Thursday, 28 February 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 17


Last week the BC government announced the establishment of a new $150-million BC150 Cultural Fund as a permanent endowment. The Fund will generate approximately $8 million a year in revenue, which will be administered by the BC Arts Council. The VIWF would like to recognize and thank the government for its support of arts and culture in the recent budget and if you would like to add your name to a letter we will be sending to the government, just hit 'reply' and tell us your name in the body of the email.

One hundred aspiring writers and 12 of Vancouver's finest authors conspired to create instant literature at the second annual Vancouver Writes, hosted by CBC's Lisa Christiansen. The winning table, working with coach Caroline Adderson, produced Marion in Four Views, which is on our website ( and will be published in the summer issue of Geist.

The television adaptation of Guy Vanderhaeghe's wonderful novel The Englishman's Boy debuts on CBC TV on Sunday.

The Booker prize is 40 years old and to celebrate they are going to choose a "best of the Booker" from the list of previous winners. Of course the bookies are setting odds for the winner.

Alain Robbe-Grillet, a "new novelist" and filmmaker who rejected conventional storytelling and was one of France's most important avant-garde writers, died on Monday.

This is an article from the Georgia Straight that invites three leading figures from the arts community to give their views on Vancouver at a cultural crossroads.


Congratulations to Barbara Gowdy who was given the rank of Member of the Order of Canada last week.

The shortlist for the Kiriyama Prize, given for books that promote "greater understanding" of South Asia and the Pacific Rim, has been announced.

Several writers who attended our Festival last year are nominated for Writers' Trust awards including Nancy Huston, Tim Bowling, and Anna Porter. Shaena Lambert of Vancouver is also nominated for her novel Radiance.

A book on Canada's role in Afghanistan has won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for excellence in political writing.

And finally, a writer from France has won Montreal's Blue Metropolis Award.


Sarah Ellis has written the latest book in Scholastic's Dear Canada series. Here is a glowing review and a diary entry.

I can't think of too many great novels set in Las Vegas, but a debut Vegas novel by Charles Bock is receiving fine notices in at least three countries.

This review of Mary Swan's new novel The Boys in the Trees let's you know in the first sentence what the reviewer thinks: "...a splendid book that, once started, is very hard to put down."

A review from the Georgia Straight of Erna Paris' book on the formation of the International Criminal Court.

The New York Times reviews new visual books about the Mad magazine cartoonist Basil Wolverton; Hergé, the creator of Tintin; Times Square; and art deco in Havana.

The great American poet Robert Creeley died in 2005 but a new Selected Poems has just been released that this reviewer calls brilliant and essential.

The New Yorker takes a look at the new novels by Hari Kunzru and Peter Carey, both set in the radical underground of late-sixties and early-seventies.


The On Edge Reading Series presents reading by the author of Small Arguments and Found. Thursday, February 28 at 5:30pm, free. Room 406, Emily Carr Institute, 1399 Johnston Street. More information at

Listen to Hiromi Goto, author of Hopeful Monsters, as she reads from her work, then join in an interactive discussion on writing and the role of writing in our lives. Thursday, February 28 at 7:00pm, free. Carnegie Theatre, Carnegie Branch, 401 Main Street.

Join the author as he reads from his debut novel, Soucouyant, shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award, and longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

Author of The Great Bear Rainforest describes his experiences with coastal wolves. Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm. Tix $17 in advance/$19 at the door. HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street. More information at

As part of the Freedom to Read Week, authors read from their works. Thursday, February 28 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, plaza level. More info:

VCC writer-in-residence gives a public reading of his latest collection of poetry, Falsework. Special musical guests Sal Ferreras and his stellar ensemble. Thursday, February 28 at 8:00pm. Tix $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Call 604.871.7351 or visit the cashier's office on the fourth floor of the Broadway campus. Info:

Four young Filipino Canadian writers, three poets and a short story author, will read from work they created in a workshop with VPL Writer-in-Residence, Hiromi Goto. Friday, February 29 at 7:00pm, 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.

Canadian SF writer and ecologist reads from her latest book, Darwin's Paradox, an ecological SF thriller set in Ontario. Saturday, March 1 at 2:00pm. Indigo-Marine Drive (1025 Marine Drive, North Vancouver). More info:

The Editors' Association of Canada presents a workshop by Lois Peterson in which participants will gain insights into effective storytelling by editing their own and others' fiction. Saturday, March 1 at 11am-5pm. Members $120/Nonmembers $180. Labatt Hall, Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings). More information at

World premier of the opera based on Timothy Findley's novel, Pilgrim. Performances: March 2 at 3:00pm; March 4, 6, 8 at 8:00pm. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road. Info: or phone 604.822.9197.

Anosh Irani
, playwright and Governor General's Award-nominee, sits down with Arts Club Theatre Company's Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd to talk about his latest play, Bombay Black before the performance. Monday, March 3; reception at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7:00pm. Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St. More info:

Reading by author of DeNiro's Game. Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square, plaza level (800 Robson Street). More info at For more information see or

Author of The Jade Peony and All That Matters reads from his works. Wednesday, March 5 at 3:00pm, free. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Point Grey (1961 East Mall). For more information see or

Author of DeNiro's Game reads from his works. Thursday, March 6 at 3:00pm, free. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC Point Grey (1961 East Mall). For more information see or

Acclaimed Canadian poet-novelist reads from her new novel Falling and her recent poetry. Friday, March 7 at 1:00pm. Buchanan C, 4th floor, 1866 West Mall. More information at


Freelance journalist, author of This Heated Place, and adjunct professor of Creative Writing at UBC, Deborah Campbell will talk about her experiences as a field researcher and reporter in conflict zones. Tuesday, March 11 at 12:00 noon, free. This event is sponsored and hosted by UBC Creative Writing. More info at

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Fwd: Federation of BC Writers' AGM and Literary Writes

The Federation of BC Writers presents
The 20th Annual Literary Writes Competition

This Year's Category: Short Fiction, any genre
(literary, mystery, romance, speculative or science fiction)
Deadline: July 1, 2008
First Prize: $500 and publication in WordWorks

Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150

The Federation of BC Writers is calling upon all creative souls to enter this year's
Literary Writes fiction contest. Be it literary or mystery, speculative or science,
your short story should grab the readers' attention, holding them sweet hostage
until the very end. Enter now and you could be a winner in Literary Writes 2008!
For submission guidelines, check out


Monday, 25 February 2008

Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts performances



3214 West 10th Ave

Saturday March 15 @7:30pm

"It seems so distant now, the fact that 3 ½ years ago, I was homeless and completely alienated from society. In my mind, it is nothing short of a miracle that I am alive & well and presenting this play to you." - Dalannah Gail Bowen

The Returning Journey is the semi-autobiographical story of Dalannah Gail Bowen. It is her story of hope & joy, of overcoming the tragedies of child-abuse, addiction and homelessness to "becoming" - becoming whole and a contributor to society and to her art. Sharing the deepest of emotions of her personal journey, the audience will be moved with this thought provoking and inspiring performance. - Firehall Theatre review

"The Returning Journey" is a story of loss, a story of hope, a story of strength & courage and, finally, of joy. Sharing the deepest of emotions of Dalannah's personal journey, the audience will be moved with this thought-provoking and inspiring performance.

"The project began from writing a series of poems. I recognized that I had traveled an incredibly difficult road in life but had overcome those challenges. After participating in "Urinetown - The Musical", I realized that I had the ability to communicate my experience and strength in an inspiring way, and that this story needed to be told."- Dalannah Gail Bowen

A consummate jazz & blues vocalist, Dalannah combines her musical talents with her African-Canadian/Cherokee background in this project. The work includes blues, jazz, and traditional First Nations songs intertwined with original poems that come from every part of her life experience. All the music is written by Bowen and Grammy-nominated producer and musician Michael Creber, who has worked with many great talents such as k.d. lang and David Foster.


