Thursday, 14 February 2008

News From Pandora's Collective

The new issue of blueprintreview is online ~

it's number is 15. if the zine was a teenager, this would be the time of questioning rules, of reading forbidden books, of gazing into the mirror, wondering about the shapes of life.

seen like that, it perfectly fits that its pages start with a formula to solve the oblique, then step into a desert, into an old house, into a green mood, to turn into a dream - and return into another world, as a star abandoned, folding and unfolding on, shaping and reshaping.

a curiosity of this issue: it comes with a number of unplanned pairings. there are 2 house poems, 2 café stories, 2 afternoon scenes, 2 authors from the Philippines , 2 from Canada . plus, almost all visual artists contribute 2 images. and there are 2 additional links this time – news. and: more than 1. which could be the subtitle of the issue itself.

here the link that takes you there: www.blueprintreview.de

thanks for helping to shape these 15 pages ~


doro

Pandora's Events

Tuesday, February 26th

VOICES VANCOUVER

Visit cultural venues with other Pandora's Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We'll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Upcoming Rendezvous: Tuesday Feb 26th - 7pm at The Vancouver Art Gallery.

Meet us on the main floor, in the first room of the exhibit, TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Phototgraph as art,1845-1945. There will be time to browse, to write, (individually and in a group) and to share thoughts and work. Bring your journal, sketch pad and pen and join us for the first ever Voices Vancouver.

Cost: Tuesday is "by donation" at the gallery

Contact: blinish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

Or visit our web site: www.pandorascollective.com/Events.html

Other Events In no particular order

Here is the listing for Story Slam Wednesday 27th

February.

Story Slam at Our Town Cafe 245 E. Broadway, Vancouver

every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month @ 8.30pm.

Ten storytellers competing for prizes and a place in

the finals. First come, first served. Sign up from

7.30pm. Hosted by Ivan Penaluna.

For more info visit myspace.com/thevancouverstoryslam

Dear Writers,

Please join CBC personality Lisa Christiansen and Vancouver's finest writers at Vancouver Writes, February 21 at Performance Works for a not-to-be-missed evening of writing the "jazz way" - collaborative, improvisational and unpredictable.

Caroline Adderson, Kevin Chong, Brad Cran, Steven Galloway, Anne Fleming, Anne Giardini, Genni Gunn, Lee Henderson, Aislinn Hunter, Shaena Lambert, Nancy Lee, Miranda Pearson and Timothy Taylor will coach teams of participants in this evening of creative word play. Prizes will be awarded to the top entry in each of the event's three sessions, and the first place prizewinners will be published in Geist, Canada's magazine of ideas and culture. Wine, beer and snacks will be available.

Tickets are limited - book yours today. Call 604 681 6330 or register on line at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

See you there!

Hal Wake
Artistic Director

Vancouver Writes
February 21, 2008 @ 7:30pm
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors (plus $1.00 facility surcharge)

Vancouver Writes is part of Winterruption 2008, a showcase of food, arts & culture on Granville Island, February 21-24, 2008.

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Hi artists, poets, friends!

I have some poetry events going on. I have a poem at the main library on the 3rd floor in front of the up escalator, as part of the World Poetry Peace Project. It is going to be up until the end of Feb.

I'm also going to have a poem in the Poets and Painters show at the Delta Artists Guild at the end of March.

I also have a few art events going on now. One is a Valentines Day show called The Secret Heart in Coal Harbour in a lounge where a Jazz concert is taking place. Unfortunately the show can only be seen by people with tickets ot the concert.

I also have 4 collage images (of hearts, portraits and skulls) on the Energy Gallery website's current show called 2-3-d-9. It is online now until April at www.energygallery.com check it out if you have time!

Many blessings to you, my supporters and friends!

