Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 38




BOOK NEWS

This week in Writers' Rooms Timothy Taylor, whose latest novel is Story House, takes us up twelve stories to his office in an old Gastown building that may or may not be haunted by its architect.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/rooms

Four authors select and explain a word that underpins their work. Jonathan Lethem's is "furniture."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jul/22/keywords.novelists.lethem.thirlwell.farah.meek

Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita has been reborn as a graphic novel by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schebal.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/gallery/2008/jul/07/masterandmargarita?picture=335533790

Is it a blessing or a curse when your publisher decides to market the book you wrote with an adult audience in mind to young adults instead?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/20/books/review/Rabb-t.html?ref=books

AWARDS

Montrealer Miguel Syjuco has been longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/23/ilustrado-man-asian.html

The Writers' Trust of Canada has sweetened the pot for several of its annual literary awards.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/23/writers-award-boost.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Zsuzsi Gartner writes that the 10-year-old sleuth, Kate Meaney, in Catherine O'Flynn's novel What Was Lost "has managed to dethrone Nicholson Baker's Nory (The Everlasting Story of Nory) and Ian McEwan's Briony (Atonement) as [her] favourite preternaturally observant child protagonist."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080719.BKLOST19/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Globe & Mail writes that in each of the stories in Mark Anthony Jarman's latest collection, My White Planet, it's as if he's saying "he won't let the world go down without a fight. And language is his fighting tool."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080719.BKJARM19/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Dreaming Up America is novelist Russell Banks' first book of non-fiction. In the book, Banks describes the evolution of the American dream in a tone that is "more personal and conversational than his fiction, but like his novels, it pulls no punches."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080719.BKBANK19/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Tobias Wolff talks to the Guardian about being classified a "Dirty Realist" along with Richard Ford and Raymond Carver, why he thinks the health of the short story is more robust than ever, and why he is compelled to turn off the television when George W. Bush appears on screen.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2291654,00.html

In the lead up to the summer Olympics, Catherine Sampson, who has lived in Beijing for more than fifteen years, suggest ten novels and collections of short stories written by Chinese writers who have chosen to live abroad in order to write freely about their country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jul/23/bestbooks

Liam Durcan, author and neurologist, on why reading fiction is good for us.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080719.BKREAD19/TPStory/Entertainment

EVENTS

THE SUMMER DREAM LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL
The 5th annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday July 26 from 12pm to 8:00pm. Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day! Complete schedule and information can be found at www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html.

RAFE MAIR
Broadcaster and author signs copies of his new collection of essays, What the Bleep Is Going On Here?. Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm, free. Chapters Metropolis (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby). For more information contact 604-431-0463.

THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES LAPINSKY
Join author Karen X. Tulchinsky for a lively and intimate discussion of this year's One Book, One Vancouver selection, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Saturday, July 26 at 2:00pm, free. Fraserview Branch, 1950 Argyle Drive.

STEVEN GALLOWAY
Meet-and-greet with the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo. Saturday, July 26 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35 (includes wine and goodies). Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 W. 8th). More information at lyceum@christiannehayward.com.

SEAN MORTIMER
Launch of former Skateboarder editor's new book, Stalefish: Skateboard Culture From the Rejects Who Made It. Event includes bad poetry contest. Saturday, July 26 at 8:00pm. PD's Hot Shop (2868 W. 4th). For more information, phone 604.739.7796.

WORLD POETRY READING SERIES
Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea host the works of Chilean authors, with guest readers and Chilean music. Monday, July 28 at 7:30pm. Free admission but limited seating. Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia).

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth poetry slam featuring international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic Mike McGee. Monday, July 28 - doors and signup at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm. Tickets: $3/$5. Call 604.215.9230 for more information. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive).

THE MOON PROJECT
The Shebeen Club presents White Rock poet, author, and songstress Virginia Gillespie, author of Taoist Inner Tube Rider, launching her new Moon Project, a yearlong, cooperative artistic challenge in which she invites all artists in any discipline to participate. Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00pm. Tickets $15 (includes dinner and a drink). The Shebeen (behind the Irish Heather, 217 Carrall). More information at lorraine.murphy@gmail.com.

PRIDE WEEK READINGS
Robson Reading Series presents readings by Sheri-D Wilson, Guy Babineau and Little Woo. Thursday, July 31 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). Info:
http://www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca/.

BREAKING DAWN MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE
Select Chapters, Indigo stores across the country will be hosting a Midnight Masquerade event for a chance to get Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn when it goes on sale at 12:01 am on Saturday, August 2nd. Dress up in your best masquerade costume or favourite Breaking Dawn character. (Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.) Friday, August 1 at midnight. Visit
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/Stephenie-Meyer-Breaking-Dawn/event-artnb.html to find a location near you.

Upcoming

THE CANADIAN BOOK CAMP
Calling all book lovers and aspiring writers ages 11 to 16! Sharpen your pencils, stretch your typing fingers, and spark your imagination! This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. The inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts, and everyone in between. August 11-15. Cost: $200 (includes a copy of the anthology). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street. Complete information and registration form can be found at www.vpl.ca/events/details/canadian_book_camp.

SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices... with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens. Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). August 14-17. Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website www.writersfestival.ca. Note: some events have already sold out!

KOOTENAY BOOKWEEKEND
The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit www.kootenaybookweekend.ca, or email kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

Please email viwf@writersfest.bc.ca if you would like to unsubscribe from this email list.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell, Hal Wake and Sandra Millard.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2008 Festival - 21-26 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Canada
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
w: www.writersfest.bc.ca

CIF Wants Your Story!



CONSUMER INITIATIVE FUND

Are you or have you been connected to CIF?
Have you got a recovery story?