Tickets are $15 and all profits go to Dalannah's dream of creating a Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts.

**For tickets or info phone Mel Lehan @ 604-731-0599 or e-mail <>

Please send cheques to: 2831 W 3rd Ave V6K 1M8



3214 West 10th Ave

Friday April 18 @7:30pm

Mahalia Jackson was considered the epitome of gospel music. As one of the pioneers of the gospel movement, Mahalia Jackson brought the sounds of gospel music to the world.

Dalannah Gail Bowen, well-known jazz/blues/gospel singer, is presenting "The Songs OF Mahalia Jackson". This presentation will feature selections from the repertoire of Mahalia Jackson, including famous songs like "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", "Didn't It Rain" and more.

With a three-piece band and two back-up singers, The Songs of Mahalia Jackson 2008 will be a concert not to be missed.


Tickets are $15 and all profits go to Dalannah's dream of creating a Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts

**For tickets or info phone Mel @ 604-731-0599 or e-mail** <**>

Please send cheques to: 2831 W 3rd Ave V6K 1M8


The Downtown Eastside Centre For The Arts

The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts is a new initiative under the umbrella of the Community Arts council of Vancouver. The purpose is to create a space that offers accessible arts programming to the people of the Downtown Eastside. This space will provide fixed and regular arts programming and open sessions in the arts specifically music, theatre, dance and visual arts with a strong aboriginal component. Our goal is to raise enough funds to be open by the fall of 2009.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Bursaries, Lectures, Medication Choice News

We Want to Hear From You! Take Our Quick Survey on Mental Health Care
A recent report by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) called "Lost in Transition" details how the lack of capacity in the mental health system is failing people with mental illness in Vancouver draining police resources. Our experience tells us this isn't just a Vancouver issue; tell us if we're right or not. Our quick 10 question survey is anonymous and confidential and takes just a few minutes to fill out. Your responses will guide CMHA policy work moving forward. We'll post initial findings by the end of February. Take the survey now.

Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Accepting Applications - Due April 25
Each year, the Lorne Fraser Educational Fund is awarded to people with a mental illness to help further their pursuit of post-secondary education. There are 7 bursaries for $700 which are based on the annual interest of the fund and are awarded for the fall term of each year. Lorne Fraser is committed to increasing opportunities for people with a mental illness. He has had bipolar disorder for many years and is aware of the difficulties associated with mental illness. He continues to raise the capital to build the fund and recognizes the importance of education to the personal well-being of a contributing member of society. Since 1982, the Lorne Fraser Fund has helped more than 100 British Columbians pursue their educational dreams. The program is currently accepting applications until April 25, 2008. To learn more about the fund and download an application form, visit

The Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health Project
The Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health project offers mental health support to patients coping with chronic health conditions. Through psychoeducation and guided self-help, Bounce Back can help primary health care practitioners to help patients improve their quality of life. This project is led by CMHA BC Division and funded by the BC Ministry of Health. For more information visit

Read the Latest Visions Magazine on Medications
Medications are often a double-edged sword. They can lift symptoms of mental illness or addiction so that people can feel well enough to do all the other hard work needed for recovery. But they also present a host of complex challenges from side effects and interactions, to affordability and access. This issue of Visions: BC's Mental Health and Addictions Journal aims to help consumers feel more like partners in their care and tries to present a helpful guide into the complex world of pharmaceutical treatment of mental or substance use disorders. Visions is produced by CMHA BC Division on behalf of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. Read it online at
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To subscribe or unsubscribe to e-Visions, simply use the sign up form at It's a free subscription!
>> Visions looking for reactions to recent issue! Read something in the Medications issue that made you think? We'd like to hear your reactions to any article or articles in the last issue. We'll print them in our next issue. Email your letters to the editor to

