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VIWF #23: Hal Wakes Talks Gibb, Selecky, Wiersema & More
VIWF #23: Bringing 100 Writers from all over the World to Vancouver this week!

Click here to listen to the Hal Wake Interview for VIWF #23.

Here’s the official word on the festival from the people on the inside:

Festival bringing 100 international and Canadian authors to Vancouver tomorrow

(October 18, 2010, Vancouver, BC)—The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival opens tomorrow (Tuesday, October 19), and brings to Vancouver some of the biggest names in writing in the world. Over six days, from October 19 to 24, 100 authors from Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, France, Ireland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines will join thousands of readers at the annual festival on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Among the featured authors are four who have been nominated for this year’s Governor-General’s award – Sandra Birdsell, Emma Donoghue, Drew Hayden Taylor and Kathleen Winter – and two who have been shortlisted for this year’s Giller Prize – Sarah Selecky and Kathleen Winter.

Also attending are this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding, the most read French author in the world, Marc Levy, and past nominees for the Booker Prize Ali Smith, Andrea Levy, David Mitchell, Andrew O’Hagan and Yann Martel, who won the Booker Prize in 2002.

The Festival concludes after six days and 67 events with a tribute to Penguin on its 75th anniversary, publisher of pocketbook classics that brought the world’s best literature affordably to readers. In addition, the first four days of the Festival feature 34 events especially for grades K – 12 students in both French and English that will bring more than 7,000 young readers to Granville Island.

Following the Festival week, Sara Gruen, whose novel Water for Elephants was an international best-seller, will appear on Nov. 4, and on Nov. 21, the Festival presents Gary Shteyngart, a The New Yorker magazine’s pick for the best 20 under 40 luminary fiction writers.

Tickets are available through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849), or at the Writers Festival box office, 1398 Cartwright Street. Complete program details are available at www.writersfest.bc.ca.



Literary Death Match Vancouver: Conversation w Todd Zuniga

 

Literary Death Match Vancouver: W2 Storyeum. Friday Oct 8th @ 8PM.

 

Click here to listen to me and Todd Zuniga discuss Literary Death Match.

It’s happening!

The Canadian debut of the international performance/literary/comedic sensation Literary Death Match happens this Friday!

Hosted by Opium Magazine founder and LDM creator, Todd Zuniga, at the W2 Storyeum151 West Cordova between Cambie and Abbott – space and featuring the talents of writers Nikki Reimer, Charlie Demers, Steve Burgess and Sara Bynoe, it should be a hilarious good time.

Those 4 writers will be reading some of their original work to a rapt audience and will be ruthlessly scrutinized by the judges: Talent Time’s Paul Anthony, Vancouver is Awesome‘s Bob Kronbauer and Diana Frances from various CBC incarnations.

Tickets are $10 in advance AND $10 at the door and you should totally come out because it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Drinks will be served, books and magazines will be sold, good times will be had.

You should check out this excellent piece from our friends at Granville Magazine about Charlie’s book and the amazingness of Vancouver.

If you want some more info about the glory of Literary Death Match you can check out this piece published today in the Courier Newspaper and this cool little interview with Todd in the SFist.

Holler at me 778-987-8774 if you have any questions or seanATbooksontheradioDOTca.

 



Zero History by Willaim Gibson: Drops on September 7th, 2010
August 13, 2010, 1:09 PM
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Hubertus Bigend returns to us again in William Gibson’s new novel, Zero History, from Putnam.

Dropping in early September the book is positioned to rampage across the crowded fall book season.

Very much looking forward to the arrival of Zero History.  We’ll definitely be reviewing it here and working on getting an interview.



We Support Vancouver Is Awesome (And So Should You!)
August 6, 2010, 10:12 AM
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I wrote this letter of support for Vancouver is Awesome this morning.

I share it here to show BOTR’s solidarity with VIA and to encourage other creators, cultural figures in Vancouver to write letters of support, too.

VIA is a visionary collaborative cultural project. It supports us and I believe that we should give that love back.

Vancouver is Awesome. That is all.

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to write this message of support on behalf of Bob Kronbauer and Vancouver is Awesome (VIA).

