Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Susan J. Katz wins fourth place in the Seventh Annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest

Susan J. Katz won fourth prize and $250 for "The Bowpicker", a narrative in which two visits to a seabird-watching festival, three decades apart, reveal the differences between youthful romance and long-married love. The judges said, "The poet majors on what she actually saw at the Annual Seabird Festival and what she expected to see. The joy of reading these verses does not just rely on that contrast, however, but on the unusual yet amazing subject matter which is so deftly and unobtrusively introduced into the natural flow of the poem."

Full Results of 2009 Tom Howard Poetry Contest -- and More!


2009 Tom Howard Poetry Contest Results 


First Prize, $2,000: Rita McGregor, Baby Girl
Second Prize, $1,000: Carmine Dandrea, In the Delhi Station 
Third Prize, $500: Tony Peyser, What I Did in the 20th Century 

** Fourth Prize, $250: Susan J. Katz, The Bowpicker 
For a complete review of the winners and their poems, go to:

Inspirational speech about the importance of music and arts


Inspirational Speech

Welcome address to freshman at Boston Conservatory, given by Karl Paulnack, pianist and director of music division at Boston Conservatory.
“One of my parents’ deepest fears, I suspect, is that society would not properly value me as a musician, that I wouldn’t be appreciated. I had very good grades in high school, I was good in science and math, and they imagined that as a doctor or a research chemist or an engineer, I might be more appreciated than I would be as a musician. I still remember my mother’s remark when I announced my decision to apply to music school—she said, “you’re WASTING your SAT scores.” On some level, I think, my parents were not sure themselves what the value of music was, what its purpose was. And they LOVED music, they listened to classical music all the time. They just weren’t really clear about its function. So let me talk about that a little bit, because we live in a society that puts music in the “arts and entertainment” section of the newspaper, and serious music, the kind your kids are about to engage in, has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with entertainment, in fact it’s the opposite of entertainment. Let me talk a little bit about music, and how it works.
The first people to understand how music really works were the ancient Greeks. And this is going to fascinate you; the Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us. Let me give you some examples of how this works.
One of the most profound musical compositions of all time is the Quartet for the End of Time written by French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1940. Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered the war against Nazi Germany. He was captured by the Germans in June of 1940, sent across Germany in a cattle car and imprisoned in a concentration camp.
He was fortunate to find a sympathetic prison guard who gave him paper and a place to compose. There were three other musicians in the camp, a cellist, a violinist, and a clarinetist, and Messiaen wrote his quartet with these specific players in mind. It was performed in January 1941 for four thousand prisoners and guards in the prison camp. Today it is one of the most famous masterworks in the repertoire.
Given what we have since learned about life in the concentration camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and energy writing or playing music? There was barely enough energy on a good day to find food and water, to avoid a beating, to stay warm, to escape torture—why would anyone bother with music? And yet—from the camps, we have poetry, we have music, we have visual art; it wasn’t just this one fanatic Messiaen; many, many people created art. Why? Well, in a place where people are only focused on survival, on the bare necessities, the obvious conclusion is that art must be, somehow, essential for life. The camps were without money, without hope, without commerce, without recreation, without basic respect, but they were not without art. Art is part of survival; art is part of the human spirit, an unquenchable expression of who we are. Art is one of the ways in which we say, “I am alive, and my life has meaning.”
In September 2001 I was a resident of Manhattan. That morning I reached a new understanding of my art and its relationship to the world. I sat down at the piano that morning at 10 AM to practice as was my daily routine; I did it by force of habit, without thinking about it. I lifted the cover on the keyboard, and opened my music, and put my hands on the keys and took my hands off the keys. And I sat there and thought, does this even matter? Isn’t this completely irrelevant? Playing the piano right now, given what happened in this city yesterday, seems silly, absurd, irreverent, pointless. Why am I here? What place has a musician in this moment in time? Who needs a piano player right now? I was completely lost.
And then I, along with the rest of New York, went through the journey of getting through that week. I did not play the piano that day, and in fact I contemplated briefly whether I would ever want to play the piano again. And then I observed how we got through the day.
At least in my neighborhood, we didn’t shoot hoops or play Scrabble. We didn’t play cards to pass the time, we didn’t watch TV, we didn’t shop, we most certainly did not go to the mall. The first organized activity that I saw in New York, that same day, was singing. People sang. People sang around fire houses, people sang “We Shall Overcome”. Lots of people sang America the Beautiful. The first organized public event that I remember was the Brahms Requiem, later that week, at Lincoln Center, with the New York Philharmonic. The first organized public expression of grief, our first communal response to that historic event, was a concert. That was the beginning of a sense that life might go on. The US Military secured the airspace, but recovery was led by the arts, and by music in particular, that very night.
From these two experiences, I have come to understand that music is not part of “arts and entertainment” as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can’t with our minds.
Some of you may know Samuel Barber’s heartwrenchingly beautiful piece Adagio for Strings. If you don’t know it by that name, then some of you may know it as the background music which accompanied the Oliver Stone movie Platoon, a film about the Vietnam War. If you know that piece of music either way, you know it has the ability to crack your heart open like a walnut; it can make you cry over sadness you didn’t know you had. Music can slip beneath our conscious reality to get at what’s really going on inside us the way a good therapist does.
I bet that you have never been to a wedding where there was absolutely no music. There might have been only a little music, there might have been some really bad music, but I bet you there was some music. And something very predictable happens at weddings—people get all pent up with all kinds of emotions, and then there’s some musical moment where the action of the wedding stops and someone sings or plays the flute or something. And even if the music is lame, even if the quality isn’t good, predictably 30 or 40 percent of the people who are going to cry at a wedding cry a couple of moments after the music starts. Why? The Greeks. Music allows us to move around those big invisible pieces of ourselves and rearrange our insides so that we can express what we feel even when we can’t talk about it. Can you imagine watching Indiana Jones or Superman or Star Wars with the dialogue but no music? What is it about the music swelling up at just the right moment in ET so that all the softies in the audience start crying at exactly the same moment? I guarantee you if you showed the movie with the music stripped out, it wouldn’t happen that way. The Greeks: Music is the understanding of the relationship between invisible internal objects.
I’ll give you one more example, the story of the most important concert of my life. I must tell you I have played a little less than a thousand concerts in my life so far. I have played in places that I thought were important. I like playing in Carnegie Hall; I enjoyed playing in Paris; it made me very happy to please the critics in St. Petersburg. I have played for people I thought were important; music critics of major newspapers, foreign heads of state. The most important concert of my entire life took place in a nursing home in Fargo, ND, about 4 years ago.
I was playing with a very dear friend of mine who is a violinist. We began, as we often do, with Aaron Copland’s Sonata, which was written during World War II and dedicated to a young friend of Copland’s, a young pilot who was shot down during the war. Now we often talk to our audiences about the pieces we are going to play rather than providing them with written program notes. But in this case, because we began the concert with this piece, we decided to talk about the piece later in the program and to just come out and play the music without explanation.
Midway through the piece, an elderly man seated in a wheelchair near the front of the concert hall began to weep. This man, whom I later met, was clearly a soldier—even in his 70’s, it was clear from his buzz-cut hair, square jaw and general demeanor that he had spent a good deal of his life in the military. I thought it a little bit odd that someone would be moved to tears by that particular movement of that particular piece, but it wasn’t the first time I’ve heard crying in a concert and we went on with the concert and finished the piece.
When we came out to play the next piece on the program, we decided to talk about both the first and second pieces, and we described the circumstances in which the Copland was written and mentioned its dedication to a downed pilot. The man in the front of the audience became so disturbed that he had to leave the auditorium. I honestly figured that we would not see him again, but he did come backstage afterwards, tears and all, to explain himself.
What he told us was this: “During World War II, I was a pilot, and I was in an aerial combat situation where one of my team’s planes was hit. I watched my friend bail out, and watched his parachute open, but the Japanese planes which had engaged us returned and machine gunned across the parachute chords so as to separate the parachute from the pilot, and I watched my friend drop away into the ocean, realizing that he was lost. I have not thought about this for many years, but during that first piece of music you played, this memory returned to me so vividly that it was as though I was reliving it. I didn’t understand why this was happening, why now, but then when you came out to explain that this piece of music was written to commemorate a lost pilot, it was a little more than I could handle. How does the music do that? How did it find those feelings and those memories in me?”
Remember the Greeks: music is the study of invisible relationships between internal objects. This concert in Fargo was the most important work I have ever done. For me to play for this old soldier and help him connect, somehow, with Aaron Copland, and to connect their memories of their lost friends, to help him remember and mourn his friend, this is my work. This is why music matters.
What follows is part of the talk I will give to this year’s freshman class when I welcome them a few days from now. The responsibility I will charge your sons and daughters with is this:
“If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you’d take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you’re going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft.
You’re not here to become an entertainer, and you don’t have to sell yourself. The truth is you don’t have anything to sell; being a musician isn’t about dispensing a product, like selling used Chevies. I’m not an entertainer; I’m a lot closer to a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue worker. You’re here to become a sort of therapist for the human soul, a spiritual version of a chiropractor, physical therapist, someone who works with our insides to see if they get things to line up, to see if we can come into harmony with ourselves and be healthy and happy and well.
Frankly, ladies and gentlemen, I expect you not only to master music; I expect you to save the planet. If there is a future wave of wellness on this planet, of harmony, of peace, of an end to war, of mutual understanding, of equality, of fairness, I don’t expect it will come from a government, a military force or a corporation. I no longer even expect it to come from the religions of the world, which together seem to have brought us as much war as they have peace. If there is a future of peace for humankind, if there is to be an understanding of how these invisible, internal things should fit together, I expect it will come from the artists, because that’s what we do. As in the concentration camp and the evening of 9/11, the artists are the ones who might be able to help us with our internal, invisible lives.”


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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

National Housing Project Wants To Hear From People Living with Mental Health Issues





INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN CONSUMER CONSULTATIONS

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recognizes that an ample supply and range of quality community housing and related supports is important to successful community living and recovery for persons living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues. The MHCC has funded the Community Support and Research Unit (CSRU) of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) to conduct research on the current housing and related supports for people living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues in Canada. Related supports include services that help find, access, and maintain housing, such as intensive case management, assertive community treatment teams, and crisis services. This work will inform the development of a Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

The National Network for Mental Health is partnering with CSRU and CCSD to further understand consumers' experiences of housing and related supports. Your input is greatly appreciated and valuable in informing the research team on the experiences of housing and related supports for adults living with mental health problems and illnesses and/or addictions issues across Canada.
The National Network for Mental Health will be hosting a series of online discussions (webinars) to hear your perspectives. Webinars will be facilitated by David Reville and will run for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. We know your time and energy is valuable, so, we will compensate all participants with $30.00. Participation is limited to 12 persons per webinar session.

Participation is confidential.  Your name will remain anonymous and your user identification will be kept confidential and will not appear in any of the reports, publications or presentations that result from this project.  Anonymous direct quotes might be used in future reports.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS
If you are interested in participating in the online consultation, you may choose to do so in one of the following ways:

 1.  Participate by teleconference.  To participate by teleconference, participants will only need a phone and dial-in information (e.g., the toll-free number to call and a participant code to enter). Participating by teleconference means you can speak and listen; however, you will not be able to see the facilitator or any other participants.
Conference Number(s): 1-866-231-6479
Participant Code: 441106


 1.  Attend by webcast. To attend by webcast and also see the presenters, participants will only need a computer and speakers. To attend the webcast click here: http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/housing/ on the appropriate date. Select "Enter as Guest" and then enter your name when prompted.
 2.  Attend by webcast and present.  To attend by webcast and present yourself, participants will need a computer, speakers and a webcam or microphone. To attend the webcast click here: http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/housing/ on the appropriate date. Select "Enter as Guest" and then enter your name when prompted.
Please note that we will be hosting webinars by region.  Here are the dates and times by region:
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 9am-11am PST
ALBERTA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am-12pm MST
MANITOBA: Thursday, February 25th – 9am-11am CST
SASKATCHEWAN: Thursday, February 25th – 9am-11am CST
QUEBEC: Monday, March 1st – 2pm-4pm EST
NEW BRUNSWICK: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
NOVA SCOTIA: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10am – 12pm AST
NEWFOUNDLAND and LABRADOR: Tuesday, February 23rd – 10:30am – 12:30pm NST; and 10am-12pm AST (Labrador)
ONTARIO: Friday, February 26th – 9am-11am EST
NORTH WEST TERRITORIES:  Friday, February 26th – 10am – 12pm MST
YUKON:  Friday, February 26th – 9am – 11am PST
NUNAVUT: Friday, February 26th – 12pm – 2pm EST

REGISTRATION
Please register by following the link below and completing the required information.
http://nnmh.ca/housing/Home/tabid/658/ctl/Register/language/en-CA/Default.aspx?returnurl=%2fDefault.aspx%3falias%3dnnmh.ca%2fhousing

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION
Prior to participating in the webinar, it is useful for participants to test their computer<http://nnmh.na4.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm> to make sure that they are set up with all of the tools they will need to participate in the webinar.
For more information about Connect Pro (the program used to host the webinar) click on the following link for an informational video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2syFXr6pRZ8 OR visit the program website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/

If you are still experiencing difficulties, and wish to participate in the webinar contact Nick Kerman at 416-535-8501 ext. 3170 or nick_kerman@camh.net and he will be able to help you.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. Please register by February 19th, 2010.

Recovery Dialogue: February 16




Hi all,
Just a friendly reminder that the next session of our recovery dialogues happens next week: February 16. Please see below for details. Hope to see you there!
Let's Dialogue.
How does recovery hit the ground?
People with lived experience of mental illness, staff, family members and other supporters are invited to listen, learn, discuss and share.
Topic: Moving Forward: Graduating from Services
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
12:30-2:00
Ravensong – Basement Rooms
2450 Ontario Street (between Broadway & 8th)
This is a chance to:
  • Consider other perspectives
  • Build relationships
  • Discuss practice
Pizza Lunch Provided - please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 12  
by e-mailing kyle.welton@vch.ca or call 604-708-5224

Come join me at Real Vancouver Writers' & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010 on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC


Donna Chen
Donna Chen has invited you to the event 'Real Vancouver Writers' & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010' on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC!
Come join us every Wednesday night in February for the Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers and creative literary artists at W2!

Real Vancouver Writers' & Culture Series Every Wednesday in February 2010 Time: February 10, 2010 at 7pm to February 24, 2010 at 9pm
Location: W2 Culture + Media House
Organized By: Donna Chen

Event Description:
The Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers
and creative literary artists at W2.

These evenings are designed to show the city and the world real and diverse Vancouver culture and real creative individuals in the literary and publishing communities at a time when the eyes of the world are on our city. Countless millions of people will want to know what real Vancouver culture looks like. We are determined to take the opportunity to show the world just how amazing, diverse, talented and fun our literary and publishing culture is!

Each night will showcase local writers doing short readings their work and/or interacting with a moderator, taking questions from the audience and will include book sales, signings, a multi-media component, music, cash bar, raffles and give-aways.

Every night will consist of writers that will give the in-house audience a glimpse of the variety of cultures, ethnicities,
forms and skills of writers living and working in Vancouver. It will showcase the writers, their books, their publishers and other support structures within the local community and the larger culture and publishing communities.

In conjunction with Books on the Radio and Geist Magazine.

February 3rd – Hosted by Sean Cranbury. Featuring: Richard Van Camp, John Burns, Brendan McLeod, Bruce Grenville, Cathleen With, Jennica Harper, Robert Chaplin

February 10th – Hosted by Charlie Demers. Featuring: Kevin Chong, Jen Sookfong Lee, Catherine Owen, Chris Walter, Peter Darbyshire, Jenn Farrell, Jane Sayers, Shay Wilson

February 17th – Hosted by Elizabeth Bachinsky. Featuring: Teresa McWhirter, Lee Henderson, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Heather Susan Haley, Chris Hutchinson, Dina Del Bucchia, Amber Dawn

February 24th – Hosted by TBA. Featuring: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Steven Galloway, Timothy Taylor, Rhonda Waterfall, The Yarnbombers Leann Prain and Mandy Moore, Weldon Hunter, McKinley M Hellenes.

DIFFERENT WRITERS EVERY WEEK
http://realvancouverwriters.com/


See more details and RSVP on W2: Community Media Arts Vancouver BC:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/event/show?id=2128459%3AEvent%3A28211&xgi=60fwpV2qDbXOhx&xg_source=msg_invite_event
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Health Lecture Series



   Health Lecture Series 2010

North and West Vancouver Branch



FEBRUARY
3




LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE
Do you want to live from the deeper, fuller waters of love? We will discuss the 4 secret steps everyone needs to know in order to create you relationship, manifest formulas that create the relationship you really, really want and recognize the neglected places in your life that are secretely hiding the depths of love you desire.  Come experience, share –through storytelling, poetry  and music about how everyday life is secretly teaching you about "The Deeper Waters Of Love".
Michael Talbot-Kelly, RCC is a wholistic psychotherapist, midlife awakening specialist and spiritual counselor with over 25 years of experience counseling healing and guiding individuals towards the deeper waters of love, liberation and belonging.


