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SEPTEMBER 28–30, 2012 FRIDAY Banyen Books & Sound 6:30–8:00 pm Historic Joy Kogawa House 7:30–9:30 pm SATURDAY Carnegie Centre 10:00 am –9:00 pm Vancouver Public Library 9:30 am –5:30 pm

SUNDAY Library Square and CBC Plaza 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Schedule at a Glance Site Map Exhibitor Marketplace Mainstage

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Magazine Life Tent Magazine Exhibitors Authors Tent Canada Writes Tent

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Word Talks Writing Talks The Word Under The Street Visual Exhibits



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


from the Staff and Board of The Word On The Street Vancouver

WELCOME, everyone, from all of us involved with putting together the annual The Word On The Street Vancouver. Last year we grew to a three-day festival and we continue that this year. We have the same four venues: Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Carnegie Centre, and of course Library Square and the CBC Plaza stage. Karen Green, Samson Tam, Bryan Pike, Kristie Poole, Monica Miller On Friday evening join us Lauren Kelly, Val Mason, Rhiannon Morris (Missing: Carey Erickson) at either Historic Joy Kogawa House to enjoy readings from Marcus Youssef ’s two most recent plays, or Banyen Books where Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan, authors of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day, discuss alpine history from their fascinating perspective. At Carnegie Centre on Saturday, participate in the chapbook-making workshop, learn how to do your best live reading, or check out an author/poet reading. Also on Saturday, there will be a workshop on translation at Library Square. Sunday at Library Square will be the familiar festival you know and love. On Hamilton Street there will be great activities for families and kids. There will be button making, soapstone carving, the Scavenger Hunt, storytellers, readings in the Kids Tent, and lots of kids’ books to browse or purchase. There will be film presentations in CBC’s Studio 700, poems to read in the Poetry in Transit Bus, interesting workshops and panels, visual art displays in the Library Moat, and of course the bustling, informative, and an amazingly diverse marketplace surrounding the library. Be sure to check out the program guide and select the activities you don’t want to miss. The reading tents feature an amazing array of authors and poets, fiction and non-fiction. There’s something for everyone. New this year is the Unwritten Word, which explores the spoken word and images that convey stories. Look for elements all over the site. Be sure to hang out for a while at the Mainstage, which will feature the funky Carnival Band, followed by ukuleles, accordions, hugs, slam poetry, youth theatre, and African drumming. Come celebrate—with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, storytellers, performers, and book lovers—all things to do with books, stories, reading, and writing. Be entertained and inspired. We want to give a special thanks to our sponsors, funders, exhibitors, and volunteers for their commitment to the festival. Without them it just wouldn’t happen.

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the Word On the Street could not happen without the generous and enthusiastic support of our Festival Partners Media Sponsors:

National Sponsors:

Regional Sponsors:

Hastings Cross BIA

The Word On The Street also gratefully acknowledges the support of 32 Books & Gallery, Banyen Books & Sound, Carnegie Community Centre, Carnegie Branch – Vancouver Public Library, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Mint Records, Panago, and the Vancouver Public Library. The Word On The Street Vancouver is made possible with the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations, including Louis Anctil, Polly Argo, Chris Dallin, Beth Davies, Mercedes Eng, Jackie Ferris, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Hemlock Printers, Anne Hopkinson, Jean Kavanagh, Megan Langley, Jason Lee, Tim Matheson, Gerilee McBride, Robin McConnell, Deb McVittie, Ann-Marie Metten, Mark Milner, Laura Moore, Ken Paquette, Darren Puffer, Wes Regan, Margaret Reynolds, Byron Sheardown, Jodi Sprackman, Jacob Steele, Tracy Stefanucci, Thursdays Writing Collective, Urban Source, Heidi Waechtler, all our Silent Auction donors, and our many volunteers. Vancouver Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bryan Pike General Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Val Mason Publicist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Green Project Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristie Poole Programming Team . . . . . . . . . . Karen Green, Lauren Kelly, Val Mason, Bryan Pike, and Kristie Poole Production Manager . . Ann Phelps, Xtendia Productions Volunteer Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carey Erickson Site Art Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samson Tam Festival Assistants . . . . Lauren Kelly and Rhiannon Morris Program Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica Miller

Vancouver Board of Directors Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trish McGrath National Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Suzanne Norman Secretary/Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carey Erickson At-Large. . . Louis Anctil, Taryn Boyd, Emily MacKinnon, Caroline Skelton, Timothy Taylor, Daphne Wood 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 National Illustrations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marina Siu-Chong Poster & Bookmark . . Brett Lamb Graphics & Illustration National Executive Director . . . . . . Alexandra Moorshead

A National Annual Celebration The Word On The Street is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting the country in a national annual celebration of reading and writing, highlighting the importance of literacy in the lives of all Canadians. All proceeds collected as donations on site 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. If you would like to be a part of The Word On The Street Vancouver in 2013, contact us about volunteering or sponsorship benefits.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 Free readings at Banyen Books & Sound and Historic Joy Kogawa House Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Marcus Youssef, James Long

Banyen BOOKS & SOund 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30–8:00 Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan (Talk & Book Signing) Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day (W.W. Norton & Company $26.95)

For as long as Westerners have been climbing the Himalaya, Sherpas have been the anonymous experts—the unsung heroes in the background. In August 2008, when 11 climbers lost their lives on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas survived. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Based on unprecedented access and interviews, Buried in the Sky reveals their astonishing story for the first time. Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective. It is at once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture. Peter Zuckerman has received some of the most prestigious awards in American journalism, including the Livingston Award and the National Journalism Award. Amanda Padoan is a mountaineer and alpine historian who writes regularly for Explorersweb and the Alpinist.

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7:30–9:30 Marcus Youssef and James Long Winners and Losers and Love Explored

Adopted by: Norman Armour

Marcus Youssef ’s plays—which include Ali and Ali, Adrift, A Line in the Sand, How Has My Love Affected You? (upcoming at the Arts Club Theatre), and Winners and Losers (upcoming at the Gateway and PuSh Festival)—have been produced across North America, Europe, and Australia. Marcus Youssef is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and serves as the artistic director of Neworld Theatre and artistic associate of the National Arts Centre’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Marcus will read from his work, including Winners and Losers and How Has My Love Affected You?—sneak previews of his two upcoming premieres. He will be joined by Winners and Losers co-creator James Long, artistic director of Theatre Replacement.


Celebrating teaching and learning

BC teachers salute the Word on the Street festival The BC Teachers’ Federation,

29th annual

April 2013

Call For SubmiSSionS CMYK 100/0/10/45

Seven prize categories for fiction, poetry, children, illustrated, non-fiction, regional, and booksellers’ choice. Submission deadline is December 1, 2012. Nominations open for lifetime achievement award, The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Submission deadline is February 1, 2013.

For submission details visit

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 caRneGIe centRe 401 Main Street, Vancouver

Free workshops, readings, and an open mic at Carnegie Centre

Presented by subTerrain

In the theatre 3:00–3:20


V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

(Arsenal Pulp Press $19.95)

V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a book of creative writing from 32 writers, emerging and established, who have been a part of the DTES community. Their stories, poems, and essays are an act of selfdetermination that portrays the DTES as a site of creative energy and human dignity. Co-editor Elee Kraljii Gardiner and three contributors will read from the anthology.



Megaphone Magazine

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. The magazine also runs a series of writing workshops at treatment centres, social housing buildings, and community centres in the Downtown Eastside and downtown Vancouver. Many of the stories and poems from the workshops are then published in the magazine. The writing workshops give marginalized residents of Vancouver an opportunity to tell their own stories in their own voice while helping raise awareness around issues related to homelessness, addiction, and mental health. For The Word On The Street festival, Megaphone will feature three writers who participate in the workshops.

4:05–5:05 Poetry Workshop Oilywood and Burrard Inlet’s Future with Christine Leclerc

Christine Leclerc is a Vancouver-based author and activist. Her essays on tar sands pipeline resistance have appeared in This Magazine and WordWorks. Energy-related poems appear in issue 72 of West Coast Line and her supertanker-related work includes “Oilywood.” Leclerc is excited to share a power-packed poetry workshop on climate change, poetic form, and tar sands supertankers in Burrard Inlet.



How to Do Your Best Live Reading with Hal Wake

Join Hal Wake, artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, for a workshop on author readings. Designed to equip you with the tools to do the best possible live readings of your work, this workshop will teach you how to prepare and practise, overcome nerves, breathe properly, and use your voice effectively. Its goal is to turn public reading from something you dread into something you are prepared for and anticipate with pleasure. 20 people maximum.



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, The Word On The Street Vancouver poets, and others for a lively night of open-mic readings. Sign up for 10-minute reading slots, which will be first come, first served.

Please note that all workshops at Carnegie Centre will be on a “first come, first served” sign-up basis. Sessions have a 15-person maximum unless otherwise noted. Registration sheets will be available in the office at Carnegie Community Centre September 1, 2012. 8


Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Christine Leclerc, Hal Wake, Mercedes Eng

In the classroom 10:00–12:00 Need Your Handwritten Work Typed? Come to the Type-Up! This event is an opportunity for writers to get their poems, stories, letters, and other work typed. Volunteers with computers will transcribe material and perform light editing. Entries will be limited to 10 pages, double-spaced, but volunteers will consider time and number of sign-ups. We will then e-mail the writing to participants, or copy to USB or CD. There will be two one-hour sessions. Chapbook workshop participants (see below) are encouraged to attend the Type-Up. 10 writers maximum per session.

1:00–5:00 Controlling the Means of Production: A Chapbook Workshop with Mercedes Eng Chapbooks—short, self-published, handmade books—allow writers to get their work circulating quickly and cost-efficiently. This event is a short information session on the importance of the chapbook as a strategic tool for writers, followed by a workshop where participants can make up to 10 copies of their own 10- to 12-page books. If possible, bring work on a memory stick. If not, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Type-Up workshop from 10:00 am to noon where they can get their work entered into typed format. Participants will have the opportunity to sell their books the next day at the festival. Registration is required for the workshop. Sign up for the Type-Up and the Chapbook workshops at the Carnegie library. All materials supplied free of charge.

Hope in Shadows: Portraits of Our Community Third Floor Gallery

September 21 to October 1, 2012

Welcome to the Hope in Shadows exhibition presented by Pivot Legal Society. The images come out of the 10th annual photography contest for Downtown Eastside community members. More than 200 participants received free single-use cameras and submitted thousands of entries. A panel of judges selected a “top 40” of the most compelling and a selection of these is featured in the 2013 Hope in “Foolin’ around” by Audrey Hill Shadows calendar, which will be sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income people. The theme of this year’s contest is “What I Value about My Downtown Eastside Community.” The images presented show a breadth of community values ranging from compassion for those who are suffering to fighting for justice, friendship, and embracing diversity. 9

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Writing Rights – Writing, Translation & Copyright / Gens de Plumes – Création, Traduction et Droits

This workshop will focus on copyright and contracts. A lawyer who specializes in intellectual property will provide an overview of what copyright is, explaining the issues specific to book publication and translation; Literary Translators’ Association of Canada’s model contract for literary translators will be presented. In addition, the workshop will look at contract negotiation in detail through an interactive exercise focused on common problematic issues. The different resources available to literary translators in Canada (grants, residencies, competitions, etc.) will also be discussed. The workshop hopes to provide a detailed overview of copyright and contracts in the world of publishing to those interested in literary translation or already working in the field. Cet atelier abordera spécifiquement le droit d’auteur et la négociation de contrats. Un avocat spécialiste discutera du droit d’auteur et de son application en édition et en traduction. Le contrat type de l’ATTLC pour les traducteurs et traductrices littéraires sera également présenté, tout comme le seront les différentes ressources mises à la disposition des traducteurs littéraires au Canada en matière de subventions, de résidences, de concours, etc. De plus, l’atelier vous permettra de mettre à l’épreuve vos dons pour la négociation et vous aidera à en éviter les principaux pièges. L’atelier vise à démystifier le monde de l’édition pour tous ceux qui s’intéressent à la traduction littéraire ou qui travaillent déjà dans le domaine.

MultI-lInGual eVentS Programming throughout the festival have been marked with special symbols to indicate additional languages.


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

Since 1965, 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.

On-Campus Faculty Steven Galloway Annabel Lyon Keith Maillard Maureen Medved Andreas Schroeder Linda Svendsen Peggy Thompson Rhea Tregebov Bryan Wade

Optional Residency Faculty Luanne Armstrong, Joseph Boyden, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Brian Brett, Sioux Browning, Charlotte Gill, Maggie de Vries, Wayne Grady, Sara Graefe, Stephen Hunt, Annabel Lyon, Peter Levitt, Susan Musgrave, Karen Solie

For more information:


Heritage House PublisHing is proud to present: Caroll Simpson author and illustrator of The Salmon Twins Please see the schedule for details on when and where Caroll and Sylvia will be reading and signing copies of their books.

Sylvia Taylor author of The Fisher Queen: A deckhand’s tales of the BC Coast

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

Presented by the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel



Literary Writes 2012 Awards & Author Readings with The Federation of BC Writers

BC Writers bring fiction, non-fiction, and poetry winners to the stage this year! The Federation of BC Writers, Canada’s largest provincial writers’ organization, honours the three winners of their 24th annual Literary Writes Competition. The 2012 judges were Dennis E. Bolen, fiction; George Fetherling, non-fiction; and David Fraser, poetry.

12:00 The Carnival Band

The Carnival Band is a 30-piece, full-tilt boogie brass band explosion from East Vancouver that plays funk, calypso, samba, and world beat for you to cut a rug to! Under the musical direction and spiritual leadership of Ross Raymond Barrett and Tim Sars, the Carnival Band believes that community music is a way to empower individuals.

12:40 Vancouver Squeezebox Circle

Immortalized in poetry by Robert Service and in Annie Proulx’s novel Accordion Crimes is the noble and unfairly vilified accordion. Presenting the world’s first literary-accordion-slam event! Expect songs never-written-for-accordion, such as Bach, Strauss, and maybe even “Purple Haze” and big band. Join Vancouver’s about-town accordionistas Todd Wong (Gung Haggis Fat Choy) and Barbara Adler (Fang), and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle, led by Alan Zisman (Gram Partisans) and Rowan Lipkowits (Creaking Planks), and those who perpetrate the Accordion Noir Festival, and other accordion shows.


