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Book News Vol. 5 No. 10

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Vol. 5 No. 10

In other news

Join Us!

To kickstart our membership drive (our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31) we have invited 50 Vancouver area writers to join the VIWF. Here are the writers who have joined to date.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.

Freedom To Read Week

An annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. February 21 to 27. Details here.


Join us!

Our membership campaign is now in its fourth week. Every two weeks we will draw the name of a new member for a great prize. Join by noon on February 19 (at noon) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to our April 15th event with Ian McEwan. For the next draw on March 5 we have two prizes: a pair of tickets to Vancouver Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China and two tickets to Margaret McMillan and Alexandre Trudeau in conversation with Hal Wake.

Special Events

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Ian McEwan – April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman. For more details, visit our website. VIWF members: Receive a $2 member discount for Ian McEwan event tickets! Join us!
Peter Carey – May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Awards & Lists

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Canada owns the podium for this year’s Commonwealth Writers Prize. All of the shortlisted authors for the Caribbean and Canada region are Canadian, led by Annabel Lyon. A complete list of nominees region by region is here.
The shortlists for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards have been announced. Full story
The Guardian lists literature’s top ten unreliable narrators. Full story

News & Features

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An interview with Shane Koyczan after his appearance in the opening ceremonies. Full story
And Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Brad Cran offers his thoughts on Koyczan’s performance after himself declining to take part in the Olympic celebrations. Full story
A conversation with Lauren Kirshner who, at 27, is fast emerging as one of Toronto’s most talented new authors. Full story
British publishing house Faber & Faber plans to open a creative writing school in Canada. The Faber Academy Toronto is set to open in October. Full story
A series of eight plaques will be installed across Ontario in the exact geographic location where Ontario-based literary scenes take place. Full story
Toronto author of surreal fiction, Helen Weinzweig, dies at 94. Full story
Thriller writer and jockey Dick Francis dies at 89. Full story

Books & Writers

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Helon Habila in the Guardian is moved by Chinua Achebe‘s collection of essays The Education of a British-Protected Child. Full story
According to the Toronto Star in a review of T.C. Boyle‘s new story collection: “the real competition for Boyle’s new stories are his own masterworks.” Full story
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, a new book by Israeli writer Amos Oz, is a fable based on fairytales told to him by his mother. Full story
The Globe & Mail calls Louise Erdrich‘s presentation of a crippled relationship in her new novel Shadow Tag “formidable.” Full story
Joshua Ferris has been receiving mixed reviews for his second novel The Unnamed. In this review, Candace Fertile writes that Ferris “tackles important issues imaginatively.” Review And here’s an interview with Ferris in New York Magazine.
In his recently released first novel Union Atlantic, Adam Haslett was writing about the economic disaster in the United States before it had happened. New York Magazine talks with the “accidental prophet.” Full story
The Globe & Mail on The Appointment by Herta Müller, who was last year awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Full story
Another great review of Amy Bloom‘s new collection of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, this one in Slate. Full story
The NY Times recommends Elif Batuman‘s first book, The Possessed, a collection of essays about her favourite Russian authors… and a million other things. Full story