We are looking for short stories about how CIF has impacted your lives:
• your work skills
• your friendships
• your overall experience of living with mental illness

~ Please think of submitting – we look forward to hearing from YOU ~
Consumer Initiative Fund # 239, 520 W. 6th Ave, Vancouver, V5Z 4H5
604-708-5317, Fax: 604-874-7661

These may be used in our Evaluation Report, our website and our newsletter

Monday, 28 July 2008

Call for Spoken Word Poetry Submissions



Call for Spoken Word Poetry Submissions:

The Word On the Street Festival invites poets to read their work at The Poet's Corner, Library Square, on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Poets will be given a 7 minute spot to perform in, between the hours of 12:00pm and 5:00pm.

Please send submissions to: Poet's Corner c/o 442 Cardiff Way Port Moody V3H 3T1.

Include a SASE if you wish your material to be returned. Artists are also strongly encouraged to send a CD of their performance.

Or, via email at rcarcee@yahoo.ca with a link to online recordings and/or videos of your work. Deadline for entry is August 29, 2008*



Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Michael Nicoll Yaghulanaas as part of the Vancouver Memory Festival



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Writing & Publishing Program <wpp@sfu.ca>
Date: 2008/7/23
Subject: wpp-abept Join SFU & Geist Magazine in welcoming artist Michael Nicoll Yaghulanaas as part of the Vancouver Memory Festival
To: wpp@sfu.ca


Dear Vancouver Friends,

You are cordially invited to join Simon Fraser University and Geist Magazine in welcoming artist Michael Nicoll Yaghulanaas for a discussion of his work Remember at SFU Harbour Centre on August 27th at 7:00 pm.

Yahgulanaas is best known as the father of Haida Manga, an art form which re-frames traditional Haida images and narratives by adapting them into Japanese manga-styled stories.

Remember was created for the Vancouver Memory Festival and tells the story of memory, rebirth, and the mighty Selena Peratovich. But more than that, it is the story of a teacher, which is perhaps the story of Yahgulanaas himself. In his own words: "Of course he had to tell everyone. He was after all a teacher."

You can view more of Yahgulanaas' work here or read his comics, blog, and reviews here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

SFU Harbour Centre
Fletcher Challenge Theatre
Wednesday, August 27
7:00 pm
RSVP to cstudies@sfu.ca
or call 778.782.5100
FREE
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The new Fall 2008 Continuing Studies catalogue is here! If you wish to receive a copy by post, please send me your mailing address.

Also watch for updates to our website with Fall 08/Spring 09 course information this summer.



Stacey Canuel
Writing & Publishing Program
SFU Vancouver
2300 - 515 West Hastings
Vancouver BC, V6B 5K3
T: 778-782-5093
F: 778-782-5098

www.sfu.ca/wp

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 37



BOOK NEWS

Matt Rader, featured in this week's Writers' Rooms, says that his writing habits have less to do with a particular room and more to do with the idiosyncrasies of his personality and body. Rader is the author of two collections of poetry, Miraculous Hours and Living Things.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/rooms

Eurithe Purdy plans to sell the rural home she and her late husband, poet Al Purdy, bought in 1957 in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, when they were desperate to escape Montréal.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080711.walpurdy12/BNStory/Entertainment/home

Vancouver resident John Meier has a book collection unlike any other, comprising Governor General Award winners dating back to 1936.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080715.wcollector15/BNStory/Entertainment/home

Kay Ryan, who has been described as a "thoughtful, bemused, affectionate, deeply skeptical outsider," will be named the new poet laureate of the US today.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/books/17poet.html?_r=1&ref=books&oref=slogin

AWARDS

A long list of 16 titles has been unveiled for the lucrative Dylan Thomas literary prize, an international award aimed at honouring talented writers under the age of 30.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/14/thomas-prize-under30s.html

Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, full of melodrama, murder, suspense and courtroom drama, has been awarded the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/samueljohnson2008/story/0,,2290991,00.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

The short stories in Nigerian writer Uwem Akpan's debut short story collection, Say You're One of Them, take as their subjects a young boy and girl who are sold into semi-slavery when their parents are diagnosed with AIDS, a family sniffing glue to stave off hunger, and a girl whose mother is killed by a Hutu mob. The Toronto Star calls the stories skillfully written "dispatches" from a journey that has only begun.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/458837

The Globe & Mail writes that Joseph O'Neill's new novel Netherland is not only a book about the scars of 9/11, but also about "a man's love for his family, and his desire to reconnect with a sport that he loved as a boy, in order to ease his pain."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080712.BKNETH12/TPStory/Entertainment/Books
Listen to Slate's Book Club, Stephen Metcalf, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katie Roiphe, discuss O'Neill's novel.
http://www.slate.com/id/2195453/

The Toronto Star reviews two new collections of Canadian poetry: Spirit Engine by John Donlan and The Crooked Good by Louise Bernice Halfe.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/458875

David Sedaris, interviewed here by the CBC, talks about his fashion sense, writing about his family, and a recent book signing at Costco.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/15/f-david-sedaris-engulfed.html

The Guardian lavishes praise on Leonard Cohen, who is on tour right now in the UK.
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/07/leonard_cohen_the_poet.html

Ian McEwen writes about meeting the brother he never knew he had until 2002.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,2290565,00.html

These last two links are for your listening pleasure. Listen to Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and more read their own work.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/index.shtml

The latest in British hip hop poetry and spoken word can he heard here on the BBC's Bespoken Word.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/bespokenword.shtml

EVENTS

MADELEINE THIEN
Author of Simple Recipes, The Chinese Violin and Certainty reads from her works. Thursday, July 17 at 3:00pm, free. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver. More information at 604.822.3310.