The Ukesters

The Ukesters are a ukulele ensemble made up 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 make them a popular addition to the ukulele craze. Joining them will be the founder of Ruby’s Ukes, Daphne Roubini, and teacher and Uke mentor, Guido Heistek.




Vancouver Hug Day Presented by Ricepaper Magazine

Come join us for a huge hug fest in celebration of love. A Vancouver Hug Day. How willing are you to hug a stranger? This event is like a high school dance without the dancing: all the jitters AND all the fun! Bring yourselves as you are. Don’t worry about sweaty palms. Let’s rewrite those memories! Readings from “heart” poems followed by lots of hugs. Hosted by Ricepaper magazine, editor and poet Ray Hsu, and writer Elaine Woo. Image credit: Flickr user JosephB | CC by NC-ND


Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam


Vancouver Youth Theatre


The Upbeats

The 2012 Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team is made of five diverse voices that include our Grand Slam Champion, Scout, along with Floyd VB, Moe Lawrence, Chloe Selarque, and Jasmine Harvey. In the mix are Harry Potter fanatics, river rafting guides, lovers of Marlon Brando, and a healthy dose of queer politics. They are a lot of fun and happy to be performing at The Word On The Street once again.

Vancouver Youth Theatre’s Teen Ensemble performs The Festival Show! with a ‘light’ look at environmental justice and sustainability, with music by folksinger-songwriter Glenn Chatten. The Kids’ Writes project for elementary school-aged authors also celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012! VYT is a creative partnership between young actors and adult theatre professionals, with a mandate for social justice, tolerance, and peace.

The Upbeats are a community-based group of dedicated drummers who were bitten by the rhythm bug several years ago and have been advancing their skills and their love of percussion under the skillful hand of master drummer Joseph Pepe Danza. Performing traditional rhythms from Africa and Latin America, the Upbeats have learned that to play the music they have to feel the music, and we hope you will too.



The Mainstage is hosted by the incomparable David C. Jones. David is an artistic producer, actor, director, writer, teacher, and improv artist. He has been called a “Comic Chameleon” and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Sunday, September 30 | Hamilton Street


Talks and film screenings at the CBC Studio


12:00–1:00 Community Film Screening Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection

Join us for a community screening of The Chung Collection: Passage of Dreams, a lively and animated documentary about how one man’s collection of historical artifacts tells the story of early British Columbia history and the development of the Chinese community in Canada. Produced by Gemini Award–winning filmmaker Karin Lee (Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit) and UBC Library, the documentary reveals how events from the past shape our distinctive Canadian identity today. Following the screening, please stay for a brief questionand-answer period with the filmmaker.

2:00–3:00 Community Film Screening Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection

See the event description for the first screening at 12:00 pm.

4:00–5:00 Jackson Davies (Vancouver) Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 (Harbour Publishing $26.95)

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of CBC’s beloved TV show The Beachcombers at the book launch for Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40, written by Jackson Davies and the late Marc Strange. This compendium is illustrated with lots of photos and memorabilia, and includes trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the cast and crew. Join Jackson Davies (a.k.a. Constable John Constable) for a lively afternoon of stories, clips from the show, and many memories about the making of The Beachcombers. Jackson Davies is an awarding-winning actor, writer, director, and producer. For 16 years he starred as Constable John Constable in CBC’s longest-running TV series, The Beachcombers.

aROund the FeStIVal SIte Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective present Soundwalking Stories on Foot. Join us for a soundwalk that explores a different way of experiencing The Word On The Street festival—with our ears! These special (and free!) soundwalks run every hour on the hour from 12–4. Each walk is roughly 20 minutes long. Come and listen to the sounds of the street as a musicalsonic adventure, revealing the ordinary to be extraordinary! To sign-up, simply meet at the Info/Merchandise Tent on Homer Street (T14). Open to all ages. For more information, visit or, or e-mail:


15th annual BOOK BaG tReaSuRe hunt enjoy the Fun of collecting the treasure dOn’t MISS Out! The Book Bag Treasure Hunt costs only $20.00 and you get a fabulous, sturdy Word On The Street 2012 canvas book bag, which allows you to gather up FREE treasure from up to 40 exhibitors. The book bags go on sale at 11:00 am at the two Info/Merchandise Booths (T14 and T26) on Sunday, September 30. They will also be available from 11:30 am onward from roving festival volunteers. There are only 200 available this year, so buy yours early to be sure you don’t miss out. Participating exhibitors will be displaying the Book Bag Treasure Hunt sign (see above) at their table, and they are marked in the program with this symbol . The list of participating exhibitors in the program is accurate at the time of printing. The official list will be included with the Book Bag when purchased. Remember to be courteous. The exhibitors providing the treasure are doing so at their own expense, so if they are busy with customers, please be patient.

WIn a WORd On the StReet lIBRaRy! The Library of Books is a copy of nearly every book featured at the 2012 Festival!

How do you enter? Visit an Info/Merchandise Booth (T14 and T26) or find one of the roving volunteers, and for a donation of only $2 you will become a member of the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society (producers of the festival) AND be entered in a draw to win the Library. All we ask is that you fill out the membership survey so you can help us improve the festival. Tell us what you think, plus a few things about yourself. Don’t worry. We respect your privacy and the information will not be shared. Give your filled-in form plus the toonie to the roving volunteer or put it into the buckets available at every reading venue and both Info/Merchandise Booths. 17

Sunday, September 30 | Hamilton Street


Monkey Mumbo Jumbo


Storytellers Take the Stage

Family friendly activities, music, and storytelling on the CBC Plaza

Join Max Tell and Anna Banana Boots as they sing a little musical monkey business, for kids and families. Join in as hands clap, toes tap, and the chimps chatter. Max has seven successful world tours and six highly praised CDs to his credit, including Monkey Mumbo Jumbo. Since 2009, eight of Max’s stories and songs have received honourable mention in national and international competitions. Max is pleased to have Anna join him as both an accompanist and a vocalist. She is a recent graduate from Vancouver Community College’s music program. Captivating tales for all ages from storytellers of all types.

12:00 Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone (Vancouver) Hockey Science (Scholastic Canada $6.99)

From how pucks slide to why sticks break, Hockey Science is a fun exploration of the science behind the great sport. Get hands on with these mad scientists as they go behind the scenes of our national pastime with their usual sense of humour and wonder. Each page is full of fun experiments that budding hockey players can try on their own—on or off the ice! Shar Levine has written dozens of books, encouraging hands-on science for kids. She and her co-author, Leslie Johnstone, also collaborated on Scary Science and Snowy Science and received the Eve Savoury Award for Science Communication for Backyard Science. Leslie is the department head of Science at a Vancouver high school. AGES 7–11

12:30 Monkey Mumbo Jumbo

See event description at 11:00 am (above).


Dixie Star Storytelling

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Innovative and inspiring Dixie Star Storytelling fires the imagination of children and grown-ups alike with its innovative and interactive shows. The young company evokes a fantastical world through words, music, movement, and playful props, and knows how to get the audience involved in creating the magic.

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Fun, interactive family activities all day


Make a Collage Button with Laura Bucci

Express yourself by making a 1.5-inch button pin using paper from magazines and books. Add rubber stamping, use layering, and combine images with text to create your own great and unique composition to take away with you. This drop-in workshop is led by Laura Bucci, a local mixed-media artist, designer, and maker who works with image and text compositions in various languages. AGES 6+


Carve an Animal Out of Soapstone

Studiostone presents an interactive stone carving demonstration. Experience hands-on soapstone carving, create small 3 dimensional sculptures/characters out of stone, then leave them at the tables for others to try. The theme will be wild animals, and how stories can be told through various, mostly non-verbal, mediums. Suitable for all ages. Lisa (Elizabeth) Joe and Oliver Harwood who operate Studiostone will be on hand to assist. Image credit: Flickr user bunchofpants | CC by NC-ND

ScaVenGeR hunt MadneSS Follow the clues and win a prize Fabulous fun for the whole family. For just $1, purchase the Scavenger Hunt Card at the Hamilton Street Info/Merchandise Booth (T26). 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!


Sunday, September 30 | Hamilton Street


Readings from kids’ books, most appropriate for under age 7 from 11:00–12:00, then for ages 4–12 for the rest of the day


11:00 Julie Morstad (Vancouver) The Swing (Simply Read Books $9.95)

Delightful images by Julie Morstad bring to life Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic poem “The Swing.” Share this gorgeous board book with your baby or toddler and relive the joyous, freeing feeling of flying through the air. Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist known for her surreal, whimsical work. Illustrator of numerous children’s books, including When You Were Small and its two sequels Where You Came From and When I Was Small, Julie has exhibited her work in galleries, animated two music videos with her brother, filled up stacks of sketchbooks, and made countless pots of soup and many loaves of bread. She lives in Vancouver with her family. AGES 0–3

11:20 Robert Heidbreder (North Vancouver) Noisy Poems for a Busy Day (Kids Can Press $18.95)

Adopted by: Rene Groulx

Chock-full of playful pocket-sized poems that capture adventures big and small in a child’s day, this collection begs to be read aloud from sun-up to sundown! Robert Heidbreder is an award-winning children’s poet and author and a retired teacher. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He resides in Vancouver. AGES 3–7

11:40 Raphaëlle Albert (Vancouver) Le poussin gourmand et le chat (Éditions Volpilière $13.00)

Un petit poussin bien gourmand. Un chat au ventre tout rebondi. Qui mangera quoi ? Un livre à dévorer juste pour rire ! Raphaëlle Albert nous parlera de son dernier livre ainsi que de la recherche graphique avec différents croquis jusqu’aux illustrations originales de l’album. Illustratrice jeunesse qui vit à Vancouver, elle est également enseignante en maternelle et maman de deux petites filles. C’est auprès des enfants qu’elle trouve l’inspiration pour ses personnages et ses croquis.

A little chick with a big appetite. A cat with a round belly. Who will eat what? A book to devour just for fun! Raphaëlle Albert will introduce her latest book and talk about graphic studies from drawings to final illustrations for a storybook. She is a children’s book illustrator from Vancouver, mom of two daughters, and a Kindergarten teacher. She finds inspiration for her characters and illustrations from children. AGES 2­7

12:00 Caroll Simpson (Granisle) The Salmon Twins (Heritage House Publishing $24.95)

HOST (12:00 – 1:00): COLIN THOMAS

When twins are born in a mythical Pacific Coast village, everyone celebrates: twins are the children of the salmon. But when the twins grow selfish and greedy, Thunderbird transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent. The salmon stop running up the river and the villagers start to go hungry. The Serpent’s heads have to co-operate with each other to restore the salmon run. This charming story is illustrated with distinctive paintings that celebrate First Nations culture. Caroll Simpson taught native art and drama to schoolchildren before taking over Ookpik Wilderness Lodge in BC. Caroll’s work is a celebration of the legends and art of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. AGES 3–10


KIDS TENT Julie Morstad, Robert Heidbreder, Raphaëlle Albert, Caroll Simpson, Nicola I. Campbell, Heather Conn, Alan Woo; Row 2: Kathy Sager, Sylvia Olsen, Lauren Howell, Lesley McKnight, Caroline Woodward, Lois Peterson, Caroline Adderson; Row 3: Gina McMurchy-Barber, Susin Nielsen, Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Kit Pearson

12:20 Nicola I. Campbell (Chilliwack) Grandpa’s Girls (Groundwood Books $16.95)

A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm. It is also an opportunity for her to ask Grandpa what her grandmother was like and to explore the “secret room,” with its old trunk of ribbons, medals, and photos of Grandpa in uniform. There is a wonderful blend of fun and family history in this visit to a grandparent, but also the realization that there are some things about the people we love that will always be a mystery. Nicola I. Campbell is an award-winning author of children’s books. AGES 4–7

12:40 Heather Conn (Roberts Creek) Gracie’s Got a Secret (MW Book Publishing $9.95)

Adopted by: Kidsbooks

When feisty goldfish Gracie escapes her fishbowl, she shares a secret to help Mopey the alligator and Nellie the elephant fulfill their separate dreams. To find her way home, Gracie must learn to slow down, go with the flow, and find her inner stillness. This echoes the Taoist concept of wu wei or “action through inaction.” Heather Conn, MFA, writes non-fiction and fiction and for film, video, and children’s TV. Published in more than 50 books and magazines, she freelance-edits and teaches/coaches writers. AGES 3+ HOST (1:00 – 2:00): BRIAN BURTCH, BC BOOK PRIZES BOARD

1:00 Alan Woo (Vancouver) Maggie’s Chopsticks (Kids Can Press $18.95)

Adopted by: Kidsbooks

Poor Maggie struggles to master her chopsticks—it seems nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the “right” way to hold them! But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson. Alan Woo was born in England and grew up in Vancouver. His work has been published in Ricepaper magazine and Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. AGES 3–7

1:20 Kathy Sager (Cobble Hill) Suzie’s Sourdough Circus (Harbour Publishing $9.95)

In rhyming prose, sure to appeal to children and their grown-up sous-chefs, Suzie’s Sourdough Circus is both informative and fun. Young readers spend a snowy northern afternoon in the warm kitchen with little Suzie, her dad, and their zany sourdough circus, learning a simple method to bake wholesome and tangy sourdough bread. Also included are illustrated recipes for other delicious sourdough baking, like authentic Yukon flapjacks, whole-grain sourdough bannock, and a chocolate and vanilla sourdough cake, all tested by Suzie! Kathy Sager is a certified early-childhood educator with a background in nutrition. She bakes sourdough every week, both at home and at Serenity Cove Children’s Centre where she works. AGES 4–8 21

1:40 Sylvia Olsen (Victoria) Sebastian Sasquatch (Sono Nis Press $9.95)


Sebastian Sasquatch loves Puddle Valley. It has everything a young sasquatch needs: trees, a creek, meadows. Well, almost everything. There isn’t another sasquatch child to play with. There is the local campground, though. It’s full of children. They come with their families, and spend the summer playing. But none of them notice Sebastian. Why? Bringing Sylvia Olsen’s direct, engaging language together with Kasia Charko’s warm, lively art, this is a lighthearted tale about the simple yet mysterious qualities it takes to be a friend. Sylvia Olsen told this story about Sebastian to many schoolchildren before she decided to write it down. She continues to tell stories to children and adults. AGES 3–8



