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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
6:30 pm Talk and signing with Shahla and Peter Nygaard
Decade of Discovery: A Couple’s Adventure that Spanned the Globe (Self-Published $20.00)
Presented by Banyen Books & Sound
A country boy and a city girl team up to pursue their life’s dreams, conquering one obstacle at a time. By spending months walking and years on bicycles they made their way through 77 countries on 6 continents. This world tour took them to the brink of death, the pinnacle of health and vigour, and everywhere in between. In the process they gained an understanding of themselves, not just as individuals but as a species. Come and experience a taste of adventure as they share their amazing tale. More
VPL Britannia Branch
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver (Gallery Room)
6:30 pm Poetic Pairings
Presented by Pandora’s Collective and VPL Britannia Branch
Join us for delightful pairings of poetic voices. Voices become differently engaged when set against another writer’s work. Listen as couplets bounce words off one another, relate their stories, and rejoice in the collaboration of expression. Question period to follow. Pairs: Jónína Kirton and Sho Wiley, Elee Kraljii Gardiner and RC Weslowski, Bonnie Nish and Angela Rebrec, Cynthia Sharp and Timothy Shay, Chelsea Comeau and Lara Varesi. Hosted by Mary Duffy.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
6:30 pm Talk and signing with Eric Bowers
Meet Me In Hard-to Love Places: The Heart and Science of Relationship Success (Self-Published $22.95)
Presented by Banyen Books & Sound
Why is it that intimate relationships—be they romantic, familial, platonic—give us the most exquisite and magical moments of our lives but also some of the most painful experiences we endure? How can we create the relationships we long for? In this interactive and engaging book talk, Meet Me in Hard-to-Love Places author Eric Bowers will explore these questions and their answers through the lenses of Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Nonviolent Communication, and The Shadow. Eric Bowers is an author, musician, relationship coach, and Nonviolent Communication Trainer who loves to inspire and support people to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: creating successful relationships. More
The Cottage Bistro
4468 Main Street, Vancouver
7:00 pm Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Presented by Pandora’s Collective with support from the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts
Share in an evening of literary surprises. Connect, read, and enjoy. An open mic session follows featured readings from Theresa Kishkan, Dan MacIsaac, and Arleen Paré. All are welcome to attend and participate. Sign up for the open mic between 7:00 and 7:30 pm. The suggested donation is $5 at the door. The Twisted Poets Literary Salon is on the second Wednesday and fourth Thursday of each month. Theresa Kishkan is an acclaimed author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Dan MacIsaac’s poetry, verse translations, and fiction have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines. Arleen Paré is a poet and novelist who has won the Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Hosted by Bonnie Nish.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
7:00 pm Talk and signing with Azmina Kassam and Meharoona Ghani
The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth: Personal Stories by Canadian Muslim Women (Mawenzi House Publishers $24.95)
Presented by Banyen Books & Sound
A collection of 21 personal stories told by women from practically all backgrounds and persuasions—devout and not-so devout, professionals and housewives, westernized and traditional, wearing jeans, hijab, or niqab, straight and gay, and originally from Africa, North America, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia—revealing in their own ways what it means to them to be a Muslim woman (a “Muslimah”). More
VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch
730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
7:00 pm Finding, Hiring, and Working with a Freelance Editor with Wendy Barron, Meagan Dyer, and Susan Fitzgerald
Presented by Editors British Columbia
Working with a freelance editor can help you, the writer, better connect with your reader. In this session, a panel of experienced editors will discuss the benefits of working with an editor, where and how to find the right editor for your project, why a contract benefits everyone and shouldn’t be scary, how to negotiate a project contract with a freelancer, and how to make the most of the editing process once the contract is signed. Come curious and bring your questions for the Q&A portion. Wendy Barron is a freelance editor and proofreader of fiction and nonfiction. Visit wendybarron.com. Meagan Dyer is a freelance editor, indexer, and content writer in Vancouver, B.C. Visit www.meagandyer.com. Susan Fitzgerald provides editing, writing, and research services to a wide range of clients.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
6:30 pm Heroics and Heart with Rachelle Delaney, Kallie George, and Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Presented by Christianne’s Lyceum
Put on your pyjamas and join us for three thrilling bedtime stories by three of Vancouver’s most beloved children’s authors. Curl up with a cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while you savour stories about characters who find the courage within themselves to pursue their dreams, fight for what they believe in, and find a place they belong. From an undercover female ninja to an unlikely circus performer to a brave mouse maid at the grandest animal hotel in Fernwood Forest, these are characters to delight and inspire. The evening will end with the opportunity to create a string of hearts craft that will serve as a reminder of our own potential for bravery. When adventure calls, will you answer? Rachelle Delaney will read from The Bonaventure Adventures. Kallie George will read from the Heartwood Hotel series. Tanya Lloyd Kyi will read from Shadow Warrior.
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
(please see their website for information about accessibility)
7:30 pm An Evening of Japanese Poetic Forms: From the Tokaido Road to the World Stage
Presented by the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society with support from the Frank H. Hori Foundation
Join poets Terry Ann Carter, Rachel Enomoto, and Kozue Uzawa in a discussion of the Japanese poetic forms: haiku, tanka, and haibun. Terry Ann Carter, a haiku and lyric poet, will read from her new book, Tokaido (Red Moon Press), which uses the poetic form haibun to traverse the Tokaido, the ancient pilgrimage between Kyoto and Tokyo, its fifty-three stations, and artist Hiroshige’s eponymous woodblock prints. Rachel Enomoto, winner of the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival International Haiku Contest, will also give a reading, and Kozue Uzawa will read a selection of her tanka and encourage audience members to participate in creating their own tanka verse.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
9:00 am 55+ Lifestyle Show
Presented by INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine
The 55+ Lifestyle Show is an annual event offering entertainment and seminars, alongside products and services geared for the 55+ consumer. Presented by INSPIRED Senior Living magazine, this one-day Vancouver expo encourages people over 55 to live life to the fullest. The 2017 show features inspiring speakers, a fashion show, and fabulous makeovers. Meet celebrity guests—singer Jim Byrnes and retired news anchor Pamela Martin. Join us at the Forum on the PNE grounds from 9am – 3pm on September 23. Easy access by public transportation. Parking nearby. Visit www.55pluslifestyle.com or call 1-877-479-4705 for more info.
808 Richards Street, Vancouver
11:00 am ArtStarts Explores: Words
Presented by ArtStarts
Bring the whole family for this fun workshop to explore the idea of written, spoken, and gestured words through creative art forms! This special Word edition of our weekly ArtStarts Explores workshop series takes place Saturday, September 23 at the ArtStarts Gallery (808 Richards Street). Free! Donations welcome.
Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main Street, Vancouver
11:00 am Write a Book and Get Published with Megan Williams
Presented by The Self Publishing Agency and Carnegie Community Centre
The Self Publishing Agency recognizes that you don’t have to have a degree in literary arts to write a book or know the first thing about writing a book. What you need is a story and a determination to write it down. Whether you have started writing, or don’t know where to start, this workshop will give aspiring authors structure, direction, and tools to help finish their manuscripts. You will leave with practical tools and processes to start writing your book and an understanding of publishing opportunities available. Megan Williams is the award-winning author of Our Interrupted Fairy Tale (2014) and Don’t Call the Office (2016), coauthored with her nine-year-old stepdaughter Madison, and principal at The Self Publishing Agency.
12:00 pm Type Up!
Presented by Carnegie Community Centre
Do you have handwritten poems, stories, and letters you would like to have typed up, but you don’t have a way to do that? Well come along to Type Up! at the Carnegie Library Learning Centre, and volunteers will be on hand to take your writing materials, help you edit them, and turn them into a typed file. The number of pages will be limited to 10. The typed files can be printed out, emailed, or copied onto a USB drive or CD. Come early to be sure you don’t miss out.
