Granville Island Publishing Authors to Read and Sing at Word Vancouver on September 27

Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest literary event, is in full swing at several venues across the city this week.

Granville Island Publishing, along with our authors Duane Lawrence and Gloria M. Allan, will be taking part in this celebration of the printed word on Sunday, September 27, when the festival moves to the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

Stop by and see us at booth Va on the north end of the perimeter of the library.

Duane Lawrence, author of the Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon children’s book series, was a storyteller in Stanley Park this summer. He’ll be at our booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where he will teach his song, “Oh Stanley Park” to the tune of “Oh Canada”.

Duane lives in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches high school French and enjoys regular walks in beautiful Stanley Park. It was during one leisurely stroll in the park that he decided to write about the animals that live there. His writing highlights the interconnectedness of life, the sensitivity of all creatures and the value of kindness.

Vivacious Vancouverite Gloria M. Allan, 89, will be at our booth from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gloria’s recent book, A Walk on Broken Glass, tells the story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Like Diana, Princess of Wales, Elisabeth was a troubled woman. She was a free spirit trapped in a repressive society, a woman ahead of, and out of step, with her time. Through all her troubles, Elisabeth – affectionately known to her subjects as “Sisi” – remained true to herself, to her husband and to what she believed would be her place in history.

Gloria started her career as a cub reporter in Toronto, but gave up that precarious life to become an accountant. Never forgetting her love of writing, she became deeply interested in the empress’s story while browsing an antiquarian bookstore in London.

Celebrate Canada Day with the secret world of Stanley Park

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The Westender has just posted a lovely article about one of our Author’s, Duane Lawrence, who will  read from two of his classic books this Canada Day to launch a special summer book series in Stanley Park.

Starting July 1 at 2pm and then running every Saturday until Labour Day, children can gather round in a shady spot near the Painters’ Circle to share in the adventures of Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon – two of Stanley Park’s most recognizable residents.

For a link to the full article in the Westender, please click here

For more information about the readings, email The Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon series is available at Kidsbooks, Indigo, and Black Bond Books in Vancouver.

Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalists Announced

We are very pleased to have three of our titles recognized as finalists, in three different categories, for this distinguished award.

A full listing of all the finalists for 2014 can be viewed here.



Author: Colin Castle
Publisher: Granville Island Publishing
ISBN: 9781926991337




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Author: Lael Whitehead
Publisher: Granville Island Publishing
ISBN: 9781926991566





Dutch Gentlemen Adventurers in Canada 1811-1893

Authors: Jan Krijff and Herman Ganzevoort
Publisher:  Granville Island Publishing
ISBN: 9781926991320



Fond memories of two remarkable gentlemen

Dr. John “Jack” Gillis

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It is with great regret that we announce the recent death of one of our authors, Dr. John Graham Gillis. Dr. Gillis died peacefully on December 30, 2014, after a long and transformative career as a cardiologist and historian in Vancouver. His voice lives on in two books, one of which is A Lovely Letter from Cecie: The 1907-1915 Vancouver Diary and World War I Letters of Wallace Chambers, which documents his uncle’s life as a young man experiencing Vancouver at the turn of the century.


Dr. Gurdev S. Boparai

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Granville Island Publishing would like to take this opportunity to  recognize the passing of Dr. Gurdev S. Boparai, a general practitioner and poet. After over 30 years as a medical practitioner in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Boparai died on March 7, 2014. His passion and eloquence survive in Instinct Science, a collection of poems about his adolescent experiences growing up in India and his lifelong curiosity about science’s biggest mysteries.

ABC – Animals, BBQ and Cinemazoo

Cinemazoo Cover In the Vancouver area and looking for something to do this weekend?

How about an Urban Safari!

Granville Island’s author Gary Oliver has provided animals to many movies you may have watched. Remember the 1990 film “Bird on a Wire” starring Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson?  Well Gary supplied the Burmese python that was used in a scene with Goldie Hawn.

To get up close and personal with some of Gary’s animals head down to Urban Safari this weekend.

And to read more about what it was like working with Goldie Hawn, Mel Gibson buy a copy of his book, Cinemazoo.  Available from our website or at the event at Urban Safari this weekend.

For more information visit his website:

Virtually all of Gary’s animals have been rescued, and he’s taken on a mission to help others, especially children and young adults, learn about responsible ownership and species preservation.

