News & Events
February 06, 2014
The 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning Thursday, March 13, the same day the shortlists will be released. Tickets will be $110 for West Coast Book Prizes Society members and $120 for non-members. More details will be released closer to the event.
January 30, 2014
UBC’s Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program will present a talk by award-winning children’s author Sarah Ellis on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Entitled “Writer as Critic: Inside and Outside the Book,” the talk will take place from 12 pm to 1 pm in The Dodson Room (Room 302), Level 3, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC. This event will feature refreshments and is free and open to the public. More details are available on the UBC website.
Sarah Ellis is a renowned children’s librarian, author, and critic. The author of fourteen children’s books, she has been awarded such honours as the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Sarah has also been the recipient of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize three times (in 1987, 1997, and 2007) as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2013. Most recently, she was nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
December 05, 2013
Little Cricket Gift Gallery in Maple Ridge will play host to 2013 finalist author Jackson Davies this Saturday, December 7. The book signing event will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. For more information, or to reserve a signed book, please call Little Cricket Gift Gallery at 604-476-1234.
Jackson Davies was shortlisted for both the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award in 2013 for his book Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of The Beachcombers – Canada’s longest-running dramatic TV production.
November 18, 2013
2013 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award winner Shelley Fralic will be at Black Bond Books in New Westminster on Saturday, December 7 at 12 noon. She will be joined by co-author Beverly Delich as they celebrate the release of Come Fly with Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95) with a free book signing event. The book is about the decade Beverly spent working as Michael’s manager. Contact the store at 604-528-6226 for more information.
November 14, 2013
Sandra Djwa has been named the recipient of the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, a biography of poet and artist P.K. Page. Djwa was also shortlisted for the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize earlier this year. For more details and a full list of the award winners, visit the Governor General’s Literary Awards website.
November 14, 2013
Stephen Collis, recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for On the Material, will be at the Okanagan Regional Library in Kelowna on Monday, November 18, at 7 pm as part of UBC’s Visiting Author series. Visit the UBC website for more details.
November 12, 2013
Haig-Brown House in Campbell River is now accepting applications for their 2014/15 Writer in Residence Program. Applicants must have at least one professionally published book of fiction or non-fiction, as well as public speaking and mentoring skills. The application deadline is January 15, 2014. More information is available here or on the Haig-Brown Heritage House website.
November 04, 2013
Esi Edugyan has won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction for her novel Half-Blood Blues. The novel was honored last week during a gala celebration at Washington’s Carnegie Library. Edugyan was also the recipient of the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for the same novel. More details can be found here.
October 17, 2013
In celebration of his forthcoming title The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award winner Grant Lawrence will embark on a cross-country book tour. Book launch events will take place in over 25 communities across Canada, all of which will include stories from the new book, a slide presentation, a short film, Q+A, book signing, and live musical performances from special guests in select cities. Chronicling Lawrence’s love/hate relationship with Canada’s national winter sport,The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie will be released by Douglas and McIntyre on October 24. Book launch events will be held in the following BC cities:
- Vancouver - Thursday, October 24, BC Sports Hall of Fame, 7pm-9pm, with musical appearance by Bodhi Jones
- Victoria - Friday, October 25, Copper Owl, 7pm
- Tofino - Saturday, October 26, Community Theatre, 7pm
- Courtenay - Sunday, October 27, Courtenay Public Library, 3pm
- Campbell River - Monday, October 28, Java Shack, 7pm
- Nanaimo - Tuesday, October 29, Nanaimo Public Library, 6pm
- Parksville - Wednesday, October 30, Lefty’s Restaurant, 6pm
- Sechelt - Thursday, November 7, Arts Centre, 7pm
- Powell River - Friday, November 8, venue tba, 7pm
- Prince George - Thursday, November 14, Public Library, 6pm
- Fraser Lake - Friday, November 15, Public Library, 1pm
- Fort St. James - Friday, November 15, Public Library, 7pm
- McBride - Saturday, November 16, Public Library, 2pm
- Valemount - Saturday, November 17, Public Library, 7pm
- Cranbrook - Tuesday, December 11, Public Library
- Kimberley - Wednesday, December 12, tba
- Fernie - Thursday, December 12, Public Library
October 08, 2013
Sarah de Leeuw, recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for Geographies of a Lover, will join Ontario novelist L. Marie Adeline (aka Lisa Gabriele) for Sizzle (Event 43) at The Vancouver Writers Festival. The event, which takes place at 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 24, pairs two writers whose work has explored enticing and emotionally powerful sexual scenarios from a women’s perspective. Tickets are $19 each and are available for purchase online.
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