Vol. 5 No. 13
The VIWF membership campaign continues! Every two weeks we will draw the name of a new member for a great prize. The prize for March 19: Ian McEwan's new book Solar, published by Knopf Canada.
Margaret MacMillan and Nixon in China
The Vancouver Opera presents two events in conjunction with the Canadian premiere of Nixon in China. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Writers Festival:
A Literary Lunch with Margaret MacMillan and Alexandre Trudeau, moderated by Hal Wake. Tuesday, March 16, 2010 12:30-2:30pm Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia. Tickets: $50
Margaret MacMillan in Conversation with Alison Smith, host of CBC's 'The World at Six'. March 17, 2010 at 7:30pm Granville Island Stage. Tickets $18
Details at www.vancouveropera.ca.
The acclaimed author of Atonement and On Chesil Beach will make his eagerly anticipated Vancouver appearance to read from his latest book, Solar. Ian McEwan will be interviewed by Jerry Wasserman. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents. VIWF members: Receive a $2 member discount for Ian McEwan event tickets! Join us: http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/supportus/joinus.
Ian McEwen talks about the 2005 trip to the Arctic that inspired his latest novel, Solar. And a review in the Times Online calls Solar “a comedy every bit as brilliant as its title might suggest.”
The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Random House of Canada present the Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner and the author of Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang in conversation with Hal Wake. Details at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents.
AWARDS & LISTS
Congratulations to the finalists of the 2010 BC Book Prizes. The winners will be announced on April 24th in Victoria.
John Ralston Saul has been honoured with the Grand Prize for Literature, one of South Korea's most prestigious awards.
Newfoundland and Labrador poet Randall Maggs has won the Kobzar Literary Award for Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems, a collection based on the life of NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk.
The international jury for the 2010 Giller Prize has been announced.
NEWS & FEATURES
Canadian booksellers are urging Ottawa to stop Amazon.com from creating a distribution network in Canada, saying that it would “detrimentally affect independent businesses and …raise serious concerns over the protection of our cultural industries.”
This journalist is relieved to find her anxiety around interviewing Dave Eggers—the so-called conscience of America—unfounded.
Alexander McCall Smith reflects on the year he spent teaching at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1973, the year after the tragic events of Bloody Sunday, and the most important year of his life. *An August special event with Alexander McCall Smith is in the works. Details forthcoming.
BOOKS & WRITERS
Matthew Hooton’s debut novel Deloume Road revolves around four pre-teen boys for whom forested Southern Vancouver Island is both heaven and hell.
The NY Times reviews The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by the current Poet Laureate of the US, Kay Ryan.
The stories of two middle class American families struggling to care for sick loved ones in Lionel Shriver’s new novel, So Much for That, effectively tackle the health care system south of the border.
Lydia Millet praises Sam Lipsyte’s new novel The Ask, a “witty paean to white-collar loserdom.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/books/review/Millet-t.html?ref=books
In his new book, Guilt About the Past, Bernard Schlink, author of The Reader, has turned his attention to nonfictional reflections on “guilt, memory, and ‘telling the truth’ about history.”
What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel, is “not just a book of letters from an annoyed writer who is trying to make a political point to a prime minister, but a collection of reflections on reading.”
Both Michiko Kakutani in the NY Times and James Wood in The New Yorker have good things to say about Chang-Rae Lee’s new novel The Surrendered.
Author reads from My Maasai Life, about her journey from suburban Illinois to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm. Southridge School, 2656 160th Street, Surrey. More information at 604.542.1796.
ROBERT GRAHAM AND MARK LEIER
Robert Graham, editor of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideals, Volume Two: The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977), will recount the remarkable resurgence of anarchist ideas. Thursday, March 11 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.
Launch of the new issue of W magazine featuring readings by Donato Mancini, Nikki Reimer, Heather McDonald, Jonathon Wilcke, Tony Power, Tomasz Michalak, Emily Fedoruk, Kim Duff, Cris Costa, Edward Byrne, Michael Barnholden, and Sonnet L'Abbé. Friday, March 12 at 9:00pm. Admission is $5 and includes a copy of the magazine. W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings. More information at www.kswnet.org.
Featured poet for the week is Heidi Greco, author of A: The Amelia Poems. Tuesday, March 16 at 8:00pm. James Street Cafe, 3819 Canada Way, Burnaby. For more information, visit www.burnabywritersnews.blogspot.com.
Readings by poets Stephen Collis, Rachel Zolf and Tenney Nathanson. Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30pm, free. Graham House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC. For more information, see http://playchthonics.blogspot.com.
SARAH VAP AND TENNEY NATHANSON
Readings by poets Sarah Vap (Dummy Fire) and Tenney Nathanson (Home on the Range). Thursday, March 18 at 12:30pm, free. Special Collections (rm 7100), WAC Bennett Library, SFU, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. More information at http://www.lib.sfu.ca/node/10300.
GENERAL RICK HILLIER
Book signing with General Rick Hillier as he signs copies of his book, A Soldier First. Thursday, March 18 at 6:00pm. Chapters Robson and Howe, 788 Robson Street.
ON EDGE READING SERIES
Reading by poets Rachel Zolf (Human Resources) and Richard Lemm (Four Ways of Dealing with Bullies). Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm. SB406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island.
ALL THINGS SPOKEN
An evening of storytelling with Ivan E. Coyote and special guest Rodney Decroo. Thursday, March 18, doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:30pm. Tickets $10. Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club, 3611 W. Broadway.
NORMAN D. WATT
Author signs copies of his new book Off The Beaten Path: A Hiking Guide to Vancouver's North Shore. First appearance: Saturday, March 20 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Black Bond Books (1199 Lynn Valley Road, N. Vancouver). Second appearance: Sunday, March 21 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Save-On-Foods (Park & Tilford, 333 Brooksbank Avenue, N. Vancouver).
SPRING'S NEW WORK
A poetry reading with David Zieroth, Russell Thornton, Allan Briesmaster and Richard Lemm. Sunday, March 21 at 2:00pm. The Café for Contemporary Art, 140 East Esplanade, North Vancouver.
CBC RADIO STUDIO ONE BOOK CLUB
The next CBC Radio Studio One Book Club features The Smart Cookies' Guide to Couples and Money, their follow up book to the hugely successful Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt. No matter what your age, your marital status or your bank account, this Studio One Book Club will be fun, inspiring and timely - these ladies lost their debt and gained a wealth of financial wisdom. Monday, March 22 at 6:30 pm in the CBC Broadcast Centre. To win free tickets, go to www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub.
EVELYN C. WHITE AND JOANNE BEALY
In celebration of the diversity of British Columbia, Vancouver Public Library is pleased to present Evelyn C. White and Joanne Bealy reading from Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: A Photo Narrative of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island. Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30pm, free. Alma VanDusen room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street.
PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
KCTS 9 is sponsoring a competition encourages British Columbia and Washington children in kindergarten through third grades to create their own original picture books. Deadline is March 24, 2010. For complete details, email kids@KCTS9.org, call 1.800.930.6060 or visit http://kcts9.org/kids/kids/young-writers-contest.
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winning author reads from the Man Game. Thursday, March 25 at 2:00pm. Lillooet Room (level 3), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver.
ROBSON READING SERIES
Women Take on the Words featuring Narine Holtz and Lisa Robertson. Thursday, March 25 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library, Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.
ON EDGE READING SERIES
Readings by Pamela Mordecai and Salimah Valiani (Letter In: Letter Out). Thursday, March 25 at 7:00pm. SB406, Emily Carr University, Granville Island.
Launch of the author's new book, Follow the Elephant with book draws and East Indian appetizers. Friday, March 26 at 6:30pm. Tilley Endurables Western, 2401 Granville Street.
FINE PRINTING AND IMAGINATION
UBC Library and the Alcuin Society present a lecture by Peter Rutledge Koch on his major work. Friday, March 26 at 1:30pm. The Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver. More information at www.alcuinsociety.com.
Robson Reading Series presents the launch of Thrust, a single edition literary magazine featuring the work of students from UBC's MFA in Creative Writing program. Friday, March 26 at 7:00pm, free. UBC Bookstore Library, Robson Square, 800 Robson Street.