VIA is an unique and powerful voice for an emerging and vital cultural sector within our city.  It provides opportunities for new local voices to be heard, it showcases
creative projects and people, and it has become a daily go-to location for people throughout Vancouver.

What impresses me most about VIA is that it is an ‘idea driven’ project focusing on positive stories about Vancouver as a growing, creative, culturally sophisticated – and dare I say it – worldclass city.

In a time of deep concern within local cultural sectors VIA has emerged as a chorus of creative voices offering optimism, hope and fun to our community.

It is making a difference in the lives of people across this city and has become a
destination site for tourists coming to Vancouver and looking for interesting things to do while they’re here.

As curator of Books on the Radio I look to VIA for inspiration and ideas about how I can make my own projects better and connect more deeply with the Vancouver
community.

VIA is a project/website/cultural force that I completely support and I encourage our civic leaders to stand behind it as well.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further positive commentary on VIA.

Sean Cranbury, Curator/Host/Regulator, Books on the Radio



“There’s Nothing Precious About [Poetry]”: Heather Haley

Heather Haley & the 45s Back in the Day. Photo: Bev Davies.

I recently sat down with the semi-reformed punk rock vocalist, trailblazing poet, self-proclaimed anarchist and creative technophile, Heather Haley to discuss her new book, Three Blocks West of Wonderland.

It was a blazing afternoon in June and we sought relative relief in a Thai restaurant on Commercial Drive.

Click here to listen to our informal chat.

It’s kind of like a studio demo. Loose and meandering and rough around the edges.

We start off riffing about the possibilities for poetry on the iPad and then move into Heather’s influential work in video poetry, her years rocking Cascadia in punk rock bands and a million other things.

Heather was a part of the ‘Night of the Poets & Other Writers‘ at W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Olympics this year at the W2 Culture and Media House.

She’s launching her most recent book of poetry, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, at the new W2 Storyeum space on Saturday June 17th at 7PM.

We’ll be there and will probably record the show for future BOTR episodes.

Here’s the launch details:

Emcee Kedrick James: featuring Shannon Rayne, Peter Trower, Videopoem Screening-“Bushwhack”, Jenn Farrell.

Intermission

Music by Chris Coon, Videopoem screening-“How To Remain”, Heather Haley.

Saturday July 17 at 7PM – W2 @ Storyeum 151 W. Cordova Vancouver, BC

After the interview Heather and I walked down Commercial Drive toward her car and talked about our mutual history of self-directed reading and some of the authors and books that we came across by fluke or reco over the years and how that process of seemingly random discovery has influenced us creatively.

Here’s a great list of writers that Heather sent me that was inspired by our conversation:

Andre Breton, Gustave Flaubert, Jean Cocteau, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Pynchon, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, John Steinbeck, Octavio Paz, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sarte, ee cummings, Kenneth Patchen, Dostoyevsky, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, J.D. Salinger, Hemmingway, Melville, bp nichol, Earle Birney, bill bisset, Susan Musgrave, Alice Munro, George Bowering, Nathanial Hawthorne, Germaine Greer, DH Lawrence, William Burroughs, William Faulkner, Kafka, Doris Lessing, Barry Lopez, James Dickey, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Kafka, Robertson Davies, Philip K Dick, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Marshall McLuhan, Anais Nin, Robert Stone, Darcey Steinke, Anne Sexton, Martin Amis, Wanda Coleman and the two Margarets, Lawrence and Atwood. Sylvia Plath, Lorna Crozier, Germaine Greer, Richard Brautigan, Emily Dickinson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Other creative influences: Art Bergmann and the Young Canadians, John Waters, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, the Dishrags, DOA, the Clash, Luis Buñuel, Lincoln Clarkes, Lenny Bruce, , Lydia Lunch, Frida Kahlo, Diane Arbus

In LA, Merilene M. Murphy, the Electronic Café, Beyond Baroque’s poetry workshop, Wanda Coleman, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Los Lobos, Run DMC, Harvey Kubernick, Excene Cervenka and X, the Woman’s Building, performance artists Cheri Gaulke, Joanna Whent, John Fleck, Rachel Rosenthal, painter Jeff Isaak, video artists Yonemotos, Mose Allison, Johnette Neapolitano of Concrete Blonde, Keith Levene, Chet Baker, Victor Noel, High Performance magazine, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Laura London, Diane Gamboa, Daniel J. Martinez, Black Flag, Zero One Gallery, neo-surrealists Malocchio, L7, Pam Ward, Penelope Spheeris.

