Saturday, 26 September 2009

Poetic Dreams





Pandora's News

The Summer Dream Poetry Contest:

Deadline Sept 15, 2009 Deadline extended until Oct 1, 2009

For Details: http://www.pandorascollective.com/contest.html

Thursday Oct 1st

Pandora's Collective Presents

TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON

In the spirit of Vancouver all poets are welcome. Come out and bring your best, favourite, newest, oldest poems, and share in an evening of literary surprises. 1st Thursday of every month.

Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni

Time: 7-9pm

Upcoming Features:

Oct 1st: Shannon Rayne and Warren Dean Fulton

Nov 5th: Art Joyce and Christy Hill

Dec 3rd: Diane Tucker and Mary Duffy

Jan 7th: Don Simpson

Feb 4th: Jen Currin and Christine LeClaire

Location: Cambie Bakery and Cafe - a fantastic selection of fine vegetarian foods, teas, coffees and pastries!
312 Cambie Street (North of Hastings), Vancouver B.C.
Contact: blinsh_pandoras@yahoo.ca

www.pandorascollective.com

Other News

THURSDAY SEPT 24TH

MASHED POETICS RETURNS

WITH

NIRVANA'S NEVERMIND

@ THE COTTAGE BISTRO 4468 MAIN STREET (MAIN AND 29TH)

PERFORMED BY NIRVANA COVER BAND: LITHIUM

AND

12 OF VANCOUVER'S FINEST SPOKEN WORD POETS

DUNCAN SHIELDS, SUE McINTYRE, KIMOTHY SHAUGHNESSY, NORA SMITHHISLER, ANDREA DANIELS,

WARREN DEAN FULTON, RC WESLOWSKI, AMNESIA JANE SMITH, SUSAN CORMIER, CJ LEON,

ZACCHEUS JACKSON, 7 DOLLAR BILL

MASHED POETICS IS A NIGHT THAT COMBINES MUSIC AND SPOKEN WORD

MASHING UP A CLASSIC ALBUM WITH LOCAL PERFORMANCE POETS AND A DYNAMITE COVER BAND

EACH POET IS GIVEN 1 SONG FROM THE ALBUM TO WRITE A NEW POEM TO

THE WHOLE THING IS UNVEILED THIS THURSDAY AT 9:30PM.

DOORS AT 8:45 FOLLOWING THE THURSDAY NIGHT COMEDY SHOW

$5-$10 SLIDING SCALE.

Contact RC Weslowski for more info 604 215 9230 or reply to this message

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The Timeraiser

Thursday, September 24, 2009

6:30pm - 11:55pm

Roundhouse Community Centre

Corner of Davie & Pacific

Vancouver, BC

The Timeraiser is part volunteer fair and part silent art auction where, rather than money, you bid a number of hours you are willing to volunteer for an organization(s) of your choice over the next 12 months.

Throughout the evening, meet with representatives from a variety of non-profit agencies that are looking for help, and match your skills to their needs. From Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics BC and Vancouver Fringe Festival, there are many stimulating ways to get involved in your community.

Go to www.timeraiser.ca to register as we celebrate an evening of community building. Tickets are $20 (unless your boss wants to pay for you!) and are limited, so buy yours soon!
For more information and a complete list of participating non profit agencies as well as a preview of the 2009 artwork, visit www.timeraiser.ca

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GENERATION

SATURDAY, Sept. 26, 4 pm,

Black Moss Press

Book Launch

CELEBRATE Poetry with Bowen poets

&

Bernice Lever

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The Gallery, Artisan Square

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All Welcome, Refreshments

Book Signings and Sales

Bernice Lever - 604-947-0017 RR1, B69, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G0 www.colourofwords.com Canadian Authors Association www.canauthorsvancouver.org

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Word on the Street

From ComedyFest acts on the Literally Funny Mainstage, to poetry, prose, and visual exhibits, the 2009 Word On The Street Vancouver has something for everyone. Don't miss out on magazine demos in the Magazine Mews, informative panels at Writing Talks, and two new venues - The Word On The Screen and The Sony Reader Lounge. Check out all the details on The Word On The Street Vancouver's new website. Watch for the printed program guide available in your local bookstore, library, and café.
Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Library Square, Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia

Visit http://thewordonthestreet.ca/vancouver/home.asp for details.

