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Thursday Programming

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Carnegie Centre Banyen Books & Sound The Cottage Bistro

Friday Programming


Historic Joy Kogawa House

Saturday Programming


Vancouver Public Library

Sunday Programming 30-31 Site Map 32-33 Schedule 34 Exhibitor Marketplace Homer Street 14 Mainstage 42 Magazine Words 48 Canada Writes Tent Family 18 Family Literacy Tent 20 Kids Words Poetry Plus 16 Around Library Square 26 Poetry Tent Inside the Library 56 Word Talks 60 Writing Talks 62 Visual Exhibits

Thank you to our official bookseller, 32 Books & Gellery. Meet authors after their readings and have your books autographed at the Official Booksellers Tent. Personalized books make treasured gifts! 3


from the Staff and Board of Word Vancouver

This is a very exciting year for the festival. It is 19 years old and we have rebranded with a new name and a new look. We have changed from The Word On The Street Festival to Word Vancouver. We are exceptionally grateful to karacters design group for sponsoring us and providing our new logo and visual design for this year’s festival. We are all revitalized and inspired. There are additional new things going on. We are a five day festival this year with a poetry reading on Wednesday, three separate reading events on Thursday, a presentation on Friday, workshops at VPL on Saturday and the full festival day at the Vancouver Public Library and Library Square on Sunday. All the details are here in this program guide, so be sure to check out all the programmed activities and take note of the ones you don’t want to miss. Our new programming initiative this year is the Automated Poetry Project – vending machines converted to dispense poetry, for a toonie. Look for them around town and on the festival site on Sunday. The Mainstage on Sunday will be a source of entertainment all day long, with theatre, slam poetry, dance, rock-n-roll, ukuleles, accordions, and skaters. The Unwritten Word is back, exploring spoken words and visual image story telling. There will be lots of activities for families to enjoy. There will be author readings of children’s books in the children’s section of the library all day Sunday plus several storytellers, face painting, and hands-on activities in the Family Literacy Tent on Homer Street. And of course there are author readings in the Canada Writes Tent, poetry readings in the Poetry Tent, readings and presentations in the Magazine Life Tent and workshops in rooms in the Library plus all of the interesting exhibitors with tons of information and merchandise related to publishing, reading, and writing. Inspiring Words. That is what Word Vancouver is all about. Come join us.

Staff Executive Director............................................. Bryan Pike General Manager...............................................Val Mason Communications Director...............................Karen Green Project Coordinator........................................ Kristie Poole Programming Team.................... Karen Green, Val Mason, Kristie Poole, Yana Kim, Gillian Dunks, and Bryan Pike. Production Manager.......Ann Phelps, Xtendia Productions Volunteer Coordinator......................................Alina Wilson Festival Assistants..................Gillian Dunks and Yana Kim Brand Design.............................. Karacters Design Group Program Guide...........................................Rebus Creative


Board of Directors President.......................................................... Taryn Boyd Vice-President..................................................Louis Anctil Signing Officer........................................ Suzanne Norman Secretary/Treasurer.................................... Carey Erickson At-Large.................................... Trevor Battye, Zoe Grams, Emily MacKinnon, Mary Ann Yazedijian Honorary Board of Directors Lorna Crozier, William Deverell, Jack Hodgins, Peter Ladner, Patrick Lane, Evelyn Lau, Alma Lee, Audrey Thomas, Richard Vogel, and Max Wyman

Word Vancouver could not happen without the generous and enthusiastic support of our Festival Partners:

We want to give a big thank you to all the sponsors, funders, exhibitors, organizations, institutions, individuals, and volunteers for their support and commitment to the festival; it happens because of them. Word Vancouver also gratefully acknowledges the support of 32 Books & Gallery, Banyen Books & Sound, Carnegie Community Centre, Carnegie Branch – Vancouver Public Library, The Cottage Bistro, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Literary Press Group, Panago, the Vancouver Public Library, and VPL liaison Daniela Esparo. Word Vancouver is made possible with the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations, including Louis Anctil, Polly Argo, Taryn Boyd, Chris Dallin, Beth Davies, Mercedes Eng, Jackie Ferris, Lorne Havisto, Anne Hopkinson, Liesl Jauk, Stephanie Kripps, Megan Langley, Evelyn Lau, Jason Lee, Annabel Lyon, Tim Matheson, Gerilee McBride, Deb McVittie, Ann-Marie Metten, Laura Moore, Bonnie Nish, Wes Regan, Margaret Reynolds, Byron Sheardown, Jodi Sprackman, Jacob Steele, Thursdays Writing Collective, Urban Source, Chris Ward, Leonard Wong, and all our Silent Auction donors.

A National Annual Celebration Word Vancouver is proud to be part of the National Celebration of the Arts called Culture Days. Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Word Vancouver is produced by the non-profit charitable organization The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society. The mandate of the society is to foster an awareness and appreciation of the printed word in our culture, promote the importance of literacy in the lives of Canadians and involve the residents of Vancouver in an annual celebration of writing and reading. Donations to the society can be made on site, on line or mailed to our office: 901 – 207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7. All donations help keep the festival free and accessible to all. Tax receipts are available for donations of $20 or more. Federal Charitable @89896 1180 RR0001; BC Society Act #S33376 Contact us through our website if you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor for the 2014 festival which will be our 20th Anniversary.



Free workshops, readings, and more at Carnegie Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, and The Cottage Bistro

Carnegie Centre 401 Main Street, Vancouver

In the Learning Centre 1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM

Need Your Handwritten Work Typed? Come to the Type-Up!

This event is an opportunity for writers to get their poems, stories, and letters typed. Volunteers with computers will transcribe material and perform light editing. Entries will be limited to 10 double-spaced pages, but volunteer typists will consider time and the number of workshop participants. Volunteers email all typed work to participants or copy it to a USB or CD. Chapbook workshop participants are encouraged to attend the Type-Up. A maximum of 10 individuals may participate in this workshop. 2:00 PM TO 6:00 PM Chapbook-Making Workshop with Heidi Greco Chapbooks are small, handmade books that enable you to share your writing with others. This workshop helps you create 10 copies of your own 10- to 12page chapbook. All workshop materials are supplied free of charge. Participants are asked to bring work on a memory stick. If that isn’t possible, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Type-Up workshop from 1 to 2 PM where they can get their work typed. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to sell their chapbooks the next day at the festival. Registration is required for this workshop; 15 writers may participate.

In the Theatre HOST: DIANE WOOD, DTES ACTIVIST 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM DTES Poets Open Mic Poetry Night Diane Wood and the Downtown Eastside Poets have held monthly open mic poetry nights for many years and have published several chapbooks. Come on down and join DTES Poets, Word Vancouver poets, and others for a lively night of open mic readings. Sign up for 10-minute reading slots will be first-come, first-served. Please note that workshops at Carnegie Centre will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Registration sheets will be available in the office at Carnegie Community Centre starting September 1, 2013.

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Heidi Greco, Moreka Jolar, Heidi Scheifley

Banyen Books & Sound 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Adopted by: Eponymous

6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM Moreka Jolar & Heidi Scheifley (Demo & Book Signing) Hollyhock: Garden to Table (New Society Publishers $24.95) Join Moreka and Heidi for a free cooking demo and book signing with fresh, tasty snacks for all in attendance! Hollyhock: Garden to Table is a follow-up to the beloved, bestselling classic Hollyhock Cooks. Hollyhock: Garden to Table is a celebration of the beauty of local food with a focus on sustainable seafood and gardenfresh produce. The book, seasoned with global inspiration, showcases the versatility of whole grains, healthy oils, and natural sweeteners. Moreka Jolar has been a chef at Hollyhock for 15 years, where she also teaches cooking workshops. Heidi Scheifley is a certified gourmet natural foods chef. Heidi and Moreka co-own and operate Cook’s Cooperative.

The Cottage Bistro 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

HOSTS: BONNIE NISH AND AMANDA WARDROP, PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE 7:00 PM TO 9:30 PM Twisted Poets Literary Salon Presented by Pandora’s Collective with support from the BC Arts Council Share in an evening of literary surprises in an encouraging environment. An open mic session follows featured readings from Celeste Snowber and Carl Leggo.. Dr. Carl Leggo is a poet and professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Celeste Snowber is a dancer, poet, and professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. All are welcome to attend and participate. Sign up for the open mic between 7 and 7:30 PM. The suggested donation for this event is $5 at the door. The Twisted Poets Literary Salon takes place on the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday of each month.

UBC Creative Writing Program 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of UBC Creative Writing. Founded in 1963 by Earle Birney to clothe the writer “naked in academe,” today the program teaches writing in eleven genres


to students in Vancouver and around the world through its Optional Residency program. UBC is proud to partner with Word Vancouver to highlight UBC Creative Writing alumni featured at this year’s events. Throughout the program guide this symbol signifies UBC Creative Writing Alumni. 7


Enjoy the ambience of Historic Joy Kogawa House and a playwright’s words

Historic Joy Kogawa House 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Adopted by: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

7:30 PM TO 9:30 PM Genesis of Play and Screenwriting with Dennis Foon Where do plays come from? How does an idea for a play or film script gestate and then emerge as the voice of the play—and the voice of the playwright or screenwriter? Dennis discusses his success as a writer and reads from a selection of his favourite works. Dennis Foon’s plays—which include The Rick Hansen Story and Scar Tissue—have been produced across North America, Europe, and Australia. His screenplay Life, Above All—inspired by a South African girl’s courage facing AIDS—received a 10-minute standing ovation at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and was Oscar shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film. RSVP to

Automated Poetry Project Through the Automated Poetry Project, Word Vancouver has transformed ordinary vending machines into poetry dispensers! The poems of BC and Canadian poets have been placed in vending machine capsules and are dispensed for just a toonie each. The machines are in multiple locations in downtown Vancouver during the month of September 2013. The Automated Poetry Project is consistent with Word Vancouver’s mandate to foster Vancouver’s poetry community and is a fun, innovative, and inexpensive way for anyone to support local poets. Your poetry purchases will help keep the festival free to all members of the public and contribute to Vancouver’s vibrant literary culture. The Automated Poetry Project could not have taken place without the support of our generous sponsors, and in particular all those who contributed to our Indiegogo crowd-funding project during August-September 2013. 8

April 2014

30th annual


Seven prize categories for fiction, poetry, children, illustrated, non-fiction, regional, and booksellers’ choice. Submission deadline is December 1, 2013. Nominations open for lifetime achievement award, The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Submission deadline is January 31, 2014.

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Free professional development workshops for writers and publishers

Vancouver Public Library 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Alma Van Dusen Room 11:00 AM An Introduction to Story with Nancy Lee Presented by UBC Creative Writing For writers of all levels, or for those just interested in bringing greater depth to their reading, this workshop explores the fundamentals of good storytelling. Through a combination of lecture, in-class writing exercises, and group discussion, participants examine the basic elements of story structure (character, plot, scene design), how to get started writing fiction, and how to solve basic story problems. Workshop Leader Nancy Lee is Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing department and the author of Dead Girls, a collection of short stories, and a forthcoming novel, The Age. 1:15 PM Poetry and Relevance with Heather Duff Presented by Vancouver Youth Theatre Bring a pen and an empty page or a poem-in-progress. Workshop participants will be challenged to think and write, to collaborate with other poets, and to discover unique ways to offer poetry to readers. This workshop draws upon resources from Vancouver Youth Theatre, the Kids’ Writes program, and Heather’s poetry. Heather Duff is an interdisciplinary artist working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in arts-based research, interweaving poetry, music, dance, and theatre. Her writing has been published in TREK Magazine, PRISM international, Dalhousie Review, and other literary journals. She is Artistic Director of Vancouver Youth Theatre. This workshop is for adults, but youth are welcome. 3:30 PM

Honing the Craft of Writing through Story Contests with Annie Daylon

What is it like to compete in a story contest? Annie Daylon talks about the story contest experience and how it can help sharpen writing skills. Topics Annie discusses include reasons for entering contests, availability of contests, types of contests (24-hour, themed, no theme), meeting deadlines, and giving editors, publishers, and judges what they are looking for. Information on contests in Canada and the U.S. is provided. Annie Daylon was born and raised in Newfoundland. After thirty years teaching, she delved into her passion for writing. Annie has written forty short stories and two novels, Maggie of the Marshes and Castles in the Sand.

Writing Workshops Remember to bring a paper and pencil! This symbol indicates a writing workshop. See page 60 for more hands-on events. 10

Nancy Lee, Heather Duff, Annie Daylon, Lisa Manfield, Colin Moorhouse, Robert Mackwood

Peter Kaye Room 11:00 AM

Creating Content for Social Sharing with Lisa Manfield

To create effective online content you need to understand the three pillars of Web writing: how people consume content online, how search engines rank content, and how readers share content. This workshop will show participants how to master all three pillars and create content that is found, read, and shared widely online. Lisa Manfield is the editor of BCLiving. ca, Canada Wide Media’s first online-only magazine. She has also been managing editor at, marketing manager at, and contributing editor for Backbone Magazine and She teaches Writing and Editing for the Web in Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Communications program. 1:15 PM

Finding Work: First Steps—Next Steps: A Workshop for Freelance Writers with Colin Moorhouse

This session, led by Colin Moorhouse, covers specific steps that freelance non-fiction writers can and should take to consistently find well-paying work. Colin discusses such topics as where to start looking for work, deliverables, establishing a social media and online presence, marketing, and money. Colin Moorhouse has been a freelance speechwriter since 1993; he has many international clients in the public and private sectors. He has two web sites: one on making a living as a freelance writer (; the other on the craft of speech writing ( 3:30 PM

A Literary Agent’s Take on Book Publishing Today—From an Author’s Perspective with Robert Mackwood

Presented by Canadian Authors Vancouver How can authors find success in the increasingly complicated book publishing world? Within the shifting landscape of digitization, a growing Internet marketplace, and trade publisher instability, trying to reach consumers is a daunting task. What’s the best route to get published? Do the same old rules and approaches apply when finding a home for your project? Is self-publishing a viable option, even for e-books? Literary agent and long-time publishing professional Robert Mackwood joins members of Canadian Authors Vancouver to answer audience questions. He will also discuss myths about publishing and present statistics that counter commonly held truths about the book business.


Magazine Programming Be sure to check out Magazine Words on pages 42-45 for more magazine programming. Look for this symbol beside event listings elsewhere throughout the program guide too!










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Artists, organizations, creative businesses and community groups throughout British Columbia are hosting free, participatory arts and culture activities during the Canada-wide Culture Days weekend, September 27, 28 and 29 and you’re invited!

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Festival Central on the steps of Library Square—music galore and so much more!

Presented by The Rosedale on Robson HOST: BEN NUTTALL-SMITH, FBCW 11:00 AM

The Federation of BC Writers Celebrates the Present and the Past

The future comes to face the past as winners of the Federation of BC Writers 2013 Literary Writes contest join some past presidents of BC Writers to read their work. Join us to celebration of our history as well as a look at the future of BC writing.

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HOST: STEVEN GALLOWAY, ACTING CHAIR, UBC CREATIVE WRITING 12:00 PM UBC Creative Writing Celebrates 50 year Anniversary Presented by UBC Creative Writing Faculty from UBC Creative Writing relate stories and successes from the past 50 years of the program and talk about new directions for the next 50 years. Moderator Steven Galloway is the author of three novels published in over thirty countries and Acting Chair of UBC Creative Writing, Linda Svendsen is a professor for UBC Creative Writing and her most recent book is Sussex Drive (Random House Canada), Andreas Schroeder is the author of 23 books and holds the Rogers Chair in Creative Nonfiction in UBC’s Creative Writing Program, UBC Creative Writing Professor Keith Maillard is the author of thirteen novels and one book of poetry. 12:40 PM Vancouver Youth Theatre Presented by Vancouver Youth Theatre Vancouver Youth Theatre’s Teen Ensemble performs excerpts from Identity (2013), a collaborative teen inquiry into the self - how to find, keep and be oneself within youth culture, including music and improvisation. Fall/winter programs include Teen Ensemble, Film & TV Audition Programs, and Kids’ Writes in Schools, dramatizations of student-authored stories. Vancouver Youth Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! 1:15 PM

Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team

The Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team is made up of 5 poets, Victoria Fraser, Jacob Gebrewold, Mariah Dear, Floyd VB and Andrew Warner who speak out about social justice, the politics of gender and identity as well as the willingness to wear a onesie to try and impress someone. They are eclectic and exciting and ready to share their poems. 2:00 PM Mascall Dance The Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club is currently in a process we call Public Research...all over Vancouver, with all kinds of partners. Dancing today: Darcy McMurray, Justine Chambers + Billy Marchenski. 14

The incomparable David C. Jones once again hosts the Mainstage. David is an artistic producer, actor, director, writer, teacher, and improv artist—he has been called a “Comic Chameleon.” He is a graduate of Studio 58 and will be directing the original Literary Larceny there in February 2014.

2:15 PM Barbara Adler with FANG Vancouver’s most famous (and only) accordion shout rock trio teams up with electric guitarist Gavin Youngash and the Company B Singers to deliver devastatingly exuberant word and song mash-ups. For FANG’S latest song-cycle, writer and accordionist Barbara Adler has staged lyrical and musical interventions on the songs of the great Johnny Horton. FANG’s performance is an accordion-fueled love letter and critique of classic Horton characters, including mushing huskies, lovelorn gold panners, and the Northern Cowboy. Yes you can dance to it. 3:00 PM Color Magazine’s Game of S.K.A.T.E. Two skateboarders go head-to-head in a game where trick selection and consistency pays off. Much like basketball’s H.O.R.S.E., one skater performs a trick and the other has to match it—first try—or else they get a letter. The first skater to serve their opponent all five letters wins. The competitor: Chad Dickson has produced several video parts and graced the cover of nearly every skateboard magazine in Canada (including Color 7.5). His opponent: (TBA) 3:15 PM Dead City Scandal Looking for high-energy rock-n-roll entertainment? Come rock on with Vancouver’s own Dead City Scandal. Described as “the new class of old school rock-n-roll,” DCS perform their own brand of sexy, dangerous music paired with an electrifying live show. The band is currently working on the followup to their debut album, The Battle For Van City. Dead City Scandal members include JB Mason, lead vocalist; Jimmy Feedback, lead guitarist; Sean Dyer-Rhythm, guitarist; Michael Vanderlans, bassist; and Matty Carole, drummer. 3:45 PM Dragon Dance Gung HAGGIS Fat Choy Dragon Boat Team performs an improvisational multicultural dragon dance. Created and led by “Toddish McWong,” literary and cultural activist, this dragon has made rare and auspicious dances at unlikely locations such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, Dragon Boat Festivals, and Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner.

4:30 PM Jillian Christmas and Chelsea D. E. Johnson This lyrically driven, East-Van collaboration combines the succulent spoken word & writhing rhythms of poet Jillian Christmas, with the boot thumping vocals and guitar melodies of singer Chelsea D. E. Johnson. Top that with savage accordion lines, heartbreaking harmonies and a few other tantalizing secret ingredients and you’ve got yourself the remedy for whatever it is that ails you. Returning on the heels of their fifth tour, this duo brings its raucous affections home to Vancouver. Their sound is resonating and will fill you up in your most quiet of spaces, while still leaving you wanting for more. 15


3:55 PM The Ukesters The Ukesters are a Ukulele ensemble composed of the student alumni of Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School in Vancouver. They play a varied repertoire of swing, jazz, folk, and other interesting tunes! Their sense of fun and love of playing the Ukulele makes them a popular addition to the festival. Joining them is the founder of Ruby’s Ukes, Daphne Roubini, and teacher and Uke mentor Guido Heistek.

Sunday, September 29 | Homer Street

AROUND LIBRARY SQUARE Fun, interactive family activities all day

11:30 AM TO 2:00 PM Mascall Dance The Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club is currently engaged in a process we call Public Research… all over Vancouver, with all kinds of partners. The Jazz Club is improvising on a score, and improvising with its collaborators. These are meetings from which Mascall Dance will make its new creation. Track us. Watch the work arrive: Mascall and the NGJC are interested in engaging in an open dialogue with our audiences, reaching beyond our loyal viewers to those less familiar with dance. Dancing today: Darcy McMurray, Justine Chambers + Billy Marchenski. 12:00 PM TO 3:00 PM Letters Presented by Radix Theatre Letters works just like a confessional booth—without the guilt! Step inside and dictate your letter to an unseen typist working on a vintage typewriter. You get five minutes to spill your guts or speak your mind; the subject is totally up to you. The letter will be mailed for you or you can mail it yourself. Originally presented by Radix Theatre in 2011 during FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Letters continues to be offered to popular acclaim, most recently at the Roundhouse Community Centre where patrons shared their thoughts with the Prime Minister in a booth called Dear Stephen. A Radix 25th Anniversary Event. 11:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Peace Poem Presented by The Powell River Live Poets’ Guild The Live Poets’ Guild in the vibrant community of Powell River is the “Supernatural” home of the annual Youth Peace-Poem Competition. Born of Hawaii’s International Peace Poem, the BC project produces charming anthologies of children’s poems about peace. Take a look—be inspired to add your own lines—in any language—to (possibly) the world’s longest poem.

Sony Reader Lounge Take a break from all the wonderful events and check out the Sony Reader Lounge (T11) on Homer Street. See the site map on page 32-33 for location. 16

Flexible. Comprehensive. Challenging. The BFA and MFA in Creative Writing

For 50 years, UBC has been home to one of North America’s most respected and innovative writing programs. With ten genres of study, the on-campus program encourages a uniquely comprehensive exploration of writing craft and practice.

The Optional Residency MFA

With seven genres of study, more flexibility and less time on campus, students can now be part of UBC’s MFA program by distance education. Unique features include full-time or part-time study, with up to five years to complete the degree, an optional yearly summer residency and online workshops and mentorships.

Faculty Include Joseph Boyden Deborah Campbell Steven Galloway Sara Graefe Wayne Grady Nancy Lee Annabel Lyon Keith Maillard

Maureen Medved Susan Musgrave Andreas Schroeder Linda Svendsen Timothy Taylor Peggy Thompson Rhea Tregebov Bryan Wade

For more information:


Readings at the CUPE Stage (T12) 11:15 AM Henry Doyle and My Name Is Scot V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Emerging and established writers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside read from V6A, an anthology that seeks to recode what some people refer to as “the poorest postal code” in Canada. Two of the 32 contributors read their work: poet Henry Doyle and multimedia artist My Name Is Scot. 12:30 PM Geoff Berner Adopted by: CUPE BC Festival Man Geoff Berner is a singer, songwriter, accordionist, and author of Festival Man. At turns funny and strangely sobering, this “found memoir” is a picaresque tale of heroic deceit, incompetence, and triumph. Follow the flailing escapades of maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette at the Calgary Folk Festival as he leaves a trail of empty liquor bottles, cigarette butts, bruised egos, and obliterated relationships behind him. 1:30 PM Stephen Collis The Red Album and To the Barricades Reading from two of his most recent books—the novel The Red Album and the poetry volume To the Barricades—Simon Fraser University professor Stephen Collis addresses processes of social transformation, including the role literature plays in helping people imagine changes in the social structures they inhabit and the role the individual plays in facilitating those changes.


Sunday, September 29 | Homer Street

FAMILY LITERACY TENT Fun, interactive family activities all day

11:15 AM TO 12:00 PM


12:00 PM TO 1:00 PM Ruffle Redbird Ruffle RedBird is a silly-song-singing Lovebird who makes up songs on his guita-lele with suggestions from the crowd. On stilts or on the sidewalk RedBird’s interactive show Let’s Make A Song! will brings his joyous energy to the festival. Ruffle RedBird performs at festivals near and far and is professional actor/musician/circus artist Peter G-G, a 25 year veteran of the entertainment scene and a proud member of SOCAN, CAEA, ACTRA/UBCP and Clowns Canada. RedBird is the Word!

1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM Stories on Wheels Presented by Pangaea Arts Stories on Wheels is an original street theatre storytelling act for the whole family. Tales are brought to life by a high-energy comic performer using beautifully illustrated picture cards displayed in a magnificent miniature wooden stage attached to the back of a unique bicycle. Inspired by a traditional Japanese travelling storytelling show called Kamishibai (literally paper theatre), the show combines the best of oral storytelling and narrative painting. You’ve never been told a story this way before! Pangaea Arts is an intercultural, interdisciplinary world arts organization based in Vancouver, BC.

Scavenger Hunt Madness Follow the clues and win a prize Fabulous Fun for the whole Family. For just $1.00 purchase the Scavenger Hunt Card at the Georgia and Homer Street Info Booth (T1). There will be 10 questions. You will be able to find all the answers on the Festival Site. Just keep your eyes peeled as you wander around. (Remember to wear comfy shoes) When you have all the answers (or as many as you can find), take the card back to the Info Booth to collect a cool prize! 18

Never-Ending Stories and Poems

Face Painting Presented by The KidSafe Project Society Celebrate with face paint! Stop by The KidSafe Project Society’s booth and choose from a variety of fun face paint stencils for both kids and adults. The KidSafe Project Society is an East Vancouver-based charity that provides nurturing safe havens to 450 vulnerable innercity children each year. During winter, spring, and summer breaks, KidSafe keeps doors open at five innercity Vancouver elementary schools to provide safety, food and fun for children referred as those most at-risk when school is closed. “The best part about KidSafe is they look after you.” – Carly, age 7.

One to One Literacy

Through one-on-one tutoring, we help school children develop literacy skills for life.

Cell Friends – BioBooks for Kids

Relatable short stories for kids, all about cells and their functions. Fun, clear and colourful.


Presented by the Writers’ Exchange Join the Writers’ Exchange in creating never-ending stories and poems! Our typewriters are set up and ready for the challenge. Bring your own ideas into the stories, so that they grow more creative and constantly get longer! Fun for kids of all ages.

30th Anniversary!

The Letter Shop is proud to support

Word Vancouver 2013 For all of your printing needs! Lorne Havisto 604-685-9422 @thelettershop lettershopvan


Kids’ Writes 2013-2014


Sunday, September 29 | Inside the Library


Readings from kids’ books, most appropriate for kids under age 8 from 11:00–2:00, then ages 6+ for the rest of the day

Inside the Children’s Library, Harvey Southam Room HOST (11:00 – 12:00): NAN GREGORY 11:00 AM Paola Opal (Vancouver) Pippy (Simply Read Books $8.95) Pippy is the smallest baby seahorse, and she is shy. Still, she wants to play with the other seahorses—it looks like so much fun. Will Pippy find a way to come out from the coral and join the group? This board book by Paola Opal is part of the Simply Small series, about cute baby animals finding clever ways to solve their not-so-small problems. Poala Opal is the illustrator and co-author of the Simply Small board book series. Ages 0-3

11: 20 AM Holman Wang (Vancouver) Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice (Simply Read Books $9.95) Give a kid a classic! This new board book series presents wellloved stories through 12 child-friendly words and 12 needle-felted illustrations. Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most beloved classics, is a timeless romance about how a bad first impression can turn into love. This classic can be shared with your youngest children. Holman Wang, an artist and former middle school teacher, holds a B.A. in education and an M.A. in architecture history, both from the University of British Columbia. Ages 0-3 11:40 AM Julie Flett (Vancouver) Adopted by: Stride Avenue Community School – ACP Little You (Orca Book Publishers $9.95) Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honours the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read, or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way! Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. Julie is Cree-Métis. Ages 0-3 HOST (12:00 – 1:00): MARGARET GALLAGHER, CBC RADIO 12:00 PM

Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd (Hazelton & Victoria)

Adopted by: Kidsbooks

Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing $19.95) Raven Brings the Light is a vivid portrayal of the First Nations legend of Weget, who brought light to the world. With the help of a magic raven skin, Weget flies from Haida Gwaii to steal the daylight ball from the Chief of the Heavens. This book is a stunning collaboration between artist Roy Henry Vickers and career storyteller Robert “Lucky” Budd. Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter, and printmaker, and is a member of the Order of Canada. Robert “Lucky” Budd shares stories and documents oral histories. His book Voices of British Columbia is full of first-hand accounts of this province’s people and places. Ages 4+


Row 1: Paola Opal, Holman Wang, Julie Flett, Roy Henry Vickers, Robert “Lucky” Budd, Julie Morstad, Dan Bar-el; Row 2: Loretta Seto, Robert Heidbreder, Kallie George, Gary Kent, Ainslie Manson, Caroline Adderson, Victoria Miles; Row 3: Sara Leach, Rachelle Delaney, Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone, Sa Boothroyd, Ari Goelman

12:20 PM Julie Morstad (Vancouver) Adopted by: Liesl Jauk How To (Simply Read Books $18.95) This imaginative “how to” book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including “how to wonder,” “how to see the breeze,” and “how to be brave.” With text and images by awardwinning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you! Julie Morstad is a children’s book illustrator and fine artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. She lives with her family. Ages 4-8 12:40 PM Dan Bar-El (Vancouver) Not Your Typical Dragon (Viking Press $18.00) Everybody knows a typical dragon breathes fire. But when Crispin the dragon tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with Band-Aids, marshmallows, and teddy bears. Yet when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day. With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who feels different. Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author and educator. His books for young readers are funny, sometimes satirical, and always enjoyable for adults too. Ages 4-7

1:00 PM Loretta Seto (Vancouver) Mooncakes (Orca Book Publishers $19.95) Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea, and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon, and one brave woman’s journey to eternal life. Loretta Seto is a fiction author, screenwriter, and playwright. She is excited by the challenges she faces writing in different genres. Mooncakes is her first children’s book. Ages 4-8



HOST (1:00 – 2:00): HOST, CTV

1:20 PM Robert Heidbreder (North Vancouver) Adopted by: Zachary Sophia Black and Bittern Was Night (Kids Can Press $18.95) Halloween has arrived, but so have spooky skul-a-mug-mugs who frighten the grown-ups into calling off trick-or-treating. It’s up to the kids to take back the night! Told in nonsense verse, this scare-fest will have you yak-yawling with fun! Robert Heidbreder was born on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1947. In 1970, he moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Classical Languages. Soon after, he started teaching primary children and began writing children’s books. In 2002 he won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Ages 4-8 1:40 PM Kallie George (Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks Spark (Simply Read Books $12.95) Spark is a little dragon with a big problem: he can’t control his fiery breath. Even practicing doesn’t help. Will Spark ever be able to tame his flame? The first book in the Tiny Tails series, Spark is a gentle reminder that there is a perfect time for everything. Kallie George is an author and editor. Her picture book, The Melancholic Mermaid, illustrated by Abigail Halpin, was published by Simply Read Books. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s teaching creative writing workshops to kids. She loves toasting marshmallows (but not drying dishes). Kallie lives near the sea. Ages 5-8 HOST (2:00 – 3:00): STUART DERDEYN, THE PROVINCE 2:00 PM Gary Kent (Roberts Creek) Adopted by: Renee Groulx Gubby Builds a Boat (Harbour Publishing $19.95) Gubby Builds a Boat, a sequel to the bestselling book Fishing with Gubby, continues the adventures of Gubby, a West Coast salmon fisherman. Flounder, Gubby’s beloved old fishing boat, is worn out, and he asks his friend Minoru, a Japanese-Canadian boat builder, to build him a new one. This entertaining and beautifully illustrated book follows all the stages of building a boat—from selecting plans to preparing the wood, from laying the keel to finishing and launching the boat. Gary Kent was a commercial fisherman and salmon troller for ten years. He is now a furniture maker and instructor. He is the author of two acclaimed children’s books. Ages 6-10 2:20 PM Ainslie Manson (West Vancouver) Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World (Greystone Books $12.95) As Rick Hansen wheels around the globe on his incredible Man in Motion World Tour, the children he meets are encouraged to dream their own dreams and work to make them come true. Rick Hansen’s compelling journey is retold for young readers in this beautifully illustrated book. It is a story of enormous personal challenge, adventure, and triumph. Ainslie Manson is the author of ten books for children, two biographies, and two chapter books for nine- to thirteen-year-olds. Ages 6-10


2:40 PM Caroline Adderson (Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind (Kids Can Press $16.95) Jasper John Dooley’s beloved Nan is leaving on a cruise for a whole week! All he can think about is Nan missing out on their Wednesday card game, whether it’s raining where she is too, and if she will ever come back. But each day something happens, and Jasper realizes that waiting for someone to return from an adventure takes forever— unless you’re having an adventure, too. Caroline Adderson first began writing for adults. She began writing for children when her son was five, and she wrote some simple stories based on the adventures they shared. Ages 7-10 22

HOST (3:00 – 4:00): NORMA CHARLES 3:00 PM Victoria Miles (North Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What (Tradewind Books $12.95) Artist, animal lover, and would-be swimming sensation Mimi Power knows what it’s like to live under the tyranny of a three-year-old sister. Finding creative space in the chaotic Power house is getting harder for Mimi since the arrival of “the Waby.” But with the school art show looming and a prize too good to give up on at stake, Mimi comes up with a plan that’s foolproof. To succeed, Mimi will have to tap into her big sister power and find her own piece of the sky. Victoria Miles is the award-winning author of Magnifico, Old Mother Bear, and other books for children. She lives with her family. Ages 7-10

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3:20 PM Sara Leach (Whistler) Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC Count Me In (Orca Book Publishers $9.95) Twelve-year-old Tabitha is not thrilled when her parents send her on a hiking trip with her cousins Ashley and Cedar and her Aunt Tess. She’s not much of a hiker, and she’s pretty sure her cousins hate her. But even Ashley can’t blame Tabitha for everything that goes wrong on their trip: the weather turns ugly, a bear comes into the cabin, Ashley and Aunt Tess are injured, and Max, the family’s beloved dog, disappears. When rescue finally arrives, Tabitha has become strong, resourceful, and brave in the face of adversity. Sara Leach is a writer and teacher-librarian. She loves hiking alpine trails with her family. Ages 9-12 3:40 PM Rachelle Delaney (Vancouver) Adopted by: CMHC-Granville Island The Metro Dogs of Moscow (Puffin Canada $17.00) JR is an embassy dog. His human, George, is a diplomat who is working at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow. While George fancies himself an adventurous globetrotter, he confines JR to the park with the other boring embassy dogs. When JR decides to explore Moscow himself, he meets some wily Russian strays and spends a gloriously lawless night with them. Soon after, JR’s feral and embassy friends start to disappear. JR must solve the mystery of Moscow’s missing dogs! Rachelle Delaney’s first novel, The Ship of Lost Souls (2009), was shortlisted for numerous awards. In 2010, the Canadian Authors Association named Rachelle the top Canadian writer under the age of 30. Ages 8-12 HOST (4:00 – 5:00): KC DYER, AUTHOR

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone (Vancouver)

Adopted by: UBC Continuing Studies Writing Centre

Dirty Science (Scholastic Canada $7.99) Think that the dirt beneath your feet is boring? Wrong! There’s more to dirt than, well, dirt. In fact, don’t call it dirt to a scientist—it’s soil! Soil can tell you a lot about where you live and what’s going on behind, or beneath, the scenes. With these 25 fun, easy experiments, budding scientists will discover all the fun things they can do with dirt while learning about the ground beneath their feet! For over 15 years, Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone have collaborated on books encouraging hands-on science. They are best friends who live within walking distance of each other. Ages 7-11

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4:40 PM Ari Goelman (Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks The Path of Names (Scholastic Canada $18.99) Mysteries, mazes, and magic combine in this smart, funny summercamp fantasy! Dahlia Schulman is not looking forward to a week at Jewish summer camp. But it might not be as bad as she fears! When Dahlia is drawn into the strangely shaped hedge maze that none of the campers are allowed to touch, she must use all her courage, smarts, and sleight-of-hand to get out. Ari Goelman has published many science fiction and fantasy short stories. The New York Times has covered his academic work. Ages 10-14

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4:20 PM Sa Boothroyd (Gibsons) Adopted by: Anne Giardini Before the World Was Ready (Annick Press $14.95) The Church reacted in anger at Copernicus’s insistence that the earth revolves around the sun; Ignaz Semmelweiss was ignored when he claimed that washing hands helps stop the spread of disease; and people dismissed as nonsense Rachel Carson’s findings about the effect of pesticides on the environment. This thought-provoking book features eight people whose revolutionary ideas were either ignored or condemned because the world was not ready to listen. While studying art in London, England, Sa Boothroyd discovered that she enjoyed printmaking. Her home studio overlooks the harbour. Ages 9+

Sunday, September 29 | Homer Street


Established and emerging poets; witty, evocative, tender, cerebral, political, and funny

HOST (11:00 – 12:00): CHARLIE SMITH, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 11:00 AM Mark Cochrane (Vancouver) Adopted by: International Web Express Cat. (above/ground press $3.00) “Cat.” is a poem about “birds”—and a man named Felix who thinks he loves them. Mark Cochrane practises law and teaches in the English Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He wrote Change Room a long time ago and Cat. not long after that.

11:15 AM Christine Leclerc (Vancouver) Adopted by: Bryan Pike Oilywood (Nomados $10.00) In Oilywood, Leclerc wades into the surf, practicing “another mode of grasping,” listening and recording while her feet go numb, taking picture after picture with her underwater phone as tankers lumber by. Plans for more pipelines, mergers, and corporate deals, financed by capital going all-in at the casino’s fossil-fuel table, are made all the more pressing and tangible by Leclerc’s insistence on the local, her body in fragile waters, and the interruptions of her noncompliant voice. Christine Leclerc is the author of Counterfeit and an editor of The Enpipe Line: 70,000+ km of poetry written in resistance to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. 11:30 AM Jen Currin (Vancouver) Adopted by: book’mark, The Library Store The Ends (Nomados $10.00) The Ends teases out the disappointments and aftereffects of loss: grief, heartbreak, and forgetting. Between the pursuit of certain selves and oblivion are the elliptical suggestions these poems offer, quietly challenging the reader with hints of self-deception and attentiveness. In The Ends, hurt is not something to be avoided but rather something to be reached into slowly, like a magician’s hat. Jen Currin has published three collections of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities; Hagiography; and The Inquisition Yours, which was a finalist for four awards and won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. She teaches writing at Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Simon Fraser University. 11:45 AM Amber Dawn (Vancouver) Adopted by: BC Book Prizes Board How Poetry Saved My Life (Arsenal Pulp Press $15.95) “In most large cities,” writes Amber Dawn, “there are an estimated 10,000 people (mainly women) working as prostitutionbased sex workers and yet we rarely hear from them.” In her new memoir, Amber Dawn offers a frank, unflinching, and multifaceted portrait of her experiences hustling on the streets of Vancouver. Alternating between tender poetry and searing prose, she re-traces her path from survival street work to her present-day life as a writer, filmmaker, activist, artist, and educator. Amber Dawn is also the author of the Lambda award-winning novel Sub Rosa. She received the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers in 2012.


Row 1: Mark Cochrane, Christine Leclerc, Jen Currin, Amber Dawn, Mariner Janes, George Stanley, Peter Culley; Row 2: Wanda John-Kehewin, bill bissett, Catherine Greenwood, Pamela Porter, Kim Minkus, Kevan “Scruffmouth” Cameron, Adelene da Soul; Row 3: Nicardo “Charlie Bobus” Murray, Dennis E. Bolen, klipschutz, Evelyn Lau, Brad Cran, Ariadne Sawyer, Bong Ja Ahn; Row 4: Kagan Goh, Una Bruhns, Tommy Tao, Winnie Cheung, Anita Aguirre Nieveras

HOST (12:00 – 1:00): HARRY HERTSCHEG

12:15 PM George Stanley (Vancouver) After Desire (New Star Books $18.00) “Don’t gaze into the abyss,” George Stanley states in his new book, “gaze out.” This is what the reader receives from Stanley’s eighth book, After Desire: the observations of a poet and a consciousness as they arrive together at old age. Not what the poet is thinking— although we get to watch him thinking too—but what he sees and notices, what he is thinking about. Born in San Francisco, poet George Stanley has been living in BC since the early 1970s. He is the recipient of the 2006 Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry and has published seven books.



12:00 PM Mariner Janes (Vancouver) The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks $16.95) The poems in The Monument Cycles investigate how memorials, cenotaphs, and works of public art express our desire to capture the fleeting and the intangible. While many of the poems in The Monument Cycles speak to Vancouver as a whole, several focus specifically on the city’s Downtown Eastside (“the poorest postal code in Canada”); they explore the narrator’s experiences working in this community and write toward possibility, remembrance, and the nature of truth and storytelling. Mariner Janes works in the Downtown Eastside district of Vancouver. He incorporates the multitude of voices from this community into his work through found poetry, transcription, and storytelling.

12:30 PM Peter Culley (Nanaimo) Parkway (New Star Books $18.00) Parkway is the third and final book in Peter Culley’s Hammertown project. “Hammertown” is Georges Perec’s invention, an imaginary fishing port on Vancouver Island that Peter Culley recognizes as the Oulipo writer’s vision of what Nanaimo might be like. In Parkway, Culley describes Perec’s Hammertown from the inside. Deeply musical and infused by Culley’s love of rhythm, this volume is an acute and strongly complicit portrayal of a working–class city and the world of its margins. A Kootenay School of Writing hang–around in the 1980s, Peter Culley is a poet and art critic. 12:45 PM Wanda John-Kehewin (Vancouver) In the Dog House (Talonbooks $16.95) In her first idiom-shattering book of poetry, Wanda John-Kehewin combines Aboriginal oral tradition with dramatic narrative to address the effects of colonization, alcohol addiction, familial abandonment, religious authority, sexual abuse, and the pain of mourning. She admonishes humanity for its seeming lack of conscience in poems journeying from turmoil on the Gaza Strip to rapidly dissolving ice floes. Cree poet Wanda John-Kehewin has attended Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio program. Her writing responds to the near decimation of First Nations’ culture, language, and tradition. HOST (1:00 – 2:00): MARK LEIREN-YOUNG, AUTHOR 1:00 PM bill bissett (Toronto) hungree throat (Talonbooks $17.95) Written in his non-hierarchic phonetic orthography, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men—one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by terrible memories and unable to trust. In this uplifting “novel in meditaysyun” about love we are reminded of the overlapping, sometimes conflicting multitude of hungers common to us all. A painter and pioneer of sound, visual, and performance poetry, bill bissett has exhibited his paintings in galleries throughout Canada and has published over 70 books. 1:15 PM Catherine Greenwood (Vancouver Island) The Lost Letters (Brick Books $20) Atmospherically light and stylistically expansive, The Lost Letters creates a world tinged with sadness on behalf of much that goes t h e unnoticed, whether it’s a bin of severed sows’ ears or a down-andL o s out old schoolmate. At the centre of the book is a sequence of t L radically diverse poems based on the story of Heloise and Abelard, e t t e r s lovers in a dangerous time—the twelfth century. Greenwood’s deft handling of scenarios of balked love becomes a perceptive reading of contemporary secular society. Catherine Greenwood’s first book, The Pearl King and Other Poems, was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. u







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1:30 PM Pamela Porter (Sidney) Late Moon (Ronsdale Press $15.95) This stunning collection will break your heart and put it back together again as Pamela Porter unravels a long-held family secret in a moving personal search for redemption. These poems brim with deep longing, remorse, the beauty of the natural world, an abiding thirst for truth, and finally, acceptance and peace. Late Moon is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and to the transformative power of language. Pamela Porter’s work has won more than a dozen awards, including the Governor General’s Award.


1:45 PM Kim Minkus (Vancouver) Tuft (BookThug $18.00) In Tuft, Kim Minkus takes her reader on flights of poetic fancy. This is a world where worker, lover, animal, and poet unite. Minkus couples Venus and Satan in one sentence and in doing so unleashes the “bitter-broken-fallen” of our world. Tuft reminds us that without words our bodies would not exist and that only time makes us secret. We are all attached to something. Kim Minkus has had work published in The Capilano Review, FRONT Magazine, West Coast Line, The Poetic Front, and Jacket. Kim is currently a Creative Writing instructor at Capilano University and a Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University. HOST (2:00 – 3:00): JERRY WASSERMAN, ACTOR, CRITIC, UBC PROFESSOR 2:00 PM

Kevan “Scruffmouth” Cameron, Adelene da Soul, and Nicardo “Charlie Bobus” Murray (Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, and Toronto)

The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House $21.95) The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada told through the poetic forms found on the page and stage. Co-editor and contributing poet Kevan Anthony Cameron (aka Scruffmouth) is a Canadian-Jamaican spoken poet, performer, and scribe who tells of social justice, self-knowledge and identity, history, and freedom. Adelene da Soul Poet is a descendent of the Black pioneers on Salt Spring Island; she is inspired by her matriarchs. Nicardo “Charlie Bobus” Murray is an international motivational dub poet and youth activist of mixed race.

2:45 PM klipschutz (San Francisco,) This Drawn & Quartered Moon (Anvil Press $18.00) Renovate me like one of your Victorians, San Francisco. So begins This Drawn & Quartered Moon, which finds humour in romance, romance in humour. As the volume’s lyric pulse quickens, a stunning range of characters emerge, including a pre-fame Courtney Love, Lincoln through Whitman’s eyes, a drunken plagiarist, a dysfunctional Mafioso, recent U.S. presidents—and Elvis, in the flesh. klipschutz is the pen name of Kurt Lipschutz. klipschutz is a poet, songwriter, and occasional freelance journalist. He has published three collections. His work has also appeared in several international periodicals and in numerous anthologies. He has co-penned over a hundred songs, chiefly with Chuck Prophet.

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2:30 PM Dennis E. Bolen (Vancouver) Black Liquor: Poems (Caitlin Press $ $16.95) Imbued with lyrical evocations of lost childhood, mature love and deep friendship contrasted against brutal depictions of grueling labour, industrial mishap, historical misfortune, and often hilarious disappointment, Black Liquor progresses to an appreciation of being alive, against the odds. Bolen writes in the pacey cadences of contemporary speech, tough and tender. His quirky use of metaphorical story charged with biting imagery makes these deeply autobiographical poems exhilarating. Dennis E. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher, and journalist, first published in 1975. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. (Writing) from the University of British Columbia. He taught Introductory Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia from 1995 to 1997.

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This year the Association of Book Publishers of BC partners with TransLink, BC Transit, and the City of Vancouver on this popular project to celebrate our province’s poetry. Buses and SkyTrains throughout BC will feature the work of BC poets produced by Canadian publishers. In Vancouver, transit shelters will feature additional work from our best poets. A transit bus on-site at Word displays this year’s poetry cards. Don’t miss readings from featured 2013 poets Stephen Collis, Dina Del Bucchia, Patrick Friesen, Al Rempel, Russell Thornton, and Tiffany Stone in The Poetry Tent. HOST (4:00 – 4:30): GEORGE MCWHIRTER, VANCOUVER’S FIRST. AND FORMER POET LAUREATE 4:00 PM Evelyn Lau (Vancouver) Adopted by: CUPE BC A Grain of Rice (Oolichan Books $17.95) A Grain of Rice includes a passionate suite of poems that pay tribute to John Updike’s life and work. Many of the poems explore cultural history, stories in the news, travel and place—especially the relationship between home and our nomadic inclinations. Poems about grief, aging, and family history; poems on urban social issues; poems that draw inspiration from Asian culture and literature—all simultaneously defy and embrace the inevitable and celebrate the transformational. Evelyn Lau’s work has appeared in over a hundred literary magazines, garnering several magazine awards. She mentors aspiring writers through the University of British Columbia’s Booming Ground Program and Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program. 4:15 PM Brad Cran (Vancouver) Adopted by: Mark Milner Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions $18.95) Ink on Paper is a compelling collection of political poems that seeks to elucidate our relationships with our surroundings and the individuals near us. Cran, former poet laureate for the City of Vancouver, masterfully constructs images held in contradictory tension. His poems are a fresh, provocative examination of urban culture, the natural world, and issues of social justice, told with keen awareness and a gritty poetic precision. Brad Cran is a social entrepreneur, author of The Good Life, and co-author of Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. HOST: ARIADNE SAWYER AND BONG JA AHN, WORLD POETRY

World Poetry Reading Series

The World Poetry Reading Series, World Poetry Canada International, World Poetry Café Radio Show,, and World Poetry Electronic Newsletter provide a voice to those who need to be heard. There are over 500 poets from 64 countries in the Vancouver area and around 3,000 worldwide. Join Ariadne Sawyer and Bong Ja Ahn as they host featured poets Kagan Goh and Una Bruhns. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual Let’s Drink by Li Bai, 703 B.C., will also be presented in woven word segments by Tommy Tao (Cantonese), Una Bruhns (Afrikaner), Kagan Goh (English), Winnie Cheung (Mandarin), Bong Ja Ahn (Korean), and Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog).



