Looking for some creepy tales and mysteries of things that go bump in the night to celebrate this Halloween time of year? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites here from our collection to help make your Halloween spooktacular!

What We Do in the Shadows written and directed by Jemaine Cement & Taika Waititi is a dark comedy that follows Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon. They are vampires: undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins.

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac watches Molly who has to rely on her dreams of an old Mohawk story after her After her parents disappear and she is given to a strange “great-uncle.”

Bearwalker by Joseph Bruchac tells the story of Baron Braun when he calls upon the strength and wisdom of his ancestors to face both man and beast to help his classmates who are being terrorized during a school field trip in the Adirondacks.

The Ones that Got Away by Stephen Graham Jones is a collection of thirteen stories that carve down into the body of the mind, into our most base fears and certainties. Spooky alert! 

Dead North: Canadian Zombie Fiction edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a collection of short stories contains a wide range of zombie fiction, from whales who return from the depths to haunt the coast of Labrador to a corpse that is turned into a flesh puppet that then takes part in a depraved sex show.

Brébeuf’s Ghost: a Tale of Horror in Three Acts by Daniel David Moses is set off of Lake Nipissing in 1649, where Christian missionaries are at war with First Nations communities. To make matters worse, Jesuit martyr Jean de Brébeuf has come back from the dead as a ghost to torment both parties.

The Red Power Murders: a DreadfulWater Mystery by Thomas King writing as Hartley GoodWeather features former cop turned photographer Thumps DreadfulWater visiting his hometown of Chinook, but murders and the past still follow him wherever he goes.

Innocent until Proven Indian: a Jesse Crowchild Mystery by Frank LaRue follows recovering alcoholic lawyer Jesse Crowchild and sidekick investigator ex-cop Mike Morningstar as they try to clear the name of Jimmy Greyeyes who is accused of murder.

Death by Dinosaur: a Sam Stellar Mystery by Jacqueline Guest has 14-year old Sam Stellar investigating who stole a dinosaur fossil, and she has a few suspects, including the young hunk of a paleontologist her sidekick and cousin is totally crushing on.

indian country noir edited by Sarah Cortez & Liz Martínez is a collection of regional short story collections that celebrates Native American crime fiction, featuring original work from Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, and David Cole.


B5244.T8744 K87 2018
鶴見俊輔伝 / 黒川創

DS821 K59 2019
日本を解き放つ / 小林康夫, 中島隆博

GR55.Y3 K37 2019
世界史の実験 / 柄谷行人著

PL788.3 Z5 O56 2019
紀貫之 : 文学と文化の底流を求めて / 大野ロベルト著


DS913.15 O24 2018
실록 이란 무엇 인가 : 조선 문명 의 일기 / 오 항녕 지음

DS935.7777 K5346 2018
김 정은 시대 조선 로동당 : 제 7차 당 대회 와 북한 정치, 경제 / 김 일한 엮음

HQ1765.5 K353 2018
오빠 가 허락 한 페미니즘 : 한국 여성 의 인권 투쟁사 / 강 준만 지음

ND1069 C518 C475 2018
겸재 의 한양 진경 / 최 완수 지음

PL960.23 K56 2018
한국 근현대 장시사 의 변전 과 위상 / 김 성조 지음

PL965.7 M63 P35 2018
1930년대 한국 모더니즘 과 이 상, 최 재서 / 박 상준 지음

PN1993.5 K6 H275 2019
한국 근대 영화사 : 1892년 에서 1945년 까지 / 이 효인, 정 종화, 한 상언

U264.5 K7 Y5398 2018
북핵 30년 의 허상 과 진실 : 한반도 핵 게임 의 종말 / 이 용준 지음


DS740.5 K6 S44 2018
最后的 “天朝” : 毛泽东、金日成与中朝关系 / 沈志华著

LG52 H85 H83 2019
番書與黃龍 : 香港皇仁書院華人精英與近代中國 / 黃振威著

NA1546 S94 L86 2018
东方的西方 : 华西大学老建筑 / 罗照田著

PL2437 K83 2019
晚清中國小說觀念譯轉 : 翻譯語「小說」的生成及實踐 / 關詩珮著

PL2676 A683 W43125 2019
观看王维的十九种方式 / (美)艾略特・温伯格著 ; 光哲译

PL2951.5 Y8 H83 2019
呼的吸 : 1970年代1980年代诗歌总集 / 欧阳昱著

PN171 T5 C446 2019
中国书名词语题解汇释 / 陈林蔚编著

Z286 A55 W452 2018
書坊尋蹤 : 私家古旧书店之旅 / 韦力著


BL2017.85 T45 N34 2018
Gurū Teg̲h̲a Bahādara : shahādatanāmā / Jagajīta Siṅgha Nāgapāla

