Strangers on a Birthday Train…

georgeBrilliant reading from all at wednesday’s event, including the inimitable George Bowering.  Organizers made a cake for his upcoming birthday!  Good night.

 

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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)

 

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Three poets at People’s Coop Bookstore

Thurs Oct 22 – join Spenst, DeCroo and Steudel for what promises to be an intriguing event:

Three poets digging into the outdoors, under the city and through tunnels into the past. Bring a shovel! Bring a flask! Bring your best friend and armwrestle to see who’ll pay for drinks afterwards.

Rodney DeCroo is a singer-songwriter, poet, playwright and actor. HIs debut collection of poems Allegheny, BC was published by Nightwood Edtions in 2012 which was the basis for his play Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town that has toured across Canada . His poems have appeared recently in Event Magazine, Geist. and BC Bookworld. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums through labels such Northern Electric Records, Barge Records and his current label Tonic Records. He was recently featured on the cover of the Georgia Straight for his newest cd Campfires on the Moon for which he recently finished a cross-Canada tour.

Jeff Steudel’s poetry has appeared in several publications including, prism international, CV2, The Fiddlehead, subTerrain, and Canadian Literature. He has received the Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, and his work was chosen as a finalist for the cbc Literary Awards. Foreign Park is his first book of poetry. He lives in Vancouver.

Kevin Spenst is the author of Jabbering with Bing Bong (Anvil Press) and ten chapbooks including Pray Goodbye (the Alfred Gustav Press), Retractable (the serif of nottingham), and Surrey Sonnets (JackPine Press). His work has won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry and has appeared in dozens of publications including Prairie Fire, BafterC, Lemon Hound, Poetry is Dead, and the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014. A second collection of poetry, Ignite, is forthcoming with Anvil Press in 2016.

Full details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/758170474310662/

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.

THE WRITERS:

Aaron Chapman
Alessandra Naccarato
Charles Demers
Jenn Farrell
!Kona
Raziel Reid

THE HOSTS:

Dina Del Bucchia
Sean Cranbury

THE DEAL:

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!?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1698495513705499/

Strangers! Trains!

The great reading series at the Railway Club resumes tonight with a stellar lineup:

strangersStrangers 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, July 21 for the next installment of Strangers on a Train. All events are free to attend and are open to the public (19+ years).

Readers include:
Clint Burnham (Smoke Show; The Benjamin Sonnets)
Stephen Collis (The Red Album; To The Barricades)
Steve Noyes (November Radio; It Is Just That Your House Is So Far Away)
Jocelyn Parr (Dawson College; Brick Magazine)
Laura Birtwhistle (Langara Student Writer)

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Reading / Workshop with Pandora’s Collective Sunday May 31st

pandoraDoing an interesting reading / workshop organized by Shannon Rayne with Kevin Spenst and Pandora’s Collective on Sun May 31st – at a Starbucks! Ha! Should be interesting – exploring the notion of place.  An open mic to follow.  Come share your thoughts. NOTE – workshop is free, but RSVP required.

xoxo

M.

Sunday May 31st
PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE AND STARBUCKS PRESENT A SPECIAL EVENING: WRITING ABOUT PLACE
Facilitator and Host: Shannon Rayne
6-8:30 pm
Starbucks Coffee Canada
5504 Cambie St, Cambie and 39th
FREE EVENT

This workshop will focus on writing about place, as an extension of writing about the self. When we write our unique observations about place (cafes, cities, etc.) we give concrete images to our perspectives, emotions and state of mind at the time. This 60 minute workshop will give participants new techniques to approach writing about place, through hands-on-exercises. This workshop is designed for poets, and creative nonfiction writers of all levels including nature writing, food writing, or memoir.

There will be an open mic to follow for workshop participants.

Featured readers following workshop
Shannon Rayne
Kevin Spenst
Mariner Janes

Shannon Rayne is poet, creative nonfiction writer and teacher. Her project “Coffee Stained” is a collection of poems about cafe culture in Vancouver. Part travelogue, part dialogue with the muse over coffee, “Coffee Stained” takes place in 26 cafes in Vancouver and reflects both the internal changes of the narrator, with the physical changes of the rapidly growing city.
PLEASE RSVP: blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

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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)
http://www.anvilpress.com/category/forthcoming/

Subject to Change by Renee Rodin (Talonbooks)
http://talonbooks.com/books/subject-to-change

Around the World on Minimum Wage by Andrew Struthers (New Star)
http://www.newstarbooks.com/book.php?book_id=1554200865

There will be wine and smiles and lots of stories!

details:   https://www.facebook.com/events/470022983155524/