Community Events

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MICHAEL SLADE
Book signing with B.C. thriller author Michael Slade as he launches his latest book. Red Snow, a thriller set during the 2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver where the villain known as Mephisto is plotting his revenge. Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm. Indigo Park Royal, 900 Park Royal S., West Vancouver. More information at 604.922.3222.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth Slam featuring Fernando Raguero. Monday, February 22 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
MOHAMMED JAWARA
Hear the story of a young Liberian forced to flee the violence of his native country as he reads from his book He had to Flee to Safety. Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm, free. Tommy Douglas Branch, Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. For information, call Tommy Douglas at 604-522-3971.
CANADA READS SPECIAL EVENT
Join the conversation with CBC Radio’s Sheryl MacKay and Jen Sookfong Lee, and Canada Reads panelist Simi Sara, as they discuss which Canadian books should non-Canadians read to get a better understanding of Canada. To know us, is to read us! Fiction, non-fiction, poetry books, children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, memoirs, and more. What book would you recommend to a visitor? Everyone in the studio audience will be entered into a draw for a trip for two to Toronto to meet this year’s Canada Reads winner and Jian Ghomeshi during a taping of Q! FREE, but you must RSVP, send an email with your name, email address and the number of tickets you’d like to: CanadaReadsInVancouver@cbc.ca. Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm.
SINA QUEYRAS
The author of (Expressway) will join Lydia Kwa (The Walking Boy) and Emily Fedoruk (All Still) for readings and conversation moderated by Meredith Quartermain. Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm. Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway. More information at http://www.chbooks.com/events/sina-queyras-vancouver-2010-02-25.
COLD SLEEP PERMANENT AFTERNOON
Poet Ray Hsu reads from his upcoming second book and discusses and shares work from projects he’s done with prison inmates. Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock). More information at www.whiterockartscouncil.com.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
KCTS 9 is sponsoring a competition encourages British Columbia and Washington children in kindergarten through third grades to create their own original picture books. Deadline is March 24, 2010. For complete details, email kids@KCTS9.org, call 1.800.930.6060 or visit http://kcts9.org/kids/kids/young-writers-contest.

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
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Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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BC Writers February 2010 E-Vox

The VOX
Fed. of BC Writers monthly E-newsletter
February 18, 2010

•       FED NEWS
•       WORK OPPORTUNITIES
•       CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS
•       CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
•       WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES
•       LAUNCHES
•       EVENTS

FED NEWS

Welcome New Members:
Amber Harvey

May 13, 2010
FED OF BC WRITERS AGM 2010
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Alliance for Arts & Culture boardroom
938 Howe Street, Vancouver
Speaker: Lorraine Murphy, Social Media Maven ~ “Social Media Marketing for Writing”
Board elections, new constitution, state of the union
Door prizes, refreshments, member book sales, connecting with the writing community

WORK OPPORTUNITIES

February 24
Saskatoon
SAGE HILL WRITING EXPERIENCE
The Sage Hill Writing Experience is a renowned summer residential writing program that draws students from across Canada, offering learning opportunities for writers at varying stages of development in a unique environment in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley. Spring and summer programs provide writers with outstanding professional development opportunities at several levels in fiction, poetry and other creative writing disciplines.
Term: One year, with the likelihood of renewal; 20 hours weekly in Saskatoon office plus flexible hours on-site during the programs. Salary negotiable; benefits included.
For details, see our website: www.sagehillwriting.ca

CONTESTS/COMPETITIONS

March 19
THE PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ASSOC. OF CANADA NEW WRITING AWARDS
Open to PWAC members and non-members.
Awards will be given for feature-length stories (over 1,200 words) and shorter pieces.
Entries must have been published in a paying Canadian print or web media outlet in 2009. The first prize in each category has a $500 value, including a free PWAC membership for a year (if eligible).
Entry requirements are available at www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacawards <http://www.pwac.ca/eventsandresources/pwacawards> .
April 15
EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS POETRY CONTEST
Open to Canadian poets who have never won first prize in a poetry contest
Poems may be on any theme in any style, maximum 36 lines (counting stanza spaces).  Poems may be previously published but may not have won any previous contest prizes.  Blind judging: no author id anywhere on same page of poem; include a cover page with name, address, phone number, and email, along with poem title(s).  Prizes: 1st – $25 and 1-year membership to Ontario Poetry Society; 2nd – 1 year membership; 3rd – $10; 12 honorable mentions.  All prize winners will also recieve a Fancy Certificate.  Cost: $5 for up to 3 poems, additional poems $2 each.  Mail entries and payment to: The Ontario Poetry Society, 31 Marisa Court, Thornhill ON, L4J 6H9.  Include SASE for winners list.
April 30
SHORT STORY CONTEST AND POETRY CONTEST
The contest is open to everyone, but eligible San Luis NightWriters will be entered in a drawing for a scholarship to the 2010 Central Coast Writers’ Conference.  Entries must be based on the theme: Trust/Betrayal.  Prizes: 1st – $75, 2nd – $50 (for both short story and poetry).  Entry fee: $10 for first story/poem, $5 for each additional entry.  Email SLOnightwritersevents@yahoo.com for more information.
May1
THE VICTORIA WRITERS SOCIETY 9TH ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
Submit your best poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. The contest is open to all residents of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. entry fee is $15 per entry.
first prize of $100, second prize of $50 and two Honourable Mention prizes of a $30 Munro’s gift certificate in each category.
For more information go to victoriawriterssociety@gmailcom.
May 15
SUBTERRAIN LUSH TRIUMPHANT LITERARY AWARDS
Website:  http://www.subterrain.ca
Submit fiction of up to 3000 words, creative non-fiction of up to 4000 words, or suites of up to 5 poems.  Cost: $25 (includes subscription).  Prize: $750 in each category, plus paid publication.