Lauren Howell (Vancouver) Adopted by: Kidsbooks What Do You Want to Be? (Three Bears Publishing $21.91)

There are so many fun and exciting things a person can be ... an astronaut, a pilot, or a writer of fantasy. Explore the hilarious possibilities and discover YOUR favourite things to be! Fun for all ages. Lauren Howell believes children’s books should be extremely fun, and should spark imagination. Lauren’s books include If I Was the Mayor and What Do You Want to Be? AGES 6–9

2:20 Lesley McKnight (Vancouver) Vancouver Kids (Brindle & Glass $12.95)

Vancouver Kids is a collection of tales about the unforgettable young people of the city of Vancouver. Based on personal interviews and thorough archival research, each true story is narrated in the voice of a young Vancouverite. Join in the adventure as these kids dodge the first cars on newly paved streets, watch the famous Stanley Park take shape, gaze up at brand new high-rises, and even learn the secrets—and dangers—behind big city crime. For the past 10 years Lesley McKnight has been a freelance researcher and writer, and has been published in the Globe & Mail and the Vancouver Courier. AGES 9–12

2:40 Caroline Woodward (Tofino) The Village of Many Hats (Oolichan Books $9.95)

It takes a village to raise a child and to care for families in crisis. In this book, it also takes a child and a wise hat-maker to save a village. Young Gina struggles with her sister’s illness and a tragedy within her village that ultimately brings her community together. Caroline Woodward began her writing career with a column in the Alaska Highway News while still in high school and has since published poetry, non-fiction essays and journalism, stage and radio plays, five pieces of adult fiction, and two children’s books. After working a great variety of jobs, Caroline is now writing nearly full-time and working as a relief lightkeeper. AGES 8–10


3:00 Lois Peterson (Surrey) Paper House (Orca Book Publishers $7.95)

Life is hard for 10-year-old Safiyah in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi. Too poor to attend school, she makes a meagre living for herself and her grandmother by selling things found at the dump. After using scavenged paper to fix up the inside of the hut, Safiyah starts a mural on the outside. As word of the paper house spreads, Safiyah begins to take pride in her creation. Soon Safiyah and her grandmother are given a chance of a better life. Lois Peterson wrote stories for adults for 20 years before turning to children’s books. She lives in Surrey, where she writes, reads, and teaches creative writing to adults, teens, and children. AGES 8–11


Boys and girls alike will love this chapter book about a quirky but endearing boy who finally gets to be his school’s Star of the Week. Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver with her husband, her dog, and the son who lied to her when he said he would always be seven. AGES 7–10

3:40 Gina McMurchy-Barber (Surrey) Broken Bones (Dundurn Press $12.99)

A vandalized burial in an abandoned pioneer cemetery brings 12-year-old Peggy and her elderly archaeologist friend Eddy to Golden, BC, to excavate. The town dates back to the 1880s, when most citizens were tough, rowdy miners and railway workers who rarely died of old age. Upon discovering that the vertebrae at the base of the skull are crushed, they realize that the man was hanged. During her search for the truth, Peggy learns that sometimes good people do bad things. Gina McMurchy-Barber received the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and is also the author of Free as a Bird, which was nominated for numerous awards. AGES 9–12 HOST (4:00 – 5:00): CHARLIE SMITH, EDITOR, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

4:00 Susin Nielsen (Vancouver) The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen (Tundra Books $19.99)

Thirteen-year-old Henry’s ordinary life ends when his brother picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house before the family wakes up. What follows shatters their family, forcing them to resume their lives in Vancouver, where no one knows their past. When Henry’s therapist suggests he keep a journal, he resists, but soon confides in it at all hours. Henry eventually befriends a number of oddballs who help him navigate life after “IT.” Susin Nielsen got her start writing a spec script for Degrassi Junior High. She wrote 16 episodes and four Degrassi books. She also wrote award-winning novel Word Nerd and the critically acclaimed Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom. AGES 11–14

4:20 Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Vancouver) Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood (Annick Press $14.95)

Around the world, blood has always been a symbol of both life and death. Today, we have scientific facts about blood, yet it still holds mystery. Open this book to discover the hidden meanings of blood, from its role in ancient sacrifices to its uses in medicine and forensics. Striking black-and-red illustrations feature Harker, a young goth narrator with a relish for all things bloody. As Seeing Red reveals, blood continues to make us cringe while holding us in its thrall. Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written numerous books for young readers, including 50 Underwear Questions, 50 Poisonous Questions, and The Lowdown on Denim. She lives in Vancouver. AGES 10–12

4:40 Kit Pearson (Victoria) Adopted by: Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable And Nothing But the Truth (HarperCollins Canada $19.99)

Polly, the endearing heroine from the CLA Children’s Book of the Year The Whole Truth, is now 13 and following in her sister’s footsteps to a boarding school in Victoria. The adjustment is difficult, and Polly escapes into her dreams of becoming an artist. At least her family is intact again, and there are no more dark and difficult secrets to be hidden. That is, until her sister makes a dramatic confession. Kit Pearson is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, and beloved Canadian children’s author. Her books include The Whole Truth, A Perfect Gentle Knight, The Daring Game, Awake and Dreaming, The Guests of War Trilogy, and a Dear Canada book. AGES 10+



3:20 Caroline Adderson (Vancouver) Adopted by: The Humber School for Writers Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (Kids Can Press $16.95)

Troll Peter’s Adventures

Follow the adventures of a Danish troll boy in this delightful series of 4 children’s books Written by local author Gerda Christensen. Featuring the art of renowned artist Carol Evans.

Books may be purchased online at or by visiting our table on Hamilton Street at WOTS 2012 604•733•1356

COME WRITE YOUR BOOK WITH US The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing January 2013 | May 2013 | September 2013 Contacts: Hilary Higgins 416-675-6622 ext. 3449

Antanas Sileika 416-675-6622 ext. 3448

“A fine introduction to an era before movies and radio . . .”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Glen Huser has written an entertaining and heart-warming story.” —CM Reviews

Sunday, September 30 | Hamilton Street

POETRY TENT Presented by the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association

Poetry in Transit


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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 BC poets published by Canadian publishers. In Vancouver, transit shelters will feature further work by our best poets. A transit bus will be onsite all day displaying this year’s poetry cards. Don’t miss readings from featured 2012 poets Kate Braid, Tom Wayman, Rachel Rose, Billeh Nickerson, Calvin Wharton, and Janet Marie Rogers in the Poetry Tent. p


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


12:00 Daniel Zomparelli (Vancouver) Davie Street Translations (Talonbooks $16.95)

Adopted by: Brian Burtch

Davie Street Translations is a witty, lively, documentary-style series of poems about gay male culture in Vancouver. With versified musical machismo following the San Francisco Renaissance poets, Daniel Zomparelli emphasizes an aesthetic sensibility that pervades the wireless shell of personal relations, facing up to HIV fears, drug culture, porn fantasy, gay bashing, and the aftermath of love letters on Craigslist. Daniel Zomparelli is the editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and program coordinator for the Megaphone magazine Community Creative Writing Program, which offers free creative writing classes for low-income and homeless people.

12:15 Billeh Nickerson (Vancouver) Adopted by: Laura Farina and Emily MacKinnon Impact: The Titanic Poems (Arsenal Pulp Press $14.95)

Published on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, which occurred on the night of April 15, 1912, Impact is an intimate and evocative poetry collection that depicts the tragedy in a series of poetic snapshots. Based on historical research the author conducted in Belfast and his birthplace of Halifax, the poems document not only the history behind the ship’s construction, but what life must have been like for those aboard her maiden voyage and in the years following her sinking. Billeh Nickerson is a poet, author, essayist, anthologist, and performer. His previous collection of poetry is McPoems.

12:30 Daniela Elza (Vancouver) the weight of dew (Mother Tongue Publishing $19.95)

In the weight of dew, Daniela Elza’s debut book of poetry, we are taken on a literal, metaphorical, and philosophical journey through (mostly) British Columbia. Here, in the miles and meditations, Elza opens up a space, familiar, yet forgotten, where we can loosen our grip on the world, inviting a more intimate connection to it. Elza’s language is spacious, yet crystallized. In the weight of dew we arrive, ignorant of the hour, face to face with our reflection, and in such timelessness are gently transformed. Daniela Elza has lived on three continents, crossing numerous geographic, cultural, and semantic borders. She has released close to 200 poems into the wor(l)d in over 50 publications.

12:45 Tim Lilburn (Victoria) Assiniboia (McClelland & Stewart $18.99)


Assiniboia is a richly textured imagining of a Western Canada that could have been. Theatrical and operatic, the book breaks new formal ground in Canadian poetry. Tim Lilburn’s eighth collection gives us a new land peopled by figures from the visionary governments of Louis Riel and from western mysticism, as well as land forms with the power of speech, all acting together as a kind of ghostly army bent on overturning more than a century of colonial practice. Tim Lilburn’s work has received the Governor General’s Award and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. He teaches at the University of Victoria.

POETRY TENT Evelyn Lau, Daniel Zomparelli, Billeh Nickerson, Daniela Elza, Tim Lilburn, Rhea Tregebov, George Murray; Row 2: Susan Steudel, W.H. New, Colin Browne, Janet Marie Rogers, Mercedes Eng, Stephen Collis, Dina Del Bucchia; Row 3: Elizabeth Bachinsky, Ariande Sawyer, Lucia Goria, Alan Hill, Duke Ashrafuzzaman, Yilin Wang, Elaine Woo; Row 4: Ray H., Ben Rawluk, Russell Thornton, Rachel Rose, Bren Simmers, Carol Shillibeer, Fiona Tinwei Lam; Row 5: Crystal Sikma, Katherine Poyner-Del Vento.


1:00 Rhea Tregebov (Vancouver) All Souls’ (Véhicule Press $18.00)

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising, and tender, this collection commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in Rhea Tregebov’s previous collections. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children) and societal (global warming, financial implosion), All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, beauty, and power, it captures life in all its rueful aspects. Rhea Tregebov is the award-winning author of six books of poetry, one historical novel, and numerous children’s books. She is an associate professor in the Creative Writing Department at UBC.

1:15 George Murray (St. John’s, Newfoundland) Whiteout (ECW Press $18.95)

Adopted by:

Named after the surface condition in which no object casts a shadow, the horizon cannot be seen, and only dark objects are discernible, Whiteout explores how accidental voyeurism can force reconsideration and reconciliation. The work of one of Canada’s most challenging writers, a poet at the height of his powers, Whiteout is at once taut, tender, and terrifying, shattering convention in the collision of order and rage, formlessness and hard-won serenity. George Murray’s five previous volumes of poetry include Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms, The Rush to Here, and The Hunter. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with his two sons.

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1:30 Susan Steudel (Vancouver) New Theatre (Coach House Books $17.95)


New Theatre stages a lively foray into spaces geographical and utopian that calls into question the process and nature of meaning. Steudel’s coolly cerebral “Birch” sequence about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s later life muses on power and identity, but is balanced by an intimate autobiographical long poem that gives quieter, equally surprising shorter pieces room to spike and bloom in this assured debut. Susan Steudel is a Vancouver poet. She is the recipient of several awards for her poetry including the Ralph Gustafson Prize, a Bliss Carman Poetry Award, and a Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging artist. New Theatre is her first book.

1:45 W.H. New (Vancouver) YVR (Oolichan Books $17.95)

YVR weaves a suite of lyrics into a long, powerful poem—a citywide Vancouver song. Combining memoir, civic history, love song, and social critique, it’s both a highly personal poem vividly rooted in Vancouver life and a charged portrait of social change. To read this book is to live the city: it will fret you, rankle you, jar you, and surprise you. It will take you into the city that only a few people know, and it will touch your heart. Born and raised in Vancouver, W.H. New has travelled widely, and in both poetry and prose he has written extensively about the social and personal importance of place.


2:00 Colin Browne (Vancouver) The Properties (Talonbooks $19.95)

Adopted by: Mark Milner

Poetry begins when the properties of things reveal themselves through language, that which has been called the veil that can pierce itself. The poems in The Properties record encounters between desire and the repressed or suppressed interstices of social, economic, political, and unconscious forces. They’re alert to correspondences, attentive to the lines of force to which the poet’s family quietly assented in the contested place that is the Northwest Coast of North America. Colin Browne is a critically acclaimed poet, a filmmaker, and a professor at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. His recent work explores the Surrealist fascination with the art of the Northwest Coast.

2:15 Janet Marie Rogers (Victoria) Unearthed (Leaf Press $17.95)

Unearthed is a powerful new collection from this acclaimed Mohawk/Tuscarora writer and spoken word poet. In the three sections of the book Janet deftly explores the ever-shifting territories of what we all struggle to come to terms with in our lives: love, politics, and identity. Eden Robinson has described the collection as “funny and powerful … an intimate journey into a place between poetry and story. The cumulative effect is haunting and devastating—a lovely, searing collection.” Mohawk writer and spoken word performer Janet Marie Rogers hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria, and “Tribal Clefs,” a native music column on CBC’s All Points West.

2:30 Mercedes Eng (Vancouver) Mercenary English (Capilano University Editions $15.00)

A mercenary pursuit to unsettle, rechart, and set ships in motion; a retelling of Missing-and-Murdered-Women media narratives revealing structural interlocking violences; a recording of a rousing to consciousness; a remapping of displacement, gentrification, and community resistance in the Downtown Eastside. Mercenary English is a thinking through a testifying a protest that clamours cries calls for justice. Mercedes Eng is a teacher at Coquitlam College, living writing learning participating in Vancouver.

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In Lever, Stephen Collis continues his lyrical tour de investigation, flinging the machinations of capital accumulation through the fine-net filter of social poetry. A politically and aesthetically complex text, Lever thrums with both music and critique. Collis offers us the material lyric at its best: the entwined rhyme of history and possibility. Stephen Collis is the author of the Dorothy Livesay Award–winning On the Material (Talonbooks, 2010) and the forthcoming To the Barricades (Talonbooks, 2013). In September 2012, Talonbooks published his book on the Occupy movement, Dispatches from the Occupation.

