Cash prizes! Fame! Glory!
“The winning entries in each category will receive a $1,000 cash prize (plus payment for publication) and will be published in our Winter 2017 issue. First runner-up in each category will be published in our Spring issue of the following year.”
Details are here. Get ‘er done!
Summer waxes, wanes, disappears, and our old friend reappears. Hello Real Vancouver Writer’s Series! We’ve missed you. The info is here, and here:
Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is falling for these amazing readers as part of the Little Mountain Lit Shop.
FRan Cunningham a.k.a. Francine Cunningham
Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia
Tickets atr $5 or PWYC (no one turned away for lack of funds).
Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s first book of poems promises to be a great read. Looking forward to picking up my copy in the coming week and biting into this…
Talonbooks Spring 2016 Poetry Launch is celebrating new works by Jordan Abel, bill bissett, Clint Burnham, Weyman Chan, and Carl Peters. (Weyman Chan is coming in from Calgary and bill bissett from Toronto!)
The poets will read from their brand-new books. Drinks and snacks will be served. Books will be available!
Doors open at 7:30 PM. Readings start at 8:00 with Carl Peters, Clint Burnham, and Jordan Abel, followed by a break, and then Weyman Chan and bill bissett. And Stephen Collis will host!
Free. All are welcome!
See you there.
I know I know – you’re tired of hearing about the inimitable Spenst. The Vancouver luminary, however, has released a new book of poetry! Ignite explores his father’s mental illness, being raised Mennonite, elegy, and, and, and. Just stop reading this and go read that.
Buy it here or at your local bookstore. Now.
Real 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.
A brief but good interview with Coates, who talks Shakespeare, Bernie Sanders, Sonia Sanchez, and baaaad teenage poetry.
CURRENT CALL-OUT FOR SUBMISSION TO ISSUE THREE OF REPURPOSED:
Issue Three of Repurposed will be themed around engagements with spatial appropriation. I think about how we perceive ownership of space, personal, civic, etc. and then am confronted, almost daily, with ways in which that ownership or even the notion of ownership has been challenged, confronted or merely highlighted. Any and all of these are ways in which to enter the particular space I wish to inhabit for Issue Three, I am certain there are many other ways as well. As always this call-out is open to interpretation, but remember that this magazine has a mandate, art from repurposed materials, so please read our guidelines below before submitting.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: JANUARY 30TH 2016
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Join 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.
“One woman wrote to her: We have so much in common, it’s like we’re meant to be, can I see a photograph? Laura had deleted the message in a panic, the sounds of Mallory showering after her ride home coming from the bathroom. Mallory had loved her cycle commute across two bridges and along the river. Now driving those bridges Laura looks straight ahead, the bike lane a hard margin against her eyes. The yellow backs with silver stripes. Each one is Mallory.”
-from THE PERSON YOU WANT TO SEE, Alex Leslie
Brilliant fiction from Lex Leslie now up on The Rusty Toque. Get at it.