Eva Waldauf

THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

AND THE

57 VARIETIES OPEN MIC

PRESENT

A PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP

AT SPARTACUS BOOKS

(319 WEST HASTINGS-2ND FLOOR)

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19TH

WITH CALGARY'S WAKEFIELD BREWSTER

In January 2006, Wakefield moved to Calgary, Alberta for a new perspective in Canadian poetry and a fresh perspective in Canadian living. Being a visible minority with a Bajan (Barbados) heritage, the Western Canadian environment with such drastic differences could only help him to grow as a poet and as a person. In April, with the help of iconic Canadian poetess, 'the Mama of Dada', Sheri-D Wilson, he designed and ran a workshop for the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival entitled 'flowetree poetree with da lyrical pitbull' performing as a featured artist and hitting the stage for the poetry slams. (http://www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.com/index.html),

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE WORKSHOP
"I intend to perform pieces from all styles that i have learned; From capturing the audience; getting attention - holding it - reading techniques; secrets to slamming.

Often the workshops are about how i developed "wakespeak", my use of ebonics and formal english combined; my mentors, my heroes, my inspirations and influences; music, literature and the audio/visual that i convey through my spoken images; my artistic backgroudns and how i use them in poetree to bring it to the foreground - "

Whether you're new to the art of performance poetry or a veteran looking to stretch your skills and your skin, Wakefield has a universe of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to help you get what you want in this workshop. As he says, "in the end the workshop goes where the audience guides it." All poetic styles and levels of experience are welcome. And if you are not interested please forward this on to someone you know who might be.

THE WORKSHOP WILL RUN FROM 7-8 PM-ish

TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE OPEN MIC FROM 8-10PM

$5 FOR 18 AND UNDER

$8 FOR 19 AND OLDER

NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS

COME TAKE A PIECE OF MIND FROM ONE OF THE QUICKEST IN THE BIZ

ONLY 30 SEATS AVAILABLE DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS

PRE REGISTER AT

rcarcee@yahoo.ca

WAKEFIELD WILL ALSO BE FEATURING

AT THUNDERING WORD AT CAFÉ MONTMARTRE ON FEB 17TH

AND THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM AT CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS ON FEB 18TH

PLUS THE SPILLIOUS SPEAK N SING AT THE COTTAGE BISTRO ON FEB 20TH

Thundering Word, Vancouver's Finest open mic

Sunday, Feb. 17th

signup at 7:30 --- show at 8pm sharp

Featuring, from Calgary, Alberta

Slam Poet

Wakefield Brewster

"da Lyrical Pitbull"

Plus: Open Mic all evening.

Music, Poetry, Comedy & More!

Good food, good drink, great entertainment

At the Montmartre cafe

4362 Main street, Van. B.C.

> www.myspace.com/thunderingword <

Hosted by: Wanda-Sue Nowicki

& her co-host, Bill McNamara

Mr. Brewster has been performing in a musical capacity since age six and has a list of credits and accomplishments that goes on forever. He is one of Canada's top black Slam Poets.

From Far and Away

Plan to Attend the Tenth Annual Whidbey Island Writers Conference
More than 200 writers will gather on Whidbey February 29 through March 2 to learn from 50 authors including renowned islanders Elizabeth George, famous for her Inspector Lynley series; Bob Mayer, prolific writer of thrillers; and Erik Larson, week-end resident and author of Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck. Pre-conference workshops, designed for those who want to get a head start and anyone unable to get away for the entire conference, begin Thursday, February 28. For more information about the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and the authors and agents attending, visit www.writeonwhidbey.org or call the Whidbey Island Writers Association at 360-331-6714.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com

The Loonie Awards

The Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre Presents:



The Loonie Awards (Not Just Another Recovery Awards Show)



What do a dog walker, a film maker, and a barista all have in common? They're all people in recovery. They all have stories to tell. They're all recipients of this year's Loonie Awards.



The Loonie awards are presented to people in recovery from mental illness and addiction, people who have the courage to show the inner working of the recovery process. Using a humorous awards show format the cast explores a variety of recovery experiences, like learning what it truly means to be handicapped, the challenge of dealing with negative people, and what it's like to be obsessed with the colour yellow.



