Sunday, 21 September 2008

Federation Vox

Federation Vox

The Federation of BC Writers Electronic Bulletin
September 18, 2008

"Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer
experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits
always before or behind."
~ Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

In this issue of the e-bulletin

FED Workshop
FBCW Board Positions
Word on the Street Vancouver
WordWorks Mailing List
Fed Reception for Caitlin Press
Wordstorm Reading Series

Opportunities & Contests
~ Four and Twenty Accepting Submissions
~ VIWF 10th Annual Poetry & Short Story Contest
~ RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
~ Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate


FED Workshop
We have four seats remaining in the Fed workshop, The View From Here: The Power of
Point of View in Fiction (and Nonfiction), presented by Lois J. Peterson taking place on
Saturday, October 11, 1 to 5 pm at the Alliance for Arts, Suite 100 - 938 Howe Street,
Vancouver. Cost: $65 ($75 for non-members). To register, contact the Fed office at

The View From Here : The Power of Point of View in Fiction (and Nonfiction)
Good control of point of view in short and long fiction, for adults and children (and in nonfiction,
too!) can determine how compelling your story is, how well you get and keep the reader's
attention, and if you manage to get your point across successfully. This workshop for emerging
and experienced writers in all genres will include discussion, examples, and lots of writing
exercises to help you get a handle on this slippery element of craft.

Popular workshop presenter Lois Peterson is the author of 101 – and More – Writing
Exercises to Get You Started & Keep You Going
(Metta Publications), and the children's
Meeting Miss 405
(Orca Book Publishers, October 2008). More information at her

FBCW Board Positions
The Federation of BC Writers would like to invite candidates for two available positions on our
board for 2008/2009: Vice President and Treasurer. For more information, contact FBCW
president Sylvia Taylor at

Word On The Street Vancouver
Vancouver's favourite celebration of reading is back for its 14th year with another jam-packed
day of author readings, exhibits, performances and all-round literary mayhem. A number of
FED members will be presenting readings and participating in panel discussions and literary
events: Norma Charles, Garry Gottfriedson, Heather Haley, Zoe Landale, Mark
Leiren-Young, Adrienne Mason, William (Bill) New
and Howard White. Howard will
be reading his piece, "How We Imagine Ourselves," published in the Fed's new anthology,
Imagining British Columbia (Anvil, 2008). Copies of the anthology will be available at the FED
booth--please join us at 4:30 for readings by our Literary Writes winners in the Authors Tent.
For a full listing of authors and events, check out the WOTS website:

WordWorks Mailing List
Last call to send in notice of address changes! If you've moved recently, please send your new
contact information, including telephone number, to our membership coordinator Barbara
Coleman at

Fed Reception for Caitlin Press
The Federation of BC Writers will host a reception for publisher Vici Johnstone of Caitlin
Press. Organized by North Regional Representative Hilary Crowley, the event will take place
on Saturday, September 20, 7 to 10 pm, at Books & Co. in Prince George. Free admission.
To RSVP, contact Hilary at or phone 250--832-3028.

WordStorm Reading Series
Island regional rep David Fraser and Cindy Shantz's monthly reading series, WordStorm has become one of the most successful reading series on the
Island. Readers are booked a year in advance and events are well attended. Check out the
website to view the photo galleries and reading schedule.


Four and Twenty Accepting Submissions
Deadline is October 3, 2008.
Four and Twenty is an online poetry journal that publishes the shortest of short form poetry.
They are now accepting submissions for its Fall 2008 edition. The guidelines are simple. All
poems must be four lines or less, containing a maximum of twenty words. There is no set theme
for the journal; however, all submissions will be judged on their ability to create a vivid picture,
evoke an emotional response, or use creative wordplay. No previously published poems will be
accepted. For a full description of submission guidelines, including author rights and permissions,
or to view the current edition of the journal, please visit Please e-mail
a maximum of five submissions to .

