Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Book News Vol. 3. No. 47


The 21st Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival will present 69 events from October 21 - 26, featuring a lineup of award-winning and bestselling authors from around the globe including Joseph Boyden, Andrew Davidson, Damon Galgut, Steven Galloway, Amitav Ghosh, Lorna Goodison, Linda Grant, Rawi Hage, C.C. Humphreys, Shane Koyczan, Donna Morrissey, Sharon Olds, Paul Quarrington, Jonathan Raban, Nino Ricci, Gillian Slovo, Kinnie Starr, Meg Wolitzer and Ronald Wright. For complete event information please visit our website at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/2008festival. You can find ticket information at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/2008festival/tickets.

Special Event
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Penguin Group (Canada) present John Ralston Saul, the bestselling author of On Equilibrium and Voltaire's Bastards discusses his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada.

7:30pm, Wednesday October 8
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
6354 Crescent Road

Special event ticket prices: $15/$13 Students and seniors. Tickets are available throught Vancouver Tix (www.vancouvertix.com) or at the Writers Festival box office (in person sales only).

The Massey Lectures with Margaret Atwood: Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood delivers a surprising look at the topic of debt as this year's Massey Lecturer. Atwood comments 'These are not lectures about how to get out of debt; rather, they're about the debtor/creditor twinship in the broadest sense - from human sacrifice to pawnshops to revenge. In this light, what we owe and how we pay is a feature of all human societies, and profoundly shapes our shared values and cultures'.

Margaret Atwood will be presenting the second lecture in the tour at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday 15 October 8:00pm. All revenue received from the tickets sold by the VIWF will be deposited in the Festival's Alma Lee Legacy Fund. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available from the VIWF starting Monday September 29 on line at www.writersfest.bc.ca or by calling 604 681 6330 ext. 109.

The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents Literati, its annual fundraising gala dinner. Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20 for an evening of festivity, food and literary laughs with Festival authors and host Gloria Macarenko. All proceeds benefit Spreading the Word, the Festival's education program for BC schools. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 604 681 6330 ext 109. Corporate tables are also available - contact Ann McDonell at 604 681 6330 ext 104.

Call for Volunteers
We need a FRENCH-SPEAKING volunteer or two with DAYTIME AVAILABILITY to assist with booksales and/or box office. AND: Do you speak and read DUTCH? If so, we need your help for a special volunteer job on Thursday evening October 23, 7 to 10 pm. Please SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION online or contact volunteer co-ordinator Kathryn Fowler, kfowler@writersfest.bc.ca or 604 681-6330 ext 101.

Writers' Rooms
Poet Jordan Scott takes us on a slippery syllabic ride in this week's edition of Writers' Rooms. Scott will be appearing in two events at the upcoming Festival, Gazebo and The Poetry Bash.

The Globe and Mail has done a fine piece on what has been happening to funding for the arts in Canada and it is a must read if this is an election issue for you.


Canadian children's novelist Bryan Doyle, who attended the 2007 VIWF, and writer-illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, who will be at the 2008 Festival, have been nominated for the 2009 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the richest award in children's literature.

Toronto novelist Wayson Choy has been named the winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize, an honour awarded annually to an individual who has made "a substantial contribution to the world of books and writing."


Parisian author Stéphane Audeguy's new historical novel, The Only Son, is set against the background of the French Revolution and, as the Toronto Star says, is a "thoughtful and delightful" read. Audeguy is appearing in two events at the 2008 Festival.

This reviewer takes issue with a few aspects of Giller longlisted author David Bergen's new novel, The Retreat, but says that ultimately it is a "meaningful and significant work." Bergen will be appearing in one event at the VIWF.

The Globe & Mail writes that Canadian literature will be much richer if Joseph Boyden continues to write about the experiences of contemporary First Nations people. Read a review Boyden's new novel Through Black Spruce here:

The hoopla that came as a result of winning the Giller Prize in 2002 meant that Austin Clarke wasn't able to settle down and focus on writing until 2005. His new novel More has just been released. Clarke will be appearing in two events at the Festival. Read an interview with the author here:

In this interview, Steven Galloway, author of the bestselling novel The Cellist of Sarajevo, says he writes what he wants to know, not what he already knows.

Kenneth J. Harvey's new book Blackstap Hawco inspires the Globe and Mail to say that Harvey may be Newfoundland's Ahab more than its Melville. Harvey is appearing in two festival events.

Quill and Quire writes that attempts to encapsulate Nino Ricci's exhilarating new book, The Origin of Species, are doomed. Ricci will be appearing in two Festival events.

Fred Stenson's new novel The Great Karoo weaves together the stories of several Alberta volunteers from various backgrounds who travelled to South Africa to fight against the Afrikaner population in the Boer War. Stenson will be appearing in two Festival events. Read an interview with him here:


Marina Endicott's Giller longlisted novel Good to a Fault has the "same kind of relentless, unstoppable expectancy as Barbara Gowdy's Helpless," writes the Globe & Mail.

