If the axiom of good writing is "Write what you know", then perhaps the axiom of a good reader should be "Read what you don't know." That's how I see FOLD, Canada's first literary festival celebrating literary diversity. It's founded by Jael Richardson and takes place in her hometown of Brampton, Ontario this coming May 2016.
"The Festival of Literary Diversity will celebrate stories that are underrepresented in Canadian literature — stories that reflect variations in geography, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religion, and stories that employ different methods of story-telling."
Check out their program. Starting with PEN's Writer in Exile, Eden Esayu from Eritrea to their fina session titled, The Final Word featuring beloved author, Lawrence Hill (Book of Negros, The Illegal) who novel focus's on the world refugee crisis.
What I didn't know is that "Brampton is Canada’s second fastest growing city and the ninth largest city in the country. Located immediately north of Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Brampton residents represent more than 170 different cultures and speak more than 70 languages. People have literally come from around the world to live, work, play, read, and write in this City." Speaking as a Vancouverite - that's a wonderful distinction to celebrate!
Coincidence behold. My Vancouver book group just finished reading and discussing Lily King's book, Euforia (Harper Collins) based on a period in the life of Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist who studied and reported on the indigenous peoples along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.
Two days later, as a member of the BC Museum of Anthropology, I received an invitation to the opening of a new MOA exhibit titled, "In The Footsteps of Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River", which features modern artifacts and video footage of some of the same indigenous peoples featured in Lily King's book. What a spot of luck! My whole group is planning to attend the opening because of our captivation with Euforia, which we highly recommend to those people interested in a primer before they view the exhibit. If you are not able to make it to In The Footsteps of Crocodile Man (March 1, 2016 — January 31, 2017) at the MOA in Vancouver, do check out the museum's web portal.
Read the review of Euphoria at Salon.com and view the author's book trailer below:
Each year much of the book world convenes in London for the annual London Book Fair. LBF is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content. This year was the largest in its 42 year history with over 25,000 people in attendance from 114 countries. Who are they and what do they do? Visitors include anyone involved with the creation, distribution, sale or treatment of content: book sellers and book buyers, small to large publishers, acquisition editors, book designers, translators, authors, agents, talent scouts, editors and digital authorities.
This year held no clear single news-maker, but two debut novels were rumoured to sell for seven-figure deals: Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and DeSales Harrison's The Waters & the Wild. The first is an epic set in 18th century Ghana and the second is a literary thriller. It seems the most photographed personality was Austrian singer and drag-queen artist Conchita-Wurst, who gained celebrity after winning a Eurovision song contest and recently launched her book in Berlin. (Holding a copy)
Independent and self-published topical sessions were extremely popular, seeing a rise from previous years. People are also interested in e-book distribution systems and traditional publishers are looking at ways out of the "no" culture they've created with prospects who are flogging to independent methods of pub and distribution. There's talk on how to adapt to market needs with services that aid prospective writers with better experiences on the road to some form of published product.
Amazon remains the behemoth in the room with their self-publishing arm and subscription service. And last, library lending of e-books remains prickly with many authors complaining that the system lacks standardization and is difficult to find.
This year the festival — conceived after Sept. 11, 2001, to celebrate international literature — will include a special focus on the contemporary literary culture of Africa and its diaspora. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian-born writer whose novel “Americanah” won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, is organizing the African program with the festival’s director, Laszlo Jakab Orsos. Ms. Adichie will also deliver the festival’s prestigious closing-night lecture, named for Arthur Miller.
Colm Toibin, who is serving as chairman of the festival for the first time this year — a position he took over from Salman Rushdie — said in an email interview that “there is a great deal happening culturally in Africa that we don’t know about. Africa is also a big place, and there are large differences between Kenya and Nigeria, Somalia and South Africa.”
This year's Festival includes writers, artists, academics, and activists from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville, South Africa, Cameroon, and more. These writers' work offers an entry point to discuss timely subjects, such as gender issues in Africa, and the role of the African diaspora, as well as important cultural phenomena including the publishing landscape and variations in important literary genres in different countries.
The finalists for the 34th annual BC Book Award were announced, and the gala takes place April 25th at Pinnacle Vancouver Harbour Front Hotel when the winners will be announced. Tickets are $120 ($110 for members).
The BC Book Award was established in 1985, to celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. There are seven categories and we have chosen our favourite for each. See the website for full shortlist:
The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for the best original work of literary fiction.
The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God
by Michael Springate (published by Guernica Editions) The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God
Elena and Mahfouz meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn’t return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come to terms with their historical situation, preparing for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand. The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God maps currents of world history as they coursed through Montreal in the first decade of the 21st century.
Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize awarded to the best work of poetry. Supported by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation
Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize is awarded to the book which contributes the most to the enjoyment and understanding of the province of British Columbia.
