Fwd: Book News Vol. 4 No. 45


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.

The Globe & Mail on Canada’s big three literary prizes for fiction-the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, and the Governor General’s Literary Award-and how, with the announcement of each shortlist, surprises abound.

Dionne Brand has been named Toronto’s poet laureate.


Though not as “blindly romantic” as her first novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, fans of Audrey Niffenegger won’t be disappointed by her latest book, Her Fearful Symmetry.  The first link will direct you to a review in the NY Times, and the second link to a clip of Niffengger talking about the novel on the Guardian’s website.  Niffenegger is appearing in Events 7, 19, and 34 at the Festival.

It has been ten years since Bonnie Burnard won the Scotiabank Giller prize for her novel A Good House.  With her new book, Suddenly, she delivers yet another “assuming masterpiece,” writes the Globe & Mail.  Burnard will be appearing in Events 9 and 20 at the Festival.

Acclaimed short story writer Lorrie Moore receives yet another rave review for her novel A Gate at the Stairs, this time in the Guardian.  The second link directs you to a clip of Moore speaking about her novel with Sam Tanenhaus of the NY Times.

Karen Connelly’s new memoir, Burmese Lessons: A Love Story, is an account of the author’s deep involvement with Burmese dissidents and refugees. Connelly is a “sensualist,” writes the Globe & Mail, “this memoir is redolent with the smells of food, the stink of bodies, the weight of stones carried on her head as she helps the women in a camp build a well, the sharp, deep pleasures of sex, the edgy frustrations of sex denied, for the sake of propriety.”  Connelly is appearing in Events 23 and 40.

Brian Brett’s Trauma Farm is a “striking, stunning book,” in which the author details the “day-to-day joys and frustrations of the farmer’s existence while, at the same time, offering a sweeping historical examination of the history of agriculture and the current state of the world.” Brett is appearing in Events 40 and 60 at the Festival.

The poems in Billeh Nickerson’s new collection, McPoems, revisit his first job working the grill at a McDonald’s in Langley, BC.  This reviewer writes that although the poems “feature almost nothing but matter-of-fact descriptions, they still manage to convey warmth and skull-crushing boredom in equal but alternating doses.”  Nickerson is appearing in Events 10 and 27 at the Festival.

Nick Hornby’s latest novel, Juliet, Naked, revolves around a reclusive American singer-songwriter from the 1980s and a small but disproportionately rabid band of followers. Read a review in the NY Times.

Kate Grenville won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her novel The Secret River, which is loosely based on the life of one of her own ancestors who arrived in Australia in 1806 as a convict settler. In her latest book, The Lieutenant, she revisits the same material but presents a “more the richly imagined portrait of a deeply introspective, and quite remarkable, man.”


Win CBC Radio coming to your elementary school to record the TD Kids Book Club with Susin Neilsen, author of Word Nerd! The Book Club will be broadcast on North by Northwest! To enter the contest, classes must create a cheer telling CBC why they should win the Book Club coming to their school. For all the details go to http://www.cbc.ca/books/bookclub/tdbooks/. Contest closes October 4.

The 2009 Alcuin Awards Ceremony for the winners of the best-designed Canadian books of 2008. Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm, free and open to the public. Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Room SB301. For further information, call (604) 732-5403 or email aw****@al***********.com.

Check out the Vancouver International Film Festival for literary adaptations and literary interest films, including The Hunt for Moby Dick. October 1-16, 2009. For details, visit www.viff.org.

Reading and reception with SFU’s new Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer in Residence, author of The Pornographer’s Poem, for the launch of his new novel, 8×10. Friday, October 2 at 7:30pm. RM1400, SFU Harbour Centre.

Join author Andreas Schroeder as he reads from his newly published autobiographical novel Renovating Heaven, the story of Mennonite life in B.C. from the 50’s to the 70’s. Monday, October 5 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Book launch by the president of EcoTrust Canada and author of All That We Say Is Ours: Guujaaw and the Awakening of the Haida Nation. Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30pm, free. Museum of Anthropology, UBC. More information at www.moa.ubc.ca/programs.

Join Denise Chong, bestselling author of The Concubine’s Children, as she reads from her new book, Egg on Mao: The story of an ordinary man who defaced an Icon and unmasked a dictatorship. Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL – Popular Reading Library at 604-331-3691.

Join Vancouver Public Library’s inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history. Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00pm, free. Dunbar Branch (4515 Dunbar Street). More Infomation at 604.331.3603.

Reading by the author of The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family. Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library (350 West Georgia Street).

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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