2:30 pm Note to Self: Therapeutic Writing for Writers with Carmen Ostrander
Many of us got on board the therapeutic writing train at the station marked ‘personal insight’ with journaling, morning pages, and the composition of never-to-be-sent letters. With many schools of thought on the benefits of writing and conjecture around our motives, ranging from concealed self-interest to cognitive reassurance, writing for well-being can be fraught, especially for those engaged in the business and/or art of writing. Drawing on post-modernism, narrative therapy, and neuroscience you will explore different ways of putting pen to paper in service of self through short exercises and discussion. Carmen Ostrander is an Australian narrative and expressive arts therapist, with a long history of engagement in the arts.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
The main festival day takes place at Library Square, located at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Enjoy free readings, panel discussions, and live performances. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors will also gather to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!
Around the Square (Library Square)
All day WORD UP!
Presented by Buddha Board and Barbara Bernath
This pop-up, participatory, urban-activation invites people to dip in and play with words on super-sized Buddha Boards attached whimsically to Ron Terada’s permanent installation, The Words Don’t Fit the Picture. Participants will be encouraged to use the street-setting and the dual nature of the boards to go public and private, both outward and in. Simple life quandaries such as “What are you ready to let go of” and “What are you aching to let in” lead to inner answers and outer words. The project invites us all to step up and honor our words. Relax. Nothing lasts forever. All of life is in constant change. Take a risk. Express yourself. Write on! Come join this celebration of personal expression, public space, and the primal power of the handwritten word.
All day Vancouver Youth Theatre – Storytelling Improv
Vancouver Youth Theatre Directors and actors present storytelling and improv, with fun props, colourful costume pieces, sound effects, music, and an opportunity to include young participants by the Kids Area. Programs at Vancouver Youth Theatre include Teen Ensemble, which creates innovative, original productions on social justice themes. Kids’ Writes, the writing-acting collaboration, promotes literacy and artistic expression for young actors as well as authors (grades K-7) whose creative writing is selected for dramatization.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Circus Lab
Circus Lab can’t wait to see you at the Word Vancouver festival! You will find our students featured as roving characters, found throughout the festival unicycling or performing other acrobatic feats. Everything is improvised and inspired by the event for a fun and interactive experience! Circus Lab is a circus school in Langley encouraging creativity, physical literacy, and confidence through circus arts. Know a toddler or child interested in oodles of acrobatic fun? Curious about programs for teens, adults, children with special needs, home learners, future ninjas, camps, or birthdays parties? Visit www.thecircuslab.ca or follow us on Instagram @thecircuslab!
Community Garden (Alma VanDusen Room)
HOST (11:00 – 12:00): Sean Cranbury
11:00 am Eve Lazarus (Adopted by Laura Yazedjian)
Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s First Forensic Investigator (Arsenal Pulp Press $21.95)
Blood, Sweat, and Fear chronicles some of BC’s most notorious criminal history alongside the pioneering forensic work of John Vance, “Canada’s Sherlock Holmes.” Vance’s knowledge of poisons helped solve a sensational death case, while his work in blood analysis allowed him to distinguish human from animal blood―sending a murderer to the gallows. His skills and analytic abilities were so effective that in 1934 there were seven attempts on his life, leading him and his family to live under constant police guard. Eve Lazarus was a 2016 BC Book Prize finalist for Cold Case Vancouver. She serves on the board of the Vancouver Historical Society and blogs at Every Place has a Story. More
11:20 am Aaron Chapman (Adopted by Bryan Pike)
The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang (Arsenal Pulp Press $24.95)
Decades before organized crime syndicates brought drug wars to Vancouver, street gangs held sway over the east side. None were considered tougher than the Clark Park gang: after a number of headline-making riots with police, the Clark Parkers became the target of an undercover police squad, with their hostile interactions culminating in a notorious police shooting. Combining meticulous research with a keen flair for storytelling, The Last Gang in Town puts the spotlight on the underbelly of the city’s not-so-distant criminal past. Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician who often writes about the history of Vancouver after-dark. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town and Live at the Commodore, winner of the 2015 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award. More
11:45 am Kate Bird (Adopted by the Vancouver Sun)
City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes (Greystone Books $32.95)
From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver has a long and rich history of making its opinions and passions known, and in some cases, felt. In City on Edge, Kate Bird presents striking images of the moments when the city stood up, took to the streets, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. The result is a powerful collection of photographs that shows that, for better or worse, Vancouver knows how to make its voice heard. Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of the bestselling Vancouver in the Seventies. More
HOST (12:10 – 1:10): Mark Leiren-Young
12:10 pm Jayne Seagrave (Adopted by Eponymous)
All the World’s a Stage: The Story of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach (Heritage House Publishing $29.95)
Bestselling BC author Jayne Seagrave goes behind the scenes at Western Canada’s most illustrious Shakespeare festival to discover the secret to its longstanding success. The story of Bard on the Beach unfolds in five “acts” highlighting the festival’s history, struggles, successes, and key players—both on and off the stage—who have shaped Bard into one of the city’s most popular and enduring yearly cultural events. Jayne Seagrave is an academic, entrepreneur, and bestselling writer of guidebooks on women’s travel and camping. She attended her first Bard performance in 1991 and has been an avid fan ever since. Learn more at jayneseagrave.com. More
12:30 pm Grant Lawrence (Adopted by ZG Communications)
Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries (Douglas & McIntyre $26.95)
“Funny and poignant” – The Georgia Straight; “Another winner for [Grant Lawrence]” – The Vancouver Sun; “A lively read” – The Globe and Mail. Dirty Windshields is the long-awaited memoir from esteemed author and radio personality, Grant Lawrence, uncovering the hilarious (and salacious) details from sixteen years of touring as the lead singer of Vancouver-born rock and roll band, The Smugglers. Grant Lawrence is the author of The Lonely End of the Rink and Adventures in Solitude. Host of the award-winning CBC Radio 3 Podcast, he lives in Vancouver, BC. More
12:50 pm Doug Sarti (Adopted by Liesl Jauk)
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Rocky Mountain Books $40.00)
For 50 years the Georgia Straight has served as the voice of reason during turbulent times. With fearless tenacity, the Straight has taken the good fight to the powers that be, whether they be big business, city hall, the provincial legislature, parliament, or just plain human folly. This highly illustrated and beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details, and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context. Doug Sarti has been a feature and news writer for more than 20 years. While at the Georgia Straight, he has specialized in US politics, books, movies, and pop culture, but he has written for every section of the paper. More
HOST (1:15 – 2:35): Sean Cranbury
1:15 pm John MacLachlan Gray (Adopted by Elizabeth Ball)
The White Angel (Douglas & McIntyre $29.95)
The White Angel is a novel inspired by the cold case of Janet Smith, a Scottish nanny who was found dead in her employer’s posh Shaughnessy Heights mansion on July 26, 1924. Bestselling author and playwright John MacLachlan Gray draws an artful portrait of a Vancouver reeling from the aftermath of the Great War—with a barely functioning police department and a thriving criminal class—in all its opium-hazed, smog-choked, rain-soaked glory. John MacLachlan Gray is a renowned author and playwright. His most well-known work, the award-winning Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978), was produced for film and stage. More
1:35 pm Dietrich Kalteis
Zero Avenue (ECW Press $17.95)
Set to the cranking beat and amphetamine buzz of Vancouver’s early punk scene, Zero Avenue follows Frankie Del Rey, a rising punk star who runs just enough dope on the side to keep her band, Waves of Nausea, together. The trouble is she’s running it for Marty Sayles, a drug dealer who controls the Eastside with a fist. And when she gets tied up in a scheme to raid his pot fields growing along Zero Avenue, Frankie ends up on Marty’s wrong side. Dietrich Kalteis is an award-winning author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His latest novel Zero Avenue will be released on October 2, and his current novel House of Blazes recently won an Independent Publishers award for best historical fiction. More
1:55 pm Sheena Kamal
The Lost Ones (HarperCollinsCanada $21.99)
A dark, compulsively readable psychological suspense debut, and the first in a new series featuring a character as heartbreakingly troubled and emotionally complex as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander, the brilliant, fearless, chaotic, and deeply flawed Nora Watts, who is a survivor despite the crushing odds. Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Kamal has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry—academic knowledge and experience that inspired her debut novel. She lives in Vancouver. More
2:15 pm William Deverell (Adopted by Pender Litigation)
Whipped (ECW Press $28.95)
In the seventh book in William Deverell’s award-winning Arthur Beauchamp series, the famed criminal lawyer must come out of his idyllic retirement to represent the woman he loves. A Russian dominatrix has filmed herself putting the whip to the bare bottom of a top federal cabinet minister, and the video has fallen into the hands of Beauchamp’s wife, leader of the Green Party. When the video is leaked, Margaret is sued by the minister for $50 million, and Beauchamp must defend her in the toughest case of his career. William Deverell‘s first legal thriller, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Prize. His subsequent 18 novels include award-winners Trial of Passion and April Fool. His life and works can be viewed at www.deverell.com. More
2:40 pm Vancouver Comics History
Presented by Cloudscape Comics
Vancouver has a long and rocky history with comics. Our journey begins in the 1940s with some short-lived experiments in publishing comic books locally, travels through the underground comics scene of the 1980s, and arrives at an unprecedented explosion of independent comic-making in the 21st century. Find out where Vancouver comics have been in the past, and where we are now. Panelists: Bevan Thomas, Colin Upton, and Jonathon Dalton (moderator).
