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TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Welcome 5 Festival Partners FRIDAY PROGRAMMING 6 Banyen Books & Sound 6 Historic Joy Kogawa House SATURDAY PROGRAMMING 8 Carnegie Centre SUNDAY PROGRAMMING 32-33 Schedule at a Glance 30-31 Site Map 14 Exhibitor Marketplace Homer Street 12 Mainstage 18 Magazine Life Tent 20 Magazine Exhibitors 24 Authors Tent 34 Canada Writes Tent Hamilton Street 40 Poetry Tent 44 Family Literacy Tent 46 Kids Tent 52 Raise-a-Reader Corner Inside the Library 56 The Word Under the Street 58 Word Talks 60 Writing Talks 62 Visual Exhibits

Thank you to our official bookseller, People’s Co-op Bookstore. Meet authors after their readings and have your books autographed at the Official Book Sales tents. Personalized books make treasured gifts! 3


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

All of us involved with putting together the annual The Word On The Street Vancouver welcome you to all four of our venues this year: Library Square, Carnegie Centre, Banyen Books & Sound and Historic Joy Kogawa House. The big news this year is that we have expanded to a threeday event. So please join us in making this special year a huge success.

Rebus Creative Staff: Trevor Battye, Samson Tam, Monica Miller, Jessica Sutherland, Kristie Poole, Bryan Pike, Karen Green, Val Mason

On Friday evening join us at either Historic Joy Kogawa House and meet their writer in residence, Susan Crean, or at Banyen Books & Sound for an opportunity to experience Carolyn Herriot reading from her extremely popular book, The Zero Mile Diet: A YearRound Guide to Growing Organic Food. On Saturday come on down to the Carnegie Centre and explore the wonderful programming we have developed there as a special addition to our traditional Sunday programming. And of course on Sunday, there is the Festival site you all know and love. A variety of exhibitors will grace the bustling Marketplace, an amazing bunch of authors will read from their most recent books, there is a wide variety of interesting workshops and panels, and magazines will be showcasing themselves and some of their contributors. The Mainstage will be hopping with culturally diverse performers, The Word Under The Street will expose the cutting edge of comic books and zines, and don’t miss the visual exhibits in the downstairs Moat of the Library. There is great programming for families and kids on Literacy Lane: Participate in bookmaking and button making in the Family Literacy Tent, be entertained by authors reading and storytellers, and be sure to get involved in the Scavenger Hunt. The primary mission of The Word On The Street Festival—which is held coast to coast, in six Canadian cities—is to promote reading, writing and literacy while showcasing the depth and diversity of our publishing industry. Join authors, publishers, booksellers, storytellers, performers and thousands of book lovers for this 17th year of the festival. Be sure to check out the program guide and select the activities you don’t want to miss. Be entertained and inspired. We want to thank our sponsors, funders, exhibitors and volunteers for their commitment to the festival and you, our visitors from near and far, who gather to celebrate with us the joy of reading and writing. — Rebus Creative / The Word On The Street Vancouver Team and The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society Board of Directors

CONNECT WITH US ONLINE 4 twitter: @wotsvancouver

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The Word On The Street also gratefully acknowledges the support of Banyen Books & Sound, Bonchaz Bakery Café, Historic Joy Kogawa House, Mint Records, and Panago. The Word On The Street Vancouver is made possible with the support of many individuals, businesses and organizations, including Kathleen Barber, Rita Buchwitz, Beth Davies, Jackie Ferris, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Sharman King, Jason Lee, Gerilee McBride, Ann-Marie Metten, Ken Paquette, People’s Co-op Bookstore, Darren Puffer, Jean Rasmussen, Wes Regan, Margaret Reynolds, Byron Sheardown, Jodi Sprackman, Jacob Steele, Heidi Waechtler, Patti Wilson, 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, Val Mason, Bryan Pike, Kristie Poole, and Jessica Sutherland Production Manager . . . . . . . Ann Phelps, Xtendia Productions Ad Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Battye Festival Assistants. . . . . . . . Jessica Sutherland and Samson Tam Program Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monica Miller

Vancouver Board of Directors Chair & National Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Milner Past-Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Edwards Financial Officer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jean Kavanagh At-Large. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Anctil, Emily MacKinnon, Trish McGrath, Suzanne Norman, Tracy Stefanucci, Timothy Taylor, and Ray Viaud Honorary Board of Directors Don Atkins, Lorna Crozier, William Deverell, Jack Hodgins, Peter Ladner, Patrick Lane, Evelyn Lau, Alma Lee, Audrey Thomas, and Max Wyman National Illustrations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen Johnson Poster and 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 over $20. Federal Charitable #89896 1180 RR0001. BC Society Act #S33376. If you would like to be a part of The Word On The Street in 2012, contact us about volunteering or sponsorship benefits. T: 604-684-8266 | Suite 901–207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7 | 5


Carolyn Herriot, Laura Bucci, Susan Crean

6:30 – 8:00 pm Talk & Book Signing with Carolyn Herriot The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food

3608 W. 4th Avenue

Carolyn Herriot lives on a zero-mile diet by growing all the fruit and vegetables she eats in her backyard. With the aid of stunning photographic images, Carolyn Herriot will inspire you to create your own year-round edible landscapes for greater self reliance. Carolyn Herriot is a bestselling author and one of BC’s top organic-gardening gurus. She has regular columns in GardenWise and Common Ground magazines.


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7:00 - 9:00 pm Make a Collage Button with Laura Bucci and meet Susan Crean—Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence

Join crafter Laura Bucci at Historic Joy Kogawa House to create collage buttons using text and a variety of other materials. Crafters of all levels are welcome to attend this FREE button-making workshop. During the workshop, members of the community will have the opportunity to meet Susan Crean, who will entertain crafters with daring tales of her plans as writer-in-residence. These events are part of a community celebration to welcome non-fiction writer Susan Crean as the 2011 writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Susan Crean arrives from Toronto on September 15 to spend three months living and working in the former childhood home of Joy Kogawa. Books will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments will be served. Buttons and collage materials will be provided free of charge, but donations are appreciated!

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Laura Bucci will be running workshops in the Family Literacy Tent on Sunday at Library Square and Susan Crean will be in the Authors Tent at 4:30 pm.




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The Word On The Street Vancouver is thrilled to be a part of celebrating Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and in particular words that have been written about Vancouver by Vancouver authors. Authors will discuss the importance of place in their writing, read from their stories set in Vancouver and collectively write new pieces about Vancouver. Join us to celebrate the voices and stories of Vancouver writers.

All readings, workshops and other activities that have a specific Vancouver theme have been marked in the program with the Vancouver 125 logo. Please check these out and get involved in the celebration. We want to thank Vancouver 125 for supporting the Festival and making some great programming possible for lovers of the written and spoken word.

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24 Please note that all workshops at Carnegie Centre will be on a sign up “first come, first serve” basis. Sessions have a 15-person maximum unless otherwise noted.


12:30–4:30 Mercedes Eng—How to Make a Chapbook: An Info Session and Workshop for Controlling the Means of Production

Chapbooks—short, self-published, homemade books—allow writers to circulate their work quickly and cost-efficiently. This session will discuss why chapbooks are strategic tools for presenting work and the components of designing individual chapbooks. Immediately following is a 3½ hour, hands-on workshop in which participants will make up to 5 copies of their own 10-12 page books. All materials are supplied free of charge. Please bring your work on a memory stick, disc, or handwritten copy. Computer help and photocopying will be available on-site. Participants will have the opportunity to sell their books the following day at The Word On The Street Vancouver. For questions and info,

email event facilitator Mercedes Eng at The preliminary 30-minute info session is open to all. Participants who wish to make books must register for the workshop in the office at Carnegie Community Centre (20 people max).


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 will be first-come first-served.



11:00 Megaphone with Sean Condon

Megaphone recently released a very special ‘Voices of the Street’ literary issue. Megaphone Magazine is a street paper sold by low-income and homeless people in Vancouver. Megaphone currently runs nine writing workshops in treatment centres, social housing buildings and community centres in the Downtown Eastside and downtown Vancouver for marginalized writers. Published writers from the issue will read their recent poems and prose.

11:30 Poetry is Dead with Daniel Zomparelli


Poetry Is Dead presents award-winning and nationally acclaimed poets from the “Vancouver: Influence” issue reading current works from their latest books and manuscripts. The “Vancouver: Influence” issue is part of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary celebrations. Billeh Nickerson is the author of The Asthmatic Glassblower and McPoems. Gillian Jerome is author of the ReLit award-winning book, Red Nest. Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of CURIO, Home of Sudden Service and God of Missed Connections.


Daniel Zomparelli, Billeh Nickerson, Gillian Jerome, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Margot Leigh Butler, Evelyn Lau, Robert Hough, Heidi Greco, Richard Wagamese.


Ricepaper Magazine with Anna Ling Kaye

Ricepaper’s recent Green Issue (16.2) features creative writing and non-fiction that revolves around nature, the environment, and landscape. Ricepaper magazine is a national quarterly magazine devoted to showcasing Asian Canadian artists, writers, performers, and innovators, and is published by The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. Writers and poets from Ricepaper will read and share their creative writing.

12:30 Writing WHAT WE WANT = Writing a Manifesto

Much is said about the Downtown Eastside; less often are local residents actually listened to. This workshop will focus on framing what we want—and what we don’t want—in the form of a manifesto. Manifestos are informed about the past and present, and light up the futures we want to encourage and be part of. This workshop is taught every semester by Margot Leigh Butler, Director of the Humanities 101 Community Programme (Hum) which offers free university-level courses for learning-loving people living on low incomes in the DTES and Downtown South. Hum is supported by DTES / South residents and UBC’s Faculty of Arts.

1:30 Robert Hough (Toronto) The Day the Rebels Came to Town (HarperCollins $7.95)


The year is 1920 and Mexico is at war with itself—gangs of rebels roam the country, stealing money, food, and horses. Carlos is 28 years old and works in his father’s café. One day, a gang rides into the village and kidnaps him. Weeks later, Carlos is forced to make a life or death decision. He does so in a surprising way but spends his life trying to decide if this makes him a brave man or a coward. Robert Hough’s first book The Final Confession of Mabel Stark was translated into 15 languages.

1:45 Evelyn Lau (Vancouver) Living Under Plastic (Oolichan Books $17.95)

Adopted by Bryan Pike

Living Under Plastic represents a major departure from the author’s previous poetry books. Instead of focusing on relationships and emotional damage, this book opens up to explore new subjects: family history, illness, death and dying, consumerism, and the natural world. Evelyn Lau is the author of four volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid was a Canadian bestseller and was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Living Under Plastic won the 2011 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Poetry. 9

2:00 Heidi Greco (Surrey) Shrinking Violets (Quattro Books $15.00)

Adopted by Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine

Aside from the fact that she was born with bright orange hair, Reggie has always felt pretty ordinary. She works as a supermarket cashier, and her life as a single mother isn’t exactly what she’d wanted. But just when things start going the way she thinks they’re supposed to, she discovers that even that road isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Heidi Greco has two collections of poetry—Siren Tattoo and Rattlesnake Plantain—and her poems have appeared in many anthologies. Shrinking Violets is her first novella and co-winner of the 2011 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest.

2:15 Richard Wagamese (Kamloops) One Story, One Song (Douglas & McIntyre $29.95)

Stories shape us, empower us, and change our lives. Grouped according to the four Ojibway storytelling principles: balance, harmony, knowledge and intuition, the stories show how true home means not only community but conversation. We all need to tell our stories; every voice matters. Richard Wagamese is Ojibway and a member of the Sturgeon Clan. He was separated from his people by foster care and adoption for 20 years. Once reconnected, elders told him that his role was to be a storyteller. The result was an award-winning career as a journalist in radio, television and newspapers and the publication of eight titles in fiction and non-fiction.


Tell Your Story—A Storytelling Workshop with Richard Wagamese


100,000 Poets for Change

Richard Wagamese will talk about the tradition and the healing art of storytelling and pose a few questions to help participants share their own stories. HOST: CHRISTINE LECLERC, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST

100,000 Poets for Change, happening simultaneously in many cities worldwide, begins in Vancouver with a beach cleanup at False Creek East. Afterwards, at the Carnegie Centre, Joanne Arnott, Stephen Collis, Alex Leslie (not pictured), Garry Thomas Morse, and Elaine Woo will read from the Enpipe Line Project, a large collaboration of poetry whose lines, when laid side by side, will surpass the kilometres of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. This project’s goals are to resist further environmental and social destruction by oil sands production. The event is hosted by Fraser Riverkeeper, Moon Willow Press, and The Word On The Street Vancouver.

SPECIAL THANKS We’d like to thank the Hastings Crossing BIA and Bonchaz Bakery & Café for their support of The Word On The Street Vancouver. 10

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11:00 Literary Writes 2011 Awards & Author Readings with The Federation of BC Writers

BC writers bring fiction short stories to a whole new level! The Federation of BC Writers, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive provincial writers’ organization, honours the three winners of their 23rd annual Literary Writes Competition. Entries in this year’s chosen genre were judged by George Fetherling, recipient of the prestigious Harbourfront Prize for his substantial contribution to Canadian letters.

