Saturday, 31 January 2009

Book launch invitation!


Greetings Folks and Poetry Lovers,

Be lovely to see you there!

Please pass on to any kindred spirits.

Thanks.


Joy

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Please join us in celebrating the launch of Tightrope Books' new
anthology series, The Best Canadian Poetry in English. This year's
collection of poetry, edited by Stephanie Bolster, is the first in an
annual series showcasing poems published in Canadian literary
journals. The evening's festivities will include readings by
contributors, and a performance of music and spoken word by Leanne
Averbach & Indigo.

Saturday February 7th, 2009
7:00 pm (readings start at 7:30)
Montmartre Café
4362 Main Street
Vancouver
Free Admission

About the anthology:
From a long list of one hundred poems drawn from Canadian literary
journals magazines, this year's guest editor, award winning poet
Stephanie Bolster, has chosen fifty of the best Canadian poems
published in 2007. With this anthology readers, baffled by
proliferating poems and poets, can for the first time tap into the
remarkable and vibrant Canadian poetry scene. Readers are invited to
explore the currents and cross-currents of poetry in a distinguished
volume distilled by a round robin of esteemed editorial taste.
Find out more: http://www.tightropebooks.com/anthology.html

Readings by:
Yvonne Blomer
Amanda Lamarche
Matt Rader
Keith Maillard
Joy Russell
Leanne Averbach
Maleea Acker
Anna Swanson

Leanne Averbach & Indigo:

FEVER with Leanne Averbach & Indigo is a sultry fusion of the spoken
words of Vancouver/New York poet Leanne Averbach and the original
blues/jazz accompaniment of Astrid Sars' band trio INDIGO.
Find out more: http://www.leanneaverbach.com/index.html

Friday, 30 January 2009

New Expressive Arts Group Location




Dear Members,
Our Expressive Arts Group has moved from Richmond to Vancouver. It is now being held every Monday from 1pm to 3pm at the Gallery Gachet. Network members can attend this group for free. All kinds of art work is done and Bernadine, our facilitator, is an accomplished artist who can help you get started on your art. The Gallery Gachet is located at 88 East Cordova in the downtown eastside, near Columbia and East Cordova. Feel free to drop in and check it out!
Attached is a flyer with this information.
Regards,
Ron Carten
Coordinator
West Coast Mental Health Network
www.vcn.bc.ca/vrmhn
ph. 604-733-5570

Book News Vol. 4 No. 10


BOOK NEWS

We want to hear from you!
Please take a few minutes and complete a short survey about Book News. Surveys submitted with contact information before Monday, February 9, 2009 will be entered into a draw for a two tickets to Spoken World on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30pm.
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/99042/u0ny9


The Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World
Don't miss this opportunity to catch amazing spoken word artists from around the world, on stage with the Festival's Literary Cabaret favourite Sal Ferreras and his all star band Poetic License. Two performances only!

7:30 pm February 18 & 20
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20/$18 students/seniors plus service charge available from www.vancouvertix.com or phone 604.629.8849. Group rates: group of 8 or more adults - $17 each plus service charges; group of 8 or more students/seniors - $15 each plus service charges. Advance purchase only. More information: www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

plus:
Spoken World workshop
A one day spoken word workshop for students in grades 9 - 12 with Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr.
9 - 4:30 pm, Saturday February 21
$35 (lunch included)
Register today by phoning 604 681 6330.
Information:
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/content/spoken-world-workshop

About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad is a series of multi-disciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture.
http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/culture-and-education/cultural-festival-and-events/-/33968/1wly9jd/index.html


How will the Conservative Budget affect the arts? The CBC offers a breakdown.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/27/arts-culture.html

Random House of Canada and Penguin Canada have opted not to attend the new fall Festival organized by Reed Exhibitions in Toronto.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090128.WBBooksblog20090128120606/WBStory/WBBooksblog/

As recently happened with the Globe & Mail, The Washington Post has decided to end the print version of Book World, its Sunday stand-alone book review section.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/books/29post.html?ref=books

Scandinavian crime fiction has risen above cult status to become this year's must-have for every genre publisher.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/scandinavian-crime-fiction

JOHN UPDIKE

John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, died Tuesday at the age of 76.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/01/27/books/AP-Obit-Updike.html?ref=books

American authors honour Updike:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/28/johnupdike-fiction
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/remembering-upd/
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/opinion/29moore.html?emc=eta1
Canadian authors on Updike:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090128.wbkupdiketributes28/BNStory/globebooks

Requiem, a poem from Updike's forthcoming collection Endpoint and Other Poems, printed in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/opinion/29updike.html?emc=eta1

John Updike: A life in pictures.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2009/jan/27/john-updike?picture=342403954

AWARDS

The finalists for the annual National Book Critics Circle awards have been announced.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/25/bookcritics-awards-list.html

Irish writer Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year award for his novel The Secret Scripture.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/27/costa-book.html

Naomi Klein is one of three Canadian authors to be nominated for the Warwick Prize, a new cross-disciplinary award to be given every two years by Britain's University of Warwick for a work in English.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/23/warwick-prize.html

Neil Gaiman has received the John Newbery Medal, one of the most prestigious prizes for children's literature, for his novel The Graveyard Book, the author's homage to Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/26/newbery-medal.html

Four Canadian writers have been selected to spend three months in Dawson City, Yukon, as writers-in-residence at the Berton House Writers' Retreat during the 2009-10 year.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/26/writers-retreat.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

The Georgia Straight reviews Dragonflies, a new novel by Mayne Island's Grant Buday.
http://www.straight.com/article-198443/dragonflies

The Georgia Straight calls American writer Leslie Walker Williams' The Prudent Mariner "a superb first novel." Williams is now a Vancouver resident.
http://www.straight.com/article-198441/mariner-charts-dark-secrets

Priscilla Uppal's new novel To Whom it May Concern is "about communication, the lack of it and how families can go completely awry." Here are a couple of reviews:
http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/books/Quest+happy+family/1180913/story.html
http://www.vancouversun.com/Entertainment/This+collage+called+family/1214380/story.html

The NY Times reviews acclaimed short story writer Yiyun Li's first novel, The Vagrants, which is set in Communist China and features a cast of "powerfully three-dimensional characters."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/books/29masl.html?ref=books

The best stories in British writer Ali Smith's new collection The First Person, are "sparkling and zany, fiercely intellectual yet full of humble longing."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/books/review/Russo-t.html?ref=books

Paul Quarrington praises Thomas McGuane's novel Ninety-two in the Shade in this week's column in the Globe & Mail on underappreciated books.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090123.wbkburied24/BNStory/globebooks/home

Roberto Bolano's widow and some of his friends are questioning and refuting aspects of the life story the author constructed for himself. Bolano died in 2003. His posthumous novel 2666 appeared on many lists of the best books of 2008.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/books/28bola.html?ref=books

EVENTS

GREGORY SCOFIELD
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of the memoir, Thunder in My Veins: Memories of a Metis Childhood. Thursday, January 29 at 7:00pm, free. South Building, room 406, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at:
www.ecuad.ca/node/2626.

DIGITAL STORY TELLING
Surya Govendar will show some of her stories, talk about what digital storytelling is and provide tips on how to write your own story. Friday, January 30 at 1:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

FRIDAY NIGHT WORDS
Featuring Tara Hardy from Seattle along with Duncan Shields and Lisa Slater. Friday, January 30 at 8:00pm. Cover: $5-10. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive). Information:
www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/.

WICKANINNISH INN WRITER INN RESIDENCE SERIES
Writer and DaVinci's Inquest actor Stephen Miller is writer in residence at the Wickaninnish Inn from January 30 to February 1. Stephen is the author of historical thrillers including Field of Mars and its sequel, The Last Train to Kazan. Morning and afternoon workshops on Saturday, January 31, reading and discussion 5:30 - 7:00pm. Fireside chat with Stephen on Sunday, February 1 from noon - 3pm. Tickets available for sale at Tofino's Wildside Booksellers (1-800-863-4664 or
http://tofino-kayaking.com/store-accommodations.html). Events are free of charge for guests of the Inn. www.wickinn.com.

DEAN WAREHAM
Author reads from his biography Black Postcards: A Rock 'n Roll Romance and performs a few acoustic numbers. Saturday, January 31 at 4:00pm, free. Zulu Records (1972 West 4th). Information: 604-738-3232.

POETRY SLAM
Spoken word competition featuring Mahogany Brown. Monday, February 2 at 8:00pm. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

IVAN E. COYOTE
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of The Slow Fix. Wednesday, February 4 at 10:15am, free. North Building, room 245, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island.

BANFF CENTRE INFORMATION PRESENTATION
The Banff Centre invites performing, literary, visual, and new media artists to attend an informal presentation to learn more about the Centre and its residency opportunities. Wednesday, February 4 at 3:00pm. Arts Club Upstairs Lougne (1585 Johnston, Granville Island). More information at
christine_elmgren@banffcentre.ca.

MONIKA ULLMANN
Author of The Life and Art of David Marshall discusses the Vancouver sculptor whose artistic legacy is known to only a few. Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

MICHAEL TURNER
SFU Library Noonhour Reading Series presents award-winning author reading from recent work, Thursday February 5th at 12:30. Free and refreshments will be available. Special Collections/Rare Books area, 7th floor, Bennett Library, Burnaby campus. More information:
http://www.lib.sfu.ca/whatsnew/TurnerMichael.pdf.

COLLAGE: A NIGHT OF CONNECTION
Poets Daniela Elza, Fran Bourassa, Suzy Malcolm, Wanda John, Mary Duffy, Jason Morden, Sita Carboni, and Bonnie Nish will read from their work inspired by Assia Linkovsky's exhibit Telescoptic. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Sidney And Gertrude Zack Gallery (950 W. 41st, Jewish Community Centre).

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
The Vancouver International Storytelling Festival celebrates its 17th season with a weekend of performances all on the theme of In the Beginning, featuring local favourites Kira Van Deusen, Jean-Pierre Makosso, Melanie Ray, Naomi Steinberg, EvenSteven, Wing-Siu Wong, Max Tell, Phiomena Jordan, and Helen Mintz along with UK's Janet Blake and Yukon's Pat Braden. February 6-8. Tickets $20-100 at
www.ticketstonight.ca. Heritage Hall (3102 Main).

Upcoming

BEST CANADIAN POETRY IN ENGLISH
Launch of Tightrope Books' new anthology series, featuring readings by contributors and a performance of music and spoken word by Leanne Averbach & Indigo. Saturday, February 7 at 7:00pm, free. Montmartre Café (4362 Main Street). More information at
www.tightropebooks.com/anthology.html.

GEORGE MCWHIRTER AND BARBARA PELMAN
Join Vancouver's Poet Laureate George McWhirter (The Anachronicles) and Barbara Pelman (Borrowed Rooms) for a poetry reading. Monday, February 9 at 7:30pm, free. Central Branch, Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, 350 West Georgia Street.

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2009 Festival - 20-25 October inclusive
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Canada
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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

March 14th conference on Stigma in Mood Disorders



Dear all:
The Mental Health Commission of Canada states that "Many people living with a mental illness report that the stigmatization of mental illness causes them more suffering than their disease itself".
Mood disorders disable more Canadians than any other disorder, but often treatment is not sought nor entirely effective. Research indicates that experiences and perceptions of stigma are common in depression and bipolar disorder, and this affects help seeking as well as acceptance of mood disorders as a health condition by the public. This year, CREST-BD, CANMAT and the UBC Department of Psychiatry have come together to create a conference to focus on stigma and discrimination in mood disorders. Join us at this one-day education event 'Mastering Mood Disorders: Identifying and Overcoming Stigma and Discrimination' and/or please consider sending this email on through your networks.
For full details, please view the conference flyer, available here: http://www.mhanet.ca/documents/2009/12012009_event_stigma.pdf

MDA Education Evening - February 26

Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia

Education Evening - Thursday, February 26

Sunrise Hall

1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver

The Sad Teenager: When To Be Concerned and What To Do

The Mood Disorders Association of BC is presenting an Education Evening featuring Dr. Jane Garland of BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Garland will be joined by two young adults who will tell their personal stories of their struggle with mood disorders. A question and answer session will follow. There is no charge to attend.

Please see attached poster for further details.

Thank you,

Greg Fromson
Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9
Tel. 604-873-0103
Fax 604-873-3095
mdabc@telus.net
www.mdabc.net

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Book News Vol. 4 No. 9




BOOK NEWS

The Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World
In previous Book News we have told you about our upcoming special event Spoken World and in this edition we have given you a web link where you can get more information. I can honestly say that I believe this is one of those events that will be talked about for years and that people who attend will proudly proclaim "I was there". Three of the performers have been to the Festival and we have experienced their formidable spoken word talent first hand. Regie Cabico was referred to us by the Spoken Word Festival in Calgary where he is said to have blown the roof off. I think it is safe to say that these four will never appear together in one place again, and certainly not appear with Sal Ferreras and his most excellent band. Not to be missed. I encourage you to check it out.

7:30 pm February 18 & 20
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors (Vancouver Tix surcharges will apply). Tickets available through Vancouver Tix: 604.629.8849 or online at www.vancouvertix.com. More information: www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

plus:
Spoken World workshop
A one day spoken word workshop for students in grades 9 - 12 with Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr.
9 - 4:30 pm, Saturday February 21
$35 (lunch included)
Register today by phoning 604 681 6330.
Information:
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/content/spoken-world-workshop

About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad is a series of multi-disciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture.
http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/culture-and-education/cultural-festival-and-events/-/33968/1wly9jd/index.html


Margaret Atwood's Governor General's Award winning novel The Handmaid's Tale is being reviewed by the Toronto school board after a formal complaint was issued by a parent. You can read responses to the complaint by clicking on the second link.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/16/atwood-complaint.html
http://thestar.blogs.com/parentcentral/2009/01/handmaids-tale-controversy.html

Heritage Minister James Moore has promised no cuts to Canadian arts and culture spending in the upcoming federal budget. Moore has been touring the country and meeting with arts groups in an attempt to counteract the perception that the Conservatives are "anti-arts."
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/21/james-moore.html

The Vancouver Sun lists the publishing world's naughty and nice for 2008.
http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/Publishing+world+naughty+nice+2008/1095964/story.html

This May, Random House of Canada will launch a Festival based on the New Yorker's model. Although its roster is heavily weighted toward individuals associated with Random House, organizers say they want "to do outreach in the years to come with other publishers."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090121.wwritersfest0122/BNStory/Entertainment/home

Australian writer Harry Nicolaides has been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting Thailand's royal family in a novel.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/19/australian-thailand.html

John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole of the Bailey, has died at the age of 85 following a prolonged illness.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/16/rumpole-john-mortimer-dies

AWARDS

The winners of the 10th Annual Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest have been announced.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/media/pr-15Jan09

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Poe.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/74988-poe-awards-announce-nominees.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Sebastian Barry's most recent novel, The Secret Scripture, a finalist for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, is reviewed here in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/18/books/review/Winslow-t.html?8bu&emc=bua3

The Guardian calls Gil Adamson's novel The Outlander "a rare delight: a novel that is beautifully written yet as gripping as any airport page-turner."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/17/outlander-gil-adamson-review

Robert Wiersma reviews books by 2008 Festival authors C.C. Humphreys and Kathlyn Bradshaw.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090116.wbkmons17/BNStory/globebooks/home

The Globe & Mail reviews three new collections of poetry. Correction Line by Dennis Cooley, Spirit Engine by John Donlan and The Place That We Keep After Leaving by John B. Lee.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090115.wbkpoetry17/BNStory/globebooks/home

Quill & Quire reviews two debut novels by Canadian writers, Jessica Grant's Come, Thou Tortoise, and Cathleen With's Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison.
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6389
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6414

Giller Prize-winning novelist Joseph Boyden responds to questions about his novels Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce in the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090116.wbkaskanauthor17/BNStory/globebooks/home

In the first article in a Globe & Mail series devoted to unjustly overlooked books, Jane Urquhart praises Penelope Fitzgerald's 1995 novel The Blue Flower.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090116.wbkburied17/BNStory/globebooks/home

Roberto Bolano's posthumously published book 2666 has been hailed as 'the finest novel of the present century.' The Guardian asks if the author is worthy of all the hype.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090119.wbkklos24/BNStory/globebooks/home

EVENTS

JEN CURRIN
Vancouver-based author will read from her books The Sleep of Four Cities and Hagiography. Friday, January 23 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock).

WRITEON!
Families can enjoy interactive literacy stations, readings by children's authors Margriet Ruurs and Bob Heidbreder, and free pizza in celebration of Family Literacy Week. Saturday, January 24 at 11:30am. Free admission but registration required. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Branch (350 W. Georgia). For more information please contact Literacy BC at (604) 684-0624.

EVERY DAY FICTION BOOK LAUNCH
Every Day Publishing presents The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008, an anthology of flash fiction stories selected from Every Day Fiction's first year of publication. Featuring Andrew LeBlanc, Lee Beavington, Kevin Shamel, K.C. Ball and Gay Degani. Saturday, January 24 at 4:00pm. Spartacus Books (684 E. Hastings).

WORLD POETRY: GUNG HAGGIS FAT CHOY GALA
Poetry and music celebrating Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New Year. Monday, January 26 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Poetry-slam competition featuring Sasha Langford. Monday, January 26 at 8:00pm. Admission $5/3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/.

ANDREA MACPERHSON
Please join us as author Andrea MacPherson reads from her recent novel, Beyond the Blue, and from her new poetry collection, Away. Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm, free. Britannia Branch, 1661 Napier Street.

SUE SINCLAIR
Author of Breaker reads from her work. Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30pm. Buchanan E476, 1866 Main Mall, UBC, Vancover. More information at
http://ubcgrapevine.net/.

LEAPING INTO LITERACY
Interactive session combining simple, engaging activities that connect literacy, physical activity, and healthy eating. Thursday, January 27 at 10:00am. Free admission but registration required by emailing family@literacy.bc.ca or phoning 604-684-0624 ext 113. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Branch (350 W. Georgia).

GREGORY SCOFIELD
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of the memoir, Thunder in My Veins: Memories of a Metis Childhood. Thursday, January 29 at 7:00pm, free. South Building, room 406, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at:
http://www.ecuad.ca/node/2626.

WICKANINNISH INN WRITER INN RESIDENCE SERIES
Writer and DaVinci's Inquest actor Stephen Miller is writer in residence at the Wickaninnish Inn from January 30 to February 1. Stephen is the author of historical thrillers including Field of Mars and its sequel, The Last Train to Kazan. Morning and afternoon workshops on Saturday, January 31, reading and discussion 5:30 - 7:00pm. Fireside chat with Stephen on Sunday, February 1 from noon - 3pm. Tickets available for sale at Tofino's Wildside Booksellers (1-800-863-4664 or
http://tofino-kayaking.com/store-accommodations.html). Events are free of charge for guests of the Inn. www.wickinn.com.

ENTER VR'S SUSTAINABLE FICTION CONTEST!
What is a sustainable short story? VR invites you tell them, in 1,500 to 2,500 words. Deadline March 16, 2009. Information: www.vancouverreview.com/.

SEARCH FOR THE GREAT BC NOVEL OR NOVELLA CONTEST
Writing contest open to all writers living in British Columbia. Deadline: May 31, 2009. Complete information at www.mothertonguepublishing.com.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Brenda Berck, Clea Young, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

To unsubscribe, please visit
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/booknews.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * *
2009 Festival - 20-25 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
Canada
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Monday, 19 January 2009

Mary Ellen Copeland - THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK: A Guide to Developing and Maintaining Lasting Connections



The ABCs of Loneliness

A = All of us have been lonely at different times in our lives, even the prom Queen, Hollywood stars, and famous sports figures.

B = Beating loneliness is achievable whether you are lonely part of the time or as a way of life.

C = Copeland – Mary Ellen, that is, who has written a comprehensive book called THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK: A Guide to Developing and Maintaining Lasting Connections, which will take you step-by-step through the maze of loneliness and out the other side to a more friendly and supportive lifestyle.

In the prelude to THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, says, "I have wanted to explore how other people resolve the issue of loneliness in their lives for a very long time, for as long as I have been aware of how good it feels to be closely connected with others – and how terrible it feels to be alone and unsupported."

To gather information for this book, Mary Ellen conducted a "Loneliness Study" with volunteers from her workshops, friends, colleagues, and her website – www.mentalhealthrecovery.com. She says, "the key thing she learned from all of them is that there is hope. You can change your life and shape it the way you want it to be."

Because it is a workbook, you can write in it and get the benefit of exercises and activities that will help you understand the dynamics of loneliness and how you can move toward developing the kind of life you want.

THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK explores loneliness and how it relates to you in your life. It helps you determine what kinds of friends and supporters you would like to have and how to build these kinds of relationships. Often loneliness is associated with negative thinking, so positive thinking is addressed. There are many ideas about how to relieve loneliness.

Sometimes when a person feels lonely, it is difficult to appreciate spending time alone. In THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK, there is a chapter on "Enjoying Time Alone". Self-esteem is often another factor in loneliness and that connection is considered. One way to build new relationships is to build communication skills and there are exercises and activities in that area. There is a comprehensive chapter on reaching out -- suggestions on the best ways to do it, ideas about where to reach out, and even how to find the courage to reach out.

When loneliness is the issue, relationships are a big consideration. THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK addresses boundary issues, difficult affiliations, friendship cultivation, intimate relationships (not necessarily sexual), and family relationships. There is even a section called – "Setting Up a New Family". I wanted to shout "Hooray!" when I saw that because, even though I have a wonderful and loving family, I also have an amazing family of friends. I know people who were not so lucky in their family of origin and have found friends who fill the gaps that some toxic family members have left. I read an article long ago that made the point that most of us feel, when we get to a certain age, that our parents were not exactly everything we had hoped they might have been. Therefore, most people seek the qualities in their friends and other family members that were lacking in their parents. I really connected with the idea that no one person can be everything you ever hoped for in a parent, or other family member, or friend. We can learn to be content with the good qualities we find in each person in our lives without expecting them to live up to unrealistic expectations.

THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK addresses many more challenges of loneliness – your living space, holidays, grief, disability or illness, and getting older. With this friendly workbook, you will have a chance to recreate your life in ways you may not have thought possible before.

I recently had a conversation with Bev Barney, whose specialty is outreach. She talked about how she has made it a mission to create and make new friends. She spends half the year in New Hampshire and half the year in Arizona. When she is in Arizona, she keeps in touch with her friends in New Hampshire and when she is in New Hampshire, she keeps in touch with her friends in Arizona. She keeps trying even when they don't respond so they don't slip away.

When Bev contacts her friends, she seldom talks about herself. She has become a very skilled listener. When she knows that new people are moving into her area, she gets them connected by introducing them around and letting them know about services in the neighborhood. She really likes to get people together.

Bev's tips on avoiding loneliness:

-- reach out

-- invite people over to eat (no one turns down dinner)

-- keep a record of people you talk to

-- no one is going to ask to be your friend – be proactive

-- do an activity

-- start a conversation

-- be perceptive and listen

-- ask people to show off their talents

As you can tell from Bev's many approaches to outreach, it has become a natural way of living for her. I bet there are many grateful people in Bev's very wide circle of friends. Because of the friendly and consistent ways she has reached out to others, I am sure she has caused her friends to reach out in other directions themselves. I have also noticed that people who do a lot of outreach are very seldom lonely themselves and seem to have a high degree of wellness happening in their own lives.

When Mickey Rourke recently accepted a Golden Globe award, he said, "I'd like to thank all my dogs – the ones that are here and the ones that are gone. Sometimes when a man's alone, all he's got are his dogs, and they've meant the world to me". The audience laughed, but it was not a joke. His dogs were there for him when many people weren't. Mickey Rourke had become a Hollywood outsider, almost a recluse, and winning this award was an enormous achievement. I'm glad he thanked his dogs!

No one is exempt from loneliness – rich, poor, young, or old. One of our best defenses is to build a network of people, and yes pets, so we can help each other through the daily times, the tough experiences, and to celebrate the best occasions with. Loneliness does not have to be forever for anyone.

For information about how to order THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK: A Guide to Developing and Maintaining Lasting Connections by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD and other books, DVDs, CDroms and CDs:

www.mentalhealthrecovery.com

And I can't resist saying, if you want to learn to be more comfortable with yourself and learn how to develop a support system to help you when times are difficult, check the website for information on the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). It is a friendly, simple, empowering plan that can help you achieve more balance and well-being in your life.

Take good care,

Carol

Carol Bailey Floyd

Director of Programs

Mental Health Recovery and WRAP

Main Office

P.O. Box 301

West Dummerston, VT 05357-0301

Phone: 330-836-4456 or 802-254-2092

Fax: 802-257-7499

Email: info@mentalhealthrecovery.com

Website: www.mentalhealthrecovery.com

Book Orders

Phone: 802-425-3660

Fax: 802-425-5580

Email: books@mentalhealthrecovery.com

Order online: www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/shop/index.php

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery

Stephen Pocklington, Executive Director

PO Box 6464

Chandler, AZ 85246

Toll Free: 866 I DO WRAP (866-436-9727)

Phone: 480-855-3282

Fax: 480-855-5118

Email: info@copelandcenter.com


Book News Vol. 4 No. 8




BOOK NEWS

The Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World
Spoken word stars from three continents. Featuring Regie Cabico (US), Morganics (AUS), Lemn Sissay (UK) and Kinnie Starr (CAN) and the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band, Poetic License. Regie Cabico won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and top prize in three National Poetry Slams. Morganics is an award-winning Sydney based hip hop artist, performer and director. Lemn Sissay is a performer and playwright and the author of four poetry collections. Kinnie Starr has produced four critically acclaimed records and was nominated for a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year.

7:30 pm February 18 & 20
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20/$18 students & seniors (Vancouver Tix surcharges will apply). Tickets available through Vancouver Tix: 604.629.8849 or online at
www.vancouvertix.com. More information: www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

plus:
Spoken World workshop
A one day spoken word workshop for students in grades 9 - 12 with Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr.
9 - 4:30 pm, Saturday February 21
$35 (lunch included)
Register today!
Registration: 604 681 6330

About the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad is a series of multi-disciplinary festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts and popular culture.
http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/culture-and-education/cultural-festival-and-events/-/33968/1wly9jd/index.html


Linda Rogers has been named Victoria's new poet laureate. In this interview with Monday Magazine, Rogers discusses her lengthy list of goals.
http://mondaymag.com/articles/entry/the-politics-of-poetry/

A new book fair has popped up in Toronto and its organizers claim it will be "much more interactive and entertaining" than the others. James Adams questions if the city needs two book fairs.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090114.wbkbookfair15/BNStory/globebooks/home
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090113.wbookexpo0114/BNStory/Entertainment/home

Over the holidays the results of a Harris/Decima Research poll conducted on behalf of Heritage Canada were released and the disturbing results showed that only 53% of Canadians can name a Canadian author. In this article, Philip Marchand looks at the reasons why.
http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=1160345

According to a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau, Americans are reading more these days.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/books/12reading.html?_r=1&ref=books

The NY Times looks at the life and career of American poet W.D. Snodgrass who died this past Tuesday.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article5481184.ece

Inger Christiensen, widely regarded as Denmark's most eminent poet, has died after a short illness.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/12/books/12christensen.html?ref=books

AWARDS

Vancouver Island poet Don McKay has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
http://www.gaspereau.com/pr0901.shtml

Vancouver author Steven Galloway has been awarded the 13th annual Borders Original Voice Award in the fiction category. Read the press release here:
http://www.borders.com/online/store/ArticleView_ov2008

Jen Hadfield, a guest at the 2008 Festival, has won Britain's prestigious TS Eliot Prize for her collection of poetry Nigh-No-Place. She is the youngest winner in the history of the prize.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/jan/14/eliot-prize-hadfield

Jumpa Lahiri is among the contenders for this year's $20,000 Story Prize.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/01/13/story-prize.html

Canadian Susanna Kearsley is one of six authors on the shortlist for this year's Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/13/romanticnoveloftheyear-fiction

BOOKS & WRITERS

North Shore journalist Carolyn Skelton interviews Iranian author Azar Nafisi in this week's edition of the Vancouver Courier.
http://www.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/artsandentertainment/story.html?id=b9ddf3c9-11ee-496f-a636-f14bbb100586

Of the stories in Festival favourite Ivan E. Coyote's latest collection, The Slow Fix, this reviewer writes that the author is at her best when she "steps back from the comedic in favour of the earnest."
http://www.thestar.com/Entertainment/Books/article/568443

In Shani Mootoo's new novel, Valmiki's Daughter, everyone is hiding something. Read the Georgia Straight's review here:
http://www.straight.com/article-194007/valmikis-daughter

The Georgia Straight writes that A. B. McKillop's Pierre Berton: A Biography is "the book that Berton deserves. It honours his achievements without fawning. It details his shortcomings without meanness. It's readable and thoughtful."
http://www.straight.com/article-194008/pierre-berton

Diana Athill undertook the writing of her latest memoir Somewhere Towards the End because, as she says, "book after book has been written about being young, and even more of them about the elaborate and testing experiences that cluster round procreation, but there is not much on record about falling away."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/14/books/14garn.html?ref=books

The NY Times on two collections of Allen Ginsberg's letters.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/books/review/Campbell-t.html?ref=books

Slate looks at the treatment of women in Richard Yates' writing.
http://www.slate.com/id/2207635/

EVENTS

FRANCIS MANSBRIDGE
Author of Hollyburn: The Mountain and the City reads as part of Brock House Restaurant's literary talks series. Thursday, January 15 at 10:00am. Brock House Restaurant, 3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver.

ROB KAPILOW
Win tickets to be in the audience of the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club on Friday, January 16th with Rob Kapilow from What Makes It Great on NPR. With his new book All You Have to Do is Listen, Rob gives the reader and listener a set of tools to use when listening to any piece of music in order to hear its "plot" - its story told in notes. To win tickets to the dynamically entertaining Rob Kapilow go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR
Award-winning author reads from his novel The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, a teen story about an Ojibway vampire. Monday, January 19 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Featuring Ivan E. Coyote. Monday, January 19 at 9:00pm. Tickets: $5. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive).

DIONNE BRAND
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of What We All Long For. Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm, free. South Building, room 406, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island. More information at:
http://www.ecuad.ca/node/2626.

EVELYN LAU
Author will read from her latest collection of poetry, Treble. Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages & snacks will be provided and the author will autograph your copy of her book. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 8th Ave. W.). For more information phone 604-733-1356 or visit www.christiannehayward.com.

JEN CURRIN
Vancouver-based author will read from her books The Sleep of Four Cities and Hagiography. Friday, January 23 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock).

SUE SINCLAIR
Author of Breaker reads from her work. Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30pm. Buchanan E476, 1866 Main Mall, UBC, Vancover. More information at
http://ubcgrapevine.net/.

WICKANINNISH INN WRITER INN RESIDENCE SERIES
Writer and DaVinci's Inquest actor Stephen Miller is writer in residence at the Wickaninnish Inn from January 30 to February 1. Stephen is the author of historical thrillers including Field of Mars and its sequel, The Last Train to Kazan. Morning and afternoon workshops on Saturday, January 31, reading and discussion 5:30 - 7:00pm. Fireside chat with Stephen on Sunday, February 1 from noon - 3pm. Tickets available for sale at Tofino's Wildside Booksellers (1-800-863-4664 or
http://tofino-kayaking.com/store-accommodations.html). Events are free of charge for guests of the Inn. www.wickinn.com.

SEARCH FOR THE GREAT BC NOVEL OR NOVELLA CONTEST
Writing contest open to all writers living in British Columbia. Complete information at www.mothertonguepublishing.com.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Brenda Berck, Clea Young, Ann McDonell and Sandra Millard.

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Friday, 16 January 2009

Geist workshop - Art of the Short Review coming in February




The Art of the Short Review

A hands-on workshop for anyone who wants to write what they think—in as few words as possible. Patty Osborne, a regular contributor to Endnotes, will lead participants through the process of honing in on what needs to be said in a short review and what is the best way to say it. Bring along a book you want to review, a pen or pencil and a pad of paper. By the end of the workshop you will have written a short review!

Where:
The Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

When:
Saturday, February 21, 2009 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Price:
$40 (includes a one-year subscription for yourself or a friend).
Please note, if you cancel after payment, a workshop credit will be issued.

To Register: Point your browser to www.geist.com/subscribe/workshop-review
or call 604-681-9161

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

VIWF announces Spoken World




The Vancouver International Writers Festival and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World

Two nights of spoken word with performers Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay & Kinnie Starr underscored by Sal Ferreras and Poetic License along with the visual images of VJ Candelaria Anderade. Hosted by Vanessa Richards.

7:30 pm February 18 and 20
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.

Tickets: $20/$18 students/seniors plus service charge available from
www.vancouvertix.com or phone at 604.629.8849. For more information call 604.681.6330 or visit www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Spoken World is at its heart a celebration of poetry, but the addition of improvised music and sensuous visual effects will transform the evening into a powerful multi-media event. The UK's Lemn Sissay returns to Vancouver with his captivating voice and soulful take on the world following his 2005 appearance at the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Australian hip hop artist Morganics also returns to Vancouver bringing his mind-blowing, kinetic energy and American Regie Cabico makes his debut on Canada's west coast with his politically charged words. A hit at the 2008 Festival, Vancouver-based musician, performer and poet Kinnie Starr is an artist with a message and a stirring voice to proclaim it.

plus

One-day workshop for aspiring performers
Saturday, February 21.
Grade nine to twelve students interested in theatre, performance, creative writing or spoken word can make their words come alive with this hands-on workshop. Each artist will lead a group of 15 through a series of performance techniques and demonstrations. The Spoken World Intensive is limited to 60 students and will be held at Emily Carr University Theatre Room 301 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Cost of the workshop is $35 including lunch. Advance registration is required; call 604 681 6330 or visit www.writersfest.bc.ca.

You have received this email because you attended a similarily themed event at the 2008 Vancouver International Writers Festival. A pdf of the Spoken World event poster is attached to this email.

The Vancouver International Writers Festival
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2009 Festival - 20-25 October inclusive
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
w: www.writersfest.bc.ca

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

PSW Training



If you know of anyone from Vancouver who might be interested in the Peer Support Worker Training Program, please feel free to pass this information on to them.

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WANTED: PEER SUPPORT TRAINEES
Closing Date February 27, 2009

Training: Sept. 11/09 - Feb. 26/2010 (Mondays 9am-12pm, Fridays 1-4pm)
Practicum: Mar. 2010 onward

TO APPLY FOR TRAINING, PLEASE SUBMIT:

* Application Form (see attached or obtain form at reception)
* Resume
* Two Letters of Reference (2) not from family members

CRITERIA FOR BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE TRAINING:

* Have personal experience receiving mental health services
* Role model to people recovering from serious mental illness
* Good interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to be empathetic, supportive and patient
* Able to learn and work in a classroom setting for 3-4 hrs/class
* Adequate writing and reading skills
* Present in a professional manner
* Work cooperatively and collaboratively with mental health staff
* Like working with a variety of people and have an appreciation of each individual's unique value
* Willing to work with a culturally diverse population
* Related experience is an asset, though not required

REQUIREMENT ONCE ACCEPTED INTO TRAINING:

* Complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC)
* CRC cost is $55, reimbursed to those who have been short-listed after interviews and upon submission of receipt

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO:
Peer Support Office
200 - 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H5
PHONE: 604-708-5274
FAX: 604-874-7661

APPLICATIONS DUE ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 27, 2009
VANCOUVER PEER SUPPORT TRAINING APPLICATION

Name:

Address:


Phone: Email:

1. What motivated you to apply for this training program?






2. What do you hope to gain from this training?






3. How would you define the role of a Peer Support Worker?






4. If applicable, list your background related to mental health courses
or programs, volunteer or employment experience that you would consider to be an asset for this training?






5. What personal life experiences have you had that you consider to be an asset for doing peer support work?




6. Please share some of your thoughts and feelings about having been given a mental health diagnosis?





7. As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that you would like to work with? Please explain.







8. As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that you would find difficult to work with? Please explain.







9. What would you do if a person with who you are doing peer support work with wants to do something that goes against your beliefs and values but isn't something illegal or unsafe?







10. Anything else that you would like us to take into consideration?




storytelling class


Hello my friends,
I hope that you have a wonderful year.

Storytelling: Writing Story, Telling Story
We each have a story to tell. Using a combination of written and oral exercises, participants are supported to mine their experience, imagaination, and passion to discover and create stories that sing. We look at how to craft a tale for oral presentation. Focus is on develping a lively and intimate relationship between the storyteller and the audience. $239.00
8 Tuesday evenings, Feb. 17 - Apr. 7, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Langara College
Crazy as ti sounds, "graduating" from this 8 week class means more to me in terms of overcoming my fears and believing in myself thatn my entire four year Bachelor degree. The class inspired me, thrilled me, terrified me, and encouraged me to reach inside of myself to find and express my passions."
Cara Harper, Corporate Trainer.
"Helen is wonderfully encouraging, an inspired teacher with much depth and knowledge about the craft."
Carol Nakonechny, Retired Teacher, Spritual Seeker.
"By far the best course and best instructor I've ever had. thank you, Helen for starting me on the storytelling road." Rick Juliussen, Non-profit Director.
To register, call 604 323- 5322.