The book must be original and may deal with any aspect of the province (people, history, geography, oceanography, etc.). Supported by Marquis, Victoria Bindery, and First Choice Books
Africa Writes 2014 is the the annual literature and book festival in association with The British Library now in its third year. It takes place Friday July 11th through Sunday July 13th at the British Library Conference Centre on 96 Euston Road, London. (Directions)
Africa Writes brings together over 50 authors, poets, publishers, critics a selection of book launches, panel discussions, presentations and workshops with activities for adults as well as families with children. Most events are free, and a few are ticketed such as on Saturday 18:30-20:00 when Ama Ata Aidoo, Ghana’s leading author, poet, playwright, academic and former Minister of Education, will be joined for an in-depth conversation led by Wangui wa Goro, writer, critic and translator. I am also interested in seeing the The Caine Prize 2014 Conversation, also Saturday 15:00 – 17:00, FREE.
Each year, the Caine Prize for African Writing maps new directions in contemporary African writing. Join the five authors short- listed for the 2014 Prize - Diane Awerbuck, Efemia Chela, Tendai Huchu, Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor - in conversation with Delia Jarrett-Macauley, award-winning writer and judge for the 2007 Caine Prize.
Elegist, advocate, or dispassionate observer? What role should writers play in a world of transient landscapes, and ever-changing languages and cultures? Anthropologist Wade Davis and author John Vaillant consider the ethics of storytelling, reportage and bearing witness in the twenty-first century. Moderated by poet and novelist Karen Connelly. If you live in or around Toronto and want to hear a stimulating discussion, look no further than PEN Canada's spring event "Still Points in a Changing World"
I have had the good fortune to host John Vaillant twice in Whistler for Whistler Reads, and he is a compelling speaker whose book topics have led him into the wilds of Eastern Russia and the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. His GG award-winning non-fiction reads like a gripping novel; part eco-thriller, part psycho-social detective. That single earring and faded denim shirt make women swoon.
As for Wade Davis, he is a consummate orator. His introductory speech for Margaret MacMillan at this year's Canadian NonFiction Awards was breathtaking. Margaret had a tough time getting out of her seat!
Anyone attending this discussion will be on the edge of their seat.
Attendance of the luncheon for the BC National Award for Nonfiction in Vancouver is one of the highlights of the year for a cross section of people. Publishers, educators, book store owners, book designers, literary agents, members of the arts community, and of course sophisticated book lovers all converge at a waterfront hotel in Vancouver to meet the shortlisted finalists for the prize. This is the 10th year of the prize, which awards $2500 to all shortlisted authors and $40,000 to the winner - the largest purse for an award in nonfiction in Canada.
This year the individual speeches given in support of nominees were prize-worthy in themselves. Essays summarizing the merits of each book and its relative contribution to the canon of Canadian literature drew audience appreciation as well as emotional responses from the respective authors.
The winner was 2014's prestigious award is Thomas King for his exceptional book, "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" published by Double Day Canada, a 304 page-turner that is "wry and, at times, angry recounting of the relationship between first nations people and those who came after is remarkable work. Highly personal, yet remarkably well-researched and documented, he lays bare uncomfortable truths about history, politics and modern North American culture. Engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining, King’s iconoclastic and important book challenges us to think differently about both the past and the future."
"Thomas King is of Cherokee, Greek, and German descent and is currently chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His short stories have been widely published throughout the United States and Canada, and a film, based on his much acclaimed first novel Medicine River, has been made for television.&emdash; NACNF
The Cornucopia Festival in Whistler BC takes place each November during the formerly slow "shoulder season". That's the time of year when summer visitors have left locals daily watch the alpine fill with snow as the snow-line creeps down the ski runs toward the village. It's also when incredible deals can be had on food, as restauranteurs offer price-fix menus at discounted fairs, and everyone around awaits the food and wine festival so-named because of its proximity to Thanksgiving. This year they've ramped up to 11 full days of programming: so more wine tastings, more incredible winemaker dinners, cooking demonstrations and now they've added a fun new literary component. Wined Up on Books writes Pique Newsmagazine takes place Sunday November 17th at 7pm when ticket holders are matched up "speed dating style" with a panel of local authors to meet, chat about their writing craft, publishing experiences, check out their books and connect one on one over a few lovely glasses of wine. Participating this year is East Coast writer and long-listed Giller Prize nominee, Michael Winters, Minister Without Portfolio and current Whistler writer in residence Ania Szado, the best-selling author of Studio Saint-Ex who is also from Ontario, is taking part.
Local participating authors include children's author Sara Leach, author and founder of The Point artist-run centre Stephen Vogler, science journalist and author Leslie Anthony, Sue Oakey Baker author of the recently released memoir Finding Jim, author of coffee-table book Mauritania Paula Shackleton and Harvey herself, whose novel Nicolai's Daughters came out last year.
This is the 12th year of the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival which takes place Oct 18-20th in various venues across the village, but mostly hosted at the Whistler Fairmont Chateau. The line-up of author readings, writing courses and events should find most venues selling out. Organizer Stella Harvey leads the local writers group, Vicious Circle, whose numbers have grown as people gravitate to the nurturing environment of support/critique groups who band together to help plan— the festival, adding a unique flare to the festival circuit with a distinct writerly approach to their programming. You can take a class in memoir writing or crime writing, attend the opening night at Millennium Place with guest authors lined up in conversation followed by live jazz, wine and mingling, or my favourite, meet CBC host Jian Ghomeshi interview Giller Prize author Will Ferguson about his stunning novel 419. There's always a breakfast clinic offered on the Sunday, and this year Jian will be doing double duty hosting a discussion with Lisa Moore, Sue-Oakey Baker, Jane Silcott, Richard Wagamese, Genni Gunn and Meg Tilley, along with brunch on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Whistler Museum closes things down on Sunday with their 2nd annual "debate" of a timely topic. This year the debate is "Self-publishin or Perish" The debate team includes popular author and journalist Leslie Anthonly, Signature publisher Karen Haughten, yours truly Paula Shackleton and Janel Love Morrison.
