You can’t teach an old blog new tricks

Regular Orca blog readers may have noticed that things look a bit different around here. More to the point: all the posts written before February 2012 are gone! But don’t worry—they’ll be back soon. In February 2012, we rebuilt the Orca blog to spruce it up and make it more friendly for  those readers who visit us on mobile devices. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reposting popular content from previous years, but if there is a specific post you’re looking for, please email and we’ll make sure it gets posted.

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Three BC Book Prize Nominations


The BC Book Prize shortlist was announced this morning, and we are thrilled to have three nominated titles this year. Congratulations to authors Caitlyn Vernon (Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest), Karen Rivers (What is Real) and Mike Deas (Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus).

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Vicki Delany on Adult Literacy and Rapid Reads


Vicki Delany (Canadian crime and mystery writer, and latest author in the Rapid Reads series) has contributed a stellar post about adult literacy and the Rapid Reads series to the Poisoned Pen Press blog. Here’s an excerpt: “Literacy (or lack thereof) is a serious problem in your country and mine. For many reasons there are adults out in the world who can’t read properly. Whether because they had undiagnosed learning disabilities at school, because English isn’t their first language, because they didn’t have teachers and parents who encouraged reading, they reached adulthood lacking what might […]

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