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Historic Joy Kogawa House Announces 2012 Writer-In-Residence

February 2, 2012

Deborah Willis reading at The Word On The Street

Historic Joy Kogawa House has announced their 2012 writer-in-residence: Victoria author Deborah Willis. Deborah read from her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, at The Word On The Street during our 2009 festival, and we are very pleased to have her back in Vancouver!

Until April 15, 2012, Deborah will reside at Historic Joy Kogawa House where she will work on her second collection of stories. During her residency she will also work with a number of community groups, offering them reading and writing programs and workshops.

Welcome back to Vancouver Deborah!


On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as 2011 writer-in-residence.

September 15, 2011

Historic Joy Kogawa House announces 2011 Writing for Social Change readings series

On Thursday, September 15, Historic Joy Kogawa House will welcome Toronto author Susan Crean as 2011 writer-in-residence. (As part of The Word On The Street Vancouver, meet Susan Friday night, September 23, at Historic Joy Kogawa House. And make a collage button with Laura Bucci at the same time!)

Susan Crean is a lifelong non-fiction author and journalist who will live at Historic Joy Kogawa House while working on a major new book of literary non-fiction that combines memoir, history, and social comment to tell the story, in part, of head-tax payer, Wong Dong Wong, who came to Canada in 1911. Crean will live and work at the house for three months while creating this new work. During this period, she will offer local writers and readers a number of opportunities to meet with her as an author in one-on-one consultations.

Crean will also engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include the following:

– poet Evelyn Lau, in conversation Sunday, October 2

– journalist Eric Enno Tamm, Sunday, October 16

– playwright Tara Beagan, Sunday, October 30

– essayist Betsy Warland, Sunday, November 5

– writer Wayde Compton, Sunday, November 27

– artist Shirley Bear, Sunday, December 4

Crean will also lead writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, and she will participate in a craft sale and open house event with other local writers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Crean is an accomplished teacher and editor and her ability to work with other writers distinguished her application from others received in a cross-Canada call for proposals. Among the applicants received, Susan Crean was judged the most skilled writer and the applicant with the most clarity around the public programs to be presented. Crean lives in Toronto, Ontario, but will live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House throughout her residency, from September 15 to December 15, 2011.

To make an appointment for consultation with Susan Crean, and for further information, please visit or call (604) 263-6586.


The Word On The Street Vancouver expands to three days

September 7, 2011

The Word On The Street Vancouver—Vancouver’s reading, writing, and publishing extravaganza—is back for its 17th year! This year, the festival takes place over three days, September 23-25, 2011.

The festival, as always, will take place on the last Sunday of September at Library Square, with additional programming all day Saturday at new partner, Carnegie Centre, as well as Friday evening programming at Banyen Books & Sound and Historic Joy Kogawa House.

Bryan Pike, Word On The Street Producer, says, “We are delighted to be moving into three days of free programming. Our new partnerships with Carnegie Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, and Historic Joy Kogawa House, expand not just our programming, but our geography, bringing The Word On The Street to several venues in different areas of the city.”

Randy Gatley, Acting head, Carnegie Branch, Vancouver Public Library, says, “Carnegie Library and the Carnegie Centre are thrilled to be partnering with Word on the Street to bring Word On The Street events to the Downtown Eastside. For a community of such avid readers and writers, not only does this partnership make a lot of sense, it’s also incredibly exciting!”

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community. Word lovers will find author readings, writing and publishing exhibits, musical entertainment, roving performers, children’s activities, and much more—Sunday, September 25 at Library Square (Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia), a full day of readings and workshops at Carnegie Centre on Saturday September 24 (Main and Hastings), and events Friday evening at Joy Kogawa House and Banyen Books & Sound.

The Word On The Street is Canada’s favourite annual book and magazine extravaganza, taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Halifax simultaneously.

Three days | Sunday September 25, 2011 at Library Square, 11am to 5pm
Saturday September 24, 2011 at Carnegie Centre, 11am to 7pm
Friday September 23 at Joy Kogawa House, 7pm to 9pm, and
Banyen Books & Sound, 6:30 pm to 8pm
Admission: FREE!!
Full details at:
and our blog:
Our full printed program here:

It’s going to be so much fun!


Groovin’ along …

July 7, 2011

Every day, another author is booked! Here’s an updated list. (much more to come!)

Watch for more info, including our full program line-up, which includes presenters, exhibitors, musicians, roving performers, and more!

The Word On The Street is just 2 1/2 months away! (Sept. 25)

(And watch for more info about Saturday programming at Carnegie Centre, as well as special programming Friday night.)

Authors booked to date:
Carmen Aguirre Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (D & M Publishers)
Gurjinder Basran Everything Was Goodbye (Mother Tongue Books)
Andrea Bellamy Sugar Snaps & Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden (Timber Press)
Grant BudayStranger on a Strange Island (New Star Books) (non-fiction)
Steve Burgess Who Killed Mom? A Delinquent Son’s Meditation on Family, Mortality, and Very Tacky Candles (Greystone Books)
Don Calame Beat the Band (Candlewick Press) (YA)
Norma Charles Run Marco, Run (Ronsdale Press) (YA)
Kevin ChongBeauty Plus Pity (Arsenal Pulp Press) (fiction)
Kristeva Dowling Chicken Poop for the Soul: A Year in Search of Food Sovereignty (Caitlin)
John Furlong Patriot Hearts (D & M Publishers) (non-fiction)
Charlotte Gill Eating Dirt: Field Notes on Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe (Greystone Books)
Jen Sookfong Lee The Better Mother (Knopf Canada)(fiction)
David Lester The Listener (Arbeiter Ring) (graphic novel)
Donato ManciniBuffet World (New Star Books) (poetry)
Robin McConnell Inkstuds (Conundrum) (interviewed by Sean Cranbury)
Kevin McNeillyEmbouchure (Nightwood Editions) (poetry)
Garry Thomas Morse Discovery Passages (Talonbooks) (poetry)
Georgia Nicols You and Your Future: Your Signs, Your In-Depth Personality Patterns, Your 40-Year Horoscopes (Anansi)
Andrew Nikiforuk Empire of the Beetle (Greystone Books) (non-fiction)
Michael V. Smith Progress (Cormorant) (novel)
Barbara StewartCampie (Heritage House Publishing) (non-fiction)
Rob TaylorThe Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books) (poetry)
Timothy Taylor The Blue Light Project (Knopf Canada) (novel)
Shirley Jean Roll TuckerThe Amazing Foot Race of 1921 (Heritage House Publishing) (non-fiction)
John Vaillant The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Random House Canada)
Calvin WhartonThe Song Collides (Anvil Press) (poetry)

Woo hoo!


The Word On The Street Vancouver is blogging

May 19, 2010

Welcome to The Word On The Street Vancouver’s blog.

With just over three months until the 2010 festival, we’re launching The Word On The Street Blog. This will be a great place to highlight our programming, share extra tidbits such as interview, photos, and videos and much more.

WOTS Vancouver’s website will still be your resource for all our festival programming and information. We’re hoping the blog can work symbiotically with our other resources. Facebook is great for events, our Newsletter will have official annoucements, Twitter is great for connecting with fans, our website is essential and packed full of information, and this blog will be a great place to highlight extra goodies.

We hope you’re as excited about the blog and 2010 festival as we are, here at WOTS Vancouver HQ!