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Welcome to the website of JJ Lee, style columnist & author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, & a Suit. He is prone to losing hats. If you see any of them, let him know.



READ JJ'S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED MEMOIR


“A personal yet universal story about a son’s quest to understand his father. This beautiful, cleverly executed story gets to the very heart of the most basic masculine bond, and how even through disappointment, abandonment, anger, confusion and pain, a son can love, honour and protect his father.”
—Globe and Mail

JJ Lee

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Introducing the publishing debut of Ulysses the (Robot) Bear

in Pulp Literature

The Comicshop
3518 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1N8 ‎
(604) 738-8122 ‎ · thecomicshop.ca

Phoenix on Bowen
992 Dorman Rd, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0 ‎
(604) 947-2793 ‎ · phoenixonbowen.com

Regent Bookstore
5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2E4 ‎
(604) 228-1820 ‎ · regentbookstore.com

Village Books & Coffeeshop
130-12031 First Ave, Richmond, BC
(604) 272-6601· villagebooks@shaw.ca

White Dwarf / Dead Write Books
3715 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC
604-228-8223 · whitedwarf@deadwrite.com

Introducing the publishing debut of Ulysses the (Robot) Bear

in Pulp Literature

The Comicshop
3518 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 1N8 ‎
(604) 738-8122 ‎ · thecomicshop.ca

Phoenix on Bowen
992 Dorman Rd, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0 ‎
(604) 947-2793 ‎ · phoenixonbowen.com

Regent Bookstore
5800 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2E4 ‎
(604) 228-1820 ‎ · regentbookstore.com

Village Books & Coffeeshop
130-12031 First Ave, Richmond, BC
(604) 272-6601· villagebooks@shaw.ca

White Dwarf / Dead Write Books
3715 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC
604-228-8223 · whitedwarf@deadwrite.com


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LIVE EVENT: THURSDAY NIGHT, MARCH 6, COURTENAY, BC

I’ll be in the beautiful Comox Valley for the Write Here Reader’s Series at North Island College!

When: Thursday, March 06 at 7:30 PM 

Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

NIC’s Write Here Readers Series is pleased to present JJ Lee, the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, who will read from his work on March 6 at the Comox Valley campus.

Critically-acclaimed, The Measure of a Man was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, the 2012 BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize. Lee received the National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature. He lives in New Westminster and leads a bicycle gang made up of 3- to 10-year-old boys and girls, known as the Royal City Bike Rangers.

JJ Lee will appear at the Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus, at 7:30 pm on March 6. This reading is free to attend and open to the community.

For more information about JJ Lee’s reading or NIC’s Write Here Readers Series, please contact Susan Auchterlonie at 250-334-5271.


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First painted cover for first science fiction story

This past week I finished up a digital painting for Pulp Literature, a new magazine. Primarily for new, unpublished writers, they also offer published writers a chance to pen stories in genres with which they’re not usually associated. I’ve written a story about killer teddy bears as my first stab at science fiction. I also volunteered to do the cover.

Here are a few of the working drawings using a mechanical pencil from the 1930’s (Viceroy with .9mm leads, marvelous) which I recently purchased and rough paintings via Brushes 3 on the iPad. If you like to draw on a tablet, find one of those nifty aluminum brushes instead of the rubber tips.

The rubber ones smudge all over the screen.


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EVENT - FREE PUBLIC READING: North Vancouver City Library, February 5 with author Karen Dodd

NVCL Local Author Series with JJ Lee and Karen Dodd

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM

120 W 14th St., North Vancouver

Join the North Vancouver City Library for an evening with memoirist JJ Lee and local novelist Karen Dodd.

Karen Dodd is a first-time novelist, who has recently broken into the literary scene with her highly acclaimed romantic suspense. She has published hundreds of articles, and teaches new and emerging fiction authors how to build their author platform while writing their books. She calls it “building the plane while flying it.” Karen will be reading from her new novel, Deadly Switch: A Stone Suspense.

Doors open at 6:30 for wine and cheese, reading begins at 7 PM.

Event is free, but please register by visiting the City of North Vancouver’s library.

For more information, email hschiller@cnv.org.


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Click the Soundcloud player above to hear THE LAST TRAIN, A Christmas Ghost Story.

The streets would be empty and so would the shops. Sellers would be willing to bargain, even with the devil. They would take a loss and call it a day. It was Christmas Eve, after all, and who would rather haggle endlessly than go home? It was then Cheap Harry decided to venture outside, to prowl and hunt again.

Cheap Harry (don’t worry, everyone calls him that) sets out in a blizzard to seek the perfect Christmas gift for himself. But when he boards the last train home, Cheap Harry meets a stranger with who makes an offer he can’t refuse.

Go here for the Amazon.ca Kindle e-book.