DS485 L2 B39 2018
ਲੱਦਾਖ ਅਤੇ ਗੁਫ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਦਾ ਦੇਸ਼ : ਸਫ਼ਰਨਾਮਾ / ਮਨਮੋਹਨ ਬਾਵਾ

JQ247 R34 2018
ਪਾਸ਼ੋ ਦਾ ਮੁੰਡਾ : ਵਾਰਤਕ / ਰਾਮ ਸਿੰਘ

PK2098.22 I83 L43 2018
लेडीज़ सर्कल / गीताश्री

PK2099.14 A74 K53 2018
कीचड़ में कमल : लघुकथा-संग्रह / राधेश्याम भारतीय

PK2659 B2439 W57 2018
Wīrāṃ : kahāṇīāṃ / Haraneka Siṅgha Baddhaṇī

PK2659 N343 P36 2018 v.1-4
Pañjāba dā Sikkha itihāsa, 1708-1849 / Narindarapāla Siṅgha

PQ1898 A66 2018
Yūnāna dī Lūṇā / [Resīna] ; [Pañjābī rūpāntaraṇa], Surajīta Pātara = Unan di Luna : play / by Surjit Patar.

The exhibit, that runs October 10 to November 15 on the Level 2 foyer of IKBLC, celebrates Jim Wong-Chu, a well-known Asian-Canadian historian, editor, author, and poet.


UBC Library’s Seed Lending Library is helping to build community and foster lifelong, home-grown learning both on and off campus.

Established in 2017 by Reference Librarian Helen Brown and Education Librarian Wendy Traas with the help of a UTown@UBC grant, the Seed Lending Library allows anyone to “borrow” seeds free of charge from two library locations on the Vancouver campus, the Woodward and Education libraries. Members can borrow a variety of high-quality vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are well-suited to local growing conditions and later, as the summer gardening season comes to a close, they are encouraged to return seeds from their crop to the library to promote local seed sharing.

One of the Seed Lending Library’s early adopters, Lisa Zhu discovered the resource while studying in the Education Library as a student and has been delighted at how much the library has allowed her to experiment with her community garden plot in East Vancouver. “Being an avid gardener, it has been a great way for me to try new varieties of plants,” Zhu explains, “I don’t have to buy the seeds, I can just borrow them so it’s super low-barrier and low-risk.” This year, among other vegetables, Zhu is growing swiss chard, kale, beans and several varieties of tomatoes.

Lending Library sees significant growth in use

The Seed Lending Library has seen significant growth in use and popularity since its establishment in 2017. In 2018, the library saw a 240% increase in borrowing year-over-year and a huge increase in seed donations after the 2018 seed saving season.  Zhu isn’t surprised by its popularity, “I feel like right now in Vancouver, there are a lot of people who are super interested in local food, food security and want to grow their own food.”

Collection contributes to research and learning

For Dr. Susan Gerofsky, Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Department of Education whose work focuses on mathematics education and environmental education, the Seed Lending Library has been critical to her work in UBC’s Orchard Garden. Gerofsky saw the potential of the garden to become a place where teacher candidates could get experience teaching in outdoor classroom spaces, “There was really nowhere for teacher candidates to get hands-on experience in creating a school garden and stewarding it or in teaching their curricular subjects with the garden as a co-teacher,” she explains. Today, the garden hosts 25 teacher candidates every year during their 3-week Community Field Experience, eight Saturday workshops between October and June and several Summer Institutes. Work in the garden is also generating research, with more than a dozen Master’s theses, PhD dissertations and graduation projects based in the garden.

Carrots grown in the Orchard Garden. Photo credit: Susan Gerofsky.

