Book News Vol. 5 No. 3


Vol. 5 No. 3

In other news

VPL Writer in Residence

The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A rare first-edition, first-impression edition of Anne of Green GablesRead more. sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for $30,000 US on Friday afternoon.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday, and of course, we hope that you have plenty of time to read books that will inspire, enrich and entertain you.
This is the last Book News of 2009. We’d like to thank each of you for your support of the Festival. We have some exciting events shaping up for the spring which we will let you know about as soon as we are able. And stay tuned for an announcement about a membership drive that will be very important for the Festival in 2010.
The VIWF office will be closed between December 19 and January 4. We look forward to hearing from you in 2010.
Hal Wake, Camilla Tibbs, Sandra Millard and Ann McDonell
P.S. We’re trying out a new format for Book News. Please let us know what you think.

Special Event

Spoken World
Get your tickets before they’re gone! Tickets for the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s spoken word extravaganza with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece and Sal Ferreras are going fast. View highlights from Spoken World 2009 on YouTube.
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News & Features

Wary book publisher plan to delay the release of electronic versions of their books in 2010. E-books and related issues will be the big story for the coming year. Full story.
Legal battles are looming over who owns the rights to publish e-books by writers like Wiliam Styron and Joseph Heller. Full story.
Kirkus, an outfit that gave pre-publication reviews to thousands of books is shutting down. Full story.
The posthumous publication of crime writer Steig Larrson’s third novel in North America is some time off, so booksellers are bringing in the foreign edition. Full story.
Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English usage, the gracefully written bible of grammar, has a new edition coming out. Full story.
Rachel Cusk wonders if there really is something called ‘women’s writing’. Full story.
This piece about book publicity in the New Yorker would be really funny if it weren’t so close to the truth. Full story.
Here is a best book list for 2009 from the Georgia Straight. Full story.
The Guardian lists the decade’s best unread books. Full story.

Books & Writers

There is a new collection of George Packer’s essays first published in the New Yorker. Full story.
This is a rather mixed review of Tao Lin’s Shoplifting from American Apparel. Full story.
Rhea Tregebov delighted audiences at the Festival this year and her novel The Knife Sharpener’s Bell received kudos from the Globe and Mail. Full story.
There is a new collection of essays by the Nigerian master Chinua Achebe. Full story.
The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany by Graeme Gibson has impressed the Guardian. Full story.
A lovely piece from Ann Patchett on a writer’s life. Full story.
Stacey May Fowles reviews Of Hockey and Hijab, essays on Islam and Muslim life. Full story.
Richard van Camp’s new collection of stories is reviewed in Quill and Quire. Full story.

Community Events

Youth poetry slam featuring Brendan McLeod. Monday, December 28 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at
Hear selected readings from Escape Clause, stories of wonder and delight, from speculative fiction writers. Featuring Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Casey Wolf, Ari Goelman, Clelie Rich, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and Maryke Hendrikse. Monday, January 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at
Author reads selections from Sister Prometheus: Discovering Madame Curie and from his forthcoming collection, Surface to Air. Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at

Produced by the Book News Collective.

Hal Wake
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