TOUCH: definition 1. the act of connecting physically and emotionally 2. the interface used on computers, mobile devices, iPads and modern technology 3. the name of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation's first fundraiser event in over a decade taking place October 4th in the Atrium space of the Central library, 350 West Georgia, Vancouver.
TOUCH "where inspiration and community meet" is the tagline for the event is designed to raise awareness and funds for the VPL's new technology-rich space called, The Inspiration Lab. Slated to open on the 3rd floor of the central library in 2014 the foundation hopes to raise $500,000 by attracting a new generation of library advocates - through both our Downtown and Yaletown corporate neighbours, and through local residents who we call "the young Digerati" of Vancouver. These are people who already live, eat and breath technology, work in technology rich sectors, who share a commitment to life-long learning and the desire to help our community become the technology leaders and stakeholders of tomorrow.
For more information check out the VPLFoundation website with pages on Committee | Creative | Sponsors | Tickets. Doors open at 8pm for a VIP reception where people can mingle with our installation artists, meet the City Librarian, Sandra Singh. BC Minister of Technology, Honourable Andrew Wilkinson will be attending. There are 5 noted Vancouverites who have have agreed to participate in a mentor program - check out details on our Silent Auction Catalogue. We've gathered loads of items for the tech-minded person and fun get-a-ways and dining experiences.
Don't miss Grow: The Intersection of Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking which takes place August 14-16, Vancouver, BC. GROW is a curated environment that brings together technology pioneers, founders, executives, influencers and investors who are passionate about identifying problems worth solving. If you are interested in the future of innovation, growth and entrepreneurship - GROW is for you. Here is some of the exciting line-up of events, participants and speakers: Opening Remarks by Danny Robinson of PERCH. 8:30-9:30 Aug 14th. Then Daniel Burka and Jake Knapp give a talk titled, "Quit wasting time on ideas that suck". Nir Eyal ov NirAndFar.com leads a session on "How to build habit forming technologies". Don't miss it!
I sit across the bistro table talking with Raseel Sehmi, the Vancouver Chapter Chair of ACUMEN. Acumen is a nonprofit organization founded by Jaqueline Novogratz in order to change the way the world thinks and deals with poverty. Acumen claims to have impacted 100 million lives "with dignity, not dependence." Raseel is telling me about her Vancouver Chapter's activities and the upcoming fundraiser in Vancouver on May 15th, 7-11pm at the trendy Electric Owl, 928 Main Street called Dignity.
The afternoon sun streams brightly through the window effectively blinding Raseel whose iridescent eyeshadow is not the only dazzling feature of this confident and composed international-based beauty. We shift the positions of our chairs so she can more easily answer my questions about how she got to be one of Vancouver's hardest working disciples of social awareness using entrepreneurial initiative.
"It's not enough to work at our 9-5 jobs," says Raseel. "Young people like myself who've been educated abroad and who've traveled the world are incredibly aware that their lives need to incorporate a greater purpose in order to find fulfillment. We probably spend as much time working for not-for-profit initiatives and various causes in our free time, as we spend at our full time jobs."
This is in keeping with my reading on Gen Y or the Millennials, as this age group is referred. A joint study by AMP Agency & COS about this demographic (born 1979-2001) had this to say:
The Millennial Generation is by far the most analyzed, most marketed to and most intriguing generation to date. It is a generation that is comprised of individuals who are extremely ambitious and not only have high expectations for themselves, but also for those around them including their friends, families, communities and brands. It is also a generation that has been shaped by tragic world events such as 9/11 and natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. The result is a group that has developed a strong social conscience amplified by technology.
When I ask Raseel how she came to live in Vancouver when her Facebook and LinkedIn profile mentions Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, India, Myanmar and London England, she answers that her parents were diplomats and she moved with her family regularly to postings around the globe. Her parents presently live in Mumbai Maharashtra, India. She came here after completing her graduate studies at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies, London University). [Disclosure: Raseel and my daughter were classmates at SOAS] She currently works at Vancouver's hot social media company,
I had mint tea with Acumen's Vancouver Chapter Director, Raseel Sehmi this past week. Raseel is one of those people who make you feel that the world is going to be OK. She's the daughter of a consulate so has lived the world over: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, India, Myanmar, England, and Canada. She's educated at one of my favorite universities - SOAS in London (School of Oriental and African Studies). She's globally conscious and socially impecable. With my back to the window and the sun's late afternoon rays blazing into the room, Raseel's subtle iridescent eye makeup is reflecting like an exotic lepidoptera. Her conversation flips from her day job at Hootsuite to her all-consuming non-profit work at Acumen. She's excited to be working on an event called _____________. Viewing the Acumen website videos is like a shot of B12 for your global ___________.
The International Performing Arts Festival - PuSh in Vancouver starts Jan 15 and goes to Feb 3rd. 2013. This event started in 2003 making this its tenth year. A decade of continuous run is an accomplishment in itself and speaks to the larger role the festival plays in curating creative artists' works, mentoring and promoting local talent and staging new productions. The public gets to choose from over 160 different performances with events in 14 different venues and sites over the three week period. So there is a chance to take in trend-setting, multidisciplinary work on almost every day of the week. Some of the titled works: Fictions, Ride the Cyclone, A Crack In Everything and our personal favourite - The Human LIbrary, where members of the community with eclectic backgrounds and life experiences are available to "take out and read" with their life story and perspective.
Enter the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and head up to the third floor where a special PuSh Festival circulation desk will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of thirty possible human books. In choosing from titles like “Drag Queen,” “Occupy Activist,” and “Refugee” you’ll sign one out and be connected to the person behind that title. A one-on-one informal conversation will begin and the rest is up to you.
The goal to become Canada's leading arts festival seems to have been realized. Congratulations PuSh!
The Whistler Writers and Readers Festival is on October 12-14th. Following in the tradition of not following tradition, it's a home-grown affair by a core of select scribblers (several of whom who have become published authors over the duration) who've managed to hang-in for over a decade to the concept that an active town can and will come out in support of an annual literary event. This proves that if you keep plugging, people will eventually reward you with a door fee that is probably less than what they spend on a weekly yoga session. Consider the relative input of the pair; consider the value. Check out this year's ambitious offerings of readings, workshops, spoken word events and panels Whistler Writers Festival 2012.
Tickets went on sale today for The NewYorker Magazine's Festival Oct 4-6th. Always a highlight on the literary circuit guests include Fiction Night: A discussion among writers Martin Amos, John Lanchester, Zadie Smith monitored by Deborah Treisman; Topia/Dystopia with Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, George Saunders moderated by Daniel Zalewski (both on Friday) and of course Malcolm Gladwell who examines Birmingham: 50 years later. Check out the full schedule here and get your tickets early! Download the < a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-new-yorker-festival/id389493525?mt=8" >App for iPhone or Android to save, share and map festival events.
What a great concept - a film festival you can watch from home! You don't have to be in New York. Check out the line-up for the Tribeca Film Festival-at home 2012 sponsored by American Express - April 19-29th. I was particularly drawn to a film called Knuckleball when the Tribeca Film Festival program came out. It's the story of a small cadre of pitchers in American baseball who mastered the pitch which requires them "to have the fingers of a safecracker and the mind of a Zen Buddhist," or as it is alternately described, "it's like trying to throw a butterfly into your neighbors mailbox." Filmakers Annie Sundberg and Rickie Stern claim it's a metaphor for society and the economic times we face today. While mainstream is bsessed with youth, power and speed the people who master knuckleballs go completely against the mainstream grain; craftsmanship, patience and time are what go into acquiring this pitch, and it is what keeps players in the game when others flame out. The two pitchers for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets are the year long subjects of the film.
Another topic of focus at the Tribeca Film Fest is about the future of film itself. Everyone is scrambling to find ways to deliver films to consumers in the mediums with which they now consume them; via You Tube, the net and how films are marketed as well. For example - are Tweet Seats the new smoking section? How does the medium serve when its virtual screen has gone from theatre size to iPad size for many viewers?
Liu Xiaobo is a writer, literary critic, professor and most importantly, a public intellectual and human rights activist. Liu was imprisoned three times for political reasons prior to his most recent arrest in 2008, following which he was sentenced to eleven years' imprisonment due to his role in circulating the Charter 08 manifesto calling for multiparty constitutional government in China. Since the late 1980s, Liu’s writings have been banned in China, and few young Chinese people have read them or even heard of him. In the West, Liu was equally obscure until the 2010 Nobel awards were announced. This January, Harvard University Press published a collection of Liu’s critical essays and prison poetry from the last two decades, No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems (with a foreword by Vaclav Havel), which gives English-language readers a chance to hear his courageous voice.
The purpose of this proposed reading is to share Liu Xiaobo's works with a broader audience, and to engage students at SFU and the local community by reading Liu’s human rights literature in different languages. In between these readings, scholars and experts will give an introduction and commentary on the significance of Liu’s activities and his writings.
When: Tuesday, March 20th, 2:00-4:00pm Where: Room 1425, Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Admission: FREE and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please show up a little early to avoid disappointment.
Event sponsors include Institute for Humanities, Department of Humanities, Asian Canada Program, the World Literature Program and David Lam Centre, all at SFU.
Below is the video of the Nobel Prize ceremony in which Liu Xiobo was awarded in absentia.
The New York Public Library has a speaking series that makes you wish you lived in the Big Apple. Here's one to catch if you're planning to be in town: Billionaires Against Bull: From Charity to Justice. Ralph Nader speaks to Ted Turner and Peter Lewis.
Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
$25 General Admission, $15 FRIENDS of The NYPL, Seniors & Students
In "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!", Ralph Nader imagines a coalition of billionaires who join forces to answer the question: “What if several of America’s wealthiest individuals decided it was time to work for the collective good?”
On May 4th, Turner and Peter Lewis, two billionaires portrayed in Ralph Nader's fictional narrative, will appear on stage in real life for a taboo-free exchange with the author.
The two "billionaires against bull," as Ralph Nader characterizes them, will join the consumer advocate and provocateur to envision how philanthropy can spark key redirections of our society, our country, and the world.
The Sharjah International Book Fair is the largest book fair in the Middle East. It takes place Oct 26th-Nov 6th in city of Sharjah located just northeast of Dubai on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates. This is a spectacularly beautiful region, but don't take my word for it. Check out the mapquest link with excellent photo locators to acclimate yourself, then listen to the music track on the video at this Sharjah info site. Interested to learn more? The UAE is a federation situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran. The UAE consists of seven states, termed emirates, (because they are ruled by Emirs) which are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi and Sharjah is both the third largest Emirate and the name of its city capital. It is also the country's center of political, industrial, and cultural activities. The Sharjah Book Fair is an effort not only to encourage literacy in the country but it serves as a resource for education at all levels. Browsing the 53 page English language book list (because the Arabic book list is, duh, in Arabic) is like skimming a University arts, business and sciences course book list! There are pages of accounting texts, architecture, design, business and marketing books, as well as international fiction titles on current publisher lists. This suggests a very broad spectrum purpose, not the typical offering as what you'd see at the LA Times Book Festival, for example, where mostly fiction authors and particular genre books are on display and for sale at booths. The whole SIBF is guided under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi and has been ongoing since 1982. How well is it attended? This 10-day annual event now draws a total of 750 publishers showcasing books from nearly 42 nations, and attracts over 400,000 GCC visitors.
The Whistler Readers and Writers Festival takes place Oct 14-17th. The line-up this year is all-star and award-winning, and includes: Brian Brett (winner of the Writers Trust of Canada Non-Fiction prize and BC
Bookseller's Choice Award for Trauma Farm) Kate Pullinger (2009 Governor
General's Award for Fiction winner for The Mistress of Nothing) Russell Wangersky (BC Book Award for Canadian NonFiction winner for Burning Down the
House) Wayne Grady, Merilyn Simonds, Jenn Farrell, Kathy Page, Terence
Young, Patricia Young, Caroline Adderson and Leslie Anthony.
Note to attendees of the "Make Your Own Podcast" session given by Paula Shackleton: Here is the quickie demo podcast we made together in class. Thanks for attending, and good luck with your future podcasts. Stay in touch! paulas @ bookbuffet.com Click Here.
The Festival is an amazing chance to:
1. Give your creative self a little charge, with 10 seminars on offer on
Saturday October 16 at the Aava, under 2 streams: Where Traditional and
Digital Media Collide, and Crafting a Great Story. Young writers (12-19)
can also take a free seminar at the library on Saturday.
. Dial in your fall reading list, with 10 of Canada's best authors reading
at the Saturday October 16 Gala event at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural
Centre, most with newly released books.
3. Dabble in the world of social media with a host of seminars on twitter,
podcasting and blogging. Find new ways to promote yourself using social
4. Linger around the library for three free literary events, including the
launch of Leslie Anthony's new book, White Planet: A Mad Dash through the
Modern Global Ski Culture, Thursday October 14th at the Whistler Public
4. Hang with the hipsters, as spoken word superstar C R Avery parachutes in
to the third Pecha Kucha Night at Maxx Fish. A range of speakers are given
20 slides, 20 seconds per slides to speak about something they're passionate
about. Fast-moving, eclectic and super cool, PKN has previously unrolled at
the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival and Crankworx.
5. Peel back the curtains on literary marriages with a free discussion at
the library on Saturday afternoon, Write, Fight, Love with Merilyn Simonds,
Wayne Grady, Terrence Young and Patricia Young.
The full program is downloadable at www.theviciouscircle.ca under the Events
Tab. People can also follow the updates and buzz building at their
WP Blog, on twitter @whistlerwriters , or on Facebook
If you're like me you anticipate the moment when you turn the key on your post box, open the door to find your copy of this week's New Yorker magazine, teasingly folded over so that the new cover illustration and lineup of feature articles written by informed, entertaining and intelligent writers addressing today's events around the globe are revealed; then you won't want to miss the next New Yorker Festival. What goes on at the Festival? Well, the full program will be announced Sept 6th and tickets go on sale Sept 10th but I can tell you that your favorite staff writers and contributors will be on stages discussing their work, debating the issues, and entertaining you live. Go to newyorker.com/festival.New Yorker staff, such as the popular Malcolm Gladwell, will be live blogging during the festival to keep you updated. Come watch intelligent speakers talk about cool things. Even the speakers lament (for example) not being able to attend a session of the Mad Men creative team because they've been simu-scheduled at a forum next door. As one writer-speaker aptly put it, "It's wonderful to have the veil removed between you and your reading audience. To actually get meet your readers, who remarkably have really been paying close attention to your writing, and to hear their questions and opinions... " Satisfying all around!
