Monday, 18 January 2010

Book News Vol. 5 No. 5



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Vol. 5 No. 5



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. Deadline is January 15, 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

New Westminster Poet Laureate Search

New Westminster is seeking its next Poet Laureate. Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010. For more information, click here.

BC Bestsellers

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








P.K. Page
The Festival and Canadian Literature lost a great friend and consummate artist with the passing of P.K. Page at her home in Victoria this morning. She was 93. And for all the years we knew her she was dedicated to exploring the world through art: painting, poetry, essays, fiction and children's stories.
She had a fine mind and used it well. And a great heart, courageous and generous. At the last Festival, Joy Coghill and François Houle performed P.K.'s prescient and powerful poem Unless the Eye Catch Fire. The event was breathtaking in its vision and its brilliant execution. We were honoured to present P.K.'s work last year and over the many years were privileged to work with her. CBC, Globe and Mail
Announcing
The winners of the 11th Annual Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest have been announced. To read the winning submissions, go here.

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 and Flickr.
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Awards

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The shortlist for the Story Prize honouring short fiction in the U.S. has been announced. Full story
And also the short list for the Lionel Gelber Prize for books on international relations. Full story

News & Features

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This will be the year of electronic reading devices, so get ready for weekly updates. Full story
Is copyright protection for creative work feasible in a digital world? Full story
Margaret Atwood has penned a passionate piece on behalf of birds in the Guardian. Full story
Toronto publishers Cormorant Books announced today that it will begin publishing four poetry titles a year in the spring of 2011. Full story

Books & Writers

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Crime writer James Ellroy interviewed in the Guardian. Full story
All the fuss about Tolstoy is because 2010 is the centenary of his death and there is a new film to mark the occasion. Full story
Vancouver's own June Hutton interviewed by blogger in Kuala Lumpur about her novel Underground. Full story
A review of Sadie Jones' second novel Small Wars. Full story
Cordelia Strube's Lemon continues to catch the eye of reviewers. Full story
American politics seem to be filled with drama, conflict, sex: all the elements of a good soap opera and that leads to books like Game Change, reviewed here in the Times. Full story
Dalia Sofer, also in the Times, describes Kim Echlin's novel The Disappeared as "exquisite". Full story
Antonia Fraser's memoir of her life with Harold Pinter may focus on their marriage, but paints a revealing portrait of the dramatist too. Full story
And finally a review of Douglas Coupland's Generation A. Full story

Community Events

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GREG MORTENSON
Due to overwhelming demand, all ticketed events are sold out! However the author of Three Cups of Tea will be signing copies of his books. Saturday, January 16 at 7:00pm. Kidsbooks Vancouver, 3083 West Broadway. For more information, visit www.kidsbooks.ca.
STORIES OF SLOTH AND REGRETS
Vancouver Storytellers presents storytelling by Erin Graham, Larry Matier, Tony Rainbow, Alvin Sanders, and Rita Taylor. Sunday, January 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets $7. St. Mark's Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca.
WORLD POETRY CELEBRATES TANGLEWOOD BOOKS
Multicultural, multilingual readings by Godwin Barton, James Mullen, Lucia Gorea, Roger Blenman, Farina Reinprecht, Ibrahim Honjo, and Warren Dean Fulton, hosted by Adriadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Tanglewood Books (1553 W. Broadway). More information at ariadnes@uniserve.com.
KC DYER
The North Shore Writers' Association presents guest speaker and historical fiction author. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Admission by donation, free for members. Capilano Branch Library (3045 Highland Blvd., North Vancouver).
ERIC JAMIESON
Author presents an illustrated lecture based on his book, Tragedy at Second Narrows: The Story of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm, free. White Rock Library (15342 Buena Vista Avenue).
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.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Nerd slam featuring Robbie Q. Monday, January 18 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
DIANE TUCKER
Author reads from her new novel, His Sweet Favour, with an open mic to follow. Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00pm. James Street Cafe, 3819 Canada Way, Burnaby. For more information, email bwscafe@gmail.com.
MOST GOOD, LEAST HARM
Book signing and presentation by Zoe Weil, author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at www.vpl.ca.
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21 at 7:00pm. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 W. 8th. More information at www.christiannehayward.com.
WAYNE NORTON
Book launch: Women on Ice: The Early Years of Women's Hockey in Western Canada. Reading, discussion and book signing with author Wayne Norton. Sunday, January 24th at 6:00pm, free. Rhizome Café, 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver.
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.
Upcoming
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.
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
* * * * * * * * * * * *
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
 

study on employment experiences in BD



Dear CREST community group,

Team member Sandra Hale is looking for participants for a qualitative study designed to explore employment experiences in people with BD (type I). Please see the attached poster for further information.

