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February 10, 2010

W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ & Culture Series

Real Vancouver Writers Series at the W2 Culture + Media House

Located at 112 West Hastings Street across from the refurbished Woodwards Building in Downtown Vancouver, the Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers and creative literary artists. These events will occur every Wednesday during February beginning at 7pm. These evenings are designed to show the city and the world real and diverse Vancouver culture and real creative individuals in the literary and publishing communities at a time when the eyes of the world are on our city.

Today marks Week 2 of the literary lineup, and is certainly not to be missed. Check out www.realvancouverwriters.com for all the details!

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February 09, 2010

First Annual Galiano Island Literary Festival


Book lovers looking to soothe spirit and soul while escaping Vancouver’s Olympic check points and traffic snarls have another option in the peaceful and beautiful Southern Gulf Islands.

The first annual Galiano Literary Festival will be held February 19 to 21st, 2010, offering more than 25 vibrant Western Canadian voices and a gorgeous weekend away at Vancouver’s closest Gulf Island.

The Festival will get underway with an intimate welcoming reception on the evening of Friday, February 19th, 2010. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet a variety of writers from the Gulf Islands and across British Columbia in an intimate and casual setting. While the Festival schedule will be stimulating, visitors can anticipate having a few quiet hours to walk along Galiano Island’s beautiful beaches and serene forests.

Throughout the weekend, the Festival schedule includes readings and talks by over 25 writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry including John Barton, George Bowering, Norma Charles, Sean Cranbury, Dede Crane, Anthony Dalton, William Deverell, Ann Eriksson, Jenn Farrell, Pam Freir, Bill Gaston, Gary Geddes, Kim Goldberg, Margaret Griffiths, Geoff Inverarity, Michael Kenyon, Francis Mansbridge, Teresa McWhirter, Catherine Owen, Jamie Reid, Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, Audrey Thomas, Harry Thurston, Rhea Tregebov, Alan Twigg, Gudrun Will, Rhonda Ganz, Mike Christie and George Sipos.

A full slate of workshops and panels will discuss a wide variety of book and writing-related topics including how to develop a writing style, how to get published, and the future of the printed page in the e-book age. All of this will occur in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere where visitors will be able to talk one-to-one with writers and fellow book lovers, or just sit back and enjoy the conversation. 

The Festival will take place at the Galiano Inn, a world-class resort that will provide a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Festival organizers anticipate an intimate and vibrant event. 

The Galiano Inn is just a very short walk from the ferry dock and Galiano Island Books, so visitors coming to the Island for the Festival can leave cars at home or at the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.

Registration for the weekend is $150.00 per person, which includes the opening reception, admission to all sessions, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival-goers may choose to attend for a single day. The cost for one day’s Festival events, including lunch, is $85.00 or $40 for the morning session, without lunch.

Attendees are also welcome to join the authors on Saturday evening for dinner and conversation. The dinner is $25.00 per person (excluding beverages).

Event tickets can be purchased at Galiano Island Books or by calling 1-877-795-BOOK (2665). The full festival program will be available soon at www.galianoislandbooks.com .

Lodging is available at the Galiano Inn through their website at www.galianoinn.com or on their toll free reservation line at 1-877-530-3939.

Accommodations for the weekend, including cabins, bed and breakfasts and lodges, can be found through The Galiano Island Chamber of Commerce on their web site at www.galianoisland.com.

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January 15, 2010

In Remembrance: PK Page

PK Page passed away on Thursday morning in her Victoria home at the age of 93. The BC Book Prizes would like to extend our condolences to PK Page’s family and friends. We are honoured to have shared a bit of her history; PK Page won the innaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Prize for Literary Excellence in 2004.

“Balance is inner, centred in the keep,” writes P. K. Page in her poem, “The Castle.” Her own keep is prodigious and ever growing. She shapes the balances within this keep, its secluded corners, its darkness and radiance, the might of a tree, children playing. In her keep the ethereal meets the raw, friendship confronts memory, the sources of creativity engage the natural world, responsibility encounters play and each brings the other into balance. For forty years in British Columbia she has generously shared her experiences and experiments in that keep with her fellow writers, especially oncoming generations of new writers, and with her readers. Her prose, by turns serious, sensual and funny, always thoughtful, bringing us insight into the human mind and into the life of nations, together with her tough, witty, and passionate poetry, make her the natural recipient of this inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. — Jury member George Szanto, 2004

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November 18, 2009

Thank you Mink Chocolates

Mink Chocolates located in downtown Vancouver have a unique program called Mink Cares. This family-run chocolate cafe’s staff donate 100% of their tips to a different charity each month. In August 2009, the staff of Mink donated over $400 to the West Coast Book Prize Society. In return, each staff member received a tax receipt for their proportional share of the donation. As Mink says, “It’s [our] way of giving back to the community, and we gratefully thank all our customers for their generous support.”

To express our thanks, last month we stopped by with a Certificate of Appreciation. (from left to right) Bryan Pike, Executive Director of the BC Book Prizes; Marc Lieberman, manager; and staff members Estrella Pedroso, Benjamin Allen, Alesia Vengerskaya, and Staci Volkhina.


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November 03, 2009

More Congratulations for Lee Henderson

Lee Henderson’s novel The Man Game has won the 2009 Vancouver Book Award. Earlier this year Lee Henderson won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for The Man Game. The award was presented this afternoon at City Hall.

The finalists for the 2009 award also included Gabor Maté, who won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and Meredith Quartermain for Nightmarker.

Posted by Monica Miller | Filed under: Announcements | Permalink

October 14, 2009

Congratulations Governor General’s Literary Awards 2009 Finalists

Our wholehearted congratulations to all BC-nominated publishers and authors! It is fantastic to see such a strong representation of British Columbia as part of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Several of the authors have also been part of the BC Book Prizes, such as Annabel Lyon (2005 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize finalist), David Zieroth (1999 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner), Shelley Hrdlitschka (2005 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist), and Robin Stevenson (2009 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist).

View the full list of 2009 finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 in Montreal.

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August 12, 2009

BC Book Prize Finalists Featured at The 6th Annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival

The 6th Annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival is being held August 19 to 29, 2009. The festival will feature readings from finalists Rita Wong (Forage, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize 2008) and George McWhirter (Cage, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize 1988, and The Incorrection, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize 2008).

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August 11, 2009

Daphne Marlatt at “The Line Has Shattered” Symposium

Daphne Marlatt, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, will be at “The Line Has Shattered” on August 14th, 2009 at SFU Harbour Centre.
The symposium brings together writers who were present for the Vancouver 1963 Poetry Conference, including George Bowering and Maria Hindmarch, for readings and discussions centred on the event, which has been refered to as a “defining moment in the history of North American poetry”. The event will be moderated and hosted by Stephen Collis.

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August 07, 2009

New Transmontanus Book for Terry Glavin

Transmontanus, the long running series from New Star books, has announced a new addition to the collection. Terry Glavin, winner of this year’s LG Award from Literary Excellence and editor of the series, will be working with Colleen Kimmett on a book about the legendary Sasquatch. Look for it Fall 2010.

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July 22, 2009

Andrew Nikiforuk is the first Canadian to win Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

Huge congratulations to Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent (Greystone Books) for winning the prestigious Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) in the United States.

Read what the SEJ had to say about Nikiforuk’s book on their website.

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