The NY Times says that Marilynne Robinson's new novel Home is "unsparing in its acknowledgment of sin and unstinting in its belief in the possibility of grace."

Kate Atkinson's new book, When Will There Be Good News?, "shows off an imagination so active that the novel can barely contain it," writes the NY Times.


Join Caitlin Press and Ronsdale Press for the launch of two books: A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems, by Kate Braid and Writing the West Coast: In Love with Place, edited by Christine Lowther and Anita Sinner. Featuring readings by Kate Braid, Darcy Dobell, Hannelore Evans, Betty Krawczyk, Joanna Robinson and David Tindall. Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm, free. The Bistro at The Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford Street. Book sales by Duthie Books. More information at info@caitlin-press.com.

New Reliable Press launches its latest graphic anthology with a show of original artwork by several of YAND3's contributors. Friday, September 26 at 8:00pm, free. Lucky's Gallery (3972 Main). More information at www.newreliable.com/.

For everyone who devours cookbooks in bed and loves to travel the world following their appetites, the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club is very excited to present Jeffrey Alford with his new book Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China on Sunday September 28. Host Sheryl MacKay of North by Northwest will be joined by special co-host Tara Lee, the author of one of Vancouver's most popular foodie blogs. For your chance to win free tickets to this delectable afternoon, go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

The Word On The Street is an annual one-day festival celebrating literacy and the written arts with hundreds of participating exhibitors, authors, and performers for literary readings, cookbook demonstrations, music, contests, panel discussions, and much more. Sunday, September 28 from 11:00am to 5:00pm, free. For complete details, visit

SFU's director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies Yosef Wosk moderates a forum featuring guest speaker and city librarian Paul Whitney. Sunday, September 28 at 4:00pm, free. Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia). More information at www.sfu.ca/philosopherscafe/.

Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea host poets Bernice Lever, Douglas Bacon, Addena Sumter Freitag, Ashok Bhargava, Diego Bastianutti, and musician David Campbell. Monday, September 29 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia).

Part open-mike, part poetry slam, the show welcomes all who want to share their writing. Tuesday, September 30 at 8:30pm. Tickets $5. Cottage Bistro (4468 Main St.).

Writers of all genres are invited to the North Shore Writers Association public reading to share their work with other writers and readers. Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00pm, free. Mollie Nye House (940 Lynn Valley Rd).

Celebrate Learning presents The Steve Machine, the first novel by the acclaimed filmmaker. Thursday, October 2 at 12:00pm, free. Lilloet Room (Level 3) of the Irving K. Barber Learnng Centre (1961 East Mall).

The Alcuin Society is pleased to announce that this year's annual ceremony for the Society's 26th annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Thursday, October 2 at 7:00pm, free. Also, two free limited admission book design-related workshops will be given by Peter Cocking, Celia King, and CS Richardson. SB 301, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston St., Granville Island. More information at www.alcuinsociety.com/awards.

Author will read from his Giller Prize-nominated novel The Cellist of Sarajevo. Thursday, October 2 at 7:00pm. Free but registration required. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert St., Confederation Park). For more information or to register phone 604-299-8955.

Reception for the SFU Writer-in-Residence for 2008-2009. Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm. Free but please RSVP before October 1 to cs_hc@sfu.ca or 778.782.5100. Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University (515 West Hastings Street).

The author of House Calls by Dogsled presents a talk on his time as a nurse in the 1960's in the Northwest Territories outpost of Fort McPherson, 1700 miles north of Edmonton. Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Bestselling children's author of the Judy Moody and Stink books reads from her works. Saturday, October 4 at 10:00am. Free but registration required. Community Meeting Room, Lynn Valley Main Library (1277 Lynn Valley Road). For more information, call 604.984.0286.


VPL Writer-in-Residence Caroline Adderson and illustrator Kathy Shoemaker team up to present an awesome book-making workshop for parents and children 4-6. Sunday, October 5 at 1:00pm. Free but registration required by calling 604-331-4041. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

This event celebrates the release of the lastest books by local children's authors and artists. Come and meet your favourite BC author or illustrator as they present their new books. Sunday, October 5 at 1:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

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Research Study

Volunteers are needed for a Research Study on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Unemployment

This study is being done to help identify return-to-work barriers and assistance needs for unemployed persons with PTSD.

If you are between the age of 21 and 60, have a diagnosis of PTSD and have been unemployed for at least 6 months, you may be eligible to participate in this study.

To determine your eligibility, you will be asked to complete a telephone screening interview and attend an assessment at UBC. If eligible, you will be asked to attend 3 90-min. focus group interviews at UBC and complete various questionnaires and feedback evaluations. The total time that you will be asked to dedicate to the study will be approximately 15 hours over a 3 month period.

For details please contact the Traumatic Stress Clinic, UBC Department of Psychiatry at 604-827-5531.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaye Wald, Dept. Psychiatry

Support Group

Consumer Initiative Fund
Tardive dyskinesia is a disorder that causes involuntary movements (especially of the lower face). The abnormal movements include tongue thrusting, repetitive chewing, jaw swinging, or facial grimacing. If diagnosed early, the condition may be reversed by stopping the drug that caused the symptoms. In some cases, even if the antipsychotic drugs are stopped, the involuntary movements may become significantly worse or permanent.
Tardive dyskinesia is serious side effect of long-term use of drugs called neuroleptics. The most commonly used neuroleptics are older anti-psychotic drugs, including haloperidol, trifluoperazine, or fluphenazine


Next meeting:
October 8, 2008
3:00 PM - 4:30PM
At the PeerNetBC office
(formerly known as SHRA)
1212 W. Broadway Room 306
Phone: 604-733-6186
Project Manager: Susan Trapp

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Why Wait for Wellness for youth/young adults - NO DEADLINE for sign up!!!

Hi all,

Why Wait for Wellness, a fitness and nutrition program for ages 16-25. This program is open to consumers who reside in Vancouver only, but they need not be clients of Vancouver Community Mental Health Services. This program will run until June/09 and there's no deadline for sign up. The attached flyer and registration form look better than the ones copied and pasted below, so if you are able to open attachments we recommend you use those.

Why Wait for Wellness!

What is it?

A fitness and nutrition program

For who?

Youth & young adults (16-25)

who have a mental illness

Vancouver Community Mental Health Services is pleased to offer

Why Wait for Wellness for individuals aged 16 to 25. This program provides the opportunity for participants to:

Get Active (try out the gym, weight training, yoga),

Get Together (learn more about nutrition at a monthly dinner)

Get the Goods (fitness passes and other goodies)

There is no cost to participate in this program


Complete the attached registration form

Fax: 604-435-5694, or

Mail to: Why Wait for Wellness Program, c/o Community Link

Program, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2

Participants under the age of 19 must have the registration form
signed by a parent or guardian

For more info call 604-435-5677 Erin (Ext.343) or Rebecca (Ext.342)

We're now up and running with:
Weekly gym orientation (Mt. Pleasant Community Centre)
Weekly yoga class at UnitYoga (Commercial/Broadway)

1st week of October start:
Weekly group workouts (Mt. Pleasant)

2nd week of October start:
Monthly dinner/nutrition night (Rhizome Cafe)

For more information, please contact:
Erin Goodman, OT
Community Link Program, VCH
(604) 435-5677 Ext. 343

Why Wait for Wellness!

A fitness and nutrition program for youth and young adults (16-25) who have a mental illness

Registration Form

Name (Please Print): _____________________________ Age: _________

Address: нннннн_____________________________________________________



How did you hear about the Why Wait for Wellness program?



Name (Please Print): ____________________________________________

Relationship: ______________ Day/Evening Phone: ___________________


(Required for participants under age 19)

Please be advised that _________________________, age _________ has registered to attend the Why Wait for Wellness. The Vancouver Community Mental Health Services organise and run this program for young adults, ages 16 to 25 years, who are experiencing mental health issues. Your signature below indicates that you have been informed of and consent to your minor's (under age 19 years) participation. No minor will be allowed to participate without a signed consent form.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ____________________________________

Please return this form by fax: 604-435-5694, or mail: Why Wait for Wellness, c/o CLP, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC

MPA Resource Centre


It is with pleasure that we announce the reopening of the MPA Society Community Resource Centre (CRC) located at 1733 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver effective immediately.

The CRC had been closed since late July and has undergone extensive renovations to the program space including the purchase of many new furnishings. Along with the renovations and new furnishings, the CRC staff underwent a process of operational planning resulting in some immediate program changes and many significant changes to come in the near future. There will be a new emphasis on social and recreational activities with an expansion of our outreach services made possible through a grant from BC Housing.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Mental Health Information for the Family

The Mood Disorders Association of BC, BC Children's Hospital, and the University of British Columbia are presenting an evening of Mental Health Information for the Family on Wednesday, October 8, 6:45 pm at Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver. Please see the attached poster for details.
Greg Fromson
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9
Tel. 604-873-0103
Fax 604-873-3095

The Who’s Crazy Now? News and Views

The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views
Published by Elly Litvak
Mental Health Coach, Consultant & Public Speaker

The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views provides information for
people recovering from a mental illness, their families, friends
and mental health professionals.

Website: www.whoscrazynow.com
Email: elly@whoscrazynow.com

September, 2008 Volume 1 Issue 9
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In this issue
1. Welcome from Elly
2. Feature Article: 10 Tips for Striking the Best Work Life Balance
3. Now Who's Talking: Telling Your Recovery Story
4. Now Who's Crazy Now?
5. About Elly
6. Coaching and Mental Health Services
7. Subscription Information

1. Welcome from Elly
YIKES! Summer's over and we're smack into fall, a great time of
year for new beginnings. I'm ecstatic about going to New York City
and performing my one woman show 'Now Who's Crazy Now?' at the
Performing the World International Conference
www.performingtheworld.org. The conference will be chock full of
performances and presentations that will address mental health,
healing/personal growth, theatre/improvisation, education,
medicine, poverty, violence, drugs, HIV/AIDS, and much more. You
might not be able to attend my NYC performance so check my website
for upcoming shows in your community or email me to book a
performance elly@whoscrazynow.com.
I'm also very excited to tell you about my new workshop 'Now Who's
Talking: Telling Your Recovery Story. This workshop was created
as a result of the successful 'Loonie Awards Show: Not Just
Another Recovery Awards Show' which I produced and directed last
winter. Please read item 3 of this newsletter for more information
on this exciting new workshop.

And for those of us who are working or volunteering and are
challenged by balancing their work life activities there are tips
for striking the best work life balance in this month's feature

Your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated

2. Feature Article: 10 Tips for Striking the Best Work Life Balance
Work related stress is on the increase in Canada. More people are
on disability due to stress related disorders. In fact the
Canadian government pays out 16 billion dollars a year for
disability claims due to loss of work due to stress related

Many of us may not be ready for work. We may be volunteering,
working part time or full time. Whatever jobs we're doing it's
critically important to maintain balance between our work and
personal life which can be challenging at times. Here are 10 tips
for striking the best work life balance.

1) Keep track of your time
Keep a log of everything you do for one week. Have a good look at
those activities and eliminate anything that you don't enjoy and
that aren't absolutely necessary. You should delegate tasks that
can be done by family members, friends or coworkers. You might
have to discuss it with an authority at work.

2) Set boundaries
It's up to you to create the boundaries between work and life.
Make a conscious decision to leave your work at work. Turn off
your cell phone and put away the laptop. Evenings and days off are
work free days.

3) Learn your options
Rework your schedule to reduce your stress. Find out what the
policies are at your work in terms of flexible hours, job sharing,
working from home or part time.

4) Manage your time
Make the most efficient use of your time. Rather than save up your
laundry and errands for one day, do a little each day. Your days
off should be relaxing and free of as many routine chores as
possible. Keep a calendar of important dates and events and a
daily To Do list. If you have an opportunity to take a time
management course take it.

5) Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation leads to costly and dangerous mistakes. People's
needs for the proper amount of sleep range anywhere from 7 to 12
hours. Become aware of the amount of sleep you need to feel
refreshed and awake. There's a plethora of resources for getting
the right amount of sleep on the internet and at your local library.

6) Say NO
Don't feel guilty about saying no. Whether it's your employer
asking you to take on a task or friend wanting to go out for
dinner, it's OK to say no. Learning to say no respectfully will
free up time for doing the things that give you the most joy and
meaning in your life.

7) Nurture yourself
Set aside time each day to unwind and reconnect with yourself.
Choose an activity you enjoy like walking, going to the gym, doing
yoga, a candle light bath, listening to music or reading a good

8) Schedule time for recreation
Making time for recreational activities each week will rejuvenate
you. Take the phone off the hook and turn off the computer. Enjoy
doing activities with your partner, friends or family like biking,
golf, hiking or going fishing.

9) Reach out
If you're feeling stressed talk to the people you can trust the
most like your partner, your friends or other members of your
support network. Communicating your concerns with someone who has
a good listening ear can reduce a lot of stress.

10) Talk to a mental health professional
Mental health workers are experts in the field of coping with
stress. Be resourceful and choose someone you can trust that will
support you in attaining the best work life balance

3. Now Who's Talking: Telling Your Recovery Story

Writing and sharing my recovery story has been the most empowering
experience in my life. The Now Who's Talking - Telling Your
Recovery Story workshop fulfills a two pronged purpose. One is to
provide participants with the opportunity of exploring their lives
in terms of recovery. Another is that sharing our stories
'normalizes' our experiences. It also helps the community
understand the issues related to mental illness, and the recovery
process which plays an important role in breaking down the stigma.

The nuts and bolts of this workshop are adapted from the highly
successful Loonie Awards: Not Just another Recovery Awards Show, a
play where people told their personal stories of recovery in the
context of theatre. Through the process of writing and telling our
stories we regain control over our lives. Close attention is paid
to building a supportive, safe, environment where humour is used to
lighten up an often heavy subject. Here are some other things
participants will learn:

- An overview of the 7 R's of Recovery
- Using the 7 R's to understand the Arc of Recovery
- Using the Arc of Recovery to develop a story outline
- Using these tools to tell their recovery stories

This workshop is perfect for people at all stages of the recovery
process and synchronizes well as a follow-up to the Recipe for
Recovery Workshop. For more info and bookings email

4. Now Who's Crazy Now? One Woman Show
What is mental illness? Is it a health condition characterized by
dramatic alterations in mood, thinking and behaviour? Is it a
chemical imbalance? Or is it the common euphemisms we hear tossed
about daily like 'out of your mind' or 'nutty as a fruit cake'.
What is recovery and how do we achieve this elusive goal?

In this fast paced, one-woman play 'Now Who's Crazy Now?' I
chronicle my experience living with and recovering from a serious
mental illness. 'Now Who's Crazy Now?' is highly entertaining and
educational, with a message that there is hope for recovery for

Some audience feedback:

"...thank you for an uplifting, poignant, funny, sad, thought
provoking and above all inspiring evening."

" ...an inspirational real life story that demonstrates Elly's
ability to turn her pain into power."

"Brilliant, fun AND, most importantly, entertaining education."

More info at www.whoscrazynow.com

For bookings contact: elly@whoscrazynow.com

5. About Elly
Elly Litvak is a mental health coach, consultant and public
speaker. She is driven by the passion, the knowledge, and the
experience that recovery is possible for everyone. Elly is
committed to supporting people in recovery, as well as the
families, friends and mental health
professionals of those in recovery.

6. Coaching & Mental Health Services
Who's Crazy Now? Provides mental health coaching, consulting and
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friends and mental health professionals.

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Sunday, 21 September 2008

Federation Vox

Federation Vox

The Federation of BC Writers Electronic Bulletin
September 18, 2008

"Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer
experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits
always before or behind."
~ Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

In this issue of the e-bulletin

FED Workshop
FBCW Board Positions
Word on the Street Vancouver
WordWorks Mailing List
Fed Reception for Caitlin Press
Wordstorm Reading Series

Opportunities & Contests
~ Four and Twenty Accepting Submissions
~ VIWF 10th Annual Poetry & Short Story Contest
~ RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
~ Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate


FED Workshop
We have four seats remaining in the Fed workshop, The View From Here: The Power of
Point of View in Fiction (and Nonfiction), presented by Lois J. Peterson taking place on
Saturday, October 11, 1 to 5 pm at the Alliance for Arts, Suite 100 - 938 Howe Street,
Vancouver. Cost: $65 ($75 for non-members). To register, contact the Fed office at

The View From Here : The Power of Point of View in Fiction (and Nonfiction)
Good control of point of view in short and long fiction, for adults and children (and in nonfiction,
too!) can determine how compelling your story is, how well you get and keep the reader's
attention, and if you manage to get your point across successfully. This workshop for emerging
and experienced writers in all genres will include discussion, examples, and lots of writing
exercises to help you get a handle on this slippery element of craft.

Popular workshop presenter Lois Peterson is the author of 101 – and More – Writing
Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going
(Metta Publications), and the children's
Meeting Miss 405
(Orca Book Publishers, October 2008). More information at her

FBCW Board Positions
The Federation of BC Writers would like to invite candidates for two available positions on our
board for 2008/2009: Vice President and Treasurer. For more information, contact FBCW
president Sylvia Taylor at words@sylviataylor.ca

Word On The Street Vancouver
Vancouver's favourite celebration of reading is back for its 14th year with another jam-packed
day of author readings, exhibits, performances and all-round literary mayhem. A number of
FED members will be presenting readings and participating in panel discussions and literary
events: Norma Charles, Garry Gottfriedson, Heather Haley, Zoe Landale, Mark
Leiren-Young, Adrienne Mason, William (Bill) New
and Howard White. Howard will
be reading his piece, "How We Imagine Ourselves," published in the Fed's new anthology,
Imagining British Columbia (Anvil, 2008). Copies of the anthology will be available at the FED
booth--please join us at 4:30 for readings by our Literary Writes winners in the Authors Tent.
For a full listing of authors and events, check out the WOTS website:

WordWorks Mailing List
Last call to send in notice of address changes! If you've moved recently, please send your new
contact information, including telephone number, to our membership coordinator Barbara
Coleman at FBCW@shaw.ca

Fed Reception for Caitlin Press
The Federation of BC Writers will host a reception for publisher Vici Johnstone of Caitlin
Press. Organized by North Regional Representative Hilary Crowley, the event will take place
on Saturday, September 20, 7 to 10 pm, at Books & Co. in Prince George. Free admission.
To RSVP, contact Hilary at hcrowley@mag-net.com or phone 250--832-3028.

WordStorm Reading Series
Island regional rep David Fraser and Cindy Shantz's monthly reading series, WordStorm
http://www.wordstorm.ca/ has become one of the most successful reading series on the
Island. Readers are booked a year in advance and events are well attended. Check out the
website to view the photo galleries and reading schedule.


Four and Twenty Accepting Submissions
Deadline is October 3, 2008.
Four and Twenty is an online poetry journal that publishes the shortest of short form poetry.
They are now accepting submissions for its Fall 2008 edition. The guidelines are simple. All
poems must be four lines or less, containing a maximum of twenty words. There is no set theme
for the journal; however, all submissions will be judged on their ability to create a vivid picture,
evoke an emotional response, or use creative wordplay. No previously published poems will be
accepted. For a full description of submission guidelines, including author rights and permissions,
or to view the current edition of the journal, please visit
www.4and20poetry.com. Please e-mail
a maximum of five submissions to
4and20@declarationediting.com .

VIWF 10th Annual Poetry & Short Story Contest
Submit your finest prose and poetry to the tenth annual Writers Festival Poetry & Short Story
Contest, presented by the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Now in its 21st year, the
Writers Festival celebrates a world of words each October on Granville Island. The contest
deadline is 5 pm, October 26, the last day of the 2008 Vancouver International Writers &
Readers Festival. Entries may be dropped off at Book Warehouse locations, or delivered by hand
or mail to the Writers Festival office. Entries will be judged by professionals in the writing and
publishing industries. Winners will be announced by January 12, 2009. Full guidelines and prize
information: http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/news/writingcontest08

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Deadline is October 31, 2008.
This annual award of $5,000 is given to a writer who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant,
under the age of 35, unpublished in book form and without a book contract, but whose literary
work must have appeared in at least one independently edited magazine or anthology. For more
information, visit http://www.writerstrust.com/programs_apa_bronwenwallace.html

Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate
The Parliament of Canada has issued a call for nominations for the position of Parlimentary
Poet Laureate. Your mission: to promote the importance and value of poetry among all
Canadians. Terms of engagement: April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011. Declare your interest
by September 30, 2008. In order to give equal representation to Canada's two official
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Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers

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Pandora's News Good Morning

Well folks it seems that somewhere a whole week went by and I missed it. Honestly though I have been sick otherwise I would have had this out before. Enough of the woes of the world…. I am looking for help. I would like to put together a committee to help organize next year's festival. If you have ideas or comments or just want to make sure this event gets on the road let me know. As soon as I know there is interest out there I will set up a meeting. Thanks. Hope to see you at Word Whips this Tuesday and/or Word on the Street next Sunday. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

4th Tuesday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents


Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,

1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC


Contact: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

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

2nd Tuesday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents


Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

(Sept - June. We are not meeting July and August)

Location: 32 BOOKS

3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver

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

Contact: Suzy (bttunes@telus.net) or Fran (fbourassa@nvsd44.bc.ca)

Four dynamic arts organizations will be co-presenting an event entitled "Echoing Voices", a creative blend of visual art, poetry and spoken word in an art gallery setting. The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery and the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival together with Pandora's Collective and the Vancouver Artists Collective invite everyone to the inspirational backdrop of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery (JCC) for the echoing voices of over a dozen talented national and local poets and spoken word artists (November 13 from 7 - 9 pm). More information to come.

Other Events of Interest

The Grind Writers

A reminder that we're meeting today, 10AM - 4148 Main Street in the back.

Upcoming Grind Writers meeting dates:
Sun Sept 21
Sat Oct 4 Sun Oct 19
Sat Nov 1 Sun Nov 16
Sat Nov 29 Sun Dec 14
Sat Dec 27 Sun Jan 11/09


Thundering Word

Sign up @ 7:30

Show at 8pm sharp!!

Yes, Thundering Word is back

On "Winter Hours"!

This Sunday, Sept.21st

At the Montmartre Cafe`--4362 Main st. Van. B.C.


Toronto Slam Poet

Tomy Bewick


more great Open Mic!!

Music, Comedy, Poetry

........and more! If ya got it, bring it!

Hosted by:

Bill Mc. & Wanda-Sue

No cover-------Pass th' Hat

These earlier hours will make it easier for everyone!

Hoping to see you all there.

Good Food, Good Drinks, Great Entertainment

At the 'Mont" on Main.

T-Paul Lives!!!

Note: On Deck for Oct.5th----

The Boomchix!!