With best wishes, Erin.



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Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393

FREE Admissions/Events During Olympics





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FREE Admissions/Events During Olympics

The Vancouver Art Gallery is FREE during the Olympics – February 12-28th
To find out about the exhibitions, go to:
http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
of course if you can make a small donation, its always appreciated!

Also skating at Robson Square Ice Rink is free admission during this time ($3 to rent skates)

And lots of free music & concerts and other events…
For full list and info,
Go to 2010 Olympic Games Free Attractions at citycuacus.com or click on direct link below
http://www.citycaucus.com/2010freevenues#ozone

Recovery Dialogue: Register ASAP






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: Confidentiality & Recovery


Tuesday, January 19, 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 Monday Morning, Jan. 18  
by e-mailing kyle.welton@vch.ca or call 604-708-5224



Opening at Havana "Reflections on Dreams and Shadows" a showing of Art Studios paintings






Please join The Art Studios for their opening of  a show of paintings
Reflections on Dreams and Shadows
at The Havana Gallery on
Sunday January 24th from 4-7pm.



Cate Curtis
Rehabilitation Assistant
The Art Studios
2005 East 44th Ave
Van BC V5P 1N1
(604 871 9788 ext 227

Robson Square



Dear Friends of the Robson Reading Series:

Just a quick reminder that the Robson Reading Series will be hosting two of Canada's funniest authors, Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young, on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square.

If you can't make it that night, Ian Ferguson, will also be giving a reading at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 14 at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the Point Grey UBC Campus (1961 East Mall).

The idea for these fun-filled January readings was inspired by the work of Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher who created a formula for calculating the most depressing day of the year.

Taking into account a number of factors­including weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year's resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling of a need to take action­Arnall deduced that the most depressing day of the year falls on a Monday near the end of January, a day now known as "Blue Monday."

While the quality of Arnell's research is dubious and his mathematical formula nonsensical, we at the Robson Reading Series will latch onto any excuse to have a good time. And we couldn't think of anyone better suited to make people laugh the January doldrums away than by hosting authors Ian Ferguson and Mark-Leiren Young.

Both Ferguson and Leiren-Young have been awarded Canada's highest literary humour award, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour; Ferguson for his book Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts, and Leiren-Young for his memoir Never Shoot A Stampede Queen.

( And in case quality Canadian humour isn't reason enough to attend the event, as is noted in the best-selling book How to be Canadian, a tongue-in-cheek guide Ian Ferguson co-authored with his brother Will Ferguson: "Let's face it, Canadian writers are a breed apart. God-like, good-looking, sophisticated, smooth and reputedly well endowed: Is there anyone alive who does not envy the status and glory that is the Canadian author?")

Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young will be reading at the UBC Bookstore/Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street) on January 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

The Robson Reading Series is funded by the UBC Bookstore, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. In addition, we receive financial support from the Canada Council through the Writers Union of Canada, and promotional support from Geist Magazine.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Poet and social commentator Billeh Nickerson and Journey-Prize winning short-story writer Craig Boyko, January 28, 2010, at 7 p.m.


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UBC Bookstore @ Robson Square
rsquare@interchange.ubc.ca
Tel: 604-822-6453

research study looking for participants



Dear CREST community group,

Happy New Year!

I'm forwarding you details of a study that is looking for participants. The project, which is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, has been designed to improve our understanding of how people with severe mental illness perceive and interact with the police. The findings of the research are intended to inform police training and guidelines for interacting with people who have severe mental illness.

If you're interested in hearing more, please see the attached document or contact Carolyn Greaves at cgreaves@forensic.bc.ca

With best wishes, Erin.

