Monday, 31 March 2008


Lorne Fraser Educational Fund Accepting Applications - Due April 25 [backtotop]
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

Seeking Participants for Mental Well-Being DVD - Deadline April 4 [backtotop]
As part of our new Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health project, we're currently looking for people interested in being part of a DVD on mental well-being. We're adapting an instructional/documentary video on self-help skills for dealing with low mood. The DVD is from Scotland and we are planning to replace two of the real people who describe their simple self-care techniques with a couple of real people from BC. We need women and men for this project. You must meet all of the following criteria: live in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley; be between 45 and 70 years of age; be from any visible minority group; speak clear English; have gone through a moderate depression and doing better now; be interested in having your face (no names) used in a mental wellness DVD that would be widely distributed to potentially thousands of people across BC; want to help others improve their mental well-being. If you meet the criteria and are interested, please contact us at and attach a recent photo of yourself along with a phone number that we can reach you at. You don't have to act or memorize lines. Successful candidates would receive a minimum $500 honorarium for a few hours of your time if you're chosen to be filmed. Deadline is April 4 for expressions of interest.

Interested in Becoming a Mental Health Works Trainer in BC? - Deadline April 17 [back to top]
CMHA BC Division is currently considering applications from BC residents interested becoming a certified trainer for Mental Health Works, a multiple award-winning CMHA initiative providing organizations with the tools and resources they need to effectively address issues involving mental illness in the workplace. Qualifications required include substantial experience in management and/or unions; knowledge of mental health and mental illness; solid presentation skills using computer technology to business, union, and/or professional audiences); willingness, time, and ability to market to executives in the public and private sectors; as well as commitment to CMHA values. Those accepted as prospective trainers will complete two weeks of training in the program, as well as prior assessment of knowledge of mental health/ illnesses and presentation skills. Training for new prospective Mental Health Works Certified Trainers for CMHA BC will take place July 7–18 2008 in Metro Vancouver. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners. Please contact us at The deadline for applications is April 17.

Your Education, Your Future - a Guide for Students with Mental Illness [back to top]
Attending college or universities opens up an exciting world of possibilities. It can also be pretty challenging. But if you’re living with a mental illness, it can be even more challenging. Your Education, Your Future is a CMHA National resource that is designed to make your transition to college or university just a little bit easier. It takes you through all the steps of going to school, providing information and tips for anyone living with a mental illness. Find it at
North Shore Health Lecture Series [back to top]
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
April 2 - Standup for Mental Health, Comedy Troop 2008
April 9 - Getting Your Needs Met: Healing Co-dependence
April 16 - Forgiveness

Vancouver/Burnaby Branch Special Events [backtotop]
CMHA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch's Recreation Services Program provides opportunities for adults who are living with mental illness to participate in recreation and experience the benefits of leisure. The following special events take place at or depart from the Vancouver Recreation Office at 175 West Broadway. Please call 604-872-3148 to register for two of the following events. Please note that residents of Vancouver will be given priority for registration.
March 28 - UBC Wind Ensemble at the Chan Centre
March 31 - West Cost Express Trip to Mission

Guide to Creating a Trust to Avoid Losing Disability Benefits [back to top]
If you are receiving disability benefits and you suddenly come into money (for example, through an inheritance or court settlement), you can lose your benefits – including medical coverage. To help avoid this situation, you can put that money into a trust. The "How to Create a Trust" book by the Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver will help you be well-informed, so if you decide to create a trust, you will be able to use your time with a lawyer more efficiently. Families with children who have disabilities might also be interested. Go to to download the book.
New Antidepressant Cymbalta Approved for Use in Canada [back to top]
Health Canada has approved a new antidepressant called Cymbalta, for the symptomatic relief of major depression in adults and for specific use in pain management. Cymbalta is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Find out more about safe use of the drug and the federal government's decision, at Health Canada's Drugs and Health Products division.

