Vol. 11 No. 15

Book News - Vol 11 Issue 15
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** The 18th annual Poetry & Short Story Contest is now open!


All year long, we tell you about writers and the great work they are doing. Now, we want to see what you've been cooking up! Learn more at our website (http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest) and enter your best poetry or short fiction before Oct 23.

** Awards & Lists

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winners of its latest round of prizes. Quebecois novelist, poet and playwright Marie-Claire Blais and Saskatchewan-born poet Karen Solie were two of the biggest winners. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/07/12/karen-solie-marie-claire-...)

** Young Readers

Ryan North's new book, Romeo and/or Juliet, is a "chooseable-path adventure book" for readers "itching to rewrite the Bard's most famous play." He discusses the making of the book, here (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/07/ryan-north-hiwi.html) .

** News & Features

A rare J.R.R. Tolkien poem is set to be republished after 70 years. The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun will be republished in November. Full story (http://time.com/4407241/jrr-tolkien-galadriel-poem/)

Carla Hayden has been confirmed as the new Librarian of Congress. She's the first African-American and first woman to be appointed to the position. Full story (https://teleread.org/2016/07/13/carla-hayden-confirmed-as-librarian-of-c...)

Pokémon Go, the insanely popular app, has taken bookstores by storm. "We have lots of people coming in with their kids and getting their Pokéballs," says one store owner. "Once they're in the store, they browse and realize we have a lot [of things] they didn't know we have." Full story (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/ar...)

Speaking of bookstores, how much would you spend on a book? "From Muhammad Ali to Hiroshi Sugimoto, these works are to be savoured like fine wine." Full story (https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2016/07/16/how-much-would-yo...)

Meet the "only library in the world that operates in two countries at once," The Haskell Free Library and Opera House. The library is half in Vermont, half in Québec. Full story (http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-us-canada-border-runs-through-t...)

Do you want to work at New York's famous Strand bookstore? You'll have to pass a literature test first. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/nyregion/want-to-work-in-18-miles-of-b...)

Speaking of bookstores, Glad Day Bookshop, both the oldest bookstore in Toronto and the longest-surviving LGBT bookstore in the world, is in need of help. Full story (http://www.bustle.com/articles/171908-glad-day-bookshop-oldest-lgbt-book...)

** Books & Writers

What are the best books for summer 2016? "From Essex serpents to chimpanzees, political satire to the best new thrillers," this list (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/09/writers-best-books-summer-...) from The Guardian reveals which books leading writers will be taking to the beach.

In Dave Eggers's new novel, Heroes of the Frontier, a "mother on the run from a bad relationship flies to Alaska with her two children, rents an R.V. and hits the road." As in his previous work, the relationship between parents and children are the "strongest and most deeply affecting" parts. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/18/books/review-dave-eggerss-new-novel-he...)

"In the world of C.C. Humphreys, there is no happily ever after." Humphreys' new novel is called Fire, and he's interviewed here (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/c-c-humphreys-in-the...) .

White Sands, by Geoff Dyer, is a "sharp and evocative" collection of travel essays that takes readers around the world. It's also "an examination of some of the fundamental questions of life." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/20/white-sands-experiences-fr...)

Indra Das' first novel, The Devourers, uses "a myth that's shared across cultures to explore what it means to be human." It helps that one of its characters is not completely human, but rather, part-monster. Full story (https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2016/07/10/werewolves-in-kol...)

The Girls, by Emma Cline, "may be loosely based on the Manson murders, but it isn't really about Manson at all—it's about the women around him, those attracted to life at the edge of the world." Cline is interviewed here (http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/07/19/beauty-truth-and-the-girls...) .

** Community Events

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 Adrienne Gruber and Brandon Pitts (Seattle) 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 pandorascollective.com.

Featuring William Deverell, Ian Hamilton, and Sam Wiebe. Hosted by author Robin Spano. Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00pm. West Vancouver Community Foundation Stage, John Lawson Park, West Vancouver. More information at westvanlibrary.ca.

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.

Featuring BC authors Cathy Ace, Marty Allen, Allan J Emerson, SM Freedman, Katherine Prairie and Sam Wiebe. Saturday, August 4 at 1:00pm. Black Bond Books, Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

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.

Featuring BC authors Cathy Ace, Eileen Cook, Allan J. Emerson, Katherine Prairie, Sam Wiebe and Elle Wild. Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm. Black Bond Books, Surrey City Central Mall, Surrey. More information at crimewriterscanada.com.

Author launches her latest book The Dancehall Years. Thursday, August 25 at 7:30pm. Library Program Room, Salt Spring Island Public Library.

Volume 11 Issue 15
* Awards & Lists (#Awards & Lists)
* Young Readers (#Young Readers)
* News & Features (#News & Features)
* Books & Writers (#Books & Writers)
* Community Events (#Community Events)

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** Poetry & Short Story Contest Contest 2016
Submit your best work before October 23, 2016 and you could join the hallowed ranks of past winners, which include Festival authors. Visit our website for details. (http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest)

** For Book Lovers

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** BC Bestsellers

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Compiled and Edited by Ellen Johnston.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
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