Sunday, 6 April 2008

Kidney donor needed!

The following is a letter from Persimmon Blackbridge, author of Prozac Highway and Sunnybrook: a true story with lies.

Hello,

I don’t know how to write this. I don’t like group emails, especially not ones going to everyone from my best friends to people I barely know. I don’t like asking for big big giant humongous outrageous favours, and this is just about the biggest.

I’m looking for a kidney. Blood type O.

Two years ago, a false positive on a diabetes test led to the discovery that my kidneys were failing – not from diabetes but from a hyperactive parathyroid gland flooding my system with calcium for the past 10 years or more. It was a lucky accident that it was discovered, but it had already damaged my kidneys to the point of no return, and I will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in the next year or so.

My brother and sister both stepped forward immediately, and it was a huge disappointment to learn that they are both the wrong blood type.

Now a couple of friends are beginning the testing process to see if they might be potential donors. The transplant social worker advised me to find more potential donors if I can, as most people turn out to be incompatible or are eliminated for health reasons. So now I’m asking you and everyone I’ve ever known if this is something you would be willing to look into.

It’s a big decision; it’s not right for everyone. I don’t expect an answer and I’m never going to ask you again.

All I ask now is that you think about it for a minute. Is this something you might do?

Obviously you would have questions or concerns about how being a donor would affect your health or lifestyle or finances. There are many places you can ask questions and get real, accurate information. There are websites by and for living donors (http://www.livingdonorsonline.org is one). There is a nurse at the transplant hospital who works only with prospective donors – her job is to look out for the interests of potential donors, and she keeps strict patient confidentiality. If this is something you might look into, I’ll give you her phone number.

The bottom line is: screening for donors is very thorough. If you have any health problems, they will find them. If donating poses any health risk, you will be turned down. If you pass the health tests, there are still tissue compatibility tests that could eliminate you as a donor. I know people who have had ten potential donors step up for them, only to have them all eliminated. That’s why I have to ask everyone. That’s why I’m asking you.

Right now I have only one kidney left, and it’s quite damaged, operating at 20-25% of normal function, down from 30-35% last year (whereas one healthy kidney provides 80% of the function of two). When I hit 10-15%, I’ll need a transplant or dialysis to stay alive. At that point, if I don’t have a compatible live donor, I’ll go on dialysis and be put on the waiting list for a deceased donor transplant. In BC, there is an average wait of 5-10 years on the deceased donor list. People like me with type O blood usually wait approx. 10 years. Many people die waiting for a transplant.

Dialysis is no walk in the park and I‘m not talking about the needles, the travel restrictions, the time spent tethered to a machine. Dialysis doesn’t cure kidney failure, it’s just life support. Over time, it brings a host of life-threatening medical complications. People who get a transplant instead live an average of twice as long after their own kidneys fail.

Being on dialysis, even for a year, also increases the chance of organ rejection when you do get a transplant. If I can find a compatible living donor before my kidney completely fails, I may be able to have a transplant without ever going on dialysis. This would be by far the best scenario for me.

At best, dialysis can provide only 10-15% of normal kidney function. What 10-15% means in terms of day-to-day symptoms differs from person to person. For me, even now at 20-25% normal function, I have frequent periods of extreme fatigue when I can’t write or do artwork or much of anything else. So it’s unlikely that dialysis will let me continue working as an artist or writer. Those of you who know me well can probably imagine what that would mean to me.

Ok, that’s a lot of complaining. I’m not wanting to pressure you. Donation is not something everyone can or would want to do. You may have medical or personal considerations that I know nothing about, or you might just not want to. It’s your call. I’m only hoping you might consider it. If it’s not right for you, do you know someone else who might be up for this adventure? If you do, please forward them this email. People decide to donate for all kinds of reasons, and for some people with kidney failure, it’s a total stranger who comes through for them in the end.

I’d be happy to answer any questions or help you find more information.