2:55 Dina Del Bucchia (Vancouver) How to Be Sad: A Simple Guide to a Complex Emotion (self-published $6.00)

How to Be Sad: A Simple Guide to a Complex Emotion is a poetic guidebook with step-by-step instructions. Throughout this guide you’ll find a system of unending ways of sadness. Don’t let sadness become a secondary emotion. Take control and find functional sadness that’s right for you. Dina Del Bucchia writes and lives in Vancouver. She maintains three Tumblrs and a column for Canadian Arts Connect magazine. Her first collection of poetry will be released in 2013 with Talonbooks.

3:05 Elizabeth Bachinsky (Vancouver) I Don’t Feel So Good (BookThug $12.00)

I Don’t Feel So Good is a chapbook composed of material selected from the handwritten journals and notes of Elizabeth Bachinsky (1986 to the present). Lines and passages were selected by the roll of a die and appear in the order the die saw fit. The book is dedicated to Vancouver poet Nikki Reimer who lost her brother, Chris, in 2012. Proceeds from the sale of this chapbook will be donated to the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund. Elizabeth Bachinsky’s work has been nominated for awards including the Pat Lowther Award and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. She lives in Vancouver where she is an instructor of creative writing and the editor of EVENT magazine. HOSTS: ARIADNE SAWYER & LUCIA GOREA, WORLD POETRY


World Poetry Reads!


A Fireside Chat with Elaine Woo and Ray H.

The World Poetry Reading Series Society and World Poetry Canada & International were created by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea, providing a needed venue where diverse poets, writers, and those in other artistic disciplines could perform in English and in their language of origin. We bring the voices that otherwise may not be heard, in readings, on radio shows, and on site. In the Vancouver area, there are over 500 World Poetry poets, writers, and musicians from 64 countries including a strong First Nations and Canadian component. Join Ariadne Sawyer and Lucia Gorea as they host three featured poets: Alan Hill (The Upstairs Country, English); Duke Ashrafuzzaman (Poetry from the Vancouver Tagore Society, English and Bengali); and Yilin Wang, (World Poetry Youth Team Leader, English and Chinese). HOST: ELAINE WOO, CREATIVE CONSULTANT TO RICEPAPER MAGAZINE

Presented by Ricepaper Magazine

Ricepaper magazine’s Fireside Chat features writer Elaine Woo’s creative interview of editor and award-winning poet Ray H. about his strict religious childhood and his subsequent descent into deranged performance in adulthood. Be among the first to witness Ray telling of his unravelling. Through her trademark incisive probing, Elaine delivers explosive questions to unearth the evil, the good, and the authentic behind this character, Ray H.—a New Age cultural prophet or merely a pillager of literary tradition?

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2:45 Stephen Collis (Delta) Lever (Nomados Press $10.00)

The Malahat Review


Room Magazine

The Malahat Review presents Ben Rawluk, Russell Thornton, Rachel Rose, and Bren Simmers who will read their poetry contributions to the magazine. Ben Rawluk will read his poems “I Am a Heart” (issue 177, Winter 2011), “A Reasonable Excuse for Lateness,” “Fish Talk Too Much,” “Butches,” and “Heirlooms.” Ben is a UBC graduate and is currently working on a poetry manuscript and a novel. Russell Thornton will read his poems “The Man Who Lives in Cemeteries,” “Nest of the Swan’s Bones,” and “Blade” (issue 178, Spring 2012). His collection Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain is forthcoming in 2013. Rachel Rose will read “Maternal Sapphics,” “Uncut Wood,” and “Aubade: Grendel’s Mother” (all from issue 178, Spring 2012). Rachel has taught at both SFU and UBC. Her collection Song and Spectacle is forthcoming in September 2012. Bren Simmers will read “After the Break-In” (issue 176, Autumn 2011). Her first book of poems, Night Gears, was published in 2010. HOST: LORRIE MILLER, ROOM COLLECTIVE MEMBER

Room magazine presents Carol Shillibeer, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Crystal Sikma, and Katherine Poyner-Del Vento who will read their poetry contributions to the magazine. “The Dock: A Place to Tie Nothing but The World,” a poem by Carol Shillibeer, was published in issue 35.1 of Room. Speaking to and from the various marginal communities that represent Carol’s diverse origins and family, her poetic practice is about finding a language that is both true and coherent. Fiona Tinwei Lam’s poem “September” was published in issue 34.3. In addition to her two books of poetry, her work appears in more than 16 anthologies and her first children’s book, The Rainbow Rocket, is forthcoming with Oolichan Books. Crystal Sikma’s poem “Bell” was a winner of the 2011 Room Poetry Contest (issue 35.2). She has her MFA in creative writing, was the 2008/09 poetry editor for PRISM international, and is currently the co-director of the Robson Reading Series. Katherine PoynerDel Vento’s poems “Second Wedding,” “Third Wedding,” and “Job’s Second Ten Children” appeared in issue 34.4. Katherine teaches at Simon Fraser University and Fraser International College. She is at work on her first novel.

ReadInGS In the cuPe tent (T3) 1:00 Susan McNicoll The Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History 1945-53

Susan McNicoll weaves her interviews with actors of the era with the history of those early post-war professional theatres. Susan McNicoll is the author of six books, the latest of which, The Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History 19451953, has been called “indispensable” and “highly readable” by BC Studies.

2:00 David Lester and Jean Smith Mecca Normal

Mecca Normal guitar player David Lester is the author-illustrator of The Listener graphic novel (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011), and vocalist Jean Smith is the author of two published novels. Mecca Normal tours the West Coast in October to present “How Art & Music Can Change the World” in libraries and classrooms.

3:00 Lynda Grey First Nations 101

First Nations 101 is an easy-to-read primer that provides a broad overview of the diverse and complex lives of First Nations people. It is packed with more than 70 subjects including urbanization, Two-Spirit (LGBTQ), and language preservation. Lynda Gray is the executive director of Vancouver’s Urban Native Youth Association where she put to practice her strong belief in community development, youth empowerment, and culture as therapy. 31




Sunday Schedule





Literary Writes 2012 Federation of BC Writers

pg. 14


Western Living Magazine Nicole Sjostedt

BC Home & Garden Sharon Hanna

pg. 38

subTerrain Barbara Stowe, Madeline Sonik


V6A: Carmen Writing from Rodríguez Vancouver’s DTES

pg. 50


Tom Osborne


Poetry is D Queer Po Pane Annabel Lyon

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Chris Anakana Schofield Gudgeon

Andrew Nikiforuk




Kathe Mon


The Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection



Monkey Mumbo Jumbo

pg. 18


Julie Morstad

pg. 20


Robert Raphaëlle Heidbreder Albert

Poetry in Transit

Caroll Simpson


Nicola I. Campbell


Zomparelli Nickerson



Heather Conn

Alan Woo

Kathy Sager

Rhea George S Daniela Tim Elza Lilburn Tregebov Murray St




Cartooning Work with Robin Thom

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Dixie Star Storytelling

Monkey Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone Mumbo Jumbo

pg. 26


Susan Safyan

pg. 56


Lisa Anne Smith

How to Write a Love Letter Ricepaper Magazine

pg. 58




Sam Bradd & Robin Folvik

The Practice of Prolific Poetry with Madeline Sonik


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Billie Mary Livingston Chapman

pg. 16

pg. 60

Vancouver Squeezebox Circle

Yasuko Thanh




There is No “I” in Reporter Panel

Literary Tête-à-Tête PRISM international


Carnival Band






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Vancouver Hug Day

The Ukesters

Dead oetics el

Rachel Hiromi Hartman Goto

Arthur Black

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Kevin Chong


Glen Huser


Rick Antonson


Stephen Miller

Sylvia Olsen

Lauren Howell

W.H. New

May Q. Wong


Gina Lois Caroline Caroline Lesley McMurchyMcKnight Woodward Peterson Adderson Barber


Sylvia Taylor

Edmond Rivère



Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40

Janet Colin Marie Mercedes Stephen Dina Del Browne Rogers Eng Collis Bucchia


The Upbeats

Owen Stephen Laukkanen Marshe

John Francis Hughes



EVENT Magazine Cathleen With & Evelyn Lau

The Passage of Dreams: The Chung Collection

Susan teudel


Elizabeth Bachinsky

Ricepaper Magazine

World Poetry Reads!


Susin Nielsen


Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Kit Pearson

The Room Malahat Magazine Review



Creating a Silent Comic with Peter Bagge

kshop mpson

Memoir Writing with Naomi Beth Waken

ren Fleet

Tell Me a Story: Orality and Storytelling in a Textual World Panel

2:00 LEGEND:

2:30 Unwritten Word (pg.62)

Creative Insight with the CAA

Five Takes on Genesis: How Ideas Become Non-Fiction Stories Panel

The Roles of Villains and Politics in Storytelling Panel


Health Action Magazine Sondi Bruner

Meredith Quartermain

Brian Calvert & Chris Cannon

W.P. Kinsella


Vancouver Youth Theatre

Room Magazine Readers’ Choice Award

Cristy John Watson Wilson

George Bowering


Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam

Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop with Sad Mag

Peter Bagge



3:30 Writing Workshop

4:00 Young Adult



Magazine Event



CBC Studio 700

Sunday, September 30, 2012 Library Square & CBC Plaza

Authors Tent (T7) pg. 44 Canada Writes Tent (T4) pg. 50 Info/Merchandise Booth (T14) Magazine Life Tent (T9) pg. 38 Mainstage (T15) pg. 14 Sony Reader Lounge (T11) Author Signing Tent (T1) Official Booksellers Tent (T2) 32 Books & Gallery Canadian Union of Public T3 Employees (CUPE) T5 Exhibitor Tent: Barbara Jean Ruther | Debra Prinzing – Outdoor Living Expert | Erich Rautenbach | Jack Cassidy | Joel Mark Harris | Laurie Joyce Pederson | No Guff Press | Treats Designs T6 Independent Publishers Tent: Anvil Press | Caitlin Press | Geist Magazine | Harbour Publishing | Mother Tongue Publishing | Oolichan Books | Ronsdale Press | Simply Read Books | subTerrain T8 Mags BC Tent: Magazine Association of BC | Color Magazine | Langara Journal Review | OCW Magazine | Pacific Rim Magazine | Sad Mag Publishing Society | Vancouver Book Club/Vancouver Is Awesome | ZAMOOF! T10 Mags BC Tent: Canada Wide Media | Dance International | EVENT | | Resource World Magazine | Ricepaper Magazine | Room T12a New Star Books T12b BC Teachers’ Federation T12c Buddha’s Light Publishing T12d Canada Council for the Arts T13a Banyen Books & Sound | Georgia Straight T13b SFU World Literature T13c Book Warehouse

Inside the Library

UPSTAIRS: Silent Auction pg. 62 P1 book’mark, The Library Store P2-3 Friends of the Vancouver Public Library P4 BC Book Prizes P5-6 Vancouver Public Library P7-8 Vancouver Public Library Foundation P9 Vancouver Community College – School of Arts & Science



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The Word Under The Street pg. 60 P10-11 Westcoast Calligraphy Society The Word Under The Street exhibitors: P12 Public Library InterLINK Alison Woodward & Co. | P13 Carnegie Community Centre & The Bavubuka Foundation | Library Cloudscape Comics | Colin Upton P14 Historic Joy Kogawa House Comics | Comic Legends Legal P15 The Alcuin Society Defense Fund | Deep-Sea Comics P16 BC Book Arts Guild | drawing daily| Fun Men Press | P17 Canadian Bookbinders and Book The “How Did You Die?” Show | Artists Guild (CBBAG) – BC Ken Boesem | Lost City Comics | Lower Mainland Chapter Mangy Cur Press | Mint Records DOWNSTAIRS: | Phantacea Publications | Rachael Visual Exhibits pg. 62 Ashe, Altered Books & Art | Word Talks pg. 56 Rosencrantz Comics | Tiny Vices | (The Unwritten Word) Vancouver Comicon Writing Talks pg. 58

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Around the library building: V1-3 SFU Writing and Communications Program V4 Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education and Research Institute V5 Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Creative Writing Department V6 Kwantlen Polytechnic University – English Department V7 Douglas College Professional Writing V8 Humber School for Writers V9 Vancouver School Board Continuing and Adult Education


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V10 Christian Science Reading Room V11 British Columbia Humanist Association V12 Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) V13 Islamic Circle of North America V14 dthere | Pacific Horizon Consulting V15 The Hobbit V16 Society of Translators & Interpreters of BC (STIBC) V17-18 Canadian Authors Association Vancouver Branch V19 Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) V20 Italian Cultural Centre Society

CBC Studio 700 (T16) pg. 16 Info/Merchandise Tent Booth (T26) Family Literacy Tent (T18) pg. 19 Family Stage (T17) pg. 18 Kids Tent (T20) pg. 20 Poetry in Transit Bus (T25) Poetry Tent (T24) pg. 26 Volunteer Tent (T27) Author Signing Tent (T22) Official Booksellers Tent (T23) 32 Books & Gallery T16 UBC Library T19 The Family Exhibitor Tent: BC Coalition for School Libraries | Children’s Writers & Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) | First Book Canada | Gerda Christensen | The Hudson Beavers | ONE TO ONE Literacy | Vancouver Society of Storytelling | The Writers’ Exchange T21a Blue Lantern Studio | Patricia Corbett Bowman T21b The Epoch Times | Leaf Press T21c Barefoot Books | Three Bears Publishing T21d Orca Book Publishers

V21 Happy Science V22 Tara Canada/Share International V23 Association of Book Publishers of BC V24 Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch V25 Crime Writers of Canada V26 Romance Writers of America – Greater Vancouver Chapter PRISM international V27 V28 Knowledge First Financial V29 Surrey International Writers’ Conference V30 Vancouver International Writers Festival V31 Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art V32 The 3-Day Novel Contest V33 The Word Guild V34 The Alcuin Society V35 CARP V36 Usborne Books V37 Meluki Book Marketing V38 Midtown Press V39 4th Write Publishing V40 Asteroid Publishing V41 Banff Centre Press V42 The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel V43 Federation of BCWriters



