Friday, 29 August 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 43


The 2008 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival program guide will be available on our website by September 3. Tickets will go on sale to members September 8 and to the general public on September 15. In the meantime, check out some of the highlights here:

Special Event
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Random House of Canada present Miriam Toews. The bestselling author of A Complicated Kindness and Summer of My Amazing Luck will read from her new book, The Flying Troutmans. Appearing on the same bill will be Joan Barfoot, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted Luck and a new novel Exit Lines.

7:30 pm, Monday September 15
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street
Tickets $15/$13 plus $2 facility surcharge. Tickets are now on sale at VancouverTix: 604.629.VTIX (8849 or For information call 604.681.6330.

Invest in a Bestseller
Become a member of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and help bring the world of words to readers of all ages. To find out about all the groovy benefits, including ticket discounts, visit our website:

Call for Volunteers
Volunteers are still needed for the 2008 Festival for everything from program guide distribution to box office and production to front of house and bar & concession help. Register on-line now!

Writers' Rooms
Starting this week with C.C. (Chris) Humphreys' piece, we will be featuring the rooms of authors who will be coming to the Festival in October. Humphreys will be appearing at the Festival with two new books, Possession for young adults, and Vlad: The Last Confession, for adults.

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Montreal on Wednesday to protest government cuts to arts and culture programs. Earlier this summer the Conservative government announced $48.5 million in funding cuts.

A graphic novel by Australian Matt Ottley has come under fire for its use of strong language. The Queensland Writers Centre has come to the book's defence: "Children have plenty of access to violence and foul language on TV and YouTube, without the uplifting story line or realistic characterization shown in Requiem for a Beast."

Listen to a brief interview with Miriam Toews discussing her new novel The Flying Troutmans.


The Alberta Foundation for the Arts has created a new award for visual artists and boosted prize money for its annual awards for literature and the performing arts. Nominees for the awards were announced last week in Edmonton.


Ronald Wright, author of What is America?, will present the Festival's 2008 Duthie Lecture. This review in the Toronto Star calls What is America? "an angry book with an excellent case."
The Georgia Straight writes that in his new book, Wright aims to show how the main themes of the "frontier myth-raw individualism and perpetual growth-resound today in the market-obsessed social model that the U.S. exports to the rest of the world. It is, Wright says, a model built for a long-lost era."

Vancouver author Kevin Chong speaks with Rawi Hage about his "morally complicated and intellectually engaged" novel Cockroach.
In this interview with the Toronto Star, Hage says he is embarrassed to admit that he wrote Cockroach in four months: "I'm always surprised at how much stuff I have. And how easy it is, at least so far."

Amanda Boyden, author of Babylon Rolling, talks to the Globe and Mail about her evolution as a writer and why New Orleans will always be home.

The idea for Lee Henderson's debut novel The Man Game grew out of an assignment he did for the Vancouver Sun almost a decade ago, the research for which took him to real-life fight clubs in a rented legion hall in New Westminster. Read an interview with Henderson here:

The Winnipeg Free Press reviews four new collections of poetry by Canadian authors: Here Come the Moonbathers by Patricia Young, Daughters of Men by Brenda Leifso, Blert by Jordan Scott, and Augustine in Carthage by Alessandro Porco. Jordan Scott will be appearing at the Festival.

Cary Fagan has been contracted to write the fourth installment in Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two books. The book, tentatively titled High Seas, will follow Jacob's crossing from England to Montreal by boat, a journey that was glossed over in a single sentence in Hooded Fang.


