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Fwd: Book News Vol. 4 No. 46


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.

Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/guessthegiller.

A new version of Amazon’s Kindle electronic reading device that can wirelessly download books both in the United States as well as in more than 100 other countries will soon be on the market, but apparently Canada isn’t on that list.

Harvard has acquired the archives of one of its distinguished alumnus, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike who died this past January.

Allan MacDougall, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Raincoast Books, announced earlier this week that he is stepping down in order to spend more time with his family. John Sawyer, who has been with the company for sixteen years, is Raincoast’s new CEO.


German novelist Herta Müller has become only the 12th woman in 108 years to win the Nobel prize for literature.

Hilary Mantel has claimed the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, a fictionalised account of the life of Thomas Cromwell. The second link will direct you to a review of Wolf Hall in the NY Times.

Festival participants Annabel Lyon and Colin McAdam have each secured a spot on the shortlist for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Congratulations to both of them!

Scottish poet Don Paterson has won the Forward prize for best collection with Rain, a work which judges said showed “total mastery of [Paterson’s] art.”


Zoe Whittall tells the Toronto Star that in her new novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible-in which one of the main characters is a paramedic-she wanted to explore the concept of an emergency, “those unexpected and unpredictable moments that you can’t expect or change.” The following links will direct you to an interview with Whittall and a review in the Globe & Mail. Whittall will be appearing in events 44 and 46 at the Festival.

Emma Donoghue writes that unlike any other author she knows, Audrey Niffenegger “can pull off the trick of talking about the paranormal in a concrete way.”  Niffenegger will be appearing in events 7, 19 and 23 at the Festival.

The Globe & Mail calls Shandi Mitchell’s debut novel, Under This Broken Sky, a quintessentially Canadian story.

After publishing six novels, Lydia Millet has just published her first story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, which centers on the interactions between celebrities and animals. Read a review in the NY Times.

The Independent talks with Sir Christopher Ondaatje – financier, philanthropist and Olympic gold medallist – about his autobiographical book, The Man-Eater of Punanai, which is being published for the first time in the UK this week, and about his younger brother, Michael.


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.

Join New Star Books and author Hannah Calder for the launch of her novel More House, an experimental-fiction work about two movies who share a cast, a crew, and a set. Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm, free. Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main. More information at www.newstarbooks.com/.

Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a reading and panel discussion with poets Steve McCaffery, Robert Majzels, Claire Huot, and Angela Carr. Friday, October 9 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at www.greencollege.ubc.ca/.

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.

New York writer Eileen Myles reads from her book The Importance of Being Iceland and Los Angeles poet and critic Maggie Nelson reads from her book Bluets. Sunday, October 11 at 2:00pm, free. READ Books @ Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston, Granville Island).

Join author and filmmaker Dianne Whelan for the launch of her book This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic, about her experiences travelling to the Arctic to document a Canadian sovereignty patrol in the spring of 2007. Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00pm. Lux (965 Granville). More information at www.caitlin-press.com/.

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.

Wade Davis offers a gripping and enlightening account of this urgent crisis in his new book, The Wayfinders. Thursday, October 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $23/$13 plus service charges. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC. More information at www.chancentre.com.

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.

Launch of the new anthology Prismatic Publics. Readers appearing will include Lisa Robertson, Dorothy Trujillo Lusk, Catriona Strong, Daphne Marlatt, and Rita Wong. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Room SB 406, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at www.chbooks.com/catalogue/prismatic_publics.

Guest speaker Shaena Lambert will discuss topics relating to writing short stories and novels. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm. Cost: free for members, $5 non-members, $2 students. Alliance for the Arts building, 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.

Author Eric Jamieson discusses his book Tragedy at Second Narrows, which documents the Second Narrows bridge collapse of 1958. Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm, free but registration required. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).

Author will be reading from her latest book Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History. Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm, free. Alma Vandusen Room, Central Library (350 W. Georgia). She will also be reading on Friday, October 16 at 5:30pm. C.K. Choi Building conference room #120, 1855 West Mall, UBC. For more information, phone 604.822.4688.

Design a bookmark celebrating winter reading. Deadline for entry: Friday, October 16. Pick up an entry form and contest rules at your local VPL branch or at www.VPL.ca. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Readings by Susan Telfer (House Beneath) and award-winning Saskatchewan writer Anne Campbell (Soul to Touch). Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm, free. Level 3 meeting room, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia Street). Information at www.hagiospress.com.


Launch of author’s new book, Who Owns the Arctic?. Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00pm. RSVP to lo*****@dm*******.com. Fairmont Lounge, St. John’s College ( 2111 Lower Mall, UBC).

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.

17th annual conference featuring trade show, workshops and agent interviews. October 23-25, 2009. For complete information, visit www.siwc.ca.

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2009 Festival – 18-25 October inclusive
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Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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The Art Studios Annual Winter Sale Thursday November 26th 12-8 pm

The members and staff of The Art Studios invite you to our next
Annual Winter sale on Thursday November 26th from 12-8pm.
We have a great Silent Auction and wonderful original artworks
in various media that can fit every budget.
We look forward to seeing you.
Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

Fwd: Actors’ drop-in group

Dear Members,
Below is a message from Cassandra Freeman of the Actors’ Drop-In.
Survivors of the psychiatric system are often told who they are, how to behave and what their maximum potential is. The ACTOR’S DROP IN on Tuesday nights is a way to bust out of that box alongside novices and pros. Care to play the Queen? Do a Monty Python scene? Perhaps Luke Skywalker would be a great escape (even if it’s just for 2-5 minutes). Note that you will be performing in front of a small audience and some scenes contain suggestive language. Fee: $5. Every other session facilitated by Network members Cassandra Freeman and Irwin Levin. You will be on stage with actors and beginners in a supportive atmosphere. Come down and watch the first time if you like. Downtown location. More info: 604-872-4638 and leave a message.

Ron Carten
West Coast Mental Health Network
ph. 604-733-5570

Fwd: caregtiver workshops

Caregiver Workshops
Our free workshops will teach you strategies for coping, connect you with other caregivers who are dealing with similar situations and share useful resources to help you with decision-making. Topics include:

·       Caregiver roles and responsibilities
·       Community resources
·       Self-care and stress management
·       Legal and health care decisions
·       Family dynamics and communication

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Oct 14  – Nov 18, 2009
South Neighbourhood House
6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Workshops are free.
Call 604-263-7377 to register.


Facility placement

Participants wanted in project

Please see attachments and body of message for details. You can respond directly to
:Rebecca Haskell” <Re*****@bc****.ca>
Phone: 604.669.6943 ext 221 Toll Free: 1.800.661.1040 ext 221

Suite 325, 119 W. Pender St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5 T: 604.669.6943 | TF: 1.800.661.1040 | F: 604.682.6962 | www.BCYSTH.ca August 17, 2009 BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses (BCYSTH) is looking for volunteers to actively participate on a Working Group to guide the development and piloting of a Promising Practices toolkit for supporting women who experience violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness and substance use. The working group will be comprised of people across British Columbia, including: § Women who have experienced violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness ad substance use; (An honorarium of $20 per contact, with a maximum of $120 will be provided for service recipients who participate in this project) § BCYSTH Member agencies from the Violence Against Women’s sector; § Representatives from the Mental Wellness and Substance Use Sectors (in each of the 5 regional health authorities) [FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS] We have attached an application package for Service Providers who may be interested in participating. Please circulate the enclosed information to your contacts, colleagues and networks. [FOR SERVICE RECIPIENT] All Service Recipients (women who have experienced violence and who have varying levels of mental wellness and substance use) will receive an honorarium for their participation ($20 per contact, up to $120). We have attached an application package for Service Recipients. We have also attached a PDF information sheet for Service Recipients. We would appreciate your assistance in making this information available to women who may be interested in participating. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss how this can best work for Service Recipients accessing service within your agencies. We understand life is sometimes chaotic and that there may be challenges and barriers to Service Recipients’ involvement. So, we are committed to being flexible and ensuring that their voices are heard. If a woman is interested and would like to talk about how she can be a part of this Working Group, she is welcome to contact me directly. Please let us know if you would like hard copies mailed to your agency. Thank you for your assistance! Rebecca Haskell Project Coordinator BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses #325-119 W. Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5 Phone: 604.669.6943 ext 221 Toll Free: 1.800.661.1040 ext 221 Fax: 604.682.6962 www.bcysth.ca BC Yukon Society of Transition Houses is a “Centre of Excellence” enhancing the continuum of services and strategies necessary to end violence against women, youth and children.


Book News Vol. 4 No. 38


Big names abound at the 22nd annual Writers Festival in October
The 2009 line up has just been announced. Find out who’s coming and download a PDF of the program guide here: http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/2009festival. Tickets go on sale September 1 to members and September 11 to the general public.

David Sedaris Special Event
On Sunday, November 1, David Sedaris will entertain and delight Vancouver-area audiences at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver. The author of the best-sellers When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, returns to Vancouver by popular demand following his 2007 sold out performance to read selections of his latest work including never before published stories. A hugely popular humorist, Sedaris is the author of six books and is a regular contributor on National Public Radio. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster by phone 604.280.3311 or at www.ticketmaster.ca by using the code “writers”. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Margaret Atwood Special Event: The Year of the Flood
Tickets for the October 1 special event featuring a dramatic reading by Ms. Atwood are now available through VancouverTix (www.vancouvertix.com). Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Volunteer information and registration for our 2009 Festival is now on-line at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/volunteerreg. Registration deadline for returning volunteers is Friday, August 28 and for first-time volunteers Tuesday, September 8. Volunteers are assigned and scheduled on a first-registered/first-assigned and scheduled basis, according to our needs and with your availability, experience, talents and preferences in mind. PRIORITY IS GIVEN VOLUNTEERS WHO CAN COMMIT TO (AND DELIVER) A MINIMUM OF 12 HOURS. Questions? Contact Volunteer Manager Kathryn Fowler 604 681-6330 x101 or by e-mail: kf*****@wr*********.ca.

Malcolm Gladwell dissects the actions and arguments of Atticus Finch, the moral compass in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird, and demonstrates that a book “we thought instructed us about the world tells us, instead, about the limitations of Jim Crow liberalism in Maycomb, Alabama.”

This article in the Literary Review of Canada looks at the explosion of book reviewing that has come with electronic technology, making it important to distinguish between reviews as “consumer reports” on websites such as Amazon.com, and reviews that perform a more traditional, pedagogical function.


Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, the story of a boy who is raised by ghosts, was awarded the Hugo science fiction award for best novel at the World Science Fiction Convention, held last week in Montreal.

At the same convention, Regina writer Edward Willett won the Aurora Award, the top prize in the category of best long-form work in English, for his novel Marseguro, a tale of a race of amphibians struggling for survival on a water planet.


In her new collection of stories, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, Maile Meloy writes “domestically familiar scenarios in unadorned prose, and yet somehow, around every bend, you find yourself bracing for danger.” Read the rest of Charlotte Gill’s review in the Globe & Mail.

In her second collection of poetry, Lousy Explorers, Laisha Rosnau offers an “edgy, big-hearted plunge into those moments of shift that show us at our most human.”

The Globe & Mail commends Nice Man Cometh by veteran novelist David Carpenter and a debut work, Sage Island, by UBC grad Samantha Warwick.

The Guardian writes that Penelope’s Lively’s 16th novel, Family Album, should be “rated as one of her most impressive works.”

Jonathan Ames’s new book The Double Life is Twice as Good comprises essays, freelance magazine features and short stories. But this reviewer thinks “Ames’s writing is best when he’s being Jonathan Ames, a balding man from the New Jersey suburbs now living as a cult writer in Brooklyn, New York.”

Of his new novel, Galore, Michael Crummey says: “in an odd way, I feel like everything I’ve written in my life up till now led me to this book.” Read the full interview in the National Post.

The NY Times profiles Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin who has emerged in recent years as one of the leading voices in experimental Spanish-language fiction.

Gil Adamson’s debut novel The Outlander was published in Canada in 2007 to much acclaim. The book has now been released in the UK and in this interview with the Guardian Adamson talks about her novel’s success and promises it won’t take 10 years to write her next one.

Simon Houpt talks to 29-year-old Reif Larsen whose debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet sold for a reported $1-million advance and has been scooped up by publishers around the world.

Anna Porter, author of Kastzner’s Train, writes in the Globe & Mail about reading at the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association in New York City, best known simply as 92nd Street Y, or the “Carnegie Hall for authors.”


The book club will be reading and discussing The Traveler by John Twelve. Thursday, August 13 at 7:00pm. The Grind & Gallery, 4124 Main. More information at Da************@ya***.ca.

Featuring participants George Bowering, Pauline Butling, Clark Coolidge, Judith Copithorne, Maria Hindmarch, Robert Hogg, Lionel Kearns, Bernice Lever, Daphne Marlatt, Michael Palmer, Jamie Reid, and Fred Wah from the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference. August 14; panel at 1:00pm, readings at 7:00pm. Free admission. SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings. More information at www.kswnet.org/.

The Campoverde Social Club presents a reading from SUM: 40 Tales from the Afterlife by Houston-based author and neuroscientist David Eagleman. Friday, August 14 at 7:00pm. Tickets $20, free for members. Campoverde Social Club (1660 Cypress). More information at www.campoverde.ca/.

27th annual summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices. August 13-16, Sechelt, BC. Information at www.writersfestival.ca.

Van Slam featuring Elyse Martin. Monday, August 17 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

Annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday, August 22 at 12 noon. Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park. Details at www.pandorascollective.com.


National book and magazine festival – held downtown at Library Square in the concourse. Fun and educational for all ages. Sunday, September 27 from 11am to 5pm. Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia. More information at http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/vancouver.

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Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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New Writing Course for Consumers!

Get It Write

April 23/09 from 10am – 12pm and April 24/09 from 10am – 4pm

Developed and led by Susan Katz (creator of the Consumer Initiative Fund’s ‘Write from the Heart’ and ‘Recovery Narrative Project’), this 1.5 day writing workshop is for mental health consumers wishing to lift their writing to new levels and learn how to carry on their own writing practice at home. We focus on producing writing; learning creative and fun methods of accessing our words with simple writing exercises and body movements; and developing skills to effectively give, receive, and incorporate feedback from your audience.

This program is a real confidence-builder, and ideal for consumers wishing to go on to conventional writing programs or to create their own writing practice. No previous experience necessary, but do bring a journal of your choice to write in, a bag lunch and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Light refreshments provided.Cost: $100Registration: PeerNetBC 604-733-6186 http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1819631/
Location: PeerNetBC boardroom #306-1212 W. Broadway www.peernetbc.com/