Storytelling returns with NEW times and NEW rates

PAULINE WENN, renowned Scottish teller

Comedienne and teller, ERIN GRAHAM

REG ROWE, master of droll insight

Rhythm & rhetoric of Spoken Word, BRIAN NELSON

Open Mike

Come and hear stories of Gleanings / Harvest


the sweet notes of the Accordion of Love

Sunday, September 21st 7 - 9 pm; NEW times

$ 6 public; $5 members; NEW rates;

includes tea and potluck treats

1805 Larch / 2nd Ave; enter by alley off St Mark's;

wheelchair accessible; parking
















Tomy Bewick is a socially conscious artist/ family man who breathes poetry and performs death defying acts of vulnerability. Having won multiple Toronto Slams and featured throughout Ontario as well as Windsor, Detroit, Columbus and Chicago's "Green Mill", Tomy is constantly seeking to grow as a poet, performer and person. A firm believer in DIY mentality, Tomy has self-published his first chapbook, two a'cappella CD's and put forth his independent clothing designs (Diseased Disciple) each spring for the past two years. The creator/organizer for Open Minds Respect Events is also an original member of Toronto's "Slam Family" collective and a past member of the Roots Lounge Slam Team that placed second at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Tomy will not eat your brain, but hopes to feed your mind and maybe send a shiver or two down your spine. Video footage is online at www.youtube.com/tomybewick or just "Google" Tomy Bewick (he does it all the time!).











604 215 9230 for more info (RC Weslowski)


Nerd Slam

This is simply an email to let you know that the December "Alt Slam" is going to be a Nerd Slam. It will be on Monday Dec 8th at Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive (5th and Commercial.)

What that means is I'm encouraging you to come up with poems for the night. Topics can include but are not limited to comic books, science fiction, movies, cartoons, science, music, gaming, larping and so on. Write about being a nerd. Write a nerd manifesto.

My definition of Nerd is pretty broad…someone who obsesses over any particular subject. You can be a dragon nerd, you can be a history nerd, you can be a physics nerd, you can be a klezmer nerd, a cooking nerd, a baseball card nerd, a sports nerd and so on. To me it's about the obsession. Come read a 3 minute excerpt from your Master's Thesis. Perform a 3 minute taxidermy demonstration.

Let you creative juices flow. And female nerds are strongly encouraged to represent. We don't need a full on sausage party we need another hero!

There will be 2 rounds, unless we get an overabundance of people wanting to read. So come prepared with 2 poems and maybe you only do one. There will be an open mic.

Costumes are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you wear a costume.
Group pieces are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you perform a group piece. However I would like it if you did not do both solo work and a group piece on the same night. It allows for more people on the stage. So choose which way you would like to go.

There will be some cool prizes and cash up for grabs. We will be having a wonderful feature from Ottawa by the name of Steve Sauve.

And if you don't think you're a nerd that's ok. Use your imagination and walk a mile in another person's glasses and see if you can come up with something.

I hope to see you there.

You don't have to let me know ahead of time if you will be there but you can if you like. However you will still have to sign up the day of the slam at 8pm as per usual.



Book Launch

You are invited to the launches of new fiction by

Eileen Kernaghan, C. June Wolf, and Linda DeMeulemeester

three great books,two great launches — come to one, or come to both!

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm

White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Ave, Vancouver BC.


Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural

C. JUNE WOLF's first short-story collection

Finding Creatures & Other Stories

Sunday, October 19th, 1 to 4 pm

Grimoire's Books, #102, 319 Governor's Court, New Westminster

For directions, see www.grimoiresbooks.com


Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens


Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural

Finding Creatures & Other Stories

by C. June Wolf

Literary, science fictional, slipstream, and fantastic—Wolf's characters grapple with personal integrity and connection with others, with the imperatives to abandon fear and hate and to question cherished beliefs. A Haitian street kid with a mercurial coin, a skid-row waitress with a passion for palaeontology, and aliens inadvertently trapped in sculptures by Henry Moore—all journey side by side with a northern Native man searching for a place to bury a dead spaceman, and two teenagers who build an old-style science-fiction machine with a very modern purpose.

"Let me simply say that Wolf uses different genres, different voices, different cultures—in short whatever she needs to make the story work. What ties it all together is her sure-handed prose and a depth she brings to her writing, that indefinable element that rises up from between the lines and gives a good story its resonance."
—from the introduction by Charles de Lint

Book Launch

White Dwarf Books

2 pm, Sunday

28 September 2008

3715 West Tenth Avenue


Pulp Fiction

630 pm, Saturday

11 October 2008

2422 Main Street



Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C.June Wolf on sale October 2008 at White Dwarf, Pulp Fiction, People's Co-op Books, Abraham's Metaphysical Books, Tierra del Sol, Grimoire Books, and Vision Books, and online through A Small World and ABE Books.

Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C. June Wolf available 28 Sept. from Wattle and Daub Books


A Night to Remember with The West Coast Symphony

The West Coast Symphony is a high quality amateur orchestra dedicated to performing a wide range of orchestral works to audiences throughout the Vancouver area.

We look forward to seeing you at our next concert!