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September 28, 2009

World Poetry Reading Series and the Vancouver Public Library
Present:

802nd birthday and Life Celebration of Rumi
Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
(Alice MacKaye room)
6:30-8:30 pm
World Poetry hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea
Rumi host: Dr. Meshgini PHD
Rumi-life and books.
Poetry of Rumi in English and different languages
Dance -turning demo by Tanya Evanson.
Music
Seating is limited
Come celebrate with us!
Free
Information 604-526-4729

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Talon Poetry Event: Fred Wah & Friends

Have a Drink with Fred Wah & Friends

Date:

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time:

7:30pm - 10:30pm

Location:

The ANZA Club

Street:

3 West 8th Avenue

City/Town:

Vancouver, BC

Fred Wah plus Daphne Marlatt, Colin Browne, Jeff Derksen, Roy Miki, and George Bowering, who will emcee the event.

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Upcoming Grind Writers meeting dates:
Sun Sept 27 @ Word on the Street

Thanksgiving weekend - skip meeting
Sat Oct 17 Sun Nov 1
Sat Nov 14 Sun Nov 29
Sat Dec 12 - last one for 2009.

2010

Sat Jan 9 Sun Jan 24
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Thundering Word

Oct 4th-- Ehrin Salazar. Another good Wanda choice. This guy is a true entertainer and also a great contributor to the art scene around town here. He did one spot at the Open Mic and Wanda knew we had to feature him.

Oct. 18th-- The Boomchix!! Oh yes, these sweethearts are about my all time fave singing duo. They harmonize like angels and Janice Dunbar is a songwriter in the genius cartegory. We've featured them before and I always say, "You Poets need to come out and see these girls!" You'll know what I mean when you hear them....

Nov.1st--- This is a MONSTER. Not only are we featuring the one and only cris derksen, the killer Cellist who got a raging standing "O" last year... Oh yeah, you'll be taken for an incredible Musical ride with this lady!...

.....not only that, but it's also our expanded version of "dead poets"---- It's "The Open Mic of th' Living Dead"--- It's a contest, complete with Judges, in which, you, our wonderful Open Mic folks come as any dead celeb you choose and do a piece on the Open Mic in that character. whip up a costuime and a character you can imitate and go for it! NOT just "Poets" either... come as John Wayne, Einstien, Salvador Dali, Johnny Cash, Flip Wilson... anyone you want as long as you do your bit in under 10 minutes in that character. Good Prizes and tons o' fun. Of course, the Mic will be Open to anyone who wants to do their set as themselves, but ya won't be judged or win a Prize....

Remember! It's All Saints day! The day after Halloween. You should all still be in a Halloweenie mood!

Nov.15th--- The great and wonderful Christie Rose! Be sure to observe the smile on Ali's face. She's one of his very favorites. She IS a great singer and a real darlin'. You just gotta love this fine gal.

Nov. 29th-- OK, Ladies, this one's for you! Fernando Raguero! Yes, one of the funniest and miost bizarre poets anywhere. A many time member of the Vancouver Slam team. This guy has no peers! He's in a category all his own.

Dec. 6th-- Dick Cash... This is another Wanda pick and that girl is never wrong. She's battin' 1000 so far, so what can ya say? They are a kinda urban Hillbilly band and well worth checking out.

And finally, Dec. 20th--- Our Christmas show! These shows are always great. We're featuring The Burrs again. Why? They were so great last year that we had to have them back. They were perfect for a big show like that... This could become a tradition! There will be gifts for the performers, ( gifts with a theme! ) Prizes and a wonderful ending to another Fine year of Vancouver's Finest Open Mic.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Public Programs Schedule

September 27-October 10, 2009

This October we are pleased to announce the opening of Scott McFarland, who will be giving an Artist Talk on October 3 and From the Collection: Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander?. Don't miss the Curator's Tour of this exhibition on October 6.

For more information please visit our website or call 604.662.4700.

Friday, October 2, 12:10pm
Out for Lunch/ Annex Building , Heritage Courtroom 302
Albonata Trio: Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin ( Germany ); Beth Root Sandvoss, cello ( USA ) and Elizabeth Bergmann, piano ( Canada )

Hans Gal: Trio, in E major, Op. 18; Mendelssohn: Trio in d minor, Op. 49

Free with Gallery admission. Arrive early-this popular event has limited space.

Saturday, October 3, 2pm
Scott McFarland
Artist Talk / Scott McFarland / In the Gallery, 4 East
Toronto based photographer Scott McFarland discusses his artistic practice.

Free with Gallery admission

Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
From the Collection: Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander
Curator's Tour / Grant Arnold / In the Gallery, 3rd floor
Join Grant Arnold , Audain Curator of British Columbian Art, for a guided tour of the exhibition.

Free with Gallery admission

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - CBC LITERARY CONTEST

The Literary Awards Team is anxiously awaiting your original and unpublished works (short story,
poetry, and creative non-fiction) by Nov. 1, 2009. You could win $60,000 in cash prizes.

Submit online! Join us on Facebook!

The Awards are Canada 's only literary competition celebrating original, unpublished works in both
official languages. There are three categories: short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction, with
cash prizes totalling $60,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, publication in Air
Canada 's enRoute magazine, and visibility for the winners and their winning entries offered by CBC.
The Awards Team - Literary_Awards@cbc.ca - 1-877-888-6788

(This information line is open from June 1 to Dec 15.)

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com


Book News Vol. 4 No. 44


BOOK NEWS

David Sedaris Special Event
Tickets are now 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 at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

Volunteer!
We are now filling cancelled shifts. If you have weekday day-time availability, retail experience, don't mind lifting and carrying and can walk easily across Granville Island, let us know! Especially if you can speak French! Further information and registration at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/volunteers/new.


Victoria Glendinning, the British critic and novelist, and one of the three members of this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize jury, has some contentious things to say about Can Lit.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/in-other-words/a-brit-giller-judge-makes-fun-of-canadian-fiction/article1297024/

Noah Richler responds in kind to Ms. Glendinning's critique in today's Globe & Mail.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/ill-take-my-canadian-tuque-victoria-you-keep-your-english-fish-pie/article1299026/

AWARDS

Heather McHugh, who will be appearing in the Festival's Poetry Bash this year, is one of 24 recipients of a "genius award," granted yearly by the MacArthur Foundation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/arts/22macarthur.html

The longlist for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced. Among the nominees are Festival participants Annabel Lyon and Colin McAdam.
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2009/09/21/surprise-inclusions-omissions-on-giller-longlist/

2009 Festival participant Lisa Foad has won a ReLit award in the short fiction category for her debut collection The Night is a Mouth.
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2009/09/21/2009-relit-award-winners-announced/

Winnipeg author Joan Thomas has won this year's Amazon First Novel Award for her book Reading by Lightning.
http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.php/2009/09/24/joan-thomas-takes-amazons-first-novel-award/

BOOKS & WRITERS

The Globe & Mail praises Leon Rooke's new collection of stories, The Last Shot, saying there is "some magic Leon Rooke does with a twist of his hand, a complex image of the relationship between life and death, strangely humanized and desperate, comic, sweet, uncanny and so achingly beautiful you wish it were real." Rooke is appearing in Events 37, 46, and 62 at the Festival.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/life-death-magic/article1292558/

Festival participant Brian Brett reviews Generation A by Douglas Coupland, whom Brett calls "a great ironist of our time, perhaps without comparison in Canada." Douglas Coupland is appearing in Events 21 and 47 at the Festival.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/the-sting-of-satire/article1292734/

The NY Times writes that the most powerful parts of Audrey Niffenegger's new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, "deal not with paranormal events but with the ordinary pleasures and frustrations of life."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/books/22kaku.html?_r=1&ref=books

The Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star review Ray Robertson's new novel, David, whose protagonist David King, a black man living and raised in the freed-slave community of Elgin, near Chatham, "is that most irresistible of narrators, a high-minded cynic."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/david-by-ray-robertson/article1292735/
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/article/697971

Jeanette Winterson reviews Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood in the NY Times. In the following article Atwood admits that her own imagination sometimes scares her silly.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/books/review/Winterson-t.html?_r=1&ref=books
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/books/22atwood.html?_r=1&ref=books

Joyce Carol Oates' 57th novel, Little Bird of Heaven, is a "tragedy on a classical scale."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/books/review/Watrous-t.html?ref=books

The NY Times calls William Trevor's latest novel Love and Summer "a thrilling work of art."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/books/review/Mallon-t.html?ref=books

In this essay Lori Lansens explains what she shares with Mary Gooch, the 300 pound narrator of her latest novel The Wife's Tale, and what she shares with all of her fictional characters for that matter.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/i-am-mary-gooch/article1298515/

Leonard Cohen's 75th birthday prompts the Globe & Mail to look back at the author's life and work and investigate why, after publishing two novels early in his career, he didn't write more fiction.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/a-portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-writer/article1292560/

EVENTS

TD KIDS BOOK CLUB
Win CBC Radio coming to your elementary school to record the TD Kids Book Club with Susin Neilsen, author of Word Nerd! The Book Club will be broadcast on North by Northwest! To enter the contest, classes must create a cheer telling CBC why they should win the Book Club coming to their school. For all the details go to
http://www.cbc.ca/books/bookclub/tdbooks/. Contest closes October 4.

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by Ameen Merchant (The Silent Raga) and David Chariandy (Soucouyant). Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street). Information at
www.rsquare.bookstore.ubc.ca.

BOOK LAUNCH
Women Elders in Action invite the public to attend the launch of the anthology Mythogyny: the lives and times of women elders in BC. Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm. Teck Gallery, SFU, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

SHORT READINGS
Local authors Cristy Watson, Ian Lauder, Vaughan Chapman, and Virginia Gillespie read from a mix of poetry and other works. Thursday, September 24 at 7:30pm, free. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock).

PLAY CHTHONICS READING
Readings by award winning poets Jordan Scott and A.F. Moritz. Friday, September 25 at 7:30pm, free. Graham House at Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC. More information at
http://playchthonics.blogspot.com/.

JOWI TAYLOR
Not Just Another Music Shop hosts a book-signing by the author of Six String Nation. Saturday, September 26 at 2:00pm. Not Just Another Music Shop (4118 Main).

SPECULATIVE POETRY LAUNCH
B.C. poets Eileen Kernaghan and Marcie Tentchoff read from their recent poetry collections. Saturday, September 26 at 2:00pm. White Dwarf Books (3715 W. 10th).

WORD ON THE STREET
National book and magazine festival - held downtown at Library Square in the concourse. Fun and educational for all ages. Sunday, September 27 from 11am to 5pm. Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia. More information at
http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/vancouver.

LITERACY AND BEYOND WINE TASTING GALA
Hal Wake
and wine columnist Anthony Gismondi host the 3rd annual event with dozens of B.C. wines, West Coast cuisine, jazz, and live and silent auctions in support of Literacy B.C. Monday, September 28 at 6:00pm. Beyond Restaurant + Lounge (1015 Burrard Street). More information at
www.literacyandbeyond.com.

802ND BIRTHDAY AND LIFE CELEBRATION OF RUMI
The World Poetry Reading Series and Vancouver Public Library present the poetry of Rumi in English and different languages. Monday, September 28 at 6:30pm, free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.

BOOK LAUNCH AND PARTY
Wear your plaid, dungarees, overalls, long johns and join West Coast contributors Charlotte Gill, Jaspreet Singh and John Vigna to celebrate the launch of Cabin Fever, the Banff Centre's newest literary journalism anthology. Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00pm.The Brickhouse (730 Main Street).

ALCUIN AWARDS 2009/GABRIELE WILSON
The 2009 Alcuin Awards Ceremony (for the winners of the best-designed Canadian books of 2008) will be moderated by Douglas & McIntyre Creative Director Peter Cocking, himself an award-winning book designer. The ceremony will follow an informal talk by New York graphic designer and professor Gabriele Wilson. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, The New York Times, Metropolis, Print, USA TODAY, By Its Cover: Modern American Book Design, New Vintage Type, Chip Kidd: Book One, and more. The winning books will be on display. Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm, free and open to the public. Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Room SB301. Co-sponsored by The Alcuin Society and Emily Carr University. Further information: call (604) 732-5403 or email
awards@alcuinsociety.com.

BOOK LAUNCH: AMERICAN HUNKS
Join David L. Chapman and Brett Josef Grubisic for a slideshow presentation and talk on the American male physique from 1860 to 1970. Sunday, October 4 at 7:00pm, free. Little Sister's Bookstore, 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver.

Upcoming

LEILAH NADIR
Reading by the author of The Orange Trees of Baghdad: In Search of My Lost Family. Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library (350 West Georgia Street).

ON EDGE READING SERIES
Angela Carr, the author of Ropewalk reads from her new book, The Rose Concordance. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. SB406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island.

JEN SOOKFONG LEE
Reading by the author of The End of East. Thursday, October 8 at 7:00pm, free. McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert Street, North Burnaby). Pre-register by calling 604.299.8955.

WADE DAVIS
Come meet this year's Massey Lecturer, Wade Davis, in the CBC Radio Studio One Book Club on Wednesday, October 14. His Massey Lecture and book are entitled The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Many of us are alarmed at the accelerating rates of extinction among plants and animals on our planet, but did you know that human cultures are going extinct at an even more shocking rate? To win tickets go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.

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

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