Thursday, 6 November 2008

'Frames of Mind' November Screenings

The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present

Wednesday, November 19 - 7:30pm
at Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver

Canada 2008. Director: Lyne Charlebois
Cast: Isabelle Blais, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Angèle Coutu, Sylvie Drapeau, Laurence Carbonneau


Earning well over $1 million in Quebec, this certifiable box office smash in la belle province has yet to make it to English Canada in any significant way. And that's a real shame, for Lyne Charlebois' debut feature film is a stunner – a compelling, visually striking film featuring a standout, fearless performance from Isabelle Blais. Reminiscent of C.R.A.Z.Y. and Leolo, Charlebois' film tackles themes of familial madness, sexual confusion and problems with burgeoning creativity, seen entirely from a female point of view. The film follows Kiki (Blais) through two periods in her life, as well as flashbacks to a childhood that encompasses an institutionalized mother, an ailing grandmother and an absent father. At 20, Kiki is a Courtney Love look-alike with self-destructive sex, drugs, booze and rock n' roll habits; at 30, as a literature grad student and burgeoning writer, Kiki is in the midst of a disastrous affair with her much older (and very married) thesis advisor, Tcheky (Betty Blue's Jean-Hughes Anglade). Blais and Anglade take up a lot of screen time engaging in some graphic and at times very explicit sexual behaviour, but the intent of the filmmaker was not to shock but rather to illuminate a character who continues to confuse sex and love. "In the era of the "real sex" film (Shortbus, 9 Songs et al.), [these scenes] are really not such a big deal; it's not the physical nudity but the emotional rawness that makes Blais's performance so brave." (Malcolm Fraser, Montreal Mirror)
Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 110 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Dr John Wagner and Dr. Alina Wydra

Dr. John Wagner is a Registered Psychologist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC. He is the Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver, which specializes in providing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - currently the most widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder – to adolescent and adult clients.

Dr. Alina Wydra is a Registered Psychologist whose practice covers the entire gamut of human relationships, including sexuality. In this context she has facilitated therapy groups for sexually addicted people such as the protagonist in the film Borderline.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

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$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
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Perspective is Relative - Rendevouz with Madness Film Festival

Opium: Diary of a Madwoman
Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 7 PM at the Workman Theatre, Toronto, ON
Hungary 2007 Director: János Szász

Co-presented by Frames of Mind

Gizelle writes obessively. Locked in a psychiatric asylum only Dr. Brenner realizes that a cure lies in her writing. But is it Gizelle he wants to cure or himself?

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Fwd: Book News Vol. 3 No. 52


Mary Lou Finlay: As It Happened
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Knopf Canada present the former host of As It Happens who will talk about her new book, The As It Happens Files.

7:30pm, Wednesday November 26
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
6354 Crescent Road

Special event ticket prices: $15/$13 Students and seniors. Vancouver Tix surcharges will apply to all tickets purchased through Vancouver Tix on-line or by phone. Tickets are now available through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849).

The Globe and Mail discusses a trio of novels that capture the unease of the zeitgeist.

Seven leading US authors reflect on George W. Bush's eight years in the White House, and the type of America that the 43rd president is leaving behind.

Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose interviews with ordinary Americans helped establish oral history as a serious genre, has died at the age of 96.

Michael Crichton, author of The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World, has died at the age of 66.


Author Bill Richardson and illustrator Cynthia Nugent have been named the recipients of the second Time to Read: BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy for The Aunts Come Marching.

This year the John Llewellyn Rhys prize, intended to go to the best work of literature-fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama-by a UK or Commonwealth writer aged 35 or under, features an all male shortlist.


Otherwise, Farley Mowat's memoir, is an "eloquent, passionate, witty and beautifully written work," writes the Globe & Mail.

Deborah Ellis' latest book, Lunch with Lenin, is a "powerful and skillfully executed collection of short stories about the impact of drugs, alcohol, and addiction on the lives of young people," writes Quill & Quire.

The Toronto Star reviews new collections of poetry by veteran performance poets Robert Priest and Sheri-D Wilson.

The CBC talks to David Bergen about the impetus for his new novel, The Retreat, about writing from the point of view of a four-year-old, and what his next novel will be about.

Kate Atkinson talks about the origins of her bestselling novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

The Guardian talks with Toni Morrison about her new novel, A Mercy, and John Updike offers a review in The New Yorker.

Slate Magazine writes that Roberto Bolaño's enormous novel, 2666, that he had almost completed when he died at 50 in 2003, has the "confident strangeness of a masterpiece."

Stephen King's new collection of stories, Just After Sunset, exposes potential nightmares in even the most mundane experiences. Read a review in the NY Times and an interview in Salon.


Robson Reading Series presents Dragland, author of The Drowned Lands and Rogal, author of As Good as Dead. Thursday, November 6 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square bookstore (800 Robson).

Patricia Robertson, Hiromi Goto and Grant Buday discuss role fiction plays in developing imagination. Goto and Buday will also read from their works. Thursday, November 6 at 8:00pm, free. Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park, UBC). Information: 604.822.0676.

An intercultural exchange of readings and performances by student writers from Kuper and Galiano Island. Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm, free. Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings St. More information at

Book launch for Peter Culley's pictorial essay on the human-canine connection. Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm, free. Presentation House Gallery (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver).

Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch present this new anthology which features new unpublished poetry and poetics from 108 BC poets, many of whom will be reading their work at this program. Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm, 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.

Author of What a Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring discusses the issues and events surrounding Silent Spring's publication and its role in current public debate. Friday, November 7 at 7:30pm, free. Labatt Hall (Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings).

Talk and book signing by author of Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness. Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm. Banyen Books, 3630 4th Ave. W.

Readings by Jennica Harper (What It Feels Like for a Girl) and Lee Henderson (The Man Game). Saturday, November 8 at 7:00pm, free. Pulp Fiction, 2422 Main St. Information at

Morris takes the stage to tell stories of fear, doubt, dread, and the grotesque side of human nature. Sunday, November 9 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $12. Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield, North Vancouver).

Readings and conversations with Sheila Heti, author of The Middle Stories and Ticknor. Monday, November 10 at 7:00p.m. Admission free but space is limited so please reserve a seat at Segal Centre (Room 1400) SFU Harbour Centre.

Author of Why Walk When You Can Fly: Soar Beyond Your Fears and Love Yourself and Others Unconditionally, offers a comprehensive introduction into her spiritual teachings. Monday, November 10 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

Vancouver Memory Collective and GEIST present Sheila Heti, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Faith Moosang, Christopher Grabowski and Marcus Youssef. Tuesday, November 11 at 1:00pm, free. Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St.

Poet, critic and author Stephen Collis reads from his work. Thursday, November 13 at 7:00pm. South Building Room 406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Author reads from her latest collection of poetry, Treble. Thursday, November 13 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages & snacks will be provided & the author will autograph your copy of her book. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 8th Ave. W.). More information at

Author signs copies of her latest in the Women of the Otherworld series, Living with the Dead. Thursday, November 13 at 7:00pm. Chapters Metrotown, Burnaby. Information: 604.431.0463.

Award-winning author Jean Barman will be giving a slide-show presentation and signing copies of her new book British Columbia: Spirit of the People. Friday, November 14 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen room, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch.

Spoken word, poetry and visual art by Adam Sol and 12 others. Thursday, November 13 at 7:30pm, free. Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, 950 41st Ave. W. Information: 604.257.5111.


Appearances by Jo Blackmore, Dennis Foon, Edeet Ravel, Bonnie Stern and many others. November 22-27. Jewish Community Centre (41st and Oak, Vancouver). For complete details, visit

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive 2009 runs from early January to the end of May. It is a unique face-to-face intensive in which your mentor initially reads and assesses your entire manuscript. A five-month plan for necessary revisions, reshaping, and new writing is then tailored for each writer. You will have five in-depth consults plus three mentor-led group meetings with other VMI writers. VMI mentors are authors Betsy Warland and Claudia Casper. Deadline for applying is December 1st, 2008. For all details go to

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to announce its fourth annual Cherry Blossom Festival during March/April 2009 and invites poets from British Columbia and around the world to submit one unpublished haiku about the cherry blossom in the spirit of international friendship. Selected haiku will become part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Musically Speaking concert on March 28th, 2009, and be displayed on Vancouver TransLink city buses and SkyTrain cars during March and April. Please visit for full submission details. Submissions must be received by December 19th, 2008.

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