See site map on pages 34–35 for locations. More exhibitors on page 40 & 61

The 3-Day Novel Contest Produce a masterwork of fiction in 72 short hours! It’s the world’s most notorious literary marathon. V32 4th Write Publishing Eric H. Janzen’s Ever They Fight is a riveting story immersing readers in an adventure through two worlds. V39 The Alcuin Society The Bibliophiles! Visit our booth to see the art of the book at its finest. P15 & V34 Anvil Press publishes contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. T6 Association of Book Publishers of BC represents BC-owned and -controlled publishing companies. Visit our website at V23 Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW) remembers the Internment of Italian Canadians during WWII. History, Memoirs, Essays, Fiction, and Poetry Beyond/ Behind Barbed Wire. V19 Asteroid Publishing We select and promote exceptional Canadianauthored books of a great literary, intellectual, and entertaining value. V40 Banff Centre Press is a publisher of books on contemporary art, literature, and culture. V41 Banyen Books & Sound Canada’s most comprehensive bookstore focusing on Spiritual Traditions, Healing Arts, and Earth Wisdom: T13a Barbara Jean Ruther, Author Saving Snowflakes in My Pocket is a romantic and sensitive story of love’s survival through deception. T5 Barefoot Books An award-winning children’s book publishing company dedicated to bringing high-quality art and story to children from all walks of life. T21c BC Book Arts Guild meets occasionally for presentations and to share works-in-progress. P16 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. P4 BC Coalition for School Libraries is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting school libraries. T19 BC Teachers’ Federation works to provide a strong and stable public education for everyone. T12b


Blue Lantern Studio Specializing in artist-made books, colouring books, and journals for kids, and original handmade greeting cards. T21a Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education and Research Institute The largest group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of Authentic Kabbalah with the entire world. V4 Book Warehouse 632 West Broadway has reopened. The orginal store is now part of the 12 Black Bond Books locations. Visit us online at T13c book’mark, The Library Store is a non-profit store raising funds for the Vancouver Public Library. P1 British Columbia Humanist Association We promote the principles of humanism and using science and reason to understand the universe. V11 Buddha’s Light Publishing An independent book publisher embracing Humanistic Buddhism. Buddha’s Light’s goal is to enable people to realize spiritual practice in everyday living. T12c Caitlin Press publishes culturally significant books with a focus on women and Northern BC. T6 Canada Council for the Arts/ Conseil des Arts du Canada is the national arts funder. Its awards and grants to artists and organizations contribute to a vibrant Canadian arts scene. T12d Canadian Authors Association Vancouver Branch is a local writers’ organization with a strong national presence. Our motto is “Writers Helping Writers.” V17-18 Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) – BC Lower Mainland Chapter We’re a group of bookbinders dedicated to developing a community of people with book arts skills/interests. P17 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 CARP a national, non-partisan, nonprofit organization committed to a “New Vision of Aging for Canada.” V35 Children’s Writers & Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) is a volunteer cooperative organization of published creators of children’s literature. T19

Christian Science Reading Room Your community’s resource centre on spirituality. V10 Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art offers book clubs, writers’ workshops, and art classes to people of all ages. V31 Crime Writers of Canada Explore the latest books and news from BC members of Crime Writers of Canada! V25 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents 80,000 workers in almost every community in BC. T3 Debra Prinzing – Outdoor Living Expert is the author of The 50 Mile Bouquet, a groundbreaking book that documents the emerging “slow flower” movement. T5 Douglas College Professional Writing Study writing, research, editing, and design in our practical, fast-paced professional communication program. V7 dthere publishes worldwide culturally significant books with a focus on humanistic psychology. V14 Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. V24 The Epoch Times is an independent, globally oriented media, published in 17 languages. In Vancouver, enjoy Epoch Times in Chinese or English, print or online: T21b Erich Rautenbach, Author Canadian author of The Unexploded Boer, South Africa’s wildest memoir of the year. T5 Federation of British Columbia Writers offers comprehensive member support and innovative programs throughout the province and online including funded author visits to schools. V43 First Book Canada provides new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy—access to books. T19 Friends of the Vancouver Public Library Members volunteer, fundraise, and advocate in support of the VPL and run book’mark, The Library Store. P2-3 Gerda Christensen, Independent Author A charming collection of four children’s books, featuring the art of Carol Evans. T19 Happy Science provides you with guideposts to happiness both in this world and the next. V21

Harbour Publishing is an awardwinning independent book publisher with a focus on British Columbia history. T6 Historic Joy Kogawa House is situated in the former home of the Canadian author Joy Kogawa (born 1935), where she lived until age six. P14 The Hobbit V15 The Hudson Beavers EcoAwareness for young readers. Helping children help the planet. Teach them while they are young! T19 Humber School for Writers More than 305 of our grads are now published authors. V8 Islamic Circle of North America To promote understanding between religious-cultural groups. V13 Italian Cultural Centre Society Really awesome collection of Italian materials in the Lower Mainland? Italian Cultural Centre’s Library. V20 Jack Cassidy has written two books to illustrate how chaotically beautiful life can be. T5 Joel Mark Harris is an award-winning journalist, novelist, and film producer. T5 Knowledge First Financial Information on free government grants available. Draw for a chance to win a $6,500 RFSP. V28 Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Creative Writing Department Write Here. Write Now. BA Major in Creative Writing. Award-winning faculty, small class sizes. V5 Kwantlen Polytechnic University – English Department Educate your imagination in classes no larger than 35. BA English major and minor options are available. V6 Laurie Joyce Pederson At 22, Pederson embarked on a solo journey around the world. Her memoir brings adventure, romance, fear, and reflection. T5 Leaf Press publishes “poetry only” in trade paperbacks, chapbooks, and online. T21b Meluki Book Marketing represents a wide range of British & Celtic books, maps, prints and calendars. V37 Midtown Press Publishing company specializing in local history and fiction. V38 Mother Tongue Publishing Bold, beautiful regional books - fiction - poetry - biography - photography and the Brave Unheralded Artists of BC series. T6 New Star Books Publishing original poetry and prose literature, and nonfiction about local history, politics, and culture since 1970. T12a No Guff Press Garden coaches chat and they don’t always agree. No Guff Vegetable Gardening: freaking amazing art. T5

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society This unique children’s program provides one-on-one reading tutoring for students by well-trained volunteers. T19 Oolichan Books based in Fernie, B.C. in the Rocky Mountains is a literary press, publishing poetry, fiction and non-fiction titles. T6 Orca Book Publishers Awardwinning, all-Canadian books for children. T21 Pacific Horizon Consulting Enlightening moments are plentiful when you tune into your genius and make friends with frustration. V14 Patricia Corbett Bowman, Author Back in Her Time is a YA time travel to WWII where Taylor meets her young grandfather. T21a Public Library InterLINK Borrow materials from any of the 18 interLINK partner libraries using your local library card! P12 Romance Writers of America – Greater Vancouver Chapter supports and encourages members in their pursuit of a professional career in romance writing. V26 Ronsdale Press British Columbia’s literary press. T6 The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel is located in the heart of the sports and entertainment district of downtown Vancouver. V42 SFU World Literature is designed for students interested in literature from around the globe, languages, crosscultural dynamics, and international travel. T13b SFU Writing and Communications Program Canada’s comprehensive professional and creative writing program, specializing in editing, public relations, and business and technical communication. V1-3 Simply Read Books Award-winning illustrated children’s books with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design, and quality production. Visit us at T6 Society of Translators & Interpreters of BC (STIBC) Certified professionals working in more than 80 language combinations and following a strict Code of Ethics. V16 Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) Children’s books, magazines, and books from a practical Buddhist perspective inspiring compassion, empowerment, and peace through culture and education. V12 Sony Reader Lounge Take a break from all the wonderful on-site events and check out the Sony Reader Lounge on Homer Street. T11

Surrey International Writers’ Conference October 19–21, 2012. Master Classes: October 18, 2012. #Thisdaywewrite @ SiWCTweets V29 Tara Canada/Share International ANY BOOK, ANY PAGE: a bright new world awaits you! British author Benjamin Creme. V22 Three Bears Publishing We publish books that are loaded with fun. Join us for exciting contests and prizes. T21c Treats Designs Try the Book Thong—a fashionable bookmark! Never lose your place or your bookmark again! T5 UBC Library Our 12 branches connect communities within and beyond the university and advance research, learning, and teaching excellence. Connect. Learn. Explore. T16 Usborne Books at Home Children’s publisher of the year 2012. “The only top 20 publisher to have growth every year for the past 10 years.” V36 Vancouver Community College – School of Arts and Science Literacy, adult upgrading, first-year university courses. Start at any level—success with VCC! P9 Vancouver International Writers Festival presents events for readers with writers from around the world. V30 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 to in print and online. P5-6 Vancouver Public Library Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support and enhance Library programs and services for families, marginalized people, multicultural programs, and more. Come find out how you can help your library! P7-8 Vancouver School Board Continuing and Adult Education offers English, math, and many elective courses for adults. Courses are tuition-free for most students. V9 Vancouver Society of Storytelling is committed to oral literatures. Both tellers and listeners enjoy working together! T19 Westcoast Calligraphy Society We study all forms of beautiful handwriting. Visit us for your free personal bookmark. P10-11 The Word Guild is an organization for Canadian writers and editors who are Christian. V33 The Writers’ Exchange inspires kids to love literacy through fun, creative activities, and homework help. T19

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Sunday, September 30 | Homer Street


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

Presented by The Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund HOST (11:00 – 1:00): JANET SMITH, ART/FASHION EDITOR, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

11:00 BC Home & Garden with Sharon Hanna Kale – The Easy-to-Grow Superfood

Kale has come a very long way—formerly a throwaway garnish on someone’s dinner plate, it is now widely declared as the nutrient-dense star in the vegetable world. Join Sharon Hanna, BC Home & Garden contributor and author of national bestseller The Book of Kale, in an informative and lively interactive session. You’ll learn more about how easy kale is to grow as well as how to cook with (and love) this amazing food. Pick up a complimentary kale seedling which will overwinter in your garden or on the balcony! Sharon Hanna is a master gardener who writes, speaks, and teaches in Vancouver. She received the Mayor’s Prize for Environmental Excellence for her inner-city children’s gardening program.

11:30 Western Living Magazine with Nicole Sjostedt Make Your Home Magazine Beautiful

Western Living stylist Nicole Sjostedt shares her simple tricks for transforming a living space into a magazine-worthy home—from big-picture ideas on how to organize, to tips for working with what you’ve already got on hand. Get inspired to add a little wow to your home! Nicole Sjostedt is a lifestyle and fashion stylist for Western Living magazine, and has worked for top companies such as Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, and InStyle UK magazine.

12:00 There Is No “I” in Reporter

Technology has changed journalism and media outlets’ relationship to its audience. The cult of celebrity, Tweeting, blogging, and emerging social media are just some of the phenomena that are putting writers front and centre of the stories they cover. Will the future media environment offer no place for balanced reporting? Will investigative stories take a backseat to rants, raves, and opinion? And should reporters become stars in their own right—or does that hurt journalism? Zool Suleman, a writer/editor (, policy consultant (, and immigration lawyer (, will moderate panelists JJ Lee, an essayist, fashion writer, and author who received a National Magazine Award this year; Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight since 2005, who taught investigative journalism at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for seven years; Kevin Chong, Vancouver author and freelance writer; Roberta Staley, award-winning magazine writer and editor specializing in science and medical stories as well as international reporting from the developing world; and Kathryn Gretsinger, an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Journalism who trains reporters and producers on radio skills and documentary production at CBC Radio. Image credit: Flickr user birgerking | CC by 2.0




Queer Poetics Presented by Poetry Is Dead

Poetry Is Dead brings together six diverse writers whose work will be featured in their upcoming queer issue for a reading as well as a panel discussion. Poets Jen Currin, Leah Horlick, kierst wade, Lydia Kwa, Ben Rawluk, and Antonette Rea will participate in a discussion that will cover a variety of topics including queer issues, the art of failure, and Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). This event will be hosted and moderated by issue editor and Vancouver writer Alex Leslie.



The Sea Legs Pinhole Photography Workshop Presented by Sad Mag

Sad Mag presents a discussion of the Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop conducted with queer youth in partnership with QMunity. There will be a conversation about the objectives of the workshop, a presentation of the printed images produced, feedback from participant Jaedyn Starr, and camera-building stations to check out. In addition, there will be a poetry reading by trans-identified poet Wade Janzen (kierst wade). Wade lives and works in Vancouver, BC. He just completed his first little book of poems entitled Crash.Course in 2011 and is soon to release a second chapbook with the working title $10 Tarot.



The Room Readers’ Choice Award

The Room Readers’ Choice Award debuts at The Word On The Street Vancouver 2012! Join us to hear five semifinalists, selected by our editors from online submissions, read their poetry and flash-fiction, and to cast a vote for your top three. Check the Room magazine website in the days following The Word On The Street to select first, second, and third places. The winner will be published in Room magazine, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and about women, and the runners up will appear on Room’s website. HOST: CAROLYN ALI, FOOD/TRAVEL EDITOR, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

3:30 Health Action Magazine with Sondi Bruner Cheap Eats: Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating doesn’t have to take a hunk out of your wallet—there are plenty of ways to save money at the till without sacrificing taste. Join Health Action magazine contributor Sondi Bruner as she offers you tips that will salvage your cash and your health. Sondi Bruner is a freelance journalist, holistic nutritionist, and food blogger who can’t stop dreaming about what to create in the kitchen.



EVENT Magazine with Cathleen With and Evelyn Lau

This year’s annual EVENT event features two of Vancouver’s finest writers reading from work first published in the pages of EVENT magazine. You’ll hear notes on writing from Cathleen With—the author of skids and Having Faith in the Polar Girls Prison, which won the 2010 Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction—and fresh poetry from Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau—Governor General’s Award nominee and winner of the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry. The reading will be followed by a Q & A session with moderator Elizabeth Bachinsky, editor of EVENT. This literary gathering is not to be missed! 39


Sharon Hanna, Nicole Sjostedt, Zool Suleman, JJ Lee, Charlie Smith, Kevin Chong, Roberta Staley; Row 2: Kathryn Gretsinger, Jen Currin, Leah Horlick, Wade Janzen (kierst wade), Lydia Kwa, Ben Rawluk, Antonette Rea; Row 3: Alex Leslie, Jaedyn Starr, Sondi Bruner, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Cathleen With, Evelyn Lau

MAGAZINE EXHIBITORS Canada Wide Media Limited The largest publishing company in Western Canada with over 45 quality products in digital media and high-end printed publications. T10 Color Magazine is a skateboard culture quarterly with a strong focus on art, music, fashion, film, and photography. T8 Dance International is a quarterly magazine that reflects the desire of dance lovers for dance coverage without borders. T10 EVENT from literary heavyweights to up-and-comers, four decades of award-winning fiction, poetry, nonfiction, notes on writing, and reviews. T10

Geist Whimsical, provocative, funny, eclectic, genially perverse, Geist may be just about the most Canadian magazine around. T6 The Georgia Straight is Vancouver’s leading arts and entertainment publication, publishing every week since 1967. T13a This symbol


Langara Journalism Review, a magazine about personalities, trends, and issues in journalism and media, produced annually by journalism students at Langara College, Vancouver. T8 Magazine Association of BC innovative. provocative. dynamic. grassroots. forward-thinking. people-driven. humorous. ethical. technological. humanitarian.—join us at MagsBC. T8 OCW Magazine is a biannual interdisciplinary art project dedicated to the cultivation of new ways of experiencing art. More info at: T8 Pacific Rim Magazine, produced by Publishing students at Langara College, explores connections between Canada and its Pacific Rim neighbours. T8 PRISM international is Western Canada’s oldest literary magazine and publishes the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and the world. V27 is a non-profit, independent national-newsfocused e-magazine dedicated to providing platforms and perspective unavailable elsewhere in Canada. T10 Resource World Magazine reports on the business of mining, oil and gas, alternative energy and the events that affect these sectors. T10 Ricepaper Magazine is an Asian Canadian arts and culture magazine. T10 Room Magazine Visit Room, Canada’s oldest literary journal by women, for our latest issues and more. T10 Sad Mag Publishing Society A quarterly magazine celebrating art and culture in “No Fun City”— Vancouver, BC. T8 subTerrain has been a source of “Strong Words for a Polite Nation” since 1988. T6 Vancouver Book Club/Vancouver Is Awesome We’re all about promoting and highlighting everything that is awesome in the Vancouver literary scene. T8 ZAMOOF! An interactive fun and games magazines publishes and empowers readers aged 7–12 in making healthy choices. T8

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Readings by fresh new faces and well known voices for the literary scene

Presented by the Georgia Straight



subTerrain with Barbara Stowe and Madeline Sonik

subTerrain magazine presents award-winning writers Barbara Stowe and Madeline Sonik. Barbara Stowe will read “Unfrozen,” which won the short story prize in the 2011 Vancouver International Writers Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. Barbara Stowe is a freelance writer and teaches fiction at Langara College. Madeline Sonik will read “Passing,” the creative non-fiction runner-up in subTerrain’s 2012 Lush Triumphant Literary Awards Competition. Madeline Sonik’s most recent book, Afflictions & Departures, was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. She teaches at the University of Victoria.


11:30 A Literary Tête-à-Tête on Brokenness/Togetherness with Yasuko Thanh and Katie Fritz Presented by PRISM international

Established in 1959, PRISM international publishes the best in contemporary writing from Canada and the world. In its pages, PRISM places established and emerging writers side by side. In that tradition, PRISM is pleased to present two contributors from issue 50:3, both writing on the topic of brokenness/togetherness. Yasuko Thanh’s work has been published in literary magazines across Canada, including PRISM, Prairie Fire, and Descant. The title story from her collection Floating Like the Dead won the 2009 Journey Prize. Katie Fritz was a runner-up in PRISM’s 2012 Non-Fiction Contest for her piece “Rules of Play.” She is one of the voices behind the podcast “Awkward Girls” and is an exciting new force in creative non-fiction. HOST (12:00 – 1:30): SHERYL MACKAY, HOST & PRODUCER OF CBC’S NORTH BY NORTHWEST

12:00 Yasuko Thanh (Victoria) Adopted by: book’mark, The Library Store Floating Like the Dead (McClelland & Stewart; Emblem Editions $22.00)

In this sharply observed and erotically charged collection, Yasuko Thanh immerses us in the lives of people on the knife edge of desire and regret, hungry for change yet still yearning for a home. Many of the characters in these stories are expats, outlaws, and outsiders, some by choice, others by circumstance. Yet in their struggles to be themselves and to belong, they remind us of ourselves. With this seductive and emotionally compelling collection, Yasuko Thanh announces herself as an exciting new voice in Canadian fiction. Yasuko won the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize in 2009. She recently received her MFA from the University of Victoria.

12:20 Billie Livingston (Vancouver) One Good Hustle (Random House Canada $22.95)

Adopted by: Diane Sutherland

The child of con artists, Sammie Bell, 16, always prided herself on knowing the score. But after a hustle gone wrong, her mother slides into an alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death. Horrified by her temptation to help her mother accomplish this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves. With her father gone, she turns to a friend whose parents awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Billie Livingston published her critically acclaimed first novel, Going Down Swinging, in 2000. Since then, her stories have won her multiple awards, including the CBC’s Bookie Prize for Short Fiction for her collection Greedy Little Eyes.


12:40 Mary Chapman (Vancouver) Treacherous Texts (Rutgers University Press $32.50)

When most think of the campaign for women’s rights, they picture humourless old maids. Treacherous Texts disproves this by collecting funny and entertaining literary texts written by smart, savvy writers in an effort to persuade readers to support the woman suffrage campaign. Uncovering startling affinities between popular literature and propaganda, it samples a rich, decades-long tradition of suffrage literature created by writers from diverse racial, class, and regional backgrounds. Mary Chapman has worked as an editor, documentary film researcher, and English professor. Treacherous Texts won the 2011 Popular Culture Association’s Award for Best Anthology in Feminist Popular Culture. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons and votes regularly.

1:00 Annabel Lyon (New Westminster) Imagining Ancient Women (University of Alberta Press $10.95) The Sweet Girl (Random House Canada $29.95)

Adopted by: Judy Taylor

Annabel Lyon’s passion for historical novels and her love of ancient Greece make her lecture on the process of creating characters in historical fiction captivating. She discusses the process of wading through historical sources to craft believable people to whom readers can relate. Finding familiarity with figures from the past and discovering their secrets are the foremost tools of the historical novel writer. In her book The Sweet Girl, Pythias, the daughter of Aristotle, is able to best his students in debate and match wits with Athenian philosophers. Is she a freak or a harbinger of what women can really be? When Alexander dies, sentiment turns against anyone associated with him, and they are forced to flee. Aristotle soon dies and Pythias finds that the world is a place of superstition, not logic, and that a girl can be played upon by gods as much as by humans. Annabel Lyon, a fiction writer and teacher, is the author of the acclaimed historical novel The Golden Mean, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize.

1:30 Peter Bagge (Seattle) Reset (Dark Horse Comics $3.50/comic)


If you could relive major events in your life, would you take a stab at making things better—and would your best attempts only make things worse? Or would you use your second chance to put your most twisted, perverted fantasies in motion? These are questions washed-up actor and comedian Guy Krause asks himself after he signs up to be the main research subject for a virtual reality experiment! Join Robin McConnell for an interview with Reset creator and Harvey Award– winning writer/artist Peter Bagge. 45


Barbara Stowe, Madeline Sonik, Yasuko Thanh, Katie Fritz, Billie Livingston, Mary Chapman, Annabel Lyon; Row 2: Peter Bagge, Rachel Hartman, Hiromi Goto, Cristy Watson, John Wilson, Glen Huser, Meredith Quartermain; Row 3: Stephen Miller, Owen Laukkanen, Stephen Marche


2:00 Rachel Hartman (Vancouver) Seraphina (Doubleday Canada $21.00)

HOST (2:00 – 3:15): KC DYER, AUTHOR Adopted by: CUPE BC

Four peaceful decades have not eased the mistrust between humans and dragons in Goredd. Able to take human form, dragons apply their rational, mathematic minds to ambassadorship and work as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary nears, however, tensions are high. Seraphina fears both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a royal family member is murdered. While a plot to destroy the peace is uncovered, she struggles to protect the secret behind her gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance will make a magical, indelible impression on readers. Seraphina is Rachel Hartman’s debut novel. AGES 12+

2:15 Hiromi Goto (Vancouver) Darkest Light (Penguin Group (Canada) $21.00)

Adopted by: CUPE BC

2:30 Cristy Watson (White Rock) Living Rough (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)

Adopted by: CUPE BC

2:45 John Wilson (Lantzville) Victorio’s War (Orca Book Publishers $12.95)

Adopted by: CUPE BC

Gee, a once monstrous villain of Half World, was adopted as an infant. Now 16, he is despised and feared by his peers. His past catches up with him and compels him to journey to Half World. Abandoning his home, Gee must face what he used to be in order to determine his fate and the fate of the Three Realms. He must fight the monstrous and the horrific in Half World. Most difficult of all, he must overcome his own propensity for evil. Hiromi Goto has written Chorus of Mushrooms, The Kappa Child, The Water of Possibility, and Hopeful Monsters. Her most recent novel, Half World, received the 2010 Sunburst Award. AGES 13+

In most ways, Poe is like the other kids in his school. He thinks about girls and tries to avoid much contact with teachers. He has a loving father who helps him with homework. But Poe has a secret, and almost every day something threatens to expose him. He has no phone number or address to give to friends. Poe and his father are living in a tent on city land. Cristy Watson is a teacher who loves reading and writing poetry and YA novels. She also hosts open-mic readings at her local coffee shop and likes to enter writing contests, especially ones where there is a challenging time limit. AGES 10–14

Jim Doolen discovered his father’s fate in Written in Blood and met Billy the Kid in Ghost Moon. Now, in the final instalment of the Desert Legends Trilogy, he’s a scout for the army in the middle of a brutal war to force Victorio’s Apaches onto a reservation far from their traditional lands. Along with the Desert Legends Trilogy, John Wilson has written more than 30 books for juveniles, teens, and adults. His self-described “addiction to history” has resulted in many awardwinning novels that bring the past alive. AGES 12+

3:00 Glen Huser (Vancouver) The Runaway (Tradewind Books $12.95)

Adopted by: Jennifer Fyffe

It’s 1923 and Leroy is on the run from a couple of abusive cousins. He stumbles into a travelling Chautauqua show where it’s easy to get lost in a crowd—but also easy to lose your heart. This funny and endearing novel will make an absorbing read for 14- and 15-year-olds, boys and girls alike. Glen Huser’s novels for young readers have been highly praised and won a number of awards such as the Mr. Christie Award and the Governor General’s Award. The Runaway was shortlisted for a 2012 BC Book Prize and for the 2013 Chocolate Lily Award. Born and raised in Alberta, he now lives in Vancouver. AGES 13–15

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3:15 Meredith Quartermain (Vancouver) Adopted by: Vancouver Public Library Vancouver Public Library Writer-in-Residence

Vancouver Public Library’s eighth writer-in-residence Meredith Quartermain is known across Canada as an acclaimed writer of urban spaces and an innovator of poetic and narrative form. Her book Vancouver Walking won the 2006 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Nightmarker was a finalist for the 2009 Vancouver Book Award; and Recipes from the Red Planet was a finalist for the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Walrus, Canadian Literature, CV2, Matrix, PRISM, and other Canadian and US magazines, and was recently included in Best Canadian Poetry. She is co-founder of Nomados Literary Publishers, which has published more than 35 books of contemporary writing. HOST (3:40 – 4:40): MARK LEIREN-YOUNG, AUTHOR, PLAYWRIGHT, & SCREENWRITER

3:40 Stephen Miller (Vancouver & Durham, North Carolina) The Messenger (Delacorte Press $28.95)

Daria emerges from a refugee camp a believer and commits herself to a mission with a deadly conclusion. Indoctrinated and trained, she arrives in New York posing as an ambitious journalist. No longer a believer, falsely accused and disgraced Sam is recruited too. But the government that ruined his career now demands his expertise to locate a threat to millions of Americans. While Sam strives toward redemption, Daria desperately seeks rebellion and enlightenment. Their faith will be tested and they will each question the meaning of having something worth dying for. North Carolina born and raised, Stephen Miller is an actor on stage, film, and television as well as the author of plays, screenplays, and novels.

4:00 Owen Laukkanen (Toronto) The Professionals (G.P. Putnam’s Sons $27.50)

Four friends, recent graduates entering a terrible job market, turn to kidnapping to survive. For two years, it works like a charm. Then they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups are after them: the law, in the form of Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback. Eventually, each is forced to recognize the truth: true professionals are those willing to sacrifice … everything. After graduation, Owen Laukkanen answered a Craigslist ad, becoming the reporter for a poker website, travelling from the casinos of Monaco to the card rooms of Atlantic City for three years. He is working on a second book featuring Stevens and Windermere.

4:20 Stephen Marche (Toronto) Love and the Mess We’re In (Gaspereau Press $28.95)

A calligrammatic novel about the power of love in the middle of personal, political, and environmental decay. Viv and Clive are cheating on her husband, Tim, in Buenos Aires, while he is recovering from a nervous breakdown in an insane asylum in Newmarket, Ontario. Through a series of text-shapes drawn from various calligraphies and print cultures, the story emerges of their various attempts at love and betrayal. Stephen Marche is the author of Raymond and Hannah, which was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2006. He currently writes a monthly column for Esquire magazine that was a 2011 finalist for the American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for Commentary.

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Sunday, September 30 | Homer Street


Experience a wide array of stories about near and far, real and imagined, coming of age, love and adventure

Presented by the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund



V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press $19.95)

The anthology V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, published in 2012, is a literary map of one of the most written about yet misunderstood neighbourhoods in Canada. In it, 32 emerging and established writers who have been a part of the DTES community share their poetry, stories and essays. These honest writings reappropriate the coding of the area as “the poorest postal code in Canada” and recast the DTES as a site of creative energy and human dignity. Co-editor Elee Kraljii Gardiner and three contributors will read from the book. HOST (11:20 – 12:00): ROMAN ONUFRIJCHUK, THE PUBLISHING PROGRAM, FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION, ART AND TECHNOLOGY, SFU

11:20 Carmen Rodríguez (Vancouver & Puerto Vallarta) Retribution/ El Desquite (Women’s Press Literary $22.95)

Adopted by: STIBC

When Vancouver artist Tania receives a letter suggesting that her father may not be the man she has always known as such, her world turns upside down. As she strives to understand the implications of this news and delves into her family’s past, Tania discovers the ultimate retribution that her life represents. Set in Chile and Canada, Retribution charts the Martínezes’ journey of struggle and survival from one home to the next as it celebrates the triumph of beauty and dignity over darkness and horror. Chilean-born Carmen Rodríguez is a bilingual writer and educator. In June of this year her novel Retribution was awarded second place in the Best Popular Novel category of the International Latino Book Awards.

Cuando Tania, una artista visual residente en Vancouver, recibe una carta sugiriendo que su padre quizás no sea el hombre que ella siempre consideró como tal, su mundo se trastorna. Mientras se esfuerza por comprender las implicaciones de esta noticia y se adentra en el pasado de su familia, Tania descubre el desquite representado por su propia existencia. Ambientada en Chile y Canadá, El Desquite narra la historia de lucha y sobrevivencia en la vida de los Martínez, su travesía de un país a otro, y celebra el triunfo de la belleza y la dignidad sobre la oscuridad y el horror. La escritora y educadora bilingüe Carmen Rodríguez es oriunda de Chile. En junio de este año su novela El Desquite obtuvo el segundo lugar en la categoría Best Popular Novel de los International Latino Book Awards.

11:40 Tom Osborne (Maple Ridge) Budge (Anvil Press $20.00)

Six months into Louella’s 18-month stint on a weapons charge, her mother dies, and upon an early release, Louella discovers she has inherited a good deal of money and a nice condo in a quiet suburb of Vancouver. It is here that Louella sits in relative anonymity and safety, here that she decides to take some time away from the influence of her former “associates,” tend her mother’s garden, maintain her new-found sobriety, and reassess her life. But, as so often happens, her past comes a callin’. Tom Osborne’s first two novels are Foozlers and Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit (Anvil). He’s illustrated various books and authored several poetry collections. Osborne co-founded Pulp Press and currently resides in Maple Ridge.



Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Carmen Rodríguez, Tom Osborne, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Anakana Schofield, Chris Gudgeon, Andrew Nikiforuk; Row 2: Katherine Monk, Arthur Black, Kevin Chong, George Bowering, W.P. Kinsella, Brian Calvert, Chris Cannon; Row 3: Rick Antonson, John Francis Hughes, May Q. Wong, Sylvia Taylor, Edmond Rivère


12:00 Elisabeth de Mariaffi (St. John’s, Newfoundland) How to Get Along with Women (Invisible Publishing $16.95)

A sharply original debut collection, How to Get Along with Women showcases Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s keen eye and inventive voice. Infused with a close and present danger, these stories tighten the knot around power, identity, and sexuality, drawing the reader into the pivotal moments where—for better or for worse—we see ourselves for what we truly are. Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s fiction has been published in the New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, This Magazine, and the Puritan, and is taught as part of the short story curriculum at the University of Waterloo. She is a former host of the popular Pivot at the Press Club reading series.

12:20 Anakana Schofield (Vancouver) Malarky (Biblioasis $19.95)

Malarky is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing. Comic, moving, eccentric, and spare, Anakana Schofield’s debut novel introduces a brilliant new voice to contemporary fiction. Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. She contributes to the London Review of Books, The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, The Globe & Mail and the Vancouver Sun. She has lived in London and Dublin, and now resides in Vancouver. Malarky is her first novel.

12:40 Chris Gudgeon (Victoria) Song of Kosovo (Goose Lane Editions $29.95)

The story of a young man coming of age during the Balkan wars of the late 1990s in a novel that is as witty as it is profound. Caught up in the insanity of war and the capers of a manic, larger-than-life father, Zavida Zanković awaits trial for a dizzying array of charges. Telling his story to his beautiful court-appointed lawyer, Zavida picks up the threads of his past to spin an audacious narrative at once hilarious and heartbreaking. Victoria’s Chris Gudgeon is the author of numerous books, including national bestseller An Unfinished Conversation: The Life and Music of Stan Rogers. He writes for radio, television, film, and print.



1:00 Andrew Nikiforuk (Calgary) The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude (Greystone Books $29.95)


The Energy of Slaves is a radical analysis of our master-and-slave relationship to energy and a call for change. Oil has transformed politics, economics, science, agriculture, gender, and even our concept of happiness. But as Andrew Nikiforuk argues in this provocative new book, we still behave like slaveholders in the way we use energy, and that urgently needs to change. Andrew Nikiforuk is a well-known Canadian journalist whose work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and Canadian Family. His books include Pandemonium, Saboteurs, and Fourth Horseman.

1:20 Katherine Monk (Vancouver) Adopted by: Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell (Greystone Books $22.95)

Joni is an illuminating portrait of one of Canada’s most brilliant and defiant musical icons. This new portrait of the reclusive singer examines how significant life events—failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness—have influenced her creative expression. Katherine Monk captures the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject in this offbeat account, weaving in personal reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who remains misunderstood. Katherine Monk is a national movie journalist for Postmedia News Service. Before becoming a national reporter, she worked at the Vancouver Sun as a movie critic, pop music critic, and news reporter.

1:40 Arthur Black (Salt Spring Island) Looking Blackward (Harbour Publishing $19.95)

Adopted by: Clarence Penwell

The comical, critical, and curious Arthur Black presents a classic collection of humorous tales in Looking Blackward. From the man who wins medals for humour, Looking Blackward analyzes a paranoid, hypersensitive, melodramatic society. The headlines to which we have become so accustomed are observed through a different lens in the book, revealing the absurdity of our ideas and decisions. Looking Blackward is a colourful collage of stories from small-town antics to international farces. Arthur Black has written numerous books, three of which won him the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He hosted CBC Radio One’s Basic Black program for nearly 20 years, and is the author of a syndicated newspaper column. HOST (2:00 – 3:00): JERRY WASSERMAN, ACTOR, CRITIC, UBC THEATRE PROFESSOR

2:00 Kevin Chong (Vancouver) Adopted by: Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU My Year of the Racehorse (Greystone Books $22.95)

My Year of the Racehorse is the story of a man, a horse, and a foul-mouthed trainer in the formerly glamorous world of horse racing. Written with keen observational humour, the story is strewn with fascinating tidbits and infused with the excitement and faded glamour of the horse-racing world. Ultimately, it is the moving tale of a young man’s discovery that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances. Kevin Chong is the author of four books, including Neil Young Nation and the novels Baroque-a-Nova and Beauty Plus Pity. He is an editor and teaches creative writing at UBC.

2:20 George Bowering (Vancouver) Pinboy (Cormorant Books $32.00)

Adopted by: Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

As a teenager, legendary Canadian poet George Bowering lived the life of an ordinary boy. He loved baseball, read Westerns, held a part-time job, and fantasized about girls and women. George was due for a sexual awakening, which arrived when he was 15. What took place was anything but ordinary when George found himself vying for the affections of three different women: his first love, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and one of his high school teachers. George Bowering was the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. In 1993, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2004 received the Order of British Columbia.


Butterfly Winter is the story of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins whose divine destiny for baseball begins with games of catch in the womb. Events in the brothers’ fictional homeland of Courteguay, including the outlawing of baseball, continually shape their lives. They are monitored by the Wizard, a mysterious figure who travels by hot-air balloon and controls events behind the scenes. In his last years he tells the story of the twins to a skeptical “gringo” journalist. W.P. Kinsella is Canada’s legendary storyteller and the author of dozens of published works. His most famous novel, Shoeless Joe, was turned into the Hollywood hit Field of Dreams. HOST (3:00 – 4:00): MARK FORSYTHE, CBC’S BC ALMANAC

3:00 Brian Calvert & Chris Cannon (Vancouver) Adopted by: Liesl Jauk America, but Better: The Canada Party Manifesto (Douglas &McIntyre $16.95)

Based on their hilarious viral campaign, a new satirical political party announces its CANADAcy for president of the United States. America, but Better combines the doctrine of American exceptionalism with a dose of Canadian humility and common sense. This manifesto of the Canada Party offers a helping hand to its southern neighbours before Americans begin chanting, “Yes We Canada.” Brian Calvert is a Canadian, retired molecular biologist, and current actor, writer, and comedian. Chris Cannon is an American writer. He is the author of four books on music and travel, and his writing and photography have appeared in Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Billboard, and many others. Both reside in Vancouver, BC.

3:20 Rick Antonson (Vancouver) Adopted by: Bryan Pike Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street (Dundurn Press $26.99)

In this exhilarating, heartbreaking book, Rick Antonson and his travel nemesis, Peter, journey through eight states, seeking all that remains of Route 66. It blends surprising vignettes with obscure stories by personalities like Al Capone, the Harvey Girls, Salvador Dalí, Mickey Mantle, Cyrus Avery, and songster Bobby Troup, “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”. Antonson’s fresh perspective on the route’s harsh history underpaints a canvas of stories about the road’s rise to fame and its fall from grace. Rick Antonson is the president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver and a former ambassador for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is the author of To Timbuktu for a Haircut.

3:40 John Francis Hughes (Vancouver) Nobody Rides for Free: A Drifter in the Americas (BookThug $24.00)

This mosaic-travellogue chronicles former bike courier John Hughes’s rambles through Latin America on a bicycle. Throughout his adventures we learn about con artistry, fear, and kindness set against the imposing backdrop of everything we think we know about the Americas. Nobody Rides for Free sheds light on obscure 1990s road culture while gearing itself to the needs of anyone with a desire to run from their demons on the open road. John Francis Hughes is a long-time bike courier, reporter, adventurer, and now first-time author. Reporting gigs at CBC and at Co-op Radio in Vancouver sharpened his pencil to a fine-enough point that writing Nobody Rides for Free became inevitable. HOST (4:00 – 4:40): JEN SOOKFONG LEE, AUTHOR & BROADCASTER

4:00 May Q. Wong (Victoria) Adopted by: Eponymous Productions A Cowherd in Paradise: From China to Canada (Brindle & Glass Publishing $24.95)

This is the remarkable true story of Wong Guey Dang and Jiang Tew Thloo. Married for over 50 years, they were forced to live apart for 25 because of Canada’s exclusionary immigration laws. In China, Ah Thloo survived natural disasters, wars, and revolutions; in Canada, Ah Dang overcame discrimination to become a successful Montreal restaurateur. Set against China’s turbulent march toward becoming an economic leader, this is a moving tale of one couple’s search for love, family, and forgiveness. May Q. Wong was born to Chinese immigrants and raised in Montreal. She was educated at McGill and UVic, and spent her career in the BC Public Service. This is her first book. 53


2:40 W.P. Kinsella (Cascade Mountains of BC) Butterfly Winter (Great Plains Publications $29.95)

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“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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It’s 1981, and Sylvia Taylor has signed on as rookie deckhand on a salmon troller to help make money for university. For four months, she helps navigate the dangerous waters of the Pacific, learning the ways of fisher folk with a steep and unforgiving learning curve. Sylvia’s memoir bursts with the humour and hell of the Pacific, and captures a time when the fishing industry wasn’t yet marred by overfishing or hyper-regulation. Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and former director of the Federation of BC Writers. She is co-creator of Surrey Stories, a monthly writer/speaker series in conjunction with the City of Surrey Libraries. HOST: LOUIS ANCTIL, MIDTOWN PRESS

4:40 Edmond Rivère (Kelowna) Adopted by: Midtown Press Father Pandosy: Pioneer of Faith in the Northwest (Midtown Press $19.95)

Jean-Charles Pandosy grew up in Marseilles, where he joined the Oblates. He then travelled to the Pacific Northwest as a missionary. He is most remembered as the founder of the Okanagan Mission, later to be encompassed in the city of Kelowna. Edmond Rivère is also from Marseilles and currently lives in Kelowna. He is a professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Curious about his predecessor to Kelowna, he researched Father Pandosy’s life and letters.

Jean-Charles Pandosy a grandi à Marseille où il s’est joint aux Oblats. De là, il se rendit aux frontière de l’Ouest pour devenir missionnaire auprès des autochtones. L’histoire se rappellera de lui comme étant le fondateur de l’Anse-au-sable qui deviendra par la suite Kelowna. Edmond Rivère, lui-même des environs de Marseille, curieux à propos de son prédécesseur à Kelowna, fera des recherches sur lui et sa correspondance.

Thank you Vancouver. The Historic Joy Kogawa House was nominated as one of the 125 historic sites that matter to Vancouverites during the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter project celebrating Vancouver’s 125th birthday.

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4:20 Sylvia Taylor (Surrey) The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast (Heritage House Publishing $17.95)

Sunday, September 30 | Inside the Library

WORD TALKS Inside, downstairs alma Vandusen Room

Please note that all workshops are limited to 30 participants so early queuing is recommended.

Writing insights and the art of storytelling explored


11:30 Susan Safyan (Vancouver) All Roads Lead to Wells: Stories of the Hippie Days (Caitlin Press $26.95)

In the late 1960s and ’70s a small group of idealistic young women and men moved to the tiny BC town of Wells. These hippies, with their waist-length hair and handlebar moustaches, brought with them a Canadian version of the continent-wide back-to-the-land movement, the sexual revolution, and the privilege of personal freedom. All Roads Lead to Wells tells the story of their migration, their values, their unexpected friendships with the town’s old-timers, and the inevitable clash of generations and cultures. Susan Safyan lived in Wells from 1980 to 1985, and is dedicated to collecting and preserving its stories. She works as an editor for Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver, BC.