HOST (3:50 – 5:00): TBA
3:50 pm Katherine Collins (Adopted by Ken Paquette)
The Collected Neil the Horse (Conundrum Press $25.00)
Neil and his friends Soapy and Mam’selle Poupée are a struggling song-and-dance act. Their magical and absurd adventures take them to outer space, the past, and the future in a mix of slapstick, romance, and show business. Neil the Horse ran 15 issues in the 1980s. With its tagline, “Making the World Safe for Musical Comedy,” it is the world’s only musical comic book. It is a totally original hybrid influenced more by Carl Barks and Fred Astaire than by the underground comics of the time. Katherine Collins was known as Arn Saba until 1993 when she came out as a trans-woman. Arn’s character Neil the Horse ran in Canadian newspapers from 1975-1982, and subsequently starred in fifteen comic books, from 1983–88. Katherine was inducted into the Giants of the North, Canadian Cartooning Hall of Fame at the 2017 Doug Wright Awards. More
4:30 pm Miriam Libicki (Adopted by CUPE 391)
VPL Writer in Residence
Presented by the Vancouver Public Library
Miriam Libicki is a nonfiction graphic novelist from Coquitlam, BC. Her most recent graphic novel, Toward a Hot Jew, was named a top ten graphic novel of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Miriam’s comics are based on nonfiction and documentary techniques, such as interviews and photo reference, and also deal with themes of identity and culture clash. Miriam is Vancouver Public Library’s 2017 Writer in Residence. More
The CUPE Stage (Homer Street)
12:30 pm Danielle LaFrance
Presented by CUPE 391
Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and militant. Since 1983 she has mostly resided on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the author Species Branding (CUE, 2010) and Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks 2016) as well as the chapbook Pink Slip (SIC 2013). From 2012 to 2016, she co-organized, alongside Anahita Jamali Rad, the feminist materialist reading and journal series, About a Bicycle. Recent attempts at Spanish-English poetry translations have been published on the online magazine inPeregrinos y sus Letras. A new book of poetry and experimental prose is in development, currently titled JUST LIKE I LIKE IT. She believes in putting an end to what she doesn’t like.
1:30 pm Chelene Knight
Presented by CUPE 391
Chelene Knight was born in Vancouver and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. In addition to being a workshop facilitator for teens, she is also a regular literary event organizer and host. She has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines. Chelene is currently the Managing Editor at Room magazine. Braided Skin, her first book (Mother Tongue Publishing, March 2015), has given birth to numerous writing projects including her second book, Dear Current Occupant (forthcoming with BookThug, 2018), She’s now working with fiction mentor Jen Sookfong Lee on a novel set in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver in the 1930s-50’s known as Hogan’s Alley.
Imagination Island (South Plaza)
BAZOOF! empowers youth with publishing opportunities! So visit the B! booth for hands-on activities that could be published in the print magazine BAZOOF!, the digi-mag ABAJUB!, or on the B! Blog for the world to enjoy! Share a joke, riddle, or an embarrassing moment, draw a picture, share a craft or healthy snack idea, write a poem or mini-story. Many possibilities!
Join the staff and volunteers of Christianne’s Lyceum (Vancouver’s amazing community-based literature and art centre) to enjoy some word activities for the entire family. Add words to your own Poet Tree, work with our staff to make an on-the-spot poem, win prizes at our literary ring toss, add a wish to our wishing wall mural, or try your hand at our special Word Vancouver crossword. Observing, beautifying, challenging, wish-granting—is there anything words can’t do?
CWILL BC and Reading Lights
Read! Listen! Create! Explore! Compose a frameable, inspiring piece of literary art celebrating your adventures at Word Vancouver with CWILL BC members and Reading Lights contributors. CWILL BC is a cooperative organization of BC children’s writers and illustrators. CWILL authors and illustrators have won nearly every North American award for children’s literature, including the: Governor General’s Award, Chocolate Lily Awards, and Red Cedar Awards. Reading Lights is a collaboration of Vancouver Public Library and CWILL BC. It celebrates BC children’s authors and illustrators and offers encounters with stories for children and their families near parks, playgrounds, schools, and libraries throughout Vancouver.
Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA)
Join the Downtown Ambassadors in the Downtown Improvement Association tent! There will be a photo wall you can take selfies at and a bubble station for kids to blow bubbles. The ambassadors will also be happy to provide general information and recommendations to festival attendees.
The Frontier College table will have some fun activities for kids! We will have a bookmark-making station, a book coin toss, and a jelly-bean guess where they can win a bundle of books! We will also be available to chat with parents and caregivers about tips for reading with their young learners. We are looking forward to engaging with our community on this important topic and helping foster a love of the written word!
Kids’ Lit Quiz
Visit the Kids’ Literature Quiz booth and try some children’s trivia questions from previous international competitions. Help the Canadian national team for 2017 by writing some practice questions from your favourite children’s books. For two decades, Kids’ Lit Quiz has been inspiring youth to become lifelong readers by channelling knowledge of children’s books into a fun and challenging tournament. Teams of four compete in a children’s trivia-style competition, providing a meaningful and engaging activity for middle-grade students. For more information, visit kidslitquizcanada.blogspot.ca.
Stop by to visit WestCoast Families at Word Vancouver to activate your child’s creative mind. We’ll have crafts and activities focused on literacy and reading, and there will be lots of magazines for you to take home too.
The Moat (Downstairs in the Atrium)
All day by appointment Mini-Manuscript Consults
Presented by SFU’s The Writer’s Studio
Need advice on your writing? The Writer’s Studio is offering free 30-minute consults on up to five pages of your poetry or prose. Our alumni will provide feedback in a supportive environment on story, structure, point of view, imagery, or anything else you would like reviewed in your fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The Writer’s Studio is SFU Continuing Studies’ award-winning one-year, part-time creative writing program with an emphasis on learning in community. Striking a balance between a formal, full-time MFA creative writing program and individual writing courses, The Writer’s Studio offers training in writing theory, craft, and the business of writing. Pre-registration required. Sign up here
All day by appointment Blue Pencil Sessions
Presented by Editors British Columbia
The members of Editors BC are pleased to offer free 30-minute blue pencil sessions at Word Vancouver. Editors BC is the local branch of Editors Canada, the national professional association for editors. Its in-house and freelance members work with individuals and organizations in a variety of sectors across the country and around the world. Do you have specific concerns or general questions about your writing? Take this wonderful opportunity to get personalized written feedback in a one-on-one meeting with an editing professional. Pre-registration required. Sign up here
Perspective Point (Peter Kaye Room)
11:00 am Mixed Voices Raised
Presented by Hapa-palooza
More and more, we live in a society of hybridized, mixed, or blended identities. What is it like to write and read from within or beyond the hyphen or transnational identities? What creative opportunities does hybridity present? Join authors Leanne Dunic, Mercedes Eng, Jónína Kirton, and Carleigh Baker in a reading and discussion of writing in fluid identity contexts. Moderated by Hapa-palooza Festival co-founder Anna Ling Kaye.
11:55 am Resisting “CanLit”: Indigenous Writers
Presented by the Magazine Association of BC
Where is Indigenous writing going in Canada? How have Indigenous writers on the West Coast resisted the colonialism of CanLit? What does this look like in today’s literary landscape? These questions and others will be explored with Gunargie O’Sullivan (Tlowitsis), radio and event producer/host, cultural worker, poet; Joanne Arnott (Métis/mixed-blood), writer, activist, editor (EVENT); and moderator Larry Nicholson (Cree), writer, performer, consultant, and First Nations child and family support worker. This session includes Q&A discussion.
12:50 pm Playwriting Exploration with Hiro Kanagawa and Ryon Holmedal (Adopted by Presentation House Theatre)
Presented by Playwrights Guild of Canada and Play Connect Program of the Canada Council
Join Jessie Award winning playwright Hiro Kanagawa as he reads selections from several of his plays, revealing how the theme of “displacement” has been an important focus throughout his career, and Ryon Holmedal who will read from his multimedia, musical storytelling presentation “Tethers,” which centres around the uniqueness of our human experience and the threads of the soul that connect us: love, loss, desire, imagination, longing, curiosity, failure, triumph.
1:50 pm Writers Reading Writers: A PRISM Panel on Influence, Space, and Resources
Presented by PRISM international
How does the work of others influence us? How do other writers create space, open conversations, and remind us we’re not alone? Panelists read and discuss the work of pivotal writers whose voices and perspectives have inspired them. Hosted by PRISM international, Elaine Woo, Alex Leslie, and Carleigh Baker explore their influences and share advice and resources for emerging writers seeking inspiration. Moderate by Selina Boan.
2:45 pm Embracing Change: The Evolution of Room Magazine
Presented by Room Magazine
How has Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal stayed relevant? Join Room staff and contributors for a panel discussion and Q&A on the magazine’s history and the recent publication of their fortieth anniversary anthology, Making Room. Get a behind-the-scenes glance at some of the conversations that have driven the magazine’s recent evolutions, from diversity and accessibility to financial sustainability and embracing the digital world. Panelists include Meghan Bell, Chelene Knight, Evelyn Lau, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Yilin Wang. Moderated by Amber Dawn.
4:10 pm Local Authors, Local Settings—Mysteries Set in BC
Presented by Crime Writers of Canada
A lively panel discuss about creating mysteries in local settings. How have they done it, what were the benefits and challenges, what are their tips and tricks. Panelists include Trine Bronken, Chris Bullock, William Deverell, Debra Purdy Kong, and Iona Whishaw. Moderated by Sam Wiebe. Emceed by Merrilee Robson. Crime Writers of Canada is the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada.
Port of View (Alice MacKay Room)
11:00 am Establishing a Digital Footprint with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
In this one hour intensive, facilitators will help authors determine which digital marketing tools are right for them. Indie authors, small presses, and freelance writers will get tips and tricks to help establish their online presence and to up their engagements. We will cover things such as: How will your work break through the clutter? What social media platforms are right for you? How do you measure engagement? Is a blog really necessary? Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions in the last 15 minutes. Bring your publishing project and your questions. Trevor Battye is a partner at Clevers Media, a consulting firm specializing in marketing, branding, and website development. Suzanne Norman is a lecturer in the publishing program at SFU.
12:00 pm The Art of the Response with Shazia Hafiz Ramji
In The Art of the Response we will discover our stories using techniques of response. Participants will be introduced to practices of attention using sources such as art, overheard conversations, news, and memory. By the end of the workshop, we will understand how to use the material of our reactions, thoughts, and feelings to create responses in poems and essays. Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 National Magazine Award for Poetry. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Metratron’s OMEGA, subTerrain, and Quill & Quire. She is the poetry editor for PRISM international. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, will be published in 2018.
1:00 pm Feeling a Little Mixed—or—Do I Have a Story to Tell You? with Jónína Kirton
Presented by Hapa-palooza
There are gifts and challenges that come with hybrid identities. We may feel that life would have been simpler if we had only one culture or group to be responsible to. And yet we see the possibilities in the weaving. Our stories are enriched by the willingness to embrace it all. Together we will write. All persons of between welcome. Jónína Kirton, a prairie born mixed-blood Métis/Icelandic poet, just released her second collection of poetry, An Honest Woman, with Talonbooks.
2:00 pm Adventures in Elder Land with Carollyne Haynes and Janet Dunnett
Presented by INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine
Authors Carollyne and Janet take you on a journey through Elder Land, using fiction that feels like truth, and truth that feels like fiction, to explore the challenges of life’s third act. You’ll smile. You’ll shudder. Most of all, you’ll savour their perspectives on the grit and bliss to be experienced in life’s ultimate chapter. Come share the adventures! Janet Dunnett’s The Dwindling chronicles a decade of family caregiving with Janet as “daughter at a distance.” She lives on Vancouver Island and now advocates for caregivers. She has an identical twin. Carollyne Haynes’ A Matter of Issue is her second novel, following her award winning autobiographical book Raised by Committee. Her stories shine a spotlight on contemporary issues and lays them bare.
3:00 pm Writing Killer Crime Fiction with Dietrich Kalteis
If you’re an aspiring crime fiction author, come and discover how to put that razor’s edge on your own words. Learn how to find your voice, develop unforgettable characters, write brilliant dialogue, and create stories that will have your readers up all night turning pages. Dietrich Kalteis is an award-winning author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His latest novel Zero Avenue will be released on October 2, and his current novel House of Blazes recently won an Independent Publishers award for best historical fiction.
4:00 pm How to Build a Story with John Mavin
Presented by Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver
Good stories don’t just happen, they’re built, and as architects use blueprints, writers need sound structures to create effective emotional journeys for their readers. In this workshop we’ll explore the structural elements shared by all stories (from linear to unconventional), uncover the differences between plot and structure, and give you the tools to build emotionally satisfying stories again and again. John Mavin has been nominated for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize. He is a creative writing instructor. His work has been translated, studied, and published internationally. To learn more, visit www.johnmavin.com.
The Promenade (In the Atrium)
All day Bookmaking Demos
Presented by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
Fascinated by the art and craft of fine bookmaking? Drop by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild’s table to watch hands-on demonstrations by professional artists. You may find yourself inspired to create your own treasures!
11:00 am Suzan Lee, Case Binding
12:00 pm Jack Page, Altered Books
1:00 pm Jarrett Morrison, Book Binding
2:00 pm Jessica Tremblay, Star Books
3:00 pm Gina Page, Concertina Fold Books
4:00 pm Jack Page, Altered Books
All day Lettering and Bookmarks
Presented by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society
The Westcoast Calligraphy Society promotes beautiful lettering through classes, displays, and participation in public events. They will be demonstrating lettering and creating free bookmarks all day!