You've heard of TED talks. Now there's Pecha-Kucha Night. Pecha Kucha is the Japanese translation for the sound of the words "chit chat". It's a simple principle. Get speakers to gather 20 slides encapsulating their creative work or process and speak to each slide for 20 seconds. In the space of one evening you can learn a whole lot about the creative people around you. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery-lounge-bar-club or creative kitchen called the SuperDeluxe in February 2003. It has now become a global organization with events held worldwide. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo. For the second year now, it comes to Whistler BC to be held during the now famous bike festival called "Crankworx. Aug 7-15th 2010". Presenters include:
- Tyler Schramm, Schramm Vodka
- Rick Harry, Aboriginal Artist
- Keith Reynolds, Playground Builders
- Robin O'Neill - Photographer
- Peter Alder, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners
- Leslie Anthony, Writer
- Paula Shackleton, Bookbuffet
- Carla Gutierrez, Fitness Model
F5, [ef-fahyv] A function key on a computer used to refresh a web browser or file manager.
A business conference for executives on changing technologies in the online space such as social media, search marketing, mobile applications, and future trends. The inaugural event will be held on April 7, 2010 in world renowned, Vancouver, Canada. Venue location, the Vancouver Harbour Conference Centre. F5 EXPO invites you to learn about social media, mobile marketing, and other emerging trends. The event converges interactive exhibits, peer idea-collaboration amongst fellow Owners, Executives and Buyers, and edge-of-your-seat sessions into one explosive day. The focus is on refreshing business strategies through captivating content and storytelling with an “AHA” factor on such topics as mobile apps, search marketing, business blogs/webinars, social media, web 2.0, etc. Speakers include: Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw), Tech Linz (Blogger and CEO, Massive Media), Brad Lever (CEO, eCrypt Technologies), Michael Ferfusson (CEO, Ayogo), Darci LaRochelle (Swirl Solutions), Tom Ellis (Technological Crime Analyst, RCMP), Howie Wu (Co-Founder and CEO, LayerBoom Systems), Tris Hussey (Author of Create Your Own Blog and Using ). Sound cool. I'm going to meet Malcolm.
In the face of rapid change, who wouldn’t need to hit the refresh button?!
I just signed up for Mediabistro.com's two-day eBook Summit in NYC December 15-16th. If you register before November 18th it's only $345 for both days. Take a look at the heavy-hitting list of key note speakers: Brandon Badger, Product Manager, Google Books; Steve Haber, President, Digital Reading Business Division, Sony; Katty Kay, Washington Correspondent, BBC World News America Author, Womenomics; Jane Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Open Road Integrated Media and former CEO, HarperCollins. The program promises to "take a closer look at the changing digital publishing industry, from the perspectives of content creators and of publishers. Leaders in the field will uncover business development opportunities, and highlight the latest technological innovations currently driving the future of digital publishing." If you are a publishing professional, content creator, marketer, advertising and PR professional, business development and e-commerce leader, gather round. Get the Twitter feed with: #ebooksummit. In case you need a completely frivolous reason, take in some holiday shopping and window displays-there is no place on Earth like NYC in December. Details, details, details... here is the skinny on what's up for discussion:
Take a moment to join this "Fireside Chat With Leonard Brody and Michael Tippett at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC) on 27 October 2009, Tuesday. Hosted by The Vancouver Enterprize Forum who write, "Leonard Brody is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and Emmy nominated media visionary. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date. Much critical acclaim has followed him in his endeavours. At Onvia (where he was part of the initial executive), the company was voted Canada’s number one startup in 2000 and subsequently closed a $240 Million IPO on NASDAQ. In 2004, Leonard co-founded NowPublic.com which is a pioneer in the field of user generated news. The company was named by Time Magazine as one of the top 50 websites in the world, was inducted into the Newseum in Washington and was recently acquired by the Anschutz Corporation. Currently Leonard sits as the President of the Clarity Digital Group responsible for overseeing one of the largest online news conglomerates in the world including Examiner.com and NowPublic, which between them, share over 20 million unique visitors a month and over 200,000 contributors." As well at the fireside that night is his co-founder Michael Tippet, Emmy award winning...
&creativeMore than twenty invited Canadian authors and editors will descend on Whistler this September as special guests of a weekend-long siege of word wielding and poetry slinging at the 8th Whistler Writers Festival. Guest writers include the 2009 writers-in-residence (who will spend the fall at Alta Lake Station House): Wayne GradyTree: A Life Story and Merilyn Simonds The Convict Lover: A True Story, as well as 2009 BC Book Prize winner, Lee Henderson The Man Game, Vancouver author, Annabel Lyon The Golden Mean and Claire Mulligan, long listed for the Giller Prize for her book, The Reckoning of Boston Jim. Whistler writer Sara Leach will also be celebrating the publication of her first book, Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle? a children's story. Buy your books at significant discount at the links provided here, and have them ready for signing when you attend the session!
