Vol. 11 No. 14

** 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

Heather O'Neill and Kenneth Oppel have been shortlisted for the 2016 Sunburst Awards. The awards celebrate "Canadian literature of the fantastic in three categories: Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Short Story." Full story (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/2016-sunburst-awards-shortlist.html)

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta has revealed the shortlists for its annual Book Publishing Awards‚ "recognizing work by the province's publishers." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/07/11/awards-newest-press-domin...)

Two Canadian writers have been named winners of the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards‚ which recognize "published work in the genres of suspense‚ horror‚ and the dark fantastic." Gemma Files won in the novel category and Simon Strantzas won in the edited anthology category. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/07/11/gemma-files-simon-strantz...)

** Young Readers

The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson, is "almost unremittingly poignant, caustically honest and very, very funny." The book's protagonists are two outsiders: David, "a transgender teenager on the cusp of puberty," and Leo, isolated by "a reputation for violence." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jul/08/the-art-of-...)

** News & Features

Happy birthday, Alice Munro! She just turned 85. Full story (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/fascinating-alice-munro-facts.html)

Meet "the world's first door-to-door" poet. McCabe can be found on the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, "writing bespoke verse for whoever happens to answer the buzzer when he calls." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jul/06/door-to-door-poe...)

Moroccan architect Aziza Chaouni is trying to revitalize the world's oldest library. ‘This is a women's story," she says, in her determination to make ancient manuscripts more accessible to the public. Full story (http://hazlitt.net/feature/womens-story-revitalizing-worlds-oldest-library)

Federico García Lorca's family is engaged in a battle with the city of Granada over a 22 million dollar archive of the poet's work. According to his niece, "he still brings up conflicted feelings, and it may have to do with guilt about shared responsibility for what happened." Lorca was assassinated in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/arts/honoring-garcia-lorcas-genius-a-b...)

Speaking of icons, a rookie film director is tackling J.D. Salinger. Rebel in the Rye focuses "largely on Salinger's early years leading up to the publication of The Catcher in the Rye." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/09/movies/a-rookie-film-director-takes-on...)

Candy Palmater has released another installment of her CBC Books BookTube series. In this episode (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/candy-palmater-5-authors-who-changed-my-...) , "we learn which authors have had the biggest impact on her–and some of them might surprise you."

There's a fascinating world of secret apartment libraries out there. Here's a look (http://www.6sqft.com/life-behind-the-stacks-the-secret-apartments-of-new...) a "life behind the stacks," secret library apartments scattered throughout New York City.

** Books & Writers

Lionel Shriver's new novel, The Mandibles, is "a searing example of a new genre that could be called dystopian finance fiction." It imagines a world where economic collapse is imminent, and cabbage is "at $20 a head." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/books/review/lionel-shriver-the-mandib...)

Are you missing Downton Abbey? Never fear, Julian Fellowe's new novel, Belgravia, is set in Victorian London. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/books/review/belgravia-by-downton-abbe...)

There are millions of "rules for writing." According to Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, we should all be a little suspicious. Full story (http://lithub.com/the-first-rule-of-write-club-is/)

The Voyeur's Motel, by Gay Talese, "tells the story of the most fully actualized voyeur we are likely to encounter." Despite it's queasy subject matter, it's also "an intense book that reminds us that a problem of being alive is seeing things you hate but are attracted to anyway." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/books/voyeurs-motel-gay-talese-review....)

** Community Events

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.

Author of Live Souls: Citizens and Volunteers of Civil War Spain signs copies of his book that uncovers Vancouver's connections with newly-unearthed photographs and history of the Spanish Republic from 80 years ago. Sunday, July 17 at 1:00pm. Black Bond Books, 5251 Ladner Trunk Rd., Delta.

Bernice Lever, Nasreen Pejvack, Christopher Hamilton, and Toni Levi present their favourite author from any genre in poetry, fiction, non-fiction or drama. Hosted by Alan Girling. Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30pm. New West Public Library, 716 6ht Ave., New Westminster. More information at rclas.com.

Get to know the unique materials and collections housed in Rare Books and Special Collections. Wednesday, July 20 at 11:00am, free. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC, Vancouver. More information at rbsc.library.ubc.ca.

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.

Featuring Cynda Yeasting, Maria Lynch, and M.A. Roman. Saturday, July 23 at 12:00pm. IndigoSpirit-Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd., Richmond. More information at 604-273-7114.

Qualifying for the 2017 youth slam playoffs in March start. Monday, July 25 at 8l:00pm. Tickets: $4-10. Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. More information at vanslam.ca.

Features Brandon Pitts (Seattle) and Juliane Okot Bitek plus open mic. Thursday, July 28 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 www.pandorascollective.com.

Award winning Canadian novelist and short story writer discusses his journey as a writer and the power and impact of storytelling. Thursday, August 4 at 4:00pm. West Vancouver Community Foundation Stage, John Lawson Park, West Vancouver. More information at westvanlibrary.ca.

Featuring poet and novelist Larissa Lai, multimedia artist Andrew Lee, and poet Rita Wong. Thursday, August 4 at 5:30pm, free. Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, 900-675 W. Hastings, Vancouver. More information at asiapacific.ca.

Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices. Tickets on sale now. August 11-14, 2016. Sechelt, BC. For complete details, visit writersfestival.ca.

Volume 11 Issue 14
* 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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