Thanks for reading this,

Persimmon Blackbridge
station7@telus.net


Pandora's Collective News


Wow this is the first day it has felt like spring even though the cherry blossoms and daffodils have been out for a while. Our thanks to everyone who sent us suggestions for locations for Word Whips. We will be checking them out in the next week. Well it is supposed to rain so hope you find something here that interests you to do although this is Vancouver….when did a bit of rain ever stop us. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

Tuesday April 8, 2008

Pandora's Collective Presents

WORD WHIPS - THE NORTH SHORE EDITION

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 - 10:00pm

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:
fbourassa@nvsd44.bc.ca

Pandora's Collective invites you to enter Kisses and Popsicles, our Spring Poetry Contest. All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2008. The winners will be announced on June 1, 2008. Please follow the guidelines at www.pandorascollective.com/contest.html

Other Events


THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

http://www.myspace.com/vancouverpoetryslam

CONTINUES

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CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE (5TH AND COMMERCIAL)

EVERY MONDAY OF THE MONTH

THE NEXT SLAM IS

MONDAY APRIL 7TH

FOR THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM PLAYOFF SEMI FINAL #1

FEATURING

"THE KLUTE" FROM MESA, ARIZONA

The Klute has been a member of 4 National Poetry Slam teams from Mesa, AZ, has performed for the president of the American Communist Party, and been introduced from the dais to a crowd of Republicans in the same breath as "the Honorable John Shadegg (Republican congressman from Arizona's 3rd District)".

His poetry is politically and pop-culturally centered with a punk rock sensibility and an occasional reference to demonology thrown in for just a touch of pretension (as if the "punk rock sensibility" bit isn't pretentious enough). He's in Vancouver as part of his "One Foot in the Grave" tour

making his first appearance in Canada at Café Duex Soleils.

THE EVENING WILL ALSO FEATURE PERFORMANCES

BY

NORA SMITHHISLER, SHANNON RAYNE, ZACCHEUS JACKSON, RICHARD LETT, CJ,

SCRUFFMOUTH, FAUST McKENZIE, AND LADY JESSICA

THE TOP 4 POETS FROM THIS NIGHT MOVE ON THE FINALS ON MAY 5TH AT THE WISE HALL

DOORS AT 8PM

OPEN MIC AT 8:45

SLAM AT 9PM SHARP

SLIDING SCALE OF $5-$10

THIS EVENING WILL SELL OUT FAST SO COME EARLY FOR A GOOD SEAT

AND SOME DECENT VEGETARIAN EATS AT THE CAFÉ.

For more info contact rcarcee@yahoo.ca or 604 215 9230

PLUS

FINALS NIGHT TICKETS WILL BE FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT. $10 IN ADVANCE

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

"Poetry Around the World"

Dear Poets, Artists and Poetry Lovers:

You are kindly invited to an unforgettable evening of

poetry and spoken word at Indigo Park Royal, on

Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm.

We have two special guests from Abbotsford and a book

launch, followed by open mic.

Our distinguished poets are:

Ruth-Ann and Rudy Braun (Abbotsford)

BOOK LAUNCH: Ibrahim Honjo (Yugoslavia)

Several poets will be reading from Ibrahim's new book.

Refreshments will be served.

Poetically yours,

Lucia Gorea

Founder of "Poetry Around the World"

"lucia gorea" luciag_esl@yahoo.com

Creative Buzz Spoken Word Productions

Presents


Awake, Arise, Refresh Yourselves with the spiritual light in your eyes

and you will remember who you are, where you came from,

and why you set out so long ago.

Understanding the power of meditation.

A Spiritual Journey told through a series of Dynamic Poems

by Brian Michael Nelson

Yes, we face an uncertain future and daunting large-scale challenge

in the unfolding wake of climate change and global warming.

But nature seeks balance and harmony.

Along with this unprecedented looming disaster there is a great spiritual counter taking place. Like never before. If you are here, at least know about it.

You are invited to:

The greatest story never told. Why? Because it is just beginning to unfold. The Gods are returning, Gods? Yes, as soul upon soul, fills with the one and same light. The One God manifesting in the many faces of His lovers. It has started, and this Light shall turn the tide.

