Friday, 13 June 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 32


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This week in Writers' Rooms Charlotte Gill discloses her preference for "cubby-like" writing spaces, natural light optional.

Farley Mowat, now 87, will see his final book Otherwise, a memoir about the beginnings of his environmental activism, published this fall.

Author Indra Sinha has begun an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi to protest the neglect of the Bohpal disaster survivors who are still suffering from the effects of the devastating 1984 chemical leak.,,2284875,00.html

17 free graphic novels for your downloading pleasure.

James Reaney, a national literary icon has passed away at the age of 81.


Montreal writer Rawi Hage has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards for his debut novel De Niro's Game.

Last year's festival participants David Chariandy and Andrew Wedderburn are among the nominees are for this year's First Novel Award.

The winners of the Aurthur Ellis Awards, which are presented in six categories for works in the crime genre, have been announced.


Quill & Quire reviews Bill Gaston's compelling new novel The Order of Good Cheer.

Russell Smith is smitten with Vancouver author Caroline Adderson's prose and ranks her most recent collection of stories, Pleased to Meet You, as his favourite book of the year so far.

Margaret Cannon delves into a handful of crime novels, among them Vancouver actor Stephen Miller's second book The Last Train to Kazan.

The Toronto Star reviews two new collections of poetry by Sachiko Murakami and Zoë Landale.

Alison Pick praises Orange Prize winner Linda Grant's latest novel The Clothes on Their Backs.

Of Amitav Ghosh's new novel Sea of Poppies, the first book in what will be a trilogy, the Guardian writes that the most impressive passages are the closest to tragedy.,,2284467,00.html

The NY Times offers an interview with Andre Dubus III and a review of his latest book The Garden of Last Days.

The Toronto Star reviews Ursula K. Le Guin's new novel Lavinia, an exciting excursion into a hidden corner of the epic world.

Michiko Kakutani is unimpressed by David Sedaris's new book When You Are Engulfed in Flames but concedes that it contains a few gems.

Hari Kunzru feels that Nam Le's debut collection of stories, The Boat, is the stock product of a creative writing program and not necessarily indicative of his future work.

The Georgia Straight interviews Salman Rushdie.

Short story guru Lorrie Moore on teaching, parenting and life in Wisconsin.,,2284277,00.html

Louise Erdrich talks about her new novel The Plague of Doves.

Haruki Murakami on the similarities between long distance running and writing novels.,,2284358,00.html


Readings of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Thursday, June 12 at 7:30pm. Rhizome Café (317 E. Broadway). More information at

Mythologist and storyteller, Michael Meade is the author of Men and the Water of Life. His new book is The World Behind the World: Living at the Ends of Time. Friday, June 13 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Film traces American poet Charles Olson's process of self-discovery and makes it clear why Kerouac, Ginsberg and others travelled to Glouchester to meet the father of literary postmodernism. Director Henry Ferrini will be present for a discussion at all three screenings. June 13-15. Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street). Info:

Author presents her new book British Columbia: Spirit of the People. Saturday, June 14 at 11:00am, free. Chapters Metrotown (4700 Kingsway). More information: 604.431.0463.

The Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC invite you to a celebration of the release of the latest books by local children's authors and artists. Saturday, June 14 at 1:00pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Eve will read from her book At Home with History: the Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Homes, then she'll tell stories about Vancouver's more interesting houses and help you get started researching your own house's history. Saturday, June 14 at 1:00pm. Indigo/Park Royal (900 Park Royal South, West Vancouver). More info:

Author will sign copies of his new book Like a Rock: The Chuck Cadman Story. Saturday, June 14 at 1:00pm, free. Chapters Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby). For more information please contact: (604) 431-0463.

Join author Karen X. Tulchinsky for a lively and intimate discussion of this year's One Book, One Vancouver selection, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky. Saturday, June 14 at 2:00pm, free. Firehall Branch (1455 West 10th Avenue). Registration required - contact Firehall Branch at 604-665-3970 to register. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Vancouver author celebrates the launch of her first collection of poetry, Wildflowers at My Doorstep, with music and song by Joanna-Chapman Smith, Tim Mar, and Zoey Wren. Saturday, June 14 at 7:00pm, free. Quaker Meeting House (1090 W. 70th).

Features the debut of the 2008 Vancouver Poetry Slam team - Scruffmouth, Radar, Faust McKenzie, Zaccheus Jackson and Al Mader. Monday, June 16 at 9:00pm. Tickets: $5. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive). For more information, contact

In his new book, In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, writer and physician Gabor Mate looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society. Monday, June 16 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. Please note: limited seating at this event. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

The author reads from The Order of Good Cheer. In alternating narratives, Gaston constructs two characters separated by time, space, and circumstance who nonetheless find common respite in celebration for its own sake. Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Three readings by best-selling author of Monkey Beach and Blood Sports. First reading: Wednesday, June 18 at 12:00pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, UBC). Second reading: Wenesday, June 18 at 7:30pm at the VPL Central Library. Third reading: Thursday, June 19 at 7:00pm at UBC Robson Square. Free admission. More information at

Join Calvin Helin, author of Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success Through Self-Reliance, as he embarks upon a 10,000 year mystical canoe journey through time and space. Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

Launch of the author's new book Last Train to Kazan. Thursday, June 19 at 7:00pm. White Dwarf Books, 3715 10th Ave. W. More info: 604-228-8223.

This Year's Category: Short Fiction, any genre (literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, etc.) First Prize: $500 and publication in WordWorks, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $150. Blind jury. Judge: Pauline Holdstock. Deadline: Postdated July 1, 2008. Web: Visit website for guidelines.

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FW: CBC radio series on mental illness to be rebroadcast

Hi all,
Last fall, CBC radio broadcast a week long series on mental illnesses. "A Cruel Confusion" will be re-broadcast next week (June 16-20) on Sounds Like Canada on CBC Radio One. It will be heard in the 3rd part of the show which begins at 11:06. In the Lower Mainland, CBC R1 is heard on 690 AM.
Check out the spotlight on mental health website: website. It is an excellent resource for information about programs, events and resources as well as the consumer and family bills of right.

Literary Writes, Magazines West and FED Workshop Deadlines

Federation of BC Writers Presents
20th Annual Literary Writes Competition
Judge: Pauline Holdstock
This Year's Category: Short Fiction, any genre
(literary, mystery, romance, speculative or science fiction)
Deadline: July 1, 2008
First Prize: $500 and publication in WordWorks

Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150
Submission guidelines:

Magazines West 2008
Magazines West, two days of seminars, panel discussions and networking
opportunities for established and emerging magazine industry professionals,
will take place on June 19 & 20 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
The event, capped with a Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony, is organized and
hosted by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers (BCAMP) and the
Western Magazine Awards Foundation. Please see attached brochure for
event details and registration.

Federation of BC Writers Workshop
Memoir Munchies: Memory in Bits & Nibbles
Instructor: Betsy Warland of The Writers Studio (SFU)
Saturday, June 28, 1 to 5 pm. Register by June 20.
Alliance for Arts & Culture Boardroom,
Suite 100 - 938 Howe Street

Like munchies, memory comes to us in bits & nibbles. For those interested in writing
memoir or who are in the midst of writing a memoir, the narrative material itself can
seem insatiable! In this workshop we will look at ways your lived experience can best
inform you about how to access story-building; how to identify your memoir's specific
writing process, and how to discover a form that recreates your lived experience to
satiate your readers. Applicable devices of fiction and contemporary trends in memoir
will also be discussed. Participants may submit up to five pages of a work-in-progress
to the instructor, Betsy Warland, prior to the workshop for written feedback. This will
assist her in customizing the workshop and providing specific advice tailored to the
needs of the participants. To register, email by June 20. Class size
limited to 12 participants. Cost is $75 and includes light refreshments and written
feedback on writing sample.