Vol. 11 No. 11

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** Awards & Lists

Margaret Atwood has won the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize, which honours "champions of free speech." She is the third novelist to win the prize. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/16/margaret-atwood-wins-2016...)

Rosemary Sullivan has been named the winner of the Plutarch Award for Biography for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Sullivan is the first Canadian to win the award. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/20/rosemary-sullivan-first-c...)

Heather O'Neill has won the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, administered by the Writers' Union of Canada. The award recognizes a debut collection of English-language short fiction by a Canadian. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/20/heather-oneill-wins-2015-...)

The League of Canadian Poets has announced the winners of its annual poetry awards. BC's Lorna Crozier was among the biggest winners, taking home both the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, honouring "an excellent book of poetry by a woman", and the Raymond Souster Award "for an exceptional new title by a league member." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/20/ben-ladouceur-lorna-crozi...)

** Young Readers

"There are plenty of guides for humans about training their dogs-as if they've ever been the ones in charge!" Here (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/jun/18/dogs...) 's a guide for "looking after your human, by a dog."

** News & Features

A survivor of the Orlando shooting has penned a poem. "The guilt of being alive is heavy," she began, reading from a hospital chair, "it's like the weight of the ocean's walls, crushing uncontrolled by levees." Full story (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-guilt-of-being-alive-is-heav...)

Annie Proulx has announced that she is retiring..."but for how long?" Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/17/annie-proulx-is-retiring-b...)

Why do old books smell so good? It's all in the chemistry! Full story (http://www.techtimes.com/articles/17846/20141014/what-creates-that-wonde...)

A Paris bookstore is following an unusual business model...it carries no books! Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/13/business/international/new-chapter-for...)

A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, is set to get "the biopic treatment." Called Goodbye Christopher Robin, the film will focus on the stress of fame and the author's relationship with his son. Full story (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/winnie-the-pooh-author-aa-milne-to-get-b...)

"Forget the bloody crime novels of Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbø!" The latest Scandinavian export is the Danish concept of "hygge", the "Danish art of living cosily." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/11/hygge-the-danish-art-of-li...)

** Books & Writers

Natashia Deón's debut novel, Grace, is "a tale of slavery, its ghosts and legacy." Deón is "not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole, and to be reckoned with, right now." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/books/review-natashia-deons-grace-a-ta...)

"Debut authors know what it takes to write a book...but then what?" Novelist Ann Y.K. Choi tries to answer that question, here (http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/2016/06/20/personal-essay/) .

The Invisible Dead, by Sam Wiebe, is "terrific but disturbingly grim." It's a story of Vancouver that focuses on the city's "underbelly, mean streets, and murderous corruption." Full story (http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/review-the-invisible-dead-sh...)

23-year-old poet Rupi Kaur is "like a cross between Charlest Bukowski and Cat Power." Her debut collection also happens to be no. 8 on the paperback trade fiction list. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/books/review/inside-the-list.html)

** Community Events

Author launches his latest book Saint's Blood. Featuring an author reading, talk, demonstration of the relationship between swordplay and cane fighting, door prizes and wine! Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm, free. White Dwarf Books, 3715 10th Ave. W., Vancouver.

Featuring Zacharia Wells and Rachel Lebowitz. Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm. Salt Spring Island Public Library. More information at saltspring.bc.library.coop.

Features Joan Haggerty (launch of The Dance Hall Years) and Timothy Shay plus open mic. Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm. The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver. Sign up for open mic at 7pm. Suggested donation at the door: $5. More information at pandorascollective.com.

Arts and literary event featuring poet Pamela Bentley, author Fauzia Rafique and performer Sana Janjua. Booksigning author is Patrick Blennerhassett. Friday, June 24 at 5:30pm, free. Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey.

Author reads from her latest novel With Malice. Friday, June 24 at 6:00pm. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby. More information at chapters.indigo.ca.

Authors David Neil Lee (The Midnight Games) and Tom Wayman (The Shadows We Mistake For Love) will read from their books. Books can be purchased and signed by the authors at the event. Friday, June 24 at 7:00pm, free. People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr., Vancouver.

Meet the author of Becoming Lin. Saturday, June 25 at 1:00pm, free. Victoria Chapters, 1212 Douglas St., Victoria. More information at caitlin-press.ca.

Montreal's celebrated veteran rebel wordsmith/violinist/badmouth of 30 years, Norman Nawrocki will provide a violin performance and reading of his latest book, Agitate! Anarchist rants, raps, poems. Wednesday, June 29 at 6:00pm, free. Carnegie Reading room, 401 Main Street, Vancouver. More information at vpl.ca.

Jeannette Armstrong will receive the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, and Andrew MacLeod will receive The George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm, free. Alice MacKay room, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver. More information at 604-331-3895.

Author Joan Haggerty reads from her new novel, an interracial drama and epic adventure begins on Bowen Island and Vancouver in 1939, continues into WWII and passes through several decades into the eighties. Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00pm, free. West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver.

Al Rempel will be launching "Four Neat Holes" with guests Geoffrey Nilson & Daniela Elza. "Four Neat Holes" is a suite of thirteen poems that examines loss and grief through the eyes of four children growing up and coming of age. Sunday, July 3rd, at 7pm at People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. Free Event. Books for sale.

Featuring Jorden Abel, Joanne Arnott, and Ray Hsu. Wednesday, July 6 at 6:00pm, free. Queen's Park Bandshell, 529 Queen's Park Ave., New Westminster. More information at poetryinthepark.com.

Celebrate the release of The Mercy Journals and Startle and Illuminate with Claudia Casper and Anne Giardini as they sign copies of their recent books. The Mercy Journals examines violence and redemption and Startle and Illuminate presents Pulitzer Prize winning author Carol Shields' advice on writing and on life. Thursday, July 7 at 6:00pm. Chapters-Indigo Granville and Broadway.

Featuring Heather Walmsley, Yaron Butterfield, Charlene Kwiatkowski, Emma Cleary, Jennifer Manuel, Maggie Wojtarowicz, Rena Graham, and Jennifer Zilm. Thursday, July 7 at 8:00pm. Admission by donation. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St., Vancouver.

Featuring Marty Allen, DB Carew, Allan J. Emerson, RM Greenaway, Katherine Prairie. Saturday, July 9 at 1:00pm, free. Black Bond Books, Royal City Centre, New Westminster. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Readers bring to life the works of their favourite deceased poets. Each reader will give a brief presentation on the life and work of their chosen poet, followed by a poetry reading. Sunday, July 10 at 3:00pm, free. Central branch, VPL, 350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver. More information at deadpoetslive.com.

Features Jeff Steudel and Ian Ferrier (Montreal) and Al Mader plus open mic. Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00pm The Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver. Suggested donation at the door: $5. Sign up for open mic at 7pm. More information at pandorascollective.com.

Author launches his latest novel Fire, an epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm, free. Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave., Salt Spring Island.

Denman Island hosts extraordinary Canadian authors at an annual summer festival. Featuring Miriam Toews, Charles Demers, Bev Sellars, John Vaillant and many others. July 14-17, 2016. Complete details at denmanislandwritersfestival.com.

Featuring Cathy Ace, Marty Allen, Carolyn Dale, Katherine Prairie. Friday, July 22 at 5:30pm, free. Black Bond Books, Trenant Park Square, Ladner. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Volume 11 Issue 11
* Awards & Lists (#Awards & Lists)
* Young Readers (#Young Readers)
* News & Features (#News & Features)
* Books & Writers (#Books & Writers)
* Community Events (#Community Events)

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Compiled and Edited by Ellen Johnston.

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