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THE VILLAGE Around the Library building: V1 Vancouver School Board Continuing and. Adult Education V2 Frontier College V3 Douglas College Professional Writing. and EVENT Magazine V4 Humber School for Writers V5 Kwantlen Polytechnic University V6 SFU Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program V7 SFU World Literature V8-10 SFU Writing and Communications. Program

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V36 Christopher Millin V37 Leaf Press V38 Black Ice Press V39 STIBC V40 STC Canada West Coast V41 BC Association of Speech/Language. Pathologists and. Audiologists (BCASLPA) V42 Rosedale on Robson V43 Editors’ Association of Canada,. BC Branch V44 Association of Book Publishers of BC

INSIDE THE LIBRARY UPSTAIRS: Silent Auction P1 book’mark, The Library Store P2 Friends of the Vancouver Public. Library P3 Vancouver Public Library Foundation P4-6 Vancouver Public Library P7 Historic Joy Kogawa House P8 BC Book Prizes P9 Word Vancouver and Carnegie Chapbooks P10-11 Westcoast Calligraphy Society P12 Public Library InterLINK P13 Carnegie Community Centre & Library P14 Vancouver Community College P15 The Writers’ Union of Canada P16 The Alcuin Society P17-18 Canadian Bookbinders and Book. Artists Guild (CBBAG) DOWNSTAIRS: Visual Exhibition Word Talks Writing Talks

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Family Canada Writes Tent page 44 Cynthia Flood

11:00AM - 11:15AM G Adventures Cynthia Connell

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Théodora Armstrong

11:15AM - 11:30AM

The Federation of BC Writers Celebrates the Present and the Past

11:00AM to 12:00PM

Ricepaper Haiku Death Match

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Kids Words page 18

Family Literacy Tent page 16

Paola Opal

11:00AM - 11:20AM

Holman Wang

11:20AM - 11:40AM Storytelling

Julia Lin

11:15AM - 12:00PM

11:30AM - 11:45AM Julie Flett Rawi Hage

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11:45AM - 12:00PM UBC Creative Writing Celebrates 50th Anniversary

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Daniel Canty and Oana Avasilichioaei BC Living Catherine Roscoe Barr

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Roy Henry Vickers

and Robert “Lucky” Budd. 12:00PM - 12:20PM

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Ruffle Redbird

12:00PM - 1:00PM Julie Morstad

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Vancouver Youth Theatre

12:40PM - 1:10PM

PRISM Magazine Shana Myara and Andrea Bennett

12:30PM - 1:00PM

Irene Watts

12:30PM - 12:45PM Dan Bar-el Elsie Chapman

Peter Darbyshire

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Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team

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Sad Mag This Must Be The Place: The Evolution of Vancouver’s Cultural Landscape (Panel)

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Arno Kopecky

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Barbara Adler with FANG

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EVENT Magazine Anne Fleming and Billeh Nickerson

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Stories on Wheels

1:00PM - 2:00PM

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Charles Wilkins Color Magazine Redefining The Skater

Robert Heidbreder

Adam Hart

Ian Parsons

Mascall Dance

Loretta Seto

1:00PM - 1:20PM

Cathy Ace

1:15PM - 1:30PM

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Kallie George

1:40PM - 2:00PM

Gary Kent

2:00PM - 2:20PM

Ainslie Manson

2:20PM - 2:40PM

George Szanto

2:30PM - 2:45PM Caroline Adderson Mary Novik

2:40PM - 3:00PM

2:45PM - 3:00PM Game of S.K.A.T.E.

Stella Harvey

3:00PM - 3:15PM

3:00PM - 3:15PM Daniel Kalla

Dead City Scandal

3:00PM to 4:00PM

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Poetry is Dead Showcase of many possibilities of sound in poetry

3:15PM - 3:30PM

3:15PM - 3:45PM

3:45PM - 3:55PM

Room Magazine Bren Simmers, Lenore Rowntree, and Kyeren Regehr

Sara Leach

3:20PM - 3:40PM

Rachelle Delaney Robyn Michele Levy and Kim Clark

Dragon Dance

Victoria Miles

3:00PM - 3:20PM

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3:45PM - 4:15PM The Ukesters

Mark Leiren-Young

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Carellin Brooks

4:00PM to 5:00PM

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Jillian Christmas and Chelsea D.E, Johnson

4:30PM - 5:00PM

subTerrain Magazine From Zine to Tablet: A Quarter Century Journey (Panel)

Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone

4:00PM - 4:20PM

Sa Boothroyd

4:20PM - 4:40PM

Shaena Lambert

4:30PM - 4:45PM Ari Goelman

4:15PM - 5:00PM Janie Chang

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Check site map for venue locations (page 32-33) French Event

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Unwritten Word

Poetry Plus Poetry Tent page 24

Magazine Event

Writing Workshop

Young Adult

Inside the Library

Around the Site page 14

Mark Cochrane

Word Talks page 52

Writing Talks page 56

Bookmaking Demos page 58

Sheila Johnston

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11:00AM - 11:20AM Writing from the Body with Ingrid Rose

Christine Leclerc

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Gina Page Mini Tunnel Books

11:00AM - 12:00PM Jen Currin

Cameron MacDonald

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Amber Dawn

11:45AM - 12:00PM Mariner Janes

Adapting Classics for the Stage (Panel)

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12:00PM - 12:20PM George Stanley

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Get Published with Janet Love Morrison

12:10PM - 1:10PM

Mascall Dance

Peter Culley

Joanne Ursino Ode to the Pamphlet Stitch

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Wanda John-Kehewin

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Page to Stage or Screen (Panel)

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Catherine Greenwood

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Editing: Both Sides of the Fence with Susan Safyan


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Pamela Porter

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Kim Minkus

Sue Andrews Making a One-Sheet Book

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New Directions in Creative Writing (Panel)

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1:40PM - 2:40PM The Great Black North

Finding, Hiring,and Working with a Freelance Editor with Shelagh Jamieson

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Suzan Lee Coptic Binding

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Dennis E. Bolen

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The Scene of the Crime (Panel)

Poetry in Transit

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300 Years of Publishing in 30 Minutes with Leanne Johnson

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Suzan Lee Medieval Binding

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Dishing on Romance (Panel)

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To Be Announced

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Suzan Lee Bookbinding Tools

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World Poetry Reading Series

4:30PM - 5:00PM

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The Alcuin Society The Bibliophiles! Visit our booth to see the art of the book at its finest. P16 Anvil Press publishes contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. T3 Association of Book Publishers of BC represents BC owned and controlled publishing companies. Visit our website at V44 Barefoot Books Read, imagine, play, explore, and create with magical and beautifully illustrated stories from Barefoot Books. V35 BC Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA) shares information about speech and hearing disorders with the public and represents more than 1200 speech, language and hearing professionals in BC. V41 BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of BC writers and publishers by producing the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala and by touring finalist authors to communities throughout the province. P8 BC Humanist Association Building a rational community informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. V22 BC Teachers Federation Our 41,000 members know that when children read, their minds are opened to lifelong learning. T8b Black Ice Press Run by Vancouver-based author Darrin M. McCloskey. V38


Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education and Research Institute is the largest group of Kabbalists in Israel and around the world, sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah with the entire world. V11 bookmark’ The Library Store is a non-profit store raising funds for the Vancouver Public Library. P1 Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books with a focus on women’s stories and rural BC. T3 Canadian Authors Association—Vancouver A local writers organization with a strong national presence. Our motto is ‘writers helping writers.’ V17-18 Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) CBBAG BC Lower Mainland chapter offers quality, affordable book arts workshops. Visit our blogsite: vanbookarts. P17-18 Carnegie Chapbooks Chapbooks created during the workshop at the Carnegie Centre will be on display and for sale. P9 Carnegie Community Centre & Library From the learning centre and the library services to newsletters, health fairs and cultural events, come find out what amazing things are happening in the DTES. P13 Cell Friends: BioBooks for Kids Relatable short stories for kids, all about cells and their functions. Fun, clear and colourful. T9 Christian Science Reading Room Your community’s resource centre on spirituality. V12

Christopher Millin Author of THE HOLE STORIES, a trilogy of books for middlegrade readers. www. V36 Colin Upton Comics Creator of the finest hand made artisan mini-comics, not virtual, not a web comic…real. T6 Common Ground For 31 years focused on natural health, earth stewardship, personal growth, and creativity for readers seeking a healthier planet. T5a Crime Writers of Canada Explore the latest books and news from BC members of Crime Writers of Canada. V19 CUPE Libraries: Foundations for Strong Communities. Representing 85,000 members, CUPE BC supports literacy, reading and emerging technologies. T12 Denise O’Brian’s riveting memoir, THE PRISON DANCE was inspired by her friendship with Palestinian political prisoners. www. V33 DM Archer The astral projection conspiracy—a horror/parody novel set on the West Coast. V31 Douglas College Professional Writing Study writing, research, editing, and design in our practical, fast-paced professional communication program. V3 Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. V43

EVENT Magazine From literary heavyweights to up-and-comers, four decades of award-winning fiction, poetry, non-fiction, notes on writing and reviews. V3 First Book Canada provides new books to kids in need. T10d Friends of VPL Members volunteer, fundraise, and advocate in support of the VPL and run book’mark The Library Store P2 Frontier College We are Canada’s oldest and largest literacy organization. Come drop by our table. V2 Geist magazine offers the best in narrative, photography, comix, poetry, puzzles, weird cartography, and offbeat literary contest. T3 Happy Science provides you guideposts to happiness both in this world and the next. V21 Harbour Publishing and Douglas & McIntyre Award-winning publisher with quality gardening, cooking, non-fiction, literary, and children’s titles. T3 HarperCollins Canada “Like” HarperCollins Canada on Facebook and follow @HarperCollinsCa on Twitter and Instagram. T5c Historic Joy Kogawa House Join us Friday for an evening with master playwright and screenwriter Dennis Foon and on Sunday for great deals on used books. P7 Humber School for Writers Well over 300 of our grads are now published authors. V4 Influence Publishing Independent Vancouver publisher specializes in empowering first time authors to influence change with out of the box knowledge. T8

Jason Turner Comics by Jason Turner, including the third and final volume of “True Lovers” T6 Jesse Lee Davidge has illustrated 3 graphic novels and is currently working in the animation industry as a Director. T6 Jigsaw Publications Publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and cult television related publications. T6 Joel Mark Harris is a journalist, movie producer, and writer. Find out more at V30 Katherine Carlson, author of Story Girl and Arrows Across Eons: Becoming Tina Turner (a tale of synchronicity) V32 Ken Boesem is a Vancouver-based cartoonist and comic book historian working on fascinating Canadiana. T6 The KidSafe Project Society is an East Vancouver-based charity that provides nurturing safe havens, food, and fun for vulnerable inner-city children. T9 Knowledge First Financial Information on free government grants available. Draw for a chance to win a $6500.00 RESP. V28 Kwantlen Polytechnic University – English Department Educate your imagination in classes no larger than 30. BA English major and minor options are available. V5 Leaf Press publishes “poetry only” in trade paperbacks, chapbooks, and online. V37 The Literary Press Group of Canada fosters the survival and growth of Canadian independent literary publishers through advocacy and group initiatives. T3

Lost City Comics Jonathon draws comics about strange alien worlds and the ordinary people who live in them. T6 Luminosity Ink I’m a writer that likes to doodle. My zines range from self-help to sustainability. T6 Magazine Association of BC Check out the wide variety of magazines published in BC. Something for everyone! V15-16 Mary Karaplis (Mei K) – Tiny Vices Mei K is a Vancouver based artist/ illustrator. She exhibits regularly at conventions across Canada and the US. Corporate Ghost is her latest mini-comic. T6 Meluki Book Marketing represents a wide range of British & Celtic books, maps, prints, and calendars. V26 Midtown Press Local publisher with an interest in history and local stories. V25 New Orphic Publishers the acme of independent publishing! V29 New Star Books Original poetry and prose literature, and non-fiction about local history, politics, and culture since 1970. T1a ONE TO ONE Literacy Society Through oneon-one tutoring, we help school children develop literacy skills for life. T9 Orca Book Publishers Award-winning Canadian children’s books. T10b Pacific Rim Magazine & Langara Journalism Review showcase the talents of the Publishing and Journalism students at Langara. T5b Post Hypnotic Press is a Canadian audiobook publisher recording unabridged fiction and non-fiction. Read more by listening while you drive, garden, walk, run… V27 37

Powell River Live Poets’ Guild, a non-profit group, creates, supports, and publishes the community’s poetry. T10c PRISM international is Western Canada’s oldest literary magazine, publishing the best poetry and prose from emerging and established writers. V24 Promontory Press A hybrid publisher that focuses on publishing high-quality new and niche authors. T5d Public Library InterLINK Borrow materials from any of the 18 InterLINK partner libraries using your local library card! P12 Queen Bee Books Stop running from cancer: learn to stand firm and fight back. Includes tips, recipes, sites. V34 Ricepaper Magazine Asian Canadian arts and culture print magazine published in Vancouver, BC. T6 Romance Writers of America - Greater Vancouver Chapter supports and encourages members in their pursuit of a professional career in romance writing. V20 Room Magazine is a space where women can speak, connect, and showcase their creativity. T6 Ronsdale Press British Columbia’s literary press. T3 The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel is located in the heart of the sports and entertainment district of downtown Vancouver. V42 SFU Liberal Arts and Adults 55+ Program Offering courses and events for adults of all ages at SFU Vancouver and Surrey. V6

SFU World Literature is designed for students interested in literature from around the globe, languages, cross-cultural dynamics and international travel. V7 SFU Writing and Communications Program Canada’s comprehensive professional and creative writing program, specializing in careers in creative and business communications. V8-10 Share International/Tara Canada Share the world’s resources to create justice-peace: S.O.P. Save Our Planet. share-international. org V23 Simply Read Books Award-winning illustrated children’s books with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design, and quality production. Visit us at www. T3 STC Canada West Coast supports professionals working in the technical communications field. V40 STIBC Certified professionals working in over 80 language combinations and following a strict Code of Ethics. V39 subTerrain magazine has been a source of “Strong Words for a Polite Nation” since 1988. T3 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Oct 25 to 27, 2013 - Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey. V13 Vancouver Community College is BC’s largest college and literacy organization. P14 Vancouver International Buddhist Progress Society will arrange a display of buddhism publications by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. T8a

Vancouver Public Library – Zine Collection Come by the zine table to see what’s new and exciting in the collection of zines at VPL. T6 Vancouver Public Library Rediscover what your library has for you! Libraries are exciting places filled with all kinds of information, programs, and fun things to read, watch, and listen. P4-6 Vancouver Public Library Foundation Dedicated to raising funds to support and enhance Library programs and services for families, marginalized people, multicultural programs and more. Come and find out how you can help your library. P3 Vancouver School Board Continuing and Adult Education offers English, math, and many elective courses for adults. Courses are tuition-free for most students. V1 The Vancouvers Writers Fest connects readers of all ages to writers and ideas that enlighten, engage, and entertain. V14 Westcoast Calligraphy Society We promote the practice and appreciation of calligraphic arts and inform the public about calligraphy. P10-11 The Writers’ Exchange makes literacy exciting and accessible for inner-city kids.T9 The Writers’ Union of Canada Founded 40 years ago, the Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization of professionally published book authors. P15

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Sunday, September 29 | Homer Street


A showcase of activities by Canadian magazines; demonstrations, panel discussions, and readings

Presented by The Letter Shop and with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund

11:00 AM

G Adventures with Cynthia Connell

G Adventures promotes authentic adventures in a responsible and sustainable manner. G Adventures’ award-winning trip coverage embraces authentic accommodation and local transportation to bring readers face-to-face with fascinating cultures, customs, and awe-inspiring wildlife. Magazine representative Cynthia Connell gives travel tips, asks trivia questions, shares travel photos, and discusses her professional inspiration. HOST: KRISTIN CHEUNG AND ANNA LING KAYE, RICEPAPER 11:30 AM

Ricepaper Haiku Death Match with Kim Fu and Elaine Woo

12:00 PM

BC Living with Catherine Roscoe Barr

Ricepaper contributors Kim Fu and Elaine Woo team up for the first ever Ricepaper Haiku Death Match. Kim Fu and Elaine Woo will read their favourite poetry pieces and, alongside Ricepaper editors Kristin Cheung and Anna Ling Kaye, will host the first ever Ricepaper Haiku Death Match. Audience members will compete in a tournament-style Haiku-writing competition using selected “Asian” themed words. Winning haikus will move up the tournament rankings and eventually will be made champion. All works will be published on, but only one participant will receive the first ever Ricepaper Haiku Death Match trophy. Catherine Roscoe Barr discusses her trifecta of wellness: stress management, exercise, and nutrition. Her trifecta is the foundation of her wellness coaching business, The Life Delicious. She defines each tenet of the trifecta, outlines its importance in overall wellness, and provides three takeaway tips. Some tips address relaxation techniques, the scientific benefits of positive thinking, efficient exercises, and healthy recipes. Catherine Roscoe Barr is a writer and fitness professional. Before settling on the West Coast, she lived in Sydney, Toronto, Oregon, Montana, and practically everywhere in Alberta. When she isn’t working she can be found jogging with her adorable dog, dining with her fabulous husband, or voraciously reading. HOST: ANDREA HOFF, PRISM MAGAZINE 12:30 PM

PRISM Magazine with Shana Myara and andrea bennett

PRISM represents the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and the world. Shana Myara will read from “Remainders,” which won the 2013 PRISM International short fiction grand prize. Set in northern Israel in the 1970s, Myara’s story explores the nature of identity and conflict through a young woman who conceives her child on the same day a Katyusha missile lands in her backyard. andrea bennett will read from “No Choice,” an article co-written with novelist Kim Fu that explores the rise of the pro-life movement in Canada. Bennett and Fu delve beneath recent news headlines and policy proposals to examine the people and organizations driving this culture war. 42

Row 1: Cynthia Connell, Kim Fu, Elaine Woo, Catherine Roscoe Barr, Shana Myara, andrea bennett, Michael de Courcy; Row 2: Jesse Donaldson, Caroline Adderson, Sean Cranbury, Dan Post, Anne Fleming, Billeh Nickerson, Andrew McEwan; Row 3: Karen Correia Da Silva, Jake Kennedy & Kevin McPherson Eckhoff, Bren Simmers, Lenore Rowntree, Kyeren Regehr, George Fetherling, Brian Kaufman; Row 4: Heidi Greco, Dennis E. Bolen

1:00 PM

This Must Be The Place: The Evolution of Vancouver’s Cultural Landscape

2:00 PM Redefining The Skater Presented by Color Magazine In every issue, Color Magazine presents the very best of Canadian skateboard culture through engaging interviews, stunning photography, and in-depth storytelling about the worlds of art, music, fashion, film, and skateboarding. Taking a look at some of the great stories from past and current volumes of Color, Managing Editor Dan Post highlights the many ways in which skateboarders support their communities, interact with their environments like nobody else, and work to change negative public perceptions of “skaters.”

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Presented by Sad Mag In collaboration with the Vancouver Archives, Red Fox Healthy Living Society, Michael de Courcy, Jesse Donaldson, Caroline Adderson, and Sean Cranbury, Sad Mag connects at-risk First Nations youth with Vancouver artists in a safe space. The Sad School of Photography (SSP) works one-on-one with participants at the Vancouver Archives to select photographs of cultural spaces and buildings from an array of neighborhoods in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland from the 1890s to the 1980s. Ultimately, this project stimulates dialogue about gentrification and the evolution of British Columbia’s landscape while exposing youth to vintage photographic techniques. All images were photographed on 35 mm film with Pentax cameras.

Combining a social conscience and a spiritual perspective on world events

SHARE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE • reports on “good news” stories worldwide • shows the synthesis underlying the political, social, economic and spiritual changes occurring globally • seeks to stimulate practical action to rebuild our world along more just and compassionate lines • features articles and interviews with people at the forefront of change

Chief editor Benjamin Creme is the author of 16 books about the emergence of great teachers, the Masters of Wisdom, led by Maitreya, the World Teacher for the New Age. Soon they will be working openly at our side, assisting humanity to implement the changes needed to live together in peace – with sharing, justice 44 and brotherhood as the keynotes.

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A Non-Fiction Edition with Anne Fleming and Billeh Nickerson

Presented by EVENT Magazine EVENT authors read from their hilarious, insightful essays on the poetry and prose writing life. Anne Fleming—author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, and the Danuta Gleed Award, and author of Gay Dwarves of America—explains how she rekindles her passion for reading and writing. Billeh Nickerson—Chair of Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and author of The Asthmatic Glassblower, McPoems, and Impact—dishes on lesbian bongo players, male strippers, hockey haiku, and what CBC’s Shelagh Rogers called him on air. Elizabeth Backinsky, Editor of EVENT, will moderate a Q & A session following the reading. Sachiko Murakami My quandary now is how to be a writer in 42• 1 recovery, now that my survival isn’t so fundamentally attached to writing. There is a part of me that wants the edge back,elevendollarsninetyfive that insistent, delirious, desperate tumble through language as though my life depended on it. Billeh Nickerson I’m at the CBC Studios in Toronto being interviewed for Shelagh Rogers’s The Next Chapter. I read a few poems about fast food and then somehow Shelagh’s phrasing makes it seem as if she has just called me a slut on national radio. ‘Shelagh,’ I say, ‘my mom could be listening.’

Ayelet Tsabari How could one set of rules be right for all stories? For all fiction writers everywhere? Perhaps my writing had stood out as different because I was different.... My heritage, my background, had shaped my personality, which in turn informed my writing, not just in terms of content, but style as well.


Notes on Writing Issue

HOST: JORDAN ABEL, POETRY IS DEAD 3:15 PM Showcase of many possibilities of sound in poetry Presented by Poetry is Dead The Sound Issue of Poetry Is Dead is a celebration of everything that is audible and everything that is inaudible. We share our reverberations, our syllable maps, our lexical distortions. We share our linguistic fragmentations, our noise sculptures, our phonetic readings. We share our sound. Please join us for the noises of Andrew McEwan, Karen Correia Da Silva, Jake Kennedy, and Kevin McPherson Eckhoff.


Room Magazine with Bren Simmers, Lenore Rowntree, and Kyeren Regehr

Room proudly presents poets Bren Simmers, Lenore Rowntree, and Kyeren Regehr, who read their contributions to the magazine. “How to Kill a Bullfrog,” a poem by Bren Simmers, was published in Issue 35.4, “Labours.” Lenore Rowntree’s poem “Blowdown” was published in Issue 34.2, “Back to Natural Hush.” Kyeren Regehr’s poems “The Usual Monday Morning Madness,” “Forbidden Pleasures,” and “Mis-conception” were published in Issue 34.3, “Fluency.”

4:15 PM From Zine to Tablet: A Quarter Century Journey Presented by subTerrain Magazine Join us for an engaging conversation on the origins, trials, and tribulations of starting and running a small literary magazine. Author and cultural commentator George Fetherling speaks with subTerrain magazine founder, Brian Kaufman, and other early editorial collective members as they recall subTerrain’s long journey from a 12-page zine in 1988 to its present state—a 72-page, full-colour national magazine. Other guests include Heidi Greco, Dennis E. Bolen, and Paul Pitre. George Fetherling is a Vancouver novelist, poet, and cultural commentator. His most recent book is The Writing Life: Journals, 1975-2005. Brian Kaufman founded subTerrain in 1988 to promote emerging and experimental writers and has, to date, published 65 issues of the edgy literary magazine.



3:45 PM


Sunday, September 29 | Homer Street


Readings by fresh new faces and well-known voices. Experience a wide array of stories that range from comedy to tragedy, are about near and far, the real and the imagined, and love and adventure.

Presented by The Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund HOST (11:00 – 11:45): JANET SMITH, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 11:00 AM Cynthia Flood (Vancouver) Red Girl Rat Boy (Biblioasis $19.95) Women. Young women, old women. The hair-obsessed, the politically driven, the sure-footed, the bony-butted. Among the innumerable wives, husbands, sisters, and in-laws vexed by short temper and insecurity throughout this short story collection, Cynthia Flood’s protagonists stand out as masters of a reality that the rest of the r e d g i r l world only partially understands. Red Girl Rat Boy is a collection r a t b o y of astonishing range and assured technique whose unique voices are passionate and complex. Cynthia Flood’s stories have won C y n t h i a F l o o d numerous awards and have been widely anthologized. stories

“Complicated, passionate, genuine.”—Chatelaine

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11:15 AM Théodora Armstrong (Vancouver) George and Angela McWhirter Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility (House of Anansi Press $22.95) Set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia— from the splendours of nature to its immense dangers, from urban grease and grit to dry desert towns—Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines the frailties of human beings with breathtaking insight and accuracy. Théodora Armstrong is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Event, Prairie Fire, and The Fiddlehead. 11:30 AM Julia Lin (Vancouver) Miah (TSAR Publications $20.95) Miah means “fate” in Taiwanese. Spanning much of the twentieth century, these linked, subtly understated stories trace the destinies of simple folk. These stories address the brutal Japanese occupation of Taiwan in the early twentieth century, the “White Terror” of the Kuomintang, and the challenges of immigration to modern Taiwan and Canada. Miah is a rare look at Taiwanese and Canadian life— historical, personal, and completely honest. Julia Lin was born in Taiwan and lived there before her family immigrated to Vancouver when she was nine. Miah is her first short story collection. HOST: VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 11:45 AM Rawi Hage (Vancouver) Vancouver Public Library Writer-in-Residence Visual artist, photographer, and award-winning Canadian author Rawi Hage is Vancouver Public Library’s ninth writer in residence. Born in Beirut, Hage moved to New York City in 1984 and relocated to Montreal in 1991. Hage’s first novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the McAuslan First Book Prize, and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It has been translated into 29 languages. His most recent novel, Carnival, is a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Award and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. 48

Row 1: Cynthia Flood, Théodora Armstrong, Julia Lin, Rawi Hage, Daniel Canty, Oana Avasilichioaei, Irene Watts; Row 2: Elsie Chapman, Peter Darbyshire, Cathy Ace, Adam Hart, Ian Parsons, Charles Wilkins, Arno Kopecky; Row 3: George Szanto, Mary Novik, Stella Harvey, Daniel Kalla, Kim Clark, Robyn Michele Levy, Mark Leiren-Young; Row 4: Carellin Brooks, Shaena Lambert, Janie Chang


HOST (12:30 – 1:00): ANICKA QUINN 12:30 PM Irene Watts (Vancouver) Touched by Fire (Tundra Books $19.99) Touched by Fire explores one family’s journey from the pogroms of Russia in 1905 to the streets of the Lower East Side in New York. Teenaged Miriam narrates her family’s excitement about going to America, their arrival at Ellis Island, and the discrimination immigrants like them face while seeking employment. When Miriam lands a job at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company, she believes her future is secure. But on March 25, 1911, a fire at work changes Miriam’s life forever. Irene N. Watts was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1938, at the age of seven, she arrived alone in England via Kindertransport. She has published many award-winning books for children.



12:00 PM Daniel Canty and Oana Avasilichioaei (Montréal) Wigrum (Talonbooks $14.95) During a respite from the bombardment of London in October 1944, Sebastian Wigrum absconds from his flat and disappears into the fog. This is our first and only encounter with the enigmatic man we discover decades later through the everyday objects he has left behind. Daniel Canty’s graphically arresting Wigrum explores the limits of the novel, teetering on the uncertain edge of the real and the unreal. Readers venturing into Wigrum’s cabinet of wonders need only abide by the following maxim: if I can believe all the stories I am told, so can you. Daniel Canty is a writer and artist. Oana Avasilichioaei, Wigrum’s translator, is a poet and essayist.

12:45 PM Elsie Chapman (Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks Dualed (Random House Canada $19.99) The Hunger Games meets Matched in this thrilling YA novel where citizens must prove their worth by defeating their twins. The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alternates before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life. Elsie Chapman’s YA debut weaves romance into a tale of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. Elsie Chapman graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English literature. She lives with her husband and two children. HOST (1:00 – 1:45): JEN FARRELL 1:00 PM Peter Darbyshire (writing as Peter Roman) (Langley) The Mona Lisa Sacrifice (ChiZine Publications $16.95) The Mona Lisa Sacrifice follows the adventures of Cross, the soul trapped in Christ’s body after the spirit of Christ leaves earth. Cross has wandered for centuries—now he finds himself caught in a war between the angels over the future of humanity. An angel offers to help Cross track down his ancient nemesis, Judas, in return for a favour: Cross must help the angel find the Mona Lisa—the real one, not the painting. Peter Darbyshire is the author of the novel Please, which won the ReLit Prize, and the critically acclaimed The Warhol Gang. He also writes under the pen name Peter Roman. 1:15 PM Cathy Ace (Maple Ridge) The Corpse with the Golden Nose (TouchWood Editions $14.95) A heartfelt plea to look into the murder of a world-famous vintner brings Cait Morgan, foodie and criminologist, to an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country. Cait attempts to uncover the motives the victim’s wacky neighbours may have had for committing the crime, yet as she unravels the clues, she realizes more lives are at stake. Can she act quickly enough to thwart the killer? Mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of the Cait Morgan mysteries. Her short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies and on BBC Radio 4.


1:30 PM Adam Hart (Squamish) Adopted by: CUPE BC The Power of Food (Whitecap Books $24.95) In The Power of Food, Adam Hart shows us how we can achieve abundant health and happiness by eating foods with power. Power foods—whole, natural foods such as nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables—are packed with nutrients and vitamins. The Power of Food explains how to prepare and cook these foods to make delicious meals. Much more than a collection of recipes, this book contains detailed profiles of 24 power ingredients. Adam Hart is a living food champion, author, and professional speaker. In 2003, Adam founded Power of Food, a nutrition and lifestyle company devoted to studying and promoting foods that nurture health and happiness.

Not just for teens YA lit isn’t just for young adults. People of all ages can enjoy YA authors!


HOST (1:45 – 2:15): MARK FORSYTHE, CBC RADIO 1:45 PM Ian Parsons (Courtenay) No Easy Ride: Reflections on My Life in the RCMP (Heritage House Publishing $19.95) On July 3, 1961, Ian Parsons reported to RCMP Depot Division in Regina as a raw recruit. It was the beginning of a 33-year adventure that took him from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and many points between. By the time he retired with the rank of inspector, Parsons had many colourful stories and insightful observations to share. Parsons writes candidly of his many roles within the RCMP, from postings in rural detachments to stints teaching at the Canadian Police College in Ottawa and at the RCMP Academy in Regina. Ian Parsons has a B.A. from Carleton University and holds certificates in general and advanced police studies from the Canadian Police College. 2:00 PM Charles Wilkins (Thunder Bay and Muskoka) Little Ship of Fools (Greystone Books $21.95) It was an expedition like no other—a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. When he joins the expedition, Wilkins has never swung an oar. He takes the reader along for seven weeks of rationed food, extreme sleep deprivation, and life-threatening seas on an ever-disintegrating boat. Little Ship of Fools is a fascinating story of courage, community, the importance of risk, and the resilience of the human spirit. Charles Wilkins is the award-winning author of several books of non-fiction, including Paddle to the Amazon with Don Starkell, In the Land of Long Fingernails, and The Circus at the Edge of the Earth

2:30 PM George Szanto (Gabriola Island) Bog Tender: Coming Home to Nature and Memory (Brindle & Glass Publishing $24.95) A tribute to nature’s influence on the creative process, Bog Tender is an enchanting memoir that explores the intersection of nature and writing. With humour and an acute sense of awareness, George Szanto writes about the bog that cuts his property in two, his parents’ escape from Hitler’s Vienna, his time spent studying in Germany, his first meeting with his future wife, becoming a parent, and his adventures in Mexico. A National Magazine Award recipient and winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction, George Szanto is the author of several books of essays and half a dozen novels. He is also co-author of the Island Investigations International mystery series.



HOST (2:15 – 2:45): BRIAN LYNCH, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 2:15 PM Arno Kopecky (Squamish) The Oil Man and the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre $26.95) The Oil Man and the Sea takes readers to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, an amphibious labyrinth of fjords, straits, and evergreen islands—and the heart of Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline project. If approved, some of the world’s largest oil tankers will enter these treacherous waters, but the people who live here are determined to stop them. Arno Kopecky sails into the controversy aboard a 41-foot cutter, exploring a legendary region with a knife at its throat. Arno Kopecky is a travel writer and environmental journalist whose dispatches have spanned five continents. He writes for The Walrus, The Tyee, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, and other publications.

HOST (2:45 – 3:30): MARTHA PERKINS, WE VANCOUVER 2:45 PM Mary Novik (Vancouver) Adopted by: Judy Taylor Muse (Doubleday Canada $22.95) Muse is the story of the charismatic woman who was the inspiration behind Petrarch’s sublime love poetry. Solange LeBlanc begins life in the tempestuous streets of 14th century Avignon, a city of men dominated by the Pope and his palace. Her gift for prophecy catches the Pope’s ear, and Solange becomes Pope Clement VI’s mistress and confidante in the most celebrated court in Europe. Muse is a sweeping historical epic that magically evokes the Renaissance. Mary Novik’s debut novel, Conceit, about the daughter of the poet John Donne, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. 3:00 PM Stella Harvey (Whistler) Nicolai’s Daughters (Signature Editions $22.95) Alexia, a young Canadian lawyer compelled to fulfill her father’s dying wish to find her half-sister, travels to the village her father grew up in—Diafokto, on the edge of the Peloponnese. There she discovers a country in financial crisis, an unfamiliar culture, and an extended family with many secrets. Alexia’s visit is overshadowed by the tragedy of Kalavryta, a Second World War massacre that changed her father’s family forever. Nicolai’s Daughters explores the secret shame that festers in a family, refusing to heal until the truth is revealed. Stella Harvey writes fiction and non-fiction. Nicolai’s Daughters is her first published novel. She visits her many relatives in Greece often.

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3:15 PM Daniel Kalla (Vancouver) Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing Rising Sun, Falling Shadow (HarperCollins $24.99) It’s 1943 and the Japanese war machine has swallowed up Shanghai. The Japanese force 20,000 Jewish refugees, including Dr. Franz Adler and his wife, Soon Yi Adler, into the ghetto in the slums of the city. Soon the local Resistance movement tempts Yi. Meanwhile, a mysterious and potentially dangerous Chinese man is brought into the hospital run by the Adlers. This novel presents a portrait of a city under siege, complete with medical drama, romance, and intrigue. Daniel Kalla is the author of the internationally bestselling books Of Flesh and Blood and The Far Side of The Sky. He practices emergency medicine and lives with his family


HOST (3:30 – 4:30): CHARLES DEMERS, AUTHOR & COMEDIAN 3:30 PM Sexy Sick Chick Lit with Kim Clark and Robyn Michele Levy Kim Clark and Robyn Michele Levy bring you Sexy Sick Chic Lit, their own brand new genre—steamier than September, humorous as Hades, and sicker than, well, sick. Kim Clark, who lives with multiple sclerosis, tackles the disease in readings from her first short fiction collection, Attemptations. Robyn Michele Levy shares her life before, during, and after her diagnoses of both breast cancer and Parkinson’s in her memoir Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown. A valiant vagina? Sultry flossing? Get your double dose of these new literary meds in these raunchy, sassy, and wise books.


4:00 PM Mark Leiren-Young (Vancouver) Adopted by: Writers Guild of Canada Free Magic Secrets Revealed: A Memoir (Harbour Publishing $26.95) Free Magic Secrets Revealed is a hilarious coming-of-age memoir from Mark Leiren-Young that follows his teenage escapades as he chases fame, fortune, and the girl of his dreams. It’s 1980, and thanks to Doug Henning, magic is hip, so Mark hooks up with Randy, a stoner magician, and Kyle, an ambitious young actor, to create a rock-and-roll magic show they know will be like Star Wars on stage. Mark Leiren-Young is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and comedian. His memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. 4:15 PM Carellin Brooks (Vancouver) Adopted by: CUPE BC Fresh Hell (Demeter Press $14.95) In fifty-two spare meditations, one for each week of baby’s first year, Brooks sleeplessly covers the new mother’s least favourite subjects: baby poop, more baby poop, breastfeeding, the pointless fights with a lover that are the inevitable result of broken nights and endless days, trying and failing to get basic work done, and all the other low points of having a baby. The book reminds frantic and time-strapped new moms that their brains are only temporarily on vacation, while its poetry will convince them that the madness they experience is intermittently divine. Carellin Brooks is the author of Wreck Beach and of Every Inch a Woman. HOST (4:30 – 5:00): TRACY SHERLOCK, THE VANCOUVER SUN

4:45 PM Janie Chang (Vancouver) Three Souls (HarperCollins Canada $19.99) China during the Civil War is fractured by political change. Behind the magnificent gates of the Song family estate, however, none of this upheaval has touched Leiyin, a spoiled teenager. But when Leiyin meets the captivating left-wing poet Hanchin, she defies her father. Leiyin’s subsequent punishment for disobedience leads to exile from her family, an unwanted marriage, a lover’s betrayal, and her untimely death. Now a ghost, Leiyin must make amends to earn entry to the afterlife. When her young daughter faces a dangerous future, Leiyin must make a heart-wrenching choice. Janie Chang has a degree in computer science from Simon Fraser University and participated in the Writer’s Studio program there.

