News and Reviews

ThimbleBerry Review by Paul Strickland


A significant cross-section of northern B.C. literary and artistic talent is showcased in the Summer 2019 issue (Vol. 4) of the literary magazine, ThimbleBerry, edited by Kara-lee MacDonald of Fort St. John and Rob Budde of the University of Northern B.C


Word Play - 2019 by Paul Strickland

On January 17th, 2019 Cafe Voltaire at Books & Co again hosted the Word Play event where poems exploring land-tenure and gender issues were central to the event. The theme for the evening was “Resolution and Reconciliation,” said Erin Bauman, emcee for the series of readings.

Bauman started the event with her poem, “Resolved,” about pipeline protests on Burnaby Mountain in 2018. She said she had spent a night sitting on the mountain as a ceremonial fire-keeper for protest participants:


Poetry Walk - 2019 by Paul Strickland


Local history and personal experiences combined to make a Poetry Walk, jointly sponsored by the University of Northern British Columbia and The Prince George Public Library, a memorable event March 18th.


Andrew Burton, Al Rempel Reading/Spoken Word By Paul Strickland


Aging and reflection at mid-life and approaching age inform the poetry of Andrew Burton and Al Rempel as read to about 35 listeners at a recent Spoken Word event at Café Voltaire in Prince George.

Andrew Burton has been writing poetry since he won CBC’s Post Card Award in the 1980s. The spark from getting that award encouraged him to continue writing. He has written short stories and many theatre plays, some of which have received international awards. Recently Burton was long-listed for the BC Poetry Prize. 

Jeanne Clarke Local History Award, 2019


Trelle Morrow, retired architect, and historian, was honoured with the Jeanne Clarke Local History Award for Service on Sunday evening at ceremonies held in the Bob Harkins Room of the Prince George Public Library.


Morrow was born in Fernie, BC during the dirty thirties but moved to Salmon Arm for grade school. After high school, he headed off to UBC where he studied architecture. After graduation in 1953, he married Allison Gilbert and then moved to Prince George the following summer. 


Today, Morrow is an active member of Prince George's Heritage Commission, and his architectural career in the region has spanned 40 years. This career includes the design of the former Prince George Citizen building on Brunswick Street and the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Patricia Boulevard. This information was offered in a prepared statement by Amy Dhanjal, library communications coordinator.


Tensions of Race in Liberal Spaces by John Harris


“Race” for the purposes of Dr Alexis Mootoo’s speech means Mootoo’s own ethnicity, African, described as “black (visible)” and studied in its interaction with the dominant colonialist ethnicity, which is European (Anglo-Saxon in the U.S. and Portugese in Brazil), described as “white.” “Tensions” are non-violent in the sense of attitudinal and institutionalized (“structural”). In liberal spaces, they manifest themselves verbally or as a subtle inhibiting of the aspirations of black people.