Ricepaper celebrates 20 years

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Ricepaper is planning a special 20.4 issue to coincide with the release of alliterAsian: The Best of Ricepaper, an anthology launched at the October Vancouver Writers’ Festival. Ricepaper, the longest running publication dedicated to Asian Canadian writing, is currently also the only literary magazine dedicated to Southeast Asian Canadian writing.…

Author explores the future and technology

What will the future look like? The 21st century has been a time of much technological advancement, so it is not difficult to imagine a technological nirvana in the future. Canadian author Hal Niedzviecki’s Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future explores people’s understanding of the future and how people have embraced technology in…

Filling in the gaps in Chinese-Canadian history

Putting ink to an almost ignored part of 19th Century China, author Paul Yee’s latest novel, A Superior Man, tries to imagine the lives and mindsets of peasants trying to survive chaotic times. Yee launches his latest book in the Alice MacKay Room, at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch (Oct. 14, 6:30–8:30 p.m.). The…

Underwater project stirs interest in Chinatown history

A digital storytelling workshop, Underwater Chinatown, is stirring the waters and capturing what floats to the surface. Cinevolution hopes Underwater Chinatown will open up new dialogues between newcomer communities and the established Chinese-Canadian community through a creative exploration of the symbolic meaning of Chinatown. The free event runs Sept. 26 and is already filled to…

A little luck goes a long way: Chinese Canadian author reflects on career

Boy is it ever good to be lucky.That’s how Canadian writer Wayson Choy feels after passing each barrier put in front of him throughout life. Choy’s good luck streak doesn’t seem to be ending. He was recently awarded the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding long-time contributions to B.C. literature. He received $5,000 and…

American sign language on stage

Songs, poems, stories and speeches are created with words, the main ingredient for the Verses Festival in Vancouver this year. The Verses Festival of Words celebrates the power of oral and literary art forms to encourage diversity and inclusion. The festival has its roots in 2011 as the Vancouver International Poetry Festival, where the first…

Symposium celebrates role of history in artistic inspiration

Black History Month celebrates the contributions of black Canadians to Canadian life, including in many different forms of art. As part of this celebration, the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has organized a series of screenings, lectures and exhibits, including the Reading Black History Symposium. Participating artists will present some of their own work, as well…

Wisdom of a Sliammon Elder

Elsie Paul, an elder of the Sliammon (ɬaʔamin) people of the northern Sunshine Coast, will launch her new book Written as I Remember It  Feb. 24 at the Vancouver Public Library. Paul, one of the last surviving speakers of her mother tongue, will be joined by her collaborators Paige Raibmon and granddaughter Harmony Johnson. With…

Researching the reality of fantasy

What does fantasy mean to you? That’s what a university research team is hoping to find out. Ernest Mathijs, professor of film studies at the University of British Columbia, is helping to coordinate a study of The Hobbit film trilogy in order to investigate international cultural attitudes toward J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, Peter Jackson’s adaptations, and…

The F. G. Bressani Awards foster Italian Canadian literature

Once again, literature with an Italian focus will be recognized at the 15th F. G. Bressani Awards ceremony. In the spirit of literary expression, the biennial literary prize was established to recognize Italian Canadian writers and other authors who have taken an interest in Italian culture. Anna Ciampolini Foschi helped establish the prize in 1986…

Makosso, the storytelling chameleon

From Oct. 21–26, Vancouver welcomes the Writers Fest, an event that brings people of all backgrounds together to share stories, cultures and languages. One such storyteller is Congo-born, Gibsons-based writer and poet Jean-Pierre Makosso, who readily switches from one language to another as “the griot of human culture.” The Source : How were you introduced…

Pacific Rim Asian writers gather for a second year

It’s the second year for LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing. The organizers of the Vancouver Asian Writers’ Workshop will host the event from Oct. 9 to 12. Although there are mainstream literary festivals that recognize diversity and inclusiveness, says Jim Wong-Chu, LiterASIAN organizer, he feels there is a need to feature…