--
Dr. Erin E. Michalak
Assistant Professor
CREST.BD team leader: www.crestbd.ca
Postdoctoral Coordinator, FOM, UBC
Mood Disorders Centre
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, V6T 2A1
Tel: 604 827 3393

Fwd: Poetry/Fiction Contest reminder

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: The Antigonish Review <tar@stfx.ca>
Date: 2010/1/11
Subject: Poetry/Fiction Contest reminder
To: susanjkatz@gmail.com


The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests —

9th Annual GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST

&

5th Annual SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE

$2,400 in Prizes!

Deadlines : Fiction entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2010

                     Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2010

Guidelines :   Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be t yped, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page.

Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize : Stories on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 20 pages.

First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize: $400 & publication; Third prize : $200 & publication

Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest : Poems on any subject. Total entry not to exceed 4 pages. Maximum 150 lines. Entries might be one longer poem, or several shorter poems.

First prize: $600 & publication; Second prize : $400 & publication; Third prize: $200 & publication

Entry Fee : Canada $25.00; the United States $30.00 (US funds); All others $40.00 (US funds) for either contest. Bonus: You may enter both contests for an additional $10.00. You may enter as often as you like; only your first entry in each category will be eligible for a subscription which will begin with the fall issue, 2010. Make cheques or money orders payable to The Antigonish Review.

Mail submissions to: The Antigonish Review Contest, Box 5000, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2G 2W5. For further information, email TAR@stfx.ca , Phone 902-867-3962 or visit our website at <www.antigonishreview.com>.

ENTRIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED; only winners will be notified by September 1, 2010 . List of winners will be available at our web site: www.antigonishreview.com.

We acknowledge the support of: St. Francis Xavier University; The Canada Council, The Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage; and the Publications Assistance Program and the Canada Magazine Fund of the Government of Canada.




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Book News Vol. 5 No. 4





Vol. 5 No. 4



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. Deadline is January 15, 2010. Complete details can be found on their website.

New Westminster Poet Laureate Search

New Westminster is seeking its next Poet Laureate. Deadline to apply is January 29, 2010. For more information, click here.

BC Bestsellers

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








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 and Flickr.
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Awards & Lists

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The Costa Awards (formerly Whitbread) have been announced and to the surprise of many Colm Toibin won the fiction prize over Hilary Mantel. Full story
The finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction have been announced and two of the finalists are also on the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction shortlist. Full story
The Guardian's list of books to watch for in 2010. Full story
Graphic designer Bill Douglas has chosen 10 innovative book covers from the past decade. Full story

News & Features

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More than 250 Canadian writers have signed a petition protesting illegal digitization of books by Google. Full story
There has been some confusion about whether you can take a book in your carry on luggage on flights to the U.S. The latest words is: yes. Full story
The Guardian has asked well known writers if Tolstoy is the greatest writer of all time. Full story

Books & Writers

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Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (who was at this year's Festival) praises an early novel from the Nobel Prize winning writer JMG Le Clezio. Full story
The CBC Arts page has a feature on Don Gillmor's novel Kanata. Full story
A Festival favourite, Jasper Fforde, has ventured into the realm of science fiction. Full story
The third in a trilogy of novels by the Spanish master Javier Marias has just been released. Full story
Jonathan Raban, who was here two Festivals ago, has turned his discerning eye and mordant wit to books by and about Sarah Palin. Full story
The American novelist Anne Tyler's latest book got some rough treatment at the hands of this NY Times reviewer. Full story
Alison Gopnik in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on Reading in the Brain. Full story

