Archive for August, 2019

BC Artists: On or Under the Radar

August 27, 2019

by Janet Nicol

My recently published book about artist Sybil Andrews joins a growing list of biographies and memoirs of BC artists who have dedicated their life to creativity, experiencing an array of struggles and successes along the way.

Check out  Off the Page, part of  ‘49th Shelf,’ an on-line publishers’ website where I recommend eight other reads, all beautifully illustrated with the artists’ work. Link at –

Also, the following is a write-up about my book in Preview, an art magazine available at no cost in galleries around BC:

ON THE CURVE: THE LIFE AND ART OF SYBIL ANDREWS is historian Janet Nicol’s deeply researched account of an outstanding artist whose career has cycled in and out of critical focus. The book traces Andrews’ progress from her Suffolk childhood and her art education in London through her enthusiastic embrace of the democratic medium of the linoleum block print. Nicol’s focus is on Andrews’ life and impact after World War II in the then-isolated community of Campbell River, and her eventual international recognition.

Softcover, 158 pp., C$28.95. Available at bookstores, or

Link to Preview page at –

Many thanks to the Killarney Secondary (Vancouver) book club for hosting a talk this January, 2020.

Attention teachers and aspiring teen writers! – Check out my 5 minute video at the BC Teacher Librarians Association website,  part of a writers’ series providing resources for high school students during the pandemic.    I talk about my book, writing non-fiction and give a few writing tips.  Here’s the link –

FLASH SALE:  More news about “On the Curve” – June 2020 – Caitlin Press is offering a sale on books and starting June 1 “On the Curve” will be among the art and food books to kick off the event.  According to Caitlin Press, ” Each Flash Sale will be a unique theme, so this will be the only chance to get the book at this discounted rate. Every 2 weeks from June 1 to September 4, we’ll feature 10 titles—discounted up to 50% off.”

More info at Caitlin Press website.