Wednesday, 25 November 2009

NISA announces eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest





Enter the storm and speak your mind

NISA's eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest opens Jan. 4, 2010


SUDBURY, ONTARIO (Nov. 23, 2009) — The Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA), a Sudbury-based, non-profit agency that works with consumers and survivors of mental health services, is pleased to announce its eighth annual BrainStorm poetry contest. This contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010 and is open to poets worldwide.

"The annual BrainStorm contest is an effective way for NISA to showcase the work of its readers and other mental health consumers," says Mary Katherine Keown, the interim editor and publisher of Open Minds Quarterly, NISA's literary magazine. "This year, we're hoping to receive more submissions from poets outside North America, in order to raise awareness and to educate the public on the realities of mental health in different geographic regions."       

Subject matter is entirely open and needn't focus on one's struggle with mental health; however, the BrainStorm poetry contest is open exclusively to consumers and survivors of mental health services.


About NISA:

Northern Initiative for Social Action is a member-driven occupational initiative that provides a variety of opportunities for participation. Programs include the Artists' Loft; the Northern Computer Recycling Depot (NCRD), which refurbishes gently used computers for resale; the Dandelion Café, which provides on-the-job customer service training; the Warm Hearts/Warm Bodies quilting program, which donates quilts annually to a Sudbury-based shelter for at-risk and homeless youth; and the Writers' Circle, which publishes Open Minds Quarterly and conducts creative and professional workshops with aspiring writers interested in polishing their work.

The BrainStorm poetry contest runs from Jan. 4 to March 19, 2010. It is intended as a fundraiser for NISA's literary magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, as well as a way of supporting consumers and survivors of mental health services by awarding prizes to the top three winners. Full details and entry forms are available from NISA's website. For more information, please go to www.nisa.on.ca. Inquiries may be directed to Mary Katherine Keown or Dinah Laprairie at openminds@nisa.on.ca or +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286.



MEDIA CONTACTS:

Mary Katherine Keown (interim editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Dinah Laprairie (editor and publisher, Open Minds Quarterly)
Phone: +1-705-675-9193 ext. 8286


WRAP at South Team (Open to all)







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COME NAVIGATE A ROAD TO RECOVERY


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.

Open to all those who have experience living with mental illness

WRAP is a program aimed at helping people to take charge of their own recovery journey by developing an action plan for wellness and recovery. It's not about illness. It's about creating the life one wants to live. You will create your own recovery and crisis plan designed for you, by you. 

WHERE: South Mental Health Team
                    220 – 1200 W 73rd
                    Vancouver

WHEN:    Mondays from Jan. 25 – March 1
                  1 pm – 4 pm

                                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Space is limited so register early by calling
604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.



Book News Vol. 4 No. 49





BOOK NEWS

Spoken World
When wordsmiths and musicians hit the stage for Spoken World, get ready for an evening of sensory overload. The Literary Cabaret's Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License, and VJ Candelario Andrade make the magic happen with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece. Details and ticket information here.


YouthWrites
The winner of the Vancouver International Writers Festival's 2009 YouthWrites contest for secondary school students is Alyson Kissner, a grade 11 student from West Vancouver Secondary School. Read her winning submission, The City.


Writer-In-Residence
Check out the blog about 2009 Festival author Rukhsana Khan's week-long residency in Prince Rupert, http://writology.wordpress.com/.


Guess the Giller!
The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Deadline is November 10, 2009. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/guessthegiller.


AWARDS


Congratulations to Lee Henderson who has won the 2009 Vancouver Book Award for his novel The Man Game.
http://www.straight.com/article-268451/lee-hendersons-man-game-wins-vancouver-book-award


Dany Laferrière, who won the Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix last week, has this week been named recipient of France's illustrious Prix Medicis literary award.  Laferrière is only the second Canadian novelist to win the Medicis. The first was Marie-Claire Blais, who won in 1966 for Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel.
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2009/11/04/laferriere-wins-medicis/


Marie NDiaye has won France's top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for her novel Three Strong Women.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/11/03/books/03ndiaye.html?_r=3&ref=books


Nam Le, who appeared at the 2008 Festival, has won Australia's Prime Minister's Literary Award for his debut collection of stories The Boat.
http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/books/exrefugees-boat-book-wins-pm-gong/2009/11/03/1257010156520.html


The longlist for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been announced.  
http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/2010/longlist.htm


BOOKS & WRITERS


William Deverell is often dubbed a crime writer, but this reviewer thinks of him more as "a writer of hilarious political and judicial satire."  Read a review of Snow Job in the Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-snow-job-by-william-deverell/article1345322/


Candice Fertile writes that Cary Fagan's new novel Valentine's Fall is "gently humorous, even though it deals with serious issues such as love and loss."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-valentines-fall-by-cary-fagan/article1350064/


The Guardian reviews Carol Ann Duffy's New and Collected Poems for Children, the poems in which are populated by real and invented people, among them the Loch Ness Monster's husband and Elvis.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/poems-children-duffy-rosen


Dave Eggers reviews Look at the Birdie, a selection of unpublished short fiction by Kurt Vonnegut.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Eggers-t.html?ref=books


In his introduction to The Paris Review Interviews, featuring authors from Ernest Hemingway to Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie writes that these interviews "satisfy our...deep and abiding inquisitiveness about the writing life."
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/non-fiction/article6894249.ece


Jane Smiley reviews Presence: The Collected Stories of Arthur Miller, which the author wrote between 1959 and 1992, and which Smiley calls "an arresting self-portrait, unmediated by directors, actors, gossip columnists or biographers."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/presence-arthur-miller-review


Orhan Pamuk's "enchanting new novel" The Museum of Innocence is about "first love painfully sustained over a lifetime."  Read a review in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Howard-t.html?ref=books


Ian Jack writes in the Guardian on the life and work of Diana Athill.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/31/diana-athill-books-ian-jack


Colson Whitehead's latest novel Sag Harbor came out last year.  Now he's pondering what to write next:  "a flashy and experimental brain-bender, or a pointillist examination of the dissolution of a typical American family-Generation-spanning door-stopper or claustrophobic psychological sketch?"  Read his essay in the NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Whitehead-t.html?ref=books


A.L. Kennedy, trapped on a train, reflects on her recent trip to Canada and finds herself alternately angry and depressed about the current trends in publishing.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/nov/03/al-kennedy-fiction-writing


The French anthropologist and philosopher Claude Lévi-Strauss died at the age of 100 last Friday.  This article in the NY Times offers an appraisal of Strauss' most celebrated work, Tristes Tropiques.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/books/05strauss.html?ref=books


EVENTS


VANCOWRIMO
Ever wanted to write a novel? Want to have a lot of fun writing with other people from the Lower Mainland? VancoWrimo is the Vancouver chapter of a writing challenge that takes place across the world every year in November. Thursday, November 5 at 6:30pm, free. For more information and additional dates and times, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603. Sponsored by VancoWrimo (http://www.vancowrimo.ca).


ON EDGE READING SERIES
Reading by spoken word performer Al Hunter. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island.


YARN BOMBING
Arsenal Pulp Press and the Book Warehouse present demonstrations by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and signings of their new book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse (1051 Davie Street).


DAL RICHARDS AND JIM TAYLOR
Dal Richards and author Jim Taylor lovingly look back on seven decades of keeping the music alive. Their new book, One More Time: The Dal Richards Story recounts the fascinating life story of the legendary bandleader. Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.


KASPOIT!
Anvil Press presents a book launch of Kaspoit! by Dennis E. Bolen with a special guest reading by Jenn Farrell from her upcoming book The Devil You Know. Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm, free. Montmartre Café (4362 Main). More information at info@anvilpress.com.


VANCOUVER: THE IMAGINED AND THE PROSPECTED
Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a discussion on writing about Vancouver with poets Roger Farr and Sachiko Murakami and novelist and short-story writer Lee Henderson. Thursday, November 5 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at www.greencollege.ubc.ca.


MEMEWAR
Release of the 10th issue with readings by Maria Lenart and Neil Rayner, with a media presentation of Thor Polukoshko's Cereal Junkies. Thursday, November 5 at 8:30pm. Admission: $10 and includes a copy of the magazine.The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir). More information at www.memewaronline.com.