Do something different this weekend.   It’s as easy as  learning your ABC – Animals, BBQ and Cinemazoo!


A real life mystery

As they shook hands and sat down across from each other in the stark office, Rufus knew that history was being made….

Lukin “Rufus” Johnston had become the first Canadian journalist to interview Hitler. Then he disappeared.

Eighty-Rufus one years later, Colin Castle (Rufus’s grandson-in law) has written a book about his life. He spoke to CBC1 Radio West’s Jacquie Czernin about the mystery that surrounded his death.

Listen to the interview here.

Intrigued by the story of Rufus? Order your copy of the book here.

Helping Children Educate Themselves

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A Path of their Own introduces the groundbreaking concept of “radical respect” as the cornerstone of compassionate parenting and the foundation for an enriched alternative education. When children are deeply respected — seen as they are, and not as we might wish them to be — they flourish, both emotionally and intellectually. Respectful parenting allows children to trust their own instincts and to pursue their individual passions and curiosities, so that they grow up to be creative, resilient and inner-directed adults who stay open and engaged with the world throughout their lives.

Sharing stories from her own experience, author Lael Whitehead, former editor of Home Education News magazine in Vancouver, describes how she took her children out of school and allowed them to learn from life in a natural, self-directed way, without curriculum, grades, discipline or rewards. She candidly shares their journey, thoughts and feelings along the way.

You can get your copy here.


“As a homeschooling parent, I’ve always been curiously drawn to the idea of unschooling, but have mostly stuck to conventional methods of teaching. This book challenged my ideas of education: how children learn and how to trust their interests. It got me looking at my kids from outside of the “school” box and questioning how I can encourage them to build upon their passions.”
Lisa Marie Fletcher, The Canadian Homeschooler

“A richly rewarding, life-affirming book. Highly recommended.”
Raffi, author, children’s troubadour, founder of Child Honouring.

Author event: Brett Hayward at Banyen Books

Existence—Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between

If you’re in the Vancouver area next week, be sure to attend Brett Hayward’s author event at Banyen Books, as he presents his new book, Existence: Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between.  This event takes place on Tuesday, May 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and is free with no registration required.

You can find out more by clicking here.

Banyen Books is located at: 3608 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC

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Was the creation of the universe just a random occurrence or was it created by something other than natural causes? Are science and spirituality’s views on these issues irreconcilable or is there a way of bridging the gap between these disciplines?

Citing examples from his provocative new book, Existence—Science, Spirituality the Spaces Between, Brett Hayward will discuss the common ground that exists between those who believe in a higher power and those who don’t. A philosopher who sees the world through the eyes of a veterinarian, Dr. Hayward, whose inquiry into the nature of existence incorporates a variety of scientific disciplines, will provide compelling evidence that science and spirituality can co-exist harmoniously.

“The intent is not to preach on religion or to convert people to a specific religion, but to include spirituality in the discussion, in order to keep the search for answers as broad as possible,” Hayward writes. His ability to dive deeply into both pools, and to find the streams between them, makes Existence into a thought-provoking, valuable work — not just on science and spirituality but also for broadening the investigation of intersections between them.”

— Elizabeth Millard, Foreword Magazine

“Brett Hayward explains the mysteries of science in a forthright, accessible and engaging manner in his lovely book Existence. While some scientists see spirituality and science as opposites, Hayward makes ample room for God. One comes away from this book both smarter and more sensitive to life’s many wonders.”

— Ari L. Goldman, professor of journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, author of The Search for God at Harvard and former religion reporter for the New York Times


Russia on the brain?

With the motherland being mentioned all over television and the internet lately due to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, many may be suffering from soviet-fever.. If so, we’ve got the perfect thing to fulfill all of your Russian-related needs. Order your copy of “In the Company of Heroes” today, a thrilling tale of political intrigue and forbidden love set in wartime Russia. You can get your copy here!

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Best Books Selection: A Yoga Jungle

Our new book A Yoga Jungle has been recently selected as one of the “Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013” by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre!!

This book takes children on a journey through a jungle where they encounter jungle animals and other aspects of nature. The illustrations demonstrate a series of yoga postures that will get children off their feet and participating! This book can be used by teachers in yoga classes and in schools for daily physical activity.

– The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s
Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013

Congrats to the authors Brigid Mylod and Rameen Peyrow and illustrator Roger Garcia.
Buy your copy at your local retailer, Amazon or from our website.

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