North Shore Writers Association invites all writers to come share their work and listen to others read their published or un-published works. Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00pm, free. Mollie Nye House (940 Lynn Valley Rd). More information at


Alberta poet will read from her latest book, Cars (Turnstone, 2007), as well as sharing her work in progress - poems about her most recent obsession, James Bond. Thursday, September 11 at 7:30pm, free. White Rock Community Arts Council Gallery (#90, 1959 - 152nd Street). Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets. For more information, visit

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, or email, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

IKON Speaker Series
New York Times foreign correspondent, Dexter Filkins, will give a talk on his new book, The Forever War - a memoir from the front lines of the Iraq War that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Sunday, September 21 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $18/$15. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver). Box Office: 604.990.7810. More information at

The CBC Radio Studio One Book Club is launching their fall season with the incomparable Margaret Visser on September 21st. Her new book The Gift of Thanks explores all aspects of gratitude, from how the simple phrase of "thank you" is received in different cultures, to how acts of reciprocation and rejection are treated in folklore, mythology and fiction. For all the details and to win tickets to this fascinating conversation, go to

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2008 Festival - 21-26 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
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First-Person Contest Winners and Finalists


First Place ($3,000) Gina Ochsner On Principle
Second Place ($1,750) Heather Brittain Bergstrom Celilo Falls
Third Place ($1,000) Holly Wilson Night Glow

Ten Finalists ($125 each)
Alethea Black Mistake
Abby Frucht But You're Not
Lisa Fugard The Ghost of Anton Viljoen
Ed Gray Freedom Cross
Barb Johnson Turn It Up
Twister Marquiss Spectator Sports
David Torrey Peters The Dressing Room
Marc Petersen Shopping in the Middle of the Night
Debra Spark 46
Terese Svoboda Recon

Also announcing:
The 2008 Fall Fiction Contest, with a
First Prize of $3,000, a Second Prize of $1,500, a Third Prize of $750,
and ten finalists receiving $100 each.
Open to all writers, from August 28 to November 30, 2008.
All entries will be considered for publication.

Go to
BACKSTAGE | NARRATIVE PRIZE | ABOUT US | A Nonprofit Publication of Narrative Press

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Thursday, 21 August 2008

*New Group* Making Connections for Mental Health Clients

VCMHS and THEO BC are pleased to present the Making Connections group for Adults (19+) with a mental illness living in Vancouver.

Open group format (first 20 people enrolled will begin at start date, the rest will be waitlisted until spaces open up)

Please refer to attachments, which includes the brochure and two registration forms that could be mailed or faxed to THEO BC. If you can't open the attachments please contact the folks below and make arrangements to get the forms. One of the forms is copied below (the making Connections pre-questionnaire... The Leisure Education New Client Form could not be copied and pasted below.

Please call Mariana (604) 876-0773 or Brian and Rebecca (604) 435-5677 with any questions.


Making Connections

What is it?

A group to help you expand your social network

For who?

Adults (19 and up) with a mental illness living in


This program provides the opportunity for participants to:

Mix and Mingle with others who are looking to meet new people

Find others who share similar interests

Discover leisure resources/opportunities in the community

All we ask is that you come ready to meet people and willing to connect with others outside of the group time.

Start Date: Friday September 12, 2008

Frequency: Every Friday for 3 months

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: THEO BC

30 East 6th Ave, Vancouver


Complete the attached registration forms

Open group format (first 20 people enrolled will begin at start date, the rest will be waitlisted until spaces open up)

Return registration form to:

Making Connections, c/o THEO BC

3rd Floor, 30 East 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Fax: 604-876-0755

For more information call Mariana at 604-876-0773


Making Connections

Name: _____________________________________________________________

What do you hope to achieve from this group? Tick all that apply.


Increase activity level

Activity partner

Meet new people

Try new activity

Expand social network

Explore leisure interests

Community resources


Any other: __________________________________________________________

Tick all that apply below to indicate whether you are interested in the following activities.












Volunteer work

Table tennis





Cultural events

Weight lifting

Play instrument




Dining out



Surfing the net



Video games

Window shopping


Going for coffee/tea



Library events

Sport events



Any other: ___________________________________________________________

Return registration forms to:

Making Connections, c/o THEO BC - Mariana

3rd Floor, 30 East 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Fax: 604-876-0755

For more information call Mariana at 604-876-0773

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

SFU Writer's Series Talk II: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, August 27th


REMEMBER: A Talk with Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas on art, memory, and the power of small.