Post Edgewise and Internet… Kurt Heintz, Western Front, Alexandra Oliver, Sheri-D Wilson, Michael Turner, Raquel Alvaro, Ian Ferrier, Catherine Kidd, Jill Battson, Geoff Inverarity, Adeena Karasick, Jim Andrews, Andrea Thompson, Kedrick James, Miranda Pearson, Bob Holman, Neil Campbell, Hank Bull. Montrealers Catherine Kidd, Victoria Stanton, Corey Frost, Ian Ferrier…etc etc



Goodbye, Sophia Books! Vancouver Loses Another Independent
April 26, 2010, 4:07 PM
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The legendary Sophia Books front window with reflection of the street.

My friends at Sophia Books are closing the doors on their amazing store in downtown Vancouver at then end of May 2010.

I have nothing but love and respect for Marc and Yuki Fournier, and all of my friends who work there.

It’s another heartbreaker for book lovers in Vancouver as Sophia represented the best and most unique selection of international art, graphic design, comix, fiction, non-fiction, manga and magazines not only in the city, the province – pretty much anywhere.

I went down there today and took as many pictures as I could of the store before my battery ran out.  Check out the Flickr Photo Stream or my Facebook photo album for more.

If you’re in Vancouver please go down to the store and check out this treasure of Vancouver’s disappearing book store culture while you can.



Joyland Vancouver Summit or Wookie Symposium? You Decide!

Joyland Vancouver Summit at the W2 Building Sunday April 11 @ 7pm.

BOOKS ON THE RADIO RECOMMENDS: That you get your ass down to the W2 building this Sunday at 7pm to witness some of the best true voices in Canadian writing.

If you loved what you saw at the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Olympics then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit.  If you missed the W2 RVWS then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit.

It’s that simple.

Featuring W2 RVWS veterans Kevin Chong and Shay Wilson plus amazing Toronto-based writers Brian Joseph “Wookie Symposium” Davis and Emily Schultz.

Brian’s new book is amazing and he was featured on the last Books on the Radio show.

It’s going to rule!  Info below.

JOYLAND CO-FOUNDERS BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS AND EMILY SCHULTZ ARE READING WITH VANCOUVER AUTHORS CLAIRE GIBSON, DAN SCHWARTZ, SHAY WILSON, AND ROB PETERS.

Hosted by Kevin Chong.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 7pm. W2, 112 West Hastings. FREE

Brian Joseph Davis is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-ass rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.” Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams.” He’ll be playing radio theatre adaptations from his new short fiction collection, Ronald Reagan, My Father (AVAILABLE APRIL 1)

Emily Schultz’s latest novel is Heaven Is Small, released from House of Anansi Press in May 2009. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, the Walrus, the Black Warrior Review, Prism, Geist, Event, Descant, and several anthologies. The Vancouver Sun wrote: “Heaven Is Small [is] a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud. . . the sort of novel that satisfies on every level.”

Claire Gibson lives in Vancouver. She is a creative writing major at the University of British Columbia. Dan Schwartz is originally from Washington, DC, and now spends his time in the MFA program at UBC. He was recently one of the editors for PRISM international. He writes a story once a week for The Land Of Bad Decisions (http://lobd.blogspot.com). He has a few interests.

Shay Wilson is one of those kids your mother warned you about, though you probably won’t think so at first. She works in the film industry and completed her MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. Her work has recently appeared in The Beaver, The Ink Filled Page and Geist. Rob Peters flew thirty feet through a car window when he was two. He lives in Vancouver and writes fiction, probably as a result.

Kevin Chong is the author of two books: a novel entitled Baroque-a-Nova and a work of narrative non-fiction, Neil Young Nation. He is the Vancouver editor for Joyland.

For more information please see joyland.ca or contact Brian Joseph Davis at joylandfiction@gmail.com