Saturday, 14 February 2009

Book News Vol. 4 No. 12



BOOK NEWS

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

Spoken World
Our Valentine's gift to you - the Literary Cabaret in February! Tickets are still available for Spoken World - a multimedia spoken word extravaganza featuring four internationally celebrated performance poets accompanied by the Literary Cabaret's Sal Ferreras and his all-star band Poetic License and improvised visual stylings by master VJ Candelario Andrade.

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 plus service charges per ticket; group of 8 or more students/seniors - $15 plus service charges per ticket. 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


City of Vancouver Poet Laureate - Call for Expressions of Interest
The City of Vancouver is requesting submissions for the position of Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate position was created in December 2006 and the successful applicant will be the City's second Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate must be a Vancouver resident. Deadline for expressions of interest is March 11, 2009. Details at:
http://www.vancouververse.ca/2ndPoetCall.html.

Amazon launches Kindle 2, a new version of its popular e-book reader.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/technology/personaltech/10kindle.html?_r=2&hp

Scholastic is accused of misusing its book clubs to push video games, jewellry kits and toy cars.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/books/10scho.html?ref=books

HarperCollins lays off employees and closes a division and an imprint.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/books/11harp.html?_r=1

Findings from a recent survey suggest that librarians self-censor.
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6632974.html

AWARDS

Tim Cook wins the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
http://www.thecharlestaylorprize.ca/latest-news.asp

Finalists for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing are announced.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/02/06/political-writing.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

The NY Times Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime fiction including a book by Quebec writer Louise Penny.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/books/review/Crime-t.html?_r=1&ref=books

Final collections of John Updike's poetry and fiction are due to be published this year.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/09/updike-new-poetry-collection-short-stories

The transcript of Zadie Smith's lecture at the New York Public Library in December 2008.
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22334

Graham Rawle's novel Woman's World is "an astonishing concept novel" about the powers of obsession.
http://www.straight.com/article-199631/seriously-funny-parody-rules-rawles-world

Charles Elton's debut novel Mr Toppit "shifts effortlessly between the dark days of childhood, the grit of pre-digital Soho, and the overexposed nonsense of contemporary L.A."
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/fiction/article5675060.ece

Patricia Highsmith's character Tom Ripley is 80 this year.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/books/review/Campbell-t.html

EVENTS

ROBSON READING SERIES
Presenting Patricia Young, author of eight books of poetry and one book of short fiction, Airstream and Terence Young, author of two books of poetry, a book of short stories and The Island in Winter. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library, 800 Robson Street (plaza level). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.

JEN SOOKFONG LEE
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of The End of East. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. South Building, room 406, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island.

SWEET AND SOUR
Valentine's event featuring local writers Ayelet Tsabari, Cathy Sostad, Kagan Goh, Mike Unger, Elvy Del Bianco, Darren Steven Schilling, Jan Redford, and special guest Jenn Farrell, author of Sugar Bush and Other Stories. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Café (317 E. Broadway). More information at eufemiaf@hotmail.com.

KOOTENAY SCHOOL OF WRITING READING SERIES
Vancouver author Jen Currin will read from her latest book Hagiography and from her forthcoming Inquisition Yours. Friday, February 13 at 7:30pm, free. Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings Street.

VANCOUVER MATTERS
Join Blueimprint and READ Books at the launch of a book that attempts to document the city through writing, drawing, and photography. Saturday, February 14 at 2:00pm, free. Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston, Granville Island). More information at go@simplyreadbooks.com.

CRIC? CRAC!
Storytelling event for Black History Month featuring Helen May, Jean-Pierre Mokosso, and Comfort Ero. Sunday, February 15 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $6/$5. St. Mark's Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at www.vancouverstorytelling.org/.

SAM WHARTON
Author Sam Wharton reads from his novel Passe Partout. Monday, February 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL - Popular Reading Library at 604-331-3691.

LONG TIME COMING
A celebration of African Heritage Month in words and music featuring performers Tanya Evanson, Carlos Costa, and Roger Blenman. Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

SHAENA LAMBERT
Acclaimed author Shaena Lambert reads from her novel, Radiance. Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

MEMEWAR ISSUE #8 RELEASE PARTY
Readings from 'Gods and Idols' issue by contributors Rhoda Hodjati, Tony Power, C.J. Leon. Music from The Creaking Planks, Ballgag 'n Chain Gang (Victoria), Wintermitts & Vancouver Cantata Singers. Thursday, February 19. Doors at 8:30pm. Cover $10 (includes copy of the magazine). Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver.

THE REVEREND'S APPRENTICE
Arsenal Pulp Press presents a reading with David N. Odhiambo from his new novel, with special guest Crawford Killian. Friday, February 20 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse (1051 Davie) .

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VIWF presents Spoken World on Feb 18 and 20





Tickets are still available for Spoken World - a multimedia spoken word extravaganza featuring four internationally celebrated performance poets accompanied by the Literary Cabaret's Sal Ferreras and his all-star band Poetic License and improvised visual stylings by a master VJ.
Fans of the Festival's Literary Cabaret won't want to miss Spoken World!

The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present

Spoken World

Two nights of spoken word with performers Regie Cabico, Morganics, Lemn Sissay and Kinnie Starr underscored by Sal Ferreras and Poetic License along with the visual images of VJ Candelario 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 Vancouver Tix or phone at 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.
For more information call 604.681.6330 or visit www.writersfest.bc.ca.

™ Trademark © Copyright 2008, Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
All Rights Reserved.

Spoken World is part of Winterruption on Granville Island, February 19 – 22.



Friday, 13 February 2009

Mental Health Forum at Strathcona

Mental Health Forum Strathcona Mental Health Team

People with lived experience of mental illness, staff, family members and other supporters are invited to listen, learn, discuss and share

ole0.bmp

The Mental Health System

This is a chance to:

              · Ask questions
              · Provide Feedback
              · Consider other perspectives
              · Build relationships


Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Strathcona Mental Health Team - Rehabilitation Floor

330 Heatley Ave (corner of Cordova & Heatley)

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Public Premiere of the film "The Making of a Perfect Storm: The Unruly Salon"

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The Faculty of Education, Equity Office, and College for Interdisciplinary Studies & CCIE at UBC Present:

FREE Public Premiere of the short high def. film: The Making of a Perfect Storm: The Unruly Salon

Tuesday, March 3

rd at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver BC

1:30 p.m. Reception in the Glass Lobby of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

2:15 p.m. President Stephen J. Toope makes Opening Remarks -- Royal Bank Cinema Theatre at the Chan upstairs.

2:30 p.m. Film Screening of

The Making of a Perfect Storm: The Unruly Salon

3:00 p.m. Acknowledgements

3:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Facilitated Discussion of about Disability Arts, Culture and Disability Studies (Where do we go from here? Led by Tom Patch, AVP of Equity, Leslie G. Roman, Unruly Salon creator and EDST Assoc. Prof. and Mr. Geoff Mc Murchy, Artistic Director of the Unruly Salon and KickstART and David Anderson, staff and student at UBC.

3:55 – 4:25 p.m. Finale, Jan Derbyshire, comedian and Christa Couture singer, songwriter.

Film is captioned.

For access & accommodation services contact Ruth Warick by Feb. 17

th, E-mail: access.diversity@ubc.ca. Wheelchair spaces limited, so please reserve with Ruth Warick.

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The Faculty of Education, Equity Office, and College of Interdisciplinary Studies & CCIE at UBC Present: FREE Public Premiere of the short film: The Making of a Perfect Storm: The Unruly Salon

Tuesday, March 3

rd at the Chan 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Vancouver BC

1:30 p.m. Reception in the Glass Lobby of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts

UBC President Toope Opens the Film Screening in The Royal Bank Cinema 2:15 p.m.

About the film:

Gentle, imaginative and rambunctiously creative, this disability arts-and culture-inspired film opens with the camera on the mountains and an interview with University of British Columbia Ph.D. student and pianistcomposer, Stefan Honisch, who ponders his status between metaphysics and the earthly world, between "religion and science" as a physically impaired musician. In most films, this scene might foretell a predictable exercise of exploitative tropes: pity, charity, tragic heroism, monstrosity or deviance, weary images of disabled people as less than human. Instead, the talented director, NFB award-winning Thomas Buchan was after something cunning and thoughtful. Vignettes feature performances from the acclaimed Unruly Salon Series at UBC with performing disability artists ranging from Lynn Manning, blinded in shooting at a bar at the age of 23 who went on to become a distinguished play write, actor, Blind Judo Champion of World, poet and writer, to Max Fromitchev, a deaf physical actor and mime formerly from Russia and who now makes his home in Canada and tells of how his comedy is rooted in his internal pain, from bi-polar princess and comic actress, Victoria Maxwell to humorist with a facial difference, David Roche, who awakens audiences worldwide to their own inner beauty. Content to listen, Buchan trains his sensitive lens on the formidable barriers to access, community, and educational equity spoken about by UBC students with disabilities whom he interviewed alongside the performers, artists, scholars and faculty.

The Making of Perfect Storm tells of a provocative weaving of community through the Unruly Salon series. Film is captioned.

Film is captioned.

For access & accommodation services contact Ruth Warick by Feb. 17

th, E-mail: access.diversity@ubc.ca. Wheelchair spaces limited, so please reserve with Ruth Warick.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

FW: BrainStorm Poetry Contest for Mental Health Consumers





First prize – $250 · Second Prize – $150 · Third Prize – $75

It's that time again, when poets pick up their pencils and enter the
BrainStorm Poetry Contest for individuals living with mental illness.
You can join in, too, by entering your best poetry by March 20, 2009.

The top three poems, judged by a panel of mental health consumers
and family members with literary interests, will be awarded prizes
and be published in Open Minds Quarterly, a literary journal
dedicated to publishing the writing of individuals living with
mental illness.

Rules and entry form are available at:

www.nisa.on.ca

or by calling 1-705-675-9193, ext. 8286

About the contest organizer:

The BrainStorm Poetry Contest is organized by Northern Initiative for Social Action,
a consumer-run mental health organization in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a number
of occupational opportunities for people living with mental illness to focus on their
own individual talents and gifts.

The BrainStorm Contest is intended as a fundraiser for NISA's psychosocial
literary magazine
Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way to support other
consumer/survivors by awarding prizes to the top three winners.

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Saturday, 7 February 2009

Mary Ellen Copeland - A WRAP Valentine


A WRAP Valentine

The best Valentine you can give yourself this Valentine's Day is the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)! If you already have a WRAP, this may be the perfect time to check to see if you have enough LOVE in your Wellness Tools, Daily Maintenance Plan, Action Plans, and even in your Crisis Plan and Post Crisis Plan.

Are you doing the same Wellness Tools over and over again? Are they losing some of their effectiveness from repetition? Add a little LOVE to your Wellness Tools list with some challenging and fun activities. Ask other people what they do for enjoyment and relaxation. Liven up your Wellness Tools and your Wellness Tools will liven you up!

One of my favorite parts of WRAP is "What I'm Like When I'm Well" – I wonder what my list would look like if I described myself LOVINGLY from my heart. Is your Daily Maintenance Plan getting boring? In your Daily Maintenance Plan you can LOVE yourself up a little with a new kind of tea or coffee, adding meditation to your mornings, getting in a refreshing walk, starting a new journal or whatever LOVING activities strike your fancy!

The Action Plans you have devised for Triggers, Early Warning Signs, or Things Breaking Down don't all have to be serious – many can be fun and creative! When you are feeling off-kilter, you appreciate the LOVING help of your supporters. They will be able to help you much more effectively if you have devised a WRAP plan that validates you in many positive and caring ways.

And who needs LOVE more than a person in crisis? You can review your Crisis Plan and make sure that it takes care of all your important details so you can get the LOVING care you deserve, if necessary. Ask yourself: how will you "feel the LOVE" if you are in crisis? Would that mean having one of your supporters bringing you chocolate chip cookies, or art supplies, or pen and paper? Or maybe you would just like someone to sit with you for a while?

In the Post Crisis Plan, the LOVING assistance of your supporters will ease this transition in many different ways. Look over your plan and be sure that you have included some fun and relaxing activities to do as you continue your journey back to wellness.

So whether you are just about to create a WRAP, or have one already -- remember Valentine's Day is not the only day that LOVE is important!

During this season of love, remembering to love ourselves is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. Remember to breathe in the LOVE and LOVE up your WRAP, too!

Not to worry if you're not feeling in the LOVE zone right now. Developing a WRAP and keeping yourself in active rhythm with it is a really great way to build self-confidence, empower yourself, raise self-esteem, and help you to see yourself for the amazing person you are.

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." -- Morrie Schwartz

For information on WRAP and other materials by Mary Ellen Copeland and her co-authors and online courses (some for CEU credit):

www.mentalhealthrecovery.com

Love, love, love!

Carol

Carol Bailey Floyd

Director of Programs

Mental Health Recovery and WRAP

P.O. Box 301

West Dummerston, VT 05357-0301

Phone: 330-836-4456 (Ohio) or 802-254-2092 (Vermont)

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: mentalhealthrecovery.com

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

Website: www.copelandcenter.com

Mental Health Recovery and WRAP Trainings,

Workshops and Consultation

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

info@copelandcenter.com


Friday, 6 February 2009

Book News Vol. 4 No. 11



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


Reed Exhibitions has now cancelled BookExpo Canada.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.WBBooksblog20090202152554/WBStory/WBBooksblog

While booksellers struggle in the economic crisis, self-publishers are flourishing.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/books/28selfpub.html?scp=1&sq=self-publish&st=cse

Brain-imaging study shows that the mental stimulation of reading may improve skilled behaviours.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/30/reading-nonpassive-causes-physical-simulation-reveals-new-study

Can serious fiction be science fiction?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/jan/28/science-fiction-genre

AWARDS

Russell Wangersky has won Canada's largest non-fiction award.
http://www.bcachievement.com/news/news.php?story=20090202&id=0

More on Costa Prize winner Sebastian Barry: an article about his "flawed" winning novel and an interview.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/28/sebastian-barry-costa-prize-winner1
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/barrys-flawed-novel-wins-costa-prize-1517836.html

J.K. Rowling is knighted in France.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/04/rowling-harry-potter-france

BOOKS & WRITERS

New review of Ali Smith's collection: The First Person is "full of stories folded up within stories"; "a book about stories themselves: why they work and why we tell them."
http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/books/Tales+well+told/1226772/story.html

The bicentennial of Darwin Day is coming up. Here are a few reviews of two new books about Darwin: Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life, and Darwin's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins.
http://www.thestar.com/Entertainment/Books/article/579932
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/did-charles-darwin-believe-in-racial-inequality-1519874.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Benfey-t.html?_r=1&ref=books&pagewanted=all

Quill & Quire profiles 70-year-old debut writer Alan Bradley.
http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/profile.cfm?article_id=10492

Margaret Atwood introduces The Paris Review Interviews, Vol 3.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/books/paris-reviewed/2009/01/30/1232818703473.html

In an interview in The Independent, British writer Hanif Kureishi talks about psychoanalysis, fundamentalism, and his sex life.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/hanif-kureishi-on-the-couch-1522837.html

The Star calls Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's second novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, "an anatomy of vulnerability with its cringing, heartbreaking detail, mercifully offset by a saving, redemptive humour."
http://www.thestar.com/Entertainment/Books/article/579933

EVENTS

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
The Vancouver International Storytelling Festival celebrates its 17th season with a weekend of performances by sought-after professional storytellers from home and abroad, all on the theme of "In the beginning." Main Street's Heritage Hall, decorated in the style of a magical, Arabian Nights-inspired Bedouin tent, will be home to origin stories from all over the world, and tales about beginnings of all kinds. Local favourites Kira Van Deusen, Jean-Pierre Makosso, Melanie Ray, Naomi Steinberg, EvenSteven, Wing-Siu Wong, Max Tell, Philomena Jordan and Helen Mintz will be joined by Eric Gauthier, Kagan Goh, Tanya Evanson, Vanessa Richards and the Cultural Medicine Cabinet Choir and also special guests Janet Blake (world-renowned teller from the UK) and Pat Braden (from the NWT). February 6 - 8, 2009. The 17th Annual Vancouver International Storytelling Festival Heritage Hall (Main St. @ W. 15th Ave.) Tickets at www.ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787.

TALKING STICK FESTIVAL
Cree artist Steve Sanderson will be giving a presentation on his comic book, Darkness Calls, which focuses on suicide prevention in youth. The piece has recently been adapted as an animated film, narrated in Gitxsan (with English subtitles). Monday, February 9 at 2:30pm, by donation. SFU Burnaby Mountain, Classroom ASSC 9095. More information at www.fullcircleperformance.ca.

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.

STORY SLAM
Ivan Penaluna hosts a five-minute-story competition with eight storytellers. Sunday, February 8 at 8:00pm. Suggested donation $5. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.myspace.com/thevancouverstoryslam.

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.

PAN AFRICAN SLAM
Featuring Adelene da soul poet and Jive Poetic. Monday, February 9 at 8:00pm. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

WORDS & RHYTHM
Talking Stick Festival presents singer and storyteller Pat Braden and Métis poet Greg Scofield. Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00pm, by donation. UnWine'd Lounge (Howe at Davie). More information at www.fullcircleperformance.ca.

ONE FOR THE BOOK
Local writer and author of Instant Replay Len Corben reads from his work. Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00pm. Free; seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144 to register. Lynn Valley Main Library - Program Room, 1277 Lynn Valley Road.

IS HAPPILY EVER AFTER JUST FICTION?
Presentation for both writers and readers who are interested in how authors travel from idea to finished novel, featuring Kate Austin, Kaylea Cross, and Lee McKenzie. Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

ROBSON READING SERIES
Presenting Patricia Young, author of eight books of poetry and one book of short fiction, Airstream and Terence Young, author of two books of poetry, a book of short stories and The Island in Winter. Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library, 800 Robson Street (plaza level). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.

JEN SOOKFONG LEE
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of The End of East. Thursday, February 12 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.

Upcoming

SAM WHARTON
Author Sam Wharton reads from his novel Passe Partout. Monday, February 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact VPL - Popular Reading Library at 604-331-3691.

LONG TIME COMING
A celebration of African Heritage Month in words and music featuring performers Tanya Evanson, Carlos Costa, and Roger Blenman. Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia).

SHAENA LAMBERT
Acclaimed author Shaena Lambert reads from her novel, Radiance. Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

MEMEWAR ISSUE #8 RELEASE PARTY
Readings from 'Gods and Idols' issue by contributors Rhoda Hodjati, Tony Power, C.J. Leon. Music from The Creaking Planks, Ballgag 'n Chain Gang (Victoria), Wintermitts & Vancouver Cantata Singers. Thursday, February 19. Doors at 8:30pm. Cover $10 (includes copy of the magazine). Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir, Vancouver.

Produced by the Book News Collective: Hal Wake, Brenda Berck, Catharine Chan, 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
w: www.writersfest.bc.ca


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Writing Stories for Children - register this weekend!



If you wish to take this great course by Ellen Schwartz, you must register by Monday, February 9th, at 10 am.

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Writing Stories for Children

3 Saturdays, February 14-28, 9 am–4 pm, February 14-28, Vancouver
Instructor: Ellen Schwartz
Fee $410 / WRIT 333

Course description:

The field of children's literature is a vibrant and competitive one. Books for young readers are more visually appealing, informative and imaginative than ever. This course is for those who want to learn the basics of writing a vivid and engaging story for children. It covers the craft of writing for young readers as well as the business of marketing stories to publishers. Topics include character development, plot, setting, point of view, dialogue and self-editing. The class includes discussion, small group work, in-class writing exercises and constructive group critique. Participants will have the opportunity to work in variety of genres from picture books through novels and non-fiction books.

Pre-requisites:

None – but it helps to have read widely in recent children's literature.

What will I learn?
Knowledge
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Discuss the similarities and differences between writing for children and writing for adults
Identify and describe the genres of children's books
Describe the characteristics of a good children's book
Name at least two ways to get to know your characters
State two qualities that make a satisfying resolution of a story
Recognize plot problems in a children's story
Discuss what happens in an effective scene
Access sources of information about children's book publishers
Skills
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Use several different techniques for developing and revealing characters
Describe and trace the story arc of a children's story
Solve plot problems in your own story
Write from a consistent and effective point of view
Write convincing dialogue
Write an effective scene with narrative, action and dialogue
Edit your own writing for greater clarity and force
How will I learn?

You will learn concepts and skills through the following activities:

Lectures
Class discussions
Workshops
Independent assignments (take-home)
Exercises (in-class)
What are my responsibilities?

You can expect to complete the following:

Assignments/reports/projects (weekly in-class exercises and homework assignments)
Participation
Sharing your work and critiquing others in small groups and with the class
How will I be evaluated?

To be announced.

The program will supply:
Custom course materials
Instructor biography
Ellen Schwartz has been writing since 1980 and has published 12 books for children as well as one non-fiction book for adults. The variety of kinds of writing in which she engages includes: picture books, early chapter books, novels and non-fiction books for young adults. She has also published dozens of magazine articles and short stories for adults.

Ellen Schwartz' books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the BC Book Prizes (Christie Harris Illustrated Book Award), the Marilyn Baillie Children's Book Prize, the New York Public Library Best Books for Young Readers list, Booklist Magazine's Top 10 Sports Books list, the Red Cedar Award, the Silver Birch Award and the Chocolate Lily Award.

She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 1988, with a major in writing for children. I have taught courses in writing for children at SFU Vancouver campus for many years and through Douglas College's Creative Writing department.


Phone: 778.782.5093
Fax: 778.782.5098
web: www.sfu.ca/wp


Wednesday, 4 February 2009

'Frames of Mind' February 18 Screening - This Dust of Words





'Bag for a Bag' Winter Clothing Drive - Feb 18: 700pm
Receive a free bag of popcorn when you donate a bag of clothes at the screening of This Dust of Words.

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

This Dust of Words

Wednesday, February 18 - 7:30 PM
USA 2007. Director: Bill Rose

A haunting, elegiac documentary to thwarted promise, This Dust of Words traces the life story of Elizabeth Wiltsee from a young writer of uncompromising talent to a lonely death at the age of 50, homeless and apparently beset by paranoid schizophrenia. With an IQ of 200, Elizabeth taught herself to read at the age of four and was translating classical Greek by the time she was ten. She attended Stanford University, where she was lauded as a student of unlimited potential. After graduation, the world could have been her oyster, but she shunned academe, and chose to live on the fringes, working as an au pair in Europe, in university libraries and as a proofreader. All this time, she kept writing and reading prodigiously – sending off numerous plays and novels to publishers (all of which were rejected) – as her mental illness insidiously progressed. In 1994, not managing very well, and unable to work, she moved to the town of Watsonville, taking a spare room in a little house. When she was evicted for erratic behaviour, Liz ended up on the streets, and took to sleeping on the steps of the local Catholic Church, a number of whose members reached out to her. In 1999, Liz left Watsonville, telling another homeless person, "I'm going home." No one knew where she had gone until seven months later, when her skeletal remains were found near Pacheco State Park, a wilderness area some sixty miles away. In tracing the mystery of her life, Rose skillfully interweaves archival footage of Liz at Stanford with Wiltsee's own writings and interviews with Stanford professors, parishioners from St Patrick's and Liz's brother, Chris. Colour, digibeta video, 62 mins.

Post-screening discussion with This Dust of Words director, Bill Rose, and Judy Graves, Coordinator of the City of Vancouver's Tenant Assistance Program.

Bill Rose has been producing and directing documentaries and short films for more than 20 years for numerous clients. Rose has worked as an American Film Institute Directing Intern to filmmaker Martin Ritt, whose projects include the 1979 film Norma Rae and the 1990 film Stanley and Iris. Rose's short films have been seen nationally on the Arts & Entertainment Network. Rose is the recipient of numerous film awards, including a Cine Golden Eagle, five Telly Awards and multiple Communicator Awards. His first feature documentary, The Loss of Nameless Things, has been named "Best Documentary" four times and has appeared in more than 20 film festivals. Rose lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and family.

Judy Graves, Coordinator of the City of Vancouver's Tenant Assistance Program. Ms. Graves has worked with Vancouver's street population for more than 30 years. In 2005, she began a pilot project to get homeless people off the streets, one by one. The Vancouver Homeless Outreach Project has been so successful it was recently expanded; 80% of the people it has helped are still in housing.

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

"This Dust of Words is a profound film about a tragic life." - GEIST Magazine

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.

For more information, see
www.framesofmind.ca


$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
Advance tickets available at www.cinematheque.bc.ca
24hr Film Infoline: 604 688 FILM



Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Sunday Feb 15 8pm Lynn Manning and Christa Couture at Chan Centre



PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY info@kickstart-arts.ca www.kickstart-arts.ca

LYNN MANNING PERFORMS WEIGHTS
WITH OPENING ACT SINGER SONGWRITER CHRISTA COUTURE and her BAND

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2009, 8PM
CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
6265 Crescent Road. University of British Columbia. Vancouver. BC
Wheelchair accessible venue. American Sign Language, Captioning in Real Time,
and Infrared Hearing System available. Tickets $16 -$22

For one night only, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture (formerly Society for
Disability Arts and Culture), the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC,
and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, present Lynn Manning's WEIGHTS, with
opening act musician Christa Couture.

LYNN MANNING PERFORMS WEIGHTS
Lynn Manning, young, gifted and black, was blinded in a bar fight at age 23.
That didn't stop him from becoming a highly acclaimed writer, actor and athlete.

With a deft touch Manning brings to life his childhood in South Central LA in
the 1960s. Distilling the violence and racism of poverty, to give us poetry.
"Weights mixes up the chronology of his full-to-bursting life, blending
childhood incidents with the events leading up to the shooting and, with the
subsequent, often disarmingly funny, adjustment to blindness. (The white cane,
he says, proved "a magnet for religious weirdos of every denomination.'')" -
Michael Phillips. Times Theater Critic, LA Times.

The original production of WEIGHTS garnered three NAACP Theater awards,
including Best Actor for Lynn. He has since performed WEIGHTS around the
world, written and performed other full-length work, appeared in TV series and
commercials.

While studying fine arts, he became Blind Judo Champion of the World, and has
represented the USA at the Paralympics. In 1996 he co-founded Watts Village
Theater Company with Quentin Drew, dedicated to the development and production
of works relevant to Watts. Manning is President of the Firehouse Theater
Company, involving disabled artists in all aspects of theatre.

"Manning is the real thing, a writer of clarity, finesse and overriding
humanity. His story vaults back and forth in time, splicing surrealism and
realism, humorous banter and fiercely poetic outbursts into a sweeping
autobiographical sampling." – Los Angeles Times

http://www.lynnmanning.com/index.htm


CHRISTA COUTURE SINGER SONGWRITER and her BAND
The show opens with BC singer/songwriter Christa Couture, whose intimate
singing style makes you feel you've discovered a wonderful secret. Couture is
armed with an attention grabbing mezzo-soprano and a quick-witted, poignant
turn-of-phrase, (with) "her guitar make an almost holy sound" (UWO Gazette,
London). Christa won Best Folk Acoustic Album at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal
Music Awards, for her second album The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker.

"With a wide-eyed and inviting tenderness" (Edmonton Sun), this adolescent
cancer survivor speaks honestly about illness, being an amputee, loss,
uncertainty, kissing boys, and girls, on her debut album, the critically
acclaimed Fell Out of Oz.

"The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker are not opposites," she says of her
second album's archetypal title characters. "It's not happy or sad, it's the
space between. It's that you can't choose one – love and celebration – without
accepting the other, the loss and heartache".

Couture was born with music in her blood. Her mother sang in sixties folk trio
"The Cellar Dwellers" (and still performs music today) while her
Native-American father performed ceremonial music his whole life. After
writing performing and studying musical theatre, Couture left her Edmonton
home at age 21 for the bright lights of Vancouver, and later London, England.

"Christa's material creates a consistent, bewitching mood with the
closely-mic'ed, whispery delivery of Jewel and the lyrical meter of Tori Amos".
- Chris Twomey, Tandem Toronto

http://www.christacouture.com/about.html

For mature audiences

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2009, 8PM
CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
6265 Crescent Road. University of British Columbia. Vancouver. BC

TICKETS
Tickets from the Chan Centre directly (in person only)
Students/Fixed Income $16.00
Adults $22.00
Group of 10 $18.00
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Day of Show: 12:00 pm to End of Intermission
Info: www.chancentre.com.

or Ticketmaster.ca, 604.280.3311, or http://www.ticketmaster.ca
Service charges apply.

ACCESSIBILITY AT CHAN CENTRE EVENT

Driving Directions, Parking, Public Transport to Chan Center:
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venue/139280?tm_link=edp_Venue_Directions

Nearest Parking
Rose Garden Parkade, north end of the Main Mall. Located on the south side of
North West Marine Drive, underneath the Rose Garden and Flag Pole Plaza.

Accessible Seating:
The Chan Centre is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair
and companion seats are beside each other. The seats in the orchestra level
right side are easily accessible and the left side is easily accessible as
well, but a little further away. Dress boxes 5 and 15 are also available,
there is elevator access on the left hand side of the house. Wheelchair
seating is limited; please be sure to reserve when purchasing tickets.

Hearing Devices:
Infrared Hearing System headsets are available, free of charge, for the
hearing impaired. Please contact the Chan Center's Customer Service Department
at 604.822.9197 to make arrangements or for additional details.

American Sign Language and CART Captioning
Kickstart and the Chan Centre will be providing both CART Captioning and
American Sign Language interpretation of the performance.

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Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture
info@kickstart-arts.ca
604.292.1296 (leave message)

Monday, 2 February 2009

Job Opportunity with the DHRN - Work with Us!




Disabilities Health Research Network

JOB OPPORTUNITY:

Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN) Communications Officer

Based at UBC Okanagan (Kelowna, BC)
Full-Time Position (5 days per week)

Contract Position: March 1st to September 30th, 2009
(possibility of extension, dependent on grant funding)
Closing Date:
February 16, 2009 or until position is filled


Reporting to the DHRN Director of Programs, the Communications Officer is an energetic and creative individual who has a broad range of communication related responsibilities with the Disabilities Health Research Network (DHRN). These include performing a variety of public information and outreach services including the writing or editing of articles, news releases, reports, KT and other communications materials, developing & conducting public presentations; liaising with a variety of organizations, individuals and working with various media (video, web-based technology, computer desktop publishing, etc.) The Communications Officer will be responsible for coordinating many DHRN program productions and events, and maintaining the website, including updates and content editing.

Qualifications & Experience
Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline required (communications, marketing, public relations or journalism preferred). Minimum of 3 years related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Disability health related work or life experience desirable.

Application Process
Please submit an electronic cover letter, a brief writing sample (200 word maximum) and a CV by the deadline date of February 16th, 2009 to Sylvie Zebroff, Director of Programs, at dhrn.info@ubc.ca. For further details you may also contact Sylvie at 250.807.8793, or check out the full job description on our website: www.dhrn.ca. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you very much for your interest in working with the DHRN.





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250-807-8793
Please contact Sylvie Zebroff, DIrector of Programs, DHRN at sylvie.zebroff@ubc.ca or more details.


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