Vol. 11 No. 8

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** Awards & Lists

The shortlist for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium has been announced. The award recognizes titles by Ontario authors in two English- and two French-language categories. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/book-news/2016/05/25/lynn-crosbie-kevin-har...)

Mona Awad has won Amazon.ca's First Novel Award. Her novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, "follows a sharp-voiced young woman named Lizzie, who struggles with her weight as a teenager and then with her weight loss as an adult." Full story (http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/05/awad-wins-amazonca-first-novel-award.html)

** Young Readers

"Some of the most heartening and inspirational stories are to be found in real life." Here (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/may/31/picture-book...) are some of the best picture books inspired by some of the "world's most celebrated people."

** News & Features

Seattle has been named the best-read city in America (again!) The statistics are a little iffy, however, since the list, administered by Amazon, is based on book sales through the website. Full story (http://www.mhpbooks.com/seattle-tops-best-read-cities-list/)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has finally been laid to rest in his native Colombia. The ashes of the "legendary" author were interred in Cartagena. Full story (http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-gabriel-garcia-marquez-burial-2016...)

More than six hundred authors have signed an open letter against Donald Trump's candidacy for president. According to the letter, Trump "deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society" and "denigrates women and minorities." Full story (http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-authors-against-trump-2...)

It's almost time for the Griffin Prize to be announced. Ahead of this year's ceremony, judge Alice Oswald discusses her experiences on the prize jury. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/griffin-prize-judge-...)

David Mitchell has buried his latest manuscript, which is not to be opened for a hundred years! Like Margaret Atwood before him, he's contributing to Oslo's Nordmarka forest as part of the Future Library project. Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/30/david-mitchell-buries-late...)

Middle Eastern writers are finding refuge in the dystopian novel. "A new wave of bleak, post-revolutionary fiction is emerging from writers grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/books/middle-eastern-writers-find-refu...)

** Books & Writers

For Elena Ferrante, "writing is an act of pride." The elusive author is interviewed here (http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/writing-is-an-act-of-pride-a-...) .

Diane Schoemperlen's memoir, This is Not My Life, "will resonate with anyone who's ever found themselves in love with the 'wrong person.'" It details Schoemperlen's love affair with a convicted murder. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-...)

It's the 40th anniversary of Alice Walker's Meridian. In this interview (http://www.salon.com/2016/05/30/racism_is_really_just_a_mask_for_greed_s...) with Salon, "the Pulitzer-winning novelist opens up about social justice, race, sexism and how literature can change the world."

Richard B. Wright's new book, Nightfall, is "an affecting, unblinking stare-down between youth and age." Its protagonist, a lonely old man named James, decides to dig up his own past and seek out a girl he hasn't seen for 60 years. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-...)

Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley, is a "thrilling" new novel. Set in the aftermath of a plane crash, it's "driven by a fascination with human reaction to extreme events and the capacity for resilience, and a careful look at what happens when outside forces break people, or merely bend them." Full story (http://www.avclub.com/review/fargo-creator-noah-hawley-crafts-more-elect...)

Rita Dove's Collected Poems: 1974-2004 contains "tangy words to savor." The poems tackle African-American history, travel, sex, language and food, among other things. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/books/review-in-rita-doves-verse-tangy...)

** Community Events

Betsy Warland, author of Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas reads from her book. Thursday, June 2 at 8:00pm. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street Vancouver.

Families are invited to the launch of Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes. Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on codes, flags, semaphore signaling and more. Saturday, June 4 at 1:00pm. Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave., Vancouver. More information at vancouvermaritimemuseum.com.

Poetry chapbook release of Beast of Eden by North Vancouver actor, writer and spoken word artist. Special guests Jade Mooking and Angelica Poversky. Sunday, June 5 at 8:00pm, entry by donation. Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commerical Drive, Vancouver. More information at cafedeuxsoleils.com.

The Alcuin Society presents the eighth Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Book Arts to the celebrated Canadian type designer Rod McDonald, for his outstanding contributions to typography. Monday, June 6 at 7:00pm, free. University Golf Club, 5185 University Blvd., Vancouver. More information at alcuinsociety.com.

Author reads from and signs her book Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop. Wednesday, June 8 at 6:45pm. Dunbar branch, 4515 Dunbar St., Vancouver. More information at 604-665-3968.

Features Linda King and Cat Mac plus open mic. Wednesday, June 8 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.

Meet the author of The Native Voice: The Story of How Maisie Hurley and Canada's First Aboriginal Newspaper Changed a Nation. Thursday, June 9 at 5:00pm. North Vancouver Museum and Archives, 3203 Institute Rd., North Vancouver. More information at caitlin-press.com.

Author of Lullabies for Little Criminals reads from her new novel the romeo Hotel. Thursday, June 9 at 7:30pm. Whistler Public Library, 4329 Main Street, Whistler. More information at whistlerlibrary.ca.

Author of the Elephant & Piggie books presents his newest book The Thank You Book. Friday, June 10 at 5:00pm. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Gymnasium, 2550 Camosun St., Vancouver. Tickets and more information at kidsbooks.ca.

Book launch of 100 Days, a collection of poetry written by Liu Scholar Juliane Okot Bitek. Friday, June 10 at 7:30pm. Selector's Records, 8 E. Pender St., Vancouver. More information at liu.arts.ubc.ca.

An afternoon of captivating storytelling, art, and ancient legends from acclaimed First Nations artist, Roy Henry Vickers, and oral historian, Robert "Lucky" Budd. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake to celebrate Vickers' 70th birthday and the launch of Peace Dancer–the fourth and final book in the Northwest Coast Legends series Saturday, June 11 at 1:00pm, free. CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver. More information at douglas-mcintyre.ca.

Join BC crime authors Cathy Ace, Don Hauka and Allan Emerson for an exciting evening of readings and discussion. Monday, June 13 at 7:00pm, free. McGill branch, Burnaby Public Library. More information and registration at 604-299-8955.

Ten storytellers share original stories. Tuesday, June 14 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $5. Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St., Vancouver.

Featuring Jeff Steudel and Danielle LaFrance. Wednesday, June 15 at 12:00 noon, free. Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver. More information at sfu.ca.

BC authors Cathy Ace and RJ McMillen are banding together for one night only to unearth the secrets left by one dead uncle, and five murdered pipeline employees. Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St., Vancouver.

Author launches his second novel, Invisible Dead. Sunday, June 19 at 7:00pm. Pulp Fiction Books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver.

Marsha Lederman hosts the ceremony announcing the winners. Featuring readings and discussions by the winners, followed by a reception and book signing. Sunday, June 19 at 7:30pm, admission by donation. Jewish Community Centre, 950 41st Ave. W., Vancouver. More information at jccgv.com.

Author presents his new picture book Thunder Boy Jr.. Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm. West Point Grey United Church, 4595 8th Ave. W., Vancouver. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kidsbooks.ca.

Launch of the author's debut novel The Good Sister. Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00pm, free. Book Warehouse, 4118 Main St., Vancouver. More information at harpercollins.ca.

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.

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.

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.

Volume 11 Issue 8
* 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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