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by local authors Catherine Hanrahan (Lost Girls and Love Hotels) and Madeleine Thien (Simple Recipes). Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm, free. BC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca/.

DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL
The 6th annual festival features Sharon Butala, Maggie de Vries, Jack Hodgins, Brian Payton and many more. July 17-20, 2008. Complete information at: www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com.

JAY CLARKE
Author (who writes under the pen name of Michael Slade) presents his new novel Crucified. Saturday, July 19 at 1:00pm, free. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. More information: 604.431.0463.

Upcoming

THE SUMMER DREAM LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL
The 5th annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday July 26 from 12pm to 8:00pm. Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day! Complete schedule and information can be found here www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html.

THE CANADIAN BOOK CAMP
Calling all book lovers and aspiring writers ages 11 to 16! Sharpen your pencils, stretch your typing fingers, and spark your imagination! This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. Our inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts, and everyone in between. August 11-15. Cost: $200 (includes a copy of the anthology). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street. Complete information and registration forms can be found at www.vpl.ca/events/details/canadian_book_camp.

SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices... with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens. Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). August 14-17. Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website www.writersfestival.ca. Note: some events have already sold out!

KOOTENAY BOOKWEEKEND
The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit www.kootenaybookweekend.ca, or email kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

Please email viwf@writersfest.bc.ca if you would like to unsubscribe from this email list.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell, Hal Wake and Sandra Millard.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * *
2008 Festival - 21-26 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Canada
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
w: www.writersfest.bc.ca

Events to change mental health system - 2008




MindFreedom International News - 17 July 2008
http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing - please forward

A Few 2008 Events About Changing the Mental Health System

The calendar of events below, in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and UK
may be of interest to those who passionately care about human rights
and alternatives in the mental health system.

[Disclaimers: Most but not all events are organized by MindFreedom or
sponsor groups. Listing is not necessarily endorsement. The
organizers are solely responsible for their content. Date listed is
start date. This listing is not meant to be comprehensive. If your
event is not yet listed you may submit e-mail to news@mindfreedom.org ]

For more info and links for below events go to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA:

Mad Pride Week in the City of Toronto - The Mayor of Toronto even
officially declared a Mad Pride Day! This wonderful series of events
is already underway, but there is still time to attend. A bed push
parade and party is scheduled for July 19, and a Mad Pride brunch on
the morning of July 20.

Watch for organizers from new affiliate, MindFreedom Ontario!

14 - 20 July 2008

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SOUTHWARK, UNITED KINGDOM:

BonkersFest - Poses the question 'De-normalisation: The next civil
rights movement?' This free event will take place on the actual area
where the infamous Bedlam was located. Past BonkersFests have drawn
three thousand participants.

BonkersFest is a showcase of mad creativity providing a day of
inspiring performance, art and music for the whole community.

19 July 2008

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ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA:

Mad Pride Asheville - "Part of a 9-nation disorganization of similar
festivals, featuring week-long festivals in London and Toronto and
others in Portland OR, Montreal, and various other cities in the US,
Canada, Belgium, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa and Ghana."

19 July 2008

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA:

A vigil co-sponsored by MindFreedom International to remember Esmin
Green, who died so publicly while waiting in King County Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Room:

25 July 2008

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URGENT! HELIOS MATCHING GRANT ENDS

July 31, 2008 is the deadline for MindFreedom to receive a matching
grant by raising a grand total of $500.00 from first-time donors. If
we reach this goal, the Helios Resource Network will double the total
amount donated by granting MindFreedom $500.00 in matching funds.

If you would like to help us reach this goal, and support human
rights and alternatives in mental health, please become a MindFreedom
member today by donating any amount -- small or large -- to MFI
through the Helios Resource Network.

For information on how to make your tax-deductible donation count
toward the Helios grant, please go directly to this Helios Web page
today:

http://www.heliosnetwork.org/grantinfo.htm#MFI

Or read more about this important opportunity here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/double

But act now! The deadline is 31 July 2008!

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HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND:

Education Day on Human Rights & Alternatives in Mental Health -
"PRAWI of New Zealand is a sponsor group in MindFreedom
International. Director Anna de Jonge announces PRAWI is holding an
all-day educational event using DVD's from the conferences of the
International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology."

17 August 2008

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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM:

Asylum! Conference and Festival - From the organizers: "The
conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners
and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental
health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology
('Big Psy') and the pharmaceutical industry ('Big Pharma'), and
alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like 'schizophrenia' and
'paranoia'." This event is being held on the Elizabeth Gaskell
Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

10-12 September 2008

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AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA:

NARPA 2008 Conference - This year the NARPA conference will be held
at the University of Texas at Austin, and will feature speakers
Michael Perlin, Catherine Penney, and Susan Stefan, and others.

1-4 October 2008

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TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA:

International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry's
2008 conference - The ICSPP is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This
is an excellent conference, especially to network dissident mental
health professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.

10-12 October 2008

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA:

Alternatives 2008 - Since the 1980's, the US federal government helps
fund a large conference of several hundred mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivors, many of whom are leading consumer-driven
projects such as support groups and drop-in centers.

29 October - 2 November 2008

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ACTION: Please forward this events calendar!

For more info and links for above events go to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing

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For hard-to-find books and gear go to MFI's Mad Market here:

http://www.madmarket.org

New DVD: "Little Brother, Big Pharma"!

http://www.mindfreedom.org/little-brother

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Wherever you live, volunteer today for human rights and alternatives
in mental health!