POET AND PAINTER: A NORTH COAST COLLABORATION
Event featuring writer Leanne Boschman and illustrator Edward Epp who collaborated on the book Precipitous Signs: A Rain Journal. Saturday, November 7 at 3:00pm. The Marion Scott Gallery, 308 Water Street.


AISLINN HUNTER AND MIRANDA PEARSON
Oolichan Books and Palimpsest Press invite you to the launch of new books by Aislinn Hunter (A Peepshow with Views of the Interior: Paratexts) and Miranda Pearson (Harbour). Sunday, November 8 at 7:00pm. Chivanna Restaurant and Lounge, 2340 West 4th Avenue.


AN EVENING WITH S. BEAR BERGMAN
Reading from The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You. A discussion with the author will follow. Monday, November 9 at 4:30pm. Lillooet Room (301), Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC. For more information, visit www.sbearbergman.com.


ANNE MURRAY
Meet Canada's first lady of song as she signs copies of her memoir, All of Me. In this revealing autobiography, Anne Murray tells the whole story of her 40-year career in show biz. Monday, November 9 at 7:00pm. Chapters Langley (20015 Langley By-Pass, unit 115). For more information, phone 604.514.8663.


JUNE HUTTON
Author presents her debut novel, Underground, in a unique reading for Remembrance Day that recognizes Canada's forgotten veterans of the Spanish Civil War. Monday, November 9 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.


HAIKU DEATH MATCH
Part of the Vancouver Poetry Slam series. Costumes encouraged. Featuring David Silverberg. Monday, November 9 at 8:00pm. Cost: $5-$10 at the door. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive. Sign up at vancouverhaiku@gmail.com.


STEPHEN VOGLER
Author launches his book Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town. Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm, free. Aphrodite's Organic Café (3598 West 4th Avenue, Whistler, BC). For more information, call 1-800-667-2988 or visit www.harbourpublishing.com.


ROB BUDDLE
On Edge Reading Series presents the author of declining america. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island. More information at http://www.ecuad.ca/node/3622.


ROBSON READING SERIES
Reading of 4 Poets with Daniela Elza, Peter Mortin, Al Remple and Onjana Yawnghwe. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.


NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY
Simon Fraser University researcher Donald Gutstein discusses his new book Not A Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.


BOOK LAUNCH
Reading of The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman & LeRoy Jensen, the second book in the series, The Unheralded Artists of B.C. Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm. Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver). RSVP to info@mothertonguepublishing.com.


ANTHONY PAGDEN
Author reads from his work, Worlds at War, which delves deep into the roots of the clash of civilizations between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas. Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.


JOYLAND
Vancouver writers from the online short fiction project, Joyland, read. Featuring Michael Turner, Rhonda Waterfall, Alex Leslie and Rachel Knudsen. Friday, November 13 at 8:00pm, free. W2 Perel Gallery, 112 West Hastings.


Upcoming


LONGHOUSE COFFEE HOUSE NIGHT
An evening of poetry, song, reading, performance and a pot luck. Monday, November 16 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, 1985 West Mall, UBC. More information by phoning 604-822-8941 or emailing fnhl.coordinator@ubc.ca.


CELEBRATING BOOKS THAT MOVE YOU
An evening of adventure, art and wild beauty and celebrate Fall books that move you. Monday, November 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.


CYNTHIA FLOOD
Author reads from her book The English Stories. Monday, November 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.


AMANDA NAHANEE
Join Vancouver Public Library's inaugural First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence Amanda Nahanee for storytelling from her culture and history. Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm, free. Kitsilano Branch, 2425 Macdonald Street.


SONNET L'ABBE
Reading by the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe. Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island. More information at http://www.ecuad.ca/node/3623.


AFTER THE QUAKE
Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions present 'after the quake', based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, November 19-December 5 at Studio 16, Vancouver. Tickets available through www.vancouvertix.com. See http://pitheatre.com/quake for more info.


CBC OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD BANK DAY
On Friday December 4, writer/broadcaster Bill Richardson and other CBC personalities will welcome the public to CBC Vancouver for a tour of their newly renovated, state of the art broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street. Food Bank volunteers will accept donations at stations around the building. You can also donate online: CBC.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday, starting November 6.


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Fwd: Writing News, Issue #002 -- Be a Better Writer





Writing News November 2009

New:
This past month, I've been busy making artwork for the short stories published in Page Forty-Seven online anthology. I'm not finished yet, so keep watching. There are more to come!
New Short Stories:
I published five new original short stories in October:
  • His Life
  • by Kristine Kettle
  • Silk
  • by Hema Ramen
  • Death Comes for Simon
  • by Max Clark
  • Every Thursday
  • by Michelle Satchell
  • A Rose in the Morning
  • by George Lea
Click on Page Forty-Seven online anthology to read them.
Latest Tweet on Twitter:
Read the very first New York Review of Books published February 1, 1963 here
Writer's Resources:
New to the Writing Resources page this month:
  1. The Vocabula Review A monthly journal about the state of the English language.
  2. SmartWriters.com Learn the business and craft of writing for children.
Writing Contests:
Two new Writing Contests, and four closing in November. Be sure to check out the Glimmer Train Fiction Award for New Writers.
Emergency Money for Writers:
If you or someone you know is struggling to finish a book but are unable to because of financial need, the Writers' Trust of Canada can help. The Woodcock Fund was established in 1989 to provide emergency financial assistance to professional Canadian writers. Grants are normally in the $5000 to $10000 range and are administered quickly and efficiently by the Writers' Trust of Canada. Often recipients will receive the grant money within two weeks of applying for it. See PDF guidelines at the bottom of this page.
Setting Writing Goals:
Writing goals help to improve craft and will remind you to set aside time to improve your craft. There is no magic formula that will help you become a great writer, but you can take action that will move you closer to that goal. I suggest setting goals in three key areas:
  1. knowledge
  2. improvement
  3. submissions
  • First, set writing goals that will increase your knowledge of craft to some degree every month. Maybe you have time to read only one book about writing a month. That's something. If you're pressed for time, search out YouTube videos that teach writing craft.
A good place to start on YouTube is the MasterClass series by the Scottish Book Trust: Scottish Book Trust


  • Knowledge fuels improvement, but don't leave your improvement to chance. Set writing goals that force you to measure change. You need an objective opinion on this, so if you can afford to hire a writing mentor, this is the fastest and most reliable method of determining your progress. Contact Me



  • If you can't afford private mentoring, join an online critiquing group. I occasionally provide free feedback at My Writers Circle and many other professional and amateur writers do the same and will provide prompt, valuable feedback.
    Also, keep an editing checklist and run a search on particular problem areas. If you tend to overuse adverbs, do a search for "ly." If you overuse participial phrases, search for "ing" words. Your writing goals should be specific, such as that you want a 10% decrease in adverbs each time you check. So keep track of your numbers, and gauge your progress. As you overcome one problem, focus on another, so you have continuous improvement.
    Don't focus all your writing goals on weaknesses. Your work will sell because of its strengths, so keep honing them, and get reliable, objective feedback on that, as well.
    Knowledge and improvement are the writing goals that will bring you the most satisfaction at first, so buy a book, enroll in a course or writing conference, ask for a critique, pay a mentor, and do whatever is necessary to learn and improve.


  • And submit! The best proof of your improvement is a publication, so always have a submission in circulation. You may not feel that you're ready to submit, but you may never feel that you're ready. Get advice from a professional, and if an editor or mentor says a piece of work is ready to submit, keep it in motion. If an editor rejects it, ship it off to someone else.



  • Make this part of your writing goals. If you don't and you're like most writers, you will procrastinate, or you will get one or two rejections and won't want to risk more. Don't give in to this feeling. Set a goal to have a new piece ready for submission every month, research the market, and send the piece out. After six months, you will have six pieces circulating.
    If you're fortunate, you will receive feedback and encouragement along with any rejections. Better yet, you will be accepted for publication. But you will only be published if you force yourself to send your work out.
    So there you have it. Three simple goals. They won't be new to you, but are you already taking the necessary action? If not, set a writing goal right now that you will take action on at least one of these goals before the end of the week.
    What specific aspect of your writing do you want to improve? Write it down as a goal, and take action. Thinking about it is not good enough. Nothing changes until you take action. Set some goals right now, act on them, and your progress is guaranteed.
    Special Offer:
    Here is a special offer to get you started:
    Send me an email with 500 words of writing. Put your name and the words "Is this ready?" in the subject line.
    For $25, I will pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses in the sample.
    This is less than one third of my usual rate, as a special offer to motivate you. Contact Me

    However you do it, I urge you to set writing goals and take action toward lasting improvement today.

    http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/



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    Tuesday, 3 November 2009

    Logo Competition





    Logo Competition for ConKER
    (ConKER = Consumers for Knowledge Exchange and Research on Mental Illness).
    CONKER is a VCMHS consumer research team, which was established to engage psychiatric consumers as partners in the research enterprise, to investigate questions of interest and relevance to persons receiving psychiatric services.
    We need a logo to put on our documents, and invite submissions from mental health consumers. The winning entry will be selected by a panel.
    Closing November 27th 2009
    (sorry no late entries accepted)
    1st Prize $ 150.00
    2nd and 3rd prizes $25.00 each
    Please note the winning submission will become the property of CONKER and will be used to represent in representing the work of this group.

    Please send all submissions to Merle Ginsburg, Program Coordinator of the Consumer Initiative Fund at merle.ginsburg@vch.ca or
    Suite 200, 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC. V5Z 4H5.


    WRAP course



    COME NAVIGATE A ROAD TO RECOVERY


    Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
    Developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A.

    Open to anyone who has experience living with mental illness

    WRAP is a program to help people take charge of their own recovery journey by developing an action plan for wellness and recovery. It's not about illness. It's about creating the life one wants to live. You will create your own recovery and crisis plan designed for you, by you. 

    WHERE:   Kitsilano Team, 400-1212 Broadway

    WHEN:    Fridays from 1:30-4:30 pm
    starting January 22, 2010   

                                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Space is limited so register early by calling
    604-708-5274 leaving your name and phone number.


    'Frames of Mind' November 18 Screening

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

    It's Not Me, I Swear! (C'est pas moi, je le jure!)

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 7:30pm
    Canada 2008. Director: Philippe Falardeau Cast: Antoine L'Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière, Catherine Faucher, Gabriel Maillé
    Directed by Philippe Falardeau, one of Canada's funniest and most astute young filmmakers, this fresh, fast-paced seriocomic gem is set in the summer of 1968 in suburban Montreal, where 10-year-old hellion Léon (newcomer Antoine L'Écuyer) embarks on a spree of destructive and self-destructive behaviour as his parents' marriage crumbles. "Léon's favourite hobbies include failed suicide attempts, vandalism, theft, running away and breaking and entering. The cause of Léon's behaviour is fairly obvious. His parents are a truly horrific match, prone to ear-splitting domestic squabbles that begin with smashed plates and conclude with paintings being ripped apart. As their relationship deteriorates, Léon's actions grow increasingly outrageous and self-destructive (a 'visit' to a vacationing neighbour's house is particularly memorable), and the situation is only exacerbated by his father's remoteness and his mother's liberal, conspiratorial approach to child-rearing . . . A touching and amusing meditation on changing mores and family structures" (Toronto I.F.F.) Falardeau's film offers a highly pleasing mix of humour and pathos, and impresses with its stylish period re-creation, fine performances, and assured, energetic direction. Colour, 35mm, in French with English subtitles. 105 mins.
    Post-screening discussion with Dr. Myles Blank, an infant psychiatrist who works at BC Children's Hospital and with a community mental-health team. He also has a private psychotherapy practice in Vancouver, seeing both children and adult patients. Dr. Blank utilizes poetry, music and film in his teaching, especially with regard to post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment issues.
    Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
    REVIEWS
    "Director Philippe Falardeau explores detention-worthy existentialism."
    Eye Weekly
    | full review
    "The film elicits a wonderful mix of emotions .... a poetic tale of an outrageous artist-as-a-young-boy."
    Macleans | full review
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    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, full reviews, trailers and ticketing information, visit our website or facebook page
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    Fwd: Book News Vol. 4 No. 48



    BOOK NEWS

    David Sedaris Special Event
    On November 1, join David Sedaris, the man Entertainment Weekly describes as "the preeminent humorist of his generation". Tickets are still available to the general public, but you can still do your bit for the VIWF by using the special code "writers" when you book. A portion of the ticket revenue will then come to the Festival. Call 604 280 3311 or visit
    www.ticketmaster.ca. Event details.

    Guess the Giller!
    The VIWF is pleased to partner with Scotiabank Giller Prize in the Guess the Giller contest. Select the finalist you think will win the prize to win a VIP trip for two to the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala in Toronto. Deadline is November 10, 2009. Details
    .

    Writer-In-Residence
    Check out the blog about 2009 Festival author Rukhsana Khan's week-long residency in Prince Rupert,
    http://writology.wordpress.com/. Khan will be leading workshops with children and teachers until Friday this week.


    William New reminds us that if we publish Canadian writers, teach their books, and discuss their writing, the arts in Canada will flourish as they did in the 1950s.
    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/1950s+still+teach+something+about+supporting+arts/2140614/story.html

    The Toronto Star profiles 36-year-old Nicole Winstanley who was recently named publisher of Penguin Canada.
    http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/715821--the-girl-who-loved-books-so-much-she-grew-up-to-make-them

    Rebecca James, an Australian kitchen saleswoman who dreamed of seeing her first novel published, has become the latest sensation in the publishing world. Her debut novel, Beautiful Malice, "a gritty psychological thriller for teenagers upward," has sparked an aggressive bidding war world-wide.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125625947789002885.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


    AWARDS

    2009 Festival author Dany Laferrière has won the 2010 Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix.  The $10,000 award recognizes both literary achievement and an international reputation and is given as part of the annual Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.
    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/10/27/blue-met-prize.html

    BOOKS & WRITERS

    Robert Arthur Alexie's novel Porcupines and China Dolls, about the grim and destructive legacy of the residential school system in a fictional First Nations community, is ultimately a book about redemption, writes the Georgia Straight.
    http://www.straight.com/article-265144/alexie-weighs-burdens-north

    The Globe & Mail reviews the latest volume of the Journey Prize Stories, selected by Camilla Gibb, Lee Henderson and Rebecca Rosenblum.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-journey-prize-stories-21/article1338508/

    Michiko Kakutani of the NY Times writes that John Irving's new novel, Last Night on Twisted River, showcases all of Irving's liabilities as a writer while at the same time ranking as one of his most powerful works.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/books/27irving.html?_r=2&ref=books

    Amit Chaudhuri, who participated in the Festival's Tribute to Alice Munro on October 18, receives a favourable review of his novel The Immortals in the NY Times.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/books/review/Bahadur-t.html?ref=books

    Quill & Quire writes that in her new novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible, Zoe Whittall shows off her talent for creating vivid characters.
    http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6656

    Karen Connelly fans will be enthralled by her latest book Burmese Lessons. Read a review in Quill & Quire.
    http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6679

    This reviewer has only one minor quibble with Anne DeGrace's new novel, Sounding Line, which takes the incident of "Canada's Roswell" as its starting point.
    http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6637

    The Globe & Mail reviews The Last Woman, in which John Bemrose writes with" poise and authority" about the Northern Ontario landscape he knows so intimately.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-last-woman-by-john-bemrose/article1326493/

    William Deverell, author of Snow Job, admits to an obsession with proper comma placement and a neurotic phobia involving the caps lock key in this Q&A with the Toronto Star.
    http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/festivalofauthors/article/716500--how-the-writers-write-q-a-william-deverell

    Sherman Alexie talks about the commercial success of his 2007 YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and why he has turned down all offers to sell the film rights to the book.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/books/21alexie.html?ref=books

    Malcolm Gladwell, who identifies mainly as a Canadian though he lives in New York, says that he's never felt like such an outsider as during the current US healthcare debate: "You feel so non-American when you see these crazy people who have no clue about what it means to have universal healthcare. Never before have I been so reminded of my outsiderness than during this debate." Read the full interview here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/26/malcolm-gladwell-tipping-point-blink

    EVENTS

    VOYAGE TO OTHER WORLDS!
    Vancouver fantasy authors D.D. Barant and A. M. Dellamonica voyage to other worlds as they read from their new alternate-universe novels. Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm, free. Meeting Room, Level 3, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

    EOIN COLFER
    Author Eoin Colfer launches his commissioned sequel to Douglas Adams's remarkable Hitchhiker series, And Another Thing... Talk. Q&A and book signing included. Show up in a Hitchhiker costume by 11:30 am for a chance to win autographed Hitchhiker series memorabilia and Chapters gift cards! Saturday, October 31 at 12:00pm. Chapters Granville.

    A TRIBUTE TO ROBIN BLASER, DAVID DAWSON, GERRY GILBERT, KULDIP GILL AND BILLY LITTLE
    An afternoon of remembrance and tribute to celebrate the lives and works of these fine Vancouver-area poets who passed away this past year. Featuring readings by George Bowering, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Meredith Quartermain, Oana Avasilichioaei, Jamie Reid and Miriam Nichols. Sunday, November 1 at 2:00pm. Celebration Hall at the Mountain View Cemetary. For more information, email
    poetlaureate@vancouver.ca.

    ABBY DENSEN
    Graphic novelist Abby Denson signs and reads from her new book Dolltopia. Launch party also featues cupcakes and a made-over doll contest. Sunday, November 1 at 2:00pm. Emily Carr Theatre (1399 Johnston, Granville Island). More information at
    www.abbycomix.com/.

    GUY DAUNCEY
    Author presents his book, The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. Drawing on working solutions from around the world, he reveals how we can reduce our carbon footprint. Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

    TRACTORINA'S TRAVELS
    Marina Sonkina, refugee of the Soviet Union, now a university professor in British Columbia, reads from her new book Tractorina's Travels and Other Stories. Wednesday, November 4 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

    VANCOWRIMO
    Ever wanted to write a novel? Want to have a lot of fun writing with other people from the Lower Mainland? VancoWrimo is the Vancouver chapter of a writing challenge that takes place across the world every year in November. Thursday, November 5 at 6:30pm, free. For more information and additional dates and times, please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603. Sponsored by VancoWrimo (
    http://www.vancowrimo.ca).

    ON EDGE READING SERIES
    Reading by spoken word performer Al Hunter. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Granville Island.

    YARN BOMBING
    Arsenal Pulp Press and the Book Warehouse present demonstrations by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain and signings of their new book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse (1051 Davie Street).

    DAL RICHARDS AND JIM TAYLOR
    Dal Richards and author Jim Taylor lovingly look back on seven decades of keeping the music alive. Their new book, One More Time: The Dal Richards Story recounts the life story of the legendary bandleader. Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

    VANCOUVER: THE IMAGINED AND THE PROSPECTED
    Green College writer-in-residence Oana Avasilichioaei hosts a discussion on writing about Vancouver with poets Roger Farr and Sachiko Murakami and novelist and short-story writer Lee Henderson. Thursday, November 5 at 8:00pm, free. Coach House, Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Rd., UBC). More information at
    www.greencollege.ubc.ca.

    POET AND PAINTER: A NORTH COAST COLLABORATION
    Event featuring writer Leanne Boschman and illustrator Edward Epp who collaborated on the book, Precipitous Signs: A Rain Journal. Saturday, November 7 at 3:00pm. The Marion Scott Gallery, 308 Water Street.

    JUNE HUTTON
    June Hutton presents her debut novel, Underground, in a unique reading for Remembrance Day that recognizes Canada's forgotten veterans of the Spanish Civil War. Monday, November 9 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

    HAIKU DEATH MATCH
    Part of the Vancouver Poetry Slam series. Costumes encouraged. Featuring David Silverberg. Monday, November 9 at 8:00pm. Cost: $5-$10 at the door. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive. Sign up at vancouverhaiku@gmail.com.

    Upcoming

    STEPHEN VOGLER
    Author launches his book Only in Whistler: Tales of a Mountain Town. Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm, free. Aphrodite's Organic Café (3598 West 4th Avenue, Whistler, BC). For more information, call 1-800-667-2988 or visit
    www.harbourpublishing.com.

    ROBSON READING SERIES
    Reading of 4 Poets with Daniela Elza, Peter Mortin, Al Remple and Onjana Yawnghwe. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.

    NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY
    Simon Fraser University researcher Donald Gutstein discusses his new book Not A Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy. Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street.

    BOOK LAUNCH
    Reading of The Life & Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman & LeRoy Jensen, the second book in the series, The Unheralded Artists of B.C. Friday, November 13 at 7:00pm. Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver). RSVP to
    info@mothertonguepublishing.com.

    ANTHONY PAGDEN
    Author reads from his work, Worlds at War, which delves deep into the roots of the clash of civilizations between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas. Friday, November 13 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street.

    JOYLAND
    Vancouver writers from the online short fiction project, Joyland, read. Featuring Michael Turner, Rhonda Waterfall, Alex Leslie and Rachel Knudsen. Friday, November 13 at 8:00pm, free. W2 Perel Gallery, 112 West Hastings.

    CELEBRATING BOOKS THAT MOVE YOU
    An evening of adventure, art and wild beauty and celebrate Fall books that move you. Monday, November 16 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

    CYNTHIA FLOOD
    Author reads from her book The English Stories. Monday, November 16 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.

    AFTER THE QUAKE
    Pi Theatre and Rumble Productions present 'after the quake', based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, November 19-December 5 at Studio 16, Vancouver. Tickets available through www.vancouvertix.com. See
    http://pitheatre.com/quake for more info.


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    Chapbook call, event invitation, new titles


    Hello poets and friends … welcome to Autumn … our favourite month! Here are some news items for you. 

    1.       We Invite you to join the Leaf Press Facebook Group for special announcements this fall.  On October 31 (scary) we'll be posting the following:

    ·         An invitation to participate in the first of the chapbook series to be published by Leaf`s new imprint "The Leaf Creative." This is an opportunity for poets who wish to self publish to use the resources of Leaf's editing and design team and to present their work using the Leaf platform.
    ·         Timely notes from Marianne and Suzanne who together have the uncanny ability to select the perfect poetry book for each of your friends, family members, colleagues, neighbours, penpals, fellow students, fellow members of book clubs and hiking clubs and model railroading clubs...

    If you don't wish to join Facebook, you can get this information by emailing us. If you are in the Facebook Group and wish to stop receiving these emails, please let us know.

    2.       The fall titles are out!  Check out the website here for the amazing Patrick M. Pilarski and his book Huge Blue. In one month (September) he birthed this amazing western Canada travelogue in Japanese short-form, got engaged, and completed his Ph.D. in computer engineering. Our hats are forever off to him (but not our toques this winter).  We've launched Kit Pepper's book Let Beauty Be: a Season in the Highlands, Guatemala on Gabriola Island. There'll be another event in Nanaimo in early December. Click here for more information on this book, which Phil Hall has called "fresh as slaps of light."

    3.       You are invited to a fun event: "Poet and Painter: A NorthCoast Collaboration" at The Marion Scott Gallery 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2009 (308 Water St., Vancouver, B.C.) Enjoy Prince Rupert, its history and environment, through the works of  Leanne Boschman, reading from her book Precipitous Signs: a Rain Journal,  and Edward Epp, showing the paintings which illustrate the book. More information: http://www.leafpress.ca/Marion_Scott_Gallery_Poster.pdf or Ursula Vaira, publisher at Leaf Press, 250 390-3028 ursulavaira@leafpress.ca.  Leanne's book page is here and Edward Epp's website is here.

    Best wishes from Ursula, Marianne and Suzanne, the girls of autumn.


    Leaf Press

    250 390-3028
    P.O. Box 416
    Lantzville, B.C.
    V0R 2H0

    SFU writers conference in November


    Art Studios Winter Sale