READING: February 9 Alice McKay Room Vancouver Central Library 7:00 pm Admission is FREE
Be a part of the discussion of Making Waves: Reading BC and Pacific northwest Literature (Anvil Press), with the editor Trevor Carolan and contributors Colin James Sanders, Russell Thornton and Hilary Turner. Making Waves features fifteen essays that examine creation myths among West Coast literary institutions, gender roles and ethnicity in the region's expanding literary community, critical challenges to nationalist and ecologial traditions, as well as pay homage to some of our celebrated elders.
Admission is available on a first-come first-serve basis, but let the library know you’re coming by registering your name here. (Sorry Facebookers, no 'maybe attending' allowed!)
READING: February 10 UBC Bookstore/Library at Robson Square 7:00 pm Admission is FREE The Robson Reading Series presents: ANDRÉ ALEXIS & HARRY KARLINSKY
In Beauty & Sadness (House of Anansi Press, 2010), award-winning novelist and critic André Alexis explores worlds with names such as Henry James, Maupassant, Kawabata and Tolstoy. In each piece, Alexis illustrates the ways in which literature and life intertwine, painting intimate portraits of both the authors he studies and, ultimately, himself. This first book of creative non-fiction was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books of the Year.
Harry Karlinsky’s biography, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects (Insomniac Press, 2010), tells the story of Thomas Darwin, the last of eleven children born to Charles Darwin, and a young scientist in his own right whose novel application of evolutionary theory centres on knives, forks and spoons. Karlinsky deviously restrains from divulging whether Thomas Darwin is a character of pure invention or simply a heretofore little-known figure whose life came to its tragic end in a Canadian asylum.
READING: February 24 Irvin K. Barber Learning Center (Victoria Learning Theatre Rm. 182) 1:00-2:00 pm Admission is FREE RSVP Ray Hsu and Evelyn Lau reading (co-sponsored by the Irvin K. Barber Learning Center and the Robson Reading Series)
Ray Hsu received an Honours B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in English Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He founded the Prison Writing Workshop at the Oakhill Correctional Institution, where he worked for two years while completing his Ph.D.. Hsu is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. He will read from his book, Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon (Harbour Publishing).
Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver, where her oppressive childhood willed her to leave home at the early age of 14. She lived on the streets and kept a journal of all of her life happenings; this book, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, was extremely successful. Lau has been publishing poetry since she was 12 years old. She will read from her most recent book of poetry, Living Under Plastic (Oolichan).
Evelyn Lau is a frequent contributor to Geist and you can read some of her work here. Look for an excerpt from an interview with Ray Hsu called "Bundle of Desires" in the upcoming Geist 80.
JUST ANNOUNCED: April 2011 Jessica Westhead's And Also Sharks
Cormorant Books is publishing Jessica Westhead's new book, And Also Sharks, in April. This short story collection celebrates the socially awkward and obsessed; society's misfits are portrayed humorously, realistically, and sympathetically. It's a fun, quirky book with a heart. Jessica is launching the book at The Garrison in Toronto in April (more details to come)
For more information, please visit http://www.cormorantbooks.com/authors/westheadjessica.shtml