North Shore Health Lecture Series
The weekly Health Lecture Series organized by CMHA North and West Vancouver Branch meets on the 2nd floor of the John Braithwaite Community Centre at 145 West 1st Street in North Vancouver (between Chesterfield and Lonsdale Avenue). All lectures start at 7pm. Admission by donation. For more information please phone 604-987-6959 or visit
Feburary 27 - Unlocking the mystery with choice therapy
March 5 - The Power of Gratitude

New Online Clubhouse for Persons with Mood Disorders
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a consumer-directed mental health organization in the US, launched on December 3, 2007. The new website offers support and information for those living with depression and bipolar disorder. It allows visitors to use and customize personal journals, wellness plans and books. It also offers meditation and yoga presentations online, and provides other recovery tools and inspirational messages. To visit the website, go to to

Making Informed Choices about Psychiatric Medications
The achievement of autonomy in managing psychiatric medications is the subject of a recent special issue of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health (CJCMH). The issue focuses on the degree of choice people have when taking medications and the challenges they face in making informed decisions about medications. The issue also includes a handbook called My Self-Management Guide to Psychiatric Medication which includes facts about medications, their therapeutic and side-effects and how to ask questions about psychiatric treatment in order to make informed choices. See "Medication and Mental Health: Promoting Autonomy," available at To order My Self-Management Guide to Psychiatric Medication, contact one of the guide's co-creators, a Quebec coalition of alternative mental health resources (RRASMQ), by e-mailing

UBC Study Seeks Consumers with Unipolar or Bipolar Diagnosis
Early studies suggest that disturbance of the stress hormone system may cause problems in cognitive function and make the symptoms of unipolar and bipolar disorders worse. Dr. Allan Young from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia is recruiting subjects for a study on stress hormone levels in patients with mood disorders. The study looks at levels of cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone and their connection to thinking and memory. If you have a diagnosis of unipolar or bipolar disorder and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Sean McIsaac at 604-827-3352 or for further details.

Help Shape the Future of Bipolar Disorder Research - March 13
Dr. Erin Michalak from the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and members of CREST.BD (The Collaborative Research Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder) are holding a consultation event entitled: Psychosocial issues in bipolar disorder: setting the CREST.BD agenda. The day aims to identify ways of supporting a meaningful collaboration between CREST.BD and the consumer sector, and to help shape CREST.BD's future research agenda. The event takes place at Cecil Green Park on UBC campus in Vancouver. If you experience bipolar disorder, or are associated with a relevant consumer or community group and would like to attend, please contact Erica Amari for further details at 604 822 7247 or

Seminars at UBC

Seminar February 28 2008:
The Redemptive Self: The Therapeutic Value of Telling your Story
Dan McAdams, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Charles Deering McCormick
Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Professor of Human Development and
Social Policy, Northwestern University Mental Health Commission of Canada Knowledge Exchange Centre
The UBC Institute of Mental Health continues to sponsor its interdisciplinary colloquium series.
These seminars take place on Thursdays at noon in Room 2NA/B at UBC’s Detwiller Lecture Theatre
(2255 Wesbrook Mall, basement) at UBC’s Point Grey campus

Cracked but Not Broken – International Conference at UBC Life Sciences Centre

April 16-20 2008, Vancouver, BC

Cracked but not Broken is a three day international conference
hosted by UBC in collaboration with the Centre of Health
Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) and the UBC
Department of Psychiatry. The conference will bring together
experts and stakeholders from various continents, cultures, and
disciplines to share their unique experiences and solutions on
stimulant abuse. Focusing on the particular vulnerabilities in
youth, the conference will examine pregnancy and stimulant use,
concurrent disorders, physical and mental illness associated with
stimulant use, and the best evidence-based pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for
adolescents. For more information on the conference and how to register, click here (PDF).