MindFreedom International Office:

454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284; Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

web site: http://www.mindfreedom.org
e-mail: office(at)mindfreedom(dot)org
MFI office phone: (541) 345-9106
MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDe or 1-877-623-7743 fax:
(541) 345-3737

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Sacred Circle 26 July 2008

Hello members,
I would like to invite you to join in Sacred Circle this month. The first gathering will be this Saturday, July 12th. The second gathering will be Saturday, July 26th. This month I will introduce some techniques for releasing emotion distress through sound and movement. Call me if you are interested in coming or if you need more information.

Sacred Circle

A celebratory gathering for folks who love to sing, drum, chant, tone, meditate, visualize, laugh, share healing ritual, and creatively connect through dance.
Sacred circle offers a sanctuary for deepened awareness.










Takes place 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
7:30 – 9:30 PM at Satnam Yoga Centre
203 – 106 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

For more information contact Rose at 778-340-6105

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Community Cafe, 'Is Life Worth Living When You Have a Mental Illness?"

Click anywhere to view poster clearly:

Why I Am a 'Consumer' by Susan J. Katz

Why I Am a ‘Consumer’
by Susan J. Katz1
My first experience with the term ‘consumer’ was in 2006, 21 years after I was first diagnosed with a mental illness. I had just moved to a new city and a new health authority and was now receiving care at a community mental health team. My new care team introduced me to this term with the disparaging remarks that ‘everyone hates this word, but we’re stuck with it; it implies that you are buying your services, like groceries, which you are not’. So why use it? I thought. Now two years later, always keeping that conversation in mind when I was asked to identify my role in the mental health system, I have come to love the idea.
The rapid journey since that first encounter with the term ‘consumer’ has been like riding in a car on ‘Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride’ at Disneyland, where all sorts of alternate suggestions and endless opinions, arguments and discussions about them, became the inevitable digression at any meeting of persons with a diagnosis. People hated being labeled ‘consumers’ because they are not shopping for laundry soap; because they know they are not offered any options in services even if they did wish to comparison shop like a true consumer; and because the term has developed derogatory and stigmatizing connotations, much like the labels it was created to replace, such as ‘mentally ill’ or ‘insane’.
The problem remained, what shall we replace ‘consumer’ with? A few recollections by peers and my own literature search have turned up some alternatives. Here is a list of the most common ones and a summary of their arguments:
• Consumer: this term was promoted by mental health activists themselves during the Disability Rights movement era of the 1970’s and was intended to empower service users and instill them with the authority of choice in their care. In 2002, the B.C. Ministry of Health defined ‘consumers’ as: “people who have direct and personal experience of a mental health issue and who have used or are using the resources available through the private or public mental health system.”2 , including those choosing to be treated by private psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners or through alternate therapies.
• User: only refers to those actively using services and widely refers to people who have difficulties with substance abuse.
• Service user: again, refers only to people actively using services and many people with a diagnosis do not. Also, in reality, services are not freely used, but are supplied only after there has been a needs assessment by an assigned care manager. Interestingly enough, many people, especially men, feel that the term ‘service user’ labels them as a welfare dependent, and therefore a drain, on public resources and strips them of their sense of self-worth.
• Survivor: can refer to surviving the mental illness, or to surviving the mental health system. In the latter sense, it has a very negative and inflammatory message, and as such, erodes the potential for improving relationships with service providers. Also, borrowing this term diminishes the experience of Holocaust survivors, for whom it was originally created.
• Patient/mental patient: the word ‘patient’ comes from the Latin root ‘one who suffers’ and connotes a passive supplicant seeking relief from an expert. This is contrary to the collaborative process persons with a diagnosis desire.
• Ex-patient: refers to persons who are no longer using services.
• Client: this is the most preferred term in any survey of terminology; however, the Latin root is ‘one who depends’. The power of self-management and healing becomes dependent upon someone else. Usually clients pay for therapy, which in reality most persons cannot.
• Victim: implies person with mental health difficulties has been attacked or is defenseless and is contrary to the need for personal empowerment.
• Psychiatrised: meaning a person has been treated by a psychiatrist; a term I have never seen and has undesirable associations of receiving treatment unwillingly imposed.
• Receiver: similar to user; does not address what is received, and invites shame as all euphemisms do
• Person with a psychiatric disability: well-liked, but many people do not consider themselves disabled and lead what they feel is a meaningful, fulfilling and functional life.
• Person in recovery: is becoming popular, but can be mistaken for many other types of recovery journeys, most commonly, substance abuse.

Over the last two years, I tried out each new term with; they all seemed better than the ‘consumer’ word, at first. Then I tried them out with others with a diagnosis: No one term seemed to be inclusive of every person in recovery. In the meantime, I began to acquire the confidence and voice to create my own preferred care program. Through peer-led programs I learned how to self-assess and manage my symptoms, and part of that self-management was to develop the ability to request services that I knew were right for me. I gradually recognized that this is what consumers of any product do, and that being an informed consumer was a good thing.
I began to become comfortable calling myself a ‘consumer’ again, but so many of my peers were still angry and skeptical by the false promise of this term. They said, we are not consumers because although we may want to be, we are not allowed to choose our services; there are no choices, and compliance is still the only option.
Hope for change is on the way. Hope is the cornerstone of the widely adopted psychosocial rehabilitation model, which emphasizes collaboration rather than compliance. One sign of hope on the horizon comes from an article by Janet Meagher3, in which she calls to the reader:

“Our dream was to expect that mental health services would provide their services to meet a range of reasonable needs which would respect the rights of the service user, and, that these individual needs and rights would be adequately protected by regulations, standards and laws. At the time the concept seemed somewhat fanciful and quite unattainable, but something to aim for and work towards.
Today, we have achieved that fanciful dream, at least on paper, but there remains a need to see that dream fully functional. Human Rights protection, National Mental Health Service Standards and National Mental Health Policy, consumer and carer participation and partnerships were the stuff of those dreams and now do exist. We need to ensure that they become more than that, that they are fully enacted across every health service and in every mental health activity.”

What can consumers do to ensure the dream? Create and participate in opportunities to be a voice expressing what options we would like to have for our recovery process, just like any other consumer driven market product. True, most persons with a diagnosis are not able to purchase their services, but the providers are aware that the best, most cost-effective services are the ones that produce results. And the best results are ultimately the ones we choose for ourselves through informed and collaborative decision-making.
We all win when we become true consumers of mental health recovery services.
  1. From: Vancouver/Richmond Mental Health Network Bulletin, Fall 2008
  2. British Columbia Ministry of Health 2002 Best Practices in Mental Health and Addictions: Consumer Involvement and Initiatives p. 7
  3. From ‘Australian Mental Health Consumer Network’ http://amhcn.org.au/?m=24 What are you? By Janet Meagher

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 36


BOOK NEWS

David Chariandy's first novel, Soucouyant, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for several others. This week in Writers' Rooms Chariandy tells us what he needs in order to write: physical distance from both his personal life and his day-job, and near quiet (or at least rigorously controlled levels of 80s pop music).
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/rooms

Postcards, sketches and other documents taken out of Czechoslovakia by Franz Kafka's friend and executor Max Brod may soon be made public.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/09/kafka-papers.html

Think Pandora.com, the music recommendation site, but for books. BookLamp.org is only in the early stages of development, but its ultimate goal is to match readers to books through a system that analyses writing style.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080707.wgtbooklamp0704/EmailBNStory/PersonalTech/home

AWARDS

Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981 and has just received another award, the Best of the Bookers, which was chosen from a shortlist of six in an online poll.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/arts/entertainment-britain-books-award.html?ref=books

Because it was "plainly the best book," the judges of the Frank O'Connor award dispensed with the ritual of issuing a shortlist and awarded Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth, the richest honour for a short story collection.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2289362,00.html

Henrietta Rose-Innes has won the won this year's Caine prize for the best short story in English by an African writer. Rose-Innes is the author of two novels but does not yet have a British publisher.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2289711,00.html
Read her winning story Poison here:
http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,2289838,00.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Bill Gaston has done it again with his new novel The Order of Good Cheer, "a finely crafted journey from one edge of a continent to another."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080705.BKGAST05/TPStory/Entertainment/Books
In this interview with the Tyee, Gaston talks about hanging out in Prince Rupert, why he's not a fan of the word 'celebrate,' and what's percolating for his next book.
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2008/07/07/CelebrateNothing/

The CBC talks to Meg Wolitzer about her new novel The Ten Year Nap, which follows a group of women who chose to quit their jobs to raise children and who, ten years on, face a flagging sense of purpose.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/07/09/f-wolitzer.html

The Guardian reviews Patrick McGrath's new novel, Trauma, about a psychiatrist who runs group therapy sessions for Vietnam veterans and is "strung up on his own inconsistencies and helpless in the face of the paradoxes of his trade."
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,2289260,00.html

The Toronto Star looks at three debut novels by a "trio of young colts."
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/454935

The New York Times reviews David Gilmore's memoir, The Film Club, about his decision to let his troubled fifteen-year-old son drop out of school on the condition that they watch three movies together each week.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/books/review/McGrath2-t.html?ref=books

The Globe & Mail looks at sex and the male novelist.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080705.BKSEXX05/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Geoffrey Moorhouse responds to the posthumous publication of Towards Another Summer, a novel by New Zealand writer Janet Frame, based on three days she spent with his family in 1962, and is left wondering why the author didn't want it published in her lifetime.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2289240,00.html

The Guardian offers summer reading suggestions geared toward the type of vacation you might be embarking on, be it to a country cottage, a whirlwind of festivals, or a backpacking adventure.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,2289420,00.html

Because at least one of us here at the Festival office is a Lorrie Moore fan, here is a link to a podcast of Moore reading her short story Paper Losses. Download it to your iPod or mp3 player and take it to the beach.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2008/jul/04/lorrie.moore.paper.losses

EVENTS

MARTIN MITCHINSON
Join author for talk and slide show presentation of The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama ($26.95, Harbour). Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm. G.A.P Adventures in Vancouver (109-1965 West 4th Avenue). Books sold by The Travel Bug. Information and registration at
www.gapadventures.com/store/vancouver.

WRITE ON BOWEN!
Celebrate reading and writing on Bowen Island. July 11 to 13. Complete information at
www.biac.ca/writersfestival/.

MY MONSTER CANNERY
Launch party for new kids' book My Monster Cannery includes a reading by storyteller Anne Andersen, a book signing, and family activities. Saturday, July 12 at 1:30pm. Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave.).

SYMPOSIUM ON THE BOOK
Join 10 of Canada's top experts on all aspects of crime writing and publishing. Saturday, July 12 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Fee: $75. For complete information and registration, visit
www.ccsp.sfu.ca/pubworks/symposium+book.html.

SPATIAL POETICS VII
Premiere of an interdisciplinary event that celebrates the collaboration and innovation in the use of text, visuals, music, and performance by Asian Canadian artists. Features the work of Natalie Purschwitz & Kimberley Cooper, Vanessa Kwan & Diyan Achjadi and Madoka Hara & Lee Hutzulak. Opens Saturday, July 12. Performances at 7:30pm (Hunt and Gather, 225 Carrall Street) and 8:00pm (Nouvelle Nouvelle, 209 Abbott Street). Full details at
www.powellstreetfestival.com or call 604.683.8240.

B.C. AUTHORS FOR KIDS
Children aged 5-10 can meet Cynthia Nugent, illustrator of the popular Mister Got-to-Go series and Francesca and the Magic Bike. Tuesday, July 15 at 1:30pm, free. Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver). More information at
www.nvdpl.ca/.

KAREN X. TULCHINSKY
Join the author for a lively and intimate discussion of this year's One Book, One Vancouver selection, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Wednesday, July 16 at 3:00pm, free. Registration required-contact the hosting branch library to register. Kerrisdale Branch, VPL (2112 42nd Ave. W.). For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

MADELEINE THIEN
Author of Simple Recipes, The Chinese Violin and Certainty reads from her works. Thursday, July 16 at 3:00pm, free. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver. More information at 604.822.3310.

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by local authors Catherine Hanrahan (Lost Girls and Love Hotels) and Madeleine Thien (Simple Recipes). Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm, free. BC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More information at
www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca/.

DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL
The 6th annual festival features Sharon Butala, Maggie de Vries, Jack Hodgins, Brian Payton and many more. July 17-20, 2008. Complete information at:
www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com.
Upcoming

THE SUMMER DREAM LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL
The 5th annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday July 26 from 12pm to 8:00pm. Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day! Complete schedule and information can be found here www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html.

SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website www.writersfestival.ca. Note: some events have already sold out!

KOOTENAY BOOKWEEKEND
The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit our website at www.kootenaybookweekend.ca, email kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

Please email viwf@writersfest.bc.ca if you would like to unsubscribe from this email list.

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

Blogathon Contributions Request

A board member of CMHA is helping us to raise money by participating in a 30 hour blogathon, scheduled for July 26th. (Individuals can make on-line donation via our web site)

Anyway, we are looking for contributions to the blog!! We are looking for articles of 150 and 500 words or images /photography. Contributions needed by the 19th of July - credit will be given for all contributions used in the blog.

Poetry/thoughts/essays about mental health would be great & the other topics on the blog are under the following umbrellas' – any writings on these (with or without a mental health "twist") would be greatly appreciated:

· creativity / art / poetry / movies etc.

· spirituality

· social justice, environment and similar topics

· cancer, particularly breast cancer

· interesting books

· emotional well-being

· education

· philosophy

· therapy

· gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues

· differently-abled topics, particularly alternative learning/disability

· mind/body connection

· eating disorders and body image

Send contributions electronically only with the subject heading : CMHA Blog Contribution to Grace Kwok: grace.kwok.vb@cmha.bc.ca

Thanks!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Federation Vox



Federation Vox

The Federation of BC Writers Electronic Bulletin
July 3, 2008


"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world."
— John le Carré


In this issue of our e-bulletin

New Regional Rep Appointed
Bowen Island Festival
Post Road Magazine Contest
Inscribed Seeking Submissions
Narrative Magazine's First-Person Contest

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New Regional Rep Appointed


We're pleased to report that Lorraine Murphy has been appointed by the board to the
position of Lower Mainland/Sunshine Coast regional representative. Lorraine is the author
of Terminal City: Vancouver's Missing Women and a former Small Business Columnist at
Business in Vancouver newspaper and Occupational Pursuit magazine. As one of the
cornerstone volunteers in the WordPress.com technical help forums, she has experience
helping beginning bloggers develop fluency and achievement online. Lorraine has been
blogging for many years, and her flagship blog, raincoaster, is ranked in the top 20,000
blogs in the world. She looks forward to sharing her skills and knowledge with Fed members
in the year ahead and will be contacting her regional members next week with a letter of
introduction along with local news and events.

Bowen Island Festival
Write on Bowen! This popular festival for readers and writers takes place next weekend,
July 11 to 13 but there's still time to register for events or workshops. Check out their website
at
http://www.biac.ca/writersfestival for information on workshops, events and panel
presentations, then register using their handy online form (you can pay using Visa or Paypal).
Festival-goers can choose from eight exciting workshops and three panel presentations. Topics
include screenplay writing, memoir writing, poetry for youth, publishing options, lyric writing,
freelance writing, sourcing your inspiration, and poetry writing. Workshops cost just $20.00 for
members of the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) and $25.00 for non-members. Panel
presentations are free!

Post Road Magazine Contest
Deadline: July 15
Post Road Magazine seeks quality fiction and poetry for writing contest. $1000 prize for each
winner. Submission fee: $15 for each story up to 5000 words, or for each set of three poems.
Contest is for previously unpublished work only. For more details, please visit
http://www.postroadmag.com/13/fiction/contest.phtml

Inscribed Seeking Submissions
Deadline: July 25
Inscribed, an international literary magazine based in Canada , seeks traditional to experimental poetry, fiction, and essays for its next issue. Leniency toward the interesting and the bizarre.
For more information, please visit
www.inscribed.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=6&Itemid=43

Narrative Magazine's First-Person Contest
Deadline: July 30
Narrative Magazine's First-Person Contest is open to all writers. They're looking for works of
fiction or non-fiction written in the first-person point of view in the following categories: short
stories, short short stories, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length
non-fiction. For more information please visit
http://www.narrativemagazine.com/shared/contest.php



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Federation Vox
is compiled by Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director of the Federation
of
British Columbia Writers. The Federation of British Columbia Writers is BC's largest
writers organization, serving over 650 organizational and individual members throughout
the province. For information on the Federation, please visit our website at
http://www.bcwriters.com/


Book News Vol. 3 No. 35



BOOK NEWS

Brendan McLeod, winner of the International 3-Day Novel contest in 2006 for his book The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, and 2007 Festival favourite, offers up an open invitation in this week's Writers' Rooms.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/rooms

The Toronto Star asks the fiction editors of The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Walrus, what they consider when shaping their much-anticipated summer fiction issues.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/451243

The Georgia Straight offers up some suggestions for beach blanket reading.
http://www.straight.com/article-151958/book-picks-while-away-waterside-hour?rotator=1

