Vol. 11 No. 9

** Support the VWF and you could help us win $10,000.

From June 1 - 30, donate to the Vancouver Writers Fest and we'll be entered into a draw for a $10,000 donation- that's a lot of new readers and Festival events! Learn more and donate today. (https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/37092)

** Awards & Lists

Liz Howard has been awarded this year's the Griffin Prize. She's the youngest poet to ever win. Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/03/liz-howard-becomes-younge...)

Larry Loyie's Residential Schools: With the Words and Images of Survivors has won the Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award. The non-fiction book reveals "the hidden atrocities of Canada's residential school system through the personal stories of more than 70 contributors." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/06/larry-loyies-residential-...)

John Thistle has won the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia for Resettling the Range: Animals, Ecologies, and Human Communities in British Columbia. "The title studies the history and consequences of the settlement of the province's interior Cariboo-Chilcotin region." Full story (http://www.quillandquire.com/awards/2016/06/02/john-thistle-wins-2016-ba...)

** Young Readers

What will kids be reading this summer? Here (http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/what-were-reading-with-our-ki...) are some suggestions.

** News & Features

Muhammad Ali died this week. U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera has composed a poem in his memory. Full story (https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/cant-put-muhammad-ali-poem/)

A Galiano Island bookstore is featured in the Book section of this week's Guardian. In this interview (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/06/interview-with-a-bookstore...) , its owners talk "about getting bitten by the ‘bookstore bug' and surreal customer exchanges."

LitHub has launched a "Rotten Tomatoes for books." Called Book Marks, it will "showcase critics from the most important and active outlets of literary journalism in America, aggregating reviews from over 70 sources." Full story (http://lithub.com/introducing-book-marks-lit-hubs-rotten-tomatoes-for-bo...)

X-Rays have revealed hidden libraries in the spines of old books. They're "uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book binding." Full story (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-hidden-library-sp...)

A "swashboggling" dictionary featuring thousands of words invented by Roald Dahl is "coming to a bookshelf near you." Almost 8,000 words are included in the dictionary. Full story (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-36397983)

A theatrical adaptation of Alice Munro's The View From Castle Rock has premiered at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. According to the play's director, "the deprivations and sorrows encountered by Munro's migrant family are sadly familiar, two hundred years on." Full story (http://www.cityofliterature.com/the-view-from-castle-rock-premiere-at-ed...)

Friends of writers beware: this is "how writers will steal your life and use it for fiction!" Full story (http://lithub.com/how-writers-will-steal-your-life-and-use-it-for-fiction/)

A BBC presenter has been told by her publisher that she's "not pretty enough" to grace her own book cover. A dog was used instead. Full story (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/03/kate-humble-not-pretty-enough...)

** Books & Writers

Rivka Galchen's Little Labors is "a clever, plainspoken tome about mothers and babies." It's also about writing and, inevitably, women who write. Full story (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/review-...)

Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien, is a "multi-layered and intricately human story of suffering, death, survival and thwarted ambition." Told from the perspective of a Chinese-Canadian mathematics professor, it tackles Chinese history, music and storytelling (among other things). Full story (http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/review-multi-layered-story-l...)

The Cree language has been given a "21st-century reboot" thanks to new crowdsourced book, 100 Days of Cree. It features "translations of everything from pizzas and saunas to Johnny Cash songs." Full story (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/07/cree-language-first-nation...)

Yaa Gyasi's "hypnotic" debut novel, Homegoing, contemplates "the consequences of human trafficking on both sides of the Atlantic." The book traces the lineages of two half sisters, one of whom becomes a slave, while the other participates in the trafficking. Full story (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/books/review/isabel-wilkerson-reviews-...)

** Community Events

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.

Featuring Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Chelene Knight. Thursday, June 9 at 8:00pm. Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 9
* Awards & Lists (#Awards & Lists)
* Young Readers (#Young Readers)
* News & Features (#News & Features)
* Books & Writers (#Books & Writers)
* Community Events (#Community Events)

** Sponsored Links

Sunset Song
Beautiful film adaption of Scottish classic Sunset Song plays at Vancity Theatre June 1, 2, 21, 23. Find out more here (http://viff.org/theatre/films/fc8880-sunset-song) .

** For Book Lovers

Ignite a passion for reading and writing in your loved ones with a membership or gift certificate (http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/get-involved/perfect-gifts-book-lovers) from the Vancouver Writers Fest.

** Stay Connected

Click here (http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/get-involved/connected) to sign up for our newsletters, and we will keep you in the loop about our activities, including the Festival, our free Incite reading series and other events.

** BC Bestsellers

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is posting a weekly list (http://books.bc.ca) of BC's bestselling books.


Compiled and Edited by Ellen Johnston.

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
* * * * * * * * * * * *
2016 Festival: 18-23 October inclusive
Vancouver Writers Fest
202 - 1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
p: 604 681 6330 x102
f: 604 681 8400
e: hwake@writersfest.bc.ca