Two Letters in Support of Graeme McCreath

The B.C. Human Right Tribunal ruled in October that taxi companies can refuse service to blind individuals with guide dogs.

Needless to say, the reaction from the blind community has been one of dismay.

The case was launched by Graeme McCreath, the author of The Politics of Blindness, who was denied service by a cab driver following an evening at a Victoria restaurant in 2014.

Two letters, in The Vancouver Sun and The Victoria Times Colonist, have come out this week in support of Graeme and his cause.



The Birth of a Novel; Louis Druehl to Speak at SFU Burnaby at 11:30 am on October 20

Louis Druehl Louis Druehl, a marine botanist at Simon Fraser University for 36 years, will speak about his book Cedar, Salmon and Weed at the Halpern Centre (next to the library) on the Burnaby campus on October 20 at 11:30 am.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Members of the audience are invited to join Louis and executive board for lunch at the Diamond Alumni Centre following the talk.

Louis will explore the emotions, processes, frustrations, and satisfactions of creating his novel . Reminiscent of Steinbeck’s masterpiece, Cannery Row, Cedar, Salmon and Weed is a tale of the 1970’s Bamfield with its biologists, hippies, fishermen, natives and end-of-the-roaders, portraying minimal sex and violence, some piracy, dealing, marine science and loitering.

Louis Druehl is the editor of The New Bamfielder and professor emeritus at SFU, where he taught and researched kelp. His best seller, Pacific Seaweeds, introduced thousands to these little-appreciated plants; he even has a kelp genus and species named after him. Louis was instrumental in establishing the Bamfield Marine Station, where he continues to work on restoring British Columbia’s failing kelp beds. This year, he received a British Columbia Community Achievement Award for his contributions to Bamfield. He and his wife, Rae, run Canadian Kelp Resources, which produces sea vegetables.

What People Are Saying About Cedar, Salmon and Weed

“Expertly and beautifully written…so much action in this wonderfully gritty book…” Grant Lawrence, author of Adventures in Solitude and The Lonely End of the Rink.

“Druehl captures an untidy, imperfect world of human flotsam and jetsam stranded on the kelp-strewn beaches, content, like Gaz and his girlfriend Heidi, to live their lives, to watch sunsets, to be with friends,” Pat Carney, Senator (reitred) and author of Trade Secrets: A Memoir and On Island.


Expertly and beautifully written, the book absolutely drips with soggy coastal flavour…I could taste the salt air, and picture the harbour, ocean and land where so much of the action in this wonderfully gritty book is set.”

Grant Lawrence, Author of Adventures in Solitude

This novel would be worth reading just for the coastal ambience, even if the story weren’t such an energetic romp.”

Howard White, Author, Publisher Harbour Publishing &Douglas & McIntyre

Expertly and beautifully written, the book absolutely drips with soggy coastal flavour…I could taste the salt air, and picture the harbour, ocean and land where so much of the action in this wonderfully gritty book is set.”

Grant Lawrence, Author of Adventures in Solitude

This novel would be worth reading just for the coastal ambience, even if the story weren’t such an energetic romp.”

Howard White, Author, Publisher Harbour Publishing &Douglas & McIntyre



A Taste of Budapest in Vancouver

Every two weeks, on a Friday night, the Hungarian Cultural Society in Vancouver hosts the Budapest Coffeehouse, an evening of art, literature and music.

Gloria M. Allan, author of A Walk on Broken Glass: Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, was the special guest at the coffeehouse on September 25.

Elisabeth, known as “Sisi”, is a very popular figure in Hungarian history. She learned the language and helped influence the formation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Gloria M. Allan (second from right), answered questions about her book, A Walk on Broken Glass, at the Budapest Coffeehouse.

Gloria M. Allan (second from right), answered questions about her book, A Walk on Broken Glass, at the Budapest Coffeehouse.

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




A Path of Their OwnFWR-PATH

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.