In the name of fun, the Globe & Mail asks five well-versed experts to pick their top ten Canadian novels, a sort of re-visioning of the CanLit canon.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080701.wcanonadams01/BNStory/Entertainment/home

BOOKS & WRITERS

The Guardian calls Steven Galloway's new novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, the work of an "expert."
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,2288056,00.html

The Globe & Mail reviews one of its own, a first novel by style editor Sheree-Lee Olson titled Sailor Girl.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080628.BKSAIL28/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Beverly Stone's debut novel, No Beautiful Shore, is set in a Newfoundland outport and "probes familiar shores with a unique and searching light," say first fiction reviewer Jim Bartley.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080628.BKBART28/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Both The New Yorker and the Georgia Straight review Toronto-born New Yorker Rivka Galchen's debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances.
http://www.straight.com/article-151963/atmospheric-disturbances
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/06/23/080623crbo_books_wood

Each of the five stories in Rev. Uwem Akpan's first story collection, Say You're One of Them, is set in a different African country, and each is told from the point of view of a child subjected to poverty, dislocation or worse. Read a review and an interview with Akpan here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/books/03akpan.html?_r=1&ref=books&oref=slogin
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/27/books/27book.html?ref=books

One of New Zealand's great writers, Janet Frame, died in 2004. Recently her literary trust has gone ahead with the posthumous publication of a novel, Towards Another Summer, which the author thought too personal to publish in her lifetime. Read a review here:
http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,,2288022,00.html

EVENTS

VPL SUMMER BOOK SALE
Lots of great fiction for your summer reading plus videos, books on tape, childrens, travel and multilingual items will be available. Admission ends 30 minutes before sale closes. All sales final. Prices $.55 to $2.25. Thursday, July 3 from 10:00 am-9:00 pm and Friday, July 4 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. 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.

AWAKE IN ACTION
Join special guest Dr. Gabor Mate in a night of talking, meditation, and a signing of his newest book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Thursday, July 3 at 6:30pm, by donation. Vancouver Shambhala Centre (3275 Heather). More information at
lisa@awakeinaction.org.

MEET THE AUTHOR
A program for teens. Want to get together with other teens and talk about a book with the writer? Meet local writers Meg Tilley and Julie Burtinshaw. Registration begins June 1. Saturday, July 5 and Saturday, July 12 at 11:00am. Free but registration required. Learning Centre, Level 3 Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Children's Library at 604-331-3663.

VANCOUVER COMICON
Special guests include Camilla d'Errico (Nightmares and Fairytales), Rusty Beach (Outnumbered), Jordyn Bochon (Radar Friends), Kelly Everaert (Jungle Tales, Eyes of the Zombie), and Robin Thompson (Champions of Hell, Hemp Island). Sunday, July 6 at 11:00am. Tickets $3 (children under 14 free). Heritage Hall (3102 Main).

MEMEWAR READINGS
Memewar magazine's sixth-issue release party features readings by Christine Leclerc, Kim Minkus, Garry T. Morse, and Cecily Nicholson, plus guest readers from the Queensland Poetry Festival in Australia, Graham Nunn, and Julie Beveridge, with music by Kristopher Fulton and Red. Sunday, July 6 at 8:00pm. Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir).

LITERACY & BEYOND
Join hosts Vicki Gabereau, Rick Cluff, and senator Larry Campbell for an evening of West Coast cuisine, wine and live jazz. Monday, July 7 at 5:30pm. Tickets $150. Beyond Restaurant + Lounge (1015 Burrard). More information at
www.literacyandbeyond.com/The_Event_.html.

TEEN ANGST
A celebration of inadvertently hilarious adolescent writing. Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets $7 at the door (free entry if you bring something to read from your own embarrassing past). Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir). More information at
www.teenangstpoetry.com/.

POETRY AROUND THE WORLD
Open-mike multilingual readings hosted by Lucia Gorea, with writing exercises given at the end of each event. Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30pm, free. Indigo Books and Music (900 Park Royal South, West Van.).

MARTIN MITCHINSON
Join author for talk and slide show presentation of The Darien Gap: Travels in the Rainforest of Panama ($26.95, Harbour). Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm. G.A.P Adventures in Vancouver (109-1965 West 4th Avenue). Books sold by The Travel Bug.
WRITE ON BOWEN!
Celebrate reading and writing on Bowen Island. July 11 to 13. Complete information at http://biac.ca/writersfestival/.

SYMPOSIUM ON THE BOOK
Join 10 of Canada's top experts on all aspects of crime writing and publishing. Saturday, July 12 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Fee: $75. For complete information and registration, visit
www.ccsp.sfu.ca/pubworks/symposium+book.html.

SPATIAL POETICS VII
Premiere of an interdisciplinary event that celebrates the collaboration and innovation in the use of text, visuals, music, and performance by Asian Canadian artists. Features the work of Natalie Purschwitz & Kimberley Cooper, Vanessa Kwan & Diyan Achjadi and Madoka Hara & Lee Hutzulak. Opens Saturday, July 12. Performances at 7:30pm (Hunt and Gather, 225 Carrall Street) and 8:00pm (Nouvelle Nouvelle, 209 Abbott Street). Full details at
www.powellstreetfestival.com or call 604.683.8240.

Upcoming

DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL
The 6th annual festival features Sharon Butala, Maggie de Vries, Jack Hodgins, Brian Payton and many more. July 17-20, 2008. Complete information at:
www.denmanislandwritersfestival.com.

SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website
www.writersfestival.ca. Note: some events have already sold out!

