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March 16, 2011

Catch Grant Lawrence in-person around BC

Grant Lawrence certainly is a busy guy, between radio shows, podcasting and book promotions… when does he have time to sleep? Here are some of his appearances around BC:

Saturday, March 19 — TOFINO
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre
7:30 pm | $6 | book sales by Mermaid Tales Bookshop
Featuring a musical performance by Jill Barber

Sunday, March 20 — PORT ALBERNI
Curious Coho Books | 2:00 pm
Featuring a musical performance by Jill Barber.

Wednesday, April 6 — VANCOUVER
The Flame: A Monthly Storytelling Event
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St, Vancouver

Tuesday, April 12 — NORTH VANCOUVER
The North Shore Writers Festival
7:00 pm | North Vancouver City Library

April 15 & 16 — POWELL RIVER
The Powell River Writers Conference

Grant also has some events out-of-province.

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March 14, 2011

BC Book Prizes AGM

Please join us for The BC Book Prizes’ Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
6:00 pm
Alliance for Arts & Culture
Board Room –Suite 100
938 Howe Street, Vancouver

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March 02, 2011

Finalists for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers all from BC

The Writers’ Trust of Canada, through the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, rewards writers who are unpublished in book form and under the age of thirty-five. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, this year the award is given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry.

The Writers’ Trust received submissions from young poets from across Canada, yet the top three, as determined by a jury of poets Kate Braid, Gail Harris, and Robert Priest, all hail from British Columbia. The jurors read 120 “blind” submissions, meaning that all identifying information was removed before the entries were passed along for consideration.

The prize winner will receive $5,000 and finalists each receive $1,000. The three finalists are:

Raoul Fernandes, By Way of Explanation
Fernades is a 32-year-old, Vancouver-based writer who recently completed The Writer’s Studio program at Simon Fraser University. His writing has appeared in Event magazine and he won a Sakura Award in the 2010 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Haiku Invitational.

Garth Martens, Inheritance
Martens is a 28-year-old writer whose work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Grain, Island Writer, and the anthology Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man. He currently serves on the editorial board for The Malahat Review and was previously a forest first lookout and construction labourer.  Martens lives in Victoria.

Anne-Marie Turza, The Quiet iii
Turza is 34 and lives in Victoria. She has an MFA from the Writing Department at the University of Victoria. Her poetry has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Malahat Review.

The award winner will be announced on April 5, 2011 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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February 21, 2011

Evelyn Lau at the Robson Reading Series with Ray Hsu

Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu will read at the Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Room 182) this Thursday, February 24 from 1-2 pm. This is a co-presentation between the Robson Reading Series and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Evelyn Lau‘s previous poetry books. Instead of the focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative. 

Ray Hsu‘s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to his award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”

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February 16, 2011

Galiano Literary Festival

The 2nd Annual Galiano Literary Festival will be running from February 25-28, 2011 on Galiano Island.

The Galiano Literary Festival features readings, interviews, workshops, panels and more. Some of the participating authors are Larry Campbell, Ivan E. Coyote, Mona Fertig, Joan Caldwell, Des Kennedy, Billie Livingston, Annabel Lyon, Timothy Taylor, Audrey Thomas, Meg Tilly, Alan Twigg, Ian Weir, and Robert J.Wiersema.

The festival will be held at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa and is run by independent bookstore Galiano Island Books, which has been on the island for over 10 years, and has become a ‘hub’ of the island community.

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January 24, 2011

Jack Hodgins at the Robson Reading Series

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.

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January 12, 2011

Incite @ VPL: An Exploration of Books and Ideas

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.

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January 12, 2011

Event for Chris Harris’ new book

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

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January 06, 2011

Sitka Books & Art changes name to Ardea Books & Art

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.

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December 03, 2010

Deborah Willis at the Robson Reading Series

On Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, the Robson Reading Series will host Deborah Willis, who will read from Vanishing and Other Stories (Penguin Canada), and poet Anna Swanson as she reads from The Nights Also (Tightrope Books), at UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square.

Vanishing and Other Stories was shortlisted for the 2010 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and Memorial University. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian. With poems that are at once deep and pithy, The Nights Also illuminates one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude. Lorna Crozier has described Anna’s poems as “smart, original, and daring.”

Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Her fiction has appeared in Grain, Event, the UK’s Bridport Prize anthology, and she was the winner of the 2005 PRISM international fiction prize. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2009 and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. She works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC. Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it’s ever possible to move on. According to Alice Munro, “the emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing.”

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


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