Yahgulanaas was commissioned to create a graphic narrative that combines classic Haida design with Asian manga, and combines Haida legend with contemporary questions of memory, distance, loss, longing, error and anger - and a reminder to recover the living moment.

"I want to find a way to see memory not as a distance but as a post-it note, a reminder to recover those distant elements. If it is longing, is there a way to revive that element and bring it to the living moment? If it is tragedy, what can I do about it here and now?"
Find out more about the Memory Festival at:

Learn more about what Haida manga is, and find an invitational poster, on the Writing and Publishing Program web site, News and Events:

SFU Harbour Centre
Fletcher Challenge Theatre (1900)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 7 pm

Admission is free; Reservations are required. Please e-mail or call 778.782.5100.

Fax: 778.782.5098

Writing & Publishing Program
Simon Fraser University

New Resource Centre

BC Mental Health and Addictions Services will shortly be formally launching a provincial resource centre called the Kelty Resource Centre. It was made possible by funding from the parents of Kelty Patrick Dennehy, who died at 17 after battling depression. The centre's manager, Hing Tse, serves BC-wide via phone and email (see below). The centre also has walk-in hours at it's location in Vancouver's BC Children and Women's Hospital. More information on all of this is on their website at: <> They have some good resources available, including a video screening room and access to a lending library.
Here's their self-description: "The Kelty Resource Centre is a free, all-inclusive, virtual resource centre for BC children, youth and their families. We provide timely, relevant, evidence-based and client-friendly information on mental health and addictions topics and on programs and services in BC. We also provide resources for adults with eating disorders." (The centre is in the space formerly occupied by the eating disorders resource centre.)
* The Kelty Resource Centre can be accessed in the following ways:
Phone: 604.875.2084 or 1-800-665-1822
Email: <>
Web: <>

* The Kelty Resource Centre can also be visited in person at:
Mental Health Building (Please use Entrance 2)
BC Children's Hospital
Room P3-302 - 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 2N1

* Hours of operation are currently: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Storytelling class



Writing Story, Telling Story

Using a combination of written and oral exercises, participants are supported to mine their experience, imagination, and passion to discover and create stories that sing. We look at how to craft a tale for oral presentation. Focus is on developing a lively and intimate relationship between the storyteller and the audience. $239.

8 Weds. evenings, Oct.15 – Dec. 3, 6:30-9:30pm

Teaching storytelling brings together Helen Mintz's two great loves, 
teaching and performance. A storyteller and theatrical performer, 
she tours her one woman storytelling shows in Canada, the United States, 
Germany and Lithuania. For more information, go to
"Helen is wonderfully encouraging, an inspired teacher with 
much depth and knowledge about the craft." 
Carol Nakonechny
"By far the best course and best instructor I've ever had. Thank 
you, Helen for starting me on the storytelling road." 
Rick Juliussen

"Helen Mintz' storytelling class is an exciting and deeply 
creative environment. Helen is gifted in helping you find true 
value in your life experiences and  transform them into oral 
narratives." Annie Lanteigne

For more information, contact Helen Mintz at or Jollean Willington at


To register call 604-323-5322.

"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection." George Orwell (1903-1950)

Thursday, 14 August 2008

MFI News: 6 brief alerts to change mental health system

MindFreedom International News - 5 August 2008 - please forward

Remember David Romprey

MFI Wins Helios Matching Grant

Vigils for Esmin Green Held in Three Nations

David Oaks to Speak at World Psychiatric Conference

Oregon Consumer Survivor Coalition Meets with Oregon Governor

News Summary on the MindFreedom Website


Tragically, long time human rights activist David Romprey passed away
suddenly on July 30, 2008. David was a father, Oregonian, psychiatric
survivor, mental health consumer, advocate, community organizer,
friend and supporter of MindFreedom and our social change movement.

More information, including links to a virtual memorial site where
people can share their memories of David, is available here:


Thanks to the generous donations from our new members, MindFreedom
reached its $500 fundraising goal to win the matching grant from the
Helios Resource Network. Thank you!