May 31
THE BURNABY WRITERS’ SOCIETY
Open to all BC residents, explores the many meanings of “Water”.  Prizes of $200, $100 and $50, as well as honourable mentions, will be awarded for the best one-page submissions of either prose or poetry, interpreting the theme of water in any way you wish. Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it is complete on one page.  The entry fee is $5.00 per entry, or 3 entries for $10.00.  Winners will be invited to participate in a public reading, in fall 2010. For complete guidelines go to the website, www.bws.bc.ca  or e-mail info@bws.bc.ca .

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

March 15
CARTE BLANCHE
looking for submissions for Spring 2010
The Montreal-based online literary magazine, www.carte-blanche.org is looking for fiction, non-fiction and graphic fiction writers, poets, translators, and photographers from across the country and around the world.We publish high-quality, cutting edge and good old fashioned great writing from both emerging and established writers. New for this year, carte blanche has been invited to participate in the 2010 Journey Prize.
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Translations, Graphic Fiction, Photography
www.carte-blanche.org/submissions.html for complete submission guidelines

April 15
OTHER TONGUES: MIXED-RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT
Co-editors Adebe D.A. and Andrea Thompson are seeking submissions for an anthology of writing by and about mixed-race women of Black/white heritage, publication in Fall 2010.
More info and Guidelines at:  www.adebe.wordpress.com    www.andreathompson.ca

WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CONFERENCES
 February 18 – April 8
THURSDAYS 6:30 – 9:30 pm
POETRY: WORKING IN A SERIES
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
For those who want to explore the long poem, poetic series, or sequence.  Whether achieved by digression, accretion, or constellation, the series is a way toward a book of poetry that is an organic whole.  Price: $240.  Location:  Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria St., Nelson.
February 26, 9 am – 4 pm
AN ALL-DAY WORKSHOP WITH PAUL NELSON
The process of training your ear to capture the chaotic energy of the moment is sometimes called Organic Poetry, where composition is an occasion of experience or experiment in consciousness.  Cost: $60.  Payment & Reservations:  Wordstorm Society of the Arts, 1560 Arbutus Drive, Nanoose Bay, V9P 9C8.  Location: TBA in Nanaimo or Parksville.
Vancouver – Langara College
March 2 (on campus) Remainder of course onlineWebsite
NOVEL OPENINGS: CRAFTING A BETTER BEGINNING
http://www.langara.bc.ca/continuing-studies/new-courses.html#CREA1006
This online mentorship course aims to provide emerging writers with the guidance they seek to get those all-important first chapters into shape for submission to agents and publishers. Over eight weeks students will work independently with instructor, author June Hutton (Underground), and with each other, providing valuable feedback on the key elements of their work. contact Kathryn Ellis 604-323-5979 or kellis@langara.bc.ca
March 6 – April 10
SATURDAYS 10 am – 1 pm
CRITIQUING YOUR WORK: FICTION AND CREATIVE NON-FICTION WITH RITA MOIR
Website:  http://oxygenartcentre.org/writing.html
Fed member Rita Moir will hold six consecutive critiquing sessions.  Writers will do assignments, as well as critiquing their creative non-fiction and fiction manuscripts in progress.  Scene setting, character, and dialogue.  Bring a lunch!  Price: $180.  Location: Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson Campus, 606 Victoria Street, Nelson.
March/April
Fraser Valley
THE SURREY WRITERS SCHOOL
presents the following half-day spring workshops – $45 each.
Sat. Mar 27 – Guildford Library, 15105 – 105 Avenue
10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Writing a Memoir: How to Get Going
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. p.m. Blogging for Writers
Sat. May 15 – Semiahmoo  Library, 1815 – 152nd Street
10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Hero’s Journey
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Story: Art & Craft
Saturday, April 17 – Semiahmoo  Library, 1815 – 152nd Street
10:15 – 11:30 p.m. free presentation: Databases for Writers
For further information and registation details
check the website www.surreywritersschool.com or call 604.535-1601
May 28 & 29
WRITE ON, VANCOUVER
A mini-conference for fiction writers, sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, Greater Vancouver Chapter
Website:  http://www.rwagvc.com
Special guest keynote speaker: Laura Resnick.  Workshops, industry panel, editor appointments.  For registration information & bookings, contact Sally Collins, SallyCollins@shaw.ca.
May 28 – June 1
SUMMER FICTION WRITING SEMINAR IN SOZOPOL (BULGARIA)
Website:  http://ekf.bg/sozopol/apply
Intensive daily workshops, roundtable discussions, readings, and lectures by faculty and fellows.  Fiction writers from English-speaking countries are invited to apply; ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding.