VIWF 10th Annual Poetry & Short Story Contest
Submit your finest prose and poetry to the tenth annual Writers Festival Poetry & Short Story
Contest, presented by the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Now in its 21st year, the
Writers Festival celebrates a world of words each October on Granville Island. The contest
deadline is 5 pm, October 26, the last day of the 2008 Vancouver International Writers &
Readers Festival. Entries may be dropped off at Book Warehouse locations, or delivered by hand
or mail to the Writers Festival office. Entries will be judged by professionals in the writing and
publishing industries. Winners will be announced by January 12, 2009. Full guidelines and prize

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
Deadline is October 31, 2008.
This annual award of $5,000 is given to a writer who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant,
under the age of 35, unpublished in book form and without a book contract, but whose literary
work must have appeared in at least one independently edited magazine or anthology. For more
information, visit

Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate
The Parliament of Canada has issued a call for nominations for the position of Parlimentary
Poet Laureate. Your mission: to promote the importance and value of poetry among all
Canadians. Terms of engagement: April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2011. Declare your interest
by September 30, 2008. In order to give equal representation to Canada's two official
languages, Poets Laureate are selected alternately from each official language community.
For the 2009-2011 term, a French-speaking Poet will be selected. For detailed information
about the nomination process, please refer to , or contact the Parliament
of Canada Information Service at 1-866-599-4999.


From the desk of

Fernanda Viveiros, Executive Director
Federation of BC Writers

P Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Pandora's News Good Morning

Well folks it seems that somewhere a whole week went by and I missed it. Honestly though I have been sick otherwise I would have had this out before. Enough of the woes of the world…. I am looking for help. I would like to put together a committee to help organize next year's festival. If you have ideas or comments or just want to make sure this event gets on the road let me know. As soon as I know there is interest out there I will set up a meeting. Thanks. Hope to see you at Word Whips this Tuesday and/or Word on the Street next Sunday. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

4th Tuesday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni.

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,

1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC


or visit

2nd Tuesday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents


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 - 9:00pm

(Sept - June. We are not meeting July and August)

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: Suzy ( or Fran (

Four dynamic arts organizations will be co-presenting an event entitled "Echoing Voices", a creative blend of visual art, poetry and spoken word in an art gallery setting. The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery and the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival together with Pandora's Collective and the Vancouver Artists Collective invite everyone to the inspirational backdrop of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery (JCC) for the echoing voices of over a dozen talented national and local poets and spoken word artists (November 13 from 7 - 9 pm). More information to come.

Other Events of Interest

The Grind Writers

A reminder that we're meeting today, 10AM - 4148 Main Street in the back.

Upcoming Grind Writers meeting dates:
Sun Sept 21
Sat Oct 4 Sun Oct 19
Sat Nov 1 Sun Nov 16
Sat Nov 29 Sun Dec 14
Sat Dec 27 Sun Jan 11/09


Thundering Word

Sign up @ 7:30

Show at 8pm sharp!!

Yes, Thundering Word is back

On "Winter Hours"!

This Sunday, Sept.21st

At the Montmartre Cafe`--4362 Main st. Van. B.C.


Toronto Slam Poet

Tomy Bewick


more great Open Mic!!

Music, Comedy, Poetry

........and more! If ya got it, bring it!

Hosted by:

Bill Mc. & Wanda-Sue

No cover-------Pass th' Hat

These earlier hours will make it easier for everyone!

Hoping to see you all there.

Good Food, Good Drinks, Great Entertainment

At the 'Mont" on Main.

T-Paul Lives!!!

Note: On Deck for Oct.5th----

The Boomchix!!


Storytelling returns with NEW times and NEW rates

PAULINE WENN, renowned Scottish teller

Comedienne and teller, ERIN GRAHAM

REG ROWE, master of droll insight

Rhythm & rhetoric of Spoken Word, BRIAN NELSON

Open Mike

Come and hear stories of Gleanings / Harvest


the sweet notes of the Accordion of Love

Sunday, September 21st 7 - 9 pm; NEW times

$ 6 public; $5 members; NEW rates;

includes tea and potluck treats

1805 Larch / 2nd Ave; enter by alley off St Mark's;

wheelchair accessible; parking














Tomy Bewick is a socially conscious artist/ family man who breathes poetry and performs death defying acts of vulnerability. Having won multiple Toronto Slams and featured throughout Ontario as well as Windsor, Detroit, Columbus and Chicago's "Green Mill", Tomy is constantly seeking to grow as a poet, performer and person. A firm believer in DIY mentality, Tomy has self-published his first chapbook, two a'cappella CD's and put forth his independent clothing designs (Diseased Disciple) each spring for the past two years. The creator/organizer for Open Minds Respect Events is also an original member of Toronto's "Slam Family" collective and a past member of the Roots Lounge Slam Team that placed second at the 2007 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Tomy will not eat your brain, but hopes to feed your mind and maybe send a shiver or two down your spine. Video footage is online at or just "Google" Tomy Bewick (he does it all the time!).











604 215 9230 for more info (RC Weslowski)


Nerd Slam

This is simply an email to let you know that the December "Alt Slam" is going to be a Nerd Slam. It will be on Monday Dec 8th at Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive (5th and Commercial.)

What that means is I'm encouraging you to come up with poems for the night. Topics can include but are not limited to comic books, science fiction, movies, cartoons, science, music, gaming, larping and so on. Write about being a nerd. Write a nerd manifesto.

My definition of Nerd is pretty broad…someone who obsesses over any particular subject. You can be a dragon nerd, you can be a history nerd, you can be a physics nerd, you can be a klezmer nerd, a cooking nerd, a baseball card nerd, a sports nerd and so on. To me it's about the obsession. Come read a 3 minute excerpt from your Master's Thesis. Perform a 3 minute taxidermy demonstration.

Let you creative juices flow. And female nerds are strongly encouraged to represent. We don't need a full on sausage party we need another hero!

There will be 2 rounds, unless we get an overabundance of people wanting to read. So come prepared with 2 poems and maybe you only do one. There will be an open mic.

Costumes are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you wear a costume.
Group pieces are encouraged. You will receive 1 extra point on your score if you perform a group piece. However I would like it if you did not do both solo work and a group piece on the same night. It allows for more people on the stage. So choose which way you would like to go.

There will be some cool prizes and cash up for grabs. We will be having a wonderful feature from Ottawa by the name of Steve Sauve.

And if you don't think you're a nerd that's ok. Use your imagination and walk a mile in another person's glasses and see if you can come up with something.

I hope to see you there.

You don't have to let me know ahead of time if you will be there but you can if you like. However you will still have to sign up the day of the slam at 8pm as per usual.



Book Launch

You are invited to the launches of new fiction by

Eileen Kernaghan, C. June Wolf, and Linda DeMeulemeester

three great books,two great launches — come to one, or come to both!

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm

White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Ave, Vancouver BC.


Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural

C. JUNE WOLF's first short-story collection

Finding Creatures & Other Stories

Sunday, October 19th, 1 to 4 pm

Grimoire's Books, #102, 319 Governor's Court, New Westminster

For directions, see


Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens


Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural

Finding Creatures & Other Stories

by C. June Wolf

Literary, science fictional, slipstream, and fantastic—Wolf's characters grapple with personal integrity and connection with others, with the imperatives to abandon fear and hate and to question cherished beliefs. A Haitian street kid with a mercurial coin, a skid-row waitress with a passion for palaeontology, and aliens inadvertently trapped in sculptures by Henry Moore—all journey side by side with a northern Native man searching for a place to bury a dead spaceman, and two teenagers who build an old-style science-fiction machine with a very modern purpose.

"Let me simply say that Wolf uses different genres, different voices, different cultures—in short whatever she needs to make the story work. What ties it all together is her sure-handed prose and a depth she brings to her writing, that indefinable element that rises up from between the lines and gives a good story its resonance."
—from the introduction by Charles de Lint

Book Launch

White Dwarf Books

2 pm, Sunday

28 September 2008

3715 West Tenth Avenue


Pulp Fiction

630 pm, Saturday

11 October 2008

2422 Main Street

Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C.June Wolf on sale October 2008 at White Dwarf, Pulp Fiction, People's Co-op Books, Abraham's Metaphysical Books, Tierra del Sol, Grimoire Books, and Vision Books, and online through A Small World and ABE Books.

Finding Creatures & Other Stories by C. June Wolf available 28 Sept. from Wattle and Daub Books


A Night to Remember with The West Coast Symphony

The West Coast Symphony is a high quality amateur orchestra dedicated to performing a wide range of orchestral works to audiences throughout the Vancouver area.

We look forward to seeing you at our next concert!

Bujar Llapaj Conductor

Sunny Qu, Piano soloist

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Leonard Bernstein Overture to Candide

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Friday, October 24th, 2008 8pm

Shaughnessy Heights United Church

1550 W 33rd Avenue


Sunday October 26th, 2008 2pm

Michael J. Fox Theatre

73737 MacPherson Avenue


Directions and Orchestra information can be found at (604) 438-0077



Book it! The Word On The Street is just around the corner …

The Word on the Street is one of Canada's biggest annual book and

magazine events with festivals taking place in Vancouver, Toronto,

Kitchener, and Halifax simultaneously.

Vancouver's The Word on the Street is back for its 14th year with

another full free day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits,

performances, a marketplace, and all-round books and reading fun

and frolic—Sunday, September 28 at Library Square (Homer and

Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia).

Among the many authors and acts booked for 2008 are: Gabor Maté (In the Realm of Hungry

Ghosts), Ian Ferguson (How to be a Canadian), Meg Tilly (First Time), Mel Hurtig (The Truth

About Canada), Karen X. Tulchinsky (The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky), Seattle comic book

artist Peter Bagge, Steven Galloway (The Cellist of Sarajevo), Vancouver's Poet Laureate George

McWhirter (The Incorrection), and Richard Wagamese (One Native Life).

Plus, there'll be a massive marketplace with books, magazines, and other stuff for sale; new literary

magazine mini-stages; a Family Literacy Tent with information about families, literacy and lifelong

learning; many First Nations authors and books; and visual exhibits, talks, and panels.

The always-popular AUTHORS TENT will feature: James Glave (Almost Green: How I Built an Eco-

Shed, Ditched My SUV, Alienated the In-Laws, and Changed My Life Forever); humourist Mark

Leiren-Young (Never Shoot a Stampede Queen); and, TV personalities, The Smart Cookies (The

Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough).

Fun at the MAIN STAGE includes: spoken word legend C.R. Avery;

singer-songwriter, Rose Melberg; Klezmer-Ladino-Israeli musicians

Y'teev; the King of the Ukelele, Ralph Shaw; and, the Vancouver

Poetry Slam Team.

The CANADA WRITES tent is chock full of fiction, non-fiction, anthologies, mysteries and more.

Audiences can check out acclaimed writers for teens Susan Juby (Getting the Girl: A Guide to

Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery) and Meg Tilly (First Time); authors who are

making a difference Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (The Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the

Environment) and Pummy Kaur (What Would Gandhi Do?); a celebration of BC with Howard White

(Imagining BC) and Jean Barman (British Columbia: Spirit of a People); books that deal with issues

surrounding polygamy—Daphne Bramham (The Secret Lives of Saints) and Norma Charles (The

Girl in the Backseat); mystery authors Linda Richards (Death Was the Other Woman) and Roy

Innes (West End Murders); and, many more.

And, THE WORD "UNDER" THE STREET, along with an exhibition of comic

book artists and illustrated 'zine producers, will feature: the very popular Art

Class with Robin Thompson; comic book artist and writer Peter Bagge

(best known for '90s comic book series HATE); and, panel discussions. And,

in the Alma Van Dusen room downstairs in the library are Writing Talks, a

series of panels about writing that always fill up quickly! Queuing is


This year, The Word On The Street features a brand new MAGAZINE LIFE

TENT that includes demos, performances and discussions like No-brainer

containers courtesy of Canadian Gardening; Stay true to your beliefs and

pay your bills with SharedVision; Science Experiments with YES Mag

and KNOW for kids; and, Interactive Art with one cool word magazine's

Maria in the Shower. Rounding out the day will be writer-focussed sessions

presented by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers.


CORNER highlights include readings by: Linda Bailey (Stanley at Sea);

Duane Lawrence (Sammy Squirrel and Rodney Raccoon: A Stanley Park

Tale); two books with First Nations' themes Nicola Campbell's Shin-Chi's

Canoe and Elizabeth Denny's Jenneli's Dance; Deborah Hodge (Who

Lives Here?); Robert Heidbreder (Crocodiles Play); and, Lisa Cinar (The

Day it All Blew Away).

And last, but certainly not least, is THE POETRY TENT where Poetry in

Transit XII will be launched. Peruse all 16 poems—including poems by George Stanley, Garry

Gottfriedson, and Matt Rader—on a bus on site. Plus, there's a full slate of readings, which include

Shannon Stewart (Penny Dreadful); Zoë Landale (Once a Murderer); and, World Poetry by

Adelene Da Soul, Lucia Gorea, Seann Traviller, and Peter Lojewski.

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver's annual celebration of reading brings visitors

face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last

Sunday of September. Explore a marvellous marketplace, author readings, hands-on demos,

musical entertainment, children's activities, and much more. For details, check out


One Day Only | 11am to 5pm | Sunday September 28, 2008 at Library Square

Admission: FREE!! Full details at


Media Contact: Karen Green, Rebus Creative: 604.684.8266

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective