Sunday, 30 November 2008

The Who's Crazy Now? News and Views Special Holiday Edition

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.

November, 2008 Volume 1 Issue 10
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In this issue
1. Welcome from Elly
2. Feature Article: 10 Tips for Reducing Stress and Enjoying the Holiday Season
3. Calm Down - Breathing Your Way to Relaxation and Happiness CD
4. Now Who's Crazy Now?
5. About Elly
6. Coaching and Mental Health Services
7. Subscription Information
1. Welcome from Elly
The holidays are just around the corner and bring with them a multitude of joyful as well as stressful times. This issue is dedicated to my 10 Tips for Reducing Stress and Enjoying the Holiday Season.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and relaxing holiday season.

Your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated
2. 10 Tips for Reducing Stress and Enjoying the Holiday Season
Here are my top 10 tips for enjoying the holidays:
Be prepared. Nothing is more stressful then doing everything at the last minute. Plan out your daily schedule including the people who you're meeting, the parties you'll be attending, and shopping. Planning includes budgeting. Make a holiday budget and stick to it.
Prioritize and minimize. Take a close look at what you really need to do and eliminate things that are over the top or take up all your energy. Minimize gift giving to a small select list. If you have a big family you might draw names from a hat for exchanging gifts, or set an amount to be spent on gifts. Maybe only send cards to friends and relatives who are out of town or people you won't see over the holidays.
Abandon perfection. When's the last time you did something absolutely perfectly? Why should Christmas be any different? Accept that everything may not go according to plan.
Remember that not everything needs to be perfect. People are happy just getting together over the holidays. Sometimes the perfect thing is the simplest thing.
Set boundaries. Choose to be with the people who mean the most to you. Stay clear of toxic people and family members. You should do things that you want to do and be with people you want to be with. Set boundaries and stick to them. Don't be afraid to say no.
Don't go Overboard. Enjoy everything in moderation; food, alcohol and socializing. Just because it's the holidays is no reason to overindulge. Be reasonable. Why bake two pies when one is enough? Why cook a 20 pound turkey for 2 people? If you're throwing a party, make it pot luck.
Know your triggers. Not all holiday memories are pleasant. Emotional triggers like the anniversary of loved ones that have passed on, relationship disagreements, and the memory of holiday season psych ward revisits can be difficult to deal with. Avoid discussing topics with friends and family that you know will start arguments and cause stress. Overtiredness is a common cause of stress so make sure you get enough sleep.
Plan coping strategies. The best way to deal with stress at any time of year is relaxation and deep breathing. Listen to your favorite CD, watch your favorite movie, go for a walk on the beach, meditate or take some quiet time. If you need to be in close contact with relatives or people that stress you out, protect yourself. Create affirmations like 'I am a confident, loving person'. Many people volunteer over the holidays.
Take time for yourself. Buy presents for yourself. A Christmas stocking filled with some of your favourite treats is an inexpensive way to give yourself a lift if you are alone and feeling down. Stocking stuffers like chocolates, oranges, and nuts are fun and easy as are cards to yourself with affirmations like 'I give myself the gift of confidence' or 'I give myself the gift of determination'. Don't forget to throw in a lottery ticket or two, or that new CD or book you've been wanting.
Beware of the post holiday crash. It's common to feel a little bit depressed after all the excitement and parties of the holidays is over. Take the time to be grateful for all the enjoyment you had over the holidays. Keep your social network active. Go to movies, out for coffee, hang out.
Have fun. Laughter is the best medicine, and it is infectious. If you're feeling down, watch comedies or cartoons. Rent your favorites. I recommend Dr. Seuss's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'. And don't forget, claustrophobia is not the fear of Santa Claus, and a popular Christmas wine is 'Do I have to eat my brussell sprouts'.
Remember this is your holiday. Your enjoyment of the holidays is your decision. It's up to you. Taking responsibility, being prepared to deal with things that could happen makes for a happier healthier life.
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Deep diaphragmatic breathing has been one of the most powerful, empowering tools in my recovery process. Its profound benefits help me deal with daily stress, fear and anxiety.
I am now pleased to be able to share this technique that will allow you to be in control of your emotions and enjoy the state of calmness and relaxation that you deserve. CD's are $20 + $6 for shipping and handling. ORDER YOUR CD NOW by emailing me to arrange payment, shipping and delivery.
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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 everyone.
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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Book News Vol. 4 No. 3


Azar Nafisi
The Vancouver International Writers Festival, in partnership with Random House of Canada and the Capilano University IKON Speaker Series, present the bestselling Iranian author Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) who will give a talk on her latest project Things I Have Been Silent About, a deeply personal memoir about her early years in Iran.

7:30pm, Saturday, January 17, 2009
Capilano Performing Arts Theatre
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance as there is limited availability. To reserve, call the Capilano Performing Arts Theatre Box Office on 604.990.7810.

CBC Radio One, host of the Canada Reads series, has announced the panelists and the books they will defend in the upcoming edition of Canada Reads, airing March 2-6, 2009.

The recent international economic slowdown is beginning to affect publishing.

The New York Times has published its 100 Notable books for 2008 and its list of Notable Children's Books.

Death is a hot topic notes the LA Times: "Judging from what's being published these days, writers have been tackling that disappointing last act a lot lately.",0,2311111.story


Patrick Lane has been awarded a Drummer General's Award in the fiction category for his novel Red Dog, Red Dog, and Russell Wangersky has received the award in the non-fiction category for his memoir Burning Down the House. The awards were established in 1993 to recognize books ignored by the Governor General's Awards and the Giller Prize.

The Complete Stories, a short story collection by Australian author David Malouf, has been awarded the first Australia-Asia Literary Award.

The Canada Council, which administers the Governor General's Literary Awards, is defending itself over what some are saying is a conflict of interest in the poetry prize awarded to Jacob Scheier.

Rachel Johnson has taken this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, beating out John Updike and Russell Banks. Johnson said it was an "absolute honour" to win. Updike, however did win a lifetime achievement award for bad sex.

Our very own Steven Galloway has made the shortlist for Borders 2008 Original Voices Award.

The Giller Prize has boosted the sales of Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce.


C.C. Humphreys, author of Vlad: The Last Confession and one of our guests at the Festival, has received a starred review in Quill and Quire.

The latest by Bruce Jay Friedman, Three Balconies, a collection of stories and a novella, is reviewed here in the Globe & Mail.

Dennis Lehane's new novel, The Given Day, is a "tale of labour unrest, corruption and racial strife."

The Globe & Mail reviews a slew of children's books in time for the holidays.

The Tyee spoke with Amanda Boyden about her latest novel, Babylon Rolling, when she was here for the Festival. Read the recently released interview here:

The Guardian interviews Nobel laureate José Saramago who, after spending several months in the hospital for a respiratory illness, has resumed his busy schedule.

According to reviewer George Packer in the New York Times, the new biography of V.S. Naipaul is "...fully worthy of its subject, with all the dramatic pacing, the insight and the pathos of a first-rate novel."

The Georgia Straight reviews three books about the soon-to-be-over George W. Bush presidency.


Panel discussion on fiction and the environment, hosted by Green College writer-in-residence Patricia Robertson and featuring UBC Canada Research Chair Peter Dauvergne, science fiction novelist Donna McMahon, and Robert Rouse of the UBC English department. Thursday, November 27 at 8:00pm, free. Green College Coach House (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at

Join poet Susan McCaslin and musician-scholar Kevin Hutchings for an evening of poetry, visuals, and music in honour of William Blake's 251st birthday. Friday, November 28 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen and Peter McKay Rooms, Central Library, lower level.

Veteran sportswriter and author of Hockey Night in Canada: My Greatest Day signs copies of his book. Monday, December 1 at 7:00pm. Chapters Metrotown, Burnaby.