The mission of the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network is to contribute to the
excellence of mental health and addictions research in British Columbia by strengthening relationships
among researchers across disciplines, institutions and health services organizations. The Network
aims to build research capacity and to foster collaborative research that will inform policy and practice
in the field of mental health and addictions.
Contact Us

Network Coordinator Communications and Research Analyst
Dr. Jane Hood Ms. Tenny Bache
Tel (604) 707-6393 Tel (604) 707-6390

Join the Network at

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Vancouver International Writers Festival


We regret to report the death of Val Ross, journalist, author, and passionate friend of the arts.

Publisher and writer Anna Porter has been appointed to the Board of the Canada Council of the Arts, effective March.

Toronto is soon to have the statue of Al Purdy that Scott Griffin (owner of House of Anansi and founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize) has been promoting.

If your quiet private space for writing gets as a new neighbour a small shoe factory, will the fumes affect your ability to write? Make your work lowbrow?

About a month ago, the Book News Collective encountered an article about a pseudonymous author, Inger Ash Wolfe, apparently a Canadian. When it came time to mention it in our newsletter, the article had disappeared. Now s/he-and the hunt-have returned.

New and emerging writers from Quebec, Alberta and Ontario are among the latest winners of the CBC Literary Awards.

Canadians are well represented on the shortlist in the Canada and the Caribbean region for the 22nd Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Three writers nominated in the region's best first book category David Chariandy, Ameen Merchant, and Neil Smith appeared in a event together at our festival last year.

Award-winning author Zadie Smith has created a spat with her comments on literary awards.


On the Anne of Green Gables prequel, the Toronto Star and Washington Post reviewers agree that Budge Wilson got it right.

Russell Banks places his novel The Reserve in the Adirondacks during the Great Depression.,0,2177879.story

Linda Grant's new book The Clothes on Their Backs deals with identity, belonging, and the perils of hypocrisy.,,2257413,00.html

Benazir Bhutto's Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West is part memoir, part campaign book for a campaign cut short.

Susan Jacoby's latest book-The Age of Unreason-argues that Americans are hostile to knowledge. The follow-up question on the NY Times website: Why do you think Americans are perceived as being hostile to global knowledge? had generated 978 comments when we last checked.,0,6680233.story

In The Terror Dream: What 9/11 Revealed about America, Susan Faludi challenges the myth that after 9/11 American women wanted to give up their careers, get married and have children. Here is an interview and an extract:,,2257611,00.html,,2258139,00.html

We know the names and books of many 20th Century American writers, but who was Richard Yates? An upcoming film based on Revolutionary Road and Vintage Classics' re-issue of his seven novels will introduce us to "one of the three unarguably great American novelists of the 20th century" (David Hare).,,2257429,00.html


Discussion of Michael Crichton's novel Sphere. Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm, free. Our Town Cafe (245 E. Broadway). More information at

Memewar launches its fifth issue with readings by Stephen Collis, Phinder Dulai, Rhoda Hodjati, and Amanda Ryan, plus music by Italian Edition and mydearestfriends. Thursday, February 21 at 8:30pm. Admission $8 (includes a copy of the magazine). Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir). More information at

Sharon Butala
welcomes readers of her popular memoirs and novels to Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver. Friday, February 22 at 7:30-9:00pm. Admission by donation. Space is limited, so to ensure a seat, please RSVP Visit for more information.

In this workshop, award-winning author and playwright Dennis Foon will examine the demands of speculative fiction and fantasy writing, offering tips on how a seed of an idea can evolve into a fully realized world. Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm. Free but registration required - contact Kyle Greenwood of the Writers' Trust of Canada at: 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.

Long-time printer/publisher, collector and author will discuss strategies for collecting and publishing. Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm. Free admission but please reserve: 778.782.6704 or Refreshments following lecture. Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, room 470, SFU Vancouver (580 W. Hastings). More info:

Part of the Freedom to Read Week, author reads from her novel The Lizard Cage. Wednesday, February 27 at 3:00pm, free. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC (1961 East Mall). More info:

Author will be reading from Falsework, a work of narrative poetry about the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge while under construction in June 1958. Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library , 4595 Albert St. For more information, please call 604-299-8955.