This is the 3rd annual London Literary Festival held at the Southbank Centre July 2-16. Enjoy the best in international writing, performance, music and debate this summer. What I like about festivals in the UK is the diversity of participants and the scope of the topics. And of course, it's not all books! When you hang out in London you get to take in some of the greatest museums, galleries and restaurants of the world, too! Be sure to stay at the Berkeley (pronounced Bark-ley) in Knightsbridge, go for a drink at the swanky, newly renovated Coburg Bar at the Connaught in Mayfair, where the bartender makes exquisite cocktails and the patrons are always fun and interesting. Jog or walk through Hyde Park around the Serpentine under the cool of the deciduous forest canopy beside the lake where the Serpentine Gallery is showing renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons, and for shits & giggles book a reservation on the London Eye, that huge futuristic ferris wheel right next to the Southbank Center, and view the cityscape courtesy of British Airways. Uhoh—sidetracked! Back to books. For the full programme of events visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/londonlitfest. Tickets for the festival are still available and they range from 7-12. Here's a quick line-up of author events to mark on the calendar: Booker Prize winner, ARUNDHATI ROY, author of God of Small Things will headline the festival
2 July in discussion with Shami Chakrabarti on the topic of democracy. BUZZ ALDRIN 4 July On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. One of the UK's poetry greats, BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH 10 July will be performing new work and favourites. PETER ACKROYD
13 July Peter Ackroyd retells The Canterbury Tales. HANIF KURESHI, DCB PIERRE, KAMILA SHAMSIE & JEANETTE WINTERSON 14 July Come together with original stories.
Over the last 21 years, the Hay Literary Festival audience has grown from 1,000 people in Hay (near Herefordshire, England) to 250,000 visitors on three continents every year. One would think that the four locations offer UK book lovers a chance to meet authors from different locales who write, as one would expect, about their cultures, influences, and life experiences which become fictionalized or not in some form of book. However, the reality is that The Hay is a new form of British Cultural Imperialism transporting English lit and culture to warmer climates. This becomes evident when reading the line-up of events (a sampling provided below) at venues named for the sponsors: "The Guardian Stage", "The Barclays Wealth Pavilion" and "The SONY Screen". That said, it still looks like a rousing good time in locations with better weather and interesting tourist ops. The next location in the calendar year is Granada, Spain this May 7-10th, 2009. Here's their blurb, "The Andalusia is a fantastic setting to meet regional writers and readers. In the beautiful setting of the Alhambra Palace, writers and poets from Spain, the Middle East and northern Africa, as well as the UK, US and many others, share their voices and stories to make this a truly international festival of thought and word." Download the Hay Festival Program in pdf format.
Just the mention of the Kennedy family name congers four generations of fame, tragedy, controversy and an intense dedication to public service. On March 4th 2009 the AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) is hosting An Evening with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in celebration of their 20th Anniversary. Through a twist of fate RFK Jr turned a private embarrassment into a public cause. Charged with 1,500 hrs of community service for his prosecution on a heroine possession charge, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. used his environmental law degree to build his reputation as a resolute defender of the environment, stacking up a litany of successful large legal actions. The organization retained him as council after his service was discharged, and he works tirelessly for them today. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River - New York City's water supply - from polluting companies, and returning access to the shoreline by the public. The group's achievement helped spawn more than 170 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. Most recently, he was a frontrunner with President Obama to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a renowned author, inspirational speaker, and active conservationist. Learn about this passionate man, his causes and this event put on by AWARE here...
William Roberts is the founder of the Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue and his connections to political, civic and humanitarian think-tanks run deep. Modeled on the Aspen Institute, the Whistler Forum just completed a weekend retreat with an interesting array of participants. The purpose was to discuss the current geo-political environment in the new Obama reign, and come up with a position paper that recommends how Canada needs to approach relations with our giant neighbors south of the 49th parallel. Participants asked the questions: What are Canada's values? What are the trends in the geo-politics? What should our priorities be in positioning ourselves in today's world? Issues of political stability and terrorism came up, as did the importance of global warming and development in the third world. Read more about the participants and the points they discussed. We'll see where it all goes.
On the West coast we have 100 international writers speaking at the 2008 Vancouver International Writers Festival, held October 21-26th. From André Alexis to Ting-xing Ye check out the entire list on the festival website. Then on the East coast, it's the annual New Yorker Magazine FestivalOct 3,4 and 5th.
The Vicious Circle Writing Group hosts The Whistler Writers Festival each September, and the marketing blurbs by Lisa Richardson just keep getting better and better. This year they have a host of classes planned on Saturday, Sept. 13th. Check out the 7th annual lit-fest offerings: 15 different seminars in fiction, non-fiction and magazine, and memoir/writing from life streams, with free sessions as well as ticketed events starting from $20. Participants can dabble and cross-genres, or devote a day to a particular focus. If the course content is half as entertaining as the creative titles - you'll be in for a treat! I recommend Shena Lambert's class. Shena attended BookBuffet's four author panel discussion last April. It's great to have her back in Whistler again!
Each year the BBC sponsors the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction recognizing excellence in nonfiction writing. BookBuffet editor Paula Shackleton attended the discussion and provides audio excerpts with the five out of six shortlisted authors whose books vary in subject matter from the history of the Congo, to life in the Soviet during Stalin, to the biography of V.S. Naipaul, to an encapsulated view on the vitality of twentieth century classical music and its connections to popular culture, and finally to the first murder case in Victorian history that sparked an entirely new genre in literature and crime fighting—the detective novel and the professional crime detective. Meet Tim Butcher, Mark Cocker, Orlando Figues, Patrick French, Alex Ross and Kate Summerscale.