About 50% of the seeds used in the Orchard Garden are borrowed from the Seed Lending Library. “We bring students to the Seed Lending Library to introduce the idea of the sharing economy as well as why it’s important to let some plants go to seed,” says Gerofsky, “We see this collection as very much in the same spirit as the Orchard Garden. It’s about building community and sharing resources; where you might have thought there was scarcity, there’s really abundance.”

The Seed Lending Library is just one of the many ways that UBC Library is actively fostering opportunities for meaningful engagement and knowledge exchange with campus and community members. Says Education Librarian Wendy Traas, “It is really exciting to see how inviting this non-traditional library collection has been to a variety of community members. Local residents have used it as a way of learning in the garden as a family, and teacher education students have borrowed seeds to support experiential, outdoor learning. The Education Library also has a great collection picture books and teaching resources, so it’s a one-stop shop for all ages to learn about plants, gardening, lifecycles, and more.”

Learn more about the Seed Lending Library.

As the days fill with crisp air and gorgeous foliage, the longer nights are spent with good books–something we love to do here at the library. Whether you’re spending your fall cozied up on the couch with books or outside in nature, we’ve highlighted some great books on food, harvest and land for you to read this Autumn season.


Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place edited by Nathalie Kermoal and Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez looks at how patriarchy, gender, and colonialism shape the experiences of Indigenous women as both knowledge holders and knowledge producers. Different writers explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, how knowledge is rootedness in relationships both human and spiritual, and how knowledge is not inseparable from land and landscape.






Land-Based Education: Embracing the Rhythms of the Earth from an Indigenous Perspective by Herman J. Michell, PhD explores two different land-based educators insights and experiences on connecting learning to the land and environment.








Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America by Nancy J. Turner creates and explains a complex understanding of the traditions of use and management of plant resource throughout North America.








Downstream: Reimagining Water edited by Dorothy Christian and Rita Wong showcases artists, writers, scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and activists who examine the shared human need for clean water that is crucial to building peace and good relationships with each other and the planet.







Food will Win the War: the Politics, Culture, and Science of Food on Canada’s Home Front by Ian Mosby looks at the symbolic and material transforming that food and eating undertook in Canada during the 1940s and those transformations through a profound social, political, and cultural lens.







Food sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems edited by Hannah Wittman, Annette Desmarais, Nettie Wiebe explores how Canadian agricultural and food policies are contributing to the current global food crisis and community responses to those policies.








Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience by Enrique Salmón touches an array of indigenous farmers who uphold traditional practices in the face of modern changes to food systems  in this personal narrative from the University of Arizona Press.








‘We Are Still Didene’: Stories of Hunting and History from Northern British Columbia by Thomas McIlwraith examines Iskut, BC’s transition from subsistence hunting to wage work in trapping, guiding, construction, and service job, and challenges the idealized images of Indigenous Peoples that underlie state-sponsored traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) studies







And just in time for Thanksgiving! Let us know if you make something from our cookbooks for your families this thanksgiving:


The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley is a rich cookbook with a delicious introduction to modern indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.








A Feast for All Seasons: Tradional Native People’s Cuisine by Andrew George Jr. and Robert Gairns features recipes with ingredients from the land, sea, and sky, and focuses on an enduring cuisine that illustrates respect for the environment and the spiritual power that food can have in our lives.







Aahksoyo’p Nootski Cookbook: Authentic Indigenous Comfort Food by Shantel Tallow & Paul Conley features Blackfeet comfort food like bannock and chili. Aahksoyo’p means “we’re going to eat” in the Blackfoot language.








First Nations Recipes: a Selection From Coast to Coast by Gregory Lepine combines traditional Native cooking with historic and currently available ingredients.








Hungry Hearts: 13 tales of Food & Love edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond is a collection of interconnected short stories that shows the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment in our lives.