FEBRUARY 10

LOW MOOD AND ANXIETY
Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? Bounce Back can help. The Bounce Back program, offered through CMHA is a self-help program which offers two components: a DVD Living Life to the Full (immediate resource) and a coaching over the telephone while working with the self-help material. Come and join us for an interactive evening where a part of the DVD will be viewed and discussed.
Miriam Planovska, BSW Bounce Back Community Coach has been a coach on the North Shore for the past year and half. Over the years she has worked with wide range of people and also has a good understanding of the multicultural population.

FEBRUARY
17




CIRCLE DANCE: CONNECTING HANDS AND HEARTS
Circle Dance , or Sacred Circle Dance, was born in 1976 at Findhorn, a spiritual community in northern Scotland.  We dance for many reasons including connection, peace, celebration, healing, spirit and fun.  Dances range from lively to meditative, traditional to contemporary, and are danced to contagious music from around the world.  This evening we'll include dances that celebrate the theme of Love as we will have just passed Valentine's Day.  Come prepared to join hand and hearts!
 Corinne Chepil has been teaching dance most of her life.  She especially enjoys sharing the gifts of Circle Dance. Her education includes a B.A. in Dance/Psychology, a Dance Teacher Diploma and a Sacred Dance Teacher Certificate from Scotland's Findhorn Foundation.  She has been fortunate to facilitate in a variety of settings including Women's Spirituality Celebrations, a Yoga retreat, Riverview Hospital, and the 2006 World Peace forum.


FEBRUARY
24


 3 PILLAR FOUNDATION TO HIGH VIBRATION LIVING

Discover the 3 Pillars to High Vibration Living and how to apply them for improved health and vitality.  Learn techniques on how to better manage your thoughts and achieve greater success.  Experience the power of the Merkaba Technique and how it fast tracks your progress to a better life.

Steve Hulcombe is the founder of Propel Life<http://www.propellife.com/> and the Merkaba Technique.  He assists individuals and organizations to align with their mission and achieve their goals by utilizing his own vibration technique, intuition and coaching strategies.  You will benefit from being empowered to make high vibration choices and having old disempowering structures systematic removed thereby allowing your true essence to emerge.





EVERYONE WELCOME! EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 7:00pm – ADMISSION BY DONATION


LOCATION: 2nd Floor of John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

For information, call 604-987-6959 or visit www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

Book News Vol. 5 No. 8



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Vol. 5 No. 8



In other news

Join Us!

To kickstart our membership drive (our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31) we have invited 50 Vancouver area writers to join the VIWF. Here are the writers who have joined to date.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC's bestselling books.







Join us!

Our membership campaign is in its third week. In addition to supporting great literary events year round and Spreading the Word education programs for school, members get great benefits and now we've added yet another incentive—prizes! Every two weeks we will draw a name for a great prize. Everyone who has joined between January 1 and February 5, 2010 will be entered into a draw for a signed first edition copy of Michael Ondaatje's most recent novel Divisadero. The winner will be announced in next week's Book News.

Special Events

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Ian McEwan - April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman.
Peter Carey - May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Spoken World
There are 15 tickets available to Spoken World on February 18, at VancouverTix.com or by phone at 604 629 8849.

Awards & Lists

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For reasons you will understand if you read this article, the Booker Prize was not awarded in 1970. They are going to rectify that this year and Margaret Laurence is in contention. Full story
The nominees for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing have been announced. Full story

News & Features

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Todd Babiak lived through a horrible event involving his ill father. How do you use something like that in your novel, and then face your mother? Full story
A Guardian interview with the very fine British novelist Andrea Levy. Full story
Lynn Henry, who had a big hand in building House of Anansi's fiction list is moving to Doubleday Canada. Full story

Books & Writers

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Here are two reviews of Peter Carey's new novel Parrot and Olivier in America. We are presenting Mr. Carey, a two-time Booker winner, in May. The Guardian and Times Online
An on-line review of Charles Demers Vancouver Special. Full story
Barbara Reid, whose illustrations made out of plasticine are magnificent, has a new book out. Full story
Poet Michael Kenyon explores the meaning of home in a new collection called The Last House. Full story
Jean Baird and George Bowering's anthology on grief and mourning continues to garner good reviews. Full story
Don DeLillo pushes the boundaries every book he writes and his new novel is not exception. Full story
Australian David Malouf is one of the world's best writers and his new book is entitled Ransom. Full story
Reviews of novels for young adults in honour of Black History Month. Full story
Although there have been a gazillion books about depression, not much has been done on loneliness. Here is a review of a new book entitled Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude. Full story