The Flight of the Soul Event Listing

($10.00 suggested donation at the door)

April 9th VPL, 350 W Georgia. Alma Rm. 12:00 - 1:30, 2:00 – 3:30

April 10th St. Mark's Church 1805 Larch St, Vancouver. 7:00 – 8:30

April 12th Robson Square 800 Robson St, Vancouver. 7:00 – 8:30

April 20th St. James Community Sq. 3214 W. 10th Ave, .7:00 – 8:30

April 26th Kits House 2307 W. 7th Ave, Vancouver. 7:00 – 8:30

"57 Varieties"

Tuesday, April 15th, 8 'til 10 pm
"57 Varieties" unplugged open stage / variety show
at Spartacus Books (upstairs, 319 W. Hastings @ Cambie)

This anarchic open stage series urges performers, artists and other such creative types to come out and workshop the extraordinary -- or merely unusual -- as demonstrated by host Rowan Lipkovits on his unruly accordion. Anything and everything can happen here, the more unlikely the better, from music and poetry through to dance, short plays, juggling, puppetry, and, yea, even (once) the conducting of a cellphone orchestra. Turn over rocks and revel in the wriggling of the weirdness beneath! This month celebrating the series' 4th anniversary!thanks!

Thundering Word

Just getting a jump on things here. We have a great feature coming up this Sunday, April 6th--- The one and only Daniel Packard. Hes' a comedian, yes, but he's so much more. He really connects with the audience and actually thru' comedy and the use of his other skills opens up new channels of thought, especially in women. You just have to see this guy.

And on the 20th of this month we have the terrific Hannah Georgas. She's one of our favorite singer/songwriters and she is not only a very talented performer, she has a ton of original music with killer lyrics. Plus, she can go from serious to hilarious in the blink of an eye. A super good entertainer. This will be a very special night. Wanda found this lady and has Wanda ever been wrong? Nope, not yet.!!

All this and Vancouver's Finest Open Mic ..... What more can you ask on a Sunday night?

Sign up is at 7:30-Show starts at 8pm sharp!!

See you all there. Bill Mc.

"Bill McNamara" <hoggersmoon@telus.net>

World Poetry

Proudly Presents April 28, 08

At the Vancouver Public Library, 7:30 pm

Alma Van Dusen Room

**No musician for this month.

National Poetry Month.

With your hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea.

Featured poets:

Godwin H. Barton, First Nations, is originally from Kincolith, a community in Northwestern B.C. He is employed by the Vancouver School Board as a First Nations School Support Worker. A writer of poetry and prose, Godwin has published inspirational stories in the much acclaimed "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. Godwin's blog http://eagle-stalker.blogspot.com

Jean Kay – Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association, she is an inspirational poet who has written a poem every morning for the past ten years. Her book is titled MORNING LIGHT. Jean writes poems on request.

Warren Stevenson, with degrees from three different universities, he is enjoying his UBC emeritus afterglow at White Rock. Of four books of poetry and seven of scholarships, his most recent work is "Shakespeare's Authorship of the Additions to Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy 1602"

"Da Poet" (Bertha Clark) was born in San Francisco but has lived in Canada for many years. Well known for her powerful poetry and amazing style, Bertha will be sharing a selection of poems from her collection.

Ibrahim Honjo is originally from former Yugoslavia, an economist and journalist, organizing poetry events and festivals. Honjo has published nine books and will be launching his latest poetry collection "Roots In The Stone". Honjo is founder and host of the "Poetry Planet" group in Port Moody.

Diego Bastianutti Born in Fiume under Fascism, he emigrated to North America in 1952. He retired to Vancouver after a 30- year university career. Beside his academic publications, he has three volumes of poetry: Il punto caduto, 1994, La barca in secco, 1995, Per un pugno di terra / For a Fistful of Soil, 2006, plus A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti, Exile Editions, 1997, for which he was awarded the Canadian 1998 John Glassco Prize.