12:00 The Carnival Band

is a 30-piece, fulltilt 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.

12:45 The Ukesters are a ukulele ensemble that

came out of Ruby’s Ukes Ukulele School in Vancouver. They play once a month at the Cafe Montmartre and build their varied repertoire of swing, jazz, folk, and other interesting tunes. Their sense of fun and love of playing the ukulele makes them a popular addition to the Ukulele craze! Joining them will be teacher and mentor Guido Heistek.

1:25 The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) Society is a not-for-

profit organization dedicated to elevating and promoting the dance form of bhangra. Bhangra is Punjabi folk music and a dance originating in Northern India. The VIBC Society presents events and performances to entertain and educate all communities about this beautiful and high-energy dance form.


Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko is an Okinawan taiko dance group which started in Metro Vancouver in 2004 with members of the Vancouver Okinawa-ken Yuaikai (Friendship Association). Okinawa is a prefecture in southern Japan in the Ryukyu Islands. The group aims to be ambassadors of Okinawan folk performing art in which Okinawan style drumming and dancing combine together, along with traditional as well as


It’s FESTIVAL CENTRAL here at the steps of the South Plaza! The Word On The Street Vancouver presents an exciting and entertaining array of cultural and musical performances. 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.

contemporary Okinawan music. The members are a mix of generations which reflects a true presentation of grassroots folk art.


Vancouver Youth Theatre—Why Justice?

Vancouver Youth Theatre’s Teen Ensemble presents Why Justice?, a humourous, thought provoking and original piece written collaboratively by teen actors from BC’s Lower Mainland in partnership with VYT directors, with great music by local guitarist and singer songwriter Glenn Chatten, with Ross Fairbairn. Vancouver Youth Theatre is a non-profit society dedicated to the inspiration and education of young actors ages 5–18.

3:15 Lion Dancing—The Shon Yee Benevolent Association of Canada was

founded in 1914 in Vancouver, BC for the purpose of uniting and helping people from Zhongshan, China. Over the years, branches in Victoria, BC and Calgary, AB were established. The Martial Arts group is one of many clubs of Shon Yee’s Athletic division. They train in traditional kung fu, wushu, and lion and dragon dancing.


Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team

2011 is made up of Erin Kirsh, Shayna Virginillo, Mike Johnston, Francis Arevalo, and Youth Slam Champion Mo Lawrence. With a careful balance of light and dark, funny and thought-provoking, sarcastic and serious, heart-breaking and heart-warming, these poets hope to have tickled each of your emotions after you’ve listened.


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 they hope you will, too. 13

EXHIBITOR MARKETPLACE See site map on page 30–31 for locations

More exhibitors on pages 22, 44 and 56 The 3-Day Novel Contest Fabulous fast fiction from the world’s most notorious literary marathon. V31 Adaawx Publishing First Nations 101 is an accessible and informative primer on First Nations issues. V23 Ad Hoc Committee Raising Funds to Rebuild the Slave Lake Library which was destroyed by a wildfire in May 2011. P14 The Alcuin Society The Bibliophiles! Visit our booth to see the art of the book at its finest. V13 Angst in the Sanctuary The “How Did You Die?” Show, Fictional Tales for the Un-Dead (evocative art and text) V26 Anvil Press publishes contemporary Canadian literature with a distinctly urban twist. T6 Arsenal Pulp Press is a Vancouverbased book publisher celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011. T2b Association of Book Publishers of BC represents BC-owned book publishers and believes a healthy book industry is essential to our cultural, social, educational and economic life. V38 Authors’ Circle provides support & services to authors, publishers and self-employed creative professionals. T17c AWOG Publishing Independent Publisher Book Award Winner: Best Regional Non-Fiction Canada West. Visit us! V34 Banyen Books & Sound Canada’s most comprehensive bookstore focusing on Spiritual Traditions, Healing Arts, and Earth Wisdom. Online at T9d BC Book Arts Guild meets occasionally for presentations and to share works-in-progress. P17

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 To advance literacy, culture and student achievement through school library programs in every school in BC. T17b BC Teachers’ Federation works to provide a strong and stable public education for everyone. T9a Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute The largest group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of authentic Kabbalah with the entire world. V6 book’mark, The Library Store is a non-profit store raising funds for the Vancouver Public Library. P1 Book Warehouse Bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains, bargains! T11c British Columbia Humanist Association We promote the principles of humanism and using science and reason to understand the universe. V12 Buddha’s Light Publishing An independent publisher of books. Humanistic Buddhism - its goal is to enable people to realize spiritual practice in everyday living. T2d Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada Visit our booth and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards! More at www.canadacouncil. ca. / Passez à notre kiosque et célébrez le 75e anniversaire des Prix Littéraires du Gouverneur Général! Plus d’information au T9c Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch We are a local organization with a national presence, founded on the principle of “Writers Helping Writers.” V17-18 Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild furthers the book arts in Canada through education, publications, exhibitions, and public outreach. P16 Canadian Children’s Book Centre encourages, promotes and supports reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. T17b

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents 80,000 workers in almost every community in BC. Online at T4 The Capilano Review (TCR) has published innovative and provocative literary and visual art side by side since 1972. V5 Carnegie Community Centre & Library Branch From library services to health fairs and cultural events, discover what’s happening in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. P12 CARP—British Columbia is the largest association of people 45+ in Canada. V9 Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC) is dedicated to broadening the understanding of Chinese history in BC through research, documentation, preservation and education. V33 Christian Science Reading Room Your community’s resource centre on spirituality. V7 City of Vancouver Election Office VANCOUVER VOTES November 19, 2011. It’s your chance to choose. Information: call 3-1-1, visit T17c The Cook’s Tarot Collection of recipes / guidance based on the tarot’s Major Arcana. Achieve inner growth through cooking. V35 The Crime Writers of Canada promotes Canadian crime writing and presents the Arthur Ellis Awards. V22 CWILL BC—Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC A group of published writers & illustrators of works for children. We support each other and promote literature. T17a D&M Publishers One of Canada’s largest independent publishers, Vancouver-based D&M is proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Join us and our authors for 40th Anniversary cake at 2:30. T2b Early Years Community Program provides early years and family literacy programs across Vancouver. P9

The Editors’ Association of Canada—BC Branch promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. V39 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: T15d The Federation of BC Writers offers comprehensive member support and innovative programs throughout the province and online including funded author visits to schools. V41 Friends of the Vancouver Public Library is a non-profit organization supporting the library. Visit book’mark, The Library Store. P2-3 Hanyiidamo Arts & Sacred Healing A Step Beyond Madness chronicles the beginnings of the author’s spiritual journey. V30 Happy Science provides you with guideposts to happiness both in this world and the next. V11 Harbour Publishing is an awardwinning publisher with a focus on BC history and geography. T6 The Heritage Group of Publishers is composed of Brindle & Glass, Heritage House Publishing, Rocky Mountain Books and TouchWood Editions. T2a Historic Joy Kogawa House Come meet author Susan Crean, 2011 writer-in-residence. V21 Humber School for Writers More than 280 of our grads are now published authors. T11a

IBBY Canada Honours and promotes Canadian children’s books at home and abroad, advocates children’s literacy and supports colleagues in developing nations. T17a Islamic Circle of North America Promotes a better understanding between various cultures in Canada. V10 Island Blue Print / Printorium Bookworks BC’s book printing experts, building trust in client relations for over 99 years. T15a Kwantlen Polytechnic University— Creative Writing Department Write Here. Write Now. BA Major in Creative Writing. Award-winning faculty, small class sizes. V4 Kwantlen Polytechnic University— English Department Educate your imagination in classes no larger than 35. BA English major and minor options are available. V4 The Langara Journalism Review covers trends and issues in Western Canadian journalism. T8 Martinez Consulting provides Spanish language guides for both teachers and students. V30 Meluki Book Marketing represents a wide range of British and Celtic books, maps, prints, journals, and calendars. V27 Moon Willow Press is a new publisher helping to sustain arboreal ecosystems while celebrating the written word. V32 New Star Books An independent Vancouver-based publisher since 1970. T2c

ONE TO ONE Literacy Society This unique children’s program provides one-on-one reading tutoring for students by welltrained volunteers. T17d Orca Book Publishers Awardwinning, all-Canadian books for children. T15b People’s Co-op Bookstore An amazing store, established in 1945, that carries social justice, kids, local authors, fiction, and more. T2c Public Library InterLINK Use your library card at any of our 18 member libraries from sea to sky to Fraser Valley. P13 Robson Reading Series features live literature and cozy conversation with new and established authors. Visit V24 Ronsdale Press British Columbia’s literary press. T9d Romance Writers of America— Greater Vancouver Chapter supports and encourages members in their pursuit of a professional career in romance writing. V42 The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel is located in the heart of the sports and entertainment district of downtown Vancouver. V37 SFU Writing and Publishing Program Do you write for work or pleasure? We offer over 100 courses related to writing and our instructors are writers. V3 SFU World Literature is designed for students interested in literature from around the globe, languages, cross-cultural dynamics and international travel. T11b

14TH ANNUAL BOOK BAG TREASURE HUNT Collect the treasure. Don’t miss out! Get in on the fun.

Purchase an official The Word On The Street Vancouver book bag for $20 and collect FREE merchandise from up to 40 exhibitors displaying this book bag symbol . The book bags will be available at 11:00 am at the two Info / Merchandise Booths and from festival volunteers roving the site (after 11:30 am). Only 250 will be available so purchase one early to avoid disappointment. REMEMBER: When you are collecting your treasure we ask

you to remember that the exhibitors are donating the items at their own expense, so if they are busy with customers, please be courteous. Note: The list of participating exhibitors in the program is accurate at the time of printing. The official list will be included with the purchase of the book bag.


Simone Brenneman Her books will hold you spellbound in the fascinating though complex world of autism. V25 Simply Read Books Award-winning illustrated children’s books with inspired content, extraordinary artwork, outstanding graphic design, and quality production. Visit us at T6 Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) Value-creating Buddhist philosophy centred on promoting peace through culture, education, and individual happiness. V29 STIBC — Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC Certified professionals working in over 80 language combinations and following a strict Code of Ethics. V15-16 Surrey International Writers’ Conference October 21-23, 2011. Workshops. Agents. Editors. Master Classes. Book Fair. www. “Writers Grow Here.” V19 Talonbooks publishes work of significant literary and / or cultural importance by Canadian authors. T6 Thursdays Writing Collective runs free, drop-in creative writing classes at Carnegie Community Centre for Downtown Eastside residents. www. V2 Tradewind Books is a small Vancouver publisher specializing in books for children and young adults. T6

UBC Library Our 21 branches connect communities within and beyond the university and advance research, learning, and teaching excellence. Connect. Learn. Explore. T9b Usborne Books has more than 1,500 award-winning children’s books available. The best books for kids. V36 USC Education Savings Plans Inc. Information on free government grants available. Draw for a chance to win a $6,500 RESP. V28 Vancouver Community College is BC’s largest literacy organization, offering basic literacy to first-year university courses. P15 The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival presents engaging events for readers with acclaimed and emerging authors. www. V20 Vancouver Island University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Creative Writing & Journalism Department Highly qualified instructors, small classes, a beautiful campus—check out our BA programs. Love where you learn! V14 Vancouver Public Library Libraries are filled with great information, fun reads and many helpful free services. Discover what your Library has for you! P5-6

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The Vancouver Public Library Foundation provides funding for family literacy programs, library services for marginalized people, multicultural programs and much more. P7-8 Vancouver Society of Storytelling connects oral literatures with the voices and listening ears of individuals, organizations, and communities through workshops, events, and an international festival. T15c The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader Visit the Raise-a-Reader booth to make your own personal bookmark and purchase a book. 100% of all funds raised go directly into literacy programs in BC. T18 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. V8 The Writers’ Studio (SFU) Email to sign up for a free 15 minute mini-manuscript consult with a Writer’s Studio alumnus. V1 The Writer’s Union of Canada is a not-for-profit organization established in 1973 to support and advocate on behalf of Canada’s published book authors. V40 The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is the largest provider of licenced childcare in the Lower Mainland. T17d

MORE EXHIBITOR PROGRAMMING Author Readings at the CUPE Tent (T4)

• Daniel Gawthrop reading from his work in progress, “Dear Joe…”: A Dissenter’s Inquisition of Pope Benedict XVI • Charles Demers reading from Vancouver Special • Derrick O’Keefe reading from A woman among warlords

Free Writing Consults by The Writer’s Studio

The Writer’s Studio at SFU alumni Karim Alrawi, Raoul Fernandes, Joan Flood, Arleen Pare and Renée Sarojini Saklikar will offer free 15 minutes consults on 2–3 pages of your writing. They will also answer your writing questions. See The Writer’s Studio ad on page 50 for details.

