Books

Julia Dovey was raised in Aldergrove but moved to Abbotsford in her early 20s. Her debut book <em>Lipstick Tattoo</em> is a LGBTQ+ romance novel. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

LGBTQ+ romance novel penned by Aldergrove-raised woman

Author Julia Dovey comes from a family of artists

Julia Dovey was raised in Aldergrove but moved to Abbotsford in her early 20s. Her debut book <em>Lipstick Tattoo</em> is a LGBTQ+ romance novel. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Roller coaster love story of Fort Langley couple detailed in bio

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
Kim Elliott is a 35-year-old Walnut Grove resident who recently launched her first book, Falling for the Villain. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Science fiction and romance co-mingle in Langley author’s first release

35-years-old writer is a Walnut Grove resident and a mother of two

Kim Elliott is a 35-year-old Walnut Grove resident who recently launched her first book, Falling for the Villain. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Richard, a bus driver started writing when doctors suggested him to stay at home with his wife, was diagnosed with immune deficiency during COVID. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley resident’s quarantine time turned out fruitful

He wrote his first book, a science fiction

Richard, a bus driver started writing when doctors suggested him to stay at home with his wife, was diagnosed with immune deficiency during COVID. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley libraries invite neighbourhood families to participate in family scavenger hunt and celebrate family literacy week. First 500 children to submit their scavenger hunt sheets will get a free book. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley organization invites family to boost literacy with scavenger hunt

First 500 children who return their scavenger hunt task sheet will win a free book

Langley libraries invite neighbourhood families to participate in family scavenger hunt and celebrate family literacy week. First 500 children to submit their scavenger hunt sheets will get a free book. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Inga Kruse’s latest children’s book is once again set in Squamish and centres around her main characters, including Lou and Rocky, and a travelling carnival show that comes to town. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s Inga Kruse pens 2nd Squamish mystery for kids

Murrayville author releases another book in her series, written for middle-graders

  • Jan 16, 2022
Inga Kruse’s latest children’s book is once again set in Squamish and centres around her main characters, including Lou and Rocky, and a travelling carnival show that comes to town. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove’s Jordyn Croft has penned two books, one that portrays her emotional support dog, Harlow, a Bernese Mountain dog. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

New author tackles tough subjects

Young Aldergrove woman pens 2 books to help people understand obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Jan 15, 2022
Aldergrove’s Jordyn Croft has penned two books, one that portrays her emotional support dog, Harlow, a Bernese Mountain dog. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Van Trieu, customer service and events coordinator at Langley library with the books collected for the Wrap-a-Read program. Many families didn’t redeem their vouchers at this year’s Wrap-a-Read event that delivers new books to Langley children aged newborn to 18 years. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

1,000+ Langley kids receive new books post-Christmas

Langley Literacy Association’s first hosted the annual program in 2000

Van Trieu, customer service and events coordinator at Langley library with the books collected for the Wrap-a-Read program. Many families didn’t redeem their vouchers at this year’s Wrap-a-Read event that delivers new books to Langley children aged newborn to 18 years. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)

UBC Library gifted Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio

The first folio, published in 1623, features 36 of 38 known Shakespeare plays

William Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, acquired by UBC Library. (UBC handout photo)
Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and a former journalism professor who wrote a book about Langley’s wildlife rehabilitation centre. “Caring for Critter” is his 12th book about nature and wildlife. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Former journalist released a book about Langley’s wildlife sanctuary

Caring for Critter is B.C.’s only facility specializing in the care of mammals.

Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and a former journalism professor who wrote a book about Langley’s wildlife rehabilitation centre. “Caring for Critter” is his 12th book about nature and wildlife. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A pair of local authors, including Bruce Kilby, are launching the third novel in their Fangor the Dragon series this weekend at a Langley coffeeshop. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

WIN!: Third novel in dragon trilogy takes flight

Authors and illustrator host Sunday book launch

  • Dec 10, 2021
A pair of local authors, including Bruce Kilby, are launching the third novel in their Fangor the Dragon series this weekend at a Langley coffeeshop. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)

Former CP conductor on the hunt for helpful strangers in 70s photo

John Cowan is looking for the group of strangers who helped clear the tracks east of Golden in 1978

This group of CP Rail passengers helped remove rock from the tracks on Oct. 29, 1978. This photo, along with many other recently digitized photos, can be found in former CP conductor John Cowan’s new book. He hopes the book will help him reconnect with those helpful passengers that day. (John Cowan photo)
Carolyn Drew, the author of the Roxi book collection, visited Happy Herd Sanctuary on World Animal Day (Carolyn Drew/Special to The Star)

Vegan book fundraiser for Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary

Carolyn Drew plans to use her new book to raise money for hay bales

Carolyn Drew, the author of the Roxi book collection, visited Happy Herd Sanctuary on World Animal Day (Carolyn Drew/Special to The Star)
Former Langley Advance Times reporter and more recently Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen is adding to his already impressive portfolio of work with the release of his latest literature, “Killing John Wayne: The Making of The Conqueror.” (Special to Black Press Media)

Former Aldergrove Star editor releases book, soon-to-be documentary about ‘worst movie ever made’

‘Killing John Wayne: The Making of The Conqueror’ is available beginning Oct. 1

Former Langley Advance Times reporter and more recently Aldergrove Star editor Ryan Uytdewilligen is adding to his already impressive portfolio of work with the release of his latest literature, “Killing John Wayne: The Making of The Conqueror.” (Special to Black Press Media)
The Welcoming Library is a collection of acclaimed children’s picture books featuring new arrival and new Canadian families. (Langley Literacy Network/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s travelling Welcome Library aims to start dialogue about immigration

Collection of 30 books available to borrow by community groups and schools

The Welcoming Library is a collection of acclaimed children’s picture books featuring new arrival and new Canadian families. (Langley Literacy Network/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)

Merritt country music festival’s ‘crazy-ass scene’ recalled in photographer’s new book

Campground C party zone and more remembered in Dee Lippingwell’s third book

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)
Literacy programs across B.C. are getting a funding boost from the provincial government. (Black Press Media files)

Literacy project funds community learning in Langley

Local agencies are operating the programs around B.C.

  • Jul 7, 2021
Literacy programs across B.C. are getting a funding boost from the provincial government. (Black Press Media files)
Langley Advance Times columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.

ON COOKING: COVID inspired book shares recipes from around the globe

Advance Times’ columnist, Chef Dez, prepares to release his latest cookbook next month

  • Jun 28, 2021
Langley Advance Times columnist Chef Dez expects his newest book, Cooking Around The World, to be shipped July 9.
Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)

Author tells true story of the B.C. kids’ post-war candy protest that swept the country

‘Candy Bar War’ tells the tale of when chocolate jumped from 5 to 8 cents and the kids didn’t take it

Nanaimo children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book, ‘Candy Bar War,’ recounts the time children protested the rising price of chocolate. A mural commemorating the protest is on display in Chemainus. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lyons)
Shortreed Elementary received $40,000 from the Indigo Love of Reading foundation to purchase new books. (Special to The Star)

VIDEO: Shortreed one of 30 Canadian schools aided by Indigo’s Love of Reading program

Aldergrove school received $40,000, which will be put towards new books for the library

Shortreed Elementary received $40,000 from the Indigo Love of Reading foundation to purchase new books. (Special to The Star)