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Other Things to Note

Volunteers Needed

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help at Van Slam

Semis and Finals nights. Volunteers make the show go. Your generosity

is wonderful and truly appreciated.

I am still looking for a couple more door people for both semi-finals

nights and for door and merch people for finals.

Here are the dates:

Monday April 7 - Semis night 1

Monday April 21 - Semis night 2

Monday May 5 - Finals

Volunteers need to show up by 7:45 on the April nights, and somewhat

earlier to help set up on Finals night.

Please email me if you haven't already, and would like to help.

I do adore you regardless, but I will even more when you say, "YES!"

sue

"Sue McIntyre" mcsue@shaw.ca

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM FINALS

THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

IS PROUD TO PRESENT

THE 2008 VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM FINALS

AT THE WISE HALL (1882 ADANAC AT VICTORIA)

MONDAY, MAY 5TH

DOORS 7:30…SHOW AT 9PM

8 OF VANCOUVER'S FINEST POETRY SLAMMERS WILL BE COMPETING

TO BE A PART OF THE 2008 VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM TEAM

AND

TRAVEL TO MADISON, WISCONSIN FOR THE ANNUAL NATIONAL POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL THIS AUGUST

PLUS

A TRIP TO CALGARY, ALBERTA FOR THE CANADIAN FESTIVAL OF SPOKEN WORD IN NOVEMBER

THIS NIGHT WILL ALSO OFFER UP A FEATURE PERFORMANCE

BY TORONTO SPOKEN WORD ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

DWAYNE MORGAN

http://www.upfromtheroots.ca/dmorgan.html

http://www.myspace.com/dwaynemorgan

Dwayne Morgan's career as a spoken word artist began in 1993. The winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards, he has toured across North America, Jamaica, Barbados, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Budapest, Germany, France, and Holland, and has opened for illustrious international artists Alicia Keys, Saul Williams, Christian McBride, Les Nubians, and others. In 1994 he founded Up From The Roots Entertainment to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban-influenced artists. In 1998, he received the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. His latest book, The Making of A Man, hit stores in July, 2005. That same year he was the Poet of Honour (along with Sheri-D Wilson) at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver. His albums include, The Evolution, Soul Searching, A Decade in the Making, and Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning. In collaboration with Driftwood Studios, Dwayne created Three Knocks, a short film based on his domestic violence poem of the same name, which premiered in Toronto's Reel World Film Festival. His first photo-poem exhibit was hosted at the Small Gallery in downtown Toronto in March, 2008. Dwayne's work has been used by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's 'See People For Who They Really Are' print and television ad campaigns, as well as educational projects for the 411 Initiative for Change

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE EVERY MONDAY NIGHT IN APRIL

AT CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE

AT EACH VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM EVENT

TICKETS ARE $10 IN ADVANCE

$15 AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF FINALS

THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM WOULD LIKE TO GRATEFULLY THANK

THE LEAGUE OF CANADIAN POETS

AND

THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN PUTTING ON THIS EVENT

contact rcarcee@yahoo.ca for more info

Or

604 215 9230

From Far and Away

Do you know of any poets?
A message from the Poet Laureate of Toronto....

BMI/Pace Architects and Planners is contracted to redesign the entrance
parkette of Oakwood Collegiate Institute, using ideally, verse written
by students and alumni of the school.

The project advisor for the poetry is Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Poet Laureate of
The City of Toronto
. The poetry would be inscribed on design furniture and sculpture for permanent viewing.

Mr. Di Cicco invites alumni and students to submit to him poetry for consideration. He can be reached at DiCiccoPoet@aol.com .

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Poet Laureate of Toronto
Curator of The Toronto Museum Project and Global Center for Cities
Principal, Municipal Mind

Poets with Trees Reading on Sunday June 1. Mark your calendar now.
More details later.


Calendar:

Tuesday April 1, 7pm. North Beach Library, 2000 Mason Street San Francisco, CA 94133. Word Painters Reading Series celebrating National Poetry Month. Featured readers are Stephen Kopel, Jeanne Powell, Richard Beban, Rebecca Foust and Clara Hsu.