Bujar Llapaj Conductor

Sunny Qu, Piano soloist

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Friday, October 24th, 2008 8pm

Shaughnessy Heights United Church

1550 W 33rd Avenue


Sunday October 26th, 2008 2pm

Michael J. Fox Theatre

73737 MacPherson Avenue


Directions and Orchestra information can be found at

www.vcn.bc.ca/wcsym (604) 438-0077



Book it! The Word On The Street is just around the corner …

The Word on the Street is one of Canada's biggest annual book and

magazine events with festivals taking place in Vancouver, Toronto,

Kitchener, and Halifax simultaneously.

Vancouver's The Word on the Street is back for its 14th year with

another full free day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits,

performances, a marketplace, and all-round books and reading fun

and frolic—Sunday, September 28 at Library Square (Homer and

Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia).

Among the many authors and acts booked for 2008 are: Gabor Maté (In the Realm of Hungry

Ghosts), Ian Ferguson (How to be a Canadian), Meg Tilly (First Time), Mel Hurtig (The Truth

About Canada), Karen X. Tulchinsky (The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky), Seattle comic book

artist Peter Bagge, Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Vancouver's Poet Laureate George

McWhirter (The Incorrection), and Richard Wagamese (One Native Life).

Plus, there'll be a massive marketplace with books, magazines, and other stuff for sale; new literary

magazine mini-stages; a Family Literacy Tent with information about families, literacy and lifelong

learning; many First Nations authors and books; and visual exhibits, talks, and panels.

The always-popular AUTHORS TENT will feature: James Glave (Almost Green: How I Built an Eco-

Shed, Ditched My SUV, Alienated the In-Laws, and Changed My Life Forever); humourist Mark

Leiren-Young (Never Shoot a Stampede Queen); and, TV personalities, The Smart Cookies (The

Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough).

Fun at the MAIN STAGE includes: spoken word legend C.R. Avery;

singer-songwriter, Rose Melberg; Klezmer-Ladino-Israeli musicians

Y'teev; the King of the Ukelele, Ralph Shaw; and, the Vancouver

Poetry Slam Team.

The CANADA WRITES tent is chock full of fiction, non-fiction, anthologies, mysteries and more.

Audiences can check out acclaimed writers for teens Susan Juby (Getting the Girl: A Guide to

Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery) and Meg Tilly (First Time); authors who are

making a difference Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (The Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the

Environment) and Pummy Kaur (What Would Gandhi Do?); a celebration of BC with Howard White

(Imagining BC) and Jean Barman (British Columbia: Spirit of a People); books that deal with issues

surrounding polygamy—Daphne Bramham (The Secret Lives of Saints) and Norma Charles (The

Girl in the Backseat); mystery authors Linda Richards (Death Was the Other Woman) and Roy

Innes (West End Murders); and, many more.

And, THE WORD "UNDER" THE STREET, along with an exhibition of comic

book artists and illustrated 'zine producers, will feature: the very popular Art

Class with Robin Thompson; comic book artist and writer Peter Bagge

(best known for '90s comic book series HATE); and, panel discussions. And,

in the Alma Van Dusen room downstairs in the library are Writing Talks, a

series of panels about writing that always fill up quickly! Queuing is


This year, The Word On The Street features a brand new MAGAZINE LIFE

TENT that includes demos, performances and discussions like No-brainer

containers courtesy of Canadian Gardening; Stay true to your beliefs and

pay your bills with SharedVision; Science Experiments with YES Mag

and KNOW for kids; and, Interactive Art with one cool word magazine's

Maria in the Shower. Rounding out the day will be writer-focussed sessions

presented by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers.


CORNER highlights include readings by: Linda Bailey (Stanley at Sea);

Duane Lawrence (Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon: A Stanley Park

Tale); two books with First Nations' themes Nicola Campbell's Shin-Chi's

Canoe and Elizabeth Denny's Jenneli's Dance; Deborah Hodge (Who

Lives Here?); Robert Heidbreder (Crocodiles Play); and, Lisa Cinar (The

Day it All Blew Away).

And last, but certainly not least, is THE POETRY TENT where Poetry in

Transit XII will be launched. Peruse all 16 poems—including poems by George Stanley, Garry

Gottfriedson, and Matt Rader—on a bus on site. Plus, there's a full slate of readings, which include

Shannon Stewart (Penny Dreadful); Zoë Landale (Once a Murderer); and, World Poetry by

Adelene Da Soul, Lucia Gorea, Seann Traviller, and Peter Lojewski.

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver's annual celebration of reading brings visitors

face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last

Sunday of September. Explore a marvellous marketplace, author readings, hands-on demos,

musical entertainment, children's activities, and much more. For details, check out



One Day Only | 11am to 5pm | Sunday September 28, 2008 at Library Square

Admission: FREE!! Full details at www.thewordonthestreet.ca


Media Contact: Karen Green, Rebus Creative: 604.684.8266 karen@rebuscreative.com

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective