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June 03, 2010

Laughing Oyster Bookstore participating in Win the Winners Contest

The good folks at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay sent us some great photos of their window display for the Win the Winners contest.

Don’t forget, the contest ends Tuesday, June 8th so make sure you enter to win all 7 winning books before then!

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June 01, 2010

Hope in Shadows Photo Contest 2011

Hope In Shadows, a community project by Brad Cran and Gillian Jerome, is based around a photography contest for residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The prize-winning photos are featured in an annual calendar which residents themselves sell for a profit. Hope In Shadows the book was shortlisted for the 2009 BC Book Prizes.

Read more about the Hope In Shadows photo contest in this News1130 article or at www.hopeinshadows.com

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June 01, 2010

Daphne Marlatt at Rhizome Cafe with Gregory Scofield

!misprision! with Gregory Scofield and Daphne Marlatt

As part of SFU’s 2010 “System Crash” Conference (June 10-12), join Rhizome Cafe as they explore experiences of crisis (political, environmental, social, financial, academic, personal) through a collection of creative presentations and readings. In addition to sharing new voices in Vancouver’s creative community, they are excited to feature locally-based and internationally-appreciated poets Gregory Scofield and Daphne Marlatt.

Friday, June 11, 7:00pm
Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC

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May 21, 2010

Congratulations Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis’ collection of short stories, Vanishing and Other Stories (finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize), has been shortlisted for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers Union of Canada. The winner will be announced on June 5 at the Writers’ Union of Canada’s annual general meeting in Ottawa. Read more at CBC.ca.

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May 20, 2010

Job Posting: 2010 Summer Student

The BC Book Prizes
Fundraising Assistant

The West Coast Book Prize Society organizes British Columbia’s largest and most prestigious annual gathering of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and professional associations: The BC Book Prizes. The society seeks to recognize the artistic achievements of British Columbia’s book publishing community, reward excellence in writing and publishing, and promote and encourage the development of literary arts. We fulfill this mandate by educating the public about BC writing and publishing and promoting the interaction between writers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, professional associations and the general public. Visit us online at http://www.bcbookprizes.ca for more about us.

This is a full-time 12-week summer position ideal for students interested in the writing and publishing industries. This position is also an excellent opportunity to acquire valuable skills applicable in most office environments.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • organizing and soliciting donations for our Online Auction
  • responding to inquiries from the public by phone/email
  • database work
  • general duties as assigned
  • updates to our website (HTML knowledge is not necessary)
  • social media marketing (Twitter, blogging, Facebook)

The successful candidate should have exceptional organizational and time-management skills and have computer skills in a PC environment. Applications should also have a good phone manner and previous fundraising experience would be an asset. A high level of written, oral and interpersonal communication skills is also essential.

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs, a Government of Canada initiative. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year, and be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Applicants must also be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

The BC Book Prizes encourages applications from individuals from traditionally disadvantaged groups including, but not limited to, First Nations, women, queer, visible minorities, people with disabilities and immigrants.

Start Date: Monday, June 7, 2010
End Date: Friday, August 27, 2010
Hours: Approximately 35 hours per week
Wage: $9.00 per hour

How to apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
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Application deadline: Friday, June 4, 2010

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May 18, 2010

Win the Winners display at Black Bond Books

Black Bond Books (Surrey Warehouse) sent us this display for the Win the Winners Contest. Thanks!!

There are 7 independent bookstores and local chains (over 20 individual stores) participating in our Win the Winners Contest.

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May 18, 2010

Brian Brett and Audrey Thomas at the Robson Reading Series

From two west coast islands come two award-winning authors: Brian Brett and Audrey Thomas. The Robson Reading Series will host this internationally acclaimed duo on May 27th at 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square for readings and conversation.

Brian Brett is “a bold thinker and a tough yet lyrical writer,” says Ronald Wright. Brian Brett is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry and fiction. His journalism has appeared in major Canadian newspapers. His most recent memoir, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (Greystone/D&M, 2009), is an irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of the affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farming. It has been named a top 100 book for 2009 by Amazon, the Globe and Mail and the Times Literary Supplement. It has also won both the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Brett lives on Salt Spring Island.

“Page for page, [Audrey Thomas] is one of the country’s best writers,” says Margaret Atwood. Audrey Thomas has published 16 books of fiction and written over 20 plays. She has received many honours including: the Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, the Marian Engel Award and three Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes. Her most recent last novel, Tattycoram (Goose Lane, 2005) takes readers into the distant fictional world of Charles Dickens’s England, where, in an unusual twist, Dickens interacts with his own characters, allowing Thomas to raise questions about the intersection of life and art. A native New Yorker, Thomas has lived on Canada’s west coast since 1959 and currently calls Gabriola Island home.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. More information at the Robson Reading Series website.

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May 12, 2010

2010 Gala Speeches

With thanks to Sheryl MacKay from CBC’s North by Northwest and audio-recorder Adrien Sala, here are the speeches from the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala.

Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter and MC for the evening, has some opening remarks:

Cathleen With, author of Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The prize was presented by three-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner, Audrey Thomas.
Audio clip coming soon. In the meantime, listen to Sheryl McKay’s North by Northwest CBC podcast from April 25 (mp3 link), the day after the Gala.

Lorna Crozier, author of Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. The prize was presented by author Harold Rhenisch.

Carrie Mac, author of The Gryphon Project, won the Sheila A Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. The prize was presented by author Sarah Harvey.

Andrew Scott, author of Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: A Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia, won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize. The prize was presented by author Katherine Gordon.

Fred Wah, author of is a door, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize was presented by Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Teachers’ Federation.

Freida Wishinsky and Dean Griffiths, author and illustrator of Maggie Can’t Wait, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. The prize was presented by author Sheryl McFarlane. Dean Griffiths accepted the award and spoke how the illustrations and message of the book touched him after his experiences with his daughter, Holly.

Brian Brett and Greystone Books, author and publisher of Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. The prize was presented by Bill Duthie’s daughter, Cathy Legate.

Our MC Shelagh Rogers has some closing statements:


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April 28, 2010

Poetry in Transit—and CONTEST

Each year the ABPBC partners with Translink and BC Transit to produce Poetry in Transit. You can visit the website and read PDFs of all the poetry featured since the project began in 1996.

Many poets featured in this year’s Poetry in Transit project have received or been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. See all the 2009 poetry excerpts on the ABPBC website.

  • Kate Braid (finalist, 1996)
  • Daphne Marlatt (from her 2009 Livesay Prize-winning book, The Given)
  • Eve Joseph (finalist, 2005)
  • David Zieroth (from his 2010 finalist book, The Fly In Autumn)
  • Susan Musgrave (finalist, 2000)
  • Gary Geddes (2008 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence)
  • Elise Partridge (from her 2009 finalist book, Chameleon Hours)
  • Larissa Lai (from her 2010 finalist book, Automaton Biographies)


13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest

This much-loved project has been running since 1996 and in that time has featured 190 poems from established and emerging writers. In partnership with TransLink and BC Transit, the ABPBC produces sixteen poetry cards annually featuring the work of BC-authored and Canadian-published poets. The cards are displayed on buses and SkyTrains throughout the transit systems in BC.

To celebrate the April 28th, 2010 launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit, the ABPBC will be hosting the 13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest! Did you meet your soul mate while reading a poem together on the bus? Have you gotten into a heated argument with a fellow passenger over a line in a poem? Tell us your best Poetry in Transit story to be in contention to win the grand prize – all 16 books of poetry from this year’s poets.

See www.books.bc.ca for submission details.

Contest deadline: May 31, 2010

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April 14, 2010

Read Local, Buy Local

Read Local, Buy Local: An Earth Day Celebration of BC Books and Magazines

Chapters Indigo Books & Music has partnered with three BC organizations—the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the BC Association of Magazine Publishers and the Sierra Club BC—to present “Read Local, Buy Local,” a new event series that encourages readers to think locally when purchasing reading material, just as they do when selecting food and other products.

The “Read Local, Buy Local” series consists of 28 free sessions open to the public, including family activities, readings, talks and demonstrations. Events will be held concurrently at Chapters Robson, Chapters Granville and Chapters Victoria on Thursday, April 22, Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. BC Book Prize 2010 finalist Andrew Scott, author of The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names will be at Chapters Robson at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 22.

Visit www.bcmags.com/readlocal for full events listings.

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