Monday, April 7, 7:30 pm (B&B special event)
A talk by the author, with music by renowned local conguero Ted Strong.

Ned Sublette author of The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (Lawrence Hill Books, 2008) And Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums
to the Mambo
(Chicago Review Press, 2004). Bird and Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, 94131. Tel: 415-586-3733

Sunday April 13, 2-4pm. Alan Kaufman's memoir and fiction class reading with Cynthia Christian, Lee Collins, Kira Fisher, Rebecca Holtzman and Clara Hsu. Bird and Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, 94131. Tel: 415-586-3733

Friday April 18, 7pm. Pacifica Public Library Community Room 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica, CA 94044. Tel: (650) 355-5196. Bill Mercer and Clara Hsu will perform the Mystical Path.

Sunday April 27, 4-7:30p. Poetry Salon with featured poet Kevin Farey at the Gambier House. Potluck dinner, featured reading and a round of poetry from participants. Reservation by e-mail or phone.

love,

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

tel: 415-244-1317
website: http://www.clarahsu.com

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com


Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest Vol 2, No 8


Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest
Volume 02 : Number 08
Friday, April 4, 2008


This is the latest in a series of listserv digests for Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Human Rights Conference, an event hosted by the Simon Fraser University Institute for the Humanities and scheduled for the SFU downtown Harbour Centre campus on June 12th-15th, 2008.

With just ten weeks remaining, the conference preparations continue to accelerate. Here are a few brief news items and reminders:

Conference Website Updates:
Thanks to the virtuoso work of Kathy McKay and webmaster Josh Laidlaw, we have updated the conference website http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/. The home page now includes information on the Thursday afternoon keynote address by plenary speaker David Oaks; the Thursday evening Night of Mad Culture; and the Saturday Evening With Frederick Wiseman. Further, you may access the comprehensive list of Speakers and Abstracts (available in both MS Word and PDF formats) by clicking the link (3rd down) in the upper-right home page menu. The final conference program, including room assignments and updated schedules, will go live on-line toward the end of May (with hard copies to be included in your conference delegate kits).

Titicut Follies and Juvenile Justice at Pacific Cinémathèque:
As a companion to Titicut Follies http://www.zipporah.com/films/22, Pacific Cinémathèque will also be screening a second Frederick Wiseman document ary, Juvenile Court http://www.zipporah.com/films/25, on the evening of Friday, June 13th. With our distinguished guest Frederick Wiseman in attendance, Friday is shaping up to be a very special evening. Executive Director Jim Sinclair and his colleagues at Pacific Cinémathèque are currently working out the arrangements, and we will post information on screening times, ticket availability and pricing as soon as it becomes available.

Chairs Still Needed:
Thanks so much to all those who have volunteered to chair a panel, in response to our earlier entreaties. At this juncture, we have just four unassigned panels (12, 15, 29, and 32) remaining. Please do consider signing on to chair one of these sessions. All assistance on this score will be most gratefully received.

Tied Together Performers:
RuthRuth and the Friendly Spike Theatre Band report that there is still room for student cast members in the Thursday evening (June 12th) production of Tied Together: A Mad People's History Play http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/tiedtogether.html. If you would like to participate in this fun and liberating experience (stage experience is not necessary), please contact RuthRuth at friendlyspike@globalserve.net. The rehearsal is scheduled for the same day as the performance, between 10 am and 1 pm (at the Harbour Centre conference site).

Registration, Accommodation and Travel Reminders:
Please recall that all delegates must register for the conference by completing the on-line registration form http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/register.htm. Fees are payable by either credit card or cheque. The early registration rates apply through to May 2nd, after which on-line registration at the full rates will continue to June 4th. On-site registration will be available during the conference. Any questions regarding the registration page and procedures can be directed to Conference_Services@sfu.ca . Further, as announced last month, information on the four conference-sponsored accommodation options can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/hotel.htm. We advise that you book early, to guarantee conference rates (our block bookings are limited in number, and in the case of the Ramada, the listed rates apply to May 2nd). Refer to the Institute for the Humanities Conference when booking. Please note, too, that the conference will close at 1:00 pm on Sunday the 15th, in order to afford visitors the option of travelling home (or elsewhere) on that same day, if preferred.