LAUNCHES

Surrey
April 10, 1 p.m.
THE BALLAD OF KNUCKLES McGRAW
Readings, entertainment, door prizes and refreshments – all with a cowboy theme –
mark the launch of Surrey author, storyteller and creative writing instructor
Lois Peterson’s second novel for children (Orca Book Publishers).
Newton Library, 13795-70 Avenue, Surrey.
The launch will be followed by a free writing/storytelling workshop for children ages 6-11
(2:30-4 p.m.). For more information check www.loispeterson.net.

EVENTS

Victoria
Sunday, February 21, 8 pm
THE BIG ROCK SHOWDOWN
Website:  http://www.davemorrisisa.com/showdown
Hosted and co-produced by storyteller and improviser Dave Morris, the Big Rock SHOWDOWN will feature performers from all artistic pursuits: stand-up comedians, musicians, actors, poets, storytellers, dancers, M.C.s, and improvisers, in a cabaret-style performer competition.  The audience decides the winner of the $100 cash prize.  Tickets: $10 ($7 for students).  Location: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street, Victoria.

From the desk of Sylvia Taylor, Executive Director, Federation of BC Writers
604-683-2057
fedbcwriters@gmail.com
www.bcwriters.com

Book News Vol. 5 No. 8

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Vol. 5 No. 8

In other news

Join Us!

To kickstart our membership drive (our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31) we have invited 50 Vancouver area writers to join the VIWF. Here are the writers who have joined to date.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.


Join us!

Our membership campaign is in its third week. In addition to supporting great literary events year round and Spreading the Word education programs for school, members get great benefits and now we’ve added yet another incentive—prizes! Every two weeks we will draw a name for a great prize. Everyone who has joined between January 1 and February 5, 2010 will be entered into a draw for a signed first edition copy of Michael Ondaatje‘s most recent novel Divisadero. The winner will be announced in next week’s Book News.

Special Events

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Ian McEwan – April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman.
Peter Carey – May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Spoken World
There are 15 tickets available to Spoken World on February 18, at VancouverTix.com or by phone at 604 629 8849.

Awards & Lists

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For reasons you will understand if you read this article, the Booker Prize was not awarded in 1970. They are going to rectify that this year and Margaret Laurence is in contention. Full story
The nominees for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing have been announced. Full story

News & Features

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Todd Babiak lived through a horrible event involving his ill father. How do you use something like that in your novel, and then face your mother? Full story
A Guardian interview with the very fine British novelist Andrea Levy. Full story
Lynn Henry, who had a big hand in building House of Anansi’s fiction list is moving to Doubleday Canada. Full story