The Canada Council for the Arts presents a reading by the Vancouver novelist and poet. Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30pm, free. Langara College (100 W. 49th).

As part of the Freedom to Read Week, author reads from her works. Thursday, February 28 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, plaza level. More info:

VCC writer-in-residence gives a public reading of his latest collection of poetry, Falsework. Special musical guests Sal Ferreras and his stellar ensemble. Thursday, February 28 at 8:00pm. Tix $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Call 604.871.7351 or visit the cashier's office on the fourth floor of the Broadway campus.

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Thursday, 21 February 2008

Dream Healer Free Lectures

An opera based on Pilgrim by Timothy Findley Music by LLOYD BURRITT
Original Libretto and Adaptation by CHRISTOPHER ALLAN
Revised Libretto and Additional Material by DON MOWATT hometicketsartists reviewslecturesstory audiopatronsartcreators director's noteshistoryresources contact
Read the article by Mari-Lou Rowley, that appears in the Spring/Summer issue of
UBC Medicine Magazine.
March 2008 - The Dream Healer Symposium
on Psychiatry and Mental Health exploring issues related to mental ill health

Monday March 3 7:30 pm
Wednesday March 5 7:30 pm
Friday March 7 7:30 pm Presented by UBC Department of Psychiatry
UBC Institute of Mental Health
UBC Opera Division
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC

Free admission to all lectures
Monday March 3: The stigma of living with mental ill health Professor Wulf Rössler
Head, Department of Clinical and Social Psychiatry (Burghölzli Clinic) University of Zurich
Wednesday March 5: C.G. Jung: The man and the myth Dr. Thomas B. Kirsch
Faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco
Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford Medical Center.
Friday March 7: Compassionate approaches to mental ill health – a panel discussion Margaret Trudeau
Celebrated Canadian and Mental Health Advocate
Bill Wilkerson
Co-Founder and CEO, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health
Professor Allan Young
Co-Director, UBC Institute of Mental Health

The Dream Healer Original Adaptation and Libretto: Christopher Allan © 2002 © 2004. Revised Libretto and Additional Material by Don Mowatt © 2005 © 2007 © 2008. Adapted from the book Pilgrim by Timothy Findley, Harper Flamingo, Canada © 1999 by Pebble Productions, Inc. Music: Lloyd Burritt © 2000 © 2004 © 2005 © 2007 © 2008 SOCAN.
All contents of copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007 © 2008 Lloyd Burritt.

DBSA's e-Update for February 2008

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DBSA e-Update Newsletter - February 2008

Welcome to the February 2008 edition of DBSA's e-Update! If you have any feedback for us, please e-mail Thanks for reading … and feel free to forward to a friend!

Announcing the DBSA 2008 National Conference

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Tap into the power of peers this September 10-14 in Norfolk, Virginia, as DBSA presents a conference of compelling educational institutes, breakout sessions and an unprecedented lineup of renowned keynote speakers:

  • Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of The Unquiet Mind and Touched with Fire
  • Pat Deegan, PhD, leader in the consumer/survivor movement and co-founder of the National Empowerment Center, Inc., and Boston University's Institute for the Study of Human Resilience
  • and co-keynote speakers, Richard M. Cohen, award-winning author and Larry Fricks, featured in Cohen's latest book, Strong at the Broken Places, and inter nationally known for his work designing the first Medicaid-billable certified peer specialist program in the U.S.

To be held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, the conference promises an empowering weekend in the charming waterfront city of Norfolk! Called a "cultural center of note" by The New York Times, Norfolk offers world-class museums, galleries, performing arts as well as the sandy beaches of Chesapeake Bay.