The Quay (South Plaza)
11:00 am Getting Started: Children’s Writers and Illustrators Discuss Getting Published
Presented by Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC
No matter in what genre or for what age group you write for, this panel of professional writers and illustrators from the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Society of BC will be sure to delight, inform, and inspire you. Panelists include Linda DeMeulemeester, Rachelle Delaney, Anita Miettunen, Beryl Young, and Lee Edward Födi. Moderated by Lori Sherritt-Fleming. CWILL BC Society is an organization of professional children’s authors and illustrators who exchanges information about creating literary works for young people, supports one another, and helps to promote our books. Our volunteer, cooperative organization also communicates and partners with other arts groups, schools, and libraries in BC and Canada.
READ LOCAL BC READINGS, HOST (12:00 – 1:00): Leslie Bootle
12:00 pm Nicola I. Campbell (Adopted by Vi Hughes)
A Day With Yayah (Tradewind Books $19.95)
Presented by Read Local BC
A First Nations family goes foraging for edibles in the woods, and Grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life. This picture book is set in the Nicola Valley of BC. First Nations author Nicola I. Campbell lives in BC with her son. Her books have won many awards, including the TD, the Marilyn Baillie, and the Anskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year awards. Ages 4-7
12:15 pm Jen Sookfong Lee (Adopted by Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency)
Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone (Orca Book Publishers $24.95)
Presented by Read Local BC
From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts, and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, BC, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions, and evolution of Chinese New Year. Jen Sookfong Lee writes, talks on the radio, and loves her slow cooker. Born and raised in East Vancouver, Jen now lives in North Burnaby with her son and dog. Ages 9-12 More
12:30 pm David Starr
The Nor’Wester (Ronsdale Press $11.95)
Presented by Read Local BC
In The Nor’Wester, young Duncan Scott must flee his native Scotland, stowing away on a ship bound for Quebec. Hired by the North West Company, Duncan is sent across the continent with an important message for Simon Fraser. Here Duncan joins Fraser on his historic 1808 journey to the sea, meeting the many Indigenous peoples of the river. Along the way, Duncan faces death, danger, and treason, and must find the courage to save his companions, the expedition, and himself. David Starr is a prize-winning author of four books, including The Nor’Wester, Bombs to Books, and Golden Goal. He is a high school principal who lives in Coquitlam. Visit www.davidstarr.org. Ages 9-12 More
12:45 pm Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker (Adopted by Ellen Schwartz and Deborah Hodge)
Seeking Refuge (Tradewind Books $19.95)
Presented by Read Local BC
In this follow-up to Goodbye Marianne, award-winning author Irene N. Watts and celebrated illustrator Kathryn E. Shoemaker explore the reality of a young refugee girl who flees Nazi Germany on a kindertransporte, taking Jewish children to safety in Britain. Though lucky to be alive, Marianne is terribly lonely in her new home. This story will deeply resonate with young people aware of the plight and dire situation of refugees migrating through Europe and around the world today. Irene N. Watts is the author of numerous award-winning books and plays for children and young people, among them Goodbye Marianne and No Pets Allowed. She lives in Vancouver. Kathryn E. Shoemaker is the illustrator of many books for children, among them A Telling Time and My Animal Friends. She teaches children’s literature at the University of British Columbia. Ages 8-12 More
HOST (1:05 – 2:05): TBA
1:05 pm Mahtab Narsimhan (Adopted by Diana Carr)
Mission Mumbai (Scholastic Canada $19.99)
Travel to the colourful and chaotic streets of India in this hilarious and heartfelt story about friendship and family! When Dylan Moore is invited to join his best friend, Rohit Lal, on a family trip to India, he jumps at the chance to embark on an exciting journey! But each boy comes to the trip with a problem, and keeping their struggles to themselves threatens to tear the boys apart. Can they set aside their differences and salvage their friendship? Mahtab Narsimhan is an acclaimed author of four middle-grade titles, including her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Third Eye, and The Tiffin. Mahtab recently moved to Vancouver, BC. www.mahtabnarsimhan.com. Ages 9-13 More
1:25 pm Judson Beaumont (Adopted by Kidsbooks)
Timbertown Tales: Chester Gets a Pet! (McKellar & Martin Publishing Group $20.00)
Chester O’Drawers Teakson wants a pet, but his parents just don’t think he’s responsible enough yet. So Chester has to find a way to prove that he’s going to be the best pet-owner ever. Then along comes Sandy. Is she a kitten? No. Is she a goldfish? Nope. But she does have four legs, a lovely smooth finish, and a whole lot of puppy-like energy. And now Chester realizes that maybe…just maybe…his parents were right! Judson Beaumont is a Canadian-born designer and a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His engaging, unique, and often surreal approach to furniture, design, and public installations have garnered him worldwide acclaim and many awards. All ages More
1:45 pm Julie Flett (Adopted by Rob Bittner)
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree (Native Northwest $10.95)
Cree-Métis artist, Julie Flett returns with her unique visual style in Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree. Featuring stunningly crafted images, it is carefully designed for emerging readers with colour words in Cree and simple English phrases. Black Bear Red Fox is Julie Flett’s second board book with Native Northwest. Her work subtly explores the connections among language, culture, and nature in a child-friendly format. Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author, illustrator, and artist. She has received many awards, including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You, written by Richard Van Camp, and the 2017 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize for My Heart Fills with Happiness, written by Monique Gray Smith. Ages 0-3
HOST (2:10 – 3:10): TBA
2:10 pm Paula Ayer (Adopted by Tiffany Stone)
Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food (Annick Press $14.95)
Eat Up! is a colourful look at the many fascinating facts about food. Readers will find answers to a wide range of questions, including, who grows our food? Where does our meat and fish come from? Weightier topics like the environmental impact of food are balanced out by fun facts such as how our sense of taste works (and sometimes deceives us). Filled with vibrant diagrams and illustrations, this infographic book offers a wealth of information in a kid-friendly way. After receiving a degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University, Paula Ayer has written or co-written four children’s books. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter. Ages 9-12 More
2:30 pm Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Adopted by Kidsbooks)
Eyes and Spies: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know (Annick Press $14.95)
Eyes and Spies explores how information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, and organizations. Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance to personal privacy. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically. Other topics include how students are tracked at school, cyberbullying, and cyber safety. Timely and informative, Eyes and Spies gives young readers valuable insights into a topic that affects them all. Tanya Lloyd Kyi started writing in high school and continued at the University of Victoria. She’s now written more than fifteen books for young readers, on topics ranging from poison to underwear. Ages 10-13 More
2:50 pm Dan Bar-el (Adopted by Kathryn Shoemaker)
Dog Night at the Story Zoo (Tundra Books $17.99)
Welcome to The Story Zoo, where animals get up and tell their stories in front of a live audience. Tonight it’s Dog Night, so get ready for some hilarious but touching stories from dogs of all kinds. These stories will make you laugh, make you cry, and maybe even make you howl at the moon. Whether you’re looking for smart, funny, sweet, sharp, silly, or just plain fuzzy, The Story Zoo is going to be your new favorite haunt. Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and storyteller. Dan is the author of Audrey (cow), It’s Great Being a Dad, Nine Words Max, and many other books. More
HOST (3:15 – 4:15): Kathryn Shoemaker
3:15 pm Ashley Spires (Adopted by Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable)
The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do (Kids Can Press $18.95)
Lou and her friends run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. Lou is brave enough for anything! That is, until her friends decide to climb a tree. Lou has never climbed a tree before. She doesn’t think she can do it. She likes her adventures to be DOWN, not UP. But when excuses run out, it’s time to face the facts: this adventure looks like FUN! If only Lou could climb trees! Is she brave enough to TRY? Ashley Spires is the best-selling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, the Binky Adventure series, and Small Saul. She lives in Delta, BC. Ages 3-7 More
3:35 pm Bree Galbraith (Adopted by Rene Groulx)
Milo and Georgie (Owlkids Books $18.95)
When Milo’s family moves to a new city, he vows to officially retire from having fun. But his little sister, Georgie, yearns to explore the new neighborhood. When Georgie doesn’t come home from exploring one day, Milo has to go outside and find her—and then discovers everything he’s been missing. Milo and Georgie is a funny, heartwarming story about supporting each other, building community, adapting to change, and embracing new things. Bree Galbraith is the author of Milo and Georgie and Once Upon a Balloon. She is a masters student in UBC’s Creative Writing program. She lives in Vancouver with her two boys. Ages 3-7 More
3:55 pm Sarah Ellis (Adopted by Pajama Press)
Waiting for Sophie (Pajama Press $12.95)
Waiting for a new baby is hard, and waiting for her to grow up into a playmate is even harder. Luckily Liam’s Nana is just downstairs and always ready to help. When the two of them build a Get-Older-Faster Machine, Liam is surprised to find it’s not Sophie who does the most growing up. Written from insightful memories of her own childhood and keen observations of the world around her, Sarah Ellis‘ stories masterfully reflect her readers’ own experiences. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Ages 5-8 More
4:25 pm Writers’ Chat
Presented by Ricepaper Magazine and EVENT Magazine
A gathering of magazine contributors share among themselves their challenges, successes, inspirations, and anything else that comes up.