By using personal experiences to explore the entire recovery process the show breaks down the stigma of mental illness. From the dizzying highs to the crushing lows, and then on to balance and stability, the cast brings to life their profound epiphanies, life changing experiences, and realizations. A recovery tour de force.



The Loonie Awards takes a light look at a heavy subject. By using humour the cast gains a unique insight into the recovery experience. Audiences get to see what it's like to have a full-blown psychotic episode, to live life under the table, struggle with an eating disorder or what can happen when you bottle things up. They also get to see what happens when you choose recovery, take responsibility for your life, and ultimately move forward to a meaningful, satisfying existence.



We've all had bad days at work, family conflicts, needed to loose weight, gain weight, or quit drinking. If you think there's no hope for people with mental illness to live satisfying, meaningful lives, think again. Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre is walking the talk of what it's like to live with and recover from mental illness and addiction.



The Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre program was founded by Elly Litvak with funding from Vancouver Coastal Health's Consumer Initiative Fund. Elly's experience in theatre and mental health give her a unique insight of the recovery process. Her one-woman show 'Now Who's Crazy Now?' was the inspiration for the program.



"Performing my one-woman show chronicling my journey of living with and recovering from a mental illness was the most empowering experience in my life. I needed to share the experience, the more stories we share the more we reduce the stigma of mental illness. People need to know that recovery is possible, people get better."



Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre is an innovative project where people in recovery from mental illness and addiction learn a variety of theatre disciplines including acting, voice, improvisation and playwriting. The ultimate result is a highly educational, entertaining and humorous play where performers portray aspects of their personal recovery journey. Audiences gain insights into what recovery from mental illness is really like for a variety of people and circumstances. Audience members on the recovery path are inspired with hope and concrete examples of 'how' people recovery.



Performances

March 21 1:00pm & 7:00pm

Matinee FREE for people in recovery

March 22 7:00pm

St. James Community Square, 3214 W 10th (at Trutch)

Tickets $12 Advance, $15 at the door



For more info, to volunteer or reserve tickets www.whoscrazynow.com\loonieawards http://www.whoscrazynow.com/loonieawards

Or email loonieawardsvancouver@gmail.com mailto: loonieawardsvancouver@gmail.com

Stand Up For Mental Health show April 13

Laugh Your Head Off and Support Mental Health!

Stand Up For Mental Health 2008 Gala Showcase, Sunday April 13 at 7:00 pm at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.


This is the debut performance for our all-new 2008 class. Also featuring psychiatrist Judy Allen doing stand-up comedy and discussing treatment options!
With headliner Mike MacDonald. As seen on Just for Laughs, CBC, Showtime, Comedy Central, and an Evening at the Improv. Mike has bipolar disorder and is thrilled to help raise awareness around mental illness.
Tickets are only $30.00 each (plus applicable service charges). The best way to get them is through The Arts Club Box Office (604) 687-1644 or go to http://www.vancouvertix.com. (this site may not be live yet though)

Our last event sold out and we had to turn people away, so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment!

Led by counsellor and stand up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health (which was featured in the CBC documentary Cracking Up) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. http://www.standupformentalhealth.com
We have to raise all our funds on our own, and this is our chance to keep this life-changing program going.

Please help us spread our message of hope and empowerment by coming to our show and forwarding this email on to everyone you know!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Get there early and buy a Stand Up For Mental Health Jean Bag or T-Shirt!

People with mental illness are always being told what they can't do. In Stand Up For Mental Health they get to prove what they CAN do!



David Granirer, Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health
3633 Triumph Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 1V4
(604) 205-9242 fax: (604) 205-9243
david@standupformentalhealth.com
http://www.standupformentalhealth.com

Author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and
Success http://www.thehappyneurotic.com




Laugh Your Head Off and Support Mental Health!

Stand Up For Mental Health 2008 Gala Showcase, Sunday April 13 at 7:00
pm at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.

(See attached flyer)

This is the debut performance for our all-new 2008 class. Also
featuring psychiatrist Judy Allen doing stand-up comedy and discussing
treatment options!