The $500 in matching funds will be used to support MindFreedom's
Youth Campaign, and will help fund a 'Green Your Mind Fair' in Lane
County. The fair will include skits, forums and videos.

We would like to thank the Helios Resource Network for providing
MindFreedom with this great opportunity. Thank you!


On July 25, 2008 MindFreedom co-sponsored vigils held to honor the
memory of Esmin Green and to condemn human rights violations.

Esmin Green died on June 19 while waiting for a bed to become
available in the King County Hospital Center's Psychiatric Emergency
Room. She had already been waiting for nearly 24 hours when she
collapsed, and surveillance footage shows that another hour had
nearly passed before she received medical attention.

Vigils were held outside King County Hospital in New York, USA, in
Eugene, Oregon, USA, in Toronto, Canada, and in Cork, Ireland.

More information, including links to photos, can be found here:

Or use this web link:


Every three years, the World Psychiatric Association holds a World
Congress. The WPA has invited MFI executive director David W. Oaks to
be a "special presenter" on human rights at the Congress on 22
September 2008 in Prague.

More information can be found here:


In June, a delegation from the Oregon Consumer Survivor Coalition,
which MindFreedom Oregon helped found, met with Governor Ted
Kulongoski to discuss mental health and consumer affairs in Oregon.

The full report by OCSC President Rebecca Eichhorn is available here:

Or use this web link:


*** 12 July 2008 - "Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Industry Ties"

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley is demanding that the
American Psychiatric Association open its books after numerous
financial conflicts of interest between drug manufacturers and
medical practitioners were exposed.

The New York Times
By Benedict Carey and Gardiner Harris

Or use this web link:

*** 13 July 2008 - "Are Our Leading Pediatricians Drug Industry Shills?"

In this opinion piece, Dr. Lawrence Diller explores the corrupting
influence of drug company money on the practice of medicine, focusing
on Senator Grassley's recent investigation into the $1.6 million in
undeclared consulting fees accepted by Joseph Biederman of Harvard

San Francisco Chronicle
By Lawrence Diller, M.D.

*** 23 July 2008 - "Has Big Pharma Corruption Suppressed Effective
Treatment Options?"

Psychologist/author/MindFreedom member Bruce Levine looks at the
Congressional investigation of psychiatric drug money, and asks how
this undue influence limits non-drug alternatives.

By Bruce Levine, PhD

ACTION: Please forward these news alerts to all appropriate places on
and off Internet.


The DVD "Little Brother BIG PHARMA" is now available on the Mad
Market. This film, by director David Heine, follows the story of
Danny, a man who was first put on Thorazine in 1951 when he was only
twelve years old and who has only recently envisioned a life without
drugs. Along the way we hear from other survivors, psychiatrists,
authors and mental health workers.

For other hard-to-find books and gear go to MFI's ALL NEW Mad Market


* Win human rights campaigns in mental health.

* End abuse by the psychiatric drug industry.

* Support self-determination of psychiatric survivors.

* Promote safe, humane options in mental health.

* Show your MAD PRIDE!

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and affiliate groups with individual members.

MindFreedom is one of the very few totally independent activist
groups in the mental health field with no funding from governments,
drug companies, religions, corporations, or the mental health system.

MindFreedom is the only group of its kind accredited by the United
Nations (NGO Consultative Roster Status).