Sony Reader Lounge

Take a break from all the wonderful on-site events and check out the Sony Reader Lounge on Homer Street (T10). Browse ebooks and check out the new 2011 eReader models.


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11:00 Lester’s Army with Leni Goggins—How to Write Your Life Story

Readings by senior authors who are actively publishing their memoirs and a discussion on the process of writing in the later half of life. Ed Griffin teaches creative writing in the community and at Matsqui Prison. He’s written two novels, a book about prison written with an inmate writer, and an autobiography about being a Roman Catholic priest in his youth. Calvin J. Whitehead grew up in Vancouver during the great depression. He graduated from UBC and taught ESL for much of his career. Since retirement he has produced many short stories, haiku and creative non-fiction about his life. Binki Segal was born in Harlem, NY and moved to Isreal as a youth where she lived on akibbutz for 17 years. She is now retired and living in Vancouver. HOST: MICHAL KOZLOWSKI, GEIST MAGAZINE

12:00 Geist Magazine with Dan Post—Haiku Night in Canada

Lace up your skates, ladies and gents, for the 2011 edition of Haiku Night in Canada, the ultimate hockey-flavoured literary competition! Join your moderator, Dan Post, blogger and web guy at Geist, for one hour of talking haikus, judging haikus and—most important—writing haikus! Writers of the crowd’s favourite haikus of the session will face off in a final showdown before a raucous live audience. The winner will stagger away with a subscription to Geist and the coveted Geist Hockey Map of Canada, in high-def colour. When he isn’t hunched over a computer at Geist, Dan Post can be found cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs and writing haikus and short stories.

1:00 BC’s Pet Connection with Leslie Kennedy Stop Yanking My Chain: The Inappropriate Use of Dog Collars

Are you a dog lover? Try this test: Wrap your hands around your neck and squeeze while pulling back. This is how many dogs feel on a choke chain or prong collar. Join a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Peter Dobias, for a thought-provoking talk on why the inappropriate use of collars can cause serious health problems and possibly even cancer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity that can change and extend your dog’s life.



WEVancouver, Ricepaper, Scout, and Room—The Art of the Review

With the rise in prominence of blogs and online review sites, it seems like these days everyone’s a critic; but as with any other type of writing, creating a fair and informative review takes skill and consideration. This panel engages in a lively discussion of what exactly a reviewer does and tackles the issue of how to write a ‘good’ review. Panel members include experienced critics Irina Kovalyova, the reviews editor at Room magazine, Andrew Morrison, the editor of Scout and Joni Low, a writer whose works appear in gallery catalogues and publications such as Yishu and Ricepaper. Moderated by Andrea Warner, music editor and arts & entertainment reviewer at WEVancouver.

Panel discussions, demonstrations and talks showcase exciting Canadian magazines on Homer Street in the Magazine Mews. Free copies, subscriptions and special deals on offer!

Ed Griffin, Dan Post, Peter Dobias, Andrea Warner, Irina Kovalyova, Andrew Morrison, Joni Low, Michael Gintowt, Sean Cranbury, Anne Emberline, Madeline Sonik, Jordan Abel, Kevin Spenst.



True Blue Spirit—UFOs and Our Connection with the Cosmos

Phenomena columnist of True Blue Spirit, Michael Gintowt, will be discussing UFOs and our cosmic connection. He will also share tools which help us acquire a ‘cosmic perspective’, allowing us to be more aware. Michael has an MA in psychology, formal training in hypnosis, behavioural neurobiology, and clinical psychology. His interest in the paranormal can be traced to when he was 14 years old, and corresponded with Dr. J.B. Rhine, the pioneering parapsychologist. HOST: SEAN CRANBURY, BOOKS ON THE RADIO & W2’S REAL VANCOUVER WRITERS’ SERIES


Canzine West Preview—Indie Writers Deathmatch Live


Broken Pencil—Readings from Zinesters and Indie Creators

In anticipation of Broken Pencil’s Canzine West Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture, Sean Cranbury will host a preview of the Indie Writers Deathmatch Live, the feature presentation at this year’s festival. Channeling the magazine’s annual online literary contest by the same name, the deathmatch preview will feature readings of audacious short stories by local writers. Canzine West takes place on November 13, 2011, at the Ukrainian Hall (805 East Pender Street). For more information visit HOST: JAZ HALLORAN, OCW MAGAZINE AND PROJECT SPACE

Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts is devoted to celebrating independent writing and creativity, reviewing hundreds of zines, comics, and small press books in each issue. This reading features zinesters and indie creators who have been past and present contributors to Broken Pencil.

Anne Emberline has been making zines for over ten years. She writes teeny tiny stories for Pinch, her illustrated zine of micro-fiction and reviews zines for Broken Pencil. Madeline Sonik’s writing has appeared in literary journals internationally and locally, including Broken Pencil. Her new book, Afflictions & Departures, is personal essays published by Anvil Press. Jordan Abel is a First Nations writer from Vancouver and the poetry editor of PRISM international. His fiction has been published in Broken Pencil. Kevin Spenst is a poet, writer and literary experimenter whose Twitter feed features iPhone autocorrected snippets from Finnegan’s Wake. His fiction has appeared in Broken Pencil. 19

MAGAZINE EXHIBITORS ARC Poetry Magazine Canada’s National Poetry Magazine. T15c BC’s Pet Connection is a healthoriented community pet magazine for the many pet lovers in our area. T8 British Columbia Magazine Discover BC’s beautiful places and remarkable people in wellresearched articles and amazing photography found in British Columbia Magazine. T8 Dance International covers classical and contemporary dance locally, nationally, and internationally. Now in its 35th year. T8 DIVERSE is a Canadian magazine that explores multiculturalism through art, heritage, issues and events. T8 EVENT From literary heavyweights to up-and-comers, four decades of award-winning fiction, poetry, non-fiction, notes on writing and reviews. T8 Geist Magazine offers the best in narrative, photography, comix, poetry, puzzles, weird cartography and offbeat literary contests—and it’s 100% Canadian. T6

KNOW, for ages 6–9, answers all those what, why, where and how questions kids ask. T8 Lester’s Army is a literary organization that explores the relationship between young and old in society through publishing. T6 Magazine Association of BC There’s more to explore in BC’s magazines. Visit us to learn about our 80+ members. T8 Magazines Canada No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a Genuine Canadian Magazine for you. BUY CANADIAN! T8 Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. T6 The New Quarterly offers a mix of fiction, poetry, and talk about writing. It’s an award-winning journal with a sense of fun. T15c 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

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See site map on pages 30-31 for tent locations Poetry Is Dead is a young contemporary poetry magazine. T6 PRISM international publishes the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. T8 brings together the perspectives of progressive journalists from across the country—it’s news for the rest of us. T8 Ricepaper Nourish your mind with Canada’s only literary magazine featuring Asian Canadian arts, culture, and commentary. T8 Room is Canada’s oldest journal of writing and art by, for, and about women. T8 subTerrain has been a source of “Strong Words for a Polite Nation” since 1988. T6 Vancouver Is Awesome Vancouver Book Club, a project of, is a community of readers and writers who connect regularly with meetings. T8 Vancouver Observer draws upon contributions from its vast pool of writers to provide timely, topical local news coverage. T8 Vancouver Review Smart, lively, and surprising, Vancouver Review is an award-winning West Coast cultural magazine. T8 YES Mag The award-winning YES Mag brings science to life for children ages 10–15. T8

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Craving more magazine programming? In addition to the events in the Magazine Life Tent (T7), there are a number of other magazine-related talks and sessions happening throughout the site. Watch for this special magazine symbol throughout the program guide.


Word nerd? Turn your passion into a profession. Print Futures: Professional Writing Attend a free info session on Sat Oct 15, 12-2pm, room 5109, New Westminster Campus (700 Royal Ave, just one block from the New West SkyTrain station). Spaces are limited – RSVP to or call 604 527 5292



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Chicken Poop for the Soul In Search of Food Sovereignty Kristeva Dowling $26.95


Listen to and meet some of the biggest stars on the West Coast literary scene and discover fresh new voices all under one roof on Homer Street

11:00 Robin McConnell (Vancouver) Inkstuds (Conundrum Press $20.00)


Join Books on the Radio host Sean Cranbury for an interview with Inkstuds author Robin McConnell in an engaging look at modern graphic novels and comic books. Sean and Robin are both hosts of respected radio programs and podcasts. Inkstuds is a collection of thirty interviews with North American alternative comic artists taken from the impressive archive of the radio show with the same name. The interviews focus on the creative process and influences but often veer in interesting directions. HOST: SHERYL MACKAY, CBC’S NORTH BY NORTHWEST

11:30 JJ Lee (New Westminster) The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart $29.99)

For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his closet—his late father’s last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past. Woven throughout the personal stories are entertaining accounts from the social history of the man’s suit. JJ Lee is the menswear columnist for the Vancouver Sun and broadcasts a weekly fashion column for CBC Radio in Vancouver. JJ Lee will read from The Measure of a Man and conduct an interactive session. HOST: JERRY WASSERMAN, ACTOR, CRITIC, UBC THEATRE PROFESSOR

12:00 C. E. Gatchalian (Vancouver) Crossing & Other Plays (Lethe Press $13.00)

Presented by The Playwrights Guild of Canada

12:20 Lucia Frangione (Vancouver) Paradise Garden (Talonbooks $17.95)

Presented by The Playwrights Guild of Canada

‘Crossing’ explores the tormented, sexually charged relationship between a mother and her teenage son, bound together by guilt and fear over a horrific incident ten years prior. ‘Diamond’ is an elliptical, meta-theatrical dissection of one woman’s intimate story. ‘Ticks’ is the frantic, metronomeaccompanied monologue of a self-appointed, disease-stricken messiah, eager to bring a plague upon the city. C. E. Gatchalian is the author of three books of drama and one book of poetry. His plays have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television.

Day lives with his mother in their historic family estate, shared with their new Turkish neighbours, the Zekis. While Day would prefer to avoid a longburied family secret, their neglected but luxurious garden reminds Layla Zeki of the Paradise Garden of Judeo-Christian / Islamic tradition. As love blossoms between Layla and Day, they struggle to find their similarities and understand their differences. Lucia Frangione is a young post-feminist voice in Canada’s independent theatre scene. She is the two-time recipient of the Gordon Armstrong Playwright Award and in 2001 won the Sydney Risk playwright award for Cariboo Magi.


Robin McConnell, JJ Lee, C.E. Gatchalian, Lucia Frangione, TJ Dawe, Carmen Aguirre, Pam Withers, Don Calame, Andrea Bellamy, Kristeva Dowling, Timothy Taylor, John Vaillant, Wayde Compton, Amber Dawn, Charles Demers, Sheryda Warrener, Susan Crean.

12:40 TJ Dawe (Vancouver) Labrador (Brindle & Glass $12.95)

Adopted By Val Mason

Labrador is about a part of the world that practically no one knows anything about—Canada’s own Siberia. It’s also about the cycle of generations, how the hell bread got invented, the blurry line between fact and fiction, why schedule needs to be pronounced with a k sound, and how aliens and archaeologists are the same. TJ Dawe has written and performed eleven solo shows and participated in more than eighty theatre and comedy festivals. He was named the 2004 Touring Artist of the Year by the BC and Alberta Arts Council and his plays have been produced in Canada, the US and overseas.

1:00 Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver) Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (Douglas & McIntyre $32.95)

Something Fierce is a gripping and darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and budding sexuality. What results is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life. Carmen Aguirre has written or co-written eighteen plays, including The Refugee Hotel, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play in 2010. Something Fierce is her first book.

1:20 Pam Withers (Vancouver) First Descent (Tundra Books $19.99)


Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river—the faster and more powerful the better so he is thrilled when he gets to tackle the El Furioso in southwest Colombia. Once there, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena, who has grown up along the river and dreams of leaving to get an education so that she can help her people. Her dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex are caught up in the clash between paramilitaries that work for rich landowners and guerillas, who are supposed to be protecting the poor. Pam Withers is a former whitewater kayak instructor and raft guide and author of fifteen bestselling outdoor-adventure novels for teens, several nominated for awards. Ages 12 and up


1:40 Don Calame (Vancouver Island) Beat the Band (Candlewick Press $9.00)

It’s the beginning of the school year and the grade 10 health class must work in pairs on semester-long projects. When Coop is matched with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a presentation on safe sex everybody’s laughing, except for Coop. He decides that the only way to escape this social death sentence is to win “The Battle of the Bands” with his group, Arnold Murphy’s Bologna Dare. Get ready for riffs on hot girls, health class, and social hell in the sequel to Swim the Fly. Don Calame is a screenwriter whose film projects include Employee of the Month and Hounded. Ages 14 and up.


2:00 Andrea Bellamy (Vancouver) Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden (Timber Press $19.95)

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage. Straightforward design and growing advice, luscious photography and simple tips can help you to join the grow-your-own revolution and create your own stylish and edible oasis. Andrea Bellamy is the creator of Heavy Petal, an acclaimed blog that focuses on urban, organic vegetable gardening and that has been featured in magazines such as Sunset and Canadian Gardening.

2:20 Kristeva Dowling (Grande Prairie) Adopted by Penny Lehan Law Corporation Chicken Poop for the Soul: In Search of Food Sovereignty (Caitlin Press $26.95)

Chicken Poop for the Soul is about a common dream: to return to a simpler life. Kristeva Dowling’s story is a witty, humorous and often bizarre journey as she attempts to control her own food sovereignty. Between mothering baby chicks, canning preserves, tracking wild game and growing her own wheat, she reflects on her new-found tangible skills, her intangible problems and the politics and barriers that face BC’s small farming community. Kristeva Dowling is originally from Vancouver and has been a contributor to “Not Dabbling in Normal”, the Coast Mountain News and the Williams Lake Tribune.

2:40 Timothy Taylor (Vancouver) The Blue Light Project (Knopf Canada $29.95)

Adopted by The Humber School for Writers

One of the National Post’s Most Anticipated Books of 2011, The Blue Light Project tracks three days in the life of an unnamed North American city gripped by a hostage-taking in a television studio. It’s a time of fear, a time when people have grave doubts about the future and even about each other. But in the midst of this chaos there are also revelations regarding the power of beauty in the world, and the real possibility of hope. Timothy Taylor is the winner of the Journey Prize. His book Stanley Park was the ‘One Book One City’ selection for Vancouver and was on the shortlist for the Giller Prize.

3:00 John Vaillant (Vancouver) Adopted by Judy Taylor The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Random House $22.00)

It’s December 1997 and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. To the horrified astonishment of a team of hunters, it emerges that the attacks are not random: the tiger is engaged in a vendetta. The Tiger shines light upon the ancient relationship between predators and prey, providing an intimate portrait of an increasingly threatened habitat. John Vaillant is the author of The Golden Spruce, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Walrus.



EVENT magazine with Elizabeth Bachinsky

EVENT magazine celebrates 40 years of publishing contemporary poetry and prose this year. We are pleased to present contributors reading from EVENT Volume 40, Issue 1: Wayde Compton (“The Instrument,”) Amber Dawn (“The Calling of the Goddess,”) Charles Demers (“Remembrance of Things Delirious”) and Sheryda Warrener (“Tectonic.”)

Wayde Compton is a Vancouver writer whose books include After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature and 49th Parallel Psalm. He is a co-founding member of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project. Amber Dawn is a Vancouver writer, filmmaker and performance artist. She is the author of the novel Sub Rosa, editor of the Lambda Award-nominated Fist of the Spider Woman and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. Charles Demers is a stand-up comedian, novelist and essayist. His books include The Prescription Errors and Vancouver Special, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction. Originally from Grimsby, Ontario, Sheryda Warrener has lived in Japan and Sweden, and now calls Vancouver home. She has been shortlisted for several awards. Her first collection of poetry, Hard Feelings, was released by Snare Books in Fall 2010.

4:10 Wayde Compton (Vancouver) Vancouver Public Library Writer-in-Residence

HOST: VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY Adopted by Vancouver Public Library

Wayde Compton, the Vancouver Public Library’s seventh Writer-inResidence, will discuss themes and issues that arise in his body of work. Wayde Compton is a Vancouver writer whose books include After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature and 49th Parallel Psalm. Compton is also a co-founding member of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community. He is one of the publishers of Commodore Books. During his residency, Wayde will spend time writing, mentoring emerging writers, conducting workshops, and more.

4:30 Susan Crean (Toronto / Gabriola Island) Historic Joy Kogawa House Writer-in-Residence


Toronto-based non-fiction author Susan Crean, 2011 writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, is living in Vancouver while she researches and writes a major work of literary non-fiction that combines genres of history, biography, journalism, and memoir. While living in the Marpole writers’ residence, Crean will continue research in historic Chinatown on one aspect of her work, which includes the story of head-tax payer Mr. Wong Dong Wong, whose life began in the village of Taishan, Guangdong, then continued in Vancouver when his adopted uncle brought him to Canada in 1911. Susan Crean will discuss her writing project and the public programming planned during her three-month residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver.

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Authors Tent T5 (pg. 24) Canada Writes Tent T3 (pg. 34) Info / Merchandise Booth T12 Magazine Life Tent T7 (pg. 18) Mainstage T13 (pg. 12) Sony Reader Lounge T10 Official Booksellers Tent T1 People’s Co-op Bookstore T2a The Heritage Group of Publishers T2b Arsenal Pulp Press | D&M Publishers T2c New Star Books | People’s Co-op Bookstore T2d Buddha’s Light Publishing T4 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) T6 Independent Publishers Tent: Anvil Press | Geist Magazine | Harbour Publishing | Lester’s Army | Megaphone | Poetry Is Dead | Simply Read Books | subTerrain | Talonbooks | Tradewind Books T8 Mags BC Tent: Magazine Association of BC | Magazines Canada | BC’s Pet Connection | British Columbia Magazine | Dance International | DIVERSE | EVENT | KNOW | The Langara Journalism Review | OCW Magazine | Pacific Rim Magazine | PRISM international | | Ricepaper | Room | Vancouver Is Awesome | Vancouver Observer | Vancouver Review | YES Mag T9a BC Teachers’ Federation T9b UBC Library T9c Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada T9d Banyen Books & Sound | Ronsdale Press T11a Humber School for Writers T11b Simon Fraser University—World Literature T11c Book Warehouse

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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 The Vancouver Public Library Foundation P9 Early Years Community Program P10-11 Westcoast Calligraphy Society P12 Carnegie Community Centre & Library Branch P13 Public Library InterLINK P14 Ad Hoc Committee Raising Funds to Rebuild the Slave Lake Library P15 Vancouver Community College P16 Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild P17 BC Book Arts Guild


DOWNSTAIRS: Visual Exhibits (pg. 62) Carnegie Centre Chapbook Workshop Exhibition OCW Magazine Bookmark Show Word Talks (pg. 58) Writing Talks (pg. 60) The Word Under The Street (pg. 56) Cloudscape Comics Society | The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund | Downspace Creative | Ed Brisson | Jason Turner | Lost City Comics | Mangy Cur Press | Mint Records | Mostly Monsters | Patremoir Press | Steve Rolston | The Black Dot Museum of Political Art | Tiny Vices | Tough Sissy Girl | Rosencrantz Comics | Vancouver Comic Con | Carina Piccioni | Cinema Sewer | Jenna Sokalski

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Info / Merchandise Tent Booth T22 Family Literacy Tent T21 (pg. 44) Kids Tent T20 (pg. 46) Poetry in Transit Bus Poetry Tent T14 (pg. 40) Raise-a-Reader Corner T19 (pg. 52) Volunteer Tent T23 Official Booksellers Tent T16 People’s Co-op Bookstore T15a Island Blue Print / Printorium Bookworks T15b Orca Book Publishers T15c ARC Poetry Magazine | The New Quarterly | Vancouver Society of Storytelling T15d The Epoch Times T17a Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC | IBBY Canada T17b BC Coalition for School Libraries | Canadian Children’s Book Centre T17c Authors’ Circle | City of Vancouver Election Office T17d ONE TO ONE Literacy Society | The YMCA of Greater Vancouver T18 The Vancouver Sun Raise-aReader T21 The Family Literacy Tent: Britannia Community Services Centre Society | Canucks Family Education Centre | Frontier College | HIPPY Canada | The KidSafe Writers’ Room at Queen Alexandra Elementary School | Scholastic Book Fairs V20


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The Village

Around the Library building: V1 The Writer’s Studio (SFU) V2 Thursdays Writing Collective V3 SFU Writing and Publishing Program V4 Kwantlen Polytechnic University—Creative Writing Department | Kwantlen Polytechnic University—English Department V5 The Capilano Review (TCR) V6 Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute V7 Christian Science Reading Room

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The Word Guild CARP—British Columbia Islamic Circle of North America Happy Science British Columbia Humanist Association V13 The Alcuin Society V14 Vancouver Island University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Creative Writing & Journalism Department V15-16 Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC V17-18 Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch V19 Surrey International Writers’ Conference

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Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival Historic Joy Kogawa House The Crime Writers of Canada Adaawx Publishing—First Nations 101 Robson Reading Series Simone Brenneman Angst in the Sanctuary Meluki Book Marketing USC Education Savings Plans Inc. Soka Gakkai International Association of Canada (SGI Canada) Hanyiidamo Arts & Sacred Healing | Martinez Consulting The 3-Day Novel Contest Moon Willow Press Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC AWOG Publishing The Cook’s Tarot Usborne Books The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel Association of Book Publishers of BC The Editors’ Association of Canada—BC Branch The Writers’ Union of Canada The Federation of BC Writers Romance Writers of America— Greater Vancouver Chapter Book Donation Bin for Developmental Disabilities Association






Robin McConnell

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Kevin Chong

Michael V. Smith

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KIDS TENT pg. 46


Vikki VanSickle

Duane Lawrence

Dan Bar-el

Siobhan Barker

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Michelle Superle

Karim Alrawi


TJ Dawe

Gurjinder Basran






Henry Charles


George McWhirter & PRISM international

Poetry Is Dead

Gary Kent & Kim La Fave

Georgia Nicols


Lesley McKnight

Mary Gavan

Pam Withers

Carmen Aguirre

Brenda Bradshaw & Dr. Cheryl Mutch

Henry Charles

Kathy Sager






Comic Critiques Comic Critiques Comic Critiques Jeff Ellis Tara C. Carmichael

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Carina Piccioni Kim Glennie

David Lester

VPL Writing & Book Camp


Steve Rolston James Lloyd

Memoir Wri



Gina Page mini-tunnel books

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Suzan Lee books from a single sheet of paper




Writers Helping Increase Your Writ

De-Mystifying Mystery Writing

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Jen Sookfong Lee



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Steve Burgess

Sachiko Calvin Kevin Richard Murakami Wharton McNeilly Wagamese


BC’s Pet Connection

C.E. Lucia Gatchalian Frangione

Shirley Jean Roll Tucker

Van Int’l B Cele

Stop Yanking My Chain


JJ Lee


The Ukesters

Haiku Night in Canada

Lester’s Army



The Carnival Band

How to Write Your Life Story

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Literary Writes 2011 Awards & Author Readings

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Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko

Don Calame

John Furlong

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Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team

The Upbeats

Broken Pencil

Canzine West Preview

John Vaillant

Grant Buday

Charlotte Gill

Barbara Stewart

Andrew Nikiforuk



Rob Taylor

Bruce McBay

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Indie Writers Deathmatch Live

Timothy Taylor

Lori SherrittFleming

Norma Charles

Robin Stevenson


Gina McMurchyBarber

Lisa Sars & Dixie Stars

Tina Powell


Wayde Compton

EVENT magazine

Glen Huser

Lisa Sars & Dixie Stars

Karen Rivers


Garry Thomas Renee Donato Morse Norman Mancini

Aisha Sasha John


Susan Crean

Samuel Thomas Martin

France Perras

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World Poetry Reading Series

Julie Lawson

Cristy Watson

Jacqueline Ellen Pearce Schwartz

Melanie Ray




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Cartooning Workshop Robin Thompson

Comic Critiques Comic Critiques Mary Karaplis, Sydney More

Leonard S. Wong Jenna Sokalski

Comic Critiques Jonathon Dalton Jesse Davidge

How to Get Published

Book Business Plans

g Writers: ters’ Income


The Book Broads



Page politics



Kassandra Bonn simple book structures

Reg Lissel handmade paper


You Gotta Know Where You Come From, To Know Where You’re Going

History in the Taking: Adventures in Social Writing

Writing the Political Poem



Lion Dancing

Kristeva Dowling

Tickle Trunk Players


Vancouver Youth Theatre

Andrea Bellamy

Poetry in Transit



True Blue Spirit


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UFOs and Our Connection with the Cosmo

The Art of the Review

WEVancouver, Ricepaper, Scout, Room





Jan Janovick more book structures


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Presented by The Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund

Popular, bestselling and thought-provoking reads ranging from murder and burlesque to environmentalism and astrology.

11:00 Kevin Chong (Vancouver) Beauty Plus Pity (Arsenal Pulp Press $17.95)


Malcolm, a slacker 20-something Asian-Canadian living in Vancouver, is about to embark on a modelling career when his life is suddenly derailed by the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. Soon he meets Hadley, the half-sister he never knew existed. As their tentative relationship grows, Malcolm is forced to reckon with the past and deal with his lifelong ambivalence toward his hyphenated cultural identity. Kevin Chong was born in Hong Kong in 1975. He is the author of Baroque-a-Nova, Neil Young Nation, and a forthcoming memoir on horseracing.