The NYPL's "LIVE" series presents, BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE with a stunning line-up of authors: Annie Proulx, Olivier Rolin, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Catherine Millet & Paul Holdengraber, moderator. And PUBLIC LIVES-PRIVATE LIVES from the PEN Society's "International Voices Festival". This year’s theme couldn't be more timely. How do we draw a line between our private and public selves? When must we tell private stories for the public good? How, as readers, writers, and citizens, do we confront threats to our privacy? What is still considered private in the Internet age? Do we need to redefine the meaning of public and private in the 21st century? The writers in this year’s Festival will mine this rich theme in a variety of literary conversations, panels, readings, and performances. Links and details inside.
Libration joins "celebration" with "library," though I'm uncertain whether it's a noun or a verb - possibly both! April 11th-19th. Details are inside, but Save The Date for Saturday April 12th when BookBuffet/Whistler Reads Founder, Paula Shackleton hosts four stunning Vancouver writers: David Chariandy, Shaena Lambert, Timothy Taylor and Teresa McWhirter come to Whistler. What do they have in common? They each live in Vancouver. They each published a new book in 2007 that is garnering popular and critical acclaim. Join us fireside at the WPL from 6-8 pm for "Writing On The Edge: Perspectives of BC Writers." What is it about Vancouver's geography, economy, politics, history, climate, multiculturalism, or our proximity to the border that affects these writers? Check-out the Libration poster for all the events and activities
I heard the first firecracker go off in the street outside my office window just now, reminding me that Halloween is approaching for all the happy, carefree school children here in the West. This is not the case for the millions of children in Africa. Last evening the third in a series of talks put on by Whistler Community Services Organization hosted world-renowned Canadian human rights advocate, UN ambassador and HIV-AIDS speaker, Stephen Lewis. The sold-out 800-seat crowd gathered in the Whistler High School gymnasium gave organizers a fright just two days away from the event when only a quarter of them had purchased their $20 ticket. Proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Click title for full article.
I am a big fan of the NewYorker magazine and many of their staff writers. Everyone who knows Malcolm Gladwell is familiar with his groundbreaking books, Blink and The Tipping Point. Gladwell (and others) made some fascinating presentations at their first "Conference 2012: Letters from the Near Future," on subjects ranging from the nature of genius, to morality, to gaming, to intellectual property. Don't miss these excellent podcasts. Some favorites below.
BookBuffet launches LSD - Literary Speed Dating in Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC starting this May. It's not a new concept -- in fact there are 880,000 google search results. "The point is, it's not just for singles—it's for people who want to connect on an intellectual level," says BookBuffet President Paula Shackleton who has been touting the idea since she first saw [regular] speed dating in a Santa Monica bar in 2002.
Whether you're an occassional reader or an avid bibliophile, there's bound to be people just like you. Come and join the fun. 8:00-10:30 pm all locations.
Tickets $10 and your first drink FREE, courtesy of Bacardi. Try our Hemingway Shooters or the In Cold Bloody Marys or why not an Emma Martini? Rub shoulders with celebrity authors and local book publishers. Here's how it works...
Ann Marsh, coauthor of “COPY THIS” – the Kinko’s story, tells how Paul Orfalea turned his severe dyslexia and A.D.H.D into a $2 Billion Corporation named by Forbes magazine as ‘One of America’s best companies.’
Come hear Ann speak during Whistler Wellness Week on Saturday May 6, 2006 at 4:00pm at Rainbow Theatre. See details.
March 4th through 11th was Women’s Week in Whistler. The whole resort turns it on for ladies with a series of ski, snowboard and sport camps, spa packages and shopping sprees, charity dinners to benefit women’s issues such as breast and ovarian cancer, and fun nights out on the town with hip-hop and pole dancing sessions. Millennium Place hosted a panel discussion with five diverse professional women from the village, and BookBuffet’s President Paula Shackleton was one of the speakers addressing the issue of “Finding Balance,” that elusive but necessary goal of modern life facing all women juggling careers, businesses, family with fitness and health. Here’s what they said.
BookBuffet Founder Paula Shackleton announces a new partnership with Women & Wine, a website dedicated toward educating women about wine and offering fabulous trips to wine country. You already drink wine while discussing books -- why not present wines with books as chosen by experts? Wait -- there's a great launch party!
In part 2 of a 4-part series of interviews with distinguished William Blake scholars, curator and collector Professor Robert Essick discusses Blake’s unique literary and pictorial vision with BookBuffet founder, Paula Shackleton.
Writers, agents, editors, scholars, historians and collectors met at the Pacific Palisades home of Paula Shackleton, in a celebration of the visionary poet and artist William Blake. In part 1 of a special 4-part interview series, discover William Blake and his fundamental contributions to literature, art and spirituality.
BookBuffet, UCLA, and the Santa Monica Public Library are co-sponsoring the mother of all moderators—Rachel Jacobsohn, who joins us from Chicago—to give two courses directed toward the professional book group facilitator and the interested book group leader. Scheduled April 22nd & 23rd in Los Angeles, CA.