BL2233 C433 2018
한국 근대 의 탄생 : 개화 에서 개벽 으로 / 조 성환 지음

DS913.35 C42946 2018
조선 에 반하다 : 벌거벗은 자들 이 펼치는 역류 의 조선사 / 조 윤민 지음

DS925 S45 M64 2018
모던 경성 의 시각 문화 와 일상 / 지은이 한국 미술 연구소 한국 근대 시각 문화 연구팀

GT369 Y525 2018
버려졌어도 살아 있는 우리 의 전통 / 이 병혁 지음

N7365.6 Y85 2018
한국 현대 미술 의 정체 / 윤 난지 지음

PL957.5 P64 C54 2018
문학 과 진보 : 최 원식 평론집

PL994.62 C466 P96 2019
평양 을 세일 합니다 : 개성 공단 철수, 평양 에 남겨진 한 남자 의 고분 분투 생존기 / 박 종성, 윤 갑희 지음

PN1993.5 K63 L58 2018
북한 과 중국 의 영화 교류사, 1945-1955 / 유 우 지음


BX8495 35 W54125 2019
两个人改变世界 : 卫斯理兄弟传 / (英)朱利安・威尔森(Julian Wilson)著 ; 吴慧晶译

DS33.4 E85 Y39 2019
亞洲探險記 : 十七世紀東西交流傳奇 / 主编余佩瑾

DS741.65 S867 2018
鼏宅禹迹 : 夏代信史的考古学重建 / 孙庆伟著

GR335 Y836 2018 v.1-2
中国故事 : 华夏民族的传说与神话 / 袁珂

NB1912 B83 A236 2019
昙曜五窟 : 文明的造型探源 / 阿城著

PL2658 E3 Z43 2018
唐诗英译研究 / 赵娟编著

PL2766 S5 Z677 2019
我的朋友胡适之 / 林建刚著

PN1993.5 C6 X8 2018
上海电影海外传播史研究 : 1923-2014 / 徐文明著


BL2018.42 B43 2018
Aradāsa dī mahānatā / wiākhiākāra, Kulawanta Siṅgha Bhaṇḍāla

HD9696.63 U64 M538 2018
Microsoft saksesa story : viśva kī sabase baṛī sofṭaveyara kampanī kī śikharagāthā / Pradīpa Ṭhākura

PK2099.39 U25 N54 2018
निस्ब्बा नाहि माई : लघुकथा सागर / करना। निजाजा सुधाशु ; चित्रकाना, अनु प्रिय = Nihshabd nahi main : laghukatha in Hindi / Dr. Niraj Sudhanshu

PK2201 K436 C38 2018
چوسر کا محور :‏ ‏افسانے /‏ ‏ڈاکٹر سليم خان = Chausar ka mehwar : short stories / by Dr. Salim Khan

PK2659 D467 W34 2019
Wahiṇa : nāwala / Darashana Siṅgha Dhīra

PK2659 P36 R35 2018
Rajjī rūha wāle saradara jī : nāwala / Balabīra Siṅgha Sekhoṃ Pamāla

PN2881 P239 2018
Raṅgamañca evaṃ strī / Supriyā Pāṭhaka. रंगमंच एवं स्त्री / सुप्रिया पाठक

PZ90 U7 S26 2018
Bahāron̲ ke pāsbān̲ : baccon̲ ke liʼe iṣlāḥī va tarbiyatī nāvil / Ḍākṭar ʻĀkif Sanbhalī


HQ77.8 O43 A3 2018
総務部長はトランスジェンダー : 父として, 女として / 岡部鈴

PL713.K6 H37 2019
小林秀雄の悲哀 / 橋爪大三郎

PN2928 M2952 O83 2018
マツコの何が”デラックス”か? / 社会学者太田省一

Z845 J4 T665 2019
図書館年鑑 2019 / 日本図書館協会

UBC Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society and the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop have collaborated to present an exhibition that captures the continual impact of iconic Asian Canadian Jim Wong-Chu.

The exhibit runs October 10 to November 15 on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, located on the UBC Vancouver campus.

Jim Wong-Chu (1945- July-11-2017) was a well-known Asian-Canadian historian, editor, author, and poet. Born in Hong Kong, Wong-Chu came to Canada in 1953. He attended the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art + Design) from 1975-1981, majoring in photography and design. From 1976-1981, Wong-Chu was involved with the Vancouver Co-op Radio Program on culture and assimilation, Pender Guy Radio Program while working at the Vancouver School of Art.

