Vol. 4 No. 33

BOOK NEWS

Margaret Atwood Special Event
A new novel by Margaret Atwood is always cause for excitement among readers. This fall McClelland & Stewart will publish The Year of the Flood, a brilliant visionary imagining of the future that calls to mind Atwood's classic novel The Handmaid's Tale. On October 1st the Vancouver International Writers Festival will present a very special pre-Festival event with Margaret Atwood, accompanied by three actors and a choir that will sing hymns from the novel. Tickets available through VancouverTix (www.vancouvertix.com). Details at
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.

2009 Festival
The office is all aTwitter with programming and creating interesting events sure to delight readers of all ages. Follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/VIWF) for up-to-the-minute goings-on!

AWARDS

Vancouver Island novelist Jack Hodgins and novelist and poet David Helwig were two of 60 new appointments made to the Order of Canada last week.
http://tinyurl.com/n8m3ac

EC Osondu has won the Caine Prize for African writing for his short story about a child waiting to be rescued from a refugee camp. Osondu is a former advertising copywriter from Nigeria, who now lives in the US.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jul/07/ec-osondu-african-booker-caine

BOOKS & WRITERS

Lisa Moore's new novel, February, receives high praise in the Globe & Mail and the Montreal Gazette.  Moore was also interviewed in the Globe & Mail this past Tuesday.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/imagining-the-unimaginable/article1207436/
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/a-tragedy-at-sea-a-miracle-on-paper/article1198641/
http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/books/Lisa+Moore+gets+real/1752970/story.html

Sarah Dunant on how Julia O'Faolain's book Women in the Wall helped her when she was writing her own novel, Sacred Hearts, about nuns in 16th century Italy.  The following link delivers a review of Dunant's novel which features a "battle of wits, feminine duplicity and politics of a kind that readers adore."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jul/04/fiction
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5722694/Sacred-Hearts-by-Sarah-Dunnant-review.html

The Globe & Mail writes that in her recently translated novel, Wildlives, Monique Proulx's prose "has a rhythm that mimics nature itself - sometimes necessarily harsh, at times calm and peaceful, but mostly forgiving and beautiful."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/a-forgiving-and-beautiful-landscape/article1208990/

Donna Bailey Nurse has mixed feelings about Tessa McWatt's latest novel, Step Closer, but recognizes the author's unique gift: "a stirring ability to echo the pull of tides and the tremors of the earth within the human body. Reading McWatt reminds us - quite literally - what we're made of."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/complicated-and-foolish/article1209579/

Quill & Quire writes that like her previous novels, Lori Lansens's latest, The Wife's Tale, is a "retelling of the classic Hero story, with a flawed individual undergoing a series of trials before eventually claiming his or her destiny."
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6575

The Telegraph praises New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's debut novel, The Rehearsal, in which a cast of high-school drama students improvise around a school scandal for their all-important end-of-year show.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5720792/The-Rehearsal-by-Eleanor-Catton-review.html

In her latest column in the Guardian, A.L. Kennedy ponders the nature of writing workshops or Masterclasses, as they are increasingly being called, and recalls a particularly horrific workshop in which she took part.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/jul/07/beware-writing-masterclass-workshops

Michael Chabon writes in the New York Review of Books on how the "Wilderness of Childhood" has changed since his own youth, and how the current era of "helmeting and monitoring, the corralling of children into certified zones of safety," affects the development of their imaginations.
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22891

EVENTS

A SUMMER'S NIGHT OF WESTERN CANADIAN WRITING
Readings by Tim Bowling (The Book Collector) and Michael Kenyon (The Beautiful Children). Thursday, July 9 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street). Information at www.rsquare.bookstore.ubc.ca/common/author_evt.html.

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
This week's book is Saturn's Children by Charles Stross. July 9 at 7:00pm. The Grind & Gallery (4124 Main, phone: 604-874-1588). More information at darthbuddy2000@yahoo.ca.

WRITE ON BOWEN!
Write on Bowen! Festival of Readers and Writers! July 10 - 12. Panel presentations are free, but most workshops are limited to 15 participants so please register early! Register online for all events at www.biac.ca/writersfestival. For more information, contact carolcram@gmail.com.

JEANNE AINSLIE
White Rock author will be signing a new edition of her best selling novel A Country Girl with original drawings by White Rock artist Elizabeth Hollick. Saturday, July 11 at 3:00pm. Chapters, Broadway & Granville, third floor. More information at www.acountrygirl.com.

COOL RUNNINGS
A Host a City Happening event. In this popular comedic saga loosely based on a true story, four Jamaican athletes go to extremes to compete as bobsled racers at the Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Saturday, July 11, free. Mount Pleasant Branch, 370 East Broadway. For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603.

VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
Queer Slam featuring Greg B. Monday, July 13 at 8:00pm. Admission: $5/$3. Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). More information at www.vancouverpoetryhouse.com/.

SARAH DUNANT
British broadcaster and author of The Birth of Venus reads and talks about her latest book Sacred Hearts. Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00pm. Tickets $45. Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks ( 1740 W. 2nd). More information at
http://www.bookstocooks.com/.

Upcoming

PRIDE 2009
The Robson Readings Series began seven years ago with a Pride Week reading and has proudly hosted one every year since. Come listen to four fantastic local authors - Tony Correia, C.C. Humphreys, George K. Ilsley and Christine Leclerc - share their latest works. Saturday, July 25 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library Robson Square (800 Robson Street).