Sunday, 25 May 2008

Lots of News




Word Whips will have a new date and location as of June. We have found a new home at the Vancouver Public Library Britannia Branch in the gallery area. We are very excited about this and hope you will be able to come out and bring your words to do some writing with us on Tuesday June 24th. It will be the last Tuesday of the month from now on from 7-8:30 pm. We want to thank the library for giving us this space.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our scholarship fund. This year's recipient is so talented and deserving - Julian Legere. You may have seen him at the Poet's and Painters show. He was the teen who contributed. Look for his information soon.

On Wednesday we will be heading out to the Revisions Reading Series. If you would like to join our poetry troop and head out there with us and would like to meet a head of time to car pool please let me know. Bring your words and be prepared for a fun evening.

See you somewhere soon. Bonnie

PS I started to put this in order but have given up. So sorry….

Pandora's Events

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 (www.pandorascollective.com/Events.html)

Upcoming Rendezvous: Wednesday May 21, 2008 - REVISIONS READING SERIES - please see their press release below and bring poetry to read as part of the Pandora's Collective Poetry Troop during their open mic. RSVP blinish_pandoras@yahoo.ca for car pooling details.

Wednesday May 21, 2008
(and 3rd Wednesday of every month)
REVISIONS READING SERIES
ReVisions Readings are run by the Burnaby Writers' Society, which has been publishing its famed market newsletter and running workshops, contests and readings in Burnaby for over a quarter century. ReVisions, a monthly September through June open mic, remains one of the friendliest reading venues in the Lower Mainland. If you've never read in public before, this laid-back open mic is a great place to begin.
Hosted by: Sheila Rosen
Time: 8-10pm
Location: Myles of Beans
1-7010 Kingsway Ave. Burnaby
Contact: srfearless@shaw.ca

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Other Events of Interest

THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

http://www.myspace.com/vancouverpoetryslam

CONTINUES

@

CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE

(5TH AND COMMERCIAL)

EVERY MONDAY OF THE MONTH

THE NEXT VAN SLAM EVENT

IS THE ANNUAL "LET'S BREAK THE SLAM RULES" ANARCHY SLAM

MONDAY MAY 19TH

FEATURING A PERFORMANCE

BY THE LEGENDARY

SWEATER VEST

THIS SHOW KICKS OFF THE SWEATER VEST REUNION TOUR 2008

SWEATER VEST is the poetry/prog-alt-country group headed up by the Chipotle Brothers, Tiger and Rasputin.

They are orphans who adopted each other after their polygamous parents died in the Hope Slide.

Music has been the only thing that has kept one of them from going insane.

This is the 3rd reunion tour for the both of them.

TONIGHT YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR YOUR COSTUMES, BRING YOUR PROPS

AND BANG YOUR CONUNDRUM LOUDLY WHILE COVERING OTHER POET'S POEMS

FROM THE CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS BATHROOM. ANYTHING GOES.

THERE MAY EVEN BE NUDITY AND BABY OIL.

ALL THIS PLUS YOUR HOST

SPILLIOUS THE RIDICULOUS ONE

This night will also be a fundraiser in honour of Iris Semczyszyn-Mercier.

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Here is the listing for Story Slam Wednesday 28th May.

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

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

Eight 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

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"Spillious Speak 'n Sing - May 21 - featuring KATIE

F-S" on Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm.

Sean says, "If any of you have heard my Omaha poem, come out and meet

the inspiration doing her own work. If you haven't, please come out to

hear one of the most beautiful powerful out of town voices we've heard

in vancouver in a long time. ".

Event: Spillious Speak 'n Sing - May 21 - featuring KATIE F-S

What: Jam Session

Host: Spillious Speak & Sing

When: Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00pm

Where: Cottage Bistro

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Hi Friends,

Steve Duncan & I are featuring at Music & More this Thursday along with dancer Natalie Hobbs (details below). I think it'll be a fun evening -- it would be a pleasure to share it with you!

Cheers,

Marn

Literary: Poets Norwich & Duncan Explore Duality


Creation. Destruction. Light and dark. Join Commercial Drive poets Steve Duncan and Marni Norwich and dancer Natalie Hobbs as they explore the theme of duality in a performance that combines spoken word and improvisational movement.

