January 24, 2011
Gurjinder Basran and Jack Hodgins (rescheduled from a postponed event during snow-vember) will be joined by Drew Hayden Taylor.
Drew will be launching his new collection of essays, News: Postcards from the Four Directions (Talonbooks, 2010). Gurjinder and Jack are two BC novelists with a special connection: Gurjinder’s first novel, Everything Was Good-Bye (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2010), was chosen by Jack as the winner of the 2010 Search for the Great BC Novel Contest.
Everything Was Good-bye centres around Meena, a young Indo-Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland of BC and struggling with love, loss and self-acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals. Gurjinder’s work has also been shortlisted for the 2008 Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Award and earned her a place in the Vancouver Sun’s annual speculative arts and culture article, “Ones To Watch.”
Jack will be reading from his recently released novel, The Master of Happy Endings (Thomas Allen, 2010), which tells the story of a man in his late seventies who conjures one more great adventure for himself by running an ad in his local newspaper. Alice Munro describes it as “an irresistible novel about the vagaries of youth, old age, Hollywood, family and the marvel of keeping going.” Jack has written eight novels and three story collections, including Spit Delaney’s Island and The Invention of the World. His fiction has won a Governor General’s Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, among others. In 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.
Drew’s new book is fast on the heels of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass (Knopf, 2010), his first novel for adults and a finalist for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. In News: Postcards from the Four Directions, Drew sends his readers fascinating and funny “postcards” from his global exploration of “the complexities of Native identity and perceptions of Native peoples by others.” The Vancouver Sun has said that Drew “has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary,” so be prepared for a riotous send-up.
Readings and discussion will begin at 7:00 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square. Admission is free, refreshments are served. Books are available for purchase and signing.
January 12, 2011
Join the Vancouver International Writers Festival for a new series of illuminating readings and discussions with novelists, poets, non-fiction writers and more.
The VIWF will launch Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas, a twice-monthly reading series, in partnership with Vancouver Public Library, on January 26. The series, which is free to the public, will feature a wide range of Canadian and international authors in events for readers.
January 12, 2011
Chris Harris, one of Canada’s most respected photographers will introduce his new book Motherstone: BC’s Volcanic Plateau on January 27, 2011 at an illustrated talk. Award winning author Harold Rhenisch did the research and authored the book.
January 27, 2011 | 7:30-9:30 pm
Unity Church, 5840 Oak Street, Vancouver
FREE | More info
January 06, 2011
Sitka Books & Art Ltd. announced today that the name of its flagship store, Sitka Books & Art , has changed to Ardea Books & Art effective immediately.
Ardea Books & Art opened its doors on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano in early October 2010. The Vancouver reading community has welcomed the new bookstore with open arms and strong sales during the holiday season. Ria Bleumer, manager of the store and company’s president, stated that the name change was in response to concerns about a similarly-named local retail store and decided to change the store’s name at this early stage to foster good relations in the local business community.
The name “Ardea” is derived from the genus of the majestic Great Blue Heron, a featured resident of the Vancouver community and a beautiful reminder of nature’s grace and dignity.
Bleumer and her knowledgeable staff are committed to supporting Vancouver’s rich literary and cultural community by providing Vancouver’s readers a warm, welcoming place to explore books and meet authors.
The store’s events so far include book launches and readings by such noted authors as Annabel Lyon and Grant Lawrence. With its extensive catalogue of local authors and a unique offering of local art and crafts, Ardea Books & Art has begun what it set out to do — be a central hub of literary, artistic and intellectual exploration.
Bleumer praised her staff and gave thanks to the strong support she sees in the community, “We receive calls daily from customers who have waited for this store to open asking us to order their backlog of books.” said Bleumer. “We are grateful for the strong support from the community and know that we are bringing in new customers every day with our events, our excellent staff and our deep commitment to unparalleled customer service,” Bleumer added.
Ardea Books & Art is Vancouver’s largest independent full-service bookstore and fills the void created by the closing of Duthie Books. Ardea Books & Art carries a full complement of books and local arts & crafts and is located at 2025 West 4th Ave. in Kitsilano between Arbutus and Maple.