Author Billie Livingston reads from her first novel, Going Down Swinging, as well as her most recent novel, Cease to Blush. Monday, December 1 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at

JoAnn Dionne spent seven years in China where she taught elementary school and the students and people she met there became the basis for her first book, Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China. Monday, December 1 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.

The Vancouver launch of Samantha Warwick's Sage Island, featuring guests Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage, and Keith Maillard, author of Difficulty at the Beginning. Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30pm, free. Montmartre Café (4362 Main). More information at

The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Wednesday, December 3 at 7:15pm. Tickets: $10. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut). For more information, please call 604-536-3529.

Sports journalist, broadcaster, and author gives a lively talk and reading from his memoir Hello Sweetheart? Gimmie Rewrite!: My Life in the Wonderful World of Sports. Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, free. Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver).

The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Thursday, December 4 at 7:30pm, free. Parkgate Public Library, 3675 Banff Court, North Vancouver. For more information, please call 604-929-5718.

Lloyd Kahn
, author of the counter-culture classic Shelter and Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, spent two years shooting photos and interviewing builders along the Pacific Coast of North America. The result is Builders of the Pacific Coast, a book featuring 1200 photos of unique buildings and innovative design, most of it on and around Vancouver Island. Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.


Christina Burridge and special guests will celebrate James Barber with the launch of The Genius of James Barber: His Best Recipes. Sunday, December 7 at 3:00pm. Free but please call 604-688-6755 to register. Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, 1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver.

The Canadian author gives an illustrated lecture on her new book, A Mountain Year. Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Alice MacKay Room), 350 West Georgia Street. For more information, please call 604-331-4041.

Win tickets to be in the audience of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club with Peter C. Newman on Monday December 8th. Peter's new book Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul is the inside story of the Winnipeg boy whose empire changed the Canadian media landscape forever. Peter himself is no stranger to controversy with his other books including The Secret Mulroney Tapes. To win tickets to meet Peter C. Newman go to

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World Fellowshiop of Schizophrenia

This is a very active organization which publishes a free newsletter you can receive online; just send an email to Below are the contents of recent editions. They can be accessed at

WFSAD's Quarterly Newsletter

For 14 years, the Quarterly Newsletter has served as a forum for discussion for mental healthcare professionals, families of people with mental illness, and family associations around the world. Each editions provides concise, timely reports on innovations, practical solutions to the challenges families are facing, and the latest research developments from every corner of the gobe. Each issue also includes book reviews, opinion pieces, member news and personal stories.

If you would like to sign up for WFSAD's new online Quarterly Newsletter, send an email to:

If you would like to become a member of WFSAD or donate to the organization, go to Join/Donate.

Newsletter Archives:

4th Quarter 2007: Conference 2007

  1. Cover Story: Lighting the Path: Hope in Action by Radha Shankar & Gladys Okoth
  2. Recovery from Schizophrenia & the Role of the Families by Dr. Kim Mueser
  3. Schizophrenia - No Longer an Enigma by Dr. Robin Murray
  4. Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know by Dr. Glenda MacQueen
  5. Improving Brain Function for People with Schizophrenia by Dr. Esta Miran & Dr. Michael Miran
  6. The Needs of Families in Early Intervention by Dr. Grainne Fadden
  7. Antipsychotics 50 Years Later: What Have We Learned? by Dr. Gary Remington
  8. Transforming Systems of Care through Human Rights Investigations & Advocacy by Elizabeth Bauer
  9. Training Clinicians: New Perspectives by Dr. Margaret Leggatt
  10. Recovery: More than 'Symptom Reduction' by Chris Summerville
  11. Announcing WFSAD's New Guidebook