Community Events

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TOM GAMMARINO
Reading and book signing with the author of Big in Japan. Thursday, January 7 at 6:30pm. Sophia Books, 450 West Hastings Street.
CHARLES BERNSTEIN
The Kootenay School of Writing presents a talk by author, editor, and scholar Charles Bernstein. Friday, January 8 at 8:00pm. Admission: $3-5 sliding scale. W2 Perel Gallery (112 W. Hastings). More information at www.kswnet.org.
JUDAISM, ZEN, AND THE PRACTICE OF POETRY
Reading and discussion with poets Norman Fischer and Emily Warn. Sunday, January 10 at 7:00pm. Admission by donation. Crossreach Adult Day Centre (3348 W. Broadway). More information at www.mountainrainzen.org.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Women of the World Poetry Slam featuring Christa Bell. Monday, January 11 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com.
CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION
Journalist Gillian Shaw discusses social media and its importance to Canadian authors. Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $5/2, free to CAA members. Alliance for Arts and Culture (100-938 Howe). More information at programs@canauthorsvancouver.org.
WORLD POETRY NIGHT OUT
Multicultural, multilingual readings by Don Benson, Alejandro Mujica-Olea, Katherine and Gavin Farnsworth, and Candice Jones, with musician Evelyn Benson and hosts Adriadne Sawyer and Heidi Mueller. Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00pm. Urth Coffeehouse (72 8th St., New Westminster).
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.
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.
STORIES OF SLOTH AND REGRETS
Vancouver Storytellers presents storytelling by Erin Graham, Larry Matier, Tony Rainbow, Alvin Sanders, and Rita Taylor. Sunday, January 17 at 7:00pm. Tickets $7. St. Mark's Anglican Church (1805 Larch). More information at www.vancouverstorytellers.vcn.bc.ca.
WORLD POETRY CELEBRATES TANGLEWOOD BOOKS
Multicultural, multilingual readings by Godwin Barton, James Mullen, Lucia Gorea, Roger Blenman, Farina Reinprecht, Ibrahim Honjo, and Warren Dean Fulton, hosted by Adriadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, January 18 at 7:00pm. Tanglewood Books (1553 W. Broadway). More information at ariadnes@uniserve.com.
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.
Upcoming
ANN ERIKSSON
Join author in a discussion of her most recent book In the Hands of Anubis. January 21 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
* * * * * * * * * * * *
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
 

MDA Education Evening - Jan 21, 2010





   Education Evening


Thursday, January 21 , 7:00 pm

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY*

Treating Self-Harm & Emotional Dysregulation
*a widely researched treatment for problems characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder
 including recurrent suicidal and self-harming behaviours

Speaker: Dr. John Wagner
Psychologist, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver



Sunrise Hall, 1950 Windermere St @ 4th Ave  Map
For more information view the attached poster, or contact:

Mood Disorders Association of BC - MDA
604-873-0103    www.mdabc.net    info@mdabc.net

An MDA Education Evening Event
Please forward this email and/or the attached poster to anyone you feel would be interested in attending the event.
 Print and post the attached poster in an appropriate place to inform others.

You are receiving this email because you have indicated that you wish to receive information about mental health events in the community.  If you no longer wish to receive this information, please send an email to mdabc@telus.net requesting that your email address be removed.


Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia
202-2250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 5P9  Tel. 604-873-0103  Fax 604-873-3095
mdabc@telus.net  www.mdabc.net



Denman Island Winter Writer's Retreat February 2010




WINTER WRITER'S RETREAT ON DENMAN ISLAND, FEBRUARY 2010 


  • Ivan Coyote. Memoir Writing, 4 days February 9 to 12.  Cost:  $300.00.
  • Matt Rader. Poetry Writing, weekend February 13 & 14.  Cost: $150.00.
  • Heidi Greco. Editing & Manuscript Preparation, 4 days February 17 to 20.  Cost  $300.00 

Location: Denman Island Arts Centre
Mailing Address:  PO Box 78, Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0

Phone:   Local: (250) 335-1224  Toll Free: 1-888-335-1221
Building on the success of the summer Readers & Writers Festival, the Denman Island Arts Centre announces the first annual Winter Writer's Retreat, when three established writers will offer workshops over a two-week period in February 2010.
Join Ivan Coyote, Matt Rader and Heidi Greco for hands-on writing workshops and intimate salon readings.
Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author whose workshop will focus on memoir writing. Spend four days dedicated to getting all those dreams of words and stories out of your head and onto the page.
Matt Rader is a poet and teacher who excels in finding universal truth in local experience. Join Matt in a collaborative, participant driven weekend writing workshop and discover for yourself how a poet can leverage the forms and traditions of poetic craft to access the trickster imagination at the heart of all art.
Heidi Greco has more than two decades' experience working with manuscripts in many genres. This four-day workshop will provide writers with tools for making useful revisions. Starting with the page, discussion will move to the broader vision of formulating a structured manuscript.
Salons with the writers will be held on Friday evening, February 12 and Saturday evening, February 20.

