Archive for the ‘Friends of WOTS’ Category


BC Book Prizes Soirée tonight (free!)

April 5, 2011

The West Coast Book Prize Society invites you to the 8th annual BC Book Prizes Soirée on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 7-9pm at The Listel Hotel.

It’s a great opportunity to mix and mingle with nominated authors and BC’s vibrant literary community while supporting the BC Book Prizes On Tour program. Enter to win great door prizes and bid for weekend getaways, prize-winning books and many other treats in a fabulous Live Auction while enjoying light refreshments from The Listel Hotel.

Finalist authors will sign copies of their books at the People’s Co-op Bookstore table.


Ryan Knighton at the Robson Reading Series with Ed Macdonald

April 4, 2011

This Thursday, April 7, the Robson Reading Series will be hosting Ryan Knighton and Ed Macdonald for a night that will bring new meaning to the term “father issues.”

Ryan Knighton’s latest memoir, C’mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark (Knopf 2010), is an honest and wry account of his journey into fatherhood. A follow-up to the widely acclaimed Cockeyed, Ryan takes the reader through his first chaotic year as a blind parent. Ryan lives in Vancouver.

For his debut novel, Spat the Dummy (Anvil 2010), Ed Macdonald took the comedic sense that’s made him one of Canada’s top screenwriters and a triple Gemini award-winner, then added a heavy dose of tragedy. What he came up with is a raw and unrestrained, modern-day hero’s journey to face his – and his father’s – demons. Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Ed now lives in Montréal.

The evening begins at 7pm at UBC Robson Square. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Read Local for Kids at the White Rock Library

March 31, 2011

Read Local for Kids is an afternoon event at the White Rock Library on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 2-4 pm.

Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to meet local authors, hear readings and discuss their books.

Authors include Lois Peterson, Gina McMurchy-Barber, Diane Tullson, Craig Spence, Rebecca Kool, Cristy Watson and Paola Opal.

More info: CWILL BC blog | Facebook Event


Friends Across the Pacific: An Evening of Readings & Performances

March 30, 2011

Friends Across the Pacific: An Evening of Readings & Performances is organized by The BC Japan Earthquake Fund and the Asian Canadian Studies Society to help support reliefe efforts in Japan.

Join some of Vancouver’s finest writers for an evening of poetry, fiction, performance. Authors include Daphne Marlatt, Joanne Arnott, Proma Tagore, Roy Miki, Lydia Kwa, Hiromi Goto, Fred Wah, and more.

Event takes place at VIVO Media Arts Centre on March 31, 2011. Admission by donation (all donations will go to the Canadian Red Cross through the BC-Japan Earthquake Relief Fund). All ages, must be 19+ to purchase alcohol.

Facebook Event | Joanne Arnott’s Blog


Lit Fest New West now accepting Exhibitor Registration

March 28, 2011

The third annual Lit Fest New West (formerly known as the Royal City Book Festival) is presented this April by the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW).

Lit Fest takes place April 15 and 16 at Douglas College and the New Westminster Public Library (children’s programming) with both local and B.C.-based authors and poets for readings and workshops, performances and marketplace events and exhibitions. From slam poetry and spoken word to fiction and non fiction—and everything between—Lit Fest covers the spectrum.

Exhibitor tables will be available at Douglas College – New Westminster Campus on Saturday, April 16 for local authors, printers, publishers, etc. to exhibit their books, services and products. Table set-up is from 8:00 to 9:00 and take-down from 4:00 to 5:00. Registration Deadline is April 12, 2011. More info (PDF)


Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu at the Robson Reading Series

February 21, 2011

Evelyn Lau and Ray Hsu will read at the Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Room 182) this Thursday, February 24 from 1-2 pm. This is a co-presentation between the Robson Reading Series and the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from Evelyn Lau‘s previous poetry books. Instead of the focus on relationships and emotional damage that has characterized much of her earlier work, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. In a tone that is often elegiac, without ever being maudlin, these poems are steeped in immortality and loss. Haunted by the pull of the past, there is strength of character and a sense of affirmation in all of these poems. While grounded in travel and in place, the tone is surprisingly meditative and contemplative.

Ray Hsu‘s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, the follow-up to his award-winning first collection, Anthropy, is the second book in a prospective trilogy that explores the “grammar of personhood.”


Anna Swanson & Deborah Willis at the Robson Reading Series

December 3, 2010

On Thursday, December 9 at 7:00 pm, the Robson Reading Series will host poet Anna Swanson as she reads from The Nights Also (Tightrope Books), and Deborah Willis, who will read from Vanishing and Other Stories (Penguin Canada), at UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square. Admission is free and refreshments are served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Anna Swanson read poems from The Nights Also at The Word On The Street Vancouver 2010, and Deborah Willis read from Vanishing and Other Stories at the 2009 Festival.

Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and Memorial University. Her poetry has appeared in PRISM international, The Antigonish Review, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, and numerous other literary journals. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, and works as a children’s librarian.
With poems that are at once deep and pithy, The Nights Also illuminates one woman’s experience of chronic illness, relationships and gender identity, and solitude. Lorna Crozier has described Anna’s poems as “smart, original, and daring.”

Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Her fiction has appeared in Grain, Event, the UK’s Bridport Prize anthology, and she was the winner of the 2005 PRISM international fiction prize. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2009 and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a BC Book Prize. She works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC.
Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it’s ever possible to move on. According to Alice Munro, “the emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness is astonishing.”