Study on Self-Help Methods Used to Relieve Depression Seeks Participants [back to top]
ORYGEN Research Centre in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne invites people with mental illness from Canada to take part in an online study looking at self-help methods and their likelihood of reducing depressive symptoms. Self-help methods are those that can be applied easily by many people at low cost without the need for professional supervision. As a participant you will be required to read background information on self-help methods and complete a few questionnaires via the internet which ask you to rate the effectiveness of self-help methods and whether they are easy to implement. All tasks will be completed individually, in your own time. Your information will be kept confidential and you can pull out of the study at any time if you change your mind. If you would like to participate in this project or would like further information before deciding to participate, please contact Amy Morgan, email:

UBC Study Seeks People with a Mood Disorder [backtotop]
The UBC Department of Psychiatry is looking for people who have or have had a mood disorder to volunteer for a research study. They will be collecting saliva and a small blood sample to look at hormone levels, and asking you to complete a series of tests to look at your thinking processes and memory. They are looking for people between 19-65 who have been diagnosed with major depression or bipolar disorder who have no serious medical conditions and are willing to attend 2 clinic visits (1-4 hours per visit). If you are interested call Sean at 604-827-3352.

Mentoring Program in Victoria Seeks Volunteers - Deadline April 7 [back to top]
Interested in supporting someone throughout their recovery journey after struggling with mental illness or substance us? If so, the Victoria Cool Aid Society Mentoring Project is looking for you! The mentors will serve to reduce isolation, build competency through specific transferrable skills, and contribute to their mentee's recovery and wellness. The time commitment is about 2-4 hours per week for up to a year. Full training is provided. Training sessions begin in April 2008. You can attend an information session on March 31. For more information or to apply please contact Sally Ross at or 250-595-8619.

Become a Peer Support Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health - Deadline April 30 [backtotop]
Would you like the feeling of increased self-esteem by giving support to people just like yourself that have been diagnosed with a mental illness? You can join Vancouver Coastal Health as a peer support worker. Training will be begin in September 2008. For details on the program and how to apply, see

Free College Entry Course for People with Mental Illness – May 4 - August 6 [back to top]
Interested in going to College? Douglas College in New Westminster is offering a free college preparation course specifically for Vancouver residents who have a mental illness. You would benefit from this course if you have completed high school or have the GED, and you are able to attend class 2 mornings per week from 10:30 to 12:30. Applicants may have attended college in the past. If you haven't completed high school and are over age 25, you may also qualify for this course if you have strong reading and writing skills. If you are interested, call Nathan Anderson at 604-527-5517or Kary Otterstein at 604-435-5677. A pre-entry interview with the instructor is required. And act fast, because there is only room for 15 students in the course.

Educating Families Conference, Vancouver - May 3 [back to top]
Working together to educate families is a conference by sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Mood Disorders Association of BC and British Columbia Schizophrenia Society. The conference will be held at Vancouver General Hospital and will tackle issues such as support services for families, rehabilitation opportunities, and concurrent disorders. Conference fee: $25/person, $30/family. To reserve seats contact

The 1st International Conference on Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Mental Health, Toronto - May 23 - 25 [back to top]
This conference will focus on Native American Healing, Nursing Therapies, Nutrition, Energy Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapeutic approaches, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Spirituality, Safety and Legal Issues. The conference is now accepting research papers and poster presentations. For more information visit

Family Education event

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Pandora's Collective News

Pandora's Events

Show runs from March 27th to April 27th.

Pandora's Collective Presents


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:

Where: Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery at 1710 – 56th Street in the Village of Tsawwassen adjacent to the Recreation Centre with ample free parking. Bus stop across the street.
Why: To hold a collaborative show with members of the South Delta Artists Guild and poets from both "Pandora's Collective" and "World Poetry" societies in Vancouver. Poems and images were individually drawn from sealed envelopes by participants from which they had to produce either a poem or painting and each painting will be exhibited next to the relevant poem, both with the same title. There will be close to 80 paintings and poems on display. This is a premier event in the Tsawwassen art community with many poets and artists in attendance where they will gladly discuss their works. All paintings are original and for sale for the duration of the show. This is a rare opportunity for the public to interact with two art forms at the same time and in the same venue making it an event well worth attending.
For further info call 604-948-2252 or 604-535-7507

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.

