In the wake of the announcement of the closures of several chains (Target, Sony, Mexx) in Canada, Chapters has announced it will close its Robson store.

Indigo CEO Heather Reisman cited a major rent increase, which would make the location unprofitable, in a news release.

The three-floor store, which has been located at Robson and Howe Streets for 17 years, will be closed on May 31.

The American Girl Specialty Boutique, which opened on the second floor in the store on May 3, will move to the Granville and Broadway location.

UBC Library has acquired two historic documents of gay literature that could have possibly been written by Irish author Oscar Wilde.

The books Teleny and Des Grieux were obtained by Justin O'Hearn, a UBC PhD candidate in Victorian literature. When O'Hearn learned that Des Grieux was up for auction at Christie's London on November 18, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase it.

O'Hearn raised over $3,000 from donors and the UBC Library contributed the remaining amount to purchase Des Grieux ($23,000) and Teleny ($16,000).

Facebook CEO and Internet pope Mark Zuckerberg has declared books to be surprisingly worthwhile. In his resolution for 2015, he’s announced his plan to consume these objects on a regular basis, and has set up a page where the rest of us can follow his progress and chip in remarks on the usefulness of the enterprise.

Noticing that books “allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today,” he states that he’ll be improving his “media diet” by reading “a new book every other week—with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”

Perhaps you, like me, have dreams of one day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S.?

Either way, you might have read the best-selling book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and watched the movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.

Here's a video that features the real Strayed on camera.

In it, the author talks about her experiences with the Pacific Crest Trail and encourages people to support the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

The PCTA is a Sacramento-based nonprofit that works to "protect, preserve and promote" the trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington.

You probably still have a free evening or two before the seasonal madness takes hold of your life, so use them wisely, preferably in a relaxed or reflective setting.

Such an opportunity presents itself Thursday (December 11) at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. It’s an author reading event in celebration of long-time B.C. journalist Alicia Priest’s recently published book, A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist.

There are several good reasons to make the small effort to skip over to the Alice MacKay Room in the library’s lower level tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

Writer and activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is making an impact after donating his Governor General's prize money to the battle against bitumen.

Nadeau-Dubois won a GG in the French-language nonfiction category forTenir tête, which is his memoir from Quebec's student protests of 2012.

In a move that generated a fair amount of attention, he gave his $25,000 prize money to a campaign opposing TransCanada Corporation's plan to build the Energy East pipeline.

Then he challenged viewers of the popular Quebec TV show Tout le monde en  parle to double his gift.

Since then, more than $200,000 has been raised.

Taking pride of place on the coffee table next to The Secret and Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Graphic Thrills has provided countless hours of engaged family reading time for myself, the wife, and kids.

Robin Bougie’s boutique collection of vintage porno movie posters, published earlier this year, is a must-have for anyone who wants a boutique collection of vintage porno movie posters. If that's still not enough, then the author will be at the Fox Cabaret on Tuesday (November 25) to present an evening of classic XXX trailers, curated, like the book, from his private collection.

It’ll be nice if some of the old regulars make it out for this one.

Two Vancouverites are among the authors named today as winners of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Michael Harris, a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazine, took the English-language side of the nonfiction category with The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins), his exploration of our fast-fading sense of solitude and wonder in an era that grows more wired by the day.

The 30th annual Cherie Smith JCCGV Jewish Book Festival takes place at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (950 West 41st Avenue) from November 22 to 27.

The festival features an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the U.S., and Israel and includes readings, meet-the-author opportunities, panel discussions, book club event, writing and self-publishing workshops, film screenings, a foodie event, and two onsite bookstores.

The Vancouver Writers Fest presents an evening with Alan Doyle at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street) on November 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Newfoundland-based singer-songwriter and frontman of Canadian band Great Big Sea will talk to CBC host Lisa Christiansen about his new memoir, Where I Belong. The book follows Doyle’s journey from growing up in Petty Harbour to becoming the lead singer of an acclaimed folk-rock band.

Tickets to see Alan Doyle are $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors, and $21 for book club members. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

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