3rd Quarter 2007

  1. Cover Story: Getting Your Life Back - Part 2: The Concept of Recovery
  2. Book Review: Strategies to Address Stigma & Overcome Obstacles to Employment
  3. International Congress: Cognition & Remediation Among Focus at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research
  4. Research: Examining the Impact of New Antipsychotics on Weight Gain & Diabetes; Physical Illness & Access to Medical Services in People with Schizophrenia
  5. WFSAD News: WFSAD's New Strategy
  6. Advocacy: Advocacy Goes Global
  7. Asian Forum: Gathering & Working as a Family
  8. Personal Story: Climbing the Mountain
  9. Regional News: Reason to Hope Family Training Update; ABRE in Brazil - Human Beings are Bigger than the Illness; Zenkaren Disbanded
  10. Tribute: Long Journey to a Good Day: The Triumph of Austin Mardon

MDA Education Evening - Jan 2009

Looking for a Christmas gift that fits almost everyone?

There will not be an MDA Education Evening in December.
The information below is for Jan 15, 2009. So mark the date on your calendar. Have a Happy Holiday Season!
Education Evening - Jan 15, 2009

Mental Illness in the Movies

Dr. Harry Karlinsky

UBC Dept. of Psychiatry

Dr. Karlinsky will provide an historical overview of the portrayal of mental health issues in the movies.

Film and video clips will be used to lllustrate the perceptions and treatments as seen through the eyes of the filmaker.

Question and answer period to follow.

Thurs, Jan 15, 2009, 7pm

No Charge To Attend

Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St, Vancouver (wheelchair accessible)

For more information view the attached poster, or contact:

Mood Disorders Association of BC - MDA

An MDA Education Evening Event

Please forward this email to anyone you feel would be interested in attending this event.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Request for Editorial Service

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Pls call me 604.351.2524

Thank you,

Sameer Parekh

The new Fall 2008 Continuing Studies catalogue is here! If you wish to receive a copy by post, please send me your mailing address.

Check out our Fall 08 schedule of courses online at

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Fwd: New 811 Phone Number

Got a medical problem? Call 8-1-1 <> .

Vancouver Sun Published: Friday, November 21, 2008

VANCOUVER - British Columbians can now dial 8-1-1 to get 24/7 health information and medical advice and help navigate B.C.'s health-care system, the provincial government announced today.

"8-1-1 is the gateway to an expanded tele-health service called HealthLink BC," said Health Minister George Abbott in a press release.

The HealthLink BC service includes a new health system navigation service accessible via telephone or the Internet. The navigation system assists the public and health professionals in finding and accessing appropriate health resources in, or close, to their home communities.

"For example, our enhanced services will make it much simpler for a pregnant mother to determine the closest prenatal program to her home, or for a senior living in a rural community to locate an influenza immunization clinic," Abbott said in the release.

A trained health service representative will answer all 8-1-1 telephone calls, and where appropriate, calls will be transferred to a registered nurse, pharmacist or dietician for further information and advice. The 8-1-1 service can provide assistance with answers to questions about a variety of health topics, help in identifying symptoms and advice on when to seek medical treatment, the release said.

8-1-1 has translation services available in more than 130 languages. Online, the service is available at

HealthLink BC services are endorsed by the B.C. Medical Association, the B.C. College of Family Physicians, the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. and the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the release said.

British Columbians who are hearing or speech impaired are able to access HealthLink BC telephone services from a TTY service or device by dialing 7-1-1.

Friday, 21 November 2008

eVisions - Aboriginal People

eVisions - Aboriginal People

Vol. 5 | No. 1 | Summer 2008

Online table of contents and PDFs:


Editor's Message
-- Sarah Hamid-Balma
Visions' editor marvels at all we have learned from this unique issue of Visions. This issue inspired our team to challenge our Western views of mental health and addictions and garner new appreciation for the beautiful and "complex tapestry" of the indigenous view of wellness.

Cultural Pathways for Decolonization
-- Bill Mussell
The chair and president of the Native Mental Association of Canada outlines the devastating effects colonization has had on Canada's First Nations people. Here he shows the steps that need to be taken to decolonize and re-empower Canada's resilient aboriginal peoples.

Aboriginal Mental Health— The Statistical Reality
-- Saman Khan
There is much discussion these days about the mental health and substance use issues in Canada's original peoples. So just what do the numbers tell us? You may be surprised.

Charting the Future of Native Mental Health in Canada
--Terry Adler
The Native Mental Health Association has a vision. That vision is to better the mental health of native peoples in Canada based on Indigenous world views. Here they outline their 10 year plan to turn this vision into reality.

Research Summary: Aboriginal Peoples' Experiences of Mental Health and Addictions Care
-- Victoria Smye


Sunday, 16 November 2008

Federation Vox

Federation Vox

The Federation of BC Writers Electronic Bulletin
November 14, 2008

"Let us read and let us dance--two amusements that will never do
any harm to the world."

~ Voltaire

In this issue of the e-bulletin

Off The Page Deadline
Online Member Directory
BC BookWorld
Welcome New Board Members
Federation Website

The Northern Review
Writer-in-Residence Posting at the VPL
FreeFall 2008 Poetry & Prose Contest
Golden Scribe Awards

Off The Page Applications Reminder

Only two weeks left! It's time to apply to one of the Fed's most popular projects,
the Off The Page writers-in-school program. If you are a member in good standing
and have recently published work in books, anthologies, magazines, periodicals or
websites, you may be eligible. Fill out the web-form application located on our website by December 1, 2008, and don't forget to
include a writing resume or list of recent publications, and a brief biography. Please do
not send attachments or images to the Fed office--simply fill out the form and your
information will be forwarded to our OTP committee in early December. If your
application is accepted by the committee, you will organize a reading, workshop or
presentation at a school of your choice in spring 2009, and you will be paid $200 by
the Federation of BC Writers. In addition, participants receive a dedicated webpage
on the Fed website. This will give let teachers in your area know you are available for
additional bookings. Keep in mind that we receive far more applications than we are
able to fund so fill out the OTP application forms with the most pertinent information.

Online Member Directory
The Federation has set up an online member directory listing all current members
and links to their blogs or websites. It's a work-in-progress and there are names and
links to be added but take a moment to visit:
If we're missing a link to your personal blog or website (sorry, but we can not link to
other organizations), let us know. Send your URL to

BC BookWorld
An updated mailing list of current members only will be sent to BC BookWorld on
December 1. Please notify us of any address changes by November 27.

Welcome New Board Members
The Federation board and staff are pleased to welcome two Federation members to
the FBCW board. Website events editor Margo Lamont has stepped into the
Secretary position while local writer Mette Bach has accepted the position of
Treasurer. Their experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to our board! The
position of Vice President is still open. Interested Fed members may contact the office
at 604-683-2057 for more information.

Federation Website
From time to time, I check the website visit stats on the Federation website--and
by golly! (and I never use "by golly" in normal conversation unless I'm terribly
shocked), you folks aren't checking out the Press Room & Market pages as often as
you should. Did you know we maintain a regularly updated list of international ezines,
periodicals and journals, a comprehensive list of
Canadian publishers, a smashing compendium
of literary blogs and websites and so much more?!
Well, by golly, now you know.


The Northern Review
Deadline April 30, 2009
The Northern Review seeks submissions for a second special literary issue to be
published in Fall 2009. The first literary issue, #10, was published in Summer 1993.
The Review is interested in receiving previously unpublished short works of fiction,
poetry, and creative nonfiction about the North and/or set in the North. They also
seek scholarship on northern literature. The review process will be double-blind.
Your name should not appear anywhere on your submission, except on the cover
page. Include your email and snail-mail addresses and telephone number on the
cover page. Writers may submit more than one entry for consideration. Send
submissions (as attachments, not in the body of the email) and inquiries to the
managing editor, Deanna McLeod, at

