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November 30, 2010

Visit publishers at Toque 2010: Print & Paper Craft Fair

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.

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November 29, 2010

Canada Reads 2011 includes BC Book Prize winner


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.

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November 25, 2010

Congrats to all honoured at Mayor’s Arts Awards last night

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!

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November 02, 2010

Annabel Lyon at The Robson Reading Series

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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October 26, 2010

Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet wins 2010 Canada-Japan Literary Award

Congratulations to Masako Fukawa and Stanley Fukawa, whose book Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet: BC’s Japanese Canadian Fishermen has won the English 2010 Canada-Japan Literary Award. Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet was a finalist for the 2010 Bill Duthie Bookseller’s Choice Award.

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognize literary excellence by Canadian authors writing on Japan, Japanese themes or themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

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October 26, 2010

Sylvia Olsen receives more literary honors and helps First Nations students find their voices

Sylvia Olsen’s Counting On Hope has won the third annual Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize at an awards gala in Victoria on October 13. Counting on Hope was a finalist for the 2010 Sheila Eggoff Children’s Literature Prize. Congratulations Sylvia!

Jennifer Tieche, the teacher-librarian at Carson Graham Secondary School, welcomed Sylvia Olsen to the Carson Library as Writer-in-Residence from January to June 2010. Hear Our Voices: An Aboriginal Youth Anthology is the culmination of five months of community building, creative telling, and writing by 36 First Nations students from Carson Graham and Balmoral Secondary Schools. Ultimately, this project provided a safe and nurturing environment for this community of young writers to examine their culture and their individual and collective identities while engaging in ongoing literacy development. You can order a copy of the Hear Our Voices anthology by contacting Carson Graham’s librarian, Jennifer Tieche, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hear Our Voices was made possible by ArtsStarts in Schools, the City of North Vancouver, and North Vancouver School District 44. Check out this incredible article in the North Shore Outlook where the students discuss how writing changed their lives. Some of the students also had the opportunity to read from their works at The Word On The Street Vancouver.

ArtStarts in Schools currently has a Hear Our Voices exhibition which includes First Nations art and a copy of the anthology. The artwork was created by youth working with Aboriginal artists from communities around BC.

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October 21, 2010

Gillian Jerome winner of ReLit Award for Poetry

The ReLit Awards, Canada’s prize for small press–published literature, were handed out last night in Ottawa.

Novel: The Beautiful Children by Michael Kenyon (Thistledown)
Poetry: Red Nest by Gillian Jerome (Nightwood)
Short Story: Buying Cigarettes for the Dog by Stuart Ross (Freehand)

Congratulations to Gillian (who was nominated for the 2010 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Michael and Stuart!

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September 20, 2010

Writing Studio at Banff Centre

Award-winning writer Daphne Marlatt is on the faculty for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. Daphne received the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for The Given and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 for her contributions to Canadian literature.

The Writing Studio at The Banff Centre is a five-week program offering poets and writers of fiction and other narrative prose the time, space, and support they need to pursue a writing project, with the benefit of editorial consultation. Application deadline is November 15, 2010 for the April/May 2011 session.

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September 14, 2010

Vancouver International Writers Festival

The 23rd annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival takes place October 19-24 on Granville Island.

There is a great lineup of events including many BC Book Prize honoured authors, illustrators, and poets. To name a few: Caroline Adderson, Jack Hodgins, Anosh Irani, George Bowering, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Derek Lundy, Don McKay, Ashley Spires, Irene N. Watts, Ian McAllister, and Miranda Pearson.

More info at www.writersfest.ca

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September 10, 2010

Annabel Lyon at The Robson Reading Series

The Robson Reading Series will return after the summer break with award-winning novelist, Annabel Lyon and Naomi Beth Wakan. “Join us for readings and conversation with these lovely ladies of literature on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square.”

Annabel Lyon’s book, The Golden Mean, was shortlisted for our Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, won the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The most recent attention for The Golden Mean has been because of the controversial naked bum on the cover.

Naomi Beth Waken’s most recent work of literary non-fiction is Book Ends: A year between the covers (Wolsak & Wynn, 2010), which tracks her obsessive reading throughout an entire year and has been called “a must for any book lover or bibliophile.”

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca

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