News & Events
November 30, 2010
The Western Front’s annual craft sale, Toque, is taking a new angle on their craft fair this year with a focus on books, text and printed material. Very cool! You’ll be able to visit book publishers Arsenal Pulp Press, Simply Read Books, and Perro Verlag this weekend at the Luxe Hall.
Friday, December 3 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, December 4 from 11 am – 5 pm
The Western Front Luxe Hall
303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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Nineteen vendors contribute to Toque this year, with wares ranging from books, zines, cards, handcrafted décor, jewellery, and other special gifts. Long-time Toque favourites return, such as local publisher Simply Read‘s children’s books, Perro Verlag’s wide selection of indie art publications from around the world, and Contexture Design’s map based mobiles.
These Toque regulars appear alongside exciting newcomers such as the West Coast classic Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver’s independent music collective Safe Amplification Society as well as legendary New York Based contemporary art publisher Printed Matter. Look for exclusive Western Front publications, as well as a limited edition commissioned tea towel and colouring poster by Jeff Hamada, Vancouver based artist and creator of the popular blog www.booooooom.com
On Saturday come by for shopping as well as a special collaboration with Collage Collage, a local children’s arts and crafts shop and teaching space. Bring your children for fun crafting and colouring! Fine baked goods will be available from Hatty Cakes.
Proceeds from Toque support the Western Front Society, an artist run centre and non-profit registered charity. Held in the warm heritage setting of the Western Front in Vancouver, this sale is a great way to support your artistic community.
November 29, 2010
In 2003, Carol Shields won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her novel, Unless. On Friday, it was chosen by actor Lorne Cardinal as a Canada Reads 2011 contendor. We wish Lorne all the best in championing Unless by Carol Shields. See all five Canada Reads contendors and champions.
November 25, 2010
Yesterday, Mayor Gregor Robertson presented the 2010 City of Vancouver Mayor Arts Awards to valued members of Vancouver’s cultural community.
Everyone here at the BC Book Prizes wants to express our sincere congratulations to all those honoured. See a full list of honourees here.
Among those honoured were Brad Cran as Vancouver Poet Laureate 2009-2011, Rio Tinto Alcan for Support of the Arts (Business), Yosef Wosk for Support of the Arts (Philanthropy), and Evelyn Lau for Literary Arts.
For individual awards, such as Evelyn’s, the recipient then selected an emerging artist to share the award. Evelyn Lau selected Kaitlin Fontana, whose work has appeared in Event, Room, SPIN, Rolling Stone, and the Walrus, among many other publications.
Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2010 Mayor Arts Awards!
November 02, 2010
On Thursday, November 4th, the Robson Reading Series will present award-winning novelist Annabel Lyon at the colourful, autumnal UBC Point Grey Campus. Please join us for a special afternoon reading and conversation from 1-2pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 155 (Parliamentary Room).
Annabel Lyon’s most recent novel, The Golden Mean (Random House Canada, 2009), animates the relationship between the young Alexander the Great and his tutor Aristotle. It won the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Annabel’s previous work includes the short fiction collection Oxygen (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), a suite of three novellas, The Best Thing for You (2004), and the juvenile novel, All-Season Edie (Orca Books, 2008). She lives in New Westminster, BC.
Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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