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Well folks it seems that somewhere a whole week went by and I missed it. Honestly though I have been sick otherwise I would have had this out before. Enough of the woes of the world…. I am looking for help. I would like to put together a committee to help organize next year’s festival. If you have ideas or comments or just want to make sure this event gets on the road let me know. As soon as I know there is interest out there I will set up a meeting. Thanks. Hope to see you at Word Whips this Tuesday and/or Word on the Street next Sunday. Bonnie Pandora’s Events 4th Tuesday of every month Pandora’s Collective Presents WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni. Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC Contact: bl*************@ya***.ca or visit
2nd Tuesday of every month Pandora’s Collective Presents WORD WHIPS – THE NORTH SHORE EDITION Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm (Sept – June. We are not meeting July and August) Location: 32 BOOKS 3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver 32 Books is located in beautiful, easy-to-get-to, Edgemont Village (One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Special thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie. Contact: Suzy (bt*****@te***.net) or Fran 28*********@nv****.ca" target="_blank">(fb*******@nv****.ca) Four dynamic arts organizations will be co-presenting an event entitled “Echoing Voices”, a creative blend of visual art, poetry and spoken word in an art gallery setting. The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery and the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival together with Pandora’s Collective and the Vancouver Artists Collective invite everyone to the inspirational backdrop of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery (JCC) for the echoing voices of over a dozen talented national and local poets and spoken word artists (November 13 from 7 – 9 pm). More information to come. Other Events of Interest The Grind Writers A reminder that we’re meeting today, 10AM – 4148 Main Street in the back. Upcoming Grind Writers meeting dates:
Sun Sept 21
Sat Oct 4 Sun Oct 19
Sat Nov 1 Sun Nov 16
Sat Nov 29 Sun Dec 14
Sat Dec 27 Sun Jan 11/09 __________________________________ Thundering Word Sign up @ 7:30 Show at 8pm sharp!! Yes, Thundering Word is back On “Winter Hours”! This Sunday, Sept.21st At the Montmartre Cafe`–4362 Main st. Van. B.C. ————-Featuring————– Toronto Slam Poet Tomy Bewick ———–Plus———— more great Open Mic!! Music, Comedy, Poetry ……..and more! If ya got it, bring it! Hosted by: Bill Mc. & Wanda-Sue No cover——-Pass th’ Hat These earlier hours will make it easier for everyone! Hoping to see you all there. Good Food, Good Drinks, Great Entertainment At the ‘Mont” on Main. T-Paul Lives!!! Note: On Deck for Oct.5th—- The Boomchix!! _____________________________________________________
Storytelling returns with NEW times and NEW rates PAULINE WENN, renowned Scottish teller Comedienne and teller, ERIN GRAHAM REG ROWE, master of droll insight Rhythm & rhetoric of Spoken Word, BRIAN NELSON Open Mike Come and hear stories of Gleanings / Harvest and the sweet notes of the Accordion of Love Sunday, September 21st 7 – 9 pm; NEW times $ 6 public; $5 members; NEW rates; includes tea and potluck treats 1805 Larch / 2nd Ave; enter by alley off St Mark’s; wheelchair accessible; parking
______________________________________________ THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM CONTINUES @ CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (5TH AND COMMERCIAL) EVERY MONDAY OF THE MONTH THE NEXT VANCOUVER YOUTH POETRY SLAM FOR POETS 13-22 IS MONDAY SEPT 22ND FEATURING TORONTO’S: TOMY “BAM BAM” BEWICK Tomy Bewick is a socially conscious artist/ family man who breathes poetry and performs death defying acts of vulnerability. Having won multiple Toronto Slams and featured throughout Ontario as well as Windsor, Detroit, Columbus and Chicago’s “Green Mill”, Tomy is constantly seeking to grow as a poet, performer and person. A firm believer in DIY mentality, Tomy has self-published his first chapbook, two a’cappella CD’s and put forth his independent clothing designs (Diseased Disciple) each spring for the past two years. The creator/organizer for Open Minds Respect Events is also an original member of Toronto’s “Slam Family” collective and a past member of the Roots Lounge Slam Team that placed second at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Tomy will not eat your brain, but hopes to feed your mind and maybe send a shiver or two down your spine. Video footage is online at or just “Google” Tomy Bewick (he does it all the time!). DOORS AND POET SIGN UP AT 7PM SHOW BEGINS AROUND 8PM WITH AN OPEN MIC FOLLOWED BY THE POETRY SLAM COMPETITION WIN CASH! WIN PRIZES! RUN IN THE NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION! $3 FOR 18 AND UNDER $5 FOR 19 AND OVER ALL POETIC STYLES ARE WELCOME ON THE MIC TELL YOUR FRIENDS 604 215 9230 for more info (RC Weslowski) _________________________________ Nerd Slam This is simply an email to let you know that the December “Alt Slam” is going to be a Nerd Slam. It will be on Monday Dec 8th at Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive (5th and Commercial.) What that means is I’m encouraging you to come up with poems for the night. Topics can include but are not limited to comic books, science fiction, movies, cartoons, science, music, gaming, larping and so on. Write about being a nerd. Write a nerd manifesto. My definition of Nerd is pretty broad…someone who obsesses over any particular subject. You can be a dragon nerd, you can be a history nerd, you can be a physics nerd, you can be a klezmer nerd, a cooking nerd, a baseball card nerd, a sports nerd and so on. To me it’s about the obsession. Come read a 3 minute excerpt from your Master’s Thesis. Perform a 3 minute taxidermy demonstration. Let you creative juices flow. And female nerds are strongly encouraged to represent. We don’t need a full on sausage party we need another hero! There will be 2 rounds, unless we get an overabundance of people wanting to read. So come prepared with 2 poems and maybe you only do one. There will be an open mic. Costumes are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you wear a costume.
Group pieces are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you perform a group piece. However I would like it if you did not do both solo work and a group piece on the same night. It allows for more people on the stage. So choose which way you would like to go. There will be some cool prizes and cash up for grabs. We will be having a wonderful feature from Ottawa by the name of Steve Sauve. And if you don’t think you’re a nerd that’s ok. Use your imagination and walk a mile in another person’s glasses and see if you can come up with something. I hope to see you there. You don’t have to let me know ahead of time if you will be there but you can if you like. However you will still have to sign up the day of the slam at 8pm as per usual. RC ________________________________________________

Book Launch You are invited to the launches of new fiction by Eileen Kernaghan, C. June Wolf, and Linda DeMeulemeester three great books,two great launches — come to one, or come to both! Sunday, September 28, 2 pm White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Ave, Vancouver BC. EILEEN KERNAGHAN’s new novel Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural C. JUNE WOLF’s first short-story collection Finding Creatures & Other Stories Sunday, October 19th, 1 to 4 pm Grimoire’s Books, #102, 319 Governor’s Court, New Westminster For directions, see LINDA DEMEULEMEESTER’s new novel Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens EILEEN KERNAGHAN’s new novel Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C. June Wolf Literary, science fictional, slipstream, and fantastic—Wolf’s characters grapple with personal integrity and connection with others, with the imperatives to abandon fear and hate and to question cherished beliefs. A Haitian street kid with a mercurial coin, a skid-row waitress with a passion for palaeontology, and aliens inadvertently trapped in sculptures by Henry Moore—all journey side by side with a northern Native man searching for a place to bury a dead spaceman, and two teenagers who build an old-style science-fiction machine with a very modern purpose.

“Let me simply say that Wolf uses different genres, different voices, different cultures—in short whatever she needs to make the story work. What ties it all together is her sure-handed prose and a depth she brings to her writing, that indefinable element that rises up from between the lines and gives a good story its resonance.”
—from the introduction by Charles de Lint Book Launch White Dwarf Books 2 pm, Sunday 28 September 2008 3715 West Tenth Avenue Reading Pulp Fiction 630 pm, Saturday 11 October 2008 2422 Main Street in**@wa****************.ca Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C.June Wolf on sale October 2008 at White Dwarf, Pulp Fiction, People’s Co-op Books, Abraham’s Metaphysical Books, Tierra del Sol, Grimoire Books, and Vision Books, and online through A Small World and ABE Books. Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C. June Wolf available 28 Sept. from Wattle and Daub Books ________________________________________________________ A Night to Remember with The West Coast Symphony The West Coast Symphony is a high quality amateur orchestra dedicated to performing a wide range of orchestral works to audiences throughout the Vancouver area. We look forward to seeing you at our next concert! Bujar Llapaj Conductor Sunny Qu, Piano soloist Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Friday, October 24th, 2008 8pm Shaughnessy Heights United Church 1550 W 33rd Avenue Vancouver Sunday October 26th, 2008 2pm Michael J. Fox Theatre 73737 MacPherson Avenue Burnaby Directions and Orchestra information can be found at (604) 438-0077 CONCERT ADMISSION BY DONATION __________________________________________ Book it! The Word On The Street is just around the corner … The Word on the Street is one of Canada’s biggest annual book and magazine events with festivals taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, and Halifax simultaneously. Vancouver’s The Word on the Street is back for its 14th year with another full free day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits, performances, a marketplace, and all-round books and reading fun and frolic—Sunday, September 28 at Library Square (Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia). Among the many authors and acts booked for 2008 are: Gabor Maté (In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts), Ian Ferguson (How to be a Canadian), Meg Tilly (First Time), Mel Hurtig (The Truth About Canada), Karen X. Tulchinsky (The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky), Seattle comic book artist Peter Bagge, Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Vancouver’s Poet Laureate George McWhirter (The Incorrection), and Richard Wagamese (One Native Life). Plus, there’ll be a massive marketplace with books, magazines, and other stuff for sale; new literary magazine mini-stages; a Family Literacy Tent with information about families, literacy and lifelong learning; many First Nations authors and books; and visual exhibits, talks, and panels. The always-popular AUTHORS TENT will feature: James Glave (Almost Green: How I Built an Eco- Shed, Ditched My SUV, Alienated the In-Laws, and Changed My Life Forever); humourist Mark Leiren-Young (Never Shoot a Stampede Queen); and, TV personalities, The Smart Cookies (The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough). Fun at the MAIN STAGE includes: spoken word legend C.R. Avery; singer-songwriter, Rose Melberg; Klezmer-Ladino-Israeli musicians Y’teev; the King of the Ukelele, Ralph Shaw; and, the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. The CANADA WRITES tent is chock full of fiction, non-fiction, anthologies, mysteries and more. Audiences can check out acclaimed writers for teens Susan Juby (Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery) and Meg Tilly (First Time); authors who are making a difference Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (The Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment) and Pummy Kaur (What Would Gandhi Do?); a celebration of BC with Howard White (Imagining BC) and Jean Barman (British Columbia: Spirit of a People); books that deal with issues surrounding polygamy—Daphne Bramham (The Secret Lives of Saints) and Norma Charles (The Girl in the Backseat); mystery authors Linda Richards (Death Was the Other Woman) and Roy Innes (West End Murders); and, many more. And, THE WORD “UNDER” THE STREET, along with an exhibition of comic book artists and illustrated ‘zine producers, will feature: the very popular Art Class with Robin Thompson; comic book artist and writer Peter Bagge (best known for ’90s comic book series HATE); and, panel discussions. And, in the Alma Van Dusen room downstairs in the library are Writing Talks, a series of panels about writing that always fill up quickly! Queuing is essential. This year, The Word On The Street features a brand new MAGAZINE LIFE TENT that includes demos, performances and discussions like No-brainer containers courtesy of Canadian Gardening; Stay true to your beliefs and pay your bills with SharedVision; Science Experiments with YES Mag and KNOW for kids; and, Interactive Art with one cool word magazine‘s Maria in the Shower. Rounding out the day will be writer-focussed sessions presented by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers. At the KIDS TENT and the THE VANCOUVER SUN RAISE-A-READER CORNER highlights include readings by: Linda Bailey (Stanley at Sea); Duane Lawrence (Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon: A Stanley Park Tale); two books with First Nations’ themes Nicola Campbell‘s Shin-Chi’s Canoe and Elizabeth Denny‘s Jenneli’s Dance; Deborah Hodge (Who Lives Here?); Robert Heidbreder (Crocodiles Play); and, Lisa Cinar (The Day it All Blew Away). And last, but certainly not least, is THE POETRY TENT where Poetry in Transit XII will be launched. Peruse all 16 poems—including poems by George Stanley, Garry Gottfriedson, and Matt Rader—on a bus on site. Plus, there’s a full slate of readings, which include Shannon Stewart (Penny Dreadful); Zoë Landale (Once a Murderer); and, World Poetry by Adelene Da Soul, Lucia Gorea, Seann Traviller, and Peter Lojewski. FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Sunday of September. Explore a marvellous marketplace, author readings, hands-on demos, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. For details, check out THE WORD ON THE STREET One Day Only | 11am to 5pm | Sunday September 28, 2008 at Library Square Admission: FREE!! Full details at -30- Media Contact: Karen Green, Rebus Creative: 604.684.8266 ka***@re***********.com Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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