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April 13, 2010

Shuswap Lake International Writers’ Festival

The Shuswap Association of Writers is proud to present the 2010 Shuswap Lake International Writers Festival. Festival dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28, 29 & 30, 2010 at the beautiful Prestige Harbourfront Resort & Convention Centre on Shuswap Lake. Some events will also take place at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College and the Salmon Arm Art Gallery. 

Brian Brett (nominated in three separate categories for Trauma Farm) is the Keynote Speaker at the Shuswap Lake International Writers Festival. They have a fantastic line-up of speakers including publishers of BC Book Prize books (such as Vici Johnston of Caitlin Press) and Ron Smith of Oolichan Books, whose own title, Elf the Eagle, was nominated for the 2008 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.

Check out all the details on the Shuswap Association of Writers website.

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April 13, 2010

BC Book Prize authors all over subTerrain issue 54/55

subTerrain Magazine has launched its new look with double issue 54/55, showcasing some of Vancouver’s best authors writing about the city.

A number of the contributors to this special Literary Landscape issue will be at the launch party, several of whom have been nominated for BC Book Prizes. At the Launch Party, there will be readings by George Bowering (nominated for the 2001 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Cynthia Flood, George Stanley (nominated for the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Catherine Owen (nominated for the 2002 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Trevor Carolan, and Peter Trower (nominated for the 2001 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize).

subTerrain invites everyone to come to Café Montmarte “to celebrate Vancouver’s literary past, present, and perhaps future”:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Café Montmarte
4362 Main Street (@28th)
7 to 9:30 pm | Free
View details at subTerrain.ca

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April 12, 2010

Robson Reading Series celebrates National Poetry Month

April 22nd, 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square

The Robson Reading Series will celebrate this passionate, language-rich way of life for Canada’s 10th Annual National Poetry Month. Join poets Gillian Jerome, 2010 Dorothy Livesay Prize nominee; Laisha Rosnau, 2010 Pat Lowther Award nominee; and past Livesay winner Gregory Scofield for readings and conversation.

Gillian Jerome (East Vancouver, BC) will read from Red Nest (Nightwood, 2009), her debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues in which brave and rambunctious creatures nest in the humour and horror of the 21st-century. Gillian’s first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She has also been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets.

Laisha Rosnau (Vernon, BC) will read from Lousy Explorers (Nightwood, 2009), her second collection, in which husbands and wives stumble into each other at the end of days, children find the wild edges of suburbs, new mothers try to navigate through a map-less terrain, and a relentless epidemic of bugs eats away at the forest. Laisha’s first collection, Notes on Leaving, won the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Award in 2005 and her novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow, was a finalist for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

Gregory Scofield (Maple Ridge, BC) will read from kipocihkân, his first anthology of urban Aboriginal songs, which is a retrospective of his pivotal work to date. The word kipocihkân is Cree slang for someone who is mute or unable to speak, and charted in this book is Gregory’s journey out of that silence to become one of the most powerful voices of our time. Gregory is a Metis writer and activist. He has published five highly praised books of poetry and a memoir, Thunder Through My Veins. He has received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Canadian Authors Association award for most promising young writer and the Confederation Poets Prize.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, contact us at 604.822.6453 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please also visit us on the web: www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.

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April 09, 2010

Annabel Lyon and Michael Turner help celebrate Taxi!

Vancouverites hail Helen Potrebenko’s classic Taxi!

35 years after Taxi! first revved up Vancouver literature, join us to celebrate this fine novel. Taxi!, published by Lazara Press, is a novel about a woman and a worker in a city. Our city, your city, your literature.

“In the 1970s and ’80s, Helen Potrebenko was a cherished and important Vancouver writer, well known for her early writing in Pedestal, Canada’s first women’s-liberation newspaper, and for her numerous books that included short stories, novels, poems and plays. Hers was the significant working-class urban feminist voice.” — Anakana Schofield, The Globe and Mail.

A diverse group of local writers will read excerpts and offer contributions, including Annabel Lyon, Clint Burnham, Julianne Okot Bitek, Penny Goldsmith, Marina Roy, Michael Turner, Anakana Schofield and Cúán Isamu. There will also be a Q&A with Helen Potrebenko.

Thursday April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.

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April 08, 2010

Poet David Zieroth at Spoken INK

On Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 pm, Spoken INK (presented by the Burnaby Writers’ Society) will welcome Burnaby poets David Zieroth (finalist for the 2010 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and author of seven other books) and Rob Taylor (splattered earth, Child of Saturday and Lyric). This is the first Spoken INK event at their new location at La Fontana Café (101 - 3701 East Hastings at Boundary).

Also, from 5:30-7:30 on April 20, Brown’s Books (across the street from La Fontana) will be offering a 20% discount for all customers who mention they’ll be heading over to La Fontana for Spoken INK.

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April 08, 2010

Congratulations Stan Persky

Stan Persky has been named as the 2010 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

As the jury said, “we have chosen Stan Persky as the recipient of the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence because of the intellectual and moral integrity he brings to his work as a writer who engages with some of the most difficult questions facing society, and because of the great contributions he has made to the literary canon of Canada and British Columbia.” Read more…


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April 07, 2010

Annabel Lyon at North Shore Writers Festival

The North Shore Writers Festival is happening April 19-22, 2010. The 11th annual festival is brought to you by North Shore public libraries, the Friends of the Libraries, and the North Shore News.

Annabel Lyon, finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, will be reading at the West Vancouver Memorial Library on Monday, April 19th at 7:30pm.

Visit www.northshorewritersfestival.ca for more information.

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April 02, 2010

Download 2010 BC Book Prize materials

This promotional material is available for anyone to download and help us promote the BC Book Prizes 2010.

For any of the PDFs, please email Monica at monica[at]rebuscreative.com as they are too large to upload here. Thank you!

March 31, 2010

Chapters/Indigo promotion April 5 - May 9, 2010

Visit any BC Chapters, Indigo, or Coles store between April 5 and May 9,2010 to receive 10% on BC Book Prize 2010 finalist titles. After the winners are announced on Saturday, April 24, you can save 20% on any winning title.

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March 22, 2010

Ian Weir reading around the Okanagan

Finalist author Ian Weir will be participating in several events throughout BC, including an event with Steven Galloway, a previously-nominated BC Book Prize author.

Launching In the Fabled East and introducing Daniel O’Thunder
Monday, March 29, 2010
7:00 pm at Hooked on Books in Penticton BC
Authors: Adam Lewis Schroeder (In The Fabled East) and Ian Weir (Daniel O’Thunder).

Building a Career as a Fiction Writer
Presenters: Chris Labonte, Adam Lewis Schroeder and Ian Weir
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 pm at ARTS 115, UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Rivers University, Campus Activity Centre Room 130.

Meet Ian Weir in Kelowna
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
4:00 - 6:00 pm at Mosaic Books in Kelowna, BC
Meet Ian for an afternoon of autographing copies of BC Book Prize nominated Daniel O’Thunder.

Fundraiser for the Western Canada Theatre
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
7:00pm at Calvary Community Church in Kamloops, BC.
Authors: Adam Lewis Schroeder (In The Fabled East), Ian Weir (Daniel O’Thunder) and Steven Galloway (Cellist of Sarajevo).
Price: $20 / $15 students

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