Maureen Curry

So long, and thanks for all the books

Maureen Curry files her last column for The Morning Star and lists the best books of 2012.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey:  A New Era by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis.

OFF THE SHELF: Beyond the Abbey

While Dowton Abbey fans eagerly await the telecast of season three in early January, here is some new titles to help fill the void.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey:  A New Era by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis.

Off the Shelf: Murder through the centuries

True stories from any era, well told, will always command reader interest, even if they include violence, theft, kidnapping, and murder.

The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Hoeg.

Off the Shelf: Hoeg pens zany adventure

The Elephant Keepers’ Children by Peter Hoeg is a thriller of sorts, but it’s more humorous than frightening.

The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Hoeg.

Off the Shelf: Books adapted to the silver screen

This fall, the selection of films based on books is certainly diverse, with a large crop of adaptations of classics.

Off the Shelf: Koontz talks Odd Thomas

Known for his bestselling suspense thrillers, Dean Koontz has incorporated elements of science fiction, horror, and fantasy into his books.

Off the Shelf: Binchy will be missed

A look back at the life, times, and books of Ireland's beloved author Maeve Binchy

Off the Shelf: Fall into these books

Summer seems to be zipping by, and fall is just around the corner, bringing the busiest season for book publishing.

Off the Shelf: Ephron’s wit lives on

The world lost a talented writer recently with the death of Nora Ephron, a journalist, humorist, screenwriter and director.

Off the Shelf: Check out what everyone else is reading

Maureen Curry takes a look at a few books recommended by a colleague at the Vernon library

Off the Shelf: Actor maps out novel

Rachel Joyce begins her career as novelist with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

OFF THE SHELF: Some great reading

Maureen Curry takes a look at some suggestions from The Times of London

Off the Shelf: Books to lift you up

Nonfiction titles are full of inspirational moments and ideas from those who have met challenges head on.

OFF THE SHELF: French favourites

Column looks at Nancy Pearl and her Books to Read Before You Die

Off the Shelf: A new place to read

Column takes readers on a behind-the-scenes look at Greater Vernon's brand, new library.

Off the Shelf: A novel reporter

Giller prize winner and former CBC reporter Linden MacIntyre is becoming known as one of Canada's top novelists.

Off the Shelf: Take a gander at these Aussie reads

List of Australian novels will pull the reader into that incongruous and contradictory country down under.

OFF THE SHELF:A Russian history lesson

Robert Massie's Catherine the Great gives insight on one of the most captivating women in history.

The Whaleship Essex by Jill Fine tells the true story of Moby Dick

Off the Shelf: Moby Dick births more whale tales

It may be more than 150 years old, but Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick continues to fascinate.

The Whaleship Essex by Jill Fine tells the true story of Moby Dick
The late Anne McCaffrey wrote her last book in her  Dragonriders series with her son

Off the Shelf: Dragon Lady leaves lasting legacy

A look at the life of late science fiction author Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders series she left as her legacy.

The late Anne McCaffrey wrote her last book in her  Dragonriders series with her son