Real Vancouver Writers Series this Friday!

real vancReal Vancouver Writers’ Series returns in 2016 with our annual anniversary showcase on Friday February 26th at Chinatown’s The Playground (thisopenspace) located at 434 Columbia Street in Vancouver’s DTES.

The showcase is also coinciding with Freedom to Read Week and we’re happy to partner with this great organization to reaffirm our commitment to making terrible jokes and slurry proclamations, or, um, intellectual freedom, as it is guaranteed to all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We take our jokes seriously and we hope you won’t laugh.

The stellar line-up includes:

Chelene Knight, author of Braided Skin, Mother Tongue Publishing.
Billeh Nickerson, author of Artificial Cherry, Arsenal Pulp Press.
Rahat Kurd, author of Cosmophilia, Talon Books.
Annelyse Gelman, author of Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone, published independently.
Beni Xiao, author of poems and things as yet uncollected and released upon the world.
Billie Livingston, author of The Crooked Heart of Mercy, published by Penguin Random House of Canada.

So take that cold and indifferent grip of winter!

As always admission to the event is by donation and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is a volunteer-run independent non-profit society that produces 4 to 6 events a year showcasing the work of writers from Vancouver and beyond. We provide a welcome and convivial atmosphere to enjoy great writing and great people together in one room.

And there’s always books and beer.

DJ Spooky, Guy Debord, Situationalism, Cello

spooky.jpgA great show in Vancouver last night as part of the Push festival of perfoming arts – DJ Spooky performed, accompanied by a cellist and two violinists, an improvised soundtrack to Guy Debord’s 1973 situationalist film after his book, “Society of the Spectacle”.   A pretty impressive work.

Launch of “Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia”

Make_It_True_Front_Cover-Hi_ResPandora’s Collective Presents Twisted Poets Literary Salon:

Launch of “Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia” (Leaf Press, 2015)
Readings from the Anthology
There will be NO OPEN MIC on this night.
Host: Bonnie Nish

Featured readers:
Daphne Marlatt, Robert Lashley, Paul Nelson, Thomas Walton, Judith Roche, Crystal Hurdle, Nadine Maestas, Anastacia Tolbert, Sarah de Leeuw, Hope Anderson, Susan McCaslin, George Stanley, Stephen Collis, Cath Morris, Jordan Abel, Meredith Quartermain, Renee Rodin, Heidi Greco, Lary Timewell, Renee Saklikar, Daniela Elza.

details are here:

Upcoming Reading at Dead Poets

deadThe brilliant ongoing Dead Poets Reading Series takes flight for the new year at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch on January 10th, 2016, from 3-5 PM. The reading will be hosted in the Alice MacKay Room, which is located one floor below the entry concourse (you can view a map here).

The lineup:

Robert Creeley (1926 – 2005), read by Mariner Janes
Sakutaro Hariwara (1886 – 1942), read by Sheryda Warrener
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882), read by Sheryl MacKay
C.K. Williams (1936 – 2015), read by Raoul Fernandes

Attendance is free. They start more-or-less on time, so come early to make sure you don’t miss out.

If you’ve never been to one of our readings, take a look around this website to get better acquainted with the series (including our format and history and photos from past events). And if you’d like regular updates from them about future readings, be sure to sign up for their mailing list.

Hope to see you on January 10th.

Further details are here.


East Van Publishers + ABPBC 4th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

dogparty.jpgJoin Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Greystone, New Star Books, Talonbooks and the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia as we merge into a festive megazord for our fourth annual holiday hootenanny at Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse!

Come enjoy snacks, drinks, and holiday cheer from 5-9pm.

There will also be a fine selection of books available for sale.

Festive frocks & sparkly attire (tinsel tuxedo anyone?) are both welcome and encouraged.

Strangers on a Train!

strangersGreat lineup for today’s event:

Strangers on a Train is a monthly reading series, hosted by the Langara College English department, devoted to creating dialogue between writers and writing groups that would not typically interact with one another. Each event features writers from a variety of genres and backgrounds: from spoken word to highbrow prose – the up-and-coming, the student, and the venerable. The goal of the series is to encourage discussion and promote collaboration within Vancouver’s diverse literary community (or with members of other Canadian literary communities).

Join us on Tuesday, November 24 for the next installment of Strangers on a Train. All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+ years).

Readings by:
George Bowering (TISH; Pinboy; Horizontal Surfaces; Kerrisdale Elegies; My Darling Nelly Grey)
Claire Battershill (Circus)
Carmen Papalia (Mobility Device; Blind Field Shuttle)
Allie Abella (Langara Student Writer)

Fred Wah Launches “Scree”

Here is the full footage from Wah’s launch of “Scree”.  Amazing.  Readings and comments from Jeff Derksen, Daphne Marlatt, Colin Browne, Larissa Lai, and many other very talented folks!

“The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962–1991 is the first volume of Wah’s collected works, gathering 13 out-of-print or rare books into one elegant volume published by Talonbooks in the fall of 2015 and launched at the Western Front in Vancouver, BC on October 29, 2015. This is the full-length footage from that launch. Learn more about the book, or order a copy, here:

Fred Wah was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH, winner of a BC Book Prize, winner of a Governor-General’s Award, and winner of the Stephanson Award for Poetry. He is a member of the Order of Canada and served as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013.”