News & Events
June 01, 2010
!misprision! with Gregory Scofield and Daphne Marlatt
As part of SFU’s 2010 “System Crash” Conference (June 10-12), join Rhizome Cafe as they explore experiences of crisis (political, environmental, social, financial, academic, personal) through a collection of creative presentations and readings. In addition to sharing new voices in Vancouver’s creative community, they are excited to feature locally-based and internationally-appreciated poets Gregory Scofield and Daphne Marlatt.
Friday, June 11, 7:00pm
317 East Broadway
May 18, 2010
From two west coast islands come two award-winning authors: Brian Brett and Audrey Thomas. The Robson Reading Series will host this internationally acclaimed duo on May 27th at 7pm at the UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square for readings and conversation.
Brian Brett is “a bold thinker and a tough yet lyrical writer,” says Ronald Wright. Brian Brett is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry and fiction. His journalism has appeared in major Canadian newspapers. His most recent memoir, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (Greystone/D&M, 2009), is an irreverent and illuminating journey through a day in the life of the affectionately named Trauma Farm, with numerous side trips into the natural history of farming. It has been named a top 100 book for 2009 by Amazon, the Globe and Mail and the Times Literary Supplement. It has also won both the Writers’ Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. Brett lives on Salt Spring Island.
“Page for page, [Audrey Thomas] is one of the country’s best writers,” says Margaret Atwood. Audrey Thomas has published 16 books of fiction and written over 20 plays. She has received many honours including: the Writers Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award, the W.O. Mitchell Prize, the Canada-Australia Literary Prize, the Marian Engel Award and three Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes. Her most recent last novel, Tattycoram (Goose Lane, 2005) takes readers into the distant fictional world of Charles Dickens’s England, where, in an unusual twist, Dickens interacts with his own characters, allowing Thomas to raise questions about the intersection of life and art. A native New Yorker, Thomas has lived on Canada’s west coast since 1959 and currently calls Gabriola Island home.
Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. More information at the Robson Reading Series website.
April 28, 2010
Each year the ABPBC partners with Translink and BC Transit to produce Poetry in Transit. You can visit the website and read PDFs of all the poetry featured since the project began in 1996.
Many poets featured in this year’s Poetry in Transit project have received or been shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. See all the 2009 poetry excerpts on the ABPBC website.
- Kate Braid (finalist, 1996)
- Daphne Marlatt (from her 2009 Livesay Prize-winning book, The Given)
- Eve Joseph (finalist, 2005)
- David Zieroth (from his 2010 finalist book, The Fly In Autumn)
- Susan Musgrave (finalist, 2000)
- Gary Geddes (2008 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence)
- Elise Partridge (from her 2009 finalist book, Chameleon Hours)
- Larissa Lai (from her 2010 finalist book, Automaton Biographies)
13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest
This much-loved project has been running since 1996 and in that time has featured 190 poems from established and emerging writers. In partnership with TransLink and BC Transit, the ABPBC produces sixteen poetry cards annually featuring the work of BC-authored and Canadian-published poets. The cards are displayed on buses and SkyTrains throughout the transit systems in BC.
To celebrate the April 28th, 2010 launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit, the ABPBC will be hosting the 13th Anniversary Poetry in Transit Contest! Did you meet your soul mate while reading a poem together on the bus? Have you gotten into a heated argument with a fellow passenger over a line in a poem? Tell us your best Poetry in Transit story to be in contention to win the grand prize – all 16 books of poetry from this year’s poets.
See www.books.bc.ca for submission details.
Contest deadline: May 31, 2010
April 14, 2010
Read Local, Buy Local: An Earth Day Celebration of BC Books and Magazines
Chapters Indigo Books & Music has partnered with three BC organizations—the Association of Book Publishers of BC, the BC Association of Magazine Publishers and the Sierra Club BC—to present “Read Local, Buy Local,” a new event series that encourages readers to think locally when purchasing reading material, just as they do when selecting food and other products.
The “Read Local, Buy Local” series consists of 28 free sessions open to the public, including family activities, readings, talks and demonstrations. Events will be held concurrently at Chapters Robson, Chapters Granville and Chapters Victoria on Thursday, April 22, Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. BC Book Prize 2010 finalist Andrew Scott, author of The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names will be at Chapters Robson at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 22.
Visit www.bcmags.com/readlocal for full events listings.
April 13, 2010
The Shuswap Association of Writers is proud to present the 2010 Shuswap Lake International Writers Festival. Festival dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28, 29 & 30, 2010 at the beautiful Prestige Harbourfront Resort & Convention Centre on Shuswap Lake. Some events will also take place at the Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College and the Salmon Arm Art Gallery.
Brian Brett (nominated in three separate categories for Trauma Farm) is the Keynote Speaker at the Shuswap Lake International Writers Festival. They have a fantastic line-up of speakers including publishers of BC Book Prize books (such as Vici Johnston of Caitlin Press) and Ron Smith of Oolichan Books, whose own title, Elf the Eagle, was nominated for the 2008 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.
Check out all the details on the Shuswap Association of Writers website.
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.
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