Today is the first day of the 2016 Word Vancouver festival! Our main festival day is this Sunday, September 25, but there are plenty of great events taking place throughout the city in the four days leading up to that as well.
Tonight is the Poetry in Transit 20th-Anniversary Celebration at The Emerald. Join Word Vancouver and the Association of Book Publishers of BC in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Poetry in Transit! Readings of 20 poems featured as part of the campaign will commemorate the extraordinary contribution poets have made to the cultural fabric of BC. Hosted by Sandy Shreve, this is an opportunity to enjoy a drink, a snack, and some of the province’s finest talent.
There will be two events on Thursday, September 22. Join Governor General’s Award-Winning author Mark L. Winston for a presentation of his book Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive at Banyen Books & Sound. He will discuss his experiences of over 30 years in apiaries and lessons learned from a life among bees. The Twisted Poets Literary Salon will also take place on Thursday at The Cottage Bistro. Share in an evening of literary surprises. Connect, read, and enjoy. An open mic session follows featured readings from Henry Beissel, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Jennifer Zilm. All are welcome to attend and participate.
Friday, September 23 will feature two more events. Christianne’s Lyceum will host An Evening of Faerie Magic where the entire family can celebrate faeries with stories, treats, and crafts. Faerie whisperers will include Tiffany Stone, Kallie George, Danika Dinsmore, and Christianne Hayward. Also on Friday will be Sober Second Thoughts with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Reading and discussion will offer an opportunity to join a conversation about our personal and sociological relationships with alcohol.
There will be three workshops and an awards gala on Saturday, September 24. Two professional development workshops will be held at The HiVE. Get It Out: A Writer’s Guide to the Submissions of Literary Works for Publication with Jami Macarty will teach you about terms, networking, cover letters, submission guidelines, submission-ready work, publications, and sure ways to avoid the slush pile. Exoticizing the Domestic with Carmen Ostrander will explore the everyday and uncover compelling stories in everyday life. Type Up! will be held at the Carnegie Community Centre. Do you have handwritten poems, stories, and letters you would like to have typed up, but you don’t have a way to do that? Well come along to Type Up! at the Carnegie Library Learning Centre, and volunteers will be on hand to take your writing materials, help you edit them, and turn them into a typed file. Saturday evening is the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala at CBC Studio 700. These awards are presented to those who, by their example and hard work, continue to maintain and foster the Vancouver literary community.