Put your problem solving to the test at Smartypantz escape rooms

Real life escape rooms, a concept created by programmers in Silicon Valley, have now made their way to Richmond, Vancouver, and Burnaby. More than 10 escape rooms have popped up around the Lower Mainland, spurring a lot of local hype. The Peak got the chance to check out SmartyPantz in Gastown, conveniently located just half […]

SFU authors nominated for BC Book Prizes shortlist

The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the 31st annual shortlist for the BC Book Prizes on March 11, 2015. The nominations include both emerging and established writers in seven categories, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. The prizes are given annually to celebrate the achievements of British Columbian writers and publishers. Several authors […]

Genre fiction finds a home in Pulp Literature

As kids and young adults, our parents frequently rope us into doing things we don’t want to do — things like looking after our younger siblings, unloading the dishwasher, or vacuuming the living room. So when your mother is a co-founder of a literary magazine called Pulp Literature, you get roped into helping. At least, […]

Rawi Hage is SFU’s new Writer in Residence

Award-winning author Rawi Hage is the new Writer in Residence in the English department at SFU. He recently finished a year-long residency with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL), which he says “was great because [he] was dealing with the public. “It will be different [here], where it’s mostly graduates or students,” Hage says, “but because […]

Vancouver Confidential tells the untold stories of the city’s seedy underbelly

Vancouver’s civic history is ripe with stories of seedy back alley deals, corrupt officials, murders, gangsters, and gambling; a recent wave of books has mined archives and libraries, used bookstores, antique sales, and auctions to present this city’s dark side. One such book is Vancouver Confidential. John Belshaw, the book’s editor and an established historian, […]

SFU connections at Word Vancouver

Take a break from essays, readings, and assignments this weekend and enjoy some non-academic literary entertainment at Word Vancouver. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual book and magazine festival is the biggest in Western Canada and takes place September 24 to 28 at various locations in Vancouver. The festival recently expanded to five days culminating […]