Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is Back!

RVWS_TITLE_PIC_FIREReal Vancouver Writers’ Series returns after a brief summer hiatus for our annual Fall Literary Showcase featuring an amazing line-up of writers guaranteed to stir your cockles.

$10/sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Books will be for sale! Don’t forget cash so you can take great literature back to your own home.


Aaron Chapman
Alessandra Naccarato
Charles Demers
Jenn Farrell
Raziel Reid


Dina Del Bucchia
Sean Cranbury


Conviviality, good times, probably some games, prizes, books, living people laughing and cavorting, craft brews from Phillips Brewing Company and probably Driftwood Brewery. High quality gin cocktails, bingo dabbers, free wifi, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!?

Triple Launch!

11218501_812419872167447_6930675101014464046_nThis looks like a great launch:

Join Anvil Press, Talonbooks, and New Star Books at Pulp Fiction Books for the launch of:

Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer by Stuart Ross (Anvil Press)

Subject to Change by Renee Rodin (Talonbooks)

Around the World on Minimum Wage by Andrew Struthers (New Star)

There will be wine and smiles and lots of stories!


Two Spring Launches not to miss! At the same time!


Both Anvil and Talonbooks are having a spring launch – ON THE SAME NIGHT.

Not sure how that got planned, but please be at both.  Amazing writers reading and socializing and selling copies of their fine, fine work.

Upcoming Launch: Elena Johnson’s Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra

e_johnson_bThis is coming up this sunday in Vancouver.  Elena is a talented poet, and the local community has been looking forward to the release of her first collection with anticipation.  Joining her for this launch are two other local luminaries; Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel.  Here’s the details!


Come celebrate the launch of Elena’s first collection of poetry, Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra, published by Gaspereau Press this spring. With readings/performances by Elena and two special guests: Ray Hsu and Susan Steudel.

Doors at 7:30; performance begins at 8:00. (Feel free to arrive earlier if you like; just know that we’ll be busy setting up until 7:30.)

About the book: Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is a collection of poems written and researched in the Yukon’s Ruby Range during the author’s time as writer-in-residence at a remote ecology research station. Earlier versions of this collection have been longlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and shortlisted for the Alfred G. Bailey Prize, and several of these poems have been published in The Fiddlehead, Arc, Dandelion and other fine publications.

About Elena: Elena Johnson is a Vancouver poet whose work has appeared in literary journals across Canada and in the UK, as well as in four anthologies. Field Notes for the Alpine Tundra is her first published collection.

Special guest-stars:
– Ray Hsu is a poet, social entrepreneur, and co-founder of Art Song Lab, a collaborative institute for poets, composers, and performers; and the Medici Group, which provides art scholarships for aspiring painters in developing countries.
– Susan Steudel is the author of New Theatre (Coach House Books, 2012, poetry). Her work has been published in many literary magazines and journals in Canada. She has worked as a deckhand in the past and earns her current living as a court reporter in British Columbia.
Cafe Deux Soleils offers delicious food and drink in a warm, friendly, wheelchair-accessible environment. There is no cover charge. Books will be for sale at the event (please bring cash if you’d like to buy a book or two).

Project Space / Poetry is Dead Event

pidTonight i’m in Vancouver (7pm-10pm) for a lovely evening of socializing with writers / poets / maniacs at Project Space (2-236 E. Pender).  This event is put on by Project Space in conjunction with Poetry is Dead, and features writers from the New Vancouver Poets Folio recently published by PID and Lemonhound (see my entry on this here):

mia susan amir

andrea bennett

Emily Chou

Leanne Dunic

Raoul Fernandes

Adrienne Gruber

Mariner Janes

Elena Johnson

Cail Judy

Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Andrew McEwan

Navneet Nagra

Geoff Nielson

Kevin Spenst

Rob Taylor

Eli Zibin

Jennifer Zilm

& of course the editors:

Dina Del Bucchia
Daniel Zomparelli

PROJECT SPACE MEMBERS get a 10% discount on the NVPF poets’ books, discounts on our bookshop books and can subscribe to Poetry Is Dead for only $8.

Become a Project Space Member here:

POETRY IS DEAD SUBSCRIBERS get a 10% discount on the NVPF poets’ books and can become a Member of Project Space for only $10.

Subscribe to Poetry Is Dead here:

Check out the New Vancouver Poets Folio here:

Event info:

New vancouver poets folio from lemonhound

lemonMany thanks to the amazing folks at Lemonhound ( for including me in a list of Vancouver poets! It’s a pretty astounding list, and really pushes home the number of great writers that are filling our city streets.  And apartment buildings and houses.  The below-mentioned Rob Taylor is in there, as are Alex Leslie, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Shazia Hafiz Ramjii, Andrew McEwan, Cail Judy (remember this bit we did together?), Chris Gilpin, Jennifer Zilm…and more!

Alex Leslie’s new book!

bookcoverAlex’s phenomenal new book of prose poems is out with Nightwood.  I can’t recommend this enough.  I’ll let Jen Currin’s great blurb spell it out:

“Prose poems, soundtracks, minifictions—the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us.”

Buy the book here (or at your local bookshop!):

and follow Alex here: