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July 28, 2011

BC Book Prizes Summer Online Auction Now Open!


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May 24, 2011

An evening with Hope in Shadows

Hope in Shadows is inviting friends and supporters to join them for a special event on Friday June 10th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Rhizome Café.

Since 1992, the Hope in Shadows project has brought the stories and perspectives of people living in the Downtown Eastside into thousands of homes and workplaces around the country, while providing meaningful and flexible employment to hundreds of low income people. The project’s success has always depended on supporters who believe that the residents of the Downtown Eastside have the capacity to tell their own stories about their lives and their community.

Connect with Hope in Shadows photographers and calendar vendors and hear about some new projects they’ve been working on, including being commissioned to create new photography for an interdisciplinary dance performance and being published in Megaphone Magazine‘s Voices of the Street. There will also be a photo competition.

There is no cover charge to this event but capacity is limited to 70 people so please register here if you will be attending.

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May 20, 2011

‘Tangles’ and other friends shortlisted for Alberta Book Awards

Our congratulations to Freehand Books and Sarah Leavitt, whose book, Tangles: A story about Alzheimer’s, my mother, and me, was shortlisted for the Alberta Book Award for Illustration.

We also wish congratulations to all the publishers, authors, editors, and illustrators honoured by the Alberta Book Publishers’ Association’s annual Alberta Book Awards.

Here are some other BC Book Prize alumni and friends who are also shortlisted: The Doctrine of Affections by Paul Headrick (Freehand Books) is shortlisted for the Trade Fiction Book Award; The Collected Works of Pat Lowther by Pat Lowther, edited by Christine Wiesenthal (NeWest Press) is shortlisted for the Poetry Award as well as the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence.

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May 10, 2011

Douglas Coupland at The Waldorf Hotel

Douglas Coupland will be hosting an interactive presentation on Marshall McLuhan and YouTube at The Waldorf Hotel on May 26, 2011

Marshall McLuhan knew exactly what the Internet was going to be… the only thing he didn’t know is what it was actually going to look like. It’s why so much of what he said and wrote in the 1960s and 1970s alienated critics. He was trying to be poetic and theoretic…al about what we now simply call interfaces, links and apps.

And now, from the hindsight of 2011, we can surf, via YouTube, our rich collective consciousness as it finally revealed itself online. Our collective being takes the form of cute cat videos, videos of Japanese devastation, mid-East political revolution, trampoline disasters and… well, would Marshall have been horrified or fascinated? Probably both.

Coupland, with his recent biography of Marshall McLuhan, offers a more precise look at ourselves via the ultimate manifestation of the global village: YouTube. Expect a back-and-forth experience between the audience, Coupland and the world itself.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Doors open at 8:00 pm
Admission is free
The Waldorf Hotel (1489 East Hastings, Vancouver)

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May 09, 2011

Ross King shortlisted for CAA Literary Award

The Canadian Authors Association has announced the CAA Literary Awards shortlist for 2011. Congratulations to all the authors honoured.

Ross King has been shortlisted for the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for his book Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, published by Douglas & McIntyre.

Also, BC poet Garry Gottfriedson has been shortlisted for the CAA Award for Poetry for Skin Like Mine, published by Ronsdale Press.

The winners will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards banquet on Saturday, July 23, 2011, during the Leacock Summer Festival at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia, Ontario.

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May 03, 2011

Congratulations to Jen Currin, winner of the Audre Lorde Award

Jen Currin has won the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry for The Inquisition Yours, published by Coach House Books.

The Audre Lorde Award is one of The Publishing Triangle’s annual awards, honouring gay and lesbian publishing. Congrats Jen!

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May 02, 2011

National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards were released this morning, and many great BC writers and magazines have been nominated. We wanted to offer our congratulations to the following authors who have also been nominated for BC Book Prizes. (Apologies if we missed anyone.)


Eve Joseph
Intimate Strangers
Malahat Review

J.B. MacKinnon
A 10 Percent World
The Walrus


J.B MacKinnon
Island Survivor
British Columbia Magazine

J.B. MacKinnon
The Highland Fling


Ross King
What Tom Thomson Saw
The Walrus


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April 28, 2011

Writing Workshop with Caroline Adderson

Geist Magazine is presenting a writing workshop with Caroline Adderson called Writing the Narrative Scene

The scene is the dramatic heart of fiction, where plot, setting and character come together on the page. In this intensive workshop we will study examples of successful narrative scenes, analyze their elements, including the effective use of dialogue, and, of course, write them. Write lots of them!

This workshop is useful for both short-fiction writers and novelists. It is led by Caroline Adderson, a fiction writer and teacher.

Caroline Adderson is the author of three novels, The Sky Is Falling, A History of Forgetting and Sitting Practice (winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2004), and two collections of short stories, Bad Imaginings and Pleased to Meet You. She lives in Vancouver.

Writing the Narrative Scene
Location: Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver BC
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Price: $50 (includes a one-year subscription to Geist for yourself or a friend)

To register click here or call Geist at 604–681–9161

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April 28, 2011

forage by Rita Wong wins CBC Canada Reads Poetry 2011

In honour of National Poetry Month (April), CBC Radio celebrated with a Canada Reads Poetry competition.

The contenders were:

  • Forage by Rita Wong, defended by Sonnet L’Abbé
  • Inventory by Dionne Brand, defended by George Murray
  • Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, defended by Susan Musgrave
  • Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person by Eirin Mouré, defended by Jacob McArthur Mooney
  • Nox by Anne Carson, defended by Anne Simpson

We’re so proud of Rita and her book, forage, which also won the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Congratulations to both Rita Wong and her publisher, Nightwood Editions.

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April 19, 2011

Contest Prizes: Win Finalist Books

Here are the prizes we’re offering for our Finalist contest. Click here for details on how to enter.

Life & Art on the West Coast:

Fishing with Gubby by Gary Kent and Kim La Fave | Defiant Spirits by Ross King

Winner drawn April 8: STEVE MURPHY
History at Home:

Voices of British Columbia by Robert Budd (including 3 audio discs)

Winner drawn April 11: ERIN HANSON
Poetry & Song:

The Inquisition Yours by Jen Currin | Morris as Elvis: Take a Chance on Life by Morris Bates

Winner drawn April 13: ARIEL GORDON
Exploring Humanity:

Chernov’s Toil and Peace by Rifet Bahtijaragic | Adventures in Solitude by Grant Lawrence

Winner drawn April 18: ZOE GRAMS
Two Children’s Books:

Up We Grow! by Deborah Hodge and Brian Harris | Salmon Bears by Nicholas Read and Ian McAllister

Winner to be drawn April 19 at 1:00 pm
Two books by Polly Horvath:

My One Hundred Adventures (shortlisted last year) and the sequel, Northward to the Moon (shortlisted this year)

Winner to be drawn April 19 at 5:00 pm
Full of Adventure:

Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow by Zsuzsi Gartner (editor) | Hunger Journeys by Maggie de Vries

Winner to be drawn April 20 at 4:00 pm

Don’t forget: You have to enter to win!

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