I started Ikigai Press in 2014 (known then as E.A.T. Publishing) in order to launch my first novel, The Turn. I had no plans after that for the brand, until I decided to write a second book, 101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton, in 2016. Since then, I have published four more books under what has since become known as Ikigai Press: The 100 Greatest Movies Challenge: Diary of a Film Buff (2020), The 100 Greatest Horror Movies Challenge (2020), Popular Girls: Moments of Triumph, Tragedy and Trailblazing in a Century of Women in Music (2020), and The Ultimate Edmonton Trivia Book (2021). Feel free to explore these titles below...
The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List: 100 Adventures to Truly Experience Alberta
'The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List' will guide you through 100 adventures that will allow you to truly experience one of the most diverse and dynamic regions on the continent. The book doubles as a personal journal to log your experiences with each of your Alberta bucket list adventures, a journey that you can take on your own, along a loved one, or with the entire family! Take on additional challenges like visiting every Provincial Park, National Historic Site, or the "giant" roadside attractions that make every road trip unforgettable. There are also 8 unique "Alberta Bingo" challenges and even a section to check off every Albertan town you've ever visited. The ultimate goal of 'The Ultimate Alberta Bucket List' is to inspire adventure and encourage anyone to truly experience Alberta in all its glory! Happy adventures!! (2022)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon, Leduc Coffee Shop (4728-50 Ave.).
The Ultimate Movie Trivia Book
Whether you're into drama, comedy, action, horror, animation, sci-fi, rom-coms, classics, or indie films, 'The Ultimate Movie Trivia Book' has your back! This 350-page trivia book has more than 2,200 questions about movies and the people who make them, spread across a dozen categories and more than a dozen unique movie-themed challenges, including "The Hardcore Movie Buff Challenge," "Name That Actor," and "Movie Jeopardy!" From the casual movie watcher to the dedicated film buff, there's something for everyone here! And you're bound to learn something new along the way, as 'The Ultimate Movie Trivia Book' is packed with fascinating film facts and tidbits as well. So, grab a copy and test your friends and family at your next pub night, backyard get-together, road trip, virtual hangout, or movie night! And don't forget the popcorn! (2022)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.
The Ultimate Canadian Trivia Book
Canada has a history as massive as its square mileage (sorry, I mean kilometerage), full of fascinating and distinctive stories and people that often don't get the attention they deserve. The Ultimate Canadian Trivia Book is dedicated to bringing that history alive and making it fun to learn about for anyone and everyone willing to play along! With well-over 1,500 questions spread across more than 20 wide-ranging categories and challenges, The Ultimate Canadian Trivia Book is the perfect way to test not only your own knowledge, but that of your friends, family, co-workers, or online acquaintances. From politics and sports to showbiz and geography, this book has you covered on EVERYTHING Canadiana! (2022)
The Ultimate Edmonton Trivia Book
There is no place quite like Edmonton (Treaty 6), the self-proclaimed (and deservingly so) “City of Champions.” Whether it’s experiencing a heat wave, thunderstorm, and snowfall within the same week, or getting to ride a giant rollercoaster or zipline INDOORS(!), Edmonton is a unique, diverse, and daring city with a compelling past and a bright future. It seemed only natural for Edmonton to receive the trivia book treatment, with so many intriguing stories, people, and places to talk about. (2021)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon, Audrey's Books (10702 Jasper Ave.), The Prints and the Paper (10725-124 St.), Daisy Chain Book Co. (12525-102 Ave.), TIX On the Square (9930-102 Ave.), Indigo South Common (1837-99 St.), Leduc Coffee Shop (4728-50 Ave.), The Seven80 (EIA, Londonderry Mall, West Edmonton Mall), St. Albert Chapters (445 St. Albert Trail), Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square).
Popular Girls: Moments of Triumph, Tragedy & Trailblazing in a Century of Women in Music
Women in the music industry have always had to struggle to earn the same respect as their male counterparts, and for decades biographers have skimped on their stories. Popular Girls sets out to change that and share the moments of triumph, tragedy and trailblazing in a century (and more) of women in music. From Billie Holiday to Billie Eilish, you can count on every notable name in the industry to have her story told here. (2020)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.
101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton
Edmonton is a place of opportunity and prosperity, where folks celebrate their diversity, culture, social equality, sustainability, and so much more. There are so many reasons why I am in love with my hometown Edmonton, so many in fact that I felt compelled to put together this book. Flip through these pages and you'll soon understand why I - and so many others - heart Edmonton, and why you will too! (2016)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE/OUT OF PRINT.
Even before the world was overrun by insatiable "biters," Andrew was indifferent when it came to everything in his life, still struggling with an immense loss. But, with no understanding as to why, his survival instincts kick in during "the turn," and Andrew sets out to find a way to live amongst the undead. Now he's got to figure out why he bothers to carry on, when all he wants is to end it for good. (2014)
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon.
In honour of celebrating 35 years of Pride in the Edmonton region and the return of the Pride Parade to Whyte Avenue, this commemorative magazine was compiled and distributed by the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Pride Festival. I penned nine articles for the 65-page glossy publication that was sold for a limited time during the 35th annual Edmonton Pride Festival in the summer of 2015.
In 2022, I worked briefly as a freelance journalist for Windspeaker, Canada’s national Indigenous news source since 1983. Below are the articles I have contributed to the online publication...
My Card Game
Are you good with names? Do you follow celebrity culture or stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the news? If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, you could very well be the next champion of THE FAME NAME GAME! This famous person guessing game is perfect for your next get-together! Invite your friends and family over and see who can collect the most points based on your pop culture knowledge. Although most of the 350 cards included in THE FAME NAME GAME are actors or singers, there are also famous athletes, supermodels, authors, world leaders, media personalities, and billionaire CEOs in the mix...from Eilish to Einstein! There are multiple ways to play this celebrity trivia game, and it’s simple enough that almost anyone can play almost anywhere! So, call up your friends and challenge them to THE FAME NAME GAME, the most fun you’ll have with your fountain of “useless” pop culture knowledge that you knew would pay off one day! That day has finally arrived!!
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