Book News Vol. 5 No. 5


Vol. 5 No. 5

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. Deadline is January 15, 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

New Westminster Poet Laureate Search

New Westminster is seeking its next Poet Laureate. Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010. For more information, click here.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC’s bestselling books.

P.K. Page
The Festival and Canadian Literature lost a great friend and consummate artist with the passing of P.K. Page at her home in Victoria this morning. She was 93. And for all the years we knew her she was dedicated to exploring the world through art: painting, poetry, essays, fiction and children’s stories.
She had a fine mind and used it well. And a great heart, courageous and generous. At the last Festival, Joy Coghill and François Houle performed P.K.’s prescient and powerful poem Unless the Eye Catch Fire. The event was breathtaking in its vision and its brilliant execution. We were honoured to present P.K.’s work last year and over the many years were privileged to work with her. CBC, Globe and Mail
The winners of the 11th Annual Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest have been announced. To read the winning submissions, go here.

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 and Flickr.
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The shortlist for the Story Prize honouring short fiction in the U.S. has been announced. Full story
And also the short list for the Lionel Gelber Prize for books on international relations. Full story

News & Features

This will be the year of electronic reading devices, so get ready for weekly updates. Full story
Is copyright protection for creative work feasible in a digital world? Full story
Margaret Atwood has penned a passionate piece on behalf of birds in the Guardian. Full story
Toronto publishers Cormorant Books announced today that it will begin publishing four poetry titles a year in the spring of 2011. Full story

Books & Writers

Crime writer James Ellroy interviewed in the Guardian. Full story
All the fuss about Tolstoy is because 2010 is the centenary of his death and there is a new film to mark the occasion. Full story
Vancouver’s own June Hutton interviewed by blogger in Kuala Lumpur about her novel Underground. Full story
A review of Sadie Jones’ second novel Small Wars. Full story
Cordelia Strube‘s Lemon continues to catch the eye of reviewers. Full story
American politics seem to be filled with drama, conflict, sex: all the elements of a good soap opera and that leads to books like Game Change, reviewed here in the Times. Full story
Dalia Sofer, also in the Times, describes Kim Echlin‘s novel The Disappeared as “exquisite”. Full story
Antonia Fraser‘s memoir of her life with Harold Pinter may focus on their marriage, but paints a revealing portrait of the dramatist too. Full story
And finally a review of Douglas Coupland‘s Generation A. Full story

Community Events

Due to overwhelming demand, all ticketed events are sold out! However the author of Three Cups of Tea will be signing copies of his books. Saturday, January 16 at 7:00pm. Kidsbooks Vancouver, 3083 West Broadway. For more information, visit
Vancouver Storytellers presents storytelling by Erin Graham, Larry Matier, Tony Rainbow, Alvin Sanders, and Rita Taylor. Sunday, January 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets $7. St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at
Multicultural, multilingual readings by Godwin Barton, James Mullen, Lucia Gorea, Roger Blenman, Farina Reinprecht, Ibrahim Honjo, and Warren Dean Fulton, hosted by Adriadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Tanglewood Books (1553 W. Broadway). More information at ar******@un******.com.
The North Shore Writers’ Association presents guest speaker and historical fiction author. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Admission by donation, free for members. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).
Author presents an illustrated lecture based on his book, Tragedy at Second Narrows: The Story of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm, free. White Rock Library (15342 Buena Vista Avenue).
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.
Nerd slam featuring Robbie Q. Monday, January 18 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
Author reads from her new novel, His Sweet Favour, with an open mic to follow. Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00pm. James Street Cafe, 3819 Canada Way, Burnaby. For more information, email bw*****@gm***.com.
Book signing and presentation by Zoe Weil, author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21 at 7:00pm. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at
Book launch: Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women’s Hockey in Western Canada. Reading, discussion and book signing with author Wayne Norton. Sunday, January 24th at 6:00pm, free. Rhizome Café, 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver.
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.
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at
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

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