Book News Vol. 3 No. 38


This week in Writers’ Rooms Timothy Taylor, whose latest novel is Story House, takes us up twelve stories to his office in an old Gastown building that may or may not be haunted by its architect.

Four authors select and explain a word that underpins their work. Jonathan Lethem’s is “furniture.”

Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita has been reborn as a graphic novel by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schebal.

Is it a blessing or a curse when your publisher decides to market the book you wrote with an adult audience in mind to young adults instead?


Montrealer Miguel Syjuco has been longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado.

The Writers’ Trust of Canada has sweetened the pot for several of its annual literary awards.


Zsuzsi Gartner writes that the 10-year-old sleuth, Kate Meaney, in Catherine O’Flynn’s novel What Was Lost “has managed to dethrone Nicholson Baker’s Nory (The Everlasting Story of Nory) and Ian McEwan’s Briony (Atonement) as [her] favourite preternaturally observant child protagonist.”

The Globe & Mail writes that in each of the stories in Mark Anthony Jarman’s latest collection, My White Planet, it’s as if he’s saying “he won’t let the world go down without a fight. And language is his fighting tool.”

Dreaming Up America is novelist Russell Banks’ first book of non-fiction. In the book, Banks describes the evolution of the American dream in a tone that is “more personal and conversational than his fiction, but like his novels, it pulls no punches.”

Tobias Wolff talks to the Guardian about being classified a “Dirty Realist” along with Richard Ford and Raymond Carver, why he thinks the health of the short story is more robust than ever, and why he is compelled to turn off the television when George W. Bush appears on screen.,,2291654,00.html

In the lead up to the summer Olympics, Catherine Sampson, who has lived in Beijing for more than fifteen years, suggest ten novels and collections of short stories written by Chinese writers who have chosen to live abroad in order to write freely about their country.

Liam Durcan, author and neurologist, on why reading fiction is good for us.


The 5th annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday July 26 from 12pm to 8:00pm. Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day! Complete schedule and information can be found at

Broadcaster and author signs copies of his new collection of essays, What the Bleep Is Going On Here?. Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm, free. Chapters Metropolis (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby). For more information contact 604-431-0463.

Join author Karen X. Tulchinsky for a lively and intimate discussion of this year’s One Book, One Vancouver selection, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm, free. Fraserview Branch, 1950 Argyle Drive.

Meet-and-greet with the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo. Saturday, July 26 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35 (includes wine and goodies). Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 W. 8th). More information at ly****@ch****************.com.

Launch of former Skateboarder editor’s new book, Stalefish: Skateboard Culture From the Rejects Who Made It. Event includes bad poetry contest. Saturday, July 26 at 8:00pm. PD’s Hot Shop (2868 W. 4th). For more information, phone 604.739.7796.

Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea host the works of Chilean authors, with guest readers and Chilean music. Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm. Free admission but limited seating. Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia).

Youth poetry slam featuring international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic Mike McGee. Monday, July 28 – doors and signup at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm. Tickets: $3/$5. Call 604.215.9230 for more information. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive).

The Shebeen Club presents White Rock poet, author, and songstress Virginia Gillespie, author of Taoist Inner Tube Rider, launching her new Moon Project, a yearlong, cooperative artistic challenge in which she invites all artists in any discipline to participate. Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00pm. Tickets $15 (includes dinner and a drink). The Shebeen (behind the Irish Heather, 217 Carrall). More information at lo*************@gm***.com.

Robson Reading Series presents readings by Sheri-D Wilson, Guy Babineau and Little Woo. Thursday, July 31 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). Info:

Select Chapters, Indigo stores across the country will be hosting a Midnight Masquerade event for a chance to get Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn when it goes on sale at 12:01 am on Saturday, August 2nd. Dress up in your best masquerade costume or favourite Breaking Dawn character. (Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.) Friday, August 1 at midnight. Visit to find a location near you.


Calling all book lovers and aspiring writers ages 11 to 16! Sharpen your pencils, stretch your typing fingers, and spark your imagination! This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. The inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts, and everyone in between. August 11-15. Cost: $200 (includes a copy of the anthology). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street. Complete information and registration form can be found at

Canada’s longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices… with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood’s heritage gardens. Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). August 14-17. Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website Note: some events have already sold out!

The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General’s Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit, or email kb*@ko*****************.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

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Produced by the Book News Collective: Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell, Hal Wake and Sandra Millard.

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