Editor and Publisher: Richard Mackie

Mission Statement: We find B.C. reviewers to review books written by B.C. writers concerning B.C. topics from B.C. publishers. Most of the books we review come from Association of Book Publishers of BC members, but one in five is privately printed, self-published in B.C., or published by a B.C. writer at a non-B.C. publishing house. Ormsby’s mandate is to review every major B.C. book from any source. Our critical and authoritative reviews and essays, written by experts in their fields, are packaged as illustrated magazine articles.

The Ormsby Review works with writers, publishers, and literary professionals to promote books published by or about British Columbia in all its diversity. We include books by all authors, regardless of race, age, ability, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, religion, political belief, marital or family status, and/or status as an Indigenous, Métis, or Inuit person.


The Ormsby Review is named in honour of Margaret Ormsby, a trailblazing academic who was born in British Columbia. As a UBC historian, she wrote the first widely acknowledged modern history of the province, British Columbia: A History.

The Ormsby Review originated in September 2016 as part of Alan Twigg’s BC BookLook to provide a forum of in-depth reviews and essays regarding British Columbia, with an editorial advisory board consisting of Jean Barman, Wade Davis, Robin Fisher, Cole Harris, Hugh Johnston, Patricia Roy, David Stouck, and Graeme Wynn.

Reviews edited by Richard Mackie were hosted on the BC BookLook site until The Ormsby Literary Society was registered under the B.C. Societies Act on April 30, 2018. The board members are: Byron Sheardown (president), Joanne Arnott, Trevor Carolan, Daniel Francis, Ron Hatch, Imogene Lim, Rachel Rose, Renee Saklikar, LiLynn Wan, and Eldon Yellowhorn.

In addition to book reviews, The Ormsby Review website also contains portals to a number of literary, cultural, and educational organizations: The Graduate Liberal Studies programme at Simon Fraser University; The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars; The New Orphic Review; Quills Poetry Magazine; The Literary Map of BC; BC Book Awards; Kumtuks.  Our Honorary Patron is Yosef Wosk.

The Ormsby Literary Society thanks

  for funding.