All human rights supporters are invited to join MFI or renew early by
donating here:

MindFreedom International Office:

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

web site:
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MFI office phone: (541) 345-9106
MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDe or 1-877-623-7743
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"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection." George Orwell (1903-1950)

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Study Participants Wanted

Genetic counseling study:
We are investigating the potential benefits to someone with a mental illness of receiving more information about the causes of their illness through a process called genetic counselling. We are interested in hearing the thoughts and opinions of people with mental illness about the genetic counselling process, including input on how it could better meet their needs.
Both men and women with a history of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder are being recruited to participate in the study. The study involves one or two meetings with a researcher and completing questionnaires at home. The meetings with the researcher will take place at the Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (on the corner of Oak street & 12th avenue). Reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Sloan at 604 875 2000 x.4733, or by email at

Stigma study: Family members of people with mental illness
Stigma can have serious negative effects on people with mental illness and their family members.
We are developing a questionnaire to assess internalized stigma in first-degree family members (parents, brothers, sisters, and children) of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or schizoaffective disorder.
The questionnaire will gather information about stigma in family members of people with mental illness and aim to improve coping and the overall well being of the family network.
If you have a first-degree family member with mental illness and would like more information about participating please contact Emily Morris at or by phone 604 875 2000 (ext. 4733). Please note, you CAN participate if you have a mental illness yourself, as long as you also have an affected first degree family member too.

Mental health and pregnancy study:
We are also conducting a research study that aims to understand why some women develop postpartum depression or psychosis and others do not. The research is designed to test the idea that a genetic variation together with folate levels in a woman's blood can influence her risk for postpartum depression. The aim of the research is to find ways to help to reduce the risk for postpartum depression by using nutritional supplements. Women who are pregnant (at any stage of pregnancy) and who have a history of mental health problems are being recruited to participate in the study. The study involves a participant meeting with a
researcher 4 times: once during the pregnancy, and 3 times over the first 3 months of the postpartum period. The researchers can cover costs of travel for women to participate in the research at either St. Paul's \
or Children's and Women's Hospitals. Alternatively, some study visitscan be conducted at participants' homes or by email/phone. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer Sloan at:
604 875 2000 X4733 or by email at

Jehannine C. Austin PhD CGC/CCGC
Assistant Professor,
MSFHR Scholar & CIHR New Investigator
UBC Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics,
Rm 11155 - 11th Floor,
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre,
2775 Laurel St,
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9

Registering for WRAP - Open to all with experience living with a mental illness


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.

Open to all those who have experience living with mental illness

WRAP is a wellness and recovery-oriented program designed for people who have a mental illness and are interested in learning more about how to recover and stay well. You will create your own recovery and crisis plan designed for you, by you.

Recognizing that mental health recovery is possible and achievable, is the mission of the WRAP program.

WHERE: Crossroads Community Home (2046

Dunbar Street).

WHEN: Saturdays, Sept. 13 - Oct. 25 from 2pm - 5 pm. No class on Oct. 11.


Space is limited so register early by calling

604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.

Special thanks to the Vancouver Branch of the BC Schizophrenia Society for providing funding for this offering of WRAP.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Margaret Trudeau Speaks 9 Oct 2008

Enjoy some news, pictures and poems

It is 11 pm and my computer is screwing up totally so instead of putting these in order I am putting them out there as I received them. At the end of this email you will find some pictures from the Festival thanks to Stephan, Ruth and KC. And Margo from the Grind Writers sent us a link to Patricia's Blog of Poems. She is 95 Enjoy and goodnight. Bonnie








Inflatable Buddha are performance poet Steve Larkin

Multi-Instrumentalist, "Purple" Dave Hart

Blues Harmonica hurdy-gurdy player Mauro Sanin

And vocalist and bassist, Su Jordan

They are touring Canada as part of the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in 2008 including Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

They have one day in between fesivals and they want to spend it in Vancouver, August 9th at Café Deux Soleils.

"With a repertoire of original co-written material on themes as diverse as il/liberal landlords; original sin; giant man-eating insects; the end of the world; white blood cells; the media's control of the female image; and (of course!) the lessons to be learned in love, INFLATABLE BUDDHA put a strong environmental and political message across with a punch and a hefty dose of humour. We seem to defy easy categorisation, but have been variously described as 'an acid-crazed hippie's wet dream', 'art-punk-folk-poets' and 'the biggest laugh of the weekend' at Oxford Folk Festival (read more comments here) - though there's really nothing for it but to see us live and make your own mind up! Our aim is to satisfy: if you've not seen something enjoyable, memorable and - and above all - FUN at one of our gigs, then we've failed. Our gig archive here seems to suggest that we get away with it most of the time."







