David Sedaris Special Event
Tickets are still available to the general public, but you can still do your bit for the VIWF by using the special code “writers” when you book. A portion of the ticket revenue will then come to the Festival. Call 604 280 3311 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca Event details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.
Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/guessthegiller.
A new version of Amazon’s Kindle electronic reading device that can wirelessly download books both in the United States as well as in more than 100 other countries will soon be on the market, but apparently Canada isn’t on that list.
Harvard has acquired the archives of one of its distinguished alumnus, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike who died this past January.
Allan MacDougall, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Raincoast Books, announced earlier this week that he is stepping down in order to spend more time with his family. John Sawyer, who has been with the company for sixteen years, is Raincoast’s new CEO.
German novelist Herta Müller has become only the 12th woman in 108 years to win the Nobel prize for literature.
Hilary Mantel has claimed the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, a fictionalised account of the life of Thomas Cromwell. The second link will direct you to a review of Wolf Hall in the NY Times.
Festival participants Annabel Lyon and Colin McAdam have each secured a spot on the shortlist for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations to both of them!
Scottish poet Don Paterson has won the Forward prize for best collection with Rain, a work which judges said showed “total mastery of [Paterson’s] art.”
BOOKS & WRITERS
Zoe Whittall tells the Toronto Star that in her new novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible-in which one of the main characters is a paramedic-she wanted to explore the concept of an emergency, “those unexpected and unpredictable moments that you can’t expect or change.” The following links will direct you to an interview with Whittall and a review in the Globe & Mail. Whittall will be appearing in events 44 and 46 at the Festival.
Emma Donoghue writes that unlike any other author she knows, Audrey Niffenegger “can pull off the trick of talking about the paranormal in a concrete way.” Niffenegger will be appearing in events 7, 19 and 23 at the Festival.
The Globe & Mail calls Shandi Mitchell’s debut novel, Under This Broken Sky, a quintessentially Canadian story.
After publishing six novels, Lydia Millet has just published her first story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, which centers on the interactions between celebrities and animals. Read a review in the NY Times.
The Independent talks with Sir Christopher Ondaatje – financier, philanthropist and Olympic gold medallist – about his autobiographical book, The Man-Eater of Punanai, which is being published for the first time in the UK this week, and about his younger brother, Michael.
ON EDGE READING SERIES
Angela Carr, the author of Ropewalk reads from her new book, The Rose Concordance. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island.
JEN SOOKFONG LEE
Reading by the author of The End of East. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street, North Burnaby). Pre-register by calling 604.299.8955.
Join New Star Books and author Hannah Calder for the launch of her novel More House, an experimental-fiction work about two movies who share a cast, a crew, and a set. Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm, free. Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main. More information at www.newstarbooks.com/.
THE OTHER TRANSLATORS
Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a reading and panel discussion with poets Steve McCaffery, Robert Majzels, Claire Huot, and Angela Carr. Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at www.greencollege.ubc.ca/.
ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by Nancy Mauro (New World Monkeys), Brenda Miller (Season of the Body), Peter Pereira (The Lost Twin) and Shannon Stewart (Penny Dreadful). Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.
EILEEN MYLES AND MAGGIE NELSON
New York writer Eileen Myles reads from her book The Importance of Being Iceland and Los Angeles poet and critic Maggie Nelson reads from her book Bluets. Sunday, October 11 at 2:00pm, free. READ Books @ Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston, Granville Island).
Join author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan for the launch of her book This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic, about her experiences travelling to the Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00pm. Lux (965 Granville). More information at www.caitlin-press.com/.
Come meet this year’s Massey Lecturer, Wade Davis, in the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club on Wednesday, October 14. His Massey Lecture and book are entitled The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Many of us are alarmed at the accelerating rates of extinction among plants and animals on our planet, but did you know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? To win tickets go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.
2009 CBC MASSEY LECTURE
Wade Davis offers a gripping and enlightening account of this urgent crisis in his new book, The Wayfinders. Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $23/$13 plus service charges. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC. More information at www.chancentre.com.
A lecture and reading salon exploring poetry facilitated by Jason Christie and Jordan Scott. Eight sessions weekly from October 14 to November 26 at 7:00pm. Cost: $20-$30 on a sliding scale. SB410B, Emily Carr University. For complete information, visit www.influencywest.wordpress.com.
RITA WONG: ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH
Launch of the new anthology Prismatic Publics. Readers appearing will include Lisa Robertson, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Catriona Strong, Daphne Marlatt, and Rita Wong. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Room SB 406, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at www.chbooks.com/catalogue/prismatic_publics.
CANADIAN AUTHORS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING
Guest speaker Shaena Lambert will discuss topics relating to writing short stories and novels. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Cost: free for members, $5 non-members, $2 students. Alliance for the Arts building, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.
THE STORY OF THE IRONWORKERS MEMORIAL BRIDGE
Author Eric Jamieson discusses his book Tragedy at Second Narrows, which documents the Second Narrows bridge collapse of 1958. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm, free but registration required. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).
Author will be reading from her latest book Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History. Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm, free. Alma Vandusen Room, Central Library (350 W. Georgia). She will also be reading on Friday, October 16 at 5:30pm. C.K. Choi Building conference room #120, 1855 West Mall, UBC. For more information, phone 604.822.4688.
4th ANNUAL TEEN BOOKMARK CONTEST
Design a bookmark celebrating winter reading. Deadline for entry: Friday, October 16. Pick up an entry form and contest rules at your local VPL branch or at www.VPL.ca. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
Readings by Susan Telfer (House Beneath) and award-winning Saskatchewan writer Anne Campbell (Soul to Touch). Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm, free. Level 3 meeting room, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia Street). Information at www.hagiospress.com.
Launch of author’s new book, Who Owns the Arctic?. Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Fairmont Lounge, St. John’s College ( 2111 Lower Mall, UBC).
Reading by the author of Sisters of Heaven. Thursday, October 22 at 2:00pm, free. Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, UBC). More information at 604.827.4366.
SURREY INTERNATIONAL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
17th annual conference featuring trade show, workshops and agent interviews. October 23-25, 2009. For complete information, visit www.siwc.ca.
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