Penning Filipino experiences

The Filipino-Canadian Writers Collective consists of a young community of local writers who seek to showcase Filipino stories. Raphael Diangkinay, one of the founding members, will play a key role in hosting ‘Sampaguita Perspectives’ – a Celebration of Filipino-Canadian Writers which will be held on May 14 in the Montalbano Family Theatre at Vancouver Public Library. ‘I…

Interweaving the worlds of journalism and fiction

Vancouver-based writer and communications specialist Carlo Javier shares his stories about how he got into writing, both in journalism and then fiction: one that explores the relationship between people and technological devices and another that provides a critique on the holistic identity of Filipinos in Vancouver. “I try to walk on days where it’s quiet so I can…

Salon du Livre: Vancouver hosts its very first French book fair

A rich and diverse programme will be seen for the first time in twenty years in Vancouver on Apr. 26. Salon du Livre (French book fair) will bring together nearly twenty francophone authors from British Columbia and beyond, signing their books and offering a variety of literary activities. Author Danielle S. Marcotte will introduce her book for children aged…

Portrait of a poet: Natalie Lim

Natalie Lim, a Vancouver-born, Chinese-Canadian poet, won the 2018 CBC poetry prize with her first public poem submission: “Arrhythmia.” This surprise success has encouraged her to continue to explore her heritage and share her work. Lim explains that writing has always been part of her life, but that it was the discovery of spoken word…

Catharsis and reconciliation in memoir form

Vancouver-based Lindsay Wong’s debut memoir explores her childhood as a Chinese Canadian, as well as her family’s history of mental illness and intergenerational trauma. In the process of the book, Wong discovers catharsis, personal growth, and a heightened understanding of her family, and the nature of mental illness as a whole. “[Writing the book] helped…

A story of incite and candor

Poet, short story writer, novelist, punk rock singer and mother; a series of occupations Yasuko Thanh fills on a day by day basis. Now, with the release of Mistakes to Run With, Yasuko Thanh will add the title of memoirist to the list. On April 3 she will be sharing some of her story at Incite: Forged…

A Good Wife: Escaping the life I never chose

Samra Zafar is an advocate for equity, human rights, women’s rights, diversity and inclusion. She’s also a survivor of violence and abuse, recalling her personal story of resiliency and perseverance in the Good Wife, her memoir of being a child bride and immigrating to Canada with her husband and in-laws. They promised her a better…

Canadian literature – the road ahead

When asked what Canadian literature means to her, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, an emerging writer and University of British Columbia (UBC) Creative Writing Masters student, ponders for a moment. “It means so many different things,” she says. This is a main topic Ramji is interested in exploring further as a panelist at a discussion panel entitled Refuse:…

An evening with Kai Cheng Thom opens doors

The Central Vancouver Public Library is celebrating works written by and about trans, gender-variant and Two-Spirit people in an engaging group discussion on Dec. 6. The event features writer and performer Kai Cheng Thom with facilitators Molly Billows, Ivan Leonce and jaye simpson in partnership with PeerNetBC, Qmunity and Vancouver Park Board. “After growing up…

21st century poets

What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a collection of conversations between well-established and budding poets, focuses on the role of poetry and poets in the 21st century. It serves as a follow up to 2002’s interview collection Where the Words Come From. The book launch will be hosted by author Rob Taylor at Vancouver…

Author Michelle Kim runs through time

Born and raised in Surrey,B.C., Michelle Kim didn’t envision herself writing a book when she was pursuing a career in film. Unable to ignore the little scenes she kept scribbling in notebooks, she finally sat down and took the time to write her first fiction novel, Running Through Sprinklers. Kim, who took inspiration from her film…

Author lets flow a few goosefeathers of emotion

As part of the Pick Your Poison: Writers’ Reading Series, author Naomi Steinberg, along with guests, will be reading from her Goosefeather manuscript at The Generative Nest on April 22, May 6, May 20 and June 3. Steinberg, a well-traveled storyteller from Vancouver, took off on an adventure in December of 2014 and never looked back. Fascinated…

A conversation with Lee Maracle

As part of the New Legends of Vancouver Author Readings, author Lee Maracle will be reading from her latest book, My Conversations with Canadians, at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)’s Central Branch on Apr. 22. Written in the Notes application on her iPhone, this collection of prose essays started as a pipe dream for Maracle that…