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


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.
"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
View trailer
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


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

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.

The Toronto Star profiles 36-year-old Nicole Winstanley who was recently named publisher of Penguin Canada.

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.


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.


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.

The Globe & Mail reviews the latest volume of the Journey Prize Stories, selected by Camilla Gibb, Lee Henderson and Rebecca Rosenblum.

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.

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.

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.

Karen Connelly fans will be enthralled by her latest book Burmese Lessons. Read a review in Quill & Quire.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:


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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 (

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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