11:20 Michael V. Smith (Kelowna) Progress (Cormorant Press $21.00)

After the death of her fiancé when she was 18, Helen resists change until she is faced with the imminent relocation of her small town and family home in order to make way for a new dam. Then Helen’s brother, Robbie, who disappeared years earlier, suddenly resurfaces. As he re-enters his sister’s life, he reveals the secret of why he left in the first place: a secret that tore their family apart, and affected Helen’s life in more ways than she ever realized. Michael V. Smith is the author of What You Can’t Have, a finalist for the ReLit Prize. He teaches creative writing at UBC Okanagan.

11:40 Shirley Jean Roll Tucker (Shuswap) The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days (Heritage House $19.95)

The Amazing Foot Race of 1921 celebrates five Canadians who hiked from Halifax to Vancouver along the CPR tracks. For a nation struggling with post-war inflation, labour unrest and unemployment, the prospect of the 3,645-mile hike was a welcome distraction and it wasn’t long before the race had become a national obsession. The story of these men and women is told in the vernacular of the time, with accompanying newspaper accounts and over 50 photographs. Shirley Jean Roll Tucker works as a theatre director and playwright in the Okanagan. This is her first non-fiction book. HOST: TRACY SHERLOCK,VANCOUVER SUN BOOKS EDITOR

12:00 Steve Burgess (Vancouver) Who Killed Mom? (Greystone Books $22.95)

Who Killed Mom? recounts Burgess’s struggles growing up and chronicles his mother’s life and death. Memoir, biography and comedy blend in this outrageous book, which brims with uproarious anecdotes and oneliners. But beneath is a penetrating examination of eternal themes: family, mortality, fate, and the enduring value of love. Steve Burgess is a writer and broadcaster whose honours include two Canadian National Magazine Awards. He is also the former host of @the end, a nationally broadcast talk show on CBC Newsworld, and is a frequent CBC Radio guest host.


Kevin Chong, Michael V. Smith, Shirley Jean Roll Tucker, Steve Burgess, Jen Sookfong Lee, Gurjinder Basran, Georgia Nicols, John Furlong, Grant Buday, Charlotte Gill, Barbara Stewart, Andrew Nikiforuk, Norma Charles, Robin Stevenson, Karen Rivers, Samuel Thomas Martin, Annabel Lyon, France Perras.

12:20 Jen Sookfong Lee (Vancouver) The Better Mother (Knopf $29.95)

In 1958, eight-year-old Danny Lim encounters Miss Val, a long-time burlesque dancer. He is enraptured with her sequined garters and silk robe, and Val, touched by his fascination, gives him a pack of cigarettes and her silk belt. Years later, Danny realizes that the key to understanding himself and his family somehow lies in his connection to Miss Val and is determined to find her. Set in Vancouver, The Better Mother brims with undeniable tragedy, but resounds with the power of friendship, change and truth. Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s Eastside and is now the voice behind “Westcoast Words,” a weekly writing column featured on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast and All Points West.

12:40 Gurjinder Basran (Delta) Everything Was Good-bye (Mother Tongue Publishing $21.95)

Everything Was Good-bye centers around Meena, a young Indo‑Canadian woman growing up in the Lower Mainland of BC and traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in the Punjabi community and refuses to submit to a life defined by a suitable marriage. Though a narrative moving between race and culture, Everything Was Good-bye is ultimately a story of love, loss and self-acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals. ​Gurjinder Basran is a graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio. Her work was shortlisted for the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and earned her a place in the Vancouver Sun’s annual speculative arts and culture article, “Ones To Watch.” HOST: STUART DERDEYN, THE PROVINCE ARTS COLUMNIST

1:00 Georgia Nicols (Vancouver) You and Your Future: Your Signs, Your In-Depth Personality Patterns, Your 40-Year Horoscopes (House of Anansi $24.95)

Written in Georgia Nicols’s wickedly witty trademark style, You and Your Future provides 40 years of astrological forecasts—from 1985 to 2025— allowing you to predict your future and test the accuracy of your past readings. With predictions tailored to each sign, this book explains how to discover what makes you tick, what your style in love and romance is, and even how to be a happier person. Georgia Nicols is a popular international astrologer whose horoscope column appears in numerous daily publications including the National Post, Vancouver Province, Calgary Herald, and Chicago Sun-Times. This is her first book. 35

1:30 John Furlong (Vancouver) Patriot Hearts (Douglas & McIntyre $32.95)

Patriot Hearts recounts the lead up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. A riveting behind-the-scenes account, it describes how seemingly insurmountable setbacks were handled to achieve a runaway success and, ultimately, a pivotal moment of nationhood. An extraordinary story of visionary leadership, love of country and the ability to dream boldly. John Furlong was the leader behind the team that organized and delivered the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of BC.


2:00 Grant Buday (Mayne Island) Stranger on a Strange Island (New Star Books $19.00)

Grant Buday traded in the high–powered city life in Vancouver for the remote eccentricities of Mayne Island. The scenery, however, is not the only change he encounters. A college English instructor for six years, Buday now finds himself working wherever a hand is needed and exploring the nature of small town life, the rich history of Mayne Island and what compelled him to trade in city life for the island life. Grant Buday is the author of seven previous books, two of which were nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Prize. His writing has appeared in subTerrain, Vancouver Review and Canadian Notes and Queries.

2:20 Charlotte Gill (Vancouver) Adopted by Moon Willow Press Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe (Greystone Books $29.95)

Eating Dirt offers up a slice of tree-planting life in all of its gritty exuberance while questioning the ability of conifer plantations to replace original forests that have taken millennia to evolve into complex ecosystems. Charlotte Gill celebrates the priceless value of forests and the ancient, ever-changing relationship between humans and trees. Charlotte Gill’s collection Ladykiller was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the BC Book Prize for fiction. She spent nearly two decades working in the forests of Canada and has planted more than a million trees.

2:40 Barbara Stewart (Langley) Campie (Heritage House $17.95)

Campie is a compelling, entertaining view from the bottom of the oil barrel into work-camp culture. It will ring true for any man or woman who’s worked in a resource-industry camp, moving from location to location— or for an ordinary person who’s had to survive when the bottom fell out and there was no “eat, pray, love” holiday of self-discovery. Barbara Stewart has worked as a banker, homemaker, housecleaner, nail girl and furniture salesperson. Her writing has been shortlisted in the CBC Literary Awards competition for non-fiction and the EVENT Creative Non-Fiction Contest.

3:00 Andrew Nikiforuk (Calgary) Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing the Great Forests of the West (Douglas & McIntyre $19.95)


Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of bark beetle outbreaks unsettled iconic forests and communities across western North America—eventually killing more than 30 billion trees. The only book about the epidemic, Empire of the Beetle draws on first-hand accounts from entomologists, botanists, foresters, and rural residents to investigate the beetle plague and its implications. Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning Canadian journalist. He was awarded the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award for his bestselling book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.

3:20 Norma Charles (Vancouver) Run Marco, Run (Ronsdale Press $11.95)

HOST: JENNIFER HINNELL Adopted by Federation of BC Writers

A Canadian journalist is kidnapped while in a market in Colombia with his 13-year-old son, Marco. When they try to grab Marco, his father tells him to run. Marco manages to escape, and stows away on a freighter headed to Vancouver to find his father’s friend who may be able to help. Run Marco, Run is a riveting adventure about a plucky boy who will do anything to save his father, and learns that running away is sometimes the heroic thing to do. Norma Charles is the author of many books for children including the Moonbeam Bronze Medal Award-winner, The Girl in the Backseat. Ages 10–13

3:40 Robin Stevenson (Victoria) Outback (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)

When eccentric Uncle Mel invites Jayden to help with his biology research at an Australian university, he jumps at the chance. But once he arrives, Jayden discovers Mel is obsessed with being the first to discover a new species of lizard and—in the unforgiving outback—one wrong step can mean death. Robin Stevenson is the author of ten books for children and young adults. In addition to being an author, Robin has been a social worker, counselor and university instructor. She enjoys reading, travelling, visiting schools and talking about books and writing. Ages 12 and up

4:00 Karen Rivers (Victoria) What Is Real (Orca Book Publishers $12.95)

Dex Pratt’s life has been turned upside down—his parents have divorced and his mother has remarried. When his father makes a suicide attempt, Dex returns to their small town to care for him. But he’s not prepared for how much everything has changed. His wheelchair-bound father has given up defending marijuana growers in his law practice and has become one himself. Unable to cope, Dex begins smoking himself into a state of surrealism. Karen Rivers was born in Nanaimo and grew up in Victoria. She studied writing at UVic and earned a BA in international relations from UBC. Ages 14–17

4:20 Samuel Thomas Martin (St. John’s, Newfoundland) This Ramshackle Tabernacle (Breakwater Books $18.95)

This Ramshackle Tabernacle is a collection of short stories set in and around fictional villages in northeastern Ontario. Dealing with both the rundown and ruined aspects of our humanity, the stories explore the redeeming and renewing love that can hold a community together when tragedies threaten to make it crumble. This Ramshackle Tabernacle was a finalist for the 2010 Winterset Award. Samuel Thomas Martin is from Gilmour, Ontario. He received his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto where he worked with David Adams Richards. He now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with his wife and their dog.



Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean—read by France Perras

En 342 av. J.-C., le philosophe Aristote s’arrête à Pella. Le roi Philippe le convainc de rester quelques années afin d’être le précepteur de son fils, le prince Alexandre. Aristote sera le témoin privilégié de la transformation d’Alexandre le Grand. Annabel Lyon a étudié la musique, la philosophie et le droit avant d’écrire à temps plein. «Le Juste milieu» (Éditions Alto), son premier roman, paraît en 2009 et est finaliste à trois prix prestigieux: Giller, Gouverneur général et Rogers. France Perras travaille en anglais et en français dans le milieu du théâtre, de la TV/film, des dessins animés, des publicités radio, ainsi qu’avec des jeunes en improvisation. France Perras will read from the French translation of Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean, who will also be present to answer questions. 37


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One hundred writers from around the world. TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 7


presenting a world of wo rds on Granville Island

POETRY TENT Experience the power of great poetry to convey a complexity of emotions in these readings by established and emerging writers. Don’t forget to visit the Poetry in Transit bus at Hamilton and Robson. HOST: CHRISTINE LECLERC, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST

11:00 Calvin Wharton (North Vancouver) The Song Collides (Anvil Press $16.00)

The Song Collides takes the reader on a highly personal and internal metaphysical investigation into the state of the natural world—and then back via more lyrical and local enquiries that speak to each and every one of us. Life as an exchange: each of us takes in the world and then expresses it for ourselves and for others. Calvin Wharton is the Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College and edited EVENT magazine from 1996–2001. He co-edited the poetry anthology, East of Main, with Tom Wayman. Calvin will be accompanied by his son, Sean Wharton, on fretless bass.

11:15 Kevin McNeilly (Vancouver) Embouchure (Nightwood Editions $18.95)

In Embouchure, Kevin McNeilly compiles the intertwined lineages of trumpet players who came to prominence in the States during the “prebop” era, loosely defined as the period between 1890 and 1939. This series of vignettes betrays a broad and detailed knowledge of the players’ lives and work, yet reads like a collection of conversational anecdotes. Kevin McNeilly teaches English at UBC. In addition to his academic publications, he has had poems published in Canadian Literature and The Antigonish Review. This is his first poetry collection.

11:30 Richard Wagamese (Kamloops) Runaway Dreams (Ronsdale Press $15.95)

Adopted by Mark Milner

Runaway Dreams immerses the reader in the unforgettable world where “the ancient ones stand at your shoulder . . . making you a circle / containing everything.” These are Medicine teachings told from the experience of one who lived and still lives them. They also show us Canada as seen through the eyes and soul of a well-worn traveller, with his love of country, his love of people, and his language sensuous and tender. Richard Wagamese is Ojibway but was separated from his people for 20 years. When they reconnected, elders told him that he was to be a storyteller. This has led to an award-winning career as a writer and a journalist.

11:45 Sachiko Murakami (Toronto) Rebuild (Talonbooks $16.95)

Vancouver has become as much a city of cranes and excavation sites as it is of ocean and landscape. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence at the city’s centre, with its vacant civic square and its bulldozed public spaces. The poems crumble as you turn the page, words flaking from the line like the rain-damaged stucco of a leaky condominium. Sachiko Murakami’s first poetry collection, The Invisibility Exhibit, was a finalist for the Governer General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She is a past member of Vancouver’s Kootenay School of Writing collective and now co-hosts the Pivot Reading Series.


Calvin Wharton, Kevin McNeilly, Richard Wagamese, Sachiko Murikami, Cynara Geissler, Heidi Greco, Garry Thomas Morse, Nikki Reimer, Jordan Abel, Dina Del Bucchia, Daniel Zomparelli, George McWhirter, Rob Taylor, Aisha Sasha John, Renee Norman, Donato Mancini.


12:00 subTerrain Cynara Geissler, Heidi Greco, Garry Thomas Morse, Nikki Reimer, Calvin Wharton

subTerrain magazine presents Cynara Geissler, Heidi Greco, Garry Thomas Morse, Nikki Reimer, and Calvin Wharton who will be reading their poems from subTerrain, issue #59, a special Vancouver 125 issue featuring 125 poems about Vancouver! Cynara Geissler will read “this city keeps us together”, Heidi Greco will read “It Comes In Colours”, Garry Thomas Morse will read “The Untitled (78)”, Nikki Reimer will read “Black Lines for Flight”, and Calvin Wharton will read “A City Carved Out of Water”. Each of the poets will also read an additional surprise poem! HOST: DANIEL ZOMPARELLI, POETRY IS DEAD

12:30 Poetry Is Dead Jordan Abel, Dina Del Bucchia, Daniel Zomparelli

Poetry Is Dead presents Jordan Abel, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli who will be reading from their latest works. Dina Del Bucchia will be reading from her current manuscript that focuses on celebrity culture in which the poem “Pamela Anderson” was published in the “TV, Beer and Video Games” issue. Jordan Abel will be reading from his current manuscript about history and its constant malleability. Daniel Zomparelli will be attempting a poetic experiment within the Poetry Tent—don’t miss it.


1:00 Eyes to See Otherwise / Ojos de otro mirar—read by translator George McWhirter Presented by PRISM international

George McWhirter is the co-editor of and the principal translator for Homero Aridjis’s Eyes to See Otherwise, originally published by New Directions. The translation appeared in PRISM international. Homero Aridjis is President Emeritus of International PEN and has won the Prix Roger Caillois in France. McWhirter has won international prizes for his poetry and is a UBC Professor Emeritus. George McWhirter es el co-editor de la principal traductor de Homero Aridjis «Ojos de otro mirar», publicado originalmente por nuevas direcciones. La traducción apareció en el «PRISMA internacional». Homero Aridjis es presidente emérito del PEN Club Internacional y ha ganado el Premio Roger Caillois en Francia. McWhirter ha ganado premios internacionales por su poesía y es un emérito profesor de UBC. 41



Poetry in Transit


In partnership with TransLink and BC Transit, the Association of Book Publishers of BC produces sixteen poetry cards annually featuring the work of BC-authored and Canadian-published poets. The cards are displayed on buses and SkyTrains throughout BC. A transit bus will be on-site all day displaying this year’s 16 poetry cards.

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Don’t miss readings from featured 2011 poets Rob Taylor, Gillian Jerome, Christine Lowther, Kate Braid, Laisha Rosnau, and David Zieroth in The Poetry Tent. HOST: BONNIE NISH, PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE Adopted by book’mark

2:30 Rob Taylor (Vancouver) The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books $18.00)

The Other Side of Ourselves, Rob Taylor’s award-winning debut collection of poems, explores the real and imagined worlds of our everyday lives. These poems are united in their consideration of what it means to be human, to shape lives for ourselves and attempt to live them well. The full-length manuscript of The Other Side of Ourselves won the 2010 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. Rob Taylor is the co-founder of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine. In 2004 he also co-founded SFU’s student poetry zine, High Altitude Poetry.

The World liTeraTure Program aT SFu discover diverse literary genres, historical periods, and translated texts from regions such as asia, europe, africa, the middle east, and latin america. explore how texts resonate in various cultural contexts and their influence on foreign traditions. examine the creative enterprise of translation.


2:45 Aisha Sasha John (Toronto) The Shining Material (BookThug $18.00)

The Shining Material blends self-portraiture, ekphrasis, and a certain brand of psalm to create a collection of poems that is a tonic: dizzying in its openmouthed, symphonic charge. Dancing across, between and at the interstices of the self, no poem is a single statement; they all recognize language as a perpetual subject of inquiry. In addition to being published in many journals and anthologies Aisha Sasha John has a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is currently writing a play called Kissy Kissy as part of Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip program.

3:00 Garry Thomas Morse (Vancouver) Discovery Passages (Talonbooks $17.95)

Adopted by Adaawx Publising

With its continuous poetic dialogue of “discovery” and “recovery”, Discovery Passages sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of the author’s ancestral people, the Kwakwaka’wakw. Linking traditions of the past with contemporary poetic ­tradition in BC, it encompasses oral and vocal ­tradition, ancient ritual, historical ­contextuality and our continuing rites. Garry Thomas Morse received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in 2008 and has twice been selected as runner-up for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

3:15 Renee Norman (Coquitlam) Martha in the Mirror (Inanna Publications $18.95)

Martha in the Mirror “borrows” the Martha from Doris Lessing’s series of autobiographical novels and reflects upon, interprets, and reimagines her character. At times even using Martha as a foil to herself, the poems deal with love and loss, birth and motherhood, longing and abandonment, and the compassion and understanding women can bring to one another. Renee Norman is an award-winning poet, a writer and a teacher. Her first volume of poetry, True Confessions, was awarded the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry.

3:30 Donato Mancini (Vancouver) Buffet World (New Star Books $21.00)

Visually and conceptually dynamic, Buffet World is a collection of poems about food, trade and life under late–late–capitalism. Exploring the relationships between industrial food production, eating, culture and the politics of language, Mancini organizes his controlled palette of words and images around metaphors of consumption and the formal device of the list. Donato Mancini uses poetry, bookworks, and text–based visual art for cultural criticism. Two of his books, Ligatures and Æthel, were each nominated for the ReLit Award. He is currently enrolled in the PhD program at UBC.



World Poetry Reading Series

Join hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea, the co-founders of the World Poetry Reading Series, and World Poetry Café Radio Show, as they host readings by four poets: Theo Campbell, Yilin Wang, Caroline C. Nazareno, and Dr. Warren Stevenson. World Poetry has over 500 poets from 64 countries and includes a strong Canadian and First Nations presence.



Family Fun on Hamilton Street

&THE FAMILY LITERACY TENT Britannia Community Services Centre Society develops and provides educational, recreational, library, and social services for the communities of Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona. T21 Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) offers five adultfocused, four-component family literacy models that address school-based transitions in five locations in the Lower Mainland. T21

Frontier College is a national non-profit literacy organization that incorporates volunteer mobilization, youth development, and community capacity building. T21 HIPPY Canada (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is a family literacy program for immigrant, refugee, and low-income families in Vancouver. T21

The KidSafe Writers’ Room Located at Queen Alexandra Elementary School, in the Writers’ Room, students work on creative literacy projects with volunteer tutors. T21 Scholastic Book Fairs is a highly dedicated team providing products and services to help children become lifelong learners. T21

Exhibitors listed with a are part of the Book Bag Treasure Hunt. Details on page 15.


Bookmaking for Kids


Make a Collage Button with Laura Bucci


Book signing with Tina Powell, author of Samantha’s Silly-icious Sandwiches

Create your own books, stories and bookmarks at the Family Literacy Tent. Supplies provided free of charge. Express yourself by making a 1.5-inch button using paper from magazines and books. Add rubber stamping, images and text to create your own great and unique composition to take away with you. This free drop-in workshop is lead by Laura Bucci, a local mixed-media artist, designer & maker who works with image & text compositions in various languages. Ages 6 and up

KIDS AND FAMILIES SCAVENGER HUNT Be sure to play the Scavenger Hunt Challenge. Fabulous family fun.

Purchase a Scavenger Hunt card for $1 at the Hamilton Street Info Tent (T22) and then answer the 10 questions. The answers can be found on the Festival site, so be sure to wear comfy shoes and keep your eyes peeled as you wander around! When you have all the answers (or as many as you can find), take the card back to the Info Tent on Hamilton Street (T22) to collect a cool prize! 44

Proud partner of The Word On The Street Vancouver The Canucks Family Education Centre is a partnership between Britannia Community Services Centre, the Canucks for Kids Fund, The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader program, the Vancouver Canucks and 40 program partners. CFEC works with the communities of Grandview-Woodland, Strathcona, East Vancouver and Burnaby South to provide quality family literacy programming and opportunities for children, youth and adults to learn together.

Learn more at Join us on Sunday, September 25 in the

Family Literacy Tent on Hamilton Street to celebrate families learning together!

KIDS TENT Geared to ages 6 and up, the Kids Tent on Literacy Lane (Hamilton Street) is the place to be, with great Canadian literature for readers of all levels.

11:00 Vikki VanSickle (Toronto) Love is a Four-Letter Word (Scholastic $8.99)


When a local production of The Wizard of Oz ruins Clarissa’s life by dashing her dreams and stealing her best friend, Clarissa learns that where love and friendship are concerned, if she doesn’t move forward, she’ll get left behind. Love Is a Four-Letter Word picks up one year following the conclusion of Words That Start With B. Vikki VanSickle holds an MA in Children’s Literature from UBC and has extensive experience working with children at theatre day camps. Her first novel, Words That Start With B, was nominated for the CBA Libris Children’s Book of the Year Award. Ages 11–13

11:20 Duane Lawrence (Vancouver) Sammy Squirrel & Rodney Raccoon to the Rescue

(Granville Island Publishing $12.95)

In this second Stanley Park Tale, best friends Sammy and Rodney depart on another adventure—this time, through the tunnels below the West End’s Sylvia Hotel. In their search for an abducted crow, they are joined by several of their Stanley Park neighbours and encounter many new and quirky friends. Duane Lawrence is a high school teacher who has lived and taught in London, England and Nara, Japan. Duane enjoys walking in Stanley Park and was inspired to write about the animals living there. Ages 7–12

11:40 Michelle Superle (Kelowna) Black Dog, Dream Dog (Tradewind Books $12.95)

Sam’s life is tightly controlled by her mother, so when she finds a big black dog in her backyard, she wants to keep him but can’t let her mother find out. Meanwhile, Stella wakes up in a strange room after having a stroke. She can’t move and she can’t talk, so how can she ask what happened to her dog? This is a story about a magical dog who changes Sam’s life in ways she never could have dreamed. Michelle Superle grew up in North Vancouver and now teaches writing courses in the English and Communications departments at Okanagan College. Ages 8–11 HOST: BRIAN BURTCH, BC BOOK PRIZES BOARD

12:00 Adrienne Mason and Jude Isabella YES Mag & KNOW

Jude and Adrienne will share some of their favourite science stories, experiments and activities from YES Mag and KNOW. Adrienne Mason is the managing editor of KNOW: The Science Magazine for Curious Kids (ages 6–9). She is also the author of more than 25 books, most of which relate to natural history, science and the history of the West Coast. Jude Isabella is managing editor of YES Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds (ages 10–15). She is also the author of a number of science books for kids and is currently working on a book about salmon. Ages 6 and up


Vikki VanSickle, Duane Lawrence, Michelle Superle, Adrienne Mason, Jude Isabella, Lesley McKnight, Brenda Bradshaw, Cheryl Mutch, Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Bruce McBay, Gina McMurchy-Barber, Glen Huser, Cristy Watson, Julie Lawson, Jacqueline Pearce, Ellen Schwartz.


12:40 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 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 Stanley Park take shape, gaze up at brand new high-rises, and even learn the secrets—and dangers—behind big city crime. Lesley McKnight has been a freelance researcher and writer for more than 10 years, and has been published in The Globe & Mail and the Vancouver Courier. Ages 9–12

1:00 Brenda Bradshaw & Dr. Cheryl Mutch (Vancouver) Good Food to Go (Random House $23.95)

Adopted by CMHC Granville Island

Good Food to Go offers creative ideas for balanced lunches and nutritious snacks, as well as up-to-date health tips. Recipes outline what can be done the night before, or made in bulk and frozen while practical tips will help parents make environmentally conscious food choices to ensure children are eating for a healthier planet. Brenda Bradshaw is an elementary school teacher and an avid cook, the mother of two and the co-author of The Good Food Book for Families. Dr. Cheryl Mutch is a consultant pediatrician with a keen interest in children’s nutrition and has two young daughters. All ages HOST: LORI SHERRITT-FLEMING, TICKLE TRUNK PLAYERS

1:40 Tickle Trunk Players (Vancouver) Kloshe’nem: First Nations Tales From the Pacific North West

Featuring Aboriginal performers, writers and authentic artifacts, this information-rich play invites you to travel with Raven, run with Fox and howl with Wolf in traditional tales from the North West coast. Use the Talking Stick, wear a Button Blanket and feel the deep rhythms of rawhide drums and antler rattles on this exciting storytelling adventure! Lori Sherritt-Fleming writes, produces and acts in plays and has toured extensively as a storyteller. Anastasia Hendry and Christine Mackenzie join her in this exciting collaboration. All ages


2:20 Bruce McBay (Vancouver) Angels Inc. (Tradewind Books $7.95)

Wendy and Zachary start a club to help people, but their good deeds all go wrong! When a couple of sneaky thieves show up in the neighbourhood, can Angels Inc. save the day or will this be their biggest disaster yet? Charming black and white illustrations by award-winning artist Kim La Fave help make this a truly entertaining chapter book for early-readers. Bruce McBay was an English teacher at Burnaby Secondary School for many years and is still interested in writing books for reluctant readers. Ages 6–9