With headliner Mike MacDonald. As seen on Just for Laughs, CBC,
Showtime, Comedy Central, and an Evening at the Improv. Mike has
bipolar disorder and is thrilled to help raise awareness around mental
illness.

Tickets are only $30.00 each (plus applicable service charges). The
best way to get them is through The Arts Club Box Office (604)
687-1644 or go to http://www.vancouvertix.com. (this site may not be
live yet though)
Our last event sold out and we had to turn people away, so get your
ticket now to avoid disappointment!

Led by counsellor and stand up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For
Mental Health (which was featured in the CBC documentary Cracking Up)
teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of
building confidence and fighting public stigma. http://www.standupformentalhealth.com

We have to raise all our funds on our own, and this is our chance to
keep this life-changing program going.
Please help us spread our message of hope and empowerment by coming to
our show and forwarding this email on to everyone you know!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Get there early and buy a Stand Up For Mental
Health Jean Bag or T-Shirt!

People with mental illness are always being told what they can't do.
In Stand Up For Mental Health they get to prove what they CAN do!




David Granirer, Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health
3633 Triumph Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 1V4
(604) 205-9242 fax: (604) 205-9243
david@standupformentalhealth.com
http://www.standupformentalhealth.com

Author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead To
Happiness and
Success http://www.thehappyneurotic.com

Vancouver International Writers Festival Book News Vol. 3 No. 15

BOOK NEWS

The VIWF presents Vancouver Writes, the second annual interactive writing contest for aspiring writers and anyone interested in the group writing process. This event was wildly popular last year and tickets are limited - order yours today! A 2007 Vancouver Writes participant described it as "fantastic, creative and fun." Join host Lisa Christiansen of CBC Radio and Caroline Adderson, Kevin Chong, Anne Giardini, Genni Gunn, Shaena Lambert, Nancy Lee, Timothy Taylor and many others to create instant literature and win cool prizes. Full details & tickets at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents. Vancouver Writes is a Winterruption 2008 event. Vancouver Writes is sponsored by the UBC Creative Writing Program, Booming Ground and the Georgia Straight, and received support from the Granville Island Cultural Project Sponsorship Program.

This survey of African Canadian literature has a suggested reading list at the end.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/301886

For many years the New Yorker Magazine has had the right of first refusal on new stories by Alice Munro. Here is her latest.
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2008/02/11/080211fi_fiction_munro

Richard Ford has switched publishers and his first novel with his new publishers, due in 2010, is called Canada.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/books/13ford.html?ref=books

Since it is the political season in the U.S. the New York Times Sunday Book Review has featured a number of books on politics as well as a review of Australian novelist Peter Carey's new novel.
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/review/index.html

If you think you have a depth of knowledge about the literature of the subcontinent you might want to try this rather difficult quiz.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,,2147971,00.html

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell has watched too many real life investigative screw-ups, so she is directing some money to the problem.
http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-bkw-cornwell9feb09,0,6238820.story

A few years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Tomson Highway on stage at the Festival and he was funny and wise (and a wise guy). That trickster voice of his comes through in this interview about his new opera written in Cree.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/theatre/highway.html

BOOKS AND WRITERS

Diane Schoemperlen is a Canadian writer known for narrative innovation. Her new novel At a Loss for Words is getting a lot of attention.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080209.BKDIAN09/TPStory/Entertainment/Books
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/books/story.html?id=4cda085e-e8d5-41d1-aee6-9f8e8523bc19
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/302109

The great Canadian poet John Newlove died in 2003, but there is a new collection of his poetry out now.
http://www.straight.com/article-132030/a-long-continual-argument

Historian and social commentaro Erna Paris has a new book about the U.S. and its opposition to the international Criminal Court called The Sun Climbs Slow: Justice The Age Of Imperial America.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=193af240-3b96-4f22-ac1a-90e443390355

John Updike reviews the novels of Flann O'Brien.
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/02/11/080211crbo_books_updike