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

Tuesday April 8, 2008

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm

Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm

Location: 32 BOOKS

3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver

32 Books is located in beautiful, easy-to-get-to, Edgemont Village (One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Special thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie.

Pandora's Collective invites you to enter Kisses and Popsicles, our Spring Poetry Contest. All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2008. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2008. Please follow the guidelines at

Events of Interest


"poetry that doesn't suck unless you say it does"









Hailing from the East Coast, Ruff Draft (aka, Tom Greene) has performed poetry all over the country, from Boston, Providence, Portland to Austin, TX. which is now his home. A member of the 2003 Portland OR. slam team, Ruff has been trying to inspire people with his words for six years. Most recently, Ruff has learned to spell correctly five new words, including Wednesday and joyous. Tom appreciates both academic and slam poetry and his repetoire includes a wide selection of each.

















Vancouver Launch of Jen Currin's Hagiography

Tuesday April 1 at 7 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month as Vancouver author and member of the 'vertigo west' literary collective, Jen Currin, launches her second book, Hagiography, a collection of surrealist urban fairy tales. At The Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver). Info:

Friday April 4, 7:30 pm
American poet and translator reads from his most recent collection, The Insanity of Empire. At the Unitarian Church (949 West 49th Avenue @ Oak Street, Vancouver. Tix ($18) and info at: Banyen Books – 604-732-7912.

Saturday April 5, 7:30 pm
PEN Canada presents Afua Cooper, Jalal Barzanji, Sheng Xue and Hadani Ditmars—authors who write about local and global political issues. Tix $10 (suggested admission). At The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver). Advance tix: 604-689-0926.

Hi again everyone

Dare to be Heard

Here's a message I was asked to pass on to you regarding the read next Wed reading at Mollie Nye House. Wayne

Hi Wayne, did you get the email Shelly sent out about Doreen Holt's book launch at Dare? I thought maybe you could send out an announcement too. Doreen is one of Shelly's former students who has self published her book. I will be bringing some extra fancy goodies for the occasion. See you Wednesday. Elaine


Other Things to Get you Going

Hi friends, relatives, and creative people!

I have a few new listings online. I am now on the Pandora's Collective website in the Poets Directory. To go directly there go to: to see my bio. and read one of my poems.

I also have one of my paintings on the De Serres (used to be Loomis Art Supplies) Website at: in their contest in the category of Amateur Artist (you have to make over $10, 000 from your art to qualify as a proffessional!)

Check it out if you have time!

Eva Waldauf

EAC-BC's workshop, Clear and Concise: Guidelines for Style, is now full. If you would like to be on a waiting list for cancellations, please reply with your contact information to

There's still time to register for our final Spring 2008 workshop, Research Skills for Editors. Editing and fact-checking go hand-in-hand. Learn where the best information is hidden (and why librarians are so good at trivia games).

Early Bird Rates (by April 19) Members $100 / Non-members $160

Regular Rates (after April 19) Members $120 / Non-members $180

Research Skills for Editors

Susan Safyan

Saturday, May 3, 2008

SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Room 7000

Can you find everything you need on the Web? Can you trust the information you find there? In this introductory session, we'll look at research tools and tips as well as resources both print and online. You'll come away knowing the difference between search engines and subject directories, what the "deep Web" contains, and the five attributes you should always look for in a trustworthy website.

The course will be taught using a computer with projector, and students are encouraged to bring a wireless laptop to class to engage in hands-on learning. Students may be asked to share the use of their laptops.

Susan Safyan, BA, MLS, worked as an academic librarian for a dozen years, teaching research skills to students and faculty, before turning her skills to freelance research, writing, and editing in 2002.

To register online, visit To register by mail or fax, please print and return the registration form

For additional program information, contact

For registration enquiries, contact, or leave a message at 604-681-7184.

Hello, writers and readers,

I wanted to let you know that my course on writing stories from your life is being offered again at Mollie Nye House, starting Thursday, April 3 and running to May 8.

Last fall the first participants and I had a wonderful time pulling memories and anecdotes from our life and shaping them into interesting, well-crafted stories. It doesn't matter if you have much writing experience or not … when it comes to writing memoir, your own unique voice is of far more value than some fancy-shmancy Booker Prize novelist! We'll learn how to use detail, emotion and plain-speaking to create a record of our adventures—a 'masterwork' that you can keep adding to over the years.

If you are interested in the class, please preregister through Mollie Nye House at 987-5820. More details are on the North Van Leisure Activities Guide, page 148, under "Writing Your Life". (This is an all-ages class, though it is listed in the 55+ section.) If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to help you.

10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, starting next week on the 3rd.

Happy spring,


Peggy Trendell-Jensen

4656 Hoskins Rd.

North Vancouver, BC

V7K 2R1

604 984-BOOK (2665)

Featuring some of Canada's brightest literary starts, the North Shore Writers Festival is returning for its ninth yearFrom humour to French history to medical thrillers to great non-fiction, there is truly something for everyone at this fabulous festival, featuring headliners William Deverell and Sandra Gulland, plus lots more. First up is the Short-Short Story contest - Deadline is April 11th. (Open to North Shore residents only.)

Festival is at three public libraries – the North Vancouver District, the North Vancouver City, and the West Vancouver Memorial. More info and schedule of events:

April 19 – 26

Room Magazine Annual 2008 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction Contest

It's that time of year again—sharpen your pencils or fire up your laptop and send us your fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction contest entries.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2008.
Entry Fee: $27 per entry (includes a complimentary one-year subscription to Room). Payment by cheque or money order made out to Room.
Non-Canadian entries: $39 Canadian dollars
Prizes: 1st prize in each category – $500, 2nd prize – $250. Winners will be published in a 2009 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published.

Creative Non-Fiction: Rita Moir
Fiction: Ivan E Coyote
Poetry - Evelyn Lau
Rules & Details:
Send entries to:
Room Fiction and Poetry Contest
P.O. Box 46160, Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5
More than one entry will be accepted as long as fee is paid for each entry. No manuscripts will be returned. Only winners will be notified.

Poetry: max. 3 poems or 150 lines | Fiction: max. 4,000 words

There will be blind judging, therefore, do not put your name or address on entry submission, but enclose a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and title(s) of entry. Entries must be typed on 8.5 X 11 white paper. Prose must be double-spaced. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication and not entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition.

Far Horizons Award for Poetry

The Malahat Review, Canada's premier literary magazine, invites emerging poets from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the 2008 Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Eligible poets have yet to publish their poetry in book form (a book of poetry is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $500 (CAD) is awarded, plus payment at the rate of $40 (CAD) per printed page upon publication. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

2008 Deadline

The next deadline for the Far Horizons Award for Poetry is May 1, 2008 (postmark date).


  • Emerging poets may enter up to three poems per entry.
  • Each poem may not exceed 60 lines.
  • No restrictions as to subject matter or aesthetic approach apply.
  • Entry fee required:
    • $25 CAD for Canadian entries;
    • $30 US for American entries;
    • $35 US for entries from Mexico and outside North America.
  • Entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review for themselves or a friend.
  • Poems previously published, accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere are not eligible.
  • Entrants' anonymity is preserved throughout the judging. Contact information (including an email address) should not appear on the submission, but along with the title on an enclosed separate page.
  • No submissions will be accepted by email.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • The winner and finalists will be notified via email.
  • Entrants will not be notified by separately by letter or separate letter about the judges' decisions even if a SASE is included for this purpose.
  • The winner will be announced with the publication of his or her entry in The Malahat Review's Fall 2008 issue, on the Malahat web site, and in Malahat lite, the magazine's quarterly e-newsletter in October.
  • Send entries and enquiries to:

The Malahat Review
Far Horizons Award for Poetry
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700
Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2

Telephone: 250-721-8524
Fax: 250-472-5051

Fugue (US) invites entries for their 7th annual Fiction and Poetry contests. First prize in each category: US$1000 plus publication. Fiction: 10000 words max. Poetry: up to 3 poems or 5 pages. Entry fee: US$20 (includes copy of journal with contest winners). Deadline: May 1, 2008. More details...

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Saturday, 29 March 2008

College Prep Course


STAC 1101, SECTION 001
May 5th to August 6th

Instructor: Nathan Anderson Course Times and Location:
Office Location: 4600 NW Campus Monday 2:00-4:00 Room 4211A
Office: 4614 Wednesday 2:00-4:00 Room 4211A
Telephone: 527-5517
Email: Semester: Summer 2008

Office hours: M&W 12.30-13.30


Students in this course will develop college preparatory skills and confidence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening for academic tasks. This course is designed to improve academic skills required to meet the demands of college level courses. In addition, information about how to improve memory & cognitive strategies necessary to academic work will be provided. Efficient time management and good study skills and habits needed to become an effective student will be stressed throughout the course. An outline of topics covered throughout the term is attached. Some additional topics and materials may be added during the semester as needed.


Students will be required to bring a three-ring binder, a dictionary, loose-leaf paper, a pen, and a highlighter. Students will be provided with reading materials and assignments as the semester proceeds.


This course is designated as a Mastery course. Courses designated Mastery assess a student's knowledge and achievements according to defined learning outcomes or criteria.

Questions?? Talk to the course instructor, Nathan Anderson, 604-527-5517 or Kary Otterstein at 604-435-5677.
A pre-entry interview with the instructor is required.

Stand Up For Mental Health

Hi Folks,
Just to let you know that Stand Up For Mental Health will be featured in The Globe and Mail (For those non-Canadians on this list it's one of Canada's National Newspapers) this Saturday in an article by Gary Mason. He saw the CBC documentary on us entitled Cracking Up and loved it, so we did an interview and he sent a photographer to take some pictures of the class. It should be a great article and will really help raise awareness and fight the public stigma around mental illness. It's so great to have some good PR for a change!
You can also access the article at <>
Also, the CBC documentary Cracking Up is now for sale for $28.25 (this includes shipping anywhere in North America). Contact me if you'd like to buy a copy. <>
And yes, there are still tickets left for April 13 but they're going fast!
Laugh Your Head Off and Support Mental Health!
Stand Up For Mental Health 2008 Gala Showcase, Sunday April 13 at 7:00 pm at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.
(See attached flyer)
This is the debut performance for our all-new 2008 class. Also featuring psychiatrist Judy Allen doing stand-up comedy and discussing treatment options!
With headliner Mike MacDonald. As seen on Just for Laughs, CBC, Showtime, Comedy Central, and an Evening at the Improv. Mike has bipolar disorder and is thrilled to help raise awareness around mental illness.
Tickets are only $30.00 each (plus applicable service charges). The best way to get them is through The Arts Club Box Office (604) 687-1644 or go to <>. (this site may not be live yet though)
Our last event sold out and we had to turn people away, so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment!
Led by counsellor and stand up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health (which was featured in the CBC documentary Cracking Up) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. <>
We have to raise all our funds on our own, and this is our chance to keep this life-changing program going.
Please help us spread our message of hope and empowerment by coming to our show and forwarding this email on to everyone you know!
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Get there early and buy a Stand Up For Mental Health Jean Bag or T-Shirt!
People with mental illness are always being told what they can't do. In Stand Up For Mental Health they get to prove what they CAN do!
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Thursday, 27 March 2008

Pandora's Collective News

Pandora's Events

Upcoming Rendezvous:

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.

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

Tuesday April 8, 2008

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm

Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm

Location: 32 BOOKS

3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver

32 Books is located in beautiful, easy-to-get-to, Edgemont Village (One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Special thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie.

Pandora's Collective invites you to enter Kisses and Popsicles, our Spring Poetry Contest. All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2008. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2008. Please follow the guidelines at

Other Events

Welcome everyone to the

Dare To Be Heard reading at Molly Nye House.

Bring your stories, poetry, script and work in progress to share with others,

Or just come and listen.

Free admission, coffee and cookies by donation.

Time: 7-9 pm.

Date: Wed. April 2nd. (first Wed of the month)

Location: Molly Nye House - 940 Lynn Valley Rd. North Vancouver.

