Layers of identity: On/Me hits the bookshelves

As an Indigenous woman, Canadian writer Francine Cunningham hopes to bring understanding and empathy to a world that greatly needs it. Her first poetry collection, On/Me, explores the universal themes of identity and what it means to fit in. On/Me, published by Caitlin Press in October 2019, is currently a finalist for the 2020 Indigenous Voices…

From the stage to the page – Goosefeather lands in Vancouver

Naomi Steinberg is back in her hometown to unveil Goosefeather. The local performer, and now author, plans to share her adventures of world travel and performance through her debut book. When most are stuck at home, Goosefeather allows for travelling the world on an adventure of a lifetime. On June 9, 2020, a virtual book launch of Goosefeather will take…

Enjoying literature in a virtual age

Vancouver may be shut down, but the Vancouver Writers Fest continues to march on. Last month, the festival hosted a virtual Facebook event with authors David Bergen, Maria Reva, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. The event, titled Voices of Place: Short Fiction of a New Decade, showcased the writing of three authors and the varied landscapes and environments…

Chantal Gibson: Channeling the past through poetry

While public events in Vancouver may be delayed, we can still enjoy the 22nd National Poetry Month from our own homes in April. Chantal Gibson is one local poet and artist whose work offers perspective and cultural education during these strange and uncertain times. Originally from Mackenzie, BC, Gibson began writing poetry while attending Langara…

Diaspora in discussion: Rebecca Fisseha comes to Vancouver

Prepare to explore the depths of the female experience with Incite: The Secret Lives of Women. This event, in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest, will showcase female authors and the strong fictional women they create. Marjorie Celona (How a Woman Becomes a Lake), Rebecca Fisseha (Daughters of Silence), and Mallary Tater (The Birth Yard) will be…

Speed dating with fiction: local writers share their work

Several authors from around British Columbia will be sharing their fiction in a writers showcase at the Central Library on Feb. 23. Michele Amitrani, Joan Boxall, Maggie Edwards, Janet Hudgins, and Japhy Ryder will read snippets of their works at this event. Amitrani is a prolific fiction author who has written several dark fantasy and…

Hasan Namir incites creativity in the New Year

Poets and authors will come together to share their works at the Vancouver Public Library, central branch on Jan. 22. Hasan Namir, Jennica Harper, Chantal Gibson, and Alex Leslie will present their multi-genre works to kick off the first events of the 2020 Vancouver Writers Fest. Poets in Conversation is the first Incite event of…

Lost Narratives: Revealing the Untold Stories of BC history

What part of history is told and what goes untold? This is the theme of the upcoming presentation at the North Vancouver District Library by Mary Tasi and Wade Baker, co-authors of The Hidden Journals. The talk will highlight their ten-year journey of research on Pacific West Coast history that produced the book and that…

Elaine Woo and the imaginary bike ride

Elaine Woo’s literary life has come full circle. “When I was growing up, my family went to the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library every weekend to borrow new books,” says Woo, author. Now Woo will be showcasing her work at the VPL’s Central branch for the Writers Showcase in December. Woo says that…

Revitalizing language: Michelle Sylliboy’s hieroglyphic poetry

A unique multimedia experience is coming to the Central Library (VPL) Sept. 19 as Michelle Sylliboy presents her book of hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajey – I Am Ready. Sylliboy’s anticipated book is the first Mi’kmaq hieroglyphic poetry book ever published. Sylliboy is an artist raised on unceded territory in We’koqma’q Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has always had…

Ramya’s Treasure comes to Vancouver

Experience a fusion of Indian and Canadian storytelling with a reading of Ramya’s Treasure (2018) by Pratap Reddy. Reddy will present his book Sept. 6 at the South Hill branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Ramya’s Treasure is a novel that blends two seemingly disparate worlds into a relatable tale of retrospection and reflection. Reddy came to Canada in…