featured publisher:
Self-Counsel Press

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Read Local BC 2015

April 1-22, 2015

Participating publishers include:
Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Brindle & Glass Publishing, Caitlin Press, D&M Publishing, Fenton Street Press, Greystone Books, Harbour Publishing, Heritage House Publishing, McKellar & Martin Publishing, New Star Books, Oolichan Books, Orca Book Publishers, Pacific Educational Press, Poppy Productions, Rocky Mountain Books, Ronsdale Press, Royal BC Museum, Self-Counsel Press, Sono Nis Press, Talonbooks, TouchWood Editions, Tradewind Books, UBC Press

ABPBC events:
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Writing about First Nations
Tuesday, April 7 at 7pm
Book Warehouse, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver

Three celebrated UBC Press authors discuss their discoveries in research, how writing about First Nations people has changed over time, and the challenges and successes of the process. with Jean Barman: French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest; Paige Raibmon: Written As I Remember It: Teachings from the Life of a Sliammon Elder; Jennifer Kramer: Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas

Runaway Readings
Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm
Chapters, 1395 Hillside Drive, Kamloops

Award-winning poet and author Richard Wagamese has transformed Canadians’ perceptions of our culture and our landscape. In an evening of readings and conversation, hear Wagamese share from Him Standing and Runaway Dreams, describing his life as a young runaway who fought back against authorities attempting “to beat the Indian right out of me.” Even in the most desperate situations, Wagamese shows his love for his country and its people. These are poems of love, music and tenderness. with Richard Wagamese

Poetry without Borders
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm
Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria

Victoria is home to an intimate community of poets who draw inspiration from all corners of the world: from the yearning notes of Spanish cante jondo or “deep song” to musings on Samuel Beckett’s private letters to one poet’s ambivalent departure from England, and another’s tranquil walks along BC’s coastline, experience an evening of astonishing, transcontinental readings from four of the city’s most intrepid poets. with Patrick Friesen, Rhona McAdam, Inge Israel and Beth Kope

An Evolving City: Writing Vancouver’s Past, Present & Future
Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Pulp Fiction, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver

Join two of Canada’s literary heavyweights for a conversation exploring Vancouver’s vast networks of people, streets, and change over time. From the storied streets of East Vancouver in the 1960s to a haunting, speculative vision of the city of glass, these two renowned authors reveal their probing impressions of a beloved yet flawed city. with George Bowering and Wayde Compton

Save-On Author Talk: The Power of Local Television in an Age of Big Media
Saturday, April 11 at 12pm
Save-On-Foods, 3958 Shelbourne, Victoria

Victoria’s CHEK-TV became the first employee-owned television station in North America in 2009, after corporate owner CanWest Global threatened to shut it down. The David-and-Goliath story made national headlines and reawakened a belief in local, independent broadcasting. Join local author and media personality Diane Daker for a discussion on CHEK-TV’s powerful success story and the future of media in Canada. with Diane Dakers

Our Stories Behind the Stories
Saturday, April 11 from 1 – 2:30pm
Masset Maritime Museum, 2172 Harrison, Haida Gwaii

Come listen to some of our local authors and Illustrators share their inspiration on the creation of their published stories… we will weave stories from traditional knowledge and culture, favourite island sports to endangered birds in our backyards. with thanks to Literacy Haida Gwaii and McKellar & Martin

Read Local BC Children’s Series: Dolphin SOS
Monday April 13 at 1:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, Britannia Branch, 1661 Napier Street

Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, some young boys take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins. with Roy and Slavia Miki

Read Local BC Children’s Series: Warm Up
Tuesday April 14 at 1:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, Mount Pleasant Branch, 1 Kingsway

Jasmine used to love dance. Now she struggles to hold on to that love as her dance team trains for a big competition. Her teammates are bickering, and when their teacher suggests that Jasmine might not have what it takes to be on the team, Jasmine is ready to quit. At a particularly rough practice, she channels her anger into her moves, surprising everyone, including herself, with how well she dances. But the team is still falling apart, and it’s up to Jasmine to figure out a way to get her teammates to work together and celebrate the joy of dance. with Sara Leach

On The Road: The Art of the Fictional Travelogue
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30pm
Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria

Join some of Victoria’s hottest fiction writers for an evening of exploration and conversation with Julie Paul, Aaron Shepard and Charles Tidler. In their poignant and often humorous stories, characters embark on quests both real and imagined to unearth the burning secrets others have kept from them — whether it be a deceased loved one or tight-lipped family member — and end up finding themselves in the process.

Read Local BC Children’s Series: The Girl Who Writes
Wednesday April 15 at 1:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, West Point Grey Branch, 4480 West 10th Avenue

In this engaging story of hope, perseverance and creativity, a young girl dreams of being a writer. The girl is shaped by her passion for reading, her exuberant imagination and a creative drive to write stories. Featuring the striking voice of a lively young person, this rich tale is a must for budding writers as well as for readers who cherish the endless possibilities of words. with Jane Watt

Secrets, Booze & Rebellion: Vancouver’s Unknown History
Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm
Lynn Valley Public Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Discover the historical underworld of Vancouver and the adventures that took place in many of the buildings and streets still standing today. Three of the city’s finest historians share its rollicking history, from cops turned robbers, to rum-running entrepreneurs during prohibition, and the glamorous yet naughty history of one of the city’s oldest nightclubs. with Eve Lazarus, Daniel Francis and Aaron Chapman

Collection: Reading Selected Works with Brian Brett & Phyllis Webb
Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm
Salt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhillips Avenue

Join Salt Spring locals and two of Canada’s finest poets, Brian Brett and Phyllis Webb, as they read together for the first time in over ten years from their collections including Webb’s recently released Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems of Phyllis Webb. with additional readings of Phyllis Webb poems by Diana Hayes and other local poets

Roughing it in