Books & Writers

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Here are two reviews of Peter Carey‘s new novel Parrot and Olivier in America. We are presenting Mr. Carey, a two-time Booker winner, in May. The Guardian and Times Online
An on-line review of Charles Demers Vancouver Special. Full story
Barbara Reid, whose illustrations made out of plasticine are magnificent, has a new book out. Full story
Poet Michael Kenyon explores the meaning of home in a new collection called The Last House. Full story
Jean Baird and George Bowering‘s anthology on grief and mourning continues to garner good reviews. Full story
Don DeLillo pushes the boundaries every book he writes and his new novel is not exception. Full story
Australian David Malouf is one of the world’s best writers and his new book is entitled Ransom. Full story
Reviews of novels for young adults in honour of Black History Month. Full story
Although there have been a gazillion books about depression, not much has been done on loneliness. Here is a review of a new book entitled Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude. Full story

Community Events

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W2 REAL VANCOUVER WRITERS’ SERIES
Amid the Olympic buzz in the city of Vancouver, a grassroots literary celebration has taken root. Housed in the W2 Media Centre, near the Woodwards Building, the Real Vancouver Writers and Culture Series will happen every Wednesday during February. More information at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=319699435048&ref=mf.
ANNABEL LYON
Annabel Lyon will be speaking on the role of her Philosophy degree in her writing and reading from her work. Friday, February 5 at 4:00pm, free. Special Collections, Room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. More information: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10224.
EVERY GOODBYE AIN’T GONE
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at www.dancingcrowpress.com.
STORY TIME AND TOQUE CRAFTS WITH ROSS REBAGLIATI
Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati reads from one of his favourite children’s books Snowy Sports. Saturday, February 6 at 11:00am, free. Chapters Robson (788 Robson).
AN EVENING WITH ANNABEL LYON
The Vancouver Institute presents a lecture by Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean. Saturday, February 6 at 8:15pm, free. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC). More information at www.vaninst.ca.
THE WHISTLER BOOK
Author and Georgia Straight columnist Jack Christie presents an updated new edition of his outdoor guidebook for the Whistler area. Sunday, February 7 at 2:00pm, free. Chapters Richmond (8171 Ackroyd Road).
LONGHOUSE COFFEE NIGHT
A pot luck event featuring an evening of poetry, song, reading and performance hosted by the UBC First Nations Student Association and Richard Van Camp’s Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus class. Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC. For more information, go here.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
The PanAfrican Slam featuring John Akpata and Adelene da Soul Poet. Monday, February 8 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
FUN AND GAMES
Memewar launches its eleventh issue with music by Stefana Fratila and World Club and readings by Tony Power, Shannon Rayne, Alan Girling, and MemePress authors. Tuesday, February 9 at 8:30pm. Tickets: $10. Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir). More information at www.memewaronline.com.
SCIENCE FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Group discussion of A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm. The Grind & Gallery (4124 Main). More information at darthbuddy2000@yahoo.ca.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
MARGARET MacMILLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR WACHTEL
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:30-9:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 available from VancouverTix, 604.629.8849 or www.vancouvertix.com
Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers and Company about her most recent book The Uses and Abuses of History and her earlier chronicle Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World.

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * * *
2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca

Book News Vol. 5 No. 7

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Vol. 5 No. 7

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Join Us!

Please join us! Become one of our 1000 friends. Our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31—for a total of 1000 VIWF members. Read more.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.


Special Events

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Just announced!
Ian McEwan – April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar.
Peter Carey – May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Awards & Lists

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The Book Critics Circle in the U.S. has announced its shortlist. Full story
Christopher Reid, whose book of poetry sold fewer than 1,000 copies has won the Costa book of the year prize. Full story and Full story

News & Features

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American author J.D. Salinger, long acclaimed for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, has died at 91 in New Hampshire. Full story
Q: What writer has sold more books than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined? A: James Patterson and this article explains why. Full story
The NY Times plans to charge for web content in a year and the editor of the Guardian says why that is a bad idea. Full story
After 90 years of providing library resources to the blind and visually impaired, the CNIB announced that it will no longer continue to pay $10 million annually to provide braille and accessible audio materials to libraries. Full story
The Ripple Effect Arts and Literature Society is among many BC social profit organizations that has been devastated by deep funding cuts and an uncertain economy. The organization, which promotes youth literacy, reading, creative writing and artwork has put its Youth Literacy in Arts Program and its annual Youth Writing and Design Contest on hold. Full story
You’ve already heard a lot about the iPad and you are going to hear a lot more. Full story