Mary Ellen Copeland – A WRAP Valentine

A WRAP Valentine The best Valentine you can give yourself this Valentine’s Day is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)! If you already have a WRAP, this may be the perfect time to check to see if you have enough LOVE in your Wellness Tools, Daily Maintenance Plan, Action Plans, and even in your Crisis Plan and Post Crisis Plan. Are you doing the same Wellness Tools over and over again? Are they losing some of their effectiveness from repetition? Add a little LOVE to your Wellness Tools list with some challenging and fun activities. Ask other people what they do for enjoyment and relaxation. Liven up your Wellness Tools and your Wellness Tools will liven you up! One of my favorite parts of WRAP is “What I’m Like When I’m Well” – I wonder what my list would look like if I described myself LOVINGLY from my heart. Is your Daily Maintenance Plan getting boring? In your Daily Maintenance Plan you can LOVE yourself up a little with a new kind of tea or coffee, adding meditation to your mornings, getting in a refreshing walk, starting a new journal or whatever LOVING activities strike your fancy! The Action Plans you have devised for Triggers, Early Warning Signs, or Things Breaking Down don’t all have to be serious – many can be fun and creative! When you are feeling off-kilter, you appreciate the LOVING help of your supporters. They will be able to help you much more effectively if you have devised a WRAP plan that validates you in many positive and caring ways. And who needs LOVE more than a person in crisis? You can review your Crisis Plan and make sure that it takes care of all your important details so you can get the LOVING care you deserve, if necessary. Ask yourself: how will you “feel the LOVE” if you are in crisis? Would that mean having one of your supporters bringing you chocolate chip cookies, or art supplies, or pen and paper? Or maybe you would just like someone to sit with you for a while? In the Post Crisis Plan, the LOVING assistance of your supporters will ease this transition in many different ways. Look over your plan and be sure that you have included some fun and relaxing activities to do as you continue your journey back to wellness. So whether you are just about to create a WRAP, or have one already — remember Valentine’s Day is not the only day that LOVE is important! During this season of love, remembering to love ourselves is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. Remember to breathe in the LOVE and LOVE up your WRAP, too! Not to worry if you’re not feeling in the LOVE zone right now. Developing a WRAP and keeping yourself in active rhythm with it is a really great way to build self-confidence, empower yourself, raise self-esteem, and help you to see yourself for the amazing person you are. “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” — Morrie Schwartz For information on WRAP and other materials by Mary Ellen Copeland and her co-authors and online courses (some for CEU credit): www.mentalhealthrecovery.com Love, love, love! Carol Carol Bailey Floyd Director of Programs Mental Health Recovery and WRAP P.O. Box 301 West Dummerston, VT 05357-0301 Phone: 330-836-4456 (Ohio) or 802-254-2092 (Vermont) Fax: 802-257-7499 Email: in**@me******************.com Website: www.mentalhealthrecovery.com Book Orders Phone: 802-425-3660 Fax: 802-425-5580 Email: bo***@me******************.com Order online: mentalhealthrecovery.com Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Stephen Pocklington, Executive Director PO Box 6464 Chandler, AZ 85246 Toll Free: 866 I DO WRAP (866-436-9727) Phone: 480-855-3282 Fax: 480-855-5118 Email: in**@co************.com Website: www.copelandcenter.com Mental Health Recovery and WRAP Trainings, Workshops and Consultation Toll Free: 866 I DO WRAP (866-436-9727) in**@co************.com

PSW Training

If you know of anyone from Vancouver who might be interested in the Peer Support Worker Training Program, please feel free to pass this information on to them.



Closing Date February 27, 2009

Training: Sept. 11/09 – Feb. 26/2010 (Mondays 9am-12pm, Fridays 1-4pm)
Practicum: Mar. 2010 onward


* Application Form (see attached or obtain form at reception)
* Resume
* Two Letters of Reference (2) not from family members


* Have personal experience receiving mental health services
* Role model to people recovering from serious mental illness
* Good interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to be empathetic, supportive and patient
* Able to learn and work in a classroom setting for 3-4 hrs/class
* Adequate writing and reading skills
* Present in a professional manner
* Work cooperatively and collaboratively with mental health staff
* Like working with a variety of people and have an appreciation of each individual’s unique value
* Willing to work with a culturally diverse population
* Related experience is an asset, though not required


* Complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC)
* CRC cost is $55, reimbursed to those who have been short-listed after interviews and upon submission of receipt

Peer Support Office
200 – 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
PHONE: 604-708-5274
FAX: 604-874-7661




Phone: Email:

1. What motivated you to apply for this training program?

2. What do you hope to gain from this training?

3. How would you define the role of a Peer Support Worker?

4. If applicable, list your background related to mental health courses
or programs, volunteer or employment experience that you would consider to be an asset for this training?

5. What personal life experiences have you had that you consider to be an asset for doing peer support work?

6. Please share some of your thoughts and feelings about having been given a mental health diagnosis?

7. As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that you would like to work with? Please explain.

8. As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that you would find difficult to work with? Please explain.

9. What would you do if a person with who you are doing peer support work with wants to do something that goes against your beliefs and values but isn’t something illegal or unsafe?