For more information and registration go to www.artsdenman.com or leave a message at the Denman Island Arts Centre (250) 335-1224. The Denman Island Arts Centre is a short walk up the hill from the ferry. Classes are small so register early!
Excellent accommodation is available at Shanti House Bed and Breakfast, at The Blue Owl Bed and Breakfast, or see http://www.denmanisland.com/denman/accommodations .

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Jean Cockburn
Co-ordinator Arts Denman Winter Writer's Retreat
cockburnj@gmail.com

Peer Support Training




Þ  Þ  PLEASE POST  Þ Þ

WANTED:  PEER SUPPORT TRAINEES
Closing Date March 5, 2010

Training: Sept. – Dec. (3 hrs X 2 days/week), Practicum: Jan. onward

TO APPLY FOR TRAINING, PLEASE SUBMIT:

  • Application Form (see attached or obtain form at reception)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Reference (2) not from family members

CRITERIA FOR BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE TRAINING:

  • Have personal experience receiving mental health services
  • Role model to people recovering from serious mental illness
  • Good interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to be empathetic, supportive and patient
  • Able to learn and work in a classroom setting for 3-4 hrs/class
  • Adequate writing and reading skills
  • Present in a professional manner
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with mental health staff
  • Like working with a variety of people and have an appreciation of each individual's unique value
  • Willing to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Related experience is an asset, though not required

REQUIREMENT ONLY WHEN ACCEPTED INTO TRAINING:

  • Complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • CRC cost is $55, reimbursed to those who have been short-listed after interviews and upon submission of receipt

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO:
Peer Support Office
200 – 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4H5
PHONE:  604-708-5274
FAX:  604-874-7661

APPLICATIONS DUE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 5, 2010

VANCOUVER PEER SUPPORT TRAINING APPLICATION

Name:

Address:


Phone:                                          Email:

1.      What motivated you to apply for this training program?






2.      What do you hope to gain from this training?






3.      How would you define the role of a Peer Support Worker?






4.       If applicable, list your background related to mental health courses
         or programs, volunteer or employment experience that you would   consider to be an asset for this training?






5.      What personal life experiences have you had that you consider to be      an asset for doing peer support work?




6.       Please share some of your thoughts and feelings about having been        given a mental health diagnosis?





7.      As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that      you would like to work with?  Please explain.







8.       As a Peer Support Worker, is there a particular kind of person that      you would find difficult to work with?  Please explain.







9.      What would you do if a person with who you are doing peer support        work with wants to do something that goes against your beliefs and       values but isn't something illegal or unsafe?







10.      Anything else that you would like us to take into consideration?








'Frames of Mind' January 20 Screening: Boy Interrupted

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

Boy Interrupted

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Every parent's worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note "only to be forgotten." In this, her "Mother's Lament," Dana takes us back through 15 years of home movies and photographs to paint a portrait of a child who was different — and even obsessed with death — from a very early age; the "darkest of souls," she calls him. Home movies of Evan at seven show him demonstrating how he might hang himself from his bunk bed. His first suicide attempt, at age 11, landed him in a treatment facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — an echo of another family tragedy, the suicide of an uncle, years earlier. For Evan, medication and therapy seemed to be helping; as he moved into adolescence, things seem to be going well for the first time in years. The blow, when it comes, is devastating. "Mournful, pained and beautifully put together" (John Anderson, Variety). "Deeply absorbing . . . Boy Interrupted is hard to reckon with, but even harder to shake off" (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). Colour, 92 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.
Ms. Davies is a Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health and has been working in the realm of crisis and suicide intervention for more than 15 years. With a passion for suicide intervention and the belief that is possible to help keep people alive, she provides suicide consultation and education to community agencies within Vancouver; and numerous First Nation communities.
Ms. Platzer, a "survivor" of her son's untimely death, is the executive director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.
Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist actively involved in clinical care, education and research. Dr Davidson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Programs at BC Children's Hospital and Program Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
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