Please Publicize:
I will close by echoing the customary appeal to post, forward, circulate, and otherwise spread news about the event to all interested colleagues and comrades.

More anon.

Best wishes,
Bob

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Robert Menzies
Professor of Sociology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Canada
Tel: +1 778 782 4552 Fax: +1 604 299 4396
Email: menzies@sfu.ca or rjmenzies@shaw.ca
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference: http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/

Write Reports that Get Results with SFU's Writing and Publishing Program

If you want to learn how to write more effective reports, take Nicky's one-day course next Saturday!

This course can be taken as a stand-alone or as an elective as part of our Business Writing, Public Relations and Marketing Communication Certificate program. For more information: http://www.sfu.ca/wp/buscert.htm

Please register by Monday morning! How to register: http://www.sfu.ca/wp/registration.htm

Stacey
778-782-5093

Reports, Reports, Reports
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm April 12 (Vancouver)
Instructor: Nicky Fried
Fee $260 / WRIT 242

Are your reports dynamic, insightful and to the point? Understand and apply key components in developing and writing reports that get results. This course integrates planning and process with powerful writing techniques to ensure reports are read and acted on. You will use case studies and your own reports to identify appropriate reporting structures, analyse audience needs, plan and research effectively, develop outlines and write the executive summary. Bring your reports to class.
Nicky Fried is vice-president of communication and development with Strategic Connections Inc. Strategic Connections Inc. is a leader in developing and implementing integrated communication and workplace strategies that engage people and boost performance. Strategic Connections Inc. works with selected clients to ensure they are among the 30 percent of those companies that achieve the results they seek. Nicky specializes in communication analysis, leadership development and training. Her current client list includes BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver and CUCBC.
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Join a Writing and Publishing Program email list for announcements about new courses, new sessions, public lectures, seminars, job-postings, contests and more: http://www.sfu.ca/wp/email.htm

If you are not a current student and wish to receive a copy of our catalogue by post, please send me your mailing address.

View the entire Continuing Studies catalogue online: http://www.sfu.ca/cstudies/index.htm

How to register: http://www.sfu.ca/wp/registration.htm
Stacey Canuel
Writing & Publishing Program
SFU Vancouver
2300 - 515 West Hastings
Vancouver BC, V6B 5K3
T: 778-782-5093
F: 778-782-5098

www.sfu.ca/wp

Book News Vol. 3 No. 22

BOOK NEWS

WRITERS FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENTS

Words Without Borders
PEN Canada in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival presents Joanne Arnott, Jalal Barzanji, Hadani Ditmars and Sheng Xue - authors who write about local and global political issues. Saturday, April 5 at 7:30pm. Ticket Price $10 (suggested admission). The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St.). Advance Tickets (604) 689.0926. More information at www.pencanada.ca.

Extraordinary Canadians
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Penguin Books Canada present a special event with award winner David Adams Richards, historian and author Charlotte Gray, and acclaimed novelist Lewis DeSoto on Thursday, April 17 at 7:30pm. This event is part of the launch of Penguin Canada's new Extraordinary Canadians commissioned set of biographies of great Canadians by leading Canadian writers. For more information, visit
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Barbara Kingsolver
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. present the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees who will talk about her new non-fiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30pm. For more information, visit
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Simon Winchester
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. present the bestselling author of A Crack in the Edge of the World and The Professor and the Madman who will read from his new book, The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece on Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm. Complete details can be found here:
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

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April is National Poetry Month so we're starting things off with a grab bag of all things poetic.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes to YouTube. Watch the animated version of his poem Forgetfulness here:
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2008/03/26/YouTubePoetry/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=310308

The Globe & Mail reviews new collections by Daphne Marlatt and Alison Pick.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKGRUB29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Check out the shortlists for two annual Canadian poetry prizes.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/04/01/poetry-prizes.html

And here is a great website to designate as your homepage. Poetry Daily will introduce you to a new poet each morning when you open your browser.
http://www.poems.com/

AWARDS

Montreal author Rawi Hage's novel De Niro's Game is on the short list for the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Award. Find out who his competition is here:
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/04/02/hage-impac.html

Anna Porter and Lawrence Hill are two of the authors who have received awards from the Writers' Trust of Canada.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/04/01/writers-trust-winners.html

Kathleen Winter has won Newfoundland and Labrador's richest literary prize for her collection of thematically linked stories titled boYs.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2008/03/27/winter-winterset.html

Funny guys Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson are among those nominated for this year's Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/03/27/leacock-medal.html

Lloyd Jones and Julia Whitty are this year's winners of the 12th annual Kiriyama Prize for literature that promotes greater understanding of the people of the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/04/01/kiriyama-winners.html

And finally, to mark its 15th anniversary, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has increased its prize.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/04/01/giller-jury-08.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

The New York Times calls Lorna Goodison's book, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island, set in Kingston and other parts of Jamaica, a captivating read.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/books/review/Fugard-t.html?_r=2&8bu&emc=bua2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

In Sharon Butala's latest book, The Girl in Saskatoon: A Meditation on Memory and Murder, she repaints the portrait of a vanished girl with whom she attended high school and whose unsolved murder still haunts Saskatoon.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKBUTA29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Craig Boyko has just been awarded the 2007 Journey Prize for his short story OZY. The story, along with 10 others, appears in his debut collection Blackouts reviewed here in the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKBART29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Zoë Whittall recommends Maya Merrick's new novel The Hole Show "if you like your plots twisting, your characters unpredictable and your sentences even more so."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKHOLE29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Globe and Mail calls Charles Baxter's new novel The Soul Thief, about an extreme case of identity theft, both "eerie and elegant."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKBAXT29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The New York Times writes that Jeanette Winterson's new novel, The Stone Gods, is "scary, beautiful, witty and wistful by turns, dipping into the known past as it explores potential futures."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/books/review/Cokal-t.html?ref=books

Slate Magazine writes that in her new collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri captures "a restless feeling of uprootedness that is as representative of America now."
http://www.slate.com/id/2188140/
Ursula K. Le Guin reviews Salman Rushdie's latest mixture of history and fable, The Enchantress of Florence.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2268950,00.html
The Globe & Mail writes that Joseph Kertes new novel Gratitude, set in German-occupied Hungary during the final months of WWII, "is as rich in picturesque detail as it is in its spellbinding faith of man's ultimate humanity."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080329.BKKERT29/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Linda Grant makes it clear that her novels are not autobiographical, and explains why it isn't the job of fiction writers to turn their lives, or the lives of their friends and families, into books: "because it reduces the imagination to material for journalism; it takes an axe to fiction."
http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,2270329,00.html

Poets & Writers interviewed Grace Paley at her home about a year before her death. In the interview she talks about being an activist and making the switch from writing poetry to writing fiction.
http://www.pw.org/content/interview_poet_and_fiction_writer_grace_paley

EVENTS

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by Maureen Medved (The Tracey Fragments), Teresa McWhirter (Dirtbags) and Sachiko Murakami (The Invisibility Exhibit). Thursday, April 3 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street).

TIM INKSTER
Book designer and publisher of The Porcupine's Quill Press recalls life in the Ontario small press world of the last 30 years. Thursday, April 3 at 7:00pm, free. Reservations: awards@alcuinsociety.com or (604) 732-5403. Vancouver Museum (1100 Chestnut Street). Co-sponsored by The Alcuin Society and The Vancouver Museum. For more information see
http://www.alcuinsociety.com/events/index.html.

SUSAN MCCASLIN
Poetry readings by the author of At the Mercy Seat and Lifting the Stone. Friday, April 4 at 6:30pm. The Wired Monk (2610 4th Ave. W., Vancouver). More info: www.susanmccaslin.ca.

ROBERT BLY
American poet and translator reads from his most recent collection, The Insanity of Empire. Friday, April 4 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $18. Unitarian Church, 949 49th Ave. W., Vancouver. Information and tickets: Banyen Books at 604.732.7912.

DANIEL GOLEMAN
The Dali Lama Center hosts an evening with the author of books such as Emotional Intelligence. Friday, April 4 at 8:00pm. Tickets $30/25. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). More information at www.dalailamacenter.org/.

TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLISHING WORLDS
Join San Francisco author, lecturer, and blogger Kevin Smokler and Vancouver's Michelle Hoar, business director of TheTyee.ca, as they consider the potential of technology and the arts working in tandem. Saturday, April 5 at 1pm. Tickets: $20. SFU Vancouver. More information at pubworks@sfu.ca.

GAIL'S KITCHEN
All five authors on the shortlist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize - Mary Novik, Shaena Lambert, David Chariandy, Heather Burt and Claire Mulligan - will chat with Gail Anderson-Dargatz on her forum,
http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca/forums/index.php. Sunday, April 6, 10:00am to 1:00pm PDT. Note that if you intend to chat with the authors, you will have to register a day or two before the event, to allow time for your account to be activated. Complete info: http://www.gailanderson-dargatz.ca/.

ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
Saskatoon poet Elizabeth Phillips reads from her various published collections. Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00pm, free. Community Arts Council of White Rock & District Gallery (90-1959 152nd St., Surrey). More information at www.whiterockartscouncil.com/.

CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION MEETING
Rodger Cove from the Vancouver Film School speaks on the subjects of Canadian screenwriting and the advent of new media during the Canadian Authors Association Meeting. Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00pm. Tickets free for members, otherwise $5/2. Alliance for the Arts (938 Howe).

ROBSON READING SERIES
B.C. born author reads Gillian Wigmore selected poems from her book Soft Geography. Also reading is Canadian poet Susan McCaslin. Thursday, April 10 at 6:30pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street).

JOY KOGAWA
Canadian author Joy Kogawa reads from her latest book, Naomi's Tree. Thursday, April 10 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $5. Kidsbooks (3083 W Broadway). More information at events@kidsbooks.ca.

VPL SPRING BOOKSALE
Thousands of books on sale each day. April 10-13. Alice MacKay room, lower level, Central Library (350 W. Georgia St.). Complete info: www.vpl.ca.

Upcoming

PADMA VISWANATHAN
The CBC Radio Studio One Book Club is springing back into action on Monday, April 14 with the debut novel of one of the 2008 New Faces of Fiction, Padma Viswanathan. The Toss of a Lemon is based on family stories her grandmother told her. It's an evocative tale of a young Brahmin bride widowed with two children at the age of 18, with the private turmoil of family immersed in the upheaval of India's intense social and political transformation. Join the conversation with Sheryl MacKay, special co-host Jen Sookfong Lee and Padma Viswanathan! To enter to win tickets, go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

NORTH SHORE WRITERS FESTIVAL
Back for its ninth spectacular year, 2008's North Shore Writers Festival will bring some of Canada's brightest literary stars to our local libraries, including William Deverell (Kill All the Judges) and Sandra Gulland (Mistress of the Sun). The Festival runs April 19 - 26 at the North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, and the West Vancouver Memorial Library. From humour to French history to medical thrillers to great non-fiction, there is truly something for everyone at this fabulous Festival. Info: www.northshorewritersfestival.ca.

BC BOOK AND MAGAZINE WEEK
Aboriginal author Lee Maracle, Vancouver poet laureate George McWhirter, and Giller Prize- and Governor General's Award-nominee David Chariandy are among the literary stars lined up to mark the 8th Annual BC Book & Magazine Week, April 19 - 26. Complete details:
http://bcbookandmagazineweek.com/.

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