Book News Vol. 4 No. 12


The Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World
Our Valentine’s gift to you – the Literary Cabaret in February! Tickets are still available for Spoken World – a multimedia spoken word extravaganza featuring four internationally celebrated performance poets accompanied by the Literary Cabaret’s Sal Ferreras and his all-star band Poetic License and improvised visual stylings by master VJ Candelario Andrade.

7:30 pm February 18 & 20
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20/$18 students/seniors plus service charge available from or phone 604.629.8849. Group rates: group of 8 or more adults – $17 plus service charges per ticket; group of 8 or more students/seniors – $15 plus service charges per ticket. Advance purchase only. More information:


Spoken World workshop
A one day spoken word workshop for students in grades 9 – 12 with Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr.
9 – 4:30 pm, Saturday February 21
$35 (lunch included)
Register today by phoning 604 681 6330.

About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad is a series of multi-disciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture.

City of Vancouver Poet Laureate – Call for Expressions of Interest
The City of Vancouver is requesting submissions for the position of Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate position was created in December 2006 and the successful applicant will be the City’s second Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate must be a Vancouver resident. Deadline for expressions of interest is March 11, 2009. Details at:

Amazon launches Kindle 2, a new version of its popular e-book reader.

Scholastic is accused of misusing its book clubs to push video games, jewellry kits and toy cars.

HarperCollins lays off employees and closes a division and an imprint.

Findings from a recent survey suggest that librarians self-censor.


Tim Cook wins the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing are announced.


The NY Times Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime fiction including a book by Quebec writer Louise Penny.

Final collections of John Updike’s poetry and fiction are due to be published this year.

The transcript of Zadie Smith’s lecture at the New York Public Library in December 2008.

Graham Rawle’s novel Woman’s World is “an astonishing concept novel” about the powers of obsession.

Charles Elton’s debut novel Mr Toppit “shifts effortlessly between the dark days of childhood, the grit of pre-digital Soho, and the overexposed nonsense of contemporary L.A.”

Patricia Highsmith’s character Tom Ripley is 80 this year.


Presenting Patricia Young, author of eight books of poetry and one book of short fiction, Airstream and Terence Young, author of two books of poetry, a book of short stories and The Island in Winter. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library, 800 Robson Street (plaza level). More information at

On Edge Reading Series presents the author of The End of East. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. South Building, room 406, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island.

Valentine’s event featuring local writers Ayelet Tsabari, Cathy Sostad, Kagan Goh, Mike Unger, Elvy Del Bianco, Darren Steven Schilling, Jan Redford, and special guest Jenn Farrell, author of Sugar Bush and Other Stories. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Café (317 E. Broadway). More information at eu******@ho*****.com.

Vancouver author Jen Currin will read from her latest book Hagiography and from her forthcoming Inquisition Yours. Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm, free. Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings Street.

Join Blueimprint and READ Books at the launch of a book that attempts to document the city through writing, drawing, and photography. Saturday, February 14 at 2:00pm, free. Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston, Granville Island). More information at **@si*************.com.

Storytelling event for Black History Month featuring Helen May, Jean-Pierre Mokosso, and Comfort Ero. Sunday, February 15 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $6/$5. St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at

Author Sam Wharton reads from his novel Passe Partout. Monday, February 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL – Popular Reading Library at 604-331-3691.

A celebration of African Heritage Month in words and music featuring performers Tanya Evanson, Carlos Costa, and Roger Blenman. Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

Acclaimed author Shaena Lambert reads from her novel, Radiance. Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

Readings from ‘Gods and Idols’ issue by contributors Rhoda Hodjati, Tony Power, C.J. Leon. Music from The Creaking Planks, Ballgag ‘n Chain Gang (Victoria), Wintermitts & Vancouver Cantata Singers. Thursday, February 19. Doors at 8:30pm. Cover $10 (includes copy of the magazine). Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver.

Arsenal Pulp Press presents a reading with David N. Odhiambo from his new novel, with special guest Crawford Killian. Friday, February 20 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse (1051 Davie) .

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

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