Community Events

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W2 REAL VANCOUVER WRITERS' SERIES
Amid the Olympic buzz in the city of Vancouver, a grassroots literary celebration has taken root. Housed in the W2 Media Centre, near the Woodwards Building, the Real Vancouver Writers and Culture Series will happen every Wednesday during February. More information at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=319699435048&ref=mf.
ANNABEL LYON
Annabel Lyon will be speaking on the role of her Philosophy degree in her writing and reading from her work. Friday, February 5 at 4:00pm, free. Special Collections, Room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. More information: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10224.
EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at www.dancingcrowpress.com.
STORY TIME AND TOQUE CRAFTS WITH ROSS REBAGLIATI
Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati reads from one of his favourite children's books Snowy Sports. Saturday, February 6 at 11:00am, free. Chapters Robson (788 Robson).
AN EVENING WITH ANNABEL LYON
The Vancouver Institute presents a lecture by Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean. Saturday, February 6 at 8:15pm, free. Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC). More information at www.vaninst.ca.
THE WHISTLER BOOK
Author and Georgia Straight columnist Jack Christie presents an updated new edition of his outdoor guidebook for the Whistler area. Sunday, February 7 at 2:00pm, free. Chapters Richmond (8171 Ackroyd Road).
LONGHOUSE COFFEE NIGHT
A pot luck event featuring an evening of poetry, song, reading and performance hosted by the UBC First Nations Student Association and Richard Van Camp's Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus class. Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC. For more information, go here.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
The PanAfrican Slam featuring John Akpata and Adelene da Soul Poet. Monday, February 8 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
FUN AND GAMES
Memewar launches its eleventh issue with music by Stefana Fratila and World Club and readings by Tony Power, Shannon Rayne, Alan Girling, and MemePress authors. Tuesday, February 9 at 8:30pm. Tickets: $10. Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir). More information at www.memewaronline.com.
SCIENCE FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Group discussion of A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm. The Grind & Gallery (4124 Main). More information at darthbuddy2000@yahoo.ca.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
MARGARET MacMILLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR WACHTEL
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:30-9:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 available from VancouverTix, 604.629.8849 or www.vancouvertix.com
Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio's Writers and Company about her most recent book The Uses and Abuses of History and her earlier chronicle Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World.
Produced by the Book News Collective.


Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca



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Vol. 5 No. 7



In other news

Join Us!

Please join us! Become one of our 1000 friends. Our goal is to have 500 new members by May 31—for a total of 1000 VIWF members. Read more.

BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list of BC's bestselling books.







Special Events

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Just announced!
Ian McEwan - April 15, 2010
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar.
Peter Carey - May 7, 2010
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake.
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Awards & Lists

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The Book Critics Circle in the U.S. has announced its shortlist. Full story
Christopher Reid, whose book of poetry sold fewer than 1,000 copies has won the Costa book of the year prize. Full story and Full story

News & Features

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American author J.D. Salinger, long acclaimed for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, has died at 91 in New Hampshire. Full story
Q: What writer has sold more books than Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined? A: James Patterson and this article explains why. Full story
The NY Times plans to charge for web content in a year and the editor of the Guardian says why that is a bad idea. Full story
After 90 years of providing library resources to the blind and visually impaired, the CNIB announced that it will no longer continue to pay $10 million annually to provide braille and accessible audio materials to libraries. Full story
The Ripple Effect Arts and Literature Society is among many BC social profit organizations that has been devastated by deep funding cuts and an uncertain economy. The organization, which promotes youth literacy, reading, creative writing and artwork has put its Youth Literacy in Arts Program and its annual Youth Writing and Design Contest on hold. Full story
You've already heard a lot about the iPad and you are going to hear a lot more. Full story

Books & Writers

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Jean Baird and George Bowering, asked a broad spectrum of Canadian writers to share their experiences of grief and mourning. And Quill and Quire says: " Each essay is compelling; the writing throughout the collection is honest and highly skilled." Full story
One of the most idiosyncratic and provocative voices in fiction belongs to Don DeLillo, Here is a review of his latest. Full story
Katherine Govier reviews Beth Powning's The Sea Captain's Wife. Full story
According to the Vancouver Sun Ashok Mathur's "sweeping novel about India ranks with those of Mistry, Rushdie". Full story
Rabindranath Maharaj has another winner in his fourth novel, in which comic book culture aids a Trinidadian boy's first year in T.O. Full story
An interview and review with the legendary E.L. Doctorow. Full story and Full story
The NY Times says that Zachary Mason's first novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey is"...an ingeniously Borgesian novel that's witty, playful, moving and tirelessly inventive". Full story
Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea fame has a new book, Stones into Schools. Full story
Jay McInerney reviews Joshua Ferris's new novel. Full story
Atwul Gawande is a doctor and a gifted writer for the New Yorker. His new book argues that the use of checklists in medicine can save lives. Full story

