Book News Vol. 5 No. 10


Vol. 5 No. 10

In other news

Join Us!

To kickstart our membership drive (our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31) we have invited 50 Vancouver area writers to join the VIWF. Here are the writers who have joined to date.

BC Bestsellers

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

Freedom To Read Week

An annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. February 21 to 27. Details here.

Join us!

Our membership campaign is now in its fourth week. Every two weeks we will draw the name of a new member for a great prize. Join by noon on February 19 (at noon) for a chance to win a pair of tickets to our April 15th event with Ian McEwan. For the next draw on March 5 we have two prizes: a pair of tickets to Vancouver Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China and two tickets to Margaret McMillan and Alexandre Trudeau in conversation with Hal Wake.

Special Events

Ian McEwan – April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman. For more details, visit our website. VIWF members: Receive a $2 member discount for Ian McEwan event tickets! Join us!
Peter Carey – May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Awards & Lists

Canada owns the podium for this year’s Commonwealth Writers Prize. All of the shortlisted authors for the Caribbean and Canada region are Canadian, led by Annabel Lyon. A complete list of nominees region by region is here.
The shortlists for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards have been announced. Full story
The Guardian lists literature’s top ten unreliable narrators. Full story

News & Features

An interview with Shane Koyczan after his appearance in the opening ceremonies. Full story
And Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Brad Cran offers his thoughts on Koyczan’s performance after himself declining to take part in the Olympic celebrations. Full story
A conversation with Lauren Kirshner who, at 27, is fast emerging as one of Toronto’s most talented new authors. Full story
British publishing house Faber & Faber plans to open a creative writing school in Canada. The Faber Academy Toronto is set to open in October. Full story
A series of eight plaques will be installed across Ontario in the exact geographic location where Ontario-based literary scenes take place. Full story
Toronto author of surreal fiction, Helen Weinzweig, dies at 94. Full story
Thriller writer and jockey Dick Francis dies at 89. Full story

Books & Writers

Helon Habila in the Guardian is moved by Chinua Achebe‘s collection of essays The Education of a British-Protected Child. Full story
According to the Toronto Star in a review of T.C. Boyle‘s new story collection: “the real competition for Boyle’s new stories are his own masterworks.” Full story
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, a new book by Israeli writer Amos Oz, is a fable based on fairytales told to him by his mother. Full story
The Globe & Mail calls Louise Erdrich‘s presentation of a crippled relationship in her new novel Shadow Tag “formidable.” Full story
Joshua Ferris has been receiving mixed reviews for his second novel The Unnamed. In this review, Candace Fertile writes that Ferris “tackles important issues imaginatively.” Review And here’s an interview with Ferris in New York Magazine.
In his recently released first novel Union Atlantic, Adam Haslett was writing about the economic disaster in the United States before it had happened. New York Magazine talks with the “accidental prophet.” Full story
The Globe & Mail on The Appointment by Herta Müller, who was last year awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Full story
Another great review of Amy Bloom‘s new collection of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, this one in Slate. Full story
The NY Times recommends Elif Batuman‘s first book, The Possessed, a collection of essays about her favourite Russian authors… and a million other things. Full story

Community Events

Book signing with B.C. thriller author Michael Slade as he launches his latest book. Red Snow, a thriller set during the 2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver where the villain known as Mephisto is plotting his revenge. Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm. Indigo Park Royal, 900 Park Royal S., West Vancouver. More information at 604.922.3222.
Youth Slam featuring Fernando Raguero. Monday, February 22 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
Hear the story of a young Liberian forced to flee the violence of his native country as he reads from his book He had to Flee to Safety. Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm, free. Tommy Douglas Branch, Burnaby Public Library, 7311 Kingsway. For information, call Tommy Douglas at 604-522-3971.
Join the conversation with CBC Radio’s Sheryl MacKay and Jen Sookfong Lee, and Canada Reads panelist Simi Sara, as they discuss which Canadian books should non-Canadians read to get a better understanding of Canada. To know us, is to read us! Fiction, non-fiction, poetry books, children’s books, cookbooks, travel books, memoirs, and more. What book would you recommend to a visitor? Everyone in the studio audience will be entered into a draw for a trip for two to Toronto to meet this year’s Canada Reads winner and Jian Ghomeshi during a taping of Q! FREE, but you must RSVP, send an email with your name, email address and the number of tickets you’d like to: Ca********************@cb*.ca. Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00pm.
The author of (Expressway) will join Lydia Kwa (The Walking Boy) and Emily Fedoruk (All Still) for readings and conversation moderated by Meredith Quartermain. Thursday, February 25 at 7:00pm. Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway. More information at
Poet Ray Hsu reads from his upcoming second book and discusses and shares work from projects he’s done with prison inmates. Thursday, February 25 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock). More information at
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
KCTS 9 is sponsoring a competition encourages British Columbia and Washington children in kindergarten through third grades to create their own original picture books. Deadline is March 24, 2010. For complete details, email ki**@KC***.org, call 1.800.930.6060 or visit

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