Considered one of the first Asian-Canadian authors who gave voice to the Asian Communities in the times when the support for the Asian arts was difficult to obtain. Jim Wong-Chu dedicated much of his time to compile a literary anthology, “Many Mouthed Birds” to showcase the richness of Asian-Canadian literature. During 1995 and 1996 Jim Wong-Chu co-founded the Asian Canadian Performing Arts Resource (ACPAR) and became one of the founders of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) where he helped many young Asian-Canadian writers to succeed by editing and finding publishers for their works. Jim Wong-Chu along with Mishtu Banerjee, Mo-Ling Chui, Grace Eiko Thomson, and Winston Xin​ formed the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, as an organization that endeavoured to explore the diversity of Asian Canadian life and culture and promote the discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Asian Canadian communities.


UBC’s Xwi7xwa Library is developing its collection of music by Indigenous artists. Known for its extensive and unique collections that focus on Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, the library has been focusing efforts to acquire recordings made by current musicians as well as recordings of publicly available archival material or more traditional materials, such as Métis fiddle music.

“Music, and songs specifically, is embedded in all Indigenous cultures, and in many, is a significant means of transmitting language, history, and cultural knowledge, “says Adolfo Tarango, former Acting Head, Xwi7xwa Library.

As Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, Information Services Librarian at Xwi7xwa explains, the process of acquiring the collection has been a thoughtful and deliberate one. “We started off by identifying Aboriginal Music Awards or Indigenous Music Awards. We prioritized Canada, but didn’t limit our search to exclude the United States, New Zealand and Australia to get a sense of artists we should be including in the collection.” The collection includes music by artists such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq and The Jerry Cans.


Made up of CDs, the collection allows library users to access album art and accompanying liner notes, which often provide significant information about the music. Sarah Dupont, Head of Xwi7xwa Library, notes that “while some might view CDs as a less popular playback format these days, we are starting with them as they are easier for libraries to acquire through regular acquisition processes and, importantly, at community events. ‘Collecting’ digital streaming music formats poses challenges we are seeking to overcome, but we recognize that many emerging and established artists are only distributing on these platforms.

The collection is meant both for enjoyment and for scholarly research, providing immense value to research in a number of fields including music, fine arts, art history, political science and beyond. “What I find really exciting about this collection is the way that music and in particular, a lot of the contemporary stuff, can really spark a renewed interest in language revitalization and preservation,” says Tamis Cochrane, Access Services Assistant.

Cochrane created a playlist from the collection for the Xwi7xwa library’s luncheon last fall.

Listen to the playlist:

Learn more about the collection at Xwi7xwa Library.

September 30 is an annual day to recognize & raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada, join together in the spirit of reconciliation, and honour the experiences of Indigenous People. Share your support and orange shirt on September 30th with the hashtag #orangeshirtday on social media.

Orange Shirt Day is inspired by Phyllis Webstad’s story. On her first day of residential school, Phyllis’s grandmother gave her a brand new orange shirt . When Phyllis got to residential school, her shirt was taken from her and never returned. The colour orange has always reminded Phyllis of her traumatic experience at residential school.

If you need support during this time (or at any time of year), please consider these resources:

Drop-in counseling at the Longhouse. No appointment needed:

Tuesdays, 1 – 4 pm, with Renée

Wednesdays, 1 – 4 pm, with Michael

Thursdays, 1 – 4 pm, with Leslie

Kuu-us 24hr crisis line:

Adult/Elder Crisis Line: 250-723-4050

Child/Youth Crisis Line: 250-723-2040

Find more information about Residential Schools in our Indian Residential Schools in Canada Research Guide.

Visit the Indian Residential School and Dialogue Centre at UBC. They are open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

Check out the Orange Shirt Day website to read more on the story behind this day of remembrance.

The Museum of Vancouver is offering free admission on Monday, September 30th, for visitors who wear their orange shirt from 10am-5pm. make sure to visit their “There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools”exhibit. The exhibit focuses on focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island) and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

If you are looking for children’s books on residential schools, please look at our Residential Schools Children’s Books List.

The Canada Memory of the World Register highlights exceptional works and documents that reflect the wealth and diversity of Canada’s documentary heritage.

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