Community Events

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MEMOIRS FROM THE WRITING WORKSHOPS OF THE 2009 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
Join the participants of the Seniors' Memoir Writing Workshop and Generate: Intergenerational Writing Workshop as they read from their memoir writing projects. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street.
ON EDGE READING SERIES
Poet Fabiola Nabil Naguib reads from her work. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. SB406 at Emily Carr University, Granville Island, Vancouver.
ROBSON READING SERIES
An evening of readings and discussion featuring poet Billeh Nickerson and short-story writer Craig Boyko. Thursday, January 28 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Robson Square (Plaza Level, 800 Robson Street). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.
BRIAN BRETT
White Rock resident and former city councillor Brian Brett reads from his book Trauma Farm, a memoir based on his experiences working at a small farm on Salt Spring Island. Thursday, January 28 at 7:30pm. Pelican Rouge Coffee House (15142 North Bluff Rd., White Rock). More information at www.whiterockartscouncil.com.
PRISM INTERNATIONAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
PRISM International, Canada's oldest literary magazine, celebrates its 50th birthday with toasts from past and present editors, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, a launch of a special retrospective anniversary edition, and readings by Bill Gaston, Deborah Willis, George McWhirter, and Elizabeth Bachinsky. Thursday, January 28 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $15. Thea's Lounge (Thea Koerner Building, 6371 Crescent Rd., UBC). More information at www.prismmagazine.ca.
MASHED POETICS
A night of music and spoken word featuring a performance by Rush tribute band YYZ, plus local poets writing and performing new work in response to the Moving Pictures album. Thursday, January 28 at 9:30pm. Sliding scale $5-10. Cottage Bistro (4470 Main).
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Van slam featuring Scruffmouth. Monday, February 1 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
GWYNNE DYER
Vancouver Community College presents an evening with Gwynne Dyer, acclaimed writer, broadcaster, historian, Georgia Straight columnist, and author of Climate Wars, a study of the geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change. Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30pm, free. Vancouver Community College Broadway (1155 E. Broadway).
ANNABEL LYON
Annabel Lyon will be speaking on the role of her Philosophy degree in her writing and reading from her work. Friday, February 5 at 4:00pm, free. Special Collections, Room 7100, WAC Bennett Library, SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. More information: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10224.
EVERY GOODBYE AIN'T GONE
Author Evelyne White and photographer Joanne Bealy sign and discuss Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Friday, February 5 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Cafe (317 East Broadway). More information at www.dancingcrowpress.com.
LONGHOUSE COFFEE NIGHT
A pot luck event featuring an evening of poetry, song, reading and performance hosted by the UBC First Nations Student Association and Richard Van Camp's Creative Writing with an Aboriginal Focus class. Monday, February 8 at 6:00pm, free. First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall, UBC. For more information, go here.
Upcoming
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Complete information here.
A LITERARY LUNCH WITH MARGARET MacMILLAN and ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
12:30-2:30pm
Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia
Tickets: $50 available from the VO Ticket Centre, 604.683.0222
An intimate encounter with acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan and journalist and filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau as they take us behind the headlines of history. Moderated by Hal Wake and co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
MARGARET MacMILLAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR WACHTEL
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:30-9:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Tickets: $18 available from VancouverTix, 604.629.8849 or www.vancouvertix.com
Margaret MacMillan talks with celebrated interviewer Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio's Writers and Company about her most recent book The Uses and Abuses of History and her earlier chronicle Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World.
Produced by the Book News Collective.


Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * * *
2010 Festival: 19-24 October inclusive
Vancouver International Writers Festival
Suite 202, 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca

Monday, 1 February 2010

Cif Notice of Contract - Assistant Manager, Evergreen Project.