Books & Writers

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Jean Baird and George Bowering, asked a broad spectrum of Canadian writers to share their experiences of grief and mourning. And Quill and Quire says: ” Each essay is compelling; the writing throughout the collection is honest and highly skilled.” Full story
One of the most idiosyncratic and provocative voices in fiction belongs to Don DeLillo, Here is a review of his latest. Full story
Katherine Govier reviews Beth Powning‘s The Sea Captain’s Wife. Full story
According to the Vancouver Sun Ashok Mathur‘s “sweeping novel about India ranks with those of Mistry, Rushdie”. Full story
Rabindranath Maharaj has another winner in his fourth novel, in which comic book culture aids a Trinidadian boy’s first year in T.O. Full story
An interview and review with the legendary E.L. Doctorow. Full story and Full story
The NY Times says that Zachary Mason‘s first novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey is”…an ingeniously Borgesian novel that’s witty, playful, moving and tirelessly inventive”. Full story
Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea fame has a new book, Stones into Schools. Full story
Jay McInerney reviews Joshua Ferris‘s new novel. Full story
Atwul Gawande is a doctor and a gifted writer for the New Yorker. His new book argues that the use of checklists in medicine can save lives. Full story

Community Events

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MEMOIRS FROM THE WRITING WORKSHOPS OF THE 2009 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
Join the participants of the Seniors’ Memoir Writing Workshop and Generate: Intergenerational Writing Workshop as they read from their memoir writing projects. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street.
ON EDGE READING SERIES
Poet Fabiola Nabil Naguib reads from her work. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. SB406 at Emily Carr University, Granville Island, Vancouver.
ROBSON READING SERIES
An evening of readings and discussion featuring poet Billeh Nickerson and short-story writer Craig Boyko. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.
BRIAN BRETT
White Rock resident and former city councillor Brian Brett reads from his book Trauma Farm, a memoir based on his experiences working at a small farm on Salt Spring Island. Thursday, January 28 at 7:30pm. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock). More information at www.whiterockartscouncil.com.
PRISM INTERNATIONAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
PRISM International, Canada’s oldest literary magazine, celebrates its 50th birthday with toasts from past and present editors, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, a launch of a special retrospective anniversary edition, and readings by Bill Gaston, Deborah Willis, George McWhirter, and Elizabeth Bachinsky. Thursday, January 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $15. Thea’s Lounge (Thea Koerner Building, 6371 Crescent Rd., UBC). More information at www.prismmagazine.ca.
MASHED POETICS
A night of music and spoken word featuring a performance by Rush tribute band YYZ, plus local poets writing and performing new work in response to the Moving Pictures album. Thursday, January 28 at 9:30pm. Sliding scale $5-10. Cottage Bistro (4470 Main).
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Van slam featuring Scruffmouth. Monday, February 1 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
GWYNNE DYER
Vancouver Community College presents an evening with Gwynne Dyer, acclaimed writer, broadcaster, historian, Georgia Straight columnist, and author of Climate Wars, a study of the geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change. Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Community College Broadway (1155 E. Broadway).
ANNABEL LYON
Annabel Lyon will be speaking on the role of her Philosophy degree in her writing and reading from her work. Friday, February 5 at 4:00pm, free. Special Collections, Room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. More information: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10224.
EVERY GOODBYE AIN’T GONE
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at www.dancingcrowpress.com.
LONGHOUSE COFFEE NIGHT
A pot luck event featuring an evening of poetry, song, reading and performance hosted by the UBC First Nations Student Association and Richard Van Camp’s Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus class. Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC. For more information, go here.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
MARGARET MacMILLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR WACHTEL
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:30-9:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 available from VancouverTix, 604.629.8849 or www.vancouvertix.com
Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers and Company about her most recent book The Uses and Abuses of History and her earlier chronicle Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World.

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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