Vol. 11 No. 13

** Vote for us in the 2016 Best of Vancouver awards!

For the past two years, the Vancouver Writers Fest has been named Best Literary Event in the Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver awards. Now, we're going for the hat-trick! Vote before July 20 (http://www.straight.com/contests/vote-your-favourite-things-best-vancouver) and you'll be entered in to win some fabulous prizes.

** Featured Event: Indian Summer 2016

http://indiansummerfest.ca/event/maple-leaf-islam/What does it mean to be a Muslim in a secular democracy like Canada? To explore this question are three Canadian novelists. Karim Alrawi, Monia Mazigh and Ameen Merchant. The dialogue is hosted by Devyani Saltzman, Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre. Learn more. (http://indiansummerfest.ca/event/maple-leaf-islam/)

** Awards & Lists

On June 30^th, a number of writers and publishers were named to the Order of Canada, including sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer and cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon. Read more. (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/30/robert-j-sawyer-bruce-mac...)

Lidudumalingani has won the £10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing. The South African author won for his short story, Memories We Lost. Full story. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/05/10000-caine-prize-for-afri...)

** Young Readers

As a part of Roald Dahl’s centenary, the BFG has become “Guid and Freendly” in a new Scots translation. The book reconstructs the classic children’s character, who is “fower times as lang as the langest human.” Read on. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/30/roald-dahl-bfg-becomes-gui...)

** News & Features

Nobel Peace Price–winning author Elie Wiesel has died at 87. Wiesel was the author of the acclaimed Holocaust memoir Night. Read on. (http://time.com/4392239/elie-wiesel-dead-holocaust-survivor/)

Susan Juby has been named the Whistler Writers Festival’s Writer-in-Residence. The program “connects emerging writers with established homegrown authors for learning and mentorship opportunities in both one-on-one and group settings.” Full story. (http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/2016/06/28/susan-juby-serve-whistle...)

The Feminist Library On Wheels was started by Jenn Witte and Dawn Finley, “with the aim of bringing feminist literature and media to the people of Los Angeles, with a focus on diversity and inclusion.” Finley is interviewed here (http://lithub.com/the-feminist-library-on-wheels-a-roaming-tool-for-soci...) .

Are you a writer trying to get published? If so, according to this article (http://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/) , you should be aiming for 100 rejections a year!

Self-published authors may soon see their books on bookshelves at Barnes & Noble. However, the opportunity will still be limited to titles “whose eBook sales [of a single title] have reached 1,000 units in the past year.” More. (http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/indie-authors-to-finally-see-the...)

Germany is offering a free streaming audiobook library on ICE Trains. “A total of nine audiobooks and radio plays will be available at any one time, including titles by Simon Beckett, Andreas Eschbach, and David Baldacci as well as radio dramas featuring Sherlock Holmes and Jules Verne.” Full story. (http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/06/27/deutsche-bahn-debuts-free-strea...)

What books deserve a sequel? In this week’s New York Times’ Bookends, Alice Gregory and Thomas Mallon discuss “works that deserve follow-ups.” Read more. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/books/review/which-book-deserves-a-seq...)

** Books & Writers

Suki Kim’s Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, “is about her time undercover in Pyongyang living with the future leaders of North Korea.” Much to Kim’s chagrin, it was branded as a memoir. She discusses this fact here. (https://newrepublic.com/article/133893/reluctant-memoirist)

The New York Times has commissioned Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to write a short story about the upcoming American election. Called The Arrangements, it features that most terrifying of potential first families: the Trumps. Read the story here. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/books/review/melania-trump-in-chimaman...)

Speaking of which, “if you’re at a loss to explain the phenomenon that is Donald Trump to your children, help may be at hand.” A Child’s First Book of Trump, featuring the “bright orange beasty,” is aimed at adults, but “could be read to children ‘if they don’t scare easily.’” Check it out. (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/05/bright-orange-beasty-trump...)

List season has begun. Here’s a midyear roundup curated by Powell’s Books, their list of “the best books of 2016 so far.” See the list. (http://www.powells.com/best-books-of-2016-midyear-roundup?utm_source=spe...)

And here’s The Globe and Mail’s list of “20 books you’ll be reading for the rest of 2016.” Read more (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-most-anticipated...) .

** Community Events

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 13
* 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.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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