Sunrise Suite (South Plaza)
HOST (11:00 – 11:30): Ariadne Sawyer
11:00 am World Poetry Celebrates Established Immigrant Women Poets
World Poetry Canada International presents immigrant women poets and dance as part of their multilingual venues. World Poetry promotes those whose voices are not often heard in respect and peace. With some 10,000 participants worldwide, they help to create a more peaceful world. Each poet has enriched Canada—they are our immigrant treasures. Join Canadian-Kurdish poet Lozan Yamolky, Kathak Indian interpretative dancer Koyali Berman, World Poetry founder Ariadne Sawyer, and poet, humanitarian, and educator Anita Aguirre Nieveras for readings in English, Arabic, and Tagalog.
HOST (11:35 – 12:05): Rob Taylor
11:35 am Aidan Chafe
Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press $13.00)
In turns tender and sententious Right Hand Hymns confronts the harmful side of religion while exploring the themes of family, community, and mental illness. Aidan Chafe is the author of the chapbooks Right Hand Hymns and Sharpest Tooth. His full-length debut collection of poetry, Short Histories of Light, is forthcoming through McGill-Queen’s in 2018. More
11:45 am Jami Macarty
Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press $18.00)
Landscape of The Wait is a poetic response to the trauma and uncertainty of a teenager’s car crash and year-long coma. The young man’s aunt and a poet, Jami Macarty, offers poems to try to make sense of crisis and liminal spaces between life and death, consciousness and coma, light and darkness, sameness and change. Her words enact the energies of living in the extended limbo that lurk around every corner for every auto driver and passenger and family member. Jami Macarty is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, June 2017) and Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (forthcoming fall 2017). More
11:55 am Shaun Robinson
Manmade Clouds (Frog Hollow Press $13.00)
Manmade Clouds, a finalist for Frog Hollow Press’s chapbook contest, is a series of drunken speeches, absurdist travelogues, and arguments with non-existent antagonists. The speakers of these poems doubt that true communication is possible, but they try anyway. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes sincere, and sometimes bewildering, but always surprising and compelling. Shaun Robinson’s poems have appeared in Prairie Fire, The Malahat Review, Poetry is Dead, and The Rusty Toque. He lives in Vancouver. More
HOST (12:10 – 12:55): Bonnie Nish
12:10 pm Heidi Greco (Adopted by book’mark, The Library Store)
Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart (Caitlin Press $18.00)
On the 120th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s birth and the 80th anniversary of her disappearance, award-winning poet Heidi Greco revitalizes what we know about the iconic aviator through uplifting and historically mesmerizing verse. The poems in this collection, presented as if written by Earhart herself, consider some of the many theories that attempt to explain her disappearance. Through logbook entries, recollections, and letters, the work explores some of the various flightpaths she may have taken. Heidi Greco is a longtime resident of Surrey and advocate for the literary arts. She writes in many genres—with poems, fiction, essays, and book reviews to her credit. More
12:25 pm Rodney DeCroo (Adopted by International Web exPress)
Next Door to the Butcher Shop (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodney DeCroo’s second poetry collection, Next Door to the Butcher Shop, explores the permeability of memory and uncovers heart-wrenching beauty from shadowy grit. In a deft combination of lyrical and visceral imagery, DeCroo’s second collection offers a rare, sharp, first-hand perspective of life around the edges, with dark comedy dispersed throughout. Rodney DeCroo is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter and poet. He has released a previous collection of poetry, Allegheny, BC, and seven music albums that have received critical acclaim in Canada, the USA, and Europe. Music critics have named him one of Canada’s best folk/alt-country songwriters. More
12:40 pm Sheri-D Wilson (Adopted by Elizabeth Ball)
The Book of Sensations (University of Calgary Press $18.95)
The Book of Sensations embodies an intricate ecosystem of language and feeling. These poems reach their roots down into the depths of what it means to be. With fine-tuned vocabulary, far-reaching observation, and the dream-vision of the surrealist eye, Sheri-D delves into the personal and the universal, the everyday and the mythical. This is a book of life and experience. Put it in your pocket and immerse yourself in a world of sensations. Sheri-D Wilson is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and she has released three albums which combine music and poetry. More
HOST (1:00 – 1:30): RC Weslowski
1:00 pm Vancouver Poetry House Presents Emma Field and Spillious
Vancouver Poetry House presents Emma Field, their Youth Slam Grand Slam Champion, and Spillious the Ridiculous One, who is their Van Slam Grand Slam Champion. Emma Field is a spoken-word artist that hopes to coax the tormented and playful parts of her audiences out into the open. She is currently Vancouver’s Youth Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the 2016 championship team of Hullabaloo, BC’s Provincial Youth Poetry Festival. Spillious, the newly crowned Grand Slam Champion of the Vancouver Poetry Slam, is a Trans-feminine poetic creature from Vancouver. They are sometimes loud, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always brutally honest. They touch on what it is to be queer, Trans femme, a father, and an educator all at the same time.
HOST (1:35 – 2:35): Evelyn Lau
1:35 pm Poetry in Transit (Rhonda Ganz Adopted by Elizabeth Ball)
Presented by Read Local BC
Read Local BC, in partnership with TransLink and BC Transit, presents the launch of this year’s Poetry in Transit campaign at Word Vancouver. This long-running project displays the work of ten BC poets on public transit vehicles throughout the province. Featured 2017 poets Adèle Barclay, Wendy Donawa, Rhonda Ganz, Ulrike Narwani, Jeff Steudel, and Onjana Yawnghwe will read from their latest work. The Poetry Bus, on site at Word Vancouver, will display this year’s poetry cards – hop on board and share your #PoetryInTransit favourites on Twitter to be entered to win one of three prize packages (more details at poetryintransit.ca).
HOST (2:40 – 3:10): Stuart Derdeyn
2:40 pm Jamie Reid: A Celebration of Poetry (Adopted by Anvil Press)
A Temporary Stranger (Anvil Press $18.00)
A Temporary Stranger is the final manuscript that veteran poet and community activist Jamie Reid was working on when he died unexpectedly in June of 2015. The collection includes Homages to the greats like Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Tristan Tzara; Recollections of avant-garde writers in Vancouver and elsewhere in the 60s and beyond; and the centerpiece of the collection: Reid’s Fake Poems. Friends, family, and colleagues bring A Temporary Stranger to new life with a moving and poignant presentation of his work, including readings by Carol Reid, Renee Rodin, George Stanley, Joanne Arnott, Heather Haley, and Dennis E. Bolen. More
3:15 pm Marguerite Pigeon (Adopted by Anvil Press)
What I’m Wearing Now (Alfred Gustav Press $10.00)
What I’m Wearing Now is a poetic catwalk. In these pages are history, politics, designers, and the occasional silkworm strut, offering the possibility of transformation—the bare self altered in a burst of display. Marguerite Pigeon fell for fashion as a young person perusing the magazine rack in her hometown of Blind River, in Northern Ontario. She later studied journalism, travelled, and worked in TV news before moving west to take up the unfashionable writing life. She has since published three books and, this year, three chapbooks, all drawn from a long poem she is completing, called The Endless Garment.