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4:30 PM Shaena Lambert (Vancouver) Oh, My Darling (HarperCollins Canada $24.99) Passionate and precise, Shaena Lambert’s remarkable stories are infused with uncommon originality. Story characters include a woman’s own breast cancer; a couple whose environmental protest requires them to place the husband inside a cage in front of an aquarium; an old man who obsesses over the size of his coffin; and a couple who uncover their secret fate at the Delphic Oracle in Greece. Shaena Lambert’s first book of stories, The Falling Woman, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and her first novel, Radiance, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize.

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Sunday, September 29 | Inside the Library

WORD TALKS Inside, Downstairs Alma VanDusen Room

Readings and panel discussions, poetry, theatre, romance and crime

HOST (11:00 – 12:00): TBA 11:00 AM

Pauline Johnson - A Vancouver Legend with Sheila Johnston

Sheila M.F. Johnston, author of Buckskin & Broadcloth, an illustrated biography of E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake, reads selected poetry from Pauline Johnson. Pauline Johnson passed away at the age of 50 in March 1913. Johnson’s Legends of Vancouver became a classic of local literature; Midtown Press published a centennial edition of Johnson’s volume in May. Sheila Johnston was raised in Stratford, Ontario and during a career in arts marketing worked at the Stratford Festival, the Globe Theatre (Regina), and the Grand Theatre (London).

11:30 AM Cameron MacDonald (Vancouver) The Endangered Species Road Trip (Greystone Books $19.95) A wildlife adventure and family holiday like no other, The Endangered Species Road Trip documents the hilarious and thought-provoking journey of natural biologist Cameron MacDonald as he tracks down North America’s endangered species with his young family. Along the way, MacDonald offers fascinating details about the natural history of the animals he seeks and offers insight into the threats that are driving them towards extinction, including overpopulation, commercial fishing, and climate change. Cameron MacDonald has worked as a wildlife biologist across North America. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Georgia Straight, and elsewhere. 12:00 PM Adapting Classics for the Stage Presented by Rumble Productions A discussion of the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls of adapting old stories for contemporary theatre. Stephen Drover is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre, and the director for Rumble’s upcoming production of Penelope by Enda Walsh, a contemporary adaptation of The Odyssey. Actor and writer Hiro Kanagawa is currently working on an adaptation of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf set on the shores of Indian Arm. Peter Boychuk is a Vancouver-based playwright and is adapting Dante’s Inferno for a five-minute elevator ride as part of Theatre Yes’s National Elevator Project. 12:30 PM Page to Stage or Screen Join moderator Maegan Thomas and four seasoned writers as they discuss the challenges of writing for the stage or screen: how to go about setting the scene, creating characters through dialogue, and keeping the plot moving. Dennis Foon, is a successful playwright and screenwriter whose plays have been produced across North America, Europe, and Australia; Aaron Bushkowsky is a Vancouverbased film writer, playwright, and novelist and he is also a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre; Mina Shum is a multiple-award winning filmmaker and has written and directed three feature films, as well as many shorts, docs, installations, and essays; Ian Weir is creator and executive producer of the CBC hit drama series Arctic Air, and his new novel The Doomsday Man will be published in 2014 by Goose Lane Editions.


Row 1: Sheila Johnston, Cameron MacDonald, Stephen Drover, Hiro Kanagawa, Peter Boychuk, Dennis Foon, Aaron Bushkowsky; Row 2: Mina Shum, Ian Weir, Annabel Lyon, Bryan Wade, Maureen Medved, Andrew Gray, Timothy Taylor; Row 3: Cathy Ace, Debra Purdy Kong, David Russell, Robin Spano, Kay Stewart, Chris Bullock, Eileen Cook; Row 4: Susan Lyons, Lee McKenzie, Nora Snowdon, Roxanne Snopek

2:50 PM The Scene of the Crime Presented by the Crime Writers of Canada Join this panel of criminally good authors for an entertaining hour full of mysterious moments. Six of BC’s leading crime authors read from their works, discuss what makes a great scene, and answer audience questions. This session is moderated by Cathy Ace, author of the Cait Morgan mysteries. Panel members include Debra Purdy Kong, author of the Vancouver-based Casey Holland Transit Security mysteries; David Russell, author of Deadly Lessons and Last Dance; Robin Spano, author of the Clare Vengel Undercover novels; and Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock, a husband and wife team who write the Danutia Dranchuck mysteries.



1:40 PM New Directions in Creative Writing Presented by UBC Creative Writing Faculty from the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing department discuss future trends in reading and writing, including e-publishing, self-publishing, and the rise of cross-genre fiction. This panel is moderated by Annabel Lyon, assistant professor and author of seven books. Panel members include Bryan Wade, a playwright and radio dramatist who has had numerous plays and radio dramas produced nationally and internationally; Maureen Medved, a writer of fiction, screenplays, drama, and film reviews; Andrew Gray, author of the short fiction collection Small Accidents and coordinator of the program; and Timothy Taylor, novelist and journalist.

Great stories live on stage. One hundred writers, 81 events, thousands of readers like you.

OCT 22 –27, 2013 Six days of engaging discussions, interviews, readings and performances on Granville Island with writers from Canada and around the world.

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Colin Mochrie

Lisa Moore

George Packer

Andrew Pyper

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4:00 PM Dishing on Romance Presented by Greater Vancouver Chapter of Romance Writers of America Romances account for over 50 percent of fiction sold annually. Romance authors discuss why they write what they do, explain how the market is changing, and offer advice. Eileen Cook is a young adult writer with books available in eight countries; Susan Lyons is the author of “emotionally compelling, sexy contemporary romance” with over twenty titles published; Lee McKenzie is an established Harlequin author; Nora Snowdon has four books published by Crimson Romance and Rebel Ink Press; and Roxanne Snopek has written five contemporary Western romances. The Greater Vancouver Chapter of Romance Writers of America is a network of writers at all stages of writing careers that regularly holds workshops.

In the Library Promenade COME BID! Check out all the great deals, treat yourself to something fabulous and at the same time support Word Vancouver. Each bid helps, so don’t hold back. Located in the Library Promenade, near the North Entrance and book’mark, The Library Store. Bidding closes at 4:45 pm sharp.

ThE WorLD LiTEraTurE Program aT SFu Discover diverse literary genres, historical periods, and translated texts from regions such as Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Explore how texts resonate in various cultural contexts and their influence on foreign traditions. Examine the creative enterprise of translation.


“I spent most of my post-secondary career waiting for World Literature to be created. Once you start studying literature in this way, there’s really no going back. Learning about authors’ cross-cultural influences and how texts travel is fundamental to the study of literature. The program is remarkably diverse. If one is interested in history, psychology, law, sociology, political science and international relations, SFU World Literature will enrich these areas of study.” – Daniel Poirier, BA in World Literature

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Sunday, September 29 | Inside the Library

WRITING TALKS Inside, Downstairs Peter Kaye Room

Editing, Publishing and Writing explored from different angles

Presented by subTerrain

11:00 AM Writing from the Body with Ingrid Rose provenance of words and body is mysterious. in writing from the body, sound and breath into our inner space resonates. way of words in and out is cellular. and they come. one by one. inspired by emily conrad’s visionary continuum movement. we do not move, we are movement: many writers find weaving movement and writing enhances the fabric of words. ingrid rose, lyric prose writer and graduate of simon fraser university’s 2001 writers’ studio, teaches memoir and wordplay in the continuing studies programs at simon fraser university and emily carr. she writes from the body to scores of ‘moving’ writers. 12:10 PM Get Published with Janet Love Morrison Janet Love Morrison offers this workshop to help aspiring writers achieve their publishing dream. The publishing industry is rapidly changing; printon-demand and e-book technologies are making self-publishing popular amongst emerging authors. This workshop assesses different models of getting published, including the costs, marketing, and promotion involved in each model. Janet Love Morrison has written five books, including Canada’s Legendary Ski Team: The Crazy Canucks, winner of the 2009 One Book, One Vancouver Award, and Radar the Rescue Dog. 1:20 PM Editing: Both Sides of the Fence with Susan Safyan Authors write words and editors cut them, right? Find out why the authoreditor relationship is far more complicated and interesting than this from an author who is also an editor. Susan Safyan is the associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver. She has edited cookbooks, award-winning novels and short stories, memoirs and history titles, graphic novels, anthologies both erotic and academic, and more. She is also the author of All Roads Lead to Wells, a history of the colourful 1970s in Wells, BC. She is currently researching a history of the counterculture in British Columbia. 2:00 PM

Finding, Hiring, and Working with a Freelance Editor with Shelagh Jamieson

Presented by Editors Association of Canada Getting published today isn’t easy. Many publishers expect writers to submit manuscripts that are nearly “production ready.” Publishers reading selfpublished e-books expect them to be of the same quality as traditionally published books. To be successful in today’s market, you must do more than check your manuscript for typos. You need a “clean” product. This entails working with an editor to ensure your manuscript is well structured, error-free, and readerfocused. Join Shelagh Jamieson as she explains how to find the right editor for you, negotiate contract terms, and develop a productive relationship with your editor. Shelagh Jamieson is the managing editor of Mind Publishing.

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3:10 PM

300 Years of Publishing in 30 Minutes with Leanne Johnson

4:00 PM

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For more than 300 years, publishing remained relatively unchanged. Gutenberg himself could have walked into a press shop at the turn of the l a s t century and recognized the machine he helped to perfect. But the Internet has changed how and—more importantly—where and what we read. This workshop examines the history of publishing, from the first print magazines to the first tablet magazines. By learning where we came from, we may all better understand where we are headed. Leanne Johnson has been working in the publishing industry for over eighteen years. She teaches magazine publishing at Simon Fraser University and Langara.

Please note that workshops fill up quickly so early queuing is recommended

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Ingrid Rose, Janet Love Morrison, Susan Safyan, Shelagh Jamieson, Leanne Johnson,

Sunday, September 29 | Inside the Library

VISUAL EXHIBITS Upstairs in the Promenade Book-Making Demos Presented by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Fascinated by the art and craft of fine book-making? Drop by the BC Book Arts Guild table to watch hands-on demonstrations by professional artists. You may find yourself inspired to create your own treasures! 11:00................. 12:00................. 1:00................... 2:00................... 3:00................... 4:00...................

Gina Page, Mini Tunnel Books Joanne Ursino, Ode to the Pamphlet Stitch Sue Andrews, Making a One-Sheet Book Suzan Lee, Coptic Binding Suzan Lee, Medieval Binding Suzan Lee, Bookbinding Tools

Downstairs in the Moat This Must Be The Place Photo Project Presented by Sad Mag In collaboration with the Vancouver Archives and Red Fox Healthy Living Society, Sad Mag offered a free photography workshop this Spring in an effort to connect First Nations youth with Vancouver artists in a safe space. Our goal was to open dialogue about gentrification and the evolution of British Columbia’s landscape while teaching some old school photographic techniques. This is Vancouver through our lens.

The Unwritten Word Words and stories are not always written down. The Unwritten Word project explores other forms of expressing stories and ideas, spoken and visual. The Mascall Dance - Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club dancers will engage with the festival in an exploration process they are calling Public Research. Gung HAGGIS Fat Choy dragon boat team will present an improvisational multicultural dragon dance. Sad Mag will provide a visual exhibit in the Moat of the Library that are photographs taken by Aboriginal youth. There will be storytellers and face painting for children and of course many of the performances on the Mainstage communicate stories through lyrics and music. All programming for this project is marked with the Unwritten Word icon in the program.

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Word Vancouver is Western Canada's largest celebration of literacy and reading. The festival takes place the last week of September: Septemb...