Come spend a Saturday night in East Van getting down to some fun and funky rhythms and sounds.

Doors at 8pm. Show starts at 9 o'clock

Only $10

For more info or if you'd like to volunteer and get in free contact or call 604 215 9230

Thnak Ooj


Thundering Word

Vancouver's finest Open Mic

Sunday, August 17th

At the Montmartre cafe`

4362 Main street, Vancouver, B.C.

----Proudly Presents----

Brendan McLeod

One of Vancouver's top Slam Poets

And a founding member of the Musical/Poetry band

The Fugitives

Be prepared for an evening of fast paced

and thoughtful entertainment!!


Another heaping helping of great Open Mic!

Music, Comedy, Poetry

And more...........

You never know what you might get at Thundering Word!

Good Food, Good Drinks, Great Entertainment at "Th' Mont"

Signup is at 8:30--Show at 9pm

And on another note, Google Youtube and type in:

> Glen Valley Hot Rods BBQ <

It's the annual "Social Hilite" for Bill & Diana... Last year we brought

the Foxie Girls out. This year we took Nora Smithhisler and Steve

Plus, Eric campbell and his parents.

Eric played with some true heavy hitters in the band. They loved him!!

Needless to say, a great time was had by all!

Who knows who we'll invite next year?

T-Paul Lives !!!


World Poetry Reading Series
August 25, 7:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library, Alma Van Dusen Room
350 West Georgia St.
Your hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea present
Senka Kovacevic
Ben Nuttall-Smith
Seann Traviller
Alex Winstanley
A short film "Locked Out" Tovah Paglaro
(Women in Film)
Information: 604-526-4729



2nd Annual Fearless Festival – August 24, 2008

BE FEARLESS! The Fearless Festival is an annual event celebrating the extraordinary people, music and art of the Downtown Eastside. Centered in Pigeon Park (at East Hastings and Carrall streets) with smaller stages in the Interurban Gallery and the Blackwater Cafe, Fearless exists to help redefine an often-avoided and misunderstood neighbourhood. Building on the success of last year, Fearless is sure to be a wonderful day for everyone!

Fearless headliners are local rising stars Pawnshop Diamond, who have shared the stage with Michael Franti, Spearhead and Sarah Harmer. Community activism is a passion and through The Black Crow Project, they work actively with the Portland Society to promote awareness and solutions for homelessness ( Described as refreshingly free and folky-jazzy, Pawnshop Diamond is known for a sincere sound linking them to cited influences Paul Simon and Bob Dylan (

BE FEARLESS WITH DONATIONS! Fearless is in its grassroots stage and would gladly and gratefully benefit from seeding and watering from community-building leaders. Join our much appreciated partners listed below and help bring positive attention and growth to one of Vancouver's most historic neighbourhoods. Contributions are tax-deductible. Fearless can also provide logo placements and mentions on Fearless marketing and media materials. Contact us at or 604-788-8340 for more info.

BE FEARLESS WITH VOLUNTEERING! Donations of your time and interest are extremely valuable to Fearless. We invite you to visit our site at for an on-line contact form. Help out in a variety of meaningful ways and enjoy yourself too!

The Fearless Festival is brought to you by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, a registered non-profit of 60 years' standing, through an initiative of the DTES Community Arts Network. It is sponsored, in part, by the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver and the Hamber Foundation. Community sponsors include the Blackwater Café, Centre A, the Carnegie Centre, Portland Society, City Opera of Vancouver, and the InterUrban Gallery.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, please visit our website and contact Steve Duncan at 604-788-8340 or at

Watch last year's Fearless Fest on Fearless TV (Channel 4) on Sunday Aug. 10 @ 10 pm, Tuesday Aug.12 @ 12-1am (Monday midnight) and again Saturday, Aug. 3-4 am & 2-3pm.


Poets with Trees Reading

Sunday August 24, 2008, Noon - 4pm
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Theater,
45 Shelley Drive
John McLaren Park, San Francisco

Featuring Bay Area poet laureates
Albert Flynn DeSilver of Marin
Penelope La Montagne of Healdsburg
Martha Meltzer of Pleasanton
Connie Post of Livermore

Open mike for all. Bring poems of your own
or by your favorite poets, and some food to share.

Donation for the use of the park will be accepted
on the day of the reading

for more information:
or call Clara Hsu: 415-244-1317

Organized by the Poetry Hotel
with the support of the San Francisco poetry reading hosts,
and the San Francisco Park and Recreation Department.

Clara Hsu
301 Gambier Street
San Francisco, CA 94134-1341

tel: 415-244-1317


Shannon invited you to "Shannon's set at Under the Volcano Festival" on Sunday, August 10 at 2:00pm.

Shannon says, "Hey guys! The festival sounds awsome: three stages.

My set is at 2pm on the Malcolm Lowry Stage and will be in keeping with the theme of social activism and change. The whole day sounds fun! Teagan & Sarah and Head Water is a special treat.".

Event: Shannon's set at Under the Volcano Festival
"Headwater, Teagan & Sarah and **Me**..."
What: Performance
Host: Shannon Rayne
Start Time: Sunday, August 10 at 2:00pm
End Time: Sunday, August 10 at 2:20pm
Where: Under the Volcano Festival


Hello all,

Check out the latest and greatest at Flexible Theatre.

Best wishes,

Diana Jeffries


Patricia's Poems……..

Patricia is a 95 year old poet, originally from England , who has
lived in Vancouver since 1942.

Orphaned when her father died from respiratory complications
after he gave his gas mask to someone in WW1, she was
raised in a series of either orphanages or relatives' homes.
She went to teacher's college, then headed out to a job in
Bermuda in 1935, met the man who would become her only
husband, married him in 1938 and went to live in Peru .
Mid-WW2 British expats there were sent to Canada , and she
voyaged up the Pacific Coast in 1942 in a convoy of ships under
blackout. She had three children and eventually had to leave

her husband their father. And here she has been ever since.

At 95, Patricia rarely leaves the house nowadays. But her daughter
has put some of her poems up in a blog called Patricia's Poems --
so if you have a moment to go and read some, and leave some

comments, her daughter will print them out (Patricia doesn't
have internet or a computer).

She would very much enjoy getting some comments and

feedback on her poetry.

Patricia's Poems Blog:

There are quite a few up there. To get to the rest of them after
the first page, you have to press "Older Posts" at the bottom.


Hi Everyone,

I just thought I'd let you know the latest news of how 'Stay Black & Die' is doing ( hopefully Shelley Whitehead (my Web designer) will have time to update my website this week.

News and Events

Dr. Suzanne James : Department of English at University of British Columbia said: 'I am really excited by your work, and have put 'Stay Black & Die' on the reading list for my second year Canadian lit course this fall.' also English Professor: Simon McAslan, of Vanier College in Montreal is putting the book on his (winter) English Curriculum.

In the New & Events section of the website I already announced the news that Rita Wong, Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada (ECIAD) has currently added my book 'Stay Black and Die' to her English Composition class reading list, and she and Glen Lowry invited me to do a reading for their

On Edge Reading Series.

I am totally excited that the book is being included in curriculums across the country. If you know any teachers or professors in

drama schools, high schools, colleges, universities (English depts., Canadian studies, Women's Studies, Prairie Writers etc.) please

let them know about the book or turn them on to my website or Commodore Books site. (see links on my site)

If you haven't ordered a book online yet where you can use Pay Pal (and through Pay Pal use your Visa, Mastercard, etc. and wish to pay by cheque please email me at and send me your address and we will ship one out right away.

Last thing, don't forget to tell your friends, book reviewers, anyone you think may help get the book get circulated.

Thanks a million for your support.

Hope you're having a good summer,



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