Vol. 4 No. 22
Tickets are on sale for A Dram Come True, the VIWF scotch tasting. Visit our website for the list of fabulous malts that will be featured. Scotch experts will be on hand to guide you through your tasting experience. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 604 681 6330 ext 109 - quantities are limited. The event is a fundraiser for the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/dramcometrue.
To help spread the Olympic spirit, the Vancouver Public Library has chosen The Crazy Canucks: Canada's Legendary Ski Team by Janet Love Morrison and The Farm Team by Linda Bailey for its 2009 program The Host City Reads.
Noted UK novelist JG Ballard passed away last weekend.
Is publisher Little Brown's decision to release a tiny booklet transcript of David Foster Wallace's commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College a "crass money-maker"?
With 69-year-old Margaret Drabble retiring her pen, and 82-year-old Gabriel García Márquez taking pains to quell rumours that he, too, is through with writing, this essay in the NY Times suggests that the "geriatric writer, the one who persists into the twilight years, is something new."
Authors and editors respond to the question: "Is the point of writing fiction in 2009 to represent, as accurately as possible, the way the world really works?"
The inaugural plaque in Project Bookmark Canada, "which imagines the day when Canadians will be able to read their way from coast to coast, following a trail of plaques containing literary excerpts of some of this country's most geographically specific works," will be unveiled tomorrow in Toronto.
The 2009 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music have been announced.
The shortlist for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction:
The winners of the 2009 Atlantic Book Awards:
Vancouver's Susin Nielsen is in the running for a 2009 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award for her young adult novel Word Nerd.
Tim Winton is up for Australia's most prestigious literary award for the fourth time.
BOOKS & WRITERS
Four new biographies in Penguin Canada's Extraordinary Canadians series have been published: Nino Ricci on Pierre Trudeau, M.G. Vassanji on Mordecai Richler, Margaret MacMillan on Stephen Leacock, and Adrienne Clarkson on Norman Bethune.
Emily Shultz's fourth novel, Heaven is Small, "is confident, disturbing and clever," writes the Globe & Mail. And in a publishing first, a digitized edition of Shultz's novel can be downloaded for free until Friday on Shortcovers.
Gale Zoë Garnett praises Anne Giardini's descriptive skill in Advice for Italian Boys.
In Molly Peacock's latest collection of poetry, The Second Blush, the standout poems "are those in which [she] takes a step back to play the role of the thoughtful, and at times detached, observer."
Martha Baillie's novel The Incident Report is told through a series of numbered incident reports and was inspired by, yes, an incident that occurred at the circulation desk in the library where Baillie worked at the time. Read a review in the Toronto Star.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has already published two acclaimed novels, but this reviewer writes that in her new book, The Thing Around Your Neck, her writing is "even more poignant when applied to the short story: crisp, succinct, vigorous and loaded."
Of Manju Kapur's novel The Immigrant, Ursula K. Le Guin writes: "we can read her novel as A Passage to Canada, and be as certain as we are with EM Forster of the author's perfect honesty in cost accounting."
The Guardian reviews Monica Ali third novel In the Kitchen.
The Washington Post on John Updike's final collection of poems, Endpoint, in which the author "set[s] down, as directly as possible, the realities and inevitabilities of old age."
The Guardian writes that Margaret Drabble's memoir The Pattern in the Carpet "turns out to be full not so much of last things as late things - a mature overview of a lifetime spent fitting objects together in various ways before breaking them up and beginning all over again."
Walter Mosley answers questions in the Globe & Mail:
J.M. Coetzee on The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 1: 1929-1940 in The New York Review of Books.
The New Yorker celebrates Edgar Allen Poe's 200th birthday.
NORTH SHORE WRITERS FESTIVAL
Tenth annual festival of readings by Canadian authors including Maria Coffey and Lawrence Hill brought to you by the North Shore Public Libraries. Now to April 25. All events are free. Complete details at www.northshorewritersfestival.ca.
MEET THE AUTHOR EVENING
Meet June Hutton, author of Underground , in an intimate and intellectually stimulating setting. Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm. Tickets $35, includes wine and goodies. Christianne's Lyceum of Literature and Art (3696 W. 8th).
ROBSON READING SERIES
Readings by Elise Partridge (Chameleon Hours) and David O'Meara (Noble Gas, Penny Black). Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Library at Robson Square (plaza level, 800 Robson Street). More information at www.robsonreadingseries.ubc.ca.
AMPHIBIAN LAUNCH PARTY
Author Carla Gunn launches her new novel, Amphibian, with guest readers Chris Ewart, Sachiko Murakami, and Mary Tilberg. Thursday, April 23 at 7:00pm, free. Rhizome Café (317 E. Broadway). More information at www.chbooks.com/.
CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA
Event features an introduction by Kay Stewart, discussion of crime writing with panelists Jane Hall, Debra Purdy Kong, and Dan Kalla, and the shortlist announcement for the Arthur Ellis Awards. Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm, free. VPL (350 W. Georgia). More information at www.vpl.ca/.
A CONVERSATION WITH HOLLY & CASSANDRA
Kidsbooks invites you to meet Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, for a discussion about their newest books and answering questions. Friday, April 24 at 7:00pm. Tickets $5; purchase at www.kidsbooks.ca. West Point Grey United Church Sanctuary, 4595 West 8th Ave.
Celebrate Earth Day with editor and naturalist Alison Parkinson while she signs copies of Nature Vancouver's new book Parks and Nature Places Around Vancouver. Saturday, April 25 at 12:30pm. Everett Crowley Park. For information, call 604-566-1431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry and music from around the world. Presented bilingually. World Poetry hosts are Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea. Monday, April 27 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, Lower Level Central Library 350 West Georgia Street. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Youth slam featuring Ostwelve. Monday, April 27 at 8:00pm. Admission $5/3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at http://vancouverpoetryhouse.com/.
TWO ON A CHOO-CHOO
The Dodds & Tierney Poetry Train Vancouver Edition featuring Jeramy Dodds (Crabwise to the Hounds, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit) and Chris Ewart (Miss Lamp). Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30pm, free. The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street. Email email@example.com for more information.
MURDER WITHOUT BORDERS
Author and journalist Terry Gould reveals the reasons why nine journalists, working in troubled hot spots, threatened with certain death, stayed on the story. Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm, free. Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.
Meet award-winning Cree author of Goodbye Buffalo Bay. Wednesday, April 29 at 12:15pm, free. Britannia Library (1661 Napier). Also reading on April 30 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen Room, VPL (350 W. Georgia). And May 1 at 3:00pm, Carnegie Theatre (410 Main).
Readings by Jon Woodward (Rain) and Oni Buchanana (Spring). Thursday, April 30 at 6:00pm. Spartacus Books, 684 East Hastings Street. More information at www.spartacusbooks.org.
Author Gail Anderson-Dargatz reads from her latest novel, Turtle Valley, and discusses the inspirations behind her work. Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm, free. Alice MacKay Room (Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia). More information at www.vpl.ca/.
West Vancouver Children's Literature Festival featuring author visits, illustrator's workshops, poetry readings, storytelling, poetry slams and other spoken word events. May 1 - 9. See www.booktopia.ca for complete details.
Join Harbour Publishing for the book launch of The Fly in Autumn, by award-winning poet David Zieroth. Friday, May 1 at 7:30pm, free. 32 Books, 3185 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver. For information, call 604-980-9032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING BOOK HATCHING
A celebration of the release of the latest books by local children's authors and artists. The afternoon will feature presentations, displays, a book sale and the chance to meet your favourite BC author or illustrator. Saturday, May 2 at 1:00pm, free. Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street.
Canadian author talks about his new release Not Yet, a life-affirming memoir based on his two near-death experiences. Monday, May 4 at 7:00pm. Tickets $18/15. Capilano Performing Arts Theatre (2055 Purcell Way, North Van).