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April 11, 2011

Congratulations to Sylvia Olsen, Dan Savard and Robert Budd

The BC Historical Federation annually awards the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing to authors of British Columbia history.

1st Place: Sylvia Olsen, Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater
2nd Place: Dan Savard, Images from the Likeness House
3rd Place: Dorothy Faulkner, Elaine Park and Cathy Jenks, Women of Pender Harbour: Their Voices, Their History
Honourable Mentions:
• Alan Twigg, The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books & Authors
• Robert Budd, Voices of British Columbia: Stories from Our Frontier
• Jane Stevenson, The Railroader’s Wife: Letters from the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

Congratulations to all the authors including BC Book Prize finalists Sylvia Olsen, Dan Savard and Robert Budd, and BC Book Prize co-founding member Alan Twigg.

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April 06, 2011

Short-Story Writing Workshop with Zsuzsi Gartner

The Historic Joy Kogawa House is having a writing workshop with Zsuzsi Gartner titled, “Inviting the Reader In and the Power of Point of View”.

Sunday, June 5, 2011. 10 am to 3 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House
Cost: $135 (includes lunch)
To register, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The single-most important choice you can make in writing short fiction is deciding on what point of view (or points of view) a story should be told from. During this workshop you’ll do writing exercises, as well as read your work out loud and discuss your writing with the class. Zsuzsi will provide a mini course pack that you’ll use for examples and inspiration and are welcome to take home with you.

Facebook | Website

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March 30, 2011

Gina McMurchy-Barber and Craig Spence participating in Read Local for Kids

Read Local for Kids is an afternoon event at the White Rock Library on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 2-4 pm.

Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to meet local authors, hear readings and discuss their books. Authors include Gina McMurchy-Barber (finalist for the 2011 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize), and Lois Peterson, Diane Tullson, Craig Spence (finalist for the 2007 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize), Rebecca Kool, Cristy Watson and Paola Opal.

More info: CWILL BC blog | Facebook Event

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March 30, 2011

Daphne Marlatt and Fred Wah supporting Friends Across the Pacific

Friends Across the Pacific: An Evening of Readings & Performances is organized by The BC Japan Earthquake Fund and the Asian Canadian Studies Society to help support reliefe efforts in Japan.

Join some of Vancouver’s finest writers for an evening of poetry, fiction, performance. Authors include Daphne Marlatt, Joanne Arnott, Proma Tagore, Roy Miki, Lydia Kwa, Hiromi Goto, Fred Wah, and more.

Event takes place at VIVO Media Arts Centre on March 31, 2011. Admission by donation (all donations will go to the Canadian Red Cross through the BC-Japan Earthquake Relief Fund). All ages, must be 19+ to purchase alcohol.

More info: Facebook Event | Joanne Arnott’s Blog

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March 28, 2011

Timothy Taylor and Gurjinder Basran at Incite on April 6

Incite – An Exploration of Books and Ideas is a reading series co-organized by the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival and the Vancouver Public Library. Every second Wednesday evening they host a few authors for a free presentation at 7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, April 6, Timothy Taylor, Gurjinder Basran and Rupinder Gill will be reading at Incite.

Timothy will be giving a multimedia presentation for his new novel, The Blue Light Project, which tracks three days in the life of an unnamed North American city gripped by a hostage taking in a television studio in the centre of town. Timothy Taylor’s novel Stanley Park was shortlisted for the 2002 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He also contributed to Darwin’s Bastards, shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Gurjinder will be reading from her Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize shortlisted title, Everything Was Good-Bye, where a young Indo-Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in the Punjabi community.

Rupinder Gill will be reading from her memoir, On the Outside Looking Indian, during which she pursued everything she wished had been a part of her youth.

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March 24, 2011

Brian Brett wins a CBC Literary Award for Poetry

BC writers fared well in the 2011 CBC Literary Awards, taking three top places.

Salt Spring Island writer, Brian Brett finished atop the poetry category with his work, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. Vancouver writer Gina Leola Woolsey‘s My Best Friend took first place in the creative nonfiction category. Placing second was another Vancouver author, Leslie Beckmann, for her debut novel, The Sum of All Evils.

The CBC Literary Awards recognize unpublished Canadian writing. The full list of winners and excerpts can be found on the CBC Literary Awards website. All 12 winners (English and French) will be celebrated at a Montreal gala Thursday night and their entries published in enRoute magazine, a presenting partner of the CBC Literary Awards along with the Canada Council for the Arts.

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March 23, 2011

Derek Lundy at the Robson Reading Series

Tomorrow evening (Thurs, March 24) memoirist Derek Lundy and poet Suzanne Buffam will be at UBC Robson Square for the Robson Reading Series at 7:00 pm.

Derek Lundy turned 60 at the end of a year in which three good friends have died. He feels the need to do something radical, and sets out on his motorcycle - a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single-cylinder “thumper.” Fascinated by the United States’ post-9/11 passion for security, particularly on its two international borders, he chooses to investigate. Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America (Knopf Canada, 2010) is his exhilarating account of this 15,000-km trek. Derek makes his home on Salt Spring Island. Borderlands has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.

In Suzanne Buffam‘s The Irrationalist (House of Anansi Press, 2010), she introduces us to a Chaplinesque literary “irrationalist” whose musings on such earthly wonders as clouds, flags, middle names and moonlight disclose new perspectives on time, faith, and the origins of life. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority – be it Epictetus, Thérèse de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ma Yuan, or the fugitive spectre of self – too seriously. Suzanne currently teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

For more information, visit the Robson Reading Series online: Website | Facebook. The UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street, Plaza Level between Howe & Hornby. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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March 17, 2011

Writing workshop with Maggie de Vries at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Join Maggie de Vries to discover “The Ins and Outs, the Whys and Wherefores, of Research”.

The workshop explores the research component of excerpts from published works and works-in-progress. Participants will brainstorm story possibilities drawn from a variety of sources and answer questions about sources, interviews, changing history, accuracy and the differences between fiction and non-fiction.

Saturday, March 26, 2011
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Participants are invited to bring their own research conundrums to the workshop and by the end of the session will have several strategies in place to follow through with development, research, writing, further research, and fact checking. Workshop cost is $135 and includes lunch.

MORE INFO: Website | Facebook

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March 17, 2011

Dan Savard speaks at Friends of the BC Archives lecture series

Dan Savard, author of Images from the Likeness House, nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, will speaking at the upcoming Friends of the B.C. Archives lecture series. In his illustrated presentation, Dan will speak about the making of his book, (a 3-decade project), his sources, and what they have revealed.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Newcombe Conference Hall
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St., Victoria
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Images from the Likeness House explores the relationship between First Peoples in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington, and the photographers who made images of them from the late 1850s to the 1920s. He features the images, as they have survived, without digital enhancements, from the earliest glass-plate photographs made by “photographic artists” to snapshots taken by amateurs on nitrate film.

Dan Savard is senior collections manager of the Anthropology Audio Visual Collection at the Royal BC Museum. While this is his first book, he has authored several academic papers and given many illustrated presentations on topics related to photography and First Peoples.

Admission to Friends of the BC Archive lectures is $5 for non-members, payable at the door. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and signing by Dan.

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March 16, 2011

27th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala

The 27th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala will take place April 21, 2011 at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. See event information for details.

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