For the latest details and/or to register,

Reaching More People: DBSA Partners with

Chapter Update MeetupIn an effort to reach out to the hundreds of other support groups available to those living with mood disorders, DBSA has teamed up with's new service, Meetup Alliance, to form the Depression and Bipolar Meetup Alliance, Our hope is that this Alliance will serve as a central location for all affiliated DBSA chapters and unaffiliated groups to come together, access resources, share best practices and support one another. Local groups that participate will get to share tips and best practices to make their local groups more effective by sharing resources on our Meetup Alliance web page or by utilizing the group listserv.

Click here to learn more about the Depression and Bipolar Meetup Alliance and register your group.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Pandora's Collective News

A few quick things of interest!!! Stay warm and enjoy this sunshine while it lasts. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

Tuesday, February 26th


Visit cultural venues with other Pandora's Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We'll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Upcoming Rendezvous: Tuesday Feb 26th - 7pm at The Vancouver Art Gallery.

Meet us on the main floor, in the first room of the exhibit, TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Phototgraph as art,1845-1945. There will be time to browse, to write, (individually and in a group) and to share thoughts and work. Bring your journal, sketch pad and pen and join us for the first ever Voices Vancouver.

Cost: Tuesday is "by donation" at the gallery


Or visit our web site:

Wednesday, March 5th


Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Pandora's Collective.

Time: 7:30 - 10:00pm

Location: Our Town Cafe

245 East Broadway @ Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Read a review by Emily Kendy, contributing writer for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper.


or visit

Other Events

Hello and welcome again; I'm here to invite you to consider checking out or participating in the monthly "57 Varieties" open stage variety show the third Tuesday of every month -- that being tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb 19th) -- at Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings at Cambie, upstairs) running from 8-10 pm, a place where anything (unplugged) can happen providing it's introduced by a bearded man on an accordion. As a special bonus, this month's installment of the series is being preceded by a 7 pm master class literary workshop presented by Wakefield Brewster, Calgary's "lyrical pitbull" of poetry. With luck, the techniques taught at the workshop will be employed and practiced by the students of verbiage at the open stage! (Then we may see if the works succeed when subjected to the house "pass the cookies" test.) Pre-register for the master class with as space is limited to 30! The open stage is free but we're asking $5-8 from workshop participants.


Folks who just can't get enough of Wakefield's sublime canine lyricism can also catch him the following night, Wednesday the 20th, at the Spillious Speak 'n Sing at the Cottage Bistro (4468 Main) -- and while you're out and about, take a look up and see if you can observe the total eclipse of the moon that night!

Friday the 22nd boasts the Vancouver Public Space Network's guerrilla pirate party (ahoy!) on the SeaBus, departing from Waterfront Station at 8:30 pm ... or if you can't bring yourself to depart from East Van, you can also catch Barbara Adler and Jess Hill at Café Deux Soleils.

One more week along, around 9 pm on Friday February 29th, the stomping gentlemen of Headwater will be making the ANZA Club (3 W 8th) resonate with their feet and mouths at an afterparty for that month's Critical Mass ride; again, for those who turn to pumpkins when crossing Ontario, the Fugitives play Lime every night that weekend (1130 Commercial Drive.)


Hello all, just a little early warning reminder that Grind Writers is coming up this Saturday – in case you have anything you'd like to send to me ahead of time for the Feedback group.

We'll do the same thing we did last week – and that is, hit the ground writing. So if you are new, we'll wait to do introductions until after we have written. We've found that if we talk first, we use up an awful lot of the writing/reading time since we are all such good procrastinators. I still wonder why it is, since we all love writing, we are so good at avoiding it – or why we would want to? A conundrum.

Below is information about the group workings for new people.\See you @ 10AM



Upcoming meeting dates:
Sat Feb 23 Sun Mar 9
Sat Mar 22 Sun Apr 6
Sat Apr 19 Sun May 4

Grind Gallery Cafe - 4124 Main St. @ 25th Ave (aka King Edward Ave )
In the back. First one there saves a table, preferably on the stage area at the back-right.