3:25 pm Stephen Collis (Adopted by CUPE 391)
First Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written (above/ground press $4.00)
First Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written is the first installment of a long poem, in 47 installments, that should occupy Stephen Collis for the next 5-10 years. The poems use a random-generation procedure to derive material not previously used from over 90 notebooks Stephen has kept since beginning an almost daily journal practice in 1990. Here research notes, quotations, observations, descriptions, drafts of poems, outlines, squibs, and complaints become the foundation of new poems written when he wasn’t looking. Stephen Collis’ many books of poetry include The Commons (Talonbooks 2008; 2014), On the Material (Talonbooks 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), and Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016—nominated for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature). More
3:35 pm Shazia Hafiz Ramji (Adopted by Publishing @ SFU)
Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press $10.00)
Prosopopoeia is a chapbook of poems that speak to the absent and the dead. These poems comprise the voices of screens talking to each other, the meanest employers, and the Internet under the ocean. Or, Prosopopoeia is a spectral chorus that strives for sincerity, particularly when addressing “you” and Philip Seymour Hoffman. This book should be enjoyed in the light of phone screens with the sound of “Rain – Gentle Rain Sounds – HD Sleep Sounds” on YouTube. Shazia Hafiz Ramji received the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her first chapbook is Prosopopoeia, and her debut book of poetry, Port of Being, is forthcoming in 2018. More
HOST (3:50 – 4:50): TBA
3:50 pm Leanne Dunic (Adopted by the Writers Guild of Canada)
To Love the Coming End (BookThug $18.00)
In To Love the Coming End, a disillusioned author obsessed with natural disasters and ‘the curse of 11’ reflects on their own personal earthquake: the loss of a loved one. A lyric travelogue that moves between Singapore, Canada, and Japan, this debut from Leanne Dunic captures what it’s like to be united while simultaneously separated from the global experience of trauma, history, and loss that colour our everyday lives. Leanne Dunic is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer. Her work has won several honours, including the Alice Munro Story Contest. To Love the Coming End is her first book. More
4:05 pm Jónína Kirton (Adopted by Massy Books)
An Honest Woman (Talonbooks $16.95)
An Honest Woman explores the many ways the female body is shaped by questions that have been too political to ask: What happens when a woman decides to take her sexuality into her own hands, dismissing cultural norms and the expectations of her parents? Can a woman reconnect with her Indigenous community by choosing Indigenous lovers? From the perspective of a mixed-race woman, Kirton engages with Simone de Beauvoir and Donald Trump to unravel the norms of femininity and sexuality that continue to adhere today. Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author, and facilitator. In 2016, Jónína received Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category. More
4:20 pm Michael V. Smith (Adopted by Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium)
Bad Ideas (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
Nobody knows bad ideas quite like Michael V. Smith. In his new collection of poetry, he speaks to an intangibility of sense, or a sense beyond the rational. Bad Ideas explores the inevitability of loss and triumph with characteristic irony and tenderness. Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist, and occasional clown. He is the author of several books including My Body Is Yours (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is also the winner of the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers and was nominated for the Journey Prize. He lives and works in Kelowna, BC. More
4:35 pm Susan McCaslin (Adopted by CUPE 391)
Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna Publications $22.95)
Into the Open: Poems New and Selected is both a compendium and compression of the best and most representative of Susan McCaslin’s poetry over nearly five decades. In addition, it showcases new work. In the words of her editor Katerina Fretwell, “Selecting from Susan McCaslin’s eighteen-book oeuvre Into the Open has been a pilgrimage through her poetic and spiritual evolution. Her visionary poetscapes conjure William Blake, Thomas Merton, Greco-Roman mythology, angels, the Canadian mystic Olga Park, John of Patmos, Teresa of Avila, Henry Vaughan, Lao Tzu, Han Shan, Mary Magdalene, and other unitive mystics of many cultures, faiths, and eras. Such diversity suggests the range and reach of McCaslin’s work. Here is a poet at the peak of her powers.” Susan McCaslin has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including her most recent, Into the Open: Poems New and Selected (Inanna Publications, Toronto, 2017). Susan resides in Fort Langley, BC. www.susanmccaslin.ca. More
Suspension Bridge (Homer Street)
HOST (11:00 – 12:00): Michael Kluckner
11:00 am Ahmad Danny Ramadan (Adopted by ZG Communications)
The Clothesline Swing (Nightwood Editions $21.95)
The Clothesline Swing tells the story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, keeping life in forward motion by relaying remembered fables to his dying partner. Each night he weaves stories of his childhood in Damascus, of the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, of leaving home, of war, of his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile Death himself, in his dark cloak, shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing. Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, storyteller, public speaker, and an LGBTQ refugees activist. He was the grand marshal for the Vancouver Pride Parade 2016 and won the RBC’s Top Immigrant Award for 2017. More
11:20 am Janie Chang (Adopted by Fernanda Viveiros)
Dragon Springs Road (HarperCollinsCanada $22.99)
Abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate outside Shanghai, seven-year-old Jialing learns she is zazhong—Eurasian—and thus doomed to face a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. The Yang family, new owners of the estate, reluctantly take her in as a servant. As Jialing grows up, her only allies are Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the courtyard for more than three hundred years. But when a young English girl appears and befriends the lonely orphan—and then mysteriously vanishes—Jialing’s life takes an unexpected turn. Janie Chang is the author of Three Souls (2013) and Dragon Springs Road, released in January 2017, which is a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller. More
11:40 am Julia Lin
Shadows of the Crimson Sun: One Man’s Life in Manchuria, Taiwan, and North America (Mawenzi House $24.95)
After the Russian invasion of the Japanese puppet state of Manchuria (Manchukuo) in 1945, young Akihisa Takayama escapes with his family to Taiwan. Here they find themselves under the brutal dictatorship of the Kuomintang. In the 1960s, now a physician calling himself Charles Yang, he escapes to the United States, then finally goes on to Canada to become among the first Taiwanese Canadians in Vancouver. This is a rare account of the histories of Manchukuo and Taiwanese immigration to Canada. Julia Lin is the author of Miah and Shadows of the Crimson Sun as well as co-editor of AlliterAsian: Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine. Please visit www.julialinbooks.com for more information. More
HOST (12:05 – 1:05): TBA
12:05 pm Lori McNulty (Adopted by Ampersand Inc.)