Writer-in-Residence Posting at VPL
The Vancouver Public Library will host a resident author from August 10 to
December 11, 2009. The Writer-in-Residence program, now entering its fifth year,
promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens. This full-time
position (35 hours per week) requires 25% of the author's time be spent on library
programs or projects, leaving 75% of the work week available for creative writing.
The Writer-in-Residence will provide advice to emerging writers through one-on-one
consultations, seminars and school visits as well as outreach to targeted communities.
Contact the library at for full details including the application

FreeFall 2008 Poetry & Prose Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2008.
This year's judge for the FreeFall annual Prose & Poetry contest is Austin Clarke, the
2008 Banff Calgary WordFest Distinguinshed author. For guidelines and entry forms
please visit

Golden Scribe Awards
Deadline: December 1, 2008
Trafford Publishing is proud to announce the First Annual Golden Scribe Awards in
recognition of authors who have made the choice to adhere to the highest of standards
while publishing independently. An independent panel of judges will score entries and
determine one winner in each of three categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Full Colour
Children's Books. For details, visit

For more contest, award and submission listings, visit


From the desk of
Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers

P Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Fiction Contest Final Weeks

Open to short stories, short shorts, and novel excerpts.

  • First Place $3,000
  • Second Place $1,500
  • Third Place $750
  • and ten finalists will each receive $100

  • All entries will be considered for publication

Entry deadline: November 30.


If you would like to leave our announcement list, you may do so here.

Pandora's News

Hi All Thought I would get this out before I leave for a very long day so nothing is listed in order. Hope you can make sense of it. Oh and if you are coming to the party December 13th please don't worry about gifts. Just come. Would love to see you, would love to meet you. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

Press Release

The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery and the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver together with Pandora's Collective and the Vancouver Artists Collective invite you to attend:

An evening of visual art, writing and readings
When: Thurs Nov 13 2008 • 7 - 9 pm

Where: Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, located in the JCC, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver (btwn Oak & Cambie)
Artists in attendance • Free Admission • Everyone is welcome
The walls of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery form an inspirational backdrop for the echoing voices of talented local and national poets and spoken word artists. In the visual art exhibit, Echoes, Sorour Abdollahi, Devora and Sidi Schaffer, three artists from different backgrounds, religions and cultures explore the diversity of their worlds and discover commonalities that echo in their art. Using the evocative art as their canvass, poets from Pandora's Collective, Vancouver Arts Collective and the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will paint their own works of art using words, rhymes and rhythm.
Toronto poet ADAM SOL, kicks off the evening with a reading from his politically charged, long poem, Jeremiah, Ohio. This creative tale, both poignant and at times hilarious, pairs the Biblical prophet Jeremiah with the everyman companion, Bruce, on a road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States. Sol is the award-winning author of Jonah's Promise, winner of the Mid-List Press's First Series Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, winner of the Trillium Award for Poetry. Other spoken word artists and poets presenting include: Maureen Egan, Daniela Elza, Ryan Fletcher, Christy Hill, Marni Norwich, Shannon Pidlubny, and Robin Susanto.
Members of the audience are welcome to join in with their own inspired creations.
Books and CD's from all participating artists will be on sale.
For photos, further information or to set up interviews contact Reisa Smiley Schneider (604) 638 7277; Bonnie Nish; or Sarah Martin 604-764-2379 Websites:, or

Press Release

Friday Nov 14, 2008
Join musician, artists and poets for an evening of creativity and inspiration.
ART GALLERY! (with Silent Auction) An interactive gallery walk to provoke reaction and discussion. Post-it notes and pencils will be passed out for people to leave comments/interpretations on, and then to place on a "comments board" near the art.
D.I.Y. MARKET! (including Organic Snack Bar) A unique shopping experience with local artists and vendors.
POETRY READINGS! Featuring Pandora's Collective members, Bonnie Nish, Sita Carboni and Mary Duffy and Vancouver poet James Mullin.
ROCK CONCERT! Kick in the Eye plays "wall-of-sound" rock and roll (w/guests).
Doors Open at 8pm
Location: Victora Drive Community Hall 2026 E 43rd Ave

Tickets Only $5
Contact: Marian Hutchins at

Other Events of Interest

Hello, all lovers of good solid Blues and rock music!!