12:00 Lisa Anne Smith (Vancouver) Our Friend Joe: The Untold Story of Vancouver’s First Lifeguard (Ronsdale Press $21.95)

When a young black man named Joe Fortes arrived in Vancouver in 1885 with little to his name, no one could have suspected that one hundred years later he would be voted “Citizen of the Century.” This is the first biography of the West Indian sailor who “discovered” English Bay and became its official lifeguard, saving dozens of lives and teaching three generations of Vancouver children how to swim. His legacy continues today, with one of Vancouver’s libraries named after him. Lisa Anne Smith is an education docent at the Museum of Vancouver and a curator for the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum. She lives with her husband and two children. HOST (12:45–2:00): SEAN CRANBURY, BOOKS ON THE RADIO PROJECTS

12:45 Sam Bradd & Robin Folvik (Vancouver) May Day: A Graphic History of Protest (Between the Lines $6.95)

In this session, two members of the Graphic History Collective will talk about their recent project, May Day: A Graphic History of Protest. The talk will include slides from the comic, an overview of the unique collective structure of the group, and a discussion on why comics are an accessible way of sharing information and of popular education. Sam Bradd is an illustrator and graphic recorder whose art brings together communications, creativity, and community. Robin Folvik is a researcher whose main areas of interest are history, feminism, protest, and labour.

1:15 Darren Fleet (Vancouver) Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics (Seven Stories Press $29.99)

From the editors and magazine that ignited the Occupy Wall Street movement, Meme Wars lays out the next steps in remaking our world with a new economic paradigm. Featuring the leading heretics in economic theory today, this 400-page real-world economics textbook is Adbusters’ greatest creative and intellectual endeavour yet, aspiring for nothing less than regime change in university economics departments across the globe. The book is brimming with full-colour images, spoofs, and essays, all edited in the uniquely Adbusters style. Darren Fleet is an award-winning journalist and senior editor at Adbusters magazine. He has a master of journalism from UBC and is a former media trainer with Journalists for Human Rights. 56

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2:00 Memoir Writing窶年o More Procrastination! With Naomi Beth Wakan

This writing workshop will offer suggestions as to how to get going with the writing of your memoirs, themes to help you organize them, and a consideration of the reasons that make memoir writing such a sensible thing to be doing later in life. Naomi Beth Wakan is the author of more than 40 books, including the popular Late Bloomer: On Writing Later in Life, and her recently published A Roller-Coaster Ride: Thoughts on Aging. Join her for a lively look at your life.



Tell Me a Story: Orality and Storytelling in a Textual World

Presented by The Arts Report on CiTR 101.9 FM (Wednesdays, 5:00 pm)

From its roots to its modern resurgence, oral storytelling is alive and ever changing, predating and transcending the written word. This panel brings together four lively storytellers to celebrate the unique traits, challenges, and opportunities of oral storytelling across cultures, traditions, and approaches. Host Maegan Thomas is the arts director at CiTR. She writes occasionally, reads a lot, and talks all the time. Panelists: Sirish Rao is a writer from India, directing Tara Books for 11 years, and is founding artistic director of the Indian Summer Festival; Dr. Woodrow Morrison, BA, JD, is a respected Haida Elder, president of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling, and director of the Northwest Indian Storytelling Association; Candice James is Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster and president of the Federation of BC Writers and of Slam Central Spoken Word; Lizzy Karp is the co-founder of the Vancouver-based live storytelling series Rain City Chronicles, and since 2009 she has worked with people across the city to share their story on stage and online. HOST: BOB MACKAY, CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION VANCOUVER


Creative Insights Presented by Canadian Authors Association Vancouver

Creative Insights from two outstanding CAA members: Patrick Taylor, who will read and illustrate the use and importance of setting in his work; and Dennis E. Bolen, with his partner Soressa Gardner, who will discuss and perform poetics with electronic accompaniment. Patrick Taylor, who will travel from remote Salt Spring Island to be here, is the author of the Irish Country Doctor series; all six of the series have been Globe & Mail bestsellers. Dennis E. Bolen, MFA, has been a journalist, magazine editor, and advocate for the arts. His presentation will include his thoughts on poetics and his progression as a writer. Dennis lives in Vancouver.

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Sunday, September 30 | Inside the Library

WRITING TALKS Inside, downstairs Peter Kaye Room

Writing explored; love letters, poetry, villains, politics and developing ideas

Please note that all workshops are limited to 30 participants so early queuing is recommended. Ray Hsu, Madeline Sonik, Stephen Miller, Carmen Rodríguez, Dennis E. Bolen, Marcus Youssef, Stephen Marche; Row 2: Daniel Wood, Lori Henry, Heather Pringle, Joel Bakan, Ian MacKenzie


How to Write a Love Letter with Ray Hsu

Presented by Ricepaper Magazine

Join Ray Hsu, award-winning poet, as he leads a hands-on workshop on the basics of writing a love letter. Get your romance on and get it on paper. Ray will provide samples of successful love letters as well as a list of dos and don’ts. This workshop is as much fun as it is cute! Ray Hsu is the editor of Ricepaper as well as a poet. His books include Anthropy and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon. Ray lives in Vancouver, where he teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Bring pencil and paper.

12:30 The Practice of Prolific Poetry with Madeline Sonik

Whether you’re already a productive poet or a bard in the making, this fun, exercise-based workshop, which focuses on constrained writing techniques, will have you producing new works while reviewing some of the fundamental tricks of the writer’s trade. Bring a pen, some paper, and a mind open to possibilities. Madeline Sonik is an eclectic award-winning author and anthologist. She currently teaches in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria.


The Roles of Villains and Politics in Storytelling

Writers from different genres will discuss the process of articulating the villain and the politics of a story. What role does politics play in the story? How does the writer select the villain, how complex is their character, are they sympathetic or diabolical? Do personal prejudices come into it when selecting the villain or the political perspective? Or does the potential audience influence the decisions? Stephen Miller will moderate the panel, with Carmen Rodríguez (non-fiction), Dennis E. Bolen (fiction), Marcus Youssef (playwright), and Stephen Marche (books and magazines).

3:00 Five Takes on Genesis: How Ideas Become Non-fiction Stories

Presented by SFU Writing and Publishing

Listen in as these professionals discuss assessing an idea for its suitability for a certain genre; doing the brainstorming and research to advance the idea; finding the angle, point of view, and focus; making the pitch to the appropriate market; and what happens next. Daniel Wood is one of Canada’s best-known magazine writers, winner of 34 writing awards and author of 14 books. Lori Henry is a writer, author, blogger, and publisher with a focus on travel, Heather Pringle is a Vancouver author whose fascination with archaeology leads her to strange places and peculiar encounters. Joel Bakan is an author, filmmaker, and a professor of law at UBC. His work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of law. Ian MacKenzie is a media activist. His recent short films include The Revolution Is Love and Sacred Economics.


Leaving her home in Victoria at the age of 22, Laurie J. Rutherford Pederson embarked on a solo journey of 365 days, beginning in December 1976. From a near-fatal motorcycle accident on Bali to a brush with death at the Israel-Lebanese border, and the local people in between there is adventure, romance, fear and reflection.

Meet Laurie at Exhibitor Tent T5 to hear about her journey. Laurie Pederson lives in Victoria, B.C. with her husband Ned, She’s currently working on a novel based on her grandfather’s experiences as an early twentieth-century Shanghai merchant.

Sunday, September 30 | Inside the Library

THE WORD UNDER THE STREET Inside, downstairs alice MacKay Room

Gord Hill, Robin Thompson, Peter Bagge


Local independent comic book artists, illustrators, and publishers, plus workshops on comics and cartooning

Please note that all workshops are limited to 20 participants so early queuing is recommended.

DIY Comic Workshop with Gord Hill

Comics are a great way to communicate and express ideas to others. This workshop is a low-budget, do-it-yourself approach to making comics. Participants will learn step-by-step basics to designing and producing comics, including page layout, panel design, and pencilling and inking. Gord Hill is a descendent of Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, and Scottish peoples. His artwork includes logos, graphics, T-shirts, paintings, carvings, and comic books.


Cartooning Workshop with Robin Thompson

Pick up a pencil and learn how to create awesome comic and video game characters like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Robin Thompson is an illustration instructor at Emily Carr University, comic book artist of Captain Spaceman, and freelance artist. He recently curated his own comic book event “Emily-Con” as part of the university’s Comix Workshop series. AGES 11–16

3:00–4:00 Creating a Silent Comic: How to Tell a Story without Using Words with Peter Bagge

This simple comic strip workshop involves telling a story relying solely on imagery and forgoing all text. The purpose is to both learn and emphasize the visual aspect of comic strip storytelling. Starting with a one panel drawing, participants will then be encouraged to expand their panel (or even page) count following this same simple rule. How ambitious one wants to be is totally up to the participant. Alternative comic book artist Peter Bagge is best known for the Hate series, featuring alter ego Buddy Bradley. Peter is also a regular contributor to Reason and MAD magazines, and has produced several graphic novels and miniseries for Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, DC/Vertigo, and Marvel.

Celebrating the unwritten word Learn what this symbol means on page 62 then check out similar programming and exhibits throughout the festival.


the WORd undeR the StReet

EXHIBITORS Alison Woodward & Co. is an independent illustrator and producer of zines who loves to draw odd and whimsical things. The Bavubuka Foundation Providing spaces to empower young leaders in Uganda using a creative and indigenous hip-hop approach. Cloudscape Comics Society is a community of comic creators in Vancouver, who publish and distribute graphic novels. Colin Upton Comics has been lovingly crafting Vancouver’s finest handmade mini-comics since 1985. Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund provides financial relief for Canadian comics, professionals, or readers whose right to free speech has been infringed by civil authorities. Deep-Sea Comics Meet the author of Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman! drawing daily comics about dancing cockroaches, flying laserskulls, time-traveling rodents, cosmonauts and incompetent doctors, that’s drawing daily. Fun Men Press Vancouver’s best in independent comics and art! Collectible art cards! Art Prints! T-shirts! Believe it!! The “How Did You Die?” Show Fictional Tales for the Un-Dead featuring colourful and evocative art and text.

Presented by Mint Records

Ken Boesem Vancouver-based Ken Boesem is a Canadian comic book historian and internationally published cartoonist. Lost City Comics Jonathon Dalton draws comics about strange worlds and the ordinary people who live in them. Mangy Cur Press Seller of fine comics, sculpture, and paintings. Come and see! Mint Records Home to Nardwuar, The Pack a.d., Hot Panda, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Kellarissa, and many, many more. Phantacea Publications The ongoing battles between the gods and goddesses and the demons and monsters of ancient mythologies are chronicled throughout Jim McPherson’s Phantacea Mythos. Rachael Ashe, Altered Books & Art is an emerging multidisciplinary artist working in altered books, collage, and paper cutting. Rosencrantz Comics Jesse enjoys creating art for comics and animation, he even does drawings of anything for $5! Tiny Vices Mei K is a self-taught artist/illustrator based in Vancouver. Check out her work at! Vancouver Comicon Producers of comic book and pop culture memorabilia shows for over a decade. Visit us at

BId In the SIlent auctIOn Inside the Library Upstairs Promenade COME BID in our annual Silent Auction! Check out all the great deals, treat yourself to something fabulous, and at the same time support The Word On The Street festival. 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.


Sunday, September 30 | 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 could find yourself inspired to create your own treasures! 11:00 - - - - - - - Gina Page, Tunnel Books 12:00 - - - - - - - Charlie Mayrs, Letterpress Books—display and informal discussion 1:00 - - - - - - - - Suzan Lee, Coptic Bindings 2:00 - - - - - - - - Gale Buffett, Fine French Bindings 3:00 - - - - - - - - Jan Janovick, Fasteners and Enclosures 4:00 - - - - - - - - Adele Shack, Stab-Stitch Binding

dOWnStaIRS In the MOat Real Live Love Letters

Presented by Ricepaper magazine

The Sea Legs Pinhole Photography Display

Presented by Sad Mag

A visual display of real love letters. Check out these heartfelt love letters and get inspired to write your own. You can join the workshop in Writing Talks at 11:00 am to get tips from Ray Hsu on the art of writing from your heart. A visual display of images from the Sea Legs pinhole photography workshop conducted with queer youth in partnership with QMunity and printed in Issue 10: Vanimaux of Sad Mag. Learn more about this workshop in the Magazine Life Tent at 2:00 pm.

dOWnStaIRS In the alIce MacKay ROOM Carnegie Centre Chapbook Exhibition and Sale

Chapbooks created during Saturday’s workshop at Carnegie Centre will be on display and for sale! Chapbooks—short, self-published, homemade books—are an important tool that allow writers to circulate their work quickly and cost-efficiently. Please support their efforts! Participants will display and sell their work on September 30 in the Alice MacKay Room as part of Sunday’s The Word On The Street at Library Square. See Carnegie Centre programming (page 9) for more information about the workshop.

aROund the FeStIVal SIte The Unwritten Word

The Unwritten Word is a new programming initiative for 2012 and it explores the power and impact of story that is not in written form. All of the activities for this initiative are marked in the program guide with the Unwritten Word icon. Two of the components will be on display near the entrances to the library: Reliquum, “the remaining” or “the things yet to be,” will be an exhibition of various photographs collected from publishers, editors, authors, and individuals from the BC literary community. The basis behind the selection of each photograph will be that it helped to inspire the individual to conduct their everyday work as local “producers” or “agents” of literary culture. The public will have the opportunity to view what impacts the minds of these creators. The collection is a contemplation on unwritten words. St. George Rainway is Vancouver’s first officially sanctioned street mural and an installation that captures the story of its creation will be on display at the festival. The images and impressions selected for the mural respond to historical narratives, present context and future visions. It is a fitting addition to the Unwritten Word.



CUPE BC represents more than 2,500 public library workers in British Columbia who: Provide assistance for important public research Help young people through their high school and postsecondary education

Organize events connecting authors with readers Help new immigrants adjust to their adopted home

Support literacy programs and reading development.

Most of all, CUPE library workers listen to you in building cultural collections based on your community. CUPE members are proud to provide the public services that all British Columbians value.

Congratulations to the organizers of Word on the Street for bringing our communities closer together every year to support literacy and the written word! -


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The Word On The Street Vancouver – 2012 Program Guide  

The Word On The Street is Vancouver's largest book and magazine festival. The festival takes place the last weekend of September: September...

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