Take Eve's Eden and the fickle wishbone of relationship and juxtapose them with the gritty substance of modern urban life

Music and More on Main
Thursday, May 22nd
Featured performance: 8:45 - 9:15 p.m.
Doors: 7:30pm
Open Mic: 8pm
By Donation
Hosted by Rick Keating

Little Mountain Neighborhood House
3981 Main Street
For more information call 604-788-8340
or email srduncan@shaw.ca

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Events From Far and Away

Hello Everyone,

My time in Turkey is coming to an end, and I will be back in San Francisco by Wednesday evening.
We attended many concerts in this tour, including a gypsy festival where Nancy Wakeman and I
pushed through a crowd of thousands to get from one stage to another; and a magical cave concert
where we recited poetry. I also attended the first Istanbul International Poetry Festival, where poets
from Greece, Iran, Spain, France, Canada, etc. came together to read in historical venues like the underground
cisterns and on a boat touring the Bosphorous. The food is of course amazing, especially their yogurt
and honey and the baklavas...mmmm, mouth watering!

Getting back to business, we still have a few spaces for the upcoming Poetry Salon with Tureeda Mikell.
Please e-mail me if you would like to join us this Sunday (May 25) at 4pm. This is a potluck event so
bring some food to share. I'll cook something Turkish.

Mark your calendar for the Poets with Trees picnic reading on the following Sunday June 1. Can you
believe this is the third year? Come and have fun with us:

Share your words and eat your sandwich among
people, birds, trees, and, one hopes, with the sun.

Sunday JUNE 1, 2008 (11am - 3pm)

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco.
At the end of Clement Street by the ocean.
Geary #38 bus final stop (THE ONE THAT SAYS
48TH AVE. PT. LOBOS ON THE FRONT).

Bring poems of your own or poems by your favorite poets.
Multiple reading stations.

Bring your own lunch, and an additional goodie to share.
Readings finish, clean up and disperse by 3pm.

So much for now. See you soon.

form Istanbul with love,

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

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

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Other Things

Greenboathouse Books: 1999-2008
Ten Years of Chapbooks
Done

This summer marks 10 years of chapbooks from Greenboathouse Books, and we're pleased to announce the release of our latest and LAST title: Jay Millar's Woods | Pages, a meditative exploration of language and the natural world.

Jay's book marks our 23rd title, and with production now complete, we're excited to let it loose into the world as the final Greenboathouse Books project. Over the next month or two, all things Greenboathouse Books will be sorted and cleaned up, loose ends tied, and the boathouse boarded up. It's been exciting, and challenging, and rewarding, and the feedback from writers and readers alike has always made Greenboathouse Books a pleasure to produce, but it's time for new and different challenges.

If this is a surprise, or if you're curious to hear more (oh yes, there will be more), please visit the website, which will be live for another couple of months. There you'll find not only info on future plans (exciting, big plans), but you'll also be able to order your copy of Jay's book, which we're expecting to sell out quickly (advance orders have already nabbed 30% of the print run).

You might be interested in our special offer of our last two titles together at a 10% discount, or the one-shot only Super-Bundle: a collection of rare copies plucked from the Greenboathouse archive which have been unavailable, in some cases, for years. There's only one of these bundles, so if you're at all interested, grab it quickly.

It's a beautiful day here in the Okanagan, and once this press release is sent off, I'm heading out to the boathouse to spend the afternoon reading, building a new book shelf, and tidying up the beach as the lake level begins to rise. That's where all this book business started, and that's where I'm heading today.

Thank you so much to everyone who's supported our efforts over the years, and we'll look forward to crossing paths again down the road...

Jason Dewinetz
Publisher, Editor, Designer, etc.
Greenboathouse Books
www.greenboathouse.com

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Boxcar Poetry Review - Issue #14 is Up

Just a quick note to let you know that issue #14 is now up.

www.boxcarpoetry.com

(We apologize for the delay -- normally we're up on the 15th, but fell

behind due to other deadlines.)

In this issue:

Poetry

* Derek Henderson: "The Road Along St. Jude's"

* Tammy Ho: "Elegy to a Brother Who Wrote Autobiographical Poems"

* Mara Michael Jebsen: "Summer Office With a Small View of Grand

Central"

* Christina Kallery: "Boogie Nights: A Sestina"

* Julianna McCarthy: "How It Was"

* Michelle Menting: "The Bundling Board"

* Kevin Oberlin: "The Doctor Attempts to Heal His Sister Through Her

Own Beauty"

* Matthew Olzmann: "While Scratching My Wife’s Back, I Calculate

the Distance Between Sky and Earth"

* Doug Ramspeck: "Stillborn"

* Lafayette Wattles: "Sometimes a Deer is Just a Deer"

Interviews & Conversations

* Amaud J. Johnson & Douglas Kearney

* Jay Leeming & Matthew Thorburn

Reviews

* Andrew Kozma's City of Regret reviewed by Amanda Lleshdedaj

* Purvi Shah's terrain tracks reviewed by Soham Patel

Photography

* Gabriola Island

Enjoy!

Neil Aitken, Editor

Boxcar Poetry Review

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From Randy

Below are the details to a spoken word event that I've been asked to

forward

along. Apparently Katherine has 5 people confirmed so far and she

wants 12

poets in total.

It's on the Labour Day long weekend. I don't know if there is any pay

involved. I kind of doubt it but you would get a "words of wisdom"

t-shirt.

It's from 2-3 in the afternoon. The content must be family friendly or

at

least suitable for all ages. She's looking for a variety of styles.

They

have tents so it will be a rain or shine event.

Please get a hold of Katherine if you are interested in participating.

Don't contact me...I'm just forwarding it along. Her email and phone

number

is just below.

-----Original Message-----

From: Katherine Polgrain <courage@vcn.bc.ca>

To: weslowhiskey@direct.ca <weslowhiskey@direct.ca>

Date: Monday, May 19, 2008 12:31 PM

Subject: "Speaking Words Of Wisdom" spoken word event

Hi I am contacting you to ask if you might be interested to perform at

a

spoken word event Aug 31st?

I coordinate an outdoor artist market hosted by Britannia Community

Centre

called Artful Sundays. It is outside in Napier Square starting Sunday

July

27-Sunday Aug 31st.(6 Sundays) On the last day (Aug 31)I am organizing

"Speaking Words Of Wisdom", 12 spoken word performers, each having 5

minutes, the event will be a part of the Artful Sundays finale. Can you

let

me know if you might be interested? As well please pass on this Call>

many

thanks

Katherine Polgrain

Email courage@vcn.bc.ca

Phone (604)255-3956

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Call for submissions:

Moondance magazine, an online international women's literary, culture and art journal is looking for poetry.

The theme for the summer issue is "Woman's life and the invisible."

All poetry submissions will be considered.

Deadline for submission is: June 10

To submit your poems contact poetry editor, Lys Anzia, via: lysanzia@yahoo.com

Please title your submission email: MD Poetry Submission

Link to Moondance magazine: http://moondance.org/

For more info about Moondance magazine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moondance_magazine

- LYS ANZIA

world news - book reviews - women news - stagescripts

"To accomplish anything first we must believe."

Sunday May 25, 2008

Museum of Anthropology

Artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas presents his newest book Flight of the Hummingbird. Michael will share how an indigenous parable from South

America reflects social activism in North America and has become part of a wave of environmental activism in Japan. Michael will talk about the experience of creating art as an essential aspect of being a good citizen.

2:00 pm Presentation in the Great Hall, included with admission to Museum exhibition (General $9, Students & Seniors $7, Children free) 3:15 pm Book signing and reception adjacent to the gift shop, admission is free.

A lucky audience member will win a reproduction of artwork from the book

Time: 2 – 4:30 pm

Location: Museum of Anthropology, UBC

Cost: free admission to the signing; free (children) - $9 for admission to the museum and the presentation

Contact: Tel: 604.822.5087

http://www.moa.ubc.ca

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In this informative session, librarian Annette Lorek will address the following questions:

  • What is indexing?
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  • What kind of clients do indexers have?
  • How do indexers charge for their services?
  • Is indexing a service you should offer?


ANNETTE LOREK is a librarian at Capilano College and principal of Infoplex Information Associates Inc., a company specializing in indexing services.

Pre-registration is not required. EAC members attend for free, but must
check in at the registration table to verify current membership. Non-member
admission is $10 at the door ($5 for students with valid ID).

Be sure to enter your name in our door prize draw. The winner will receive
free admission to one EAC-BC workshop (in 2008-2009). And please join us
after the program for mingling and networking over light refreshments. This
is our last meeting until September.

The YWCA is located on the west side of Hornby Street between Dunsmuir and
Pender, one block northeast of the Burrard SkyTrain Station. Parking for the
evening is available across the street for $4.00 after 6:00 pm. Street
parking is also available, although it is metered until 8:00 pm.

Peter Moskos and Gary Lund, Programs Coordinators
Editors' Association of Canada–BC Branch
bcprograms@editors.ca http://editors.ca/branches/bc/meetings

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Hi everyone,
 
Long time no communicate!  Just wanted to let you know that I am 
starting a new salsa dance team for local salsa shows.  Any 
accomplished dancers will get the opportunity to perform 
internationally.
  
For more information, please contact me at 604-685-2846
New beginner salsa classes start on Monday May 26 - June 23 at Coal 
Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton St at Hastings.
 
For classes on Tuesday at UBC, Wednesday at SFU, Thursday at West End 
Community Centre, and Fridays at YWCA, please contact me at 604-685-
2846.
We are working on a brand new website that will be launched in a 
couple of weeks at BCDANCE.com
  
Cheers,
Nestor
604-685-2846
www.bcdance.com

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Hi Folks,

Well, this will be a short letter.
Let's start with an update on the concert. I am doing a solo show at Trinity
St. Paul's on Bloor St. in Toronto. There will also be a number of special
guests, some longtime musical collaborators, and some new musical friends.
As of today, tickets are available online through TICKETPRO


www.ticketpro.ca

It would be great to play for a full house so I hope to see you there.
I know a lot of you will be there in spirit because you live far away.
I wish I could make a tour out of this, but that is sadly
impossible. I am having fun choosing repertoire for this show. There
are so many tunes I'd like to do, and it is proving hard to narrow it
down. But ultimately, that's for me to figure out and for you to enjoy.
On other fronts, I am busily whittling away

on the Stewed Tomatoes album.

By this Thursday, it will be half mixed. All the parts are
recorded, and it won't be long before it is done. The album with
Nuala Kennedy is also coming along well. Now the only thing I have to
figure out is when to sleep!

Nothing like being in a race where the starter pistol uses live ammo!
You do run faster and act more alert. You have to.

More later from the tall guy,

Oliver

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com


Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest Vol 2, No 11


Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Digest
Volume 02 : Number 11
Monday, May 12, 2008


This is the latest digest update 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 in Vancouver, Canada on June 12th-15th, 2008. With less than one month now remaining to the opening bell, we once again have several updates to share:

Welcome to Newly-Registered Delegates:
First off, we would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to delegates who have registered on-line over recent weeks and are new to this listserv. In concert with the conference website (see below), we are using these digests as a means of disseminating conference information to members (we anticipate two or three more updates through to the conference launch on June 12th).

On-Line Registration Continues to June 4th:
This is just a gentle reminder that all delegates must register for the event by completing the on-line registration form http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/register.htm. We are encouraging on-line registration wherever feasible, to facilitate our assembling a reliable delegate count prior to the conference launch. As announced earlier, the web-based registration will continue to June 4th. On-site registration will also be available. On a related point, in the wake of several bogus registrations received over the past few weeks (evidently this is a common problem facing international conferences using on-line facilities), our Conference Services has closed the on-line 'pay-by-cheque' registration option on the web form https://webform.sfu.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WebForm.woa/wa?conf.madness.citizen for participants outside of North America, Australia and the UK. On-line credit-card-based registration services remain in effect for all delegates.

Gallery Gachet, Social Justice & Citizenship Working Group, and Thursday, June 12th Reception:
I am delighted to announce that the renowned Gallery Gachet http://www.gachet.org/index.php?msg=home, one of the MCSJ participating organizations, will be offering their venue for our conference reception on Thursday, June 12th, 4:30 pm. Gallery Gachet is located at 88 East Cordova Street, just five city blocks from the Harbour Centre site. Thanks to the generosity of the SFU Institute for the Humanities Social Justice and Citizenship Working Group (sponsor for the reception), food will be served and a cash bar will be available. Further, in connection with the 2008 World Mad Pride Biennale "One Flew West: Old Landmarks, New Topographies," Gallery Gachet will be serving as co-presenter for two conference panels (Sessions 11 and 24), and for the June 13th premiere of Monique Cartesan's film Crazy About Laurel House. Additional details on One Flew West are available on our website home page http://www.sfu.ca/madcitizenship-conference/ and on the Gallery Gachet site http://www.gachet.org/site/news.php?id=114. Please do consider getting involved in this important event (the deadline for submissions to One Few West is May 23rd). For all of the above, thanks are due in particular to Cherise Clarke, WMP Coordinator, Gallery Gachet Executive Director Irwin Oostindie and the GG collective; and to the Social Justice and Citizenship working group members.

Titicut Follies and Juvenile Court on Friday, June 13th:
Pacific Cinémathèque
recently posted its June schedule, including the Friday, June 13th screenings of Titicut Follies (7:00 pm) and Juvenile Court (9:00 pm) in collaboration with the MCSJ program http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/may_jun_08/frederick_wiseman.htm#titicut . As per our earlier postings, famed director and distinguished conference guest Frederick Wiseman will be in attendance to provide an introduction and field audience questions during the intermission (commencing at about 8:20 pm). We recommend that you pre-purchase tickets for the screening(s) via the Pacific Cinémathèque website http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/calendar_jun_08.html. Please purchase early, as tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis (Adults $9.50 CAN single bill, $11.50 double bill; Seniors/Students $8.00 single bill, $10.00 double bill). Tickets will also be on sale at the theatre door, and at the conference site (regarding the latter, particulars will follow). The fine folks at Pacific Cinémathèque have kindly consented to waive their $3.00 membership fee for delegates who present their conference name tags at the door on Friday evening.

Instructions for Session Chairs:
Within the next week to ten days, we will be sending presenter email contacts to the chairs for each conference panel. If you are scheduled to chair a session, after receiving the contact information could you please get in touch with your panelists for the purpose of obtaining bio information for the brief speaker introductions; to establish the order of presentation; and to address any other issues specific to your session. As per earlier digests, we are asking that panelists confine their presentations to 20 minutes, allowing time for audience participation and general discussion (rigorous time-keeping by chairs will be appreciated). We will also be ensuring that all session rooms are equipped with overhead projector, plus computer, powerpoint software and projector/screen; and that any a-v needs specific to individual presenters get addressed (at risk of my being flagrantly redundant, please do remember, speakers, to bring your ppt files on flash drive / memory stick or dvd/cd-rom. The emails to individual session chairs will follow shortly.

Request for Billeting:
An out-of-town delegate is seeking billeting in the Vancouver area for the duration of the conference. If you believe that you can provide him with accommodation, or can make a referral, please do advise via return email (to MadConference08@shaw.ca) and I will connect you up.

With thanks as always, and very best wishes,

Bob Menzies

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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/

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Book News Vol. 3 No. 29

BOOK NEWS

The Vancouver International Writers Festival and HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. present two special events, sponsored by the UBC Writing Centre.

Simon Winchester
7:30 pm, Friday May 30 at Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
In The Man Who Loved China, Simon Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. Both epic and intimate, The Man Who Loved China tells the sweeping story of China through Needham's remarkable life, an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and mankind itself great.

A friend of the Festival reports seeing Simon Winchester talk in Philadephia this month: "Saw Simon Winchester last night at the Free Library, talking about the Needham book. He was GREAT, and what he had to say about Needham and writing the book was...I'm struggling for the right words here..."spell-binding", captivating", "compelling", I don't know, none seem to fit. But he was totally absorbing, and very generous with his audience."

Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 604.280.3311 or www.ticketmaster.ca. Information:
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/ or call 604.681.6330.

An Evening with Barbara Kingsolver
7:30 pm, Thursday May 29 at Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
This event is sold out!

The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents the sixth annual

A Dram Come True
Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sampling
Sample a variety of single malts, including rare bottlings not otherwise available in BC. Limited edition bottlings of rare malts and other select items will be available at auction.
7:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, June 6 in a Shaughnessy heritage home
Tickets: $75 Order on line at
https://www.writersfest.bc.ca/secure/secure_ticket_orders.php or call 604 681 6330 ext 104.

Donate Your Aeroplan Points!
Bring internationally renowned authors to the 21st annual Vancouver International Writers Festival by donating your points. In case there's been any confusion, we are asking for your Aeroplan points, not your Airmiles (blue card).
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/airmiles


This week in Writers' Rooms we enter Spider Robinson's "Fortress of Solitude," a former potter's studio in his backyard.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/rooms

Carol Ann Duffy is poised to become Britain's next poet laureate, notably the first woman to hold the 400-year-old office.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2280870,00.html

A statue of iconic Canadian poet Al Purdy, who died in 2000, was unveiled this week in Queen's Park, Toronto.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/05/21/purdy-statue-unveil.html

Why aren't any Canadian authors on the shortlist for the Best of the Booker? For a little drama follow this link:
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/05/20/f-best-of-the-booker.html

The Globe & Mail rates the latest eReader by Sony.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080514.wgtkapica0515/BNStory/Technology/columnists

AWARDS

Toronto author Lawrence Hill has won the main Commonwealth Writers' Prize for his novel The Book of Negroes.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/05/19/hill-commonwealth-prize.html

Montreal-based translator Sheila Fischman has received a Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded annually to Canadians in the arts and social sciences for lifetime achievement in their field.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2008/05/21/molson-prize.html

Belgian-born cognitive scientist Paul Verhaeghen has won this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for his novel Omega Minor. He plans to donate the prize money to the American Civil Liberties Union.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/

BOOKS & WRITERS

Maggie Helwig's third novel Girls Fall Down " gives fresh and intelligent thought to our responsibility for the people around us," writes the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080517.BKMAGG17/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Kill All the Judges, the latest from William Deverell, is a "well-crafted and at times raging-mad study into the complexities of a human mind in turmoil." Read the full review here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080517.BKKILL17/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Jim Bartley, first fiction reviewer for the Globe & Mail, finds "rare and riveting dissections of the human animal" in filmmaker Matt Bissonette's debut novel Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080517.BKBART17/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

The Toronto Star reviews new collections of poetry by Alison Pick and Kevin Connolly.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Books/article/426146

Ali Smith's prose in Girl Meets Boy, a retelling of Ovid's Metamorphoses, is "exuberant and subtle, humorously intelligent and provocatively dry."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080517.BKOVID17/TPStory/Entertainment/Books

Israeli writer Etgar Karat's short stories average three pages and often describe a single surreal incident. The NY Times writes that in three-page bursts, Karat "shows us an Israel no longer filled with pioneers and heroes but with ordinary people - a view from the ground, as genuine as it is bleak."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/books/review/Weisberg-t.html?ref=review

James Meek's new novel We Are Now Beginning Our Descent opens with a parody of a Tom Clancy thriller but turns out to be a "sharply observed meditation on modern war."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/books/review/Berenson-t.html?ref=review

The NY Times reviews Charles Simic's 19th collection of poetry, That Little Something.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/books/review/Pollitt-t.html?ref=review

Since Jumpa Lahiri's second collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, rose to the top of the NY Times fiction list 10 days ago, both the NY Times and Time Magazine have commented on a "fundamental shift in American Letters."
http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,2280871,00.html

Susan Sontag's son David Rieff writes about his mother's illness and fear of death in the Guardian.
http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/politicsphilosophyandsociety/story/0,,2280793,00.html

EVENTS

EXPLORASIAN
Book launch of two new publications about Japanese Canadian history: Michiko Midge Ayukawa (Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941) and Patricia E. Roy (The Triumph of Citizenship, The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67). Thursday, May 22 at 7:00pm. RSVP to museum@nikkeiplace.org. National Nikkei Heritage Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby). Info: www.explorasian.org.

LEE DANIELLE HUBBARD
Author reads from her new novel Clan of the Dung-Sniffers. Friday, May 23 at 1:00pm. Indigo-Park Royal (900 Park Royal S., W. Van.). Info:
http://booktour.com/author/lee_danielle_hubbard.

BERNICE DAVIDSON
Author of More Moxie than Money: Three Women-One Company reads from her book. Friday, May 23 at 6:00pm. Support Services Unlimited (102-211 Columbia St. Vancouver). More info: 604.681.0295.

CROSSING LINES
A book launch for Crossing Lines feature readings from the anthology by ten of the 18 contributing poets who reside in BC. Hal Wake, the Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, is the emcee. Vancouver Poet Laureate George McWhirter will read a selection of poems. Friday, May 23 at 7:00pm. Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace at 16th and Burrard. More information: info@thebookband.com or
http://www.seraphimeditions.com/crossing-lines.html.

TRISTAN AND ISEULT
A rare opportunity to enjoy an epic romance, one of the pillars of Western literature and lore, told by one of Canada's foremost tellers, Melanie Ray. Saturday, May 24 at 6:30pm. Cost: sliding scale between $15.00 to $20.00. Families (children 12 and older only please due to performance length and story content) $25.00. RSVP to eleanor_hannan@yahoo.ca. Our Town Cafe (245 E. Broadway).

JOHN RALSTON SAUL
The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars presents its Inaugural Symposium featuring a keynote address by John Ralston Saul entitled, "The Independent Scholar and Public Intellectual in a Corporatist Era". Saturday, May 24th at 7:30 pm. Admission to the keynote lecture is $10. Reservations required, call 778-782-5100. SFU, Vancouver, Harbour Centre. 515 W. Hastings St. The Symposium continues on Sunday, May 25th with Max Wyman, Chuck Davis, Jim Green, Paul Whitney and others. To register, visit www.independentscholars.net.

WORLD POETRY
Poetry and music in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, hosted by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, May 26 at 7:30 pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

MÉLANIE WATT
Three appearances by the author/illustrator of the Scaredy Squirrel series. Wednesday, May 28 at 4:00pm at Kidsbooks Vancouver (3083 W. Broadway). Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00pm at Kidsbooks Surrey (960-15033 32nd Ave.). Thursday, May 29 at 7:00pm at St. James Community Square (3214 10th Ave. W.). Ticketing and information at www.kidsbooks.ca.

STEPHEN BOWN
Reads from his book Madness, Betrayal and the Lash: The Epic Voyage of Captain George Vancouver. Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL at 604-331-3603.

THE ECHOING YEARS
Launch of The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Poetry from Canada & Ireland. Featuring readings by Gary Geddes, Susan Musgrave, Joanne Arnott, George McWhirter and many others. Saturday, May 31 at 7:00pm. Cedar Room, Ponderosa Centre, 2071 West Mall, UBC.

Upcoming

SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
Tickets to the 26th Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts are on sale by telephone only (1-800-565-9631 or 604-885-9631). Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website www.writersfestival.ca. Note: some events have already sold out!

ELIZABETH GEORGE
Elizabeth George fans rejoice! The CBC Radio Studio One Book Club welcomes Elizabeth with her new Inspector Lynley novel Careless in Red on Sunday June 8, at 11:30 am at the CBC. This is your chance to join the conversation with the writer The New York Times calls "A master of the British mystery". Sheryl MacKay will be joined by guest co-host John Burns of Vancouver Magazine. To win tickets, go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

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Hearing Voices Network and two articles re: hearing voices

Sharing our Success Stories - May 27



SHARING OUR SUCCESS STORIES

(Topic: Walking to Wellness)

A joint Vancouver Coastal Health and Coast Foundation program to inform and inspire mental health consumers, their families, friends, partners and health care professionals.

What:

§ The theme for this session is Walking to Wellness, where participants speak about their experience of walking the Vancouver Sun Run.

§ Hear success stories from other consumers who have completed the Sun Run.

§ 5 or 6 people will share the process they went through to be successful in: exercise, the arts, comedy, volunteering, going to school, singing in a choir, practicing meditation, being a peer support worker and other kinds of work.

§ A time for questions and answers at the end.



When: Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

2:00-3:30 p.m.



Where: Coast Clubhouse

Main Floor

295 East 11th Avenue (at Kingsway), Vancouver



For Information Contact:

Tom Heah, OT Ann Webborn, OT

North East Mental Health Team West Side Mental Health Team

604-253-5353 604-709-6758