Saturday, Nov. 8th at the Montmartre Cafe`

-------------Eric Campbell----------------

is doing another great solo show!!

This guy is terrific! He brings down the house every time he Shows up at

Thundering Word. Note: this is NOT a Thundering Word event. It's all solid ERIC!!

He's had a few solo shows at th' Mont and always packs the place!

You really need to see this young man in action.

Everyone who sees him sez he's "going places". That's so true. So now's the time to catch him live...

Before you wind up paying $85.oo per ticket at B.C. Place ( in a few years ) That wouldn't be a surprise...

---The date is: Saturday, November 8th.....

---The time is 8pm---

---The place is the Montmartre Cafe`, 4362 Main street at 28th ave.

See you all there.

Thundering Word


Hello writers,

Perhaps you might be interested in the short course I am teaching at the end of this month, or, in the 5-month manuscript intensive I offer beginning in January (see details in attachment above). Feel free to forward this to other writers you know who may also be interested.

My best,


Form and Focus in Creative Non-Fiction
2 Saturdays, November 29 and December 6, 10 am-3 pm, Vancouver
Instructor: Betsy Warland
Fee $325 / WRIT 650
Course description:
An appealing aspect of writing literary non-fiction is the flexibility of the genre. However, this very flexibility can make it difficult to determine the form and focus for a piece. This course will look at narratives by authors such as Kincaid, Dewdney, Didion, Hampl, Moir, Cixous and Abrams. You will examine these samples and generate your own work.
Instructor biography:

Betsy Warland has authored 10 books of non-fiction and poetry. Her most recent book of poetry, Only This Blue, is comprised of a long poem and essay on poetry. Bloodroot - Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss, is her most recent book of non-fiction. She has been teaching creative writing across Canada for over 20 years, and has been a manuscript consultant for over a decade. Her current manuscript is a collection of 22 essays on the writing process. She is the director of The Writer's Studio at SFU.

TO REGISTER CONTACT: Writing & Publishing Program at Harbour Centre (where course will be held) at


4 Queer Poets

a Book Launch+ Celebration

Please join us for the Canadian launch of U.S. author Carol Guess's poetry collection Tinderbox Lawn.

For those of you who missed the CUE launch, Christine Leclerc will be reading from her recently launched Counterfeit.

Poets Betsy Warland and Jen Currin will also read.

We'll be reading at the lovely Rhizome, located at 317 E. Broadway, near Scotia

Thursday, November 20. 7 p.m.

There will be books for sale.

Come eat, drink, and enjoy some fine poems.




Taking chances can leave us victorious or doomed. How much
of life is happenstance, akin to spinning a wheel or rolling a die?
Even when every detail is calculated and the future is anticipated,
serendipity governs the unfortunate and prosperous alike. Is it kismet
or the toss of a coin? For even Stevens or those cursed by Murphy's
Law, this issue investigates that elusive, but ever prevalent, part
of life - luck.

Deadline: March 1 2009 for poetry. April 30 2009 for
essays, reviews, art and interviews.

Publication date: Summer 2009

Send us your best poems for the theme issue LUCK. Maximum
six poems
per submission, please no simultaneous submissions.
Include SASE or email for response.

For full submission guidelines please see
Email inquiries (no submissions) to or
by mail to
Vallum, PO Box 326, Westmount Stn, Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 2T5.


You are invited to:

Blue Moon Reading Series

Featured Poet: Eva Waldauf

Thursday Nov. 13, 6:30 PM

At: Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way



World Poetry Lifetime Celebration of Tagore,
first Asian Nobel Prize Winner, November 24,
7 PM at the Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKaye Room.350 West Georgia,
Guest hosts:
Bong Ja Ahn
Ashok Bhargava.
Tagore's poetry in English and other languages
Music and dance from India and Korea.
Consuls from Korea and India.
All are welcome.
Info: 604-526-4729


Dear Friends,

I am very happy to inform you that my book, "ESL Games and Classroom Activities" published with Llumina Press in the U.S.A., has become a *Best Seller.*

Please see the attached page from a distributor's/publisher's catalogue.

All good wishes,


Lucia Gorea


Dear Friends,


You are invited to "POETRY PLANET" reading on November 17/2008

at 7:00 PM at Public Library Port Moody.


Ariadne Sawyer

Jacqueline Maire

Alejandro Mujica - Olea

Lucia Gorea and

Adena Sunter - Freitag's

Please, bring your poems and invite your friends too.

Thank you,

Ibrahim Honjo, founder and host

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Friday, 7 November 2008

WPP-info: SFU Writer's Series III: author Sheila Heti, November 10, 7 pm

Monday, November 10th

Join the Writing and Publishing Program as we present
Sheila Heti at Why go Out?

Sheila, author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor,
will be speaking on memory, dreams and narrative.

7 pm at Harbour Centre.
This event is free, however seating is limited,
so please RSVP by email or phone 778-782-5100.

Instructions on how to change your email address or remove your address from this information email list are located on the Writing and Publishing Program's electronic mailing lists page:

Writing & Publishing Program
Simon Fraser University

Phone: 778.782.5093
Fax: 778.782.5098

Thursday, 6 November 2008

'Frames of Mind' November Screenings

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present

Wednesday, November 19 - 7:30pm
at Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver

Canada 2008. Director: Lyne Charlebois
Cast: Isabelle Blais, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Angèle Coutu, Sylvie Drapeau, Laurence Carbonneau


Earning well over $1 million in Quebec, this certifiable box office smash in la belle province has yet to make it to English Canada in any significant way. And that's a real shame, for Lyne Charlebois' debut feature film is a stunner – a compelling, visually striking film featuring a standout, fearless performance from Isabelle Blais. Reminiscent of C.R.A.Z.Y. and Leolo, Charlebois' film tackles themes of familial madness, sexual confusion and problems with burgeoning creativity, seen entirely from a female point of view. The film follows Kiki (Blais) through two periods in her life, as well as flashbacks to a childhood that encompasses an institutionalized mother, an ailing grandmother and an absent father. At 20, Kiki is a Courtney Love look-alike with self-destructive sex, drugs, booze and rock n' roll habits; at 30, as a literature grad student and burgeoning writer, Kiki is in the midst of a disastrous affair with her much older (and very married) thesis advisor, Tcheky (Betty Blue's Jean-Hughes Anglade). Blais and Anglade take up a lot of screen time engaging in some graphic and at times very explicit sexual behaviour, but the intent of the filmmaker was not to shock but rather to illuminate a character who continues to confuse sex and love. "In the era of the "real sex" film (Shortbus, 9 Songs et al.), [these scenes] are really not such a big deal; it's not the physical nudity but the emotional rawness that makes Blais's performance so brave." (Malcolm Fraser, Montreal Mirror)
Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 110 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Dr John Wagner and Dr. Alina Wydra

Dr. John Wagner is a Registered Psychologist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC. He is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, which specializes in providing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - currently the most widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder – to adolescent and adult clients.

Dr. Alina Wydra is a Registered Psychologist whose practice covers the entire gamut of human relationships, including sexuality. In this context she has facilitated therapy groups for sexually addicted people such as the protagonist in the film Borderline.

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

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

$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
24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM


Perspective is Relative - Rendevouz with Madness Film Festival

Opium: Diary of a Madwoman
Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 7 PM at the Workman Theatre, Toronto, ON
Hungary 2007 Director: János Szász

Co-presented by Frames of Mind

Gizelle writes obessively. Locked in a psychiatric asylum only Dr. Brenner realizes that a cure lies in her writing. But is it Gizelle he wants to cure or himself?

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