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February 16, 2011

Galiano Literary Festival

The 2nd Annual Galiano Literary Festival will be running from February 25-28, 2011 on Galiano Island.

The Galiano Literary Festival features readings, interviews, workshops, panels and more. Some of the participating authors are Larry Campbell, Ivan E. Coyote, Mona Fertig, Joan Caldwell, Des Kennedy, Billie Livingston, Annabel Lyon, Timothy Taylor, Audrey Thomas, Meg Tilly, Alan Twigg, Ian Weir, and Robert J.Wiersema.

The festival will be held at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa and is run by independent bookstore Galiano Island Books, which has been on the island for over 10 years, and has become a ‘hub’ of the island community.

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January 24, 2011

Jack Hodgins at the Robson Reading Series

Gurjinder Basran and Jack Hodgins (rescheduled from a postponed event during snow-vember) will be joined by Drew Hayden Taylor.

Drew will be launching his new collection of essays, News: Postcards from the Four Directions (Talonbooks, 2010). Gurjinder and Jack are two BC novelists with a special connection: Gurjinder’s first novel, Everything Was Good-Bye (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2010), was chosen by Jack as the winner of the 2010 Search for the Great BC Novel Contest.

Everything Was Good-bye centres around Meena, a young Indo-Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland of BC and struggling with love, loss and self-acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals. Gurjinder’s work has also been shortlisted for the 2008 Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Award and earned her a place in the Vancouver Sun’s annual speculative arts and culture article, “Ones To Watch.”

Jack will be reading from his recently released novel, The Master of Happy Endings (Thomas Allen, 2010), which tells the story of a man in his late seventies who conjures one more great adventure for himself by running an ad in his local newspaper. Alice Munro describes it as “an irresistible novel about the vagaries of youth, old age, Hollywood, family and the marvel of keeping going.” Jack has written eight novels and three story collections, including Spit Delaney’s Island and The Invention of the World. His fiction has won a Governor General’s Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, among others. In 2009, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Drew’s new book is fast on the heels of Motorcycles & Sweetgrass (Knopf, 2010), his first novel for adults and a finalist for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. In News: Postcards from the Four Directions, Drew sends his readers fascinating and funny “postcards” from his global exploration of “the complexities of Native identity and perceptions of Native peoples by others.” The Vancouver Sun has said that Drew “has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary,” so be prepared for a riotous send-up.

Readings and discussion will begin at 7:00 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square. Admission is free, refreshments are served. Books are available for purchase and signing.

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January 12, 2011

Event for Chris Harris’ new book

Chris Harris, one of Canada’s most respected photographers will introduce his new book Motherstone: BC’s Volcanic Plateau on January 27, 2011 at an illustrated talk. Award winning author Harold Rhenisch did the research and authored the book.

January 27, 2011 | 7:30-9:30 pm
Unity Church, 5840 Oak Street, Vancouver
FREE | More info

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December 03, 2010

Deborah Willis at the Robson Reading Series

On Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, the Robson Reading Series will host Deborah Willis, who will read from Vanishing and Other Stories (Penguin Canada), and poet Anna Swanson as she reads from The Nights Also (Tightrope Books), at UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square.

Vanishing and Other Stories was shortlisted for the 2010 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and Memorial University. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian. With poems that are at once deep and pithy, The Nights Also illuminates one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude. Lorna Crozier has described Anna’s poems as “smart, original, and daring.”

Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Her fiction has appeared in Grain, Event, the UK’s Bridport Prize anthology, and she was the winner of the 2005 PRISM international fiction prize. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2009 and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. She works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC. Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it’s ever possible to move on. According to Alice Munro, “the emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing.”

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

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November 02, 2010

Annabel Lyon at The Robson Reading Series

On Thursday, November 4th, the Robson Reading Series will present award-winning novelist Annabel Lyon at the colourful, autumnal UBC Point Grey Campus. Please join us for a special afternoon reading and conversation from 1-2pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 155 (Parliamentary Room).

Annabel Lyon’s most recent novel, The Golden Mean (Random House Canada, 2009), animates the relationship between the young Alexander the Great and his tutor Aristotle. It won the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Annabel’s previous work includes the short fiction collection Oxygen (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), a suite of three novellas, The Best Thing for You (2004), and the juvenile novel, All-Season Edie (Orca Books, 2008). She lives in New Westminster, BC.

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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September 14, 2010

Vancouver International Writers Festival

The 23rd annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival takes place October 19-24 on Granville Island.

There is a great lineup of events including many BC Book Prize honoured authors, illustrators, and poets. To name a few: Caroline Adderson, Jack Hodgins, Anosh Irani, George Bowering, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Derek Lundy, Don McKay, Ashley Spires, Irene N. Watts, Ian McAllister, and Miranda Pearson.

More info at www.writersfest.ca

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September 10, 2010

Annabel Lyon at The Robson Reading Series

The Robson Reading Series will return after the summer break with award-winning novelist, Annabel Lyon and Naomi Beth Wakan. “Join us for readings and conversation with these lovely ladies of literature on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square.”

Annabel Lyon’s book, The Golden Mean, was shortlisted for our Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, won the 2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The most recent attention for The Golden Mean has been because of the controversial naked bum on the cover.

Naomi Beth Waken’s most recent work of literary non-fiction is Book Ends: A year between the covers (Wolsak & Wynn, 2010), which tracks her obsessive reading throughout an entire year and has been called “a must for any book lover or bibliophile.”

Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca

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July 15, 2010

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

The 28th Annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts takes place August 12-15, 2010 in Sechelt.

Several BC Book Prize-nominated (and winning) authors will be presenting. Don’t miss Annabel Lyon, Senator Larry Campbell, and Brian Brett among many other great BC writers. Visit the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts website for full event details.

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June 16, 2010

UBC Farm Fundraiser with Brian Brett and Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks

Join Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks and Trauma Farm author, Brian Brett for a fundraiser for UBC Farm on Wednesday, July 7, at 6:00 p.m. Brian Brett was shortlisted for three different BC Book Prizes in 2010 for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, and won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

At the fundraiser, Brian will read from his book and respond to questions on farming issues. Mark Bomford of UBC Farm will also update guests on new developments for UBC farm. This reception will include local wines and an array of UBC Farm’s early summer bounty.

Cost: $75.00 (includes a signed copy of Trauma Farm). Proceeds of all ticket sales will be donated to UBC Farm. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; early booking is advised. Guests receive 10% off all additional merchandise purchased during the event. Visit Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks website for details on how to register.

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June 15, 2010

Writing Workshop with Kristin Butcher at Coho Books

Kristin Butcher will be running a free writing workshop at Coho Books in Campbell River on Saturday, June 26th. Kristin participated in the BC Book Prizes On Tour and was shortlisted for the 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. She will also be available to sign her books from 9-11am.

Coho Books says, “It will be a free seminar for aspiring authors entitled “The Truth About Writing”. The workshop will talk about critical elements of writing, editing and getting a book published.  From tips on creating a work that you will be able to sell to publishers, to avoiding the common pitfalls, this workshop will help writers reach their full potential.  There will be a Q&A period for participants to have their specific concerns addressed.”

Coho Books is strongly recommending pre-registration as space is limited. Visit http://www.cohobooks.com”>the Events Page at http://www.cohobooks.com for more information.

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