth of Canadian literary non-fiction writing has matured to such a degree” that we’re now witnessing “a coming of age” in the genre.
Next month, one town in England will get just a little more cutthroat with a name change that conjures up images of fire-breathing dragons, violence, bloodshed, and royal intrigue.
In anticipation of the February 18 release of the third season of Game of Thrones on DVD and Blu-ray, the English town of Kings Langley will be changing its name to King’s Landing for one week in February.
In both George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series and its TV adaptation, King’s Landing is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms and the seat of royal power in Westeros.