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June 04, 2009

Simon Fraser Lecture Series in Vancouver, New Westminister

Stephen Hume is wrapping up his Simon Fraser Lecture Series this Saturday, June 6th with a lecture at noon at the New Westminster Public Library. Later, at 7pm, Hume will be speaking at SFU’s downtown campus’s Segal Center. The lecture is sure to be full of information from Hume’s Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize winning book, Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia.

Both of these events are free, and sure to be very interesting, so check them out this weekend.

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June 02, 2009

Elise Partridge and Stephen Bown Up for CAA Literary Awards

Congratulations are in order for Stephen Bown and Elise Partridge!

Bown’s BC Bookseller’s Choice award-winning book, Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver, has been nominated for the CAA/Lela Common Award for Canadian History by the Canadian Author Association Literary Awards. Chameleon Hours,  Partridge’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize norminated collection is nominated for the CAA Award for Poetry.

Winners will be announced June 6th in Toronto. Congratulations and best of luck to these two great BC books and writers!

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May 25, 2009

Paul Headrick & Robert Bringhurst at the Robson Reading Series

A Notable Night of Poetry and Prose: Novelist Paul Headrick and poet Robert Bringhurst will be reading at the UBC Bookstore at Robson Square this Thursday, May 28 at 7:00pm. Admission is free. Visit the Robson Reading Series Event Page for more information.

Paul Headrick, finalist for the 2009 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, teaches literature and creative writing at Langara College. His fiction and creative non-fiction have been published in many journals, including The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, Image, and The Vincent Brothers Review. His charming first novel, That Tune Clutches My Heart (Gaspereau Press), explores the nature of us-and-them conflicts, told through the experiences of May Sutherland, a 1948 high school student caught between warring factions of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby fans.

Robert Bringhurst, recipient of the 2005 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, is a poet, prose writer, typographer and linguist. His manual The Elements of Typographic Style (Hartley and Marks) has been translated into ten languages and is now one of the world’s most influential texts on typographic design. Bringhurst’s latest book, Selected Poems (Gaspereau Press), brings together selections from several of his collections of poetry and a series of new poems, “The Living.”

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May 15, 2009

More Congratulations for Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize authors

The BC Historical Federation celebrates The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing.

Yesterday they presented the awards and Margaret Horsfield won second prize for Voices from the Sound: Chronicles of Clayoquot Sound and Tofino, 1899-1929 (also shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize) and Stephen Hume received third prize for Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia, which won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize this year.

More congratulations to Margaret and Stephen!

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May 11, 2009

Speeches from the 25th annual BC Book Prize Gala

Alan Twigg, MC for the evening, reflects on 25 years of BC’s literary history:


Howard White of Harbour Publishing presented the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. He recalls Hubert Evans’ appreciation for having a literary prize named after him:


Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: A Close Encounter with Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Here, Gabor speaks about addiction and the Downtown Eastside as well as his lifelong love of books:


Stephen Hume, author of Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia, won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize:


Mona Fertig of Mother Tongue Publishing presented the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She shares how Dorothy Livesay inspired and mentored her:


Daphne Marlatt, author of The Given, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She speaks about the beauty and diversity of the voices within writing and fiction from Vancouver:


Katarina Jovanovic, author of The King Has Goat Ears, won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Katarina speaks about her enjoyment for writing for children as well as overcoming language barriers:


The Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He spoke about the relevance of this year’s winning books, the impact of literacy in the First Nations community, and presented Terry Glavin with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence:


Audio provided by Sheryl MacKay of CBC Radio’s North by Northwest. Thank you so much Sheryl!

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May 04, 2009

Daphne Marlatt in Steveston, Richmond

Daphne Marlatt will be reading from her book of prose-poetry, Steveston, on Wednesday, May 6, to a soundscape composed and performed by Robert Minden and Carla Hallett

Wednesday, May 6, 2009. 8:00pm
Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children. Available at the door.
Info at 604-247-8300

As Marlatt recalls, “There was something in Steveston which drew us, over and over again, and which our work attempted to enunciate — something under the backwater quiet, the river hum of comings and goings, the traffic of work, that was ‘shouting’ at us to tell it.”

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May 01, 2009

Linda Bailey on more reading lists!

Stanley At Sea, written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin, has been shortlisted in the children’s picture book category for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards 2009. The winners will be announced May 20th, 2009 in Toronto and will be selected by two juries of young readers chosen from students attending Toronto’s Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School.

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Also, Linda Bailey’s book, The Farm Team, is one of two(!) titles for the Vancouver Public Library’s annual One Book One Vancouver. “For the first time, One Book, One Vancouver will feature a children’s book as well as one for adults and teens.”

Congratulations Linda!

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May 01, 2009

Margaret Horsfield gives Cemetary Character Tour

Margaret Horsfield will be conducting a Walking History Tour in conjunction with the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria. They conduct a Walking History Tour every Sunday afternoon, and on May 3, 2009, Margaret will be doing a tour of Ross Bay cemetery at 2:00pm.

She will be talking about the characters of her book, Voices from the Sound: Chronicles of Clayoquot Sound and Tofino 1899–1929. Meet at 1:45pm, in front of Starbucks Coffee, Fairfield Plaza. $5 - no reservations needed. More details at the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria events page.

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April 30, 2009

Congratulations Brad Cran, Vancouver’s new Poet Laureate

Our congratulations to Vancouver’s second Poet Laureate, Brad Cran. While we are sad to say goodbye to Vancouver’s inaugural Poet Laureate, George McWhirter, we are excited to see what Brad Cran will be championing during his honourary two-year term.

The Poet Laureate Program is a partnership of the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival.

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April 26, 2009

Congratulations to the Winners of the 25th Annual BC Book Prizes

Congratulations to the winners of the 25th annual BC Book Prizes:

  • Lee Henderson, The Man Game
  • Daphne Marlatt, The Given
  • Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
  • Stephen Hume, Simon Fraser: In Search of Modern British Columbia
  • Katarina Jovanovic & Philippe Béha, The King Has Goat Ears
  • Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures
  • Stephen R. Bown and Douglas & McIntyre, Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver

Visit our 2009 Prizes page for details on all the titles that were recognized this year.

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