Decca Aitkenhead on The Happiest Man in the World, a "disorderly story beautifully" told by New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson.
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2008/02/11/080211crbo_books_updike

Geoffrey Euginedes explains his methodology in choosing stories for his anthology on love, followed by three reviews of My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2254701,00.html
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/fiction/article3334544.ece
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/07/AR2008020703644.html

Not to be outdone Knopf Canada commissioned famous writers to write fictional lover letters.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/302110

EVENTS

ADDENA SUMTER-FREITAG
The On Edge Reading Series presents a public reading by Addena Sumter-Freitag. Thursday, February 14 at 5:30pm, free. Room 406 SB, Emily Carr Institute, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. Info:
http://www.eciad.ca/node/1437.

SPEAKING OF LOVE
Readings by Richard Van Camp, Janet Rogers and Joanne Arnott. Part of the Talking Stick Festival. Thursday, February 14 at 9:30pm. Tickets $10. Ironworks Studio (235 Alexander St. at Main, Vancouver). Info: www.fullcircleperformance.ca.

H. NIGEL THOMAS
Caribbean author of Spirits in the Dark reads from and discusses his new novel Return to Arcadia. Saturday, February 16 at 2:00pm. Chapters at Robson & Howe (788 Robson Street, Vancouver).

EILEEN COOK
Author launches her new romantic comedy novel Unpredictable. Saturday, February 16 at 4:00pm. Book Warehouse Yaletown (1068 Homer St., Vancouver).

DUNCAN WELLER
Writer and artist who received the 2007 Governor General's Literacy Award for children's illustration launches his new book for kids, The Boy From the Sun. Saturday, February 16 at 3 pm, free. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 W. 8th).

CRIC? CRAC!
Vancouver Society of Storytelling presents an evening of music and stories. Sunday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Tix: $4/5 at the door. Trinity St. Mark's Church (1805 Larch Street).

PETER BEHRENS
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction will be reading from his novel The Law of Dreams. Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30pm, free. Refreshments will be served. Special Collections, room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University (8888 University Drive, Burnaby). More info at
http://www.lib.sfu.ca/whatsnew/.

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE RECEPTION
Surrey Public Library hosts a reception for its first Writer-in-residence, Mansel Robinson. Mansel will read from his work, and share information about activities, consultations, and readings planned for his Feb-May tenure. Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm. Semiahmoo Branch, Surrey Public Library (1815-152 Street, Surrey). RSVP to lpeterson@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7307.

PETER BEHRENS
Author of The Law of Dreams will be reading and signing copies of his work. Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00pm. Donation: $10 to benefit for The Celtic Society of Canada. Tom Lee Musical Hall (929 Granville Street). For more information, email maura@telus.net.

SFU LIBRARY NOONHOUR READING SERIES
Two emerging SFU-affiliated poets, Kim Minkus (9 Freight) & Donato Mancini (Aethel) will read from their recently published collections. Thursday, February 21 at 12:30pm, free. Refreshments will be served. Special Collections, room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University (8888 University Drive, Burnaby). More info at
http://www.lib.sfu.ca/whatsnew/.

LISA MARTIN DEMOOR
Poet reads from her new anthology, One crow sorrow. Thursday, February 21 at 7:30pm. Café Montmartre (4362 Main Street).

SHARON BUTALA
Sharon Butala welcomes readers of her popular memoirs and novels to Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver. Friday, February 22 at 7:30-9:00pm. Admission by donation. Space is limited, so to ensure a seat, please RSVP kogawahouse@yahoo.ca. Visit www.kogawahouse.com for more information.

DENNIS FOON: POSSIBLE WORLDS
In this workshop, award-winning author and playwright Dennis Foon will examine the demands of speculative fiction and fantasy writing, offering tips on how a seed of an idea can evolve into a fully realized world. Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 pm. Free but registration required - contact Kyle Greenwood of the Writers' Trust of Canada at: kgreenwood@writerstrust.com. 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.

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

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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