CONSUMER INITIATIVE FUND
Notice of Contract
Assistant Manager for the Evergreen Project
Evergreen Project Goals:
To provide opportunities for mental health clients living in neighbourhoods in the easternmost areas of Vancouver for self expression, companionship, outings and special events in their own community without professional supervision during the evening hours.  To lessen the need for mental health clients to resort to drastic measures to resolve social, economic, isolation, and marginalization issues. To assist clients towards recovery in their own way, in their own time in a socially supportive atmosphere among their own peers. To provide local evening community mental health social service programs using a simple, direct, and efficient format. Our programming is conducted outside of mental health facilities, (with some exception given to women's programming), in order to develop self esteem, independence, self motivation and creativity in mental health clients. (Our program is the therapy, we do not conduct any therapeutic activities.)
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
  • Assist the Project Manager to:
- oversee meetings and outings.
- oversee women's group.
- prepare and conduct special events. (6 during the year)
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Maturity, sound judgment, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be a mental health Consumer.
Successful applicant must obtain Criminal Record Check. Cost will be reimbursed.
Submit resume and 2 letters of reference to:
Merle Ginsburg
Program Coordinator
Consumer Initiative Fund
200-520 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC. V5Z 4H5
Tel: 604-730-7675   Fax: 604-874-7661
Application Deadline:  February 19, 2010
THIS IS A CONTRACT POSITION

Developing a Mental Health Strategy: Next Steps


Subject: Developing a Mental Health Strategy: Next Steps | Prochaines étapes dans l'élaboration de la stratégie en santé mentale



Developing a Mental Health Strategy for Canada:
 The Next Steps

Prochaines étapes dans l'élaboration de la stratégie en santé mentale

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Next Steps for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada:
Opportunities
 to make
 a difference

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the start of the second phase of the mental health strategy development plan.  Beginning in March 2010, the Commission will host a series of roundtable meetings.  These roundtables will examine specific topics related to achieving the vision and goals set out in "Toward Recovery and Wellbeing:  A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada." Working together, we will define practical solutions and develop action plans to achieve our vision.    
In this phase, we want to continue building on the extensive knowledge and experience of diverse stakeholders in Canada including those living with mental health problems and illnesses, their families, service providers, researchers, policy-makers, and concerned individuals.  We need your input to create a strategy that works.
You can participate using new on-line tools to:

  • Indicate your interest in participating in a roundtable session

  • Respond to our Request for Proposals for the development of background papers

  • Access a copy of "Toward Recovery and Wellbeing:  A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada"

  • Contact us directly to share your ideas
We encourage you to share this message with your own networks.

Your interest and ongoing support are appreciated.


Howard Chodos
Director, National Strategy


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La Commission de la santé mentale du Canada est fière d'annoncer le début de la deuxième phase du plan d'élaboration de la stratégie en matière de santé mentale. À compter de mars 2010, la Commission tiendra une série de tables rondes. Ces tables rondes examineront des sujets précis relatifs à la réalisation de la vision et des objectifs énoncés dans le document Vers le rétablissement et le bien-être : Cadre pour une stratégie en matière de santé mentale au Canada. Ensemble, nous définirons des solutions pratiques et nous établirons des plans d'action pour réaliser notre vision.
Dans cette phase, nous voulons continuer de tirer profit des connaissances approfondies et de la vaste expérience des intervenants du Canada, notamment les personnes vivant avec des troubles mentaux ou une maladie mentale, leur famille, les fournisseurs de services, les chercheurs, les décideurs et les individus préoccupés par cet enjeu. Nous avons besoin de votre opinion pour créer une stratégie qui fonctionne.
Vous pouvez utiliser les nouveaux outils en ligne pour :

  • Exprimer votre intérêt à participer à la table ronde

  • Répondre à notre demande de propositions pour la rédaction des documents d'information

  • Télécharger un exemplaire du document Vers le rétablissement et le bien-être : Cadre pour une stratégie en matière de santé mentale au Canada
Communiquer avec nous directement pour nous faire part de vos idées

N'hésitez pas à faire circuler ce message dans votre réseau.
Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt et de votre soutien continus.
Howard Chodos
Directeur, Stratégie nationale



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Mike KirbyAbout the Mental Health Commission of Canada
The goal of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is to help bring into being an integrated mental health system that places people living with mental illness at its centre.
To this end, the Commission encourages cooperation and collaboration among governments, mental health service providers, employers, the scientific and research communities, as well as Canadians living with mental illness, their families and caregivers.

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Le principal objectif de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada est de contribuer à la mise en œuvre d'un système de soins de santé mentale intégré axé sur les personnes souffrant de maladie mentale.


À cette fin, la Commission encourage la coopération et la collaboration entre les gouvernements, les fournisseurs de services de santé mentale, les employeurs, les milieux scientifiques et de recherche ainsi que les Canadiens atteints de maladie mentale, leurs familles et leurs fournisseurs de soins.