Life on Mars (Goose Lane Editions $19.95)
Two-time Journey Prize nominee Lori McNulty’s debut collection Life on Mars sears the heart with blinding black humour and whiplash-fast prose. With a flawless talent for juxtaposing the absurd with the everyday, violence and discord with redemption and metamorphosis, McNulty takes readers on an unexpected ride into the core of human existence. Blending aesthetic styles that range from high realism to the fable-esque, Life on Mars devours life’s numbing tragedies and exhilarating passions with ravenous appetite. These are raw, moving, strange stories—an unforgettable reckoning for our disconnected times. Lori McNulty has been a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize, the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest, and has twice been nominated for the Journey Prize. She lives in Vancouver. More
12:25 pm Carleigh Baker (Adopted by Book Warehouse Main Street)
Bad Endings (Anvil Press $18.00)
Carleigh Baker likes to make light in the dark. Whether plumbing family ties, the end of a marriage, or death itself, she never lets go of the witty, the ironic, and perhaps most notably, the awkward. Despite the title, the resolution in these stories isn’t always tragic, but it’s often uncomfortable, unexpected, or just plain strange. In Bad Endings character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions abound. Carleigh Baker is a Metis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM international, Joyland, and This Magazine. In 2012 she won subTerrain‘s 2012 Lush Triumphant Award for short fiction. More
12:45 pm Gurjinder Basran (Adopted by Anne Giardini)
Someone You Love Is Gone (Viking $24.95)
After her beloved mother dies, and faced with the disintegration of her marriage and the estrangement from her own daughter, Simran struggles to understand how things have come to be and is haunted by memories and questions for which she has no answers. As the life she has carefully constructed begins to unravel, she is forced to confront one of her most painful memories—her little brother being sent away from home. Gurjinder Basran’s debut novel, Everything Was Good-bye, was the winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2011 and named as a Chatelaine Magazine Book Club pick in 2012. Gurjinder was named by the CBC as one of “Ten Canadian women writers you need to read.” More
HOST (1:10 – 2:00): JJ Lee
1:10 pm In Our Own Teen Voice Contest Winners (Adopted by Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency)
Presented by In Our Own Teen Voice contest and book anthology
In Our Own Teen Voice is the third annual writing contest and book anthology of creative fiction by Vancouver Island young writers in grades 8-12. Lucy Dabbs lives on Denman Island and has been to China twice. A passionate writer, and a jack-of-all-trades. Frank Goudie is from Courtenay, BC. He primarily writes fantasy stories and is planning on starting a Youtube channel soon. Ace Hillyer has been writing her whole life and has always loved stories. She hopes to be an English teacher and author. Tyler Lynch writes short stories. He grew up in China and loves to travel. He lives in Nanaimo, BC. Catherine Shrubshall is 16 and is profoundly deaf. She has a huge passion for science, music, and learning. Catherine loves writing! More
1:40 pm Darren Groth
Munro vs. the Coyote (Orca Book Publishers $19.95)
Since the sudden death of his younger sister, Evie, sixteen-year-old Munro Maddux has been having flashbacks and anger-management issues. He has a constant ache in his right hand. And there’s a harsh, cruel, and mocking voice he calls “The Coyote.” Munro knows a six-month student exchange will not be the stuff of teenage dreams, but in Australia he intends to move beyond his troubled past. Will the Coyote ultimately triumph? Or can Munro find a way to heal his heart? Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Darren Groth now lives in Vancouver, BC. His books have been published on both sides of the Pacific. For more information, visit www.darrengroth.com. More
HOST (2:05 – 3:05): TBA
2:05 pm Robyn Harding (Adopted by the Writers Guild of Canada)
The Party (Simon & Schuster Canada $22.00)
Harkening to Herman Koch’s The Dinner, Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, The Party takes us behind the façade of the ideal family, exposing the lies, betrayals, and moral lapses that neighbours don’t see—and the secrets children and parents keep from themselves and each other. This is an engrossing, clever, and highly readable book that brings the tension off the page. Robyn Harding is the author of the domestic drama The Party. She has also written four novels of contemporary women’s fiction, a young adult novel, and a comedic memoir with an environmental focus. Her books have been translated into seven languages. More
2:25 pm Bridget Canning
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (Breakwater Books $19.95)
Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interest in his friend, Trish. But Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is the highly anticipated debut novel by Bridget Canning, one of the most promising new writers from Newfoundland, and is an energetic page-turner about the power of selflessness in a contemporary culture of fear and suspicion. Bridget Canning’s short fiction has been short-listed for The Cuffer Prize and won awards with the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a College Instructor. More
2:45 pm Tim Bowling (Adopted by Humber College)
The Heavy Bear (Wolsak and Wynn $20.00)
In Tim Bowling’s The Heavy Bear, we spend a late-summer day in downtown Edmonton with our narrator, a college instructor who just happens to be named Tim Bowling. Attempting to escape the confusion of modern life, Bowling’s Tim Bowling finds himself pulled into an escapade involving an antique toy, a capuchin monkey, and an eager young student. Advised by the bear-shaped spirit of American poet Delmore Schwartz and guided by the ghost of Buster Keaton, Bowling stumbles through his adventures until he rejoins the world free of his ghosts. Apart from appearing as a main character in novels that he has written, Tim Bowling also works in many other genres of literature. His eighteen books have been shortlisted for multiple national prizes. More
HOST (3:10 – 3:50): Robin Rivers
3:10 pm Louise Green (Adopted by Witness the Fitness)
Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have (Greystone Books $22.95)
Big Fit Girl is an eye-opening look at body size diversity and a passionate appeal to transform the way we think about fitness. Writing with ardor and verve, Louise Green presents a thoughtful critique of the stereotypes that surround women of size, paired with an accessible, empowering guide for how to overcome them. Weaving together her own story of how she stopped dieting, got off the couch, and got fit with those of other plus-size athletes, she encourages other women to do the same. Louise Green is a plus-size athlete, the founder of the plus-size fitness boot camp Body Exchange, and the author of Big Fit Girl, an inspiring account of how plus-size women can become fit and healthy. More
3:30 pm Manda Aufochs Gillespie (Adopted by Adriane Carr)
Green Mama-to-Be (Dundurn $19.99)
Sweeping away the clutter of iffy parenting advice, the Green Mama speaks to scientists, researchers, and moms to give expecting and current parents the best guide to health issues affecting our children. Filled with humour, good advice, and helpful resources, Green Mama-to-Be is the essential book for today’s expectant parent. Manda Aufochs Gillespie is an ecological designer, researcher, and author of the Green Mama series of books. She has been dubbed the “green guru” and has appeared on HBO, ABC, and CBC. She lives in BC. More
HOST (3:55 – 4:55): TBA
3:55 pm Shekhar Paleja (Adopted by Bryan Pike)
An Extraordinary Destiny (Brindle & Glass $19.95)
Dubbed “a worthy read” by the Globe and Mail, and “epic” by Roundhouse Radio’s Minelle Mahtani, this scintillating debut interlaces three generations of an Indian family as they strain against the terrors of India’s past, the expectations of family and culture, and the promise of an auspicious kundali (a truly extraordinary destiny foretold at birth). Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, An Extraordinary Destiny reveals how decades-old grief can rise up to strangle the sacred connection between ancestors and descendants. Shekhar Paleja was born in India and moved to Canada when he was eight. An Extraordinary Destiny is his debut novel. Shekhar is also a professional actor. More
4:15 pm Daniel Zomparelli (Adopted by The Paper Hound) CANCELLED
Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp Press $15.95)
In these unconventional, interconnected stories, gay men look for love while exploring desire and dysfunction in the twenty-first century. With wry abandon and a beguiling heart, their encounters provide the backdrop for the limitless and overwhelming ways these characters search for joy—a couple wants to open up their relationship to a ghost, an anxious, lactose-intolerant office worker obsesses over a stranger who says “Nice shorts, bro” to him, and a monster just wants to find love in his human skin. Daniel Zomparelli is the author of Davie Street Translations and Rom Com (with Dina Del Bucchia). Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person is his first collection of short stories. More
4:15 pm Dina Del Bucchia and Friends (Adopted by Richard Hopkins) NEW START TIME
Don’t Tell Me What to Do (Arsenal Pulp Press $17.95)
Beni Xiao and Megan Jones join Dina Del Bucchia in advance of the release of their new poetry chapbooks from Rahila’s Ghost Press. Beni Xiao’s Bad Egg and Megan Jones’ Normal Women will be out later this fall. Dina will also ask the debut poets about their new works, writing poems, and more! Come for poems and a very fun time! Dina will also read from her new story collection Don’t Tell Me What to Do. Dina Del Bucchia is the author of Coping with Emotions and Otters, Blind Items, and co-author of Rom Com (with Daniel Zomparelli). She is an editor at Poetry Is Dead magazine and co-hosts the Can’t Lit podcast. More