Your hosts:

Wayne Smith:

Elaine Berg:

Our poetry reading will be at The Wired Monk on Fourth Avenue, 6:30 pm on April 4th. The revised details are below in the email and poster I received from Judith Hardcastle who is organizing the event.

Greetings everyone,

On Saturday I received a call (several actually) advising me that Saffron Fourth Avenue closed unexpectedly last week. Our event will now be at The Wired Monk which is located two blocks away at Fourth Avenue and Trafalgar. Please note the time change and the new flyer attached. Erica Mah, a young and very talented musician/singer/songwriter, will begin her set at 9 instead of 8 pm to accommodate us. So it's folk/funky music following the readings instead of jazz in between. The Wired Monk serves wine and beer and food. Check out their website at At this late date, I'm very grateful to The Wired Monk for accommodating us. It will be a fabulous event so please spread the word!



Wednesday – April 9, 2008 Alliance for the Arts Building, 938 Howe Street.

Canadian Authors Association is very pleased to present Rodger Cove, Interim Head of the Writing for Film and Television Department of the Vancouver Film School, as our guest speaker on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Alliance for the Arts Building, 938 Howe Street, starting at 7:00 pm., doors open at 6:30 pm.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members, $2 for students (with id cards) Information: 604-806-0471

Jean Kay

Vice-President, CAA Vancouver

Other Events of Interest

The Shuswap Lake International Writers' Festival is happening on the weekend after the Victoria Day weekend, on May 23 & 24, 2008. There are two websites you may access: and

Ned Sublette, author of The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (Lawrence Hill Books, 2008); and Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago Review Press, 2004), will appear at Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood, on Monday, April 7, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. Sublette's talk will be bracketed with music by a mambo duo led by renowned local conguero Ted Strong.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Book News Vol. 3 No. 21



Words Without Borders
PEN Canada in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival presents Afua Cooper, Jalal Barzanji, Sheng Xue and Hadani Ditmars - authors who write about local and global political issues. Saturday, April 5 at 7:30pm. Ticket Price $10 (suggested admission). The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St.). Advance Tickets (604) 689.0926. More information at

Extraordinary Canadians
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Penguin Books Canada present a special event with award winner David Adams Richards, historian and author Charlotte Gray, and acclaimed novelist Lewis DeSoto on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30pm. This event is part of the launch of Penguin Canada's new Extraordinary Canadians commissioned set of biographies of great Canadians by leading Canadian writers. For more information, visit

Barbara Kingsolver
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. present the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees who will talk about her new non-fiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30pm. For more information, visit

Simon Winchester
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. present the bestselling author of A Crack in the Edge of the World and The Professor and the Madman who will read from his new book, The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece on Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm. Complete details can be found here:


Have a listen! Authors Aloud is a library of short, recorded audio readings by Canadian authors of literary fiction and poetry.

The Vancouver Public Library has announced its 2008 One Book, One Vancouver shortlist.

The National Post reports than something "odd is happening in Toronto: New little bookstores are popping up like crocuses in the spring earth."


The nominations for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced.

Here are the finalists for the Donner Prize, an award granted to the best book on Canadian public policy.

The Young Lions Fiction Award is given annually by the New York Public Library to a promising author under the age of 35. Here are the 2008 finalists.

And lastly, the shortlist for the 2008 Ondaatje prize has been announced.,,2267984,00.html


Newfoundland author Libby Creelman's debut novel The Darren Effect receives praise from both the Globe & Mail and The Vancouver Sun.

Vancouver's Annabel Lyon has written her first young adult novel, All-Season Edie, which the Globe & Mail calls an effortless read.

Tim Lilburn's Orphic Politics and Jacob McArthur Mooney's The New Layman's Almanac suggest two different directions for contemporary Canadian poetry writes the Globe & Mail.

Ibi Kaslik may have toured with some of Canada's indie rock bands, but she warns against reading her new novel The Angel Riots as a roman à clef.

In her eighth novel, The Ten-Year Nap, Meg Wolitzer says she wanted to "capture the nuances of characters who happened to have children and happened not to work."

To read Tobias Wolff's latest collection of new and selected stories, Our Story Begins, is to realize that the author is "obsessed with the act of lying."

The New York Times writes that Stefan Merrill Block's debut novel The Story of Forgetting is "a beguiling novel in what is sure to be the rapidly expanding genre of Alzheimer's literature."

In this interview with the Globe & Mail, Mary Swan talks about the impetus for her novel The Boys in the Trees and her 'literary friendship' with Alice Munro.

The CBC profiles novelist and book designer Chip Kidd.

In this interview, the Village Voice talks with John Banville about writing under his open pseudonym, Benjamin Black. Apparently Mr. Banville and Mr. Black have very different approaches to writing.,trouble-is-his-b,389029,10.html


Vancouver historian Rex Weyler will read from his book The Jesus Sayings and discuss the modern search for a historically accurate Jesus. Book signing to follow. Thursday, March 27 at 7:00pm. Chapters (Broadway & Granville, Vancouver). Info:

The author of An Enchantment of Birds presents a talk on bird populations, and how they provide a powerful indicator of current and future changes. Thursday, March 27 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please contact the VPL at 604-331-3603. Sponsored by Vancouver Natural History Society,

Join celebrated author Miriam Toews who will read from her Governor General's Literary Award-winning novel A Complicated Kindness (Knopf, 2004), and preview her upcoming novel, The Flying Troutmans (Knopf, October 2008). Part of UBC's Centenary Celebrations, this event is co-presented by the UBC Creative Writing Program and the Arnold and Nancy Cliff Writers in Residence Program. Friday, March 28 at 6:00pm; free, drop-ins welcome. UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St.). Info: 604.822.5812.

The Capilano Review announces the launch of the Collaborations Issue 3.4. Hear poets Ted Byrne, Larissa Lai and Rita Wong; see and hear an excerpt from the recording of Hadley+Maxwell and Stefan Smulovitz's "(The Rest Is Missing)" with Turning Point Ensemble; and hear live performances of song room pieces "unselected works" by Viviane Houle, Stefan Smulovitz, Andrew Klobucar; "Occupying Army" by Vanessa Richards, John Korsrud, Chris Derksen; and more. Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $5. Western Front, 303 8th Avenue East, Vancouver. Info: (604) 876-9343.

Readings by Eileen Cook (Unpredictable) and Robert Wiersema (Before I Wake). Sunday, March 30 at 7:00pm. Book Warehouse Downtown (552 Seymour Street). Info:

Herstory Cafe marks the centennial of the publication of Anne of Green Gables with a talk by author Carol Gerson. Monday, March 31 at 7:00pm, free. Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford Street. Info:

Reading by the author of Tamarind Mem, The Hero's Walk and Can You Hear the Nightbird Call. Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm, free. Refreshments will be served. Special Collections, room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, SFU (8888 University Drive). Info: 778.782.6676 or

Reading by Capilano College creative writing instructor and author of Courage, My Love. Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm, free. Library 321, Capilano College (2055 Purcell Way). Info:

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the launch of Vancouver author and member of the 'vertigo west' literary collective Jen Currin, as she launches her second book, Hagiography, a collection of surrealist urban fairy tales. Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00pm. The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street. Info:

Book designer and publisher of The Porcupine's Quill Press recalls life in the Ontario small press world of the last 30 years. Thursday, April 3 at 7:00pm, free. Reservations: or (604) 732-5403. Vancouver Museum (1100 Chestnut Street). Co-sponsored by The Alcuin Society and The Vancouver Museum. For more information see

American poet and translator reads from his most recent collection, The Insanity of Empire. Friday, April 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $18. Unitarian Church, 949 49th Ave. W., Vancouver. Information and tickets: Banyen Books at 604.732.7912.


Ninth annual festival of readings by Canadian authors. Featuring Mary Novik, Jen Sookfong Lee, June Hutton, Marina Nemat, William Deverell and many others. April 19-26, 2008. For complete information on events, short story contest (deadline Friday, April 11) and locations, visit

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