10. Anything else that you would like us to take into consideration?

Book News Vol. 4 No. 7


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

Spoken World
Spoken word stars from three continents. Featuring Regie Cabico (US), Morganics (AUS), Lemn Sissay (UK) and Kinnie Starr (CAN) and the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band, Poetic License. Regie Cabico won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and top prize in three National Poetry Slams. Morganics is an award-winning Sydney based hip hop artist, performer and director. Lemn Sissay is a performer and playwright and the author of four poetry collections. Kinnie Starr has produced four critically acclaimed records and was nominated for a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year.

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

Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors (Vancouver Tix surcharges will apply). Tickets available through Vancouver Tix: 604.629.8849 or online at www.vancouvertix.com. More information: www.writersfest.bc.ca.

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 20
$35 (lunch included)
Register today!
Registration: 604 681 6330 or www.writersfest.bc.ca

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.

The Globe & Mail offers a re-cap of the year in publishing and reassures us that despite the economic downturn, writers will continue to write.

This assessment of the publishing world in The NY Times is a little bleaker.

Russell Smith writes that despite all the “disadvantages of reading,” the activity is alive and well.

An agreement between the Cuban national heritage authorities and the New York-based Social Science Research Council has allowed for the digitization of thousands documents that writer Ernest Hemingway kept at his Cuban home.

Calgary poet Dennis Bok’s 2002 collection of poetry, Eunoia, released in Britain in October, became the No. 8 seller on Amazon U.K. Christmas week, made the Times of London‘s list of the year’s top 10 books and remains the top-selling book of poetry in Britain.


The nominees for the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction have been announced.

And here are the winners of the Costa Book Awards, among them 91-year-old Diana Athill in the biography category for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End.


Jayne Anne Phillips’s new novel Lark and Termite is “incandescent and utterly original” writes The NY Times.

Azar Nafisi’s second memoir, Things I’ve Been Silent About, is much more intimate than her first, Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Louise Erdrich’s latest collection of short stories, The Red Convertible, comprises 36 stories and is “a keepsake of the American experience.”

Michel Faber’s The Fire Gospel is the author’s contribution to Canongate’s series of short novels based on myths, this one nominally linked to the story of Prometheus.

In this interview with Norwegian writer Per Petterson, winner of the 2007 Dublin IMPAC Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, the author discusses the toll of success, the ferry disaster that took his parents, and his life on a farmstead outside Oslo.

Mystery writer Dennis Lehane talks with the Globe & Mail about seeing his books made into films, why Boston is his spiritual home and what his plans are for his next book.


Associate publisher at Greystone Books discusses what is happening in the industry, what publishers are looking for, and what a successful publication pitch includes. Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00pm. CAA member free, non-members $5. Alliance for Arts and Culture (100-938 Howe).

Win tickets to be in the audience of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club on Friday, January 16th with Rob Kapilow from What Makes It Great on NPR. With his new book All You Have to Do is Listen, Rob gives the reader and listener a set of tools to use when listening to any piece of music in order to hear its “plot” – its story told in notes. To win tickets to the dynamically entertaining Rob Kapilow go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.


Award-winning author reads from his novel The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, a teen story about an Ojibway vampire. Monday, January 19 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

Author will read from her latest collection of poetry, Treble. Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages & snacks will be provided and the author will autograph your copy of her book. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 8th Ave. W.). For more information phone 604-733-1356 or visit www.christiannehayward.com.

Writer and DaVinci’s Inquest actor Stephen Miller is writer in residence at the Wickaninnish Inn from January 30 to February 1. Stephen is the author of historical thrillers including Field of Mars and its sequel, The Last Train to Kazan. Morning and afternoon workshops on Saturday, January 31, reading and discussion 5:30 – 7:00pm. Fireside chat with Stephen on Sunday, February 1 from noon – 3pm. Tickets available for sale at Tofino’s Wildside Booksellers (1-800-863-4664 or http://tofino-kayaking.com/store-accommodations.html). Events are free of charge for guests of the Inn. www.wickinn.com.

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