Bring stuff to write with. Laptop friendly.
10AM to Noon: Some stay afterwards to work on their projects, hang out, or go for lunch.

This workshop is turning out to be VERY popular! Reserve your space today by contacting me, or risk loosing out!!



Don't fear the Taxman!

Announcing the most important learning opportunity of 2008:

Tax Fundamentals


Artists and Artisans

Presented by

Marianna Scott

from Quantum Accounting

Sunday, February 24

1pm - 4pm

(Registration starts at 12:30pm)

Kaslo Gardens Co-operative

(Activities Room)

2765 Co-operative Way

(between Kaslo and Slocan Streets on Grandview Highway)

Visit their website for a map:

Cost: $15

This workshop will be ideal for self-employed artists and craftspeople with little or no experience preparing taxes. If you dread tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you.

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of taxation for individuals, with an emphasis on the self-employed. It will cover which expenses are deductible, what kind of record keeping is required and how to get and stay organized.

Marianna Scott has been in accounting since 1987. She has been preparing personal taxes for the self-employed since 1996, with a focus on the arts and culture industry for the past four years. Marianna has completed a course of study to become a Certified Financial Planner. She expects to receive her CFP designation in 2008.

Brought to you by Vancouver Poetry House, as part of its Professional Development Program.

For more information or to pre-register for this important event, contact Steven R. Duncan at 604-788-8340 or email Space is limited.

Reading by Gary Geddes, Wed. Feb. 27th, 7:00 pm

McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert St., North Burnaby; in Confederation Park - one block north of Hastings, one block east of Willingdon)

Geddes will be reading from the recently-published "Falsework". It is a fabulous work of narrative poetry that tells the story of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge while under construction in 1958. Geddes imagines the collapse from the perspectives of workers and families affected by the accident. He also tells his own stories: he was working at Rogers Sugar on the waterfront when the collapse occured, and his father - a diver - was part of the search team sent into Burrard Inlet. As the narrator, Geddes also tells us about his research and his feelings about that research, as well as including archival photos.

Robert Kroetsch has called it " ..a fabulous, a wildly successful book. Gary Geddes goes to where the danger is. 'Falsework' is a new kind of poetry of the city; at once multi-voiced, inquisitive, erotic, tragic. We dare to read our way itno its epic contours." Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio Host, picked it as her favourite book of 2007 (in a Globe and Mail survery), calling it - "...a deeply moving improvisation on the failure of human engineering that is, ultimately, life-affirming. That is the real power of the book".

The reading is free, but space is limited. For more information, please phone 604-299-8955.


Thank you for contributing to the very successful writing group at E-Fry. We are participating in a CAPY art show at Spartacus Books in Vancouver with our very first chapbook. You and your guest(s) are invited to come join us as we celebrate our communities!

Event Facebook Page :

Also, please check out and support CAPY!

Event Info




Celebrate the work of young people for their communities

Time and Place


Friday, February 22, 2008


5:30pm - 7:30pm


Spartacus Books


319 West Hastings


vancouver , BC

REMINDER: It's not too late to sign up for

Poetry for the People – A Com munity Poetry Workshop at Rhizome Café

Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm, February 20th through April 16th

Words can change the world and save our lives. These are the words of June Jordan, founder of Poetry for the People. If you've always wanted to write poetry but felt too intimidated to try – this is the course for you. We will gather Wednesday evenings to read, write and talk about poetry that matters to those of us who work to create communities for change. The classes will provide a supportive forum for language play, bending and inventing traditions and for collaborative writing. We will produce a small anthology of student work and celebrate poetry month with a reading on April 23rd.

Pay what you feel.

To sign up, either phone Rhizome Café at 604-872-3166 or email Shauna Paull at

We hope to see you here!

Café * Community Space * Arts Venue

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC , Coast Salish Territory

For more information:


Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective