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In other news

VPL Writer in Residence

The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A rare first-edition, first-impression edition of Anne of Green GablesRead more. sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York for $30,000 US on Friday afternoon.











Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!
From all of us to all of you, we wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday, and of course, we hope that you have plenty of time to read books that will inspire, enrich and entertain you.
This is the last Book News of 2009. We'd like to thank each of you for your support of the Festival. We have some exciting events shaping up for the spring which we will let you know about as soon as we are able. And stay tuned for an announcement about a membership drive that will be very important for the Festival in 2010.
The VIWF office will be closed between December 19 and January 4. We look forward to hearing from you in 2010.
Sincerely,
Hal Wake, Camilla Tibbs, Sandra Millard and Ann McDonell
P.S. We're trying out a new format for Book News. Please let us know what you think.

Special Event

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Spoken World
Get your tickets before they're gone! Tickets for the Vancouver International Writers Festival's spoken word extravaganza with Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece and Sal Ferreras are going fast. View highlights from Spoken World 2009 on YouTube.
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News & Features

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Wary book publisher plan to delay the release of electronic versions of their books in 2010. E-books and related issues will be the big story for the coming year. Full story.
Legal battles are looming over who owns the rights to publish e-books by writers like Wiliam Styron and Joseph Heller. Full story.
Kirkus, an outfit that gave pre-publication reviews to thousands of books is shutting down. Full story.
The posthumous publication of crime writer Steig Larrson's third novel in North America is some time off, so booksellers are bringing in the foreign edition. Full story.
Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English usage, the gracefully written bible of grammar, has a new edition coming out. Full story.
Rachel Cusk wonders if there really is something called 'women's writing'. Full story.
This piece about book publicity in the New Yorker would be really funny if it weren't so close to the truth. Full story.
Here is a best book list for 2009 from the Georgia Straight. Full story.
The Guardian lists the decade's best unread books. Full story.

Books & Writers

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There is a new collection of George Packer's essays first published in the New Yorker. Full story.
This is a rather mixed review of Tao Lin's Shoplifting from American Apparel. Full story.
Rhea Tregebov delighted audiences at the Festival this year and her novel The Knife Sharpener's Bell received kudos from the Globe and Mail. Full story.
There is a new collection of essays by the Nigerian master Chinua Achebe. Full story.
The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany by Graeme Gibson has impressed the Guardian. Full story.
A lovely piece from Ann Patchett on a writer's life. Full story.
Stacey May Fowles reviews Of Hockey and Hijab, essays on Islam and Muslim life. Full story.
Richard van Camp's new collection of stories is reviewed in Quill and Quire. Full story.

Community Events

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VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth poetry slam featuring Brendan McLeod. Monday, December 28 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.
ESCAPE CLAUSE: A SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
Hear selected readings from Escape Clause, stories of wonder and delight, from speculative fiction writers. Featuring Linda Demeulemeester, Eileen Kernaghan, Casey Wolf, Ari Goelman, Clelie Rich, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, and Maryke Hendrikse. Monday, January 18 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at www.christiannehayward.com.
DOUGLAS BURNET SMITH
Author reads selections from Sister Prometheus: Discovering Madame Curie and from his forthcoming collection, Surface to Air. Monday, January 25 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.
Produced by the Book News Collective.




Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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Call for Submissions

Happy solstice everyone!

Last year the first Monday's Poem of 2009 was given over to a collaborative poem of couplets about snow ... some of you may remember last year's snow!

86 poets participated -- you can find the poem here: http://www.leafpress.ca/Mondays_Poems_2009/Snow/Snow.htm

Well this year it is temperature more than snow defines winter. We invite you to send couplets -- what's it really like out there on the streets/fields/forests ... or in those unprepared homes during this time of high fuel prices? The working title: "Cold".


Please do read last year's poem at the link above to get a feel for line length. Notice: no end-of-line rhyme for this project. We'll accept lines up to 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2009. We invite you to pass this invitation along.

Ursula, Marianne, Suzanne



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WithinSight eNews - issue 1






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Issue 1 | Winter 2009
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Welcome to the first issue of WithinSight: mental health + substance use resources for multicultural communities!

WithinSight features BC resources about mental health, well-being, alcohol use and other drug use that are designed for multicultural and multilingual communities. In addition to keeping you up to date on new resources through our popular BC website HeretoHelp, we will feature other resources we like that can help you access resources in many languages. We will also profile resources we like that promote mental health and substance use dialogue among all British Columbians. Our goal is to bring these useful resources "within sight" of the service providers and communities that could be helped by them.

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New Multilingual Webpages on HeretoHelp
The BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information is launching a new section of the HeretoHelp website. This new section will provide webpages in many different languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi (Persian)/Dari, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. Mental health and substance use information in many languages will be easily accessible from the Here to Help homepage. Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/r> to check it out!

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Cultures West: Promoting Mental Health for Immigrants and Refugees
The Spring 2009 issue of Cultures West, the magazine of AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC), focuses on immigrant and refugee mental health. This issue covers a broad range of issues, including multicultural services for children and youth, interpreting in mental health, postpartum depression in immigrant women and first-person perspectives. Be sure to check out the comprehensive list of multicultural mental health and substance use resources at the back of the magazine.

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SUCCESS Counselling Services
SUCCESS is a multi-service agency that promotes the well-being of all Canadians and Chinese immigrants. They offer many counselling services in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Their programs include:

 *   Individual, couples and family counselling
 *   Respectful Relationships and Relationship Violence
 *   Problem gambling counselling and a problem gambling hot line
 *   Chinese help lines staffed by trained volunteers, available every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

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While many SUCCESS services are based in the Lower Mainland, they have a service centre in Ft. St. John that can help answer individual enquires, connect people with community resource and orientate new immigrants. To contact the Ft. St. John office, call 250-785-5323.

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Diversity Health Fair 2010
AMSSA (Association of Multicultural Service Societies and Service Agencies of BC) will host Diversity Health Fair 2010 on May 29, 2010. This year's theme is "Promoting Healthy Living." The fair will feature health and dental screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and other demonstrations and information in many languages. Admission is free! Diversity Health Fair will be held in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.amssa.org/healthfair2010<http://canadianmentalhealthassociationbcdivision.cmail1.com/t/y/l/ulhkih/kuldkhlyy/t> or call 604-718-2780.




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Book News Vol. 5 No. 2


BOOK NEWS

Spoken World
The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents a spoken word extravaganza. Spoken word stars Ivan E. Coyote, Shane Koyczan, Ariana Waynes and Skeena Reece provide the word power, underscored by the improvised grooves of Sal Ferreras and his band Poetic License and the visual pyrotechnics of VJ Candelario Andrade. Details and ticket information
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

VPL Writer in Residence
The Vancouver Public Library is pleased to announce that they will be accepting applications for their sixth writer-in-residence in 2010. Complete details can be found on their website at www.vpl.ca/writer_in_residence.


If you are looking for suggestions of books to give for Christmas, the Advent Book Blog may be the only place you have to go.
http://adventbooks.wordpress.com/

Five of the largest publishers of U.S. newspapers and magazines plan to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle electronic-book reader with their own digital format that would display in colour and work on a variety of devices.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/12/08/rival-kindle-publishers-magazine-newspaper.html

Carol Ann Duffy, who stole the show at this year's Poetry Bash has written a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/laureate-pens-a-new-12-days-of-christmas-1835037.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/06/poet-laureate-duffy-christmas-poem

Ian McEwan has a new short story in the New Yorker called The Use of Poetry.
http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2009/12/07/091207fi_fiction_mcewan

PRIZES & LISTS

Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe has won the Guardian First Book Award. We have links to an article, a video and a short story.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/02/guardian-first-book-award-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/04/guardian-first-book-petina-gappah
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/dec/05/petina-gappah-awardwinner-short-story

Haruki Murikami has been awarded Spain's Order of Arts and Letters.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/japanese-writer-murakami-honoured-in-spain-1834682.html

The winner of this year's Journey Award, Yasuko Thanh, tells the story behind her winning story.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/a-writers-all-too-real-tale-puts-her-in-spotlight/article1390883/

For those with a taste for history the New Yorker has chosen the top ten books of 1709.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/12/the-top-ten-books-of-1709.html

BOOKS & WRITERS

Memoirs fueled by alcohol seem to be a popular genre. Here are reviews of two new ones Corked by Kathryn Borel Jr. and Lit by Mary Karr.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-lit-by-mary-karr/article1388548/
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6690

When we hosted Barbara Kingsolver she was touring with her non-fiction book about growing her own food. Now she has a new novel called Lacuna.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-lacuna-by-barbara-kingsolver/article1388579/

Malcolm Gladwell may be one of the most popular non-fiction writers working in English. This is a review of his latest, What the Dog Saw.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-what-the-dog-saw-by-malcolm-gladwell/article1388984/

Don Gillmor dares to write nothing less than the history of the nation in novel form, with a legendary explorer up front.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/734696--review-geoff-pevere-on-kanata-by-don-gillmor

An interview with Malalai Joya the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice.
http://thetyee.ca/Books/2009/11/16/MalalaiJoyaCdnTour/

EVENTS

ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings from the anthology Hope In Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore library, Robson Square (800 Robson Street).

THE SWEET AND THE BITTER
Vancouver novelist Michael Turner (8 X 10) who appeared at the 2009 Writers Festival is branching out into film screenings, with a showing of James Clavell's shot-in-Vancouver and rarely seen independent film The Sweet and the Bitter. Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm. Pacific Cinémathèque (1131 Howe Street). More information at
www.cinematheque.bc.ca.

STONE THE CROW
Book launch for poetry collection Stone the Crow, with readings and signings by author Chris Bose. Sunday, December 13 at 7:00pm. Grunt Gallery (116 - 350 2nd Ave. E.). More information at
www.kegedonce.com.

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Van slam featuring Mike McGee. Monday, December 14 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at
www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.

FRENZY
Anvil Press presents the launch of Frenzy by Catherine Owen with performances by folk musician Chika Marston, novelist Dennis E. Bolen, and electronic-music composer Soressa Gardner. Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm, free. Café Montmartre, 4362 Main Street. More information at
info@anvilpress.com.

Upcoming

IAN FERGUSON
Reading by the award-winning playwright, humourist and author of How to Be a Canadian. January 4, 2010 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall). More information at
www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.

GREG MORTENSON
The author of Three Cups of Tea is coming to Kidsbooks in January! His powerful presentation will highlight his new adult book, Stones Into Schools; Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan. Adult tickets include a copy of the new book. For tickets and details, visit
www.kidsbooks.ca.

ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21, 2010 at 7:00pm. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. For more information:
http://www.christiannehayward.com/.

2010 HAIKU INVITATIONAL
While the cherry blossoms bloom from March through May, you are invited to write your haiku with fresh inspiration. The poems will be judged during the summer and winners announced in the fall 2010. Winning poems will then be featured during the 2011 festival. So start planning now to submit your cherry blossom haiku this coming spring. The deadline for the next round of haiku submissions will be May 31, 2010. More information at www.vcbf.ca.

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

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Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival - 19-24 October inclusive
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Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca
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