KOOTENAY BOOKWEEKEND
The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit our website at
www.kootenaybookweekend.ca, email kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

Please email
viwf@writersfest.bc.ca if you would like to unsubscribe from this email list.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Clea Young, Brenda Berck, Ann McDonell, and Sandra Millard.

Hal Wake
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2008 Festival - 21-26 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Canada
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hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
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Wednesday, 2 July 2008

'Frames of Mind' Summer Classics Series



The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present
Summer Classics Series: Two Standout Comedies from the 1970s

Being There

USA 1979. Director: Hal Ashby Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart

Image

Wednesday, July 16 - 7:30pm
at Pacific Cinémathèque 1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver

Peter Seller's Oscar-nominated performance in Being There is one of the most remarkable of his career. Directed by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Shampoo, Coming Home), and adapted by Jerzy Kosinski from his short comic novel of the same name, the film stars Sellers as Chance, a developmentally challenged middle-aged man-child who works as a gardener for a wealthy Washington, D.C. citizen. Chance has never been outside the walls of his employer's estate; his only knowledge of the world has been gleaned from endless hours of television. When his benefactor dies, Chance, impeccably dressed in his employer's well-tailored clothes, is cast out into the world for the first time in his life. An accident brings him into the orbit of a wealthy, well-connected industrialist (Melvyn Douglas, in an Oscar-winning supporting role) and his wife (Shirley MacLaine). They take him for a man of substance and depth, and soon Washington's political elite — including even the President of the United States — is mistaking Chance's innocent horticultural platitudes ("Spring is a time for planting!") for insightful metaphors on economic policy. Being There is a delightful work that satirizes celebrity, media-obsession, television, and politics — a film that has not lost its bite and relevance with the passing of time. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how the developmentally disabled are depicted in film. Colour, 35mm. 130 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Alanna Hendren, Executive Director of the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA). In operation since 1952, DDA provides community-based services from birth through old age to people with special needs in Vancouver and Richmond. Alanna has worked in the developmental disabilities field since 1980, and has been recognized for her work around such issues as early childhood development, systems transformation, community development, dual diagnosis, and the closure of institutions for people with developmental disabilities.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Association.

DDA

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

For more information, see http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/jul_aug_08/frames_of_mind.htm


$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
Advance tickets available at www.cinematheque.bc.ca
24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM


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Tuesday, 1 July 2008

New News

Happy Canada Day!!! We hope you have been enjoying the sunshine as much as we have. Everywhere you go there are people out smiling, enjoying events and just being here. I haven't been sending anything out for a bit just for sheer lack of time but I am back on the ball and so if you have anything you want to get out send it now. We will be offering a workshop with Jen Currin in August. If you know Jen then you will want to hurry and sign up as she is a great instructor as well poet. See below for details. Other than that I am sure I will see you somewhere. Oh Word Whips was a great success in our new location. We thank Britannia Library for taking us in. What a great space to write. Come and check it out. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

Free Verse in August: A Poetry Class

Join us for an intimate (8 students maximum) four-week poetry course. The focus will be on helping each poet hone her/his voice and explore a series of themes. We will play with imagery, line break, rhythm, diction/syntax, etc. Each class will include invigorating writing exercises, reading and discussion of some of the great poems of our time, and sharing work with the group. At the end of the course, each poet will turn in a short portfolio (6-10 pages) for individual feedback from the teacher. The course will be conducted by Jen Currin and held at her house. Tea provided.

Four Wednesdays, August 6-27, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $160 per participant

About the teacher: A Vancouverite for six years, Jen Currin grew up in Portland, Oregon and has lived in Boston, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Tempe, AZ, among other places. Jen received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Arizona State University. She currently teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School, for Langara College's Continuing Studies Program, and online for Johns Hopkins. Her work has been published in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, VERSE, Washington Square, The Massachusetts Review, Carousel, Event, and CV2. Jen has published two books of poems: The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) and Hagiography (Coach House Books).

Tuesday July 22, 2008

(and 4th Tuesday of every month)

Pandora's Collective Presents

WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES

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: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,

1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC

http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/details/britannia_branch

Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

or visit http://www.pandorascollective.com/openmics.html

Other Events of Interest

The World Poetry Café Radio Show proudly presents a special phone interview with Dr. Stephan Gill, July 1st on CFRO 102.7 FM from 9:10 pm to 9:40 pm PST.

with your hosts Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Alejandro Mujica-Olea.

For our radio listener's world wide:

1. Go to www.coopradio.org and follow the links to the World Poetry Café, Tuesdays at (pm PST)

2. Three days after the interview the show can be accessed by going to archives. You can also listen to Starchoice Satellite 845

3. Many of our listeners from 19 countries around the world record the show live and listen to it afterward.

Featured Poet

Background information for featured guest:

Poet Laureate of Ansted University, Stephen Gill is an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan. He believes strongly in a democratically elected world government and peace through peaceful means. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest.

Stephen Gill has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications, mostly in Canada, the United States of America and India. He writes usually in English. Once in a while, he writes poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi languages. He has also written and published book reviews, research papers on writers and on world peace. Some of his Urdu/Hindi poems have been sung with music by prominent singers of Pakistan and India.

Also, in our E-poem section a poem about Canada from Lini Grol.

Thank you for listening and supporting our show!

Ariadne and Alejandro

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We are pleased to announce that the as of Sunday 13th July, the Vancouver Story Slam will be moving to Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, every 2nd & 4th SUNDAY of the Month.

All other details remain the same:

Eight storytellers competing for prizes and a place in the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from 7.30, show starts at 8.30pm. Hosted by Ivan Penaluna.

For more info visit myspace.com/thevancouverstoryslam

Regards,

Ivan

Paul Buckley" ivanpenaluna@yahoo.ca

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July at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway

www.rhizomecafe.ca.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com