Sunday, 20 July 2008

Book News Vol. 3 No. 37


Matt Rader, featured in this week's Writers' Rooms, says that his writing habits have less to do with a particular room and more to do with the idiosyncrasies of his personality and body. Rader is the author of two collections of poetry, Miraculous Hours and Living Things.

Eurithe Purdy plans to sell the rural home she and her late husband, poet Al Purdy, bought in 1957 in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, when they were desperate to escape Montréal.

Vancouver resident John Meier has a book collection unlike any other, comprising Governor General Award winners dating back to 1936.

Kay Ryan, who has been described as a "thoughtful, bemused, affectionate, deeply skeptical outsider," will be named the new poet laureate of the US today.


A long list of 16 titles has been unveiled for the lucrative Dylan Thomas literary prize, an international award aimed at honouring talented writers under the age of 30.

Kate Summerscale's The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, full of melodrama, murder, suspense and courtroom drama, has been awarded the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction.,,2290991,00.html


The short stories in Nigerian writer Uwem Akpan's debut short story collection, Say You're One of Them, take as their subjects a young boy and girl who are sold into semi-slavery when their parents are diagnosed with AIDS, a family sniffing glue to stave off hunger, and a girl whose mother is killed by a Hutu mob. The Toronto Star calls the stories skillfully written "dispatches" from a journey that has only begun.

The Globe & Mail writes that Joseph O'Neill's new novel Netherland is not only a book about the scars of 9/11, but also about "a man's love for his family, and his desire to reconnect with a sport that he loved as a boy, in order to ease his pain."
Listen to Slate's Book Club, Stephen Metcalf, Meghan O'Rourke, and Katie Roiphe, discuss O'Neill's novel.

The Toronto Star reviews two new collections of Canadian poetry: Spirit Engine by John Donlan and The Crooked Good by Louise Bernice Halfe.

David Sedaris, interviewed here by the CBC, talks about his fashion sense, writing about his family, and a recent book signing at Costco.

The Guardian lavishes praise on Leonard Cohen, who is on tour right now in the UK.

Ian McEwen writes about meeting the brother he never knew he had until 2002.,,2290565,00.html

These last two links are for your listening pleasure. Listen to Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and more read their own work.

The latest in British hip hop poetry and spoken word can he heard here on the BBC's Bespoken Word.


Author of Simple Recipes, The Chinese Violin and Certainty reads from her works. Thursday, July 17 at 3:00pm, free. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver. More information at 604.822.3310.

Readings by local authors Catherine Hanrahan (Lost Girls and Love Hotels) and Madeleine Thien (Simple Recipes). Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm, free. BC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More information at

The 6th annual festival features Sharon Butala, Maggie de Vries, Jack Hodgins, Brian Payton and many more. July 17-20, 2008. Complete information at:

Author (who writes under the pen name of Michael Slade) presents his new novel Crucified. Saturday, July 19 at 1:00pm, free. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. More information: 604.431.0463.


The 5th annual outdoor festival established to raise public awareness regarding the on-going literary events, programs and resources available in the community. Saturday July 26 from 12pm to 8:00pm. Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Bring a picnic and blanket and stay for the whole day! Complete schedule and information can be found here

Calling all book lovers and aspiring writers ages 11 to 16! Sharpen your pencils, stretch your typing fingers, and spark your imagination! This unique day camp lets youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. Our inclusive program welcomes youth who want to try creative writing for the first time, aspiring authors with mountains of manuscripts, and everyone in between. August 11-15. Cost: $200 (includes a copy of the anthology). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street. Complete information and registration forms can be found at

Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices... with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens. 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). August 14-17. Complete details and the list of authors is on the Festival website Note: some events have already sold out!

The 5th Annual Kootenay Bookweekend will be held in Nelson, B.C. on September 19, 20 & 21st. The celebrity author in attendance will be Jack Hodgins, Governor General's Award winner and bestselling author. His book to be discussed is Broken Ground. The other selections for this year are: To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering, The Rug Merchant by Meg Mullens and Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje. Come join other passionate page turners for this stimulating event. For more information visit, or email, or call Victoria at 250-352-6197.

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Events to change mental health system - 2008

MindFreedom International News - 17 July 2008 - please forward

A Few 2008 Events About Changing the Mental Health System

The calendar of events below, in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and UK
may be of interest to those who passionately care about human rights
and alternatives in the mental health system.

[Disclaimers: Most but not all events are organized by MindFreedom or
sponsor groups. Listing is not necessarily endorsement. The
organizers are solely responsible for their content. Date listed is
start date. This listing is not meant to be comprehensive. If your
event is not yet listed you may submit e-mail to ]

For more info and links for below events go to:



Mad Pride Week in the City of Toronto - The Mayor of Toronto even
officially declared a Mad Pride Day! This wonderful series of events
is already underway, but there is still time to attend. A bed push
parade and party is scheduled for July 19, and a Mad Pride brunch on
the morning of July 20.

Watch for organizers from new affiliate, MindFreedom Ontario!

14 - 20 July 2008



BonkersFest - Poses the question 'De-normalisation: The next civil
rights movement?' This free event will take place on the actual area
where the infamous Bedlam was located. Past BonkersFests have drawn
three thousand participants.

BonkersFest is a showcase of mad creativity providing a day of
inspiring performance, art and music for the whole community.

19 July 2008



Mad Pride Asheville - "Part of a 9-nation disorganization of similar
festivals, featuring week-long festivals in London and Toronto and
others in Portland OR, Montreal, and various other cities in the US,
Canada, Belgium, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa and Ghana."

19 July 2008



A vigil co-sponsored by MindFreedom International to remember Esmin
Green, who died so publicly while waiting in King County Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Room:

25 July 2008



July 31, 2008 is the deadline for MindFreedom to receive a matching
grant by raising a grand total of $500.00 from first-time donors. If
we reach this goal, the Helios Resource Network will double the total
amount donated by granting MindFreedom $500.00 in matching funds.

If you would like to help us reach this goal, and support human
rights and alternatives in mental health, please become a MindFreedom
member today by donating any amount -- small or large -- to MFI
through the Helios Resource Network.

For information on how to make your tax-deductible donation count
toward the Helios grant, please go directly to this Helios Web page

Or read more about this important opportunity here:

But act now! The deadline is 31 July 2008!



Education Day on Human Rights & Alternatives in Mental Health -
"PRAWI of New Zealand is a sponsor group in MindFreedom
International. Director Anna de Jonge announces PRAWI is holding an
all-day educational event using DVD's from the conferences of the
International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology."

17 August 2008



Asylum! Conference and Festival - From the organizers: "The
conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners
and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental
health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology
('Big Psy') and the pharmaceutical industry ('Big Pharma'), and
alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like 'schizophrenia' and
'paranoia'." This event is being held on the Elizabeth Gaskell
Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

10-12 September 2008



NARPA 2008 Conference - This year the NARPA conference will be held
at the University of Texas at Austin, and will feature speakers
Michael Perlin, Catherine Penney, and Susan Stefan, and others.

1-4 October 2008



International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry's
2008 conference - The ICSPP is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This
is an excellent conference, especially to network dissident mental
health professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.

10-12 October 2008



Alternatives 2008 - Since the 1980's, the US federal government helps
fund a large conference of several hundred mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivors, many of whom are leading consumer-driven
projects such as support groups and drop-in centers.

29 October - 2 November 2008


ACTION: Please forward this events calendar!

For more info and links for above events go to:


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New DVD: "Little Brother, Big Pharma"!


Wherever you live, volunteer today for human rights and alternatives
in mental health!

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Sacred Circle 26 July 2008

Hello members,
I would like to invite you to join in Sacred Circle this month. The first gathering will be this Saturday, July 12th. The second gathering will be Saturday, July 26th. This month I will introduce some techniques for releasing emotion distress through sound and movement. Call me if you are interested in coming or if you need more information.

Sacred Circle

A celebratory gathering for folks who love to sing, drum, chant, tone, meditate, visualize, laugh, share healing ritual, and creatively connect through dance.
Sacred circle offers a sanctuary for deepened awareness.

Takes place 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
7:30 – 9:30 PM at Satnam Yoga Centre
203 – 106 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

For more information contact Rose at 778-340-6105