News & Events
May 10, 2011
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)
April 06, 2011
The Historic Joy Kogawa House is having a writing workshop with Zsuzsi Gartner titled, “Inviting the Reader In and the Power of Point of View”.
Sunday, June 5, 2011. 10 am to 3 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House
Cost: $135 (includes lunch)
The single-most important choice you can make in writing short fiction is deciding on what point of view (or points of view) a story should be told from. During this workshop you’ll do writing exercises, as well as read your work out loud and discuss your writing with the class. Zsuzsi will provide a mini course pack that you’ll use for examples and inspiration and are welcome to take home with you.
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March 30, 2011
Read Local for Kids is an afternoon event at the White Rock Library on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 2-4 pm.
Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to meet local authors, hear readings and discuss their books. Authors include Gina McMurchy-Barber (finalist for the 2011 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize), and Lois Peterson, Diane Tullson, Craig Spence (finalist for the 2007 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize), Rebecca Kool, Cristy Watson and Paola Opal.
More info: CWILL BC blog | Facebook Event
March 30, 2011
Friends Across the Pacific: An Evening of Readings & Performances is organized by The BC Japan Earthquake Fund and the Asian Canadian Studies Society to help support reliefe efforts in Japan.
Join some of Vancouver’s finest writers for an evening of poetry, fiction, performance. Authors include Daphne Marlatt, Joanne Arnott, Proma Tagore, Roy Miki, Lydia Kwa, Hiromi Goto, Fred Wah, and more.
Event takes place at VIVO Media Arts Centre on March 31, 2011. Admission by donation (all donations will go to the Canadian Red Cross through the BC-Japan Earthquake Relief Fund). All ages, must be 19+ to purchase alcohol.
More info: Facebook Event | Joanne Arnott’s Blog
March 28, 2011
Incite – An Exploration of Books and Ideas is a reading series co-organized by the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival and the Vancouver Public Library. Every second Wednesday evening they host a few authors for a free presentation at 7:30 pm.
On Wednesday, April 6, Timothy Taylor, Gurjinder Basran and Rupinder Gill will be reading at Incite.
Timothy will be giving a multimedia presentation for his new novel, The Blue Light Project, which tracks three days in the life of an unnamed North American city gripped by a hostage taking in a television studio in the centre of town. Timothy Taylor’s novel Stanley Park was shortlisted for the 2002 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He also contributed to Darwin’s Bastards, shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.
Gurjinder will be reading from her Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize shortlisted title, Everything Was Good-Bye, where a young Indo-Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in the Punjabi community.
Rupinder Gill will be reading from her memoir, On the Outside Looking Indian, during which she pursued everything she wished had been a part of her youth.
March 23, 2011
Tomorrow evening (Thurs, March 24) memoirist Derek Lundy and poet Suzanne Buffam will be at UBC Robson Square for the Robson Reading Series at 7:00 pm.
Derek Lundy turned 60 at the end of a year in which three good friends have died. He feels the need to do something radical, and sets out on his motorcycle - a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single-cylinder “thumper.” Fascinated by the United States’ post-9/11 passion for security, particularly on its two international borders, he chooses to investigate. Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America (Knopf Canada, 2010) is his exhilarating account of this 15,000-km trek. Derek makes his home on Salt Spring Island. Borderlands has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.
In Suzanne Buffam‘s The Irrationalist (House of Anansi Press, 2010), she introduces us to a Chaplinesque literary “irrationalist” whose musings on such earthly wonders as clouds, flags, middle names and moonlight disclose new perspectives on time, faith, and the origins of life. At once whimsical and heartbreaking, these eccentric lyrics investigate the shifting grounds of knowledge while refusing to take any authority – be it Epictetus, Thérèse de Lisieux, Nicolaus Copernicus, Ma Yuan, or the fugitive spectre of self – too seriously. Suzanne currently teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.
For more information, visit the Robson Reading Series online: Website | Facebook. The UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square is located at 800 Robson Street, Plaza Level between Howe & Hornby. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
March 17, 2011
Join Maggie de Vries to discover “The Ins and Outs, the Whys and Wherefores, of Research”.
The workshop explores the research component of excerpts from published works and works-in-progress. Participants will brainstorm story possibilities drawn from a variety of sources and answer questions about sources, interviews, changing history, accuracy and the differences between fiction and non-fiction.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
Participants are invited to bring their own research conundrums to the workshop and by the end of the session will have several strategies in place to follow through with development, research, writing, further research, and fact checking. Workshop cost is $135 and includes lunch.
MORE INFO: Website | Facebook
March 17, 2011
Dan Savard, author of Images from the Likeness House, nominated for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, will speaking at the upcoming Friends of the B.C. Archives lecture series. In his illustrated presentation, Dan will speak about the making of his book, (a 3-decade project), his sources, and what they have revealed.
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Newcombe Conference Hall
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St., Victoria
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Images from the Likeness House explores the relationship between First Peoples in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington, and the photographers who made images of them from the late 1850s to the 1920s. He features the images, as they have survived, without digital enhancements, from the earliest glass-plate photographs made by “photographic artists” to snapshots taken by amateurs on nitrate film.
Dan Savard is senior collections manager of the Anthropology Audio Visual Collection at the Royal BC Museum. While this is his first book, he has authored several academic papers and given many illustrated presentations on topics related to photography and First Peoples.
Admission to Friends of the BC Archive lectures is $5 for non-members, payable at the door. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and signing by Dan.
March 16, 2011
Grant Lawrence certainly is a busy guy, between radio shows, podcasting and book promotions… when does he have time to sleep? Here are some of his appearances around BC:
Saturday, March 19 — TOFINO
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre
7:30 pm | $6 | book sales by Mermaid Tales Bookshop
Featuring a musical performance by Jill Barber
Sunday, March 20 — PORT ALBERNI
Curious Coho Books | 2:00 pm
Featuring a musical performance by Jill Barber.
Wednesday, April 6 — VANCOUVER
The Flame: A Monthly Storytelling Event
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St, Vancouver
Tuesday, April 12 — NORTH VANCOUVER
The North Shore Writers Festival
7:00 pm | North Vancouver City Library
April 15 & 16 — POWELL RIVER
The Powell River Writers Conference
Grant also has some events out-of-province.
February 21, 2011
Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu will read at the Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Room 182) this Thursday, February 24 from 1-2 pm. This is a co-presentation between the Robson Reading Series and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.
Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Evelyn Lau‘s previous poetry books. Instead of the focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative.
Ray Hsu‘s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to his award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”
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