News & Events
April 13, 2010
subTerrain Magazine has launched its new look with double issue 54/55, showcasing some of Vancouver’s best authors writing about the city.
A number of the contributors to this special Literary Landscape issue will be at the launch party, several of whom have been nominated for BC Book Prizes. At the Launch Party, there will be readings by George Bowering (nominated for the 2001 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Cynthia Flood, George Stanley (nominated for the 2009 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Catherine Owen (nominated for the 2002 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Trevor Carolan, and Peter Trower (nominated for the 2001 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize).
subTerrain invites everyone to come to Café Montmarte “to celebrate Vancouver’s literary past, present, and perhaps future”:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
4362 Main Street (@28th)
7 to 9:30 pm | Free
View details at subTerrain.ca
April 12, 2010
THE ROBSON READING SERIES celebrates NATIONAL POETRY MONTH with GILLIAN JEROME, LAISHA ROSNAU and GREGORY SCOFIELD
April 22nd, 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square
The Robson Reading Series will celebrate this passionate, language-rich way of life for Canada’s 10th Annual National Poetry Month. Join poets Gillian Jerome, 2010 Dorothy Livesay Prize nominee; Laisha Rosnau, 2010 Pat Lowther Award nominee; and past Livesay winner Gregory Scofield for readings and conversation.
Gillian Jerome (East Vancouver, BC) will read from Red Nest (Nightwood, 2009), her debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues in which brave and rambunctious creatures nest in the humour and horror of the 21st-century. Gillian’s first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She has also been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets.
Laisha Rosnau (Vernon, BC) will read from Lousy Explorers (Nightwood, 2009), her second collection, in which husbands and wives stumble into each other at the end of days, children find the wild edges of suburbs, new mothers try to navigate through a map-less terrain, and a relentless epidemic of bugs eats away at the forest. Laisha’s first collection, Notes on Leaving, won the Acorn-Plantos Poetry Award in 2005 and her novel, The Sudden Weight of Snow, was a finalist for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
Gregory Scofield (Maple Ridge, BC) will read from kipocihkân, his first anthology of urban Aboriginal songs, which is a retrospective of his pivotal work to date. The word kipocihkân is Cree slang for someone who is mute or unable to speak, and charted in this book is Gregory’s journey out of that silence to become one of the most powerful voices of our time. Gregory is a Metis writer and activist. He has published five highly praised books of poetry and a memoir, Thunder Through My Veins. He has received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the Canadian Authors Association award for most promising young writer and the Confederation Poets Prize.
April 09, 2010
Vancouverites hail Helen Potrebenko’s classic Taxi!
35 years after Taxi! first revved up Vancouver literature, join us to celebrate this fine novel. Taxi!, published by Lazara Press, is a novel about a woman and a worker in a city. Our city, your city, your literature.
“In the 1970s and ’80s, Helen Potrebenko was a cherished and important Vancouver writer, well known for her early writing in Pedestal, Canada’s first women’s-liberation newspaper, and for her numerous books that included short stories, novels, poems and plays. Hers was the significant working-class urban feminist voice.” — Anakana Schofield, The Globe and Mail.
A diverse group of local writers will read excerpts and offer contributions, including Annabel Lyon, Clint Burnham, Julianne Okot Bitek, Penny Goldsmith, Marina Roy, Michael Turner, Anakana Schofield and Cúán Isamu. There will also be a Q&A with Helen Potrebenko.
Thursday April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
April 08, 2010
On Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 pm, Spoken INK (presented by the Burnaby Writers’ Society) will welcome Burnaby poets David Zieroth (finalist for the 2010 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and author of seven other books) and Rob Taylor (splattered earth, Child of Saturday and Lyric). This is the first Spoken INK event at their new location at La Fontana Café (101 - 3701 East Hastings at Boundary).
Also, from 5:30-7:30 on April 20, Brown’s Books (across the street from La Fontana) will be offering a 20% discount for all customers who mention they’ll be heading over to La Fontana for Spoken INK.
April 07, 2010
The North Shore Writers Festival is happening April 19-22, 2010. The 11th annual festival is brought to you by North Shore public libraries, the Friends of the Libraries, and the North Shore News.
Annabel Lyon, finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, will be reading at the West Vancouver Memorial Library on Monday, April 19th at 7:30pm.
Visit www.northshorewritersfestival.ca for more information.
March 22, 2010
Finalist author Ian Weir will be participating in several events throughout BC, including an event with Steven Galloway, a previously-nominated BC Book Prize author.
Launching In the Fabled East and introducing Daniel O’Thunder
Monday, March 29, 2010
7:00 pm at Hooked on Books in Penticton BC
Authors: Adam Lewis Schroeder (In The Fabled East) and Ian Weir (Daniel O’Thunder).
Building a Career as a Fiction Writer
Presenters: Chris Labonte, Adam Lewis Schroeder and Ian Weir
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
1:30 - 3:30 pm at ARTS 115, UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Rivers University, Campus Activity Centre Room 130.
Meet Ian Weir in Kelowna
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
4:00 - 6:00 pm at Mosaic Books in Kelowna, BC
Meet Ian for an afternoon of autographing copies of BC Book Prize nominated Daniel O’Thunder.
Fundraiser for the Western Canada Theatre
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
7:00pm at Calvary Community Church in Kamloops, BC.
Authors: Adam Lewis Schroeder (In The Fabled East), Ian Weir (Daniel O’Thunder) and Steven Galloway (Cellist of Sarajevo).
Price: $20 / $15 students
February 10, 2010
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!
February 09, 2010
BOOK LOVERS CAN RELAX THEIR BODY WHILE STIMULATING THEIR MIND AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GALIANO 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.
July 06, 2009
The eighth annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival will take place September 11-13, 2009.
More than twenty invited Canadian authors and editors will descend on Whistler this fall as special guests in a weekend-long siege of word-wielding and poetry-slinging. Don’t miss 2009 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner Lee Henderson (The Man Game), Claire Mulligan (2008 finalist), and Annabel Lyon (2005 finalist) all reading together on Opening Night! Other BC Book Prize recipients participating include Nancy Lee (2003 finalist) and Wayne Grady (2005 finalist) as one of the Writers in Residence!
June 29, 2009
The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts takes place this year on August 13-16, 2009.
Don’t miss performances by great Canadian talents, including BC writers such as Daphne Bramham (finalist for the 2009 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize), Steven Galloway (finalist for the 2009 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize), Katherine Gordon (finalist in 2005 and 2007), Andrew Nikiforuk (finalist for the 2009 BC Booksellers’ Choice Award), and Andreas Schroeder (finalist for the 2009 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize).
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