2:40 Lori Sherritt-Fleming (Richmond) aRHYTHMetic / aRYTHMétique (Gumboot Books $11.99)

A book (and a half!) of poetry about math. Seven math poems with a rhythmical beat equal fun that will bounce you right out of your seat! Un livre (et demi) de poésie sur les mathématiques! Sept poèmes mathématiques qui battent la cadence voilà autant de choses pour vous amuser! Join author Lori Sherritt-Fleming reading in French and English as she helps you to discover the fun-damentals of math and poetry in this imaginative presentation. Ages 4–9

3:00 Gina McMurchy-Barber (Surrey) Broken Bones (Dundurn Press $12.99)


A vandalized grave in an abandoned pioneer cemetery in Golden, BC brings 12-year-old Peggy to excavate with her archaeologist friend. The cemetary dates back to the 1880s when the citizens were 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 and Peggy begins her search for the truth. Gina McMurchy-Barber was the 2004 recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. Her first book, Free as a Bird, was nominated for numerous awards. Ages 9–12

3:20 Glen Huser (Vancouver) The Runaway (Tradewind Books $14.95)

Leroy “Doodlebug” Barnstable likes to call himself the quickest draw in the west—with a crayon. It’s 1923 and Doodle is on the run from a couple of abusive cousins when he stumbles into a travelling Chautauqua show where it’s easy to get lost in a crowd—but also easy to lose your heart. Glen Huser has won a number of awards including the Mr. Christie’s Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the R. Ross Annett Award. A teacher‑librarian for most of his life, he continues to write, pursue his artwork, and coach students working on their own books for young people. Ages 13–15

3:40 Cristy Watson (White Rock) Benched (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)

When Cody and his friends accept a challenge from a local gang to steal a park bench, their main concern is keeping themselves on the gang’s good side. Then Cody learns that the stolen bench had been dedicated to the father of the English teacher who sponsors the school newspaper—the paper that Cody has just started writing for. As the gang applies more pressure, Cody realizes he’s crossed a line, and now has to figure out how to make it right. Cristy Watson is a teacher, 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


4:00 Julie Lawson (Victoria) Ghosts of the Titanic (Scholastic $8.99)


Kevin’s family inherits an old house and he discovers some artifacts hidden behind a wall, including photographs from 1911 showing a young woman with her baby. Soon Kevin is having haunting dreams and hearing a voice that plagues him. He tries to answer the voice and finds himself in a flooded corridor aboard the HMS Titanic, tasked with righting the wrongs of the past and putting troubled souls to rest. Julie Lawson is a former elementary school teacher and the award-winning author of many children’s books. She is inspired by historical events as well as by personal history. Ages 9–12

4:20 Jacqueline Pearce (Burnaby) The Mystery of the Missing Luck (Orca Book Publishers $6.95)

Sara loves spending time at her grandmother’s Japanese bakery, but things aren’t going well. When the Maneki Neko, the bakery’s lucky cat statue, goes missing, Sara wonders if the bakery’s luck is gone for good. But then a mysterious cat appears in the backyard one night and inspires a plan to find the statue and restore the bakery’s lost luck. Jacqueline Pearce has degrees in English Literature and Environmental Studies and has worked at various jobs, including museum accessioner, cartoon researcher and environmental educator. Ages 7–9

4:40 Ellen Schwartz (Burnaby) The Case of the Missing Deed (Tundra Books $17.99)

Five cousins are looking forward to their annual vacation at their grandmother’s cottage, but this may be their last summer there as a mining company has set its sights on the land. Grandma must produce the deed to prove that the property legally belongs to the family, but she can’t find it. The cousins suspect there may be clues hidden in the family’s cherished trove of recipes—but can they solve the mystery in time? Ellen Schwartz grew up in New Jersey before moving to Canada. She has written several books for children, including Avalanche Dance and Stealing Home. Ages 8–11


Mainstage entertainers The Carnival Band will be performing around the site. This fantastic 30-piece band will be hard to miss.

The Book Broads

For the third year in a row, The Book Broads will be on the street recording podcasts, live tweeting, sharing on Facebook and having a good time.. Easy to spot in their red and black attire, the Broads want to connect with friends new and old so come say hello. Connect with The Book Broads on their Facebook page or Twitter (@TheBookBroads).

Circus Fungus

Costumed characters of Circus Fungus will be touring the Festival site. Keep your camera handy to snap a shot of the awesome outfits. 49

MINI-MANUSCRIPT CONSULTS The Writer’s Studio at SFU is offering free 15-minutes consults on 2-3 pages of your poetry or prose, as well as answers to your writing questions. Consults are available between 10:30AM and 3:30PM at the Writing and Publishing table in the Village. A reservation is required. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE A SEAT GO TO OUR WEBSITE:

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Ages 4 –8 Joan Betty Stuchner Raise-A-Reader Corner at 1:40 PM

Ages 10+ Cristy Watson Kid’s Tent at 3:40 PM

Ages 14+ Karen Rivers Canada Writes Tent at 4:00 PM

Ages 12+ Robin Stevenson Canada Writes Tent at 3:40 PM

Ages 7–9 Jacqueline Pearce Kid’s Tent at 4:20 PM

Tradewind Books congratulates Karim Alrawi and Glen Huser

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Presented by the Vancouver Sun

Picture books, storytelling and more for the whole family, especially ages 0–7. Travel to distant lands, sing and dance, explore First Nations culture, and discover great local food on Literacy Lane (Hamilton Street). HOST: ROBERT HEIDBREDER, AUTHOR AND TEACHER Adopted by Kidsbooks

11:00 Dan Bar-el (Vancouver) Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? (Simply Read Books $18.95)

In the classic nursery rhyme “Pussycat, Pussycat,” Pussycat travels to London to visit the Queen. But where else does Pussycat go? These vivid, dreamy poems with illustrations by Rae Maté reveal the rest of Pussycat’s adventures. The trips take readers to far-flung, magical places of the world and also deeper into Pussycat’s heart. Dan Bar-el is a children’s author, educator and storyteller. His chapter book Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill won the 2008 Silver Birch Express Award, and his funny picture book Alphabetter was chosen for the Goverment of BC’s Ready, Set, Learn program. Ages 4–8

11:20 Storytelling with Siobhan Barker presented by Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Siobhan Barker is a published fiction and non-fiction author. She is an accomplished bilingual singer and storyteller of folklore, world issues and culture. Her stories often centre on community living, creation-tales or stories that emphasize preserving global resources. All ages

11:40 Karim Alrawi (Vancouver) The Mouse Who Saved Egypt (Tradewind Books $16.95)

Adopted by Kidsbooks

See how a small kindness can be repaid a thousand times over. The Mouse Who Saved Egypt retells the ancient Middle Eastern folktale of a small mouse that is saved by a prince of Egypt. In return, the mouse is able to save the kingdom when it is invaded by a foreign army. Karim Alrawi was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He has over 30 professionally produced plays to his credit and has written many nationally and internationally award-winning works including The Girl Who Lost Her Smile. He has also supervised international aid and development programs in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Ages 3–6

12:00 Storytelling with Mary Gavan presented by Vancouver Society of Storytelling


Mary Gavan is a professional storyteller specialising in Celtic stories. Her CD Celtic Otherworld won a 2011 World Storytelling Award. She tells with the Vancouver Storytellers on the third Sunday of the month. All ages.


Dan Bar-el, Siobhan Barker, Karim Alrawi, Mary Gavan, Kim La Fave, Gary Kent, Henry Charles, Kathy Sager, Joan Betty Stuchner, Lisa Sars, Brian Harris, Tina Powell, Melanie Ray.

12:20 Gary Kent & Kim La Fave (Roberts Creek) Fishing With Gubby (Harbour Publishing $19.95)

Adopted by Kidsbooks

Fishing with Gubby is the authentic account of one season in the life of Gubby, a salmon fisherman who lives in a small seaside village on BC’s West Coast. Gubby and Puss face rolling rapids, rough-and-tumble storms, and banks of fog. They tussle with a basking shark and a pod of orcas, all while trolling for spring and coho salmon and visiting other fishermen and homesteaders. Gary Kent was a commercial fisherman for ten years and now teaches at the Inside Passage School of Fine Woodworking. Kim La Fave is a Governor General’s Award-winning artist and illustrator of many other children’s books. Ages 6–9

12:40 Henry Charles—Vancouver Public Library First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence

Henry Charles is a Musqueam Speaker and Aboriginal Greeter and has welcomed numerous visitors and dignitaries to traditional Musqueam territories while speaking his native language. He is also the last surviving member of the Musqueam Nation to have lived in the endowment lands adjacent to the University of British Columbia. All ages HOST: JULIE FLETT, AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR Adopted by Kidsbooks

1:00 Kathy Sager (Cobble Hill) Suzie’s Sourdough Circus (Harbour Publishing $16.95)

Written in rhyming prose, young chefs spend a snowy afternoon in the warm kitchen with Suzie, her dad and their zany sourdough circus, learning a simple method to bake wholesome and tangy sourdough bread. Included are illustrated recipes for delicious sourdough baking, like authentic Yukon flap jacks, whole-grain bannock and a chocolate and vanilla sourdough cake. Kathy Sager is an early childhood educator with a background in nutrition. She bakes sourdough every week, at home and at the children’s centre where she works. Ages 4–8


Henry Charles—Vancouver Public Library First Nations Storyteller-in-Residence

See description from 12:40 pm.

1:40 Joan Betty Stuchner (Vancouver) Can Hens Give Milk? (Orca Book Publishers $19.95)

Adopted by Kidsbooks

On a small farm in the mythical village of Chelm, a man and his daughter set out to find a way to get milk from their hens, and the results are not only funny, they’re wacky. Joan Betty Stuchner works in a library, teaches part-time and acts in community theatre. She confesses that although her family has a big backyard, they don’t keep chickens, or even a goat. Can Hens Give Milk? is her sixth book. Ages 4–8 53



Storytelling with Lisa Sars & The Dixie Stars presented by Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Lisa Sars’s natural charm and winning personality bring our tales to life. A naturally gifted storyteller, Lisa captures the hearts of children wherever they go. All ages

2:20 Brian Harris (Vancouver) Adopted by Kidsbooks Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City (Kids Can Press $16.95)

A charming introduction to growing food in the city, Watch Me Grow! is the companion title to Up We Grow!, also by Deborah Hodge and Brian Harris. Watch Me Grow! focuses on growing food in the city—on windowsills, balconies, yards, boulevards and even rooftops. Read about sharing in community gardens and kitchens, friendships and the sense of caring that grows as people tend their city gardens together. Award-winning photographer Brian Harris takes photos that are used to help charitable organizations raise awareness and create a better world to live in. Ages 4–7


Lisa Sars & The Dixie Stars

Innovative and inspiring Dixie Star Storytelling fires the imagination of both children and grown-ups with its interactive shows. They evoke a fantastical world through words, music, movement, playful props, and know how to get the audience involved in creating the magic. Mercurial mastermind Tim Sars creates the music for Dixie Star with Wynston Minckler. Dixie Star’s infectious energy, warmth, and dedication are sure to keep you laughing and dancing. All ages

HOST: CHRIS DALLIN, KARACTERS DESIGN GROUP Presented by Canucks Family Education Centre Tina Powell (Vancouver) Adopted by Kidsbooks

3:00 Samantha’s Silly-icious Sandwiches (Big Fat Pen Publishing Inc. $12.45)

Samantha is sick of eating the same old, boring sandwiches for lunch. All the other kids have lunches that are fun and exciting. In this silly-icious book that encourages good nutrition, sharing, and selfreliance, Samantha takes matters into her own hands and the results are silly-icious! Tina Powell is an award-winning author, journalist and columnist who uses humour to entertain and inspire. She is the 2010 inductee into the Sheridan College Business Hall of Fame, and a 2011 McMaster University Arch Award recipient. Ages 5–9


Storytelling with Lisa Sars & The Dixie Stars

See description from 2:40 pm.

3:40 Storytelling with Melanie Ray presented by Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Words are Melanie Ray’s obsession: from reading and storytelling to writing, editing and proofreading, her work revolves around words. She likes being a part of the team at Lester’s Army magazine. She likes the theatre readings at the Performing Art Lodge where she lives. And she is most passionate about stringing words together with care, attention and love to create a story well-told.


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Murakami approaches the urban centre through its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate. Rebuild engraves itself on the absence of Vancouver’s centre, with its cranes, excavation sites, and bulldozed public spaces. Its poems crumble as the page turns, words flaking from the line like rain-damaged stucco.

Discovery Passages GARRY THOMAS MORSE

With breathtaking virtuosity, First Nations poet Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen, and scattered world of his ancestral people, the Kwakwaka’wakw, from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain George Vancouver’s original sailing route. SALE PRICING ON REBUILD AND D I S CO V E R Y PA S S A G E S AT T H E TA LO N B O O K S BOOTH. DROP BY!


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Local alternative comic book artists and illustrated zine producers. Downstairs in the Alice MacKay Room.


Exhibitors listed with a are part of the Book Bag Treasure Hunt. Details on page 15.

Presented by Mint Records The Black Dot Museum of Political Art presents lectures, book launches and art exhibits. Carina Piccioni Autobiographical comic book tales of a young woman in the city! Also, poster illustrations. Cinema Sewer is the underground film journal dedicated to the world’s sickest and sexiest movies. Cloudscape Comics Society is a collective of artists based in BC. We will be offering our anthologies, including our newest work, 21 Journeys. The 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. Downspace Creative Kim Glennie is an animator / illustrator; Derek DeLand, an architect. Hijinx ensue! Emily & Zola, The Woods, Copyright Infringers, SWELL(™).

Ed Brisson is the writer behind the Shuster Award-nominated crime comic series, Murder Book. Jason Turner is the artist and co-author of the One Book, One Vancouver nominated series True Loves. Jenna Sokalski likes to combine her passions for writing and drawing to create comics. Nifty! Lost City Comics Jonathon Dalton draws comics about strange worlds and the ordinary people who live there. Mangy Cur Press features the talents of Sydney More, and is offering a large selection of her fine work. Mint Records Home to Nardwuar, The Pack a.d., Hot Panda, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, Kellarissa, and many, many more! Mostly Monsters Fun monsterthemed table with colouring books, zines, cards, and more!


Patremoir Press’s Fathers celebrates Atwood, Churchill, Kafka, Lessing, Ondaatje, Toews and Woolf under the street. Rosencrantz Comics Jesse Davidge will be showcasing the first volume of Mathemagick & Mystiphysics and doing $5 drawings of anything you want!! Steve Rolston Artist of comics Ghost Projekt, Emiko Superstar, Pounded, Escapists, and Queen & Country! Tiny Vices Mary Karaplis is a Vancouver-born comics artist specializing in single panel illustration and images that pack a punch. Tough Sissy Girl Colour me, draw me, paint me, read me, make me, collaborate with me, visit us! Vancouver Comic Con Producers of comic book & pop culture memorabilia shows for over a decade. Visit us at www.

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Cartooning Workshop with Robin Thompson

Pick up a pencil and learn how to create awesome characters and design your own comic strip. Robin Thompson is an illustration instructor at Emily Carr University, comic book artist of Knuckles Malone and Captain Spaceman, and freelance artist. He curated the exhibit The Art of Comics at the Concourse Gallery earlier this year. Class is limited to 20 participants so early queuing is recommended. Ages 11–16


Comic Critiques

Attention aspiring comic artists and writers. Do you have any in-progress or finished works and do you want an honest opinion from an experienced comic artist? Well here’s your chance to get 15 minutes of undivided Comic Consultants attention, advice and affirmation. Bring your 12:00 Jeff Ellis, Tara C. Carmichael 12:30 Carina Piccioni, Kim Glennie work, choose a mentor and sign up early at 1:00 Steve Rolston, James Lloyd The Word Under the Street because we only 1:30 Mary Karaplis, Sydney More have 24 spots and they’re going to go fast! 2:00 Leonard S. Wong, Jenna Sokalski 2:30


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Downstairs in the library, in the Alma Van Dusen Room. Discover writing tips, learn how to make a business plan, and get marketing hints. HOST: HAILEY FROESE, WRITING & BOOK CAMP COORDINATOR, VPL

11:00 Vancouver Public Library—Writing & Book Camp

Come and listen to talented young writers from the 2011 Writing and Book Camp read their work and talk about their experiences at the weeklong camp held at the Vancouver Public Library August 8–12. Writing and Book Camp, held annually at the Central branch, connects kids who love reading and writing with authors and illustrators from the literary world through interactive workshops and keynote addresses. This fun camp is for kids ages 11–16 and is wildly popular every year.

12:00 David Lester The Listener Graphic Novel—an adaptation featuring Mecca Normal

Author David Lester—best known as the guitar player in the literary rock duo Mecca Normal—is getting great reviews for his graphic novel, The Listener. Published by Arbeiter Ring (2011) the prestigious School Library Journal (New York) said, “The Listener demands to be added to any shelf on which Anne Frank’s Diary and Spiegelman’s Maus are available.” The Listener was launched in June on a six-city Canadian tour that also featured the performance adaptation by Mecca Normal’s Jean Smith titled “How Art & Music Can Change the World”.

1:00 Writers Helping Writers: Increase Your Writer’s Income Presented by the Canadian Authors Association

This session will fill you in on three ways that authors can generate more income: Public Lending Rights payments, Access Copyright / now Payback payments and the tax savings of an “Office in the Home”. Following the motto of Canadian Authors Association which began in 1921, CAA’s Past president, Anthony Dalton, and Public Lending Rights rep, Bernice Lever share their knowledge to help make your writing career more financially viable. Q&A will follow the 20-minute talk, and there will be handouts available. Bernice Lever has been giving writing workshops for 40 years and has four lifetime achievement titles from various writing groups. Anthony Dalton earned a full living as an adventure tour leader while publishing photo travel articles. He has given workshops internationally and is now a Smithsonian Institute designated speaker on cruise ships.



The Book Broads: Angela Crocker, Kim Plumley and Peggy Richardson Book Business Plans

The Book Broads have got the plan—your book business plan. The Book Broads believe that every writer who aspires to be published should look at their writing as part of a business, and every business needs a business plan. How will you promote yourself? Have you figured out the finances? Paper or digital? Self-published or traditionally published? The Broads will set you on the right path to have a plan that will help you succeed. Speaker and social media trainer Angela Crocker is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Social Network. Kim Plumley is Canada’s Publicity Maven with more than 10 years of amazing campaigns under her belt. With her technical background of more than 20 years, Peggy Richardson blogs about her specialty in writing and editing non-fiction at

David Lester, Anthony Dalton, Bernice Lever, Roman Onufrijchuk, Clélie Rich, Brian Kaufman, Bob Kronbauer, Melody Poirier, Cathleen With, Meredith Quartermain, Charles Demers, Timothy Taylor, Grant Lawrence.


How to Get Published Panel


You Gotta Know Where You Come From, To Know Where You’re Going

Calling all writers! Do you have something to say and don’t know where to find your audience? Or maybe you’ve already been published and would like to explore new arenas. Digital or physical? To self-publish or not? Find out here. Join SFU professor Roman Onufrijchuk as he leads a discussion with people working in a large spectrum of publishing media including Clélie Rich, the managing editor of Room magazine, publisher Brian Kaufman from Anvil Press and editor-in-chief at subTerrain, Bob Kronbauer, the managing editor of Vancouver Is Awesome and Melody Poirier from Printorium Bookworks and Island Blue Printing. A Love Letter To Vancouver: In celebration of our city’s 125th birthday join five renowned Vancouver writers as they discuss their city and province as a central character, backdrop, and inspiration in their written works. Cathleen With is a Vancouver writer raised in Richmond, who writes to learn about what she knows. Meredith Quartermain is an award-winning poet and fiction writer who explores the city as animal behavior, museum and dream of modernity. Charles Demers is a standup comedian, novelist and essayist. Timothy Taylor is the winner of the Journey Prize, and his book Stanley Park has also been chosen as the One Book, One City selection for Vancouver and was on the shortlist for the Giller Prize. Moderated by Grant Lawrence, a CBC Radio personality, former Smugglers vocalist, championship-winning goalie, and author of the bestselling book, Adventures in Solitude.

WIN A WORD ON THE STREET LIBRARY! Enter to win a Word On The Street Vancouver 2011 Library: a copy of nearly every book featured at the 2011 Festival!

To enter, visit an Info Booth or one of the roving volunteers to become a member of the Vancouver Book & Magazine Fair Society ($2 donation). As a member, you’ll get next year’s Program Guide in the mail and be invited to the AGM in 2012. Please fill out the survey to help us improve the festival. Tell us what you think, plus a few other things about yourself. Don’t worry, your information won’t be shared and we use the data only for anonymous statistics. When you’re finished, drop your form and toonie into a bucket at any reading venue and you will be entered to win a Word On The Street Vancouver 2011 Library. 59


Located inside the library, downstairs in the Peter Kaye Room. Focusing on writing and publishing, these special sessions fill up quickly, so early queuing is recommended.

12:00 De-Mystifying Mystery Writing

What is the Mystery? Where do the ideas come from? Join four authors of the mystery writing genre as they discuss how to begin, where their inspiration comes from and how to keep readers in suspense. Debra Purdy Kong, the author of The Opposite of Dark, first in the Casey Holland transit security mysteries. Robin Spano, the author of the Clare Vengel Undercover Novels—crime fiction with a modern urban edge. Her most recent novel is Death Plays Poker. Elizabeth Elwood, an author and playwright whose mystery books and plays have entertained readers and audiences across Canada. Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, the author of seven travel books, has now written three mystery novels in what she calls The Travelling Detective Series, the main character of which is a travel writer. Moderated by Stephen Miller, an actor and the creator of the Pyotr Ryzhkov historical thrillers.


Memoir-Writing Workshop with Madeline Sonik

Have you always wanted to write about your personal experiences, but been uncertain how to proceed? Here you’ll be able to discuss the nuts and bolts of memoir and personal essay writing in a supportive environment. Throughout, you’ll be encouraged to experiment and be provided with a number of writing techniques that will assist in transforming your life stories into literary non-fiction. Bring your pens and paper and be prepared to write!

Madeline Sonik is an eclectic, award-winning writer and anthologist. Working in a wide variety of genres, her most recent work, Afflictions & Departures is a collection of firstperson experiential essays.


Writing the Political Poem

What work should the political poem do at this time? How do you give voice to your political ideas? Join four local poets as they read their poems and discuss their engagement with the social–political in their work. Mercedes Eng is an affective labourer, living and writing in the Downtown Eastside. Christine Leclerc co-facilitates The Enpipe Line, over 47,000 kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. Reg Johanson is a writer and teacher in Vancouver on occupied Coast Salish territory. Cecily Nicholson is the Coordinator of Funds with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and has collaborated as a member of the Press Release poetry collective. Moderator Jen Currin’s The Inquisition Yours won the Audre Lorde Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing at Kwantlen University and for the SFU Writer’s Studio.


Debra Purdy Kong, Robin Spano, Elizabeth Elwood, Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, Madeline Sonik, Christine Leclerc, Jen Currin, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Michael Turner.

3:30 History in the Taking: Adventures in Social Writing with Elee Kraljii Gardiner & Michael Turner

In this lively, interactive 75-minute event we will write communally using creative prompts derived from significant moments in Vancouver history. From Hamilton’s city streets to Habitat ’76, from the 1918 General Strike to the hockey riots—all you will need is paper and pen. Sharing your writing is encouraged, but not mandatory. Elee Kraljii Gardiner writes with and directs Thursdays Writing Collective on the Downtown Eastside. Michael Turner is a Vancouver-based writer of fiction, criticism and song.


Look for this pencil icon in the Program Guide for more writing and publishing talks. Or, sign up for a free writing consult with The Writer’s Studio at SFU (see advertisement on page 50).



COME BID! Support The Word On The Street Festival Vancouver and treat yourself to something fabulous. Items have been donated by publishers, restaurants, hotels, businesses and more. Located in the Library Promenade, near the North Entrance and book’mark, The Library Store. Bidding closes at 4:45 pm sharp.

The BC Book Arts Guild presents Bookmaking Demos

Fascinated by the art and craft of fine bookmaking? 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! 11:00–12:00 Gina Page, mini-tunnel books 12:00–1:00 Suzan Lee, making books from a single sheet of paper 1:00–2:00 Lindsay Page, traditional books: alternative politics 2:00–3:00 Reg Lissel, handmade paper 3:00–4:00 Kassandra Bonn, simple book structures 4:00–5:00 Jan Janovick, more book structures

DOWNSTAIRS IN THE MOAT OCW Magazine presents The Bookmark Show

A non-juried exhibition of original artwork by artists and designers from across Canada, The Bookmark Show presents the custom bookmark as a cultural artifact in the age of digital publishing. Each artist-made bookmark, created using a variety of mediums and materials, is functional for use. Bookmarks will be for sale to fundraise for the non-profit OCW Arts & Publishing Foundation.

Carnegie Centre Chapbook Workshop Exhibition

Chapbooks created during a workshop held Saturday, September 24, in the Carnegie Centre theatre will be on display and for sale! Chapbooks are short, self-published, homemade books that allow writers to circulate their work quickly and cost-efficiently. Twenty participants who took part in a chapbook workshop September 24 (part of The Word On The Street) will display and sell their work on September 25 in The Moat as part of Sunday’s The Word On The Street festival at Library Square. For more information on the workshop on Saturday at the Carnegie Centre, see page 8.


5.30 with Dawna Friesen


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 2011 Program Guide  

The Word On The Street Vancouver is a book and magazine festival at the end of September.

The Word On The Street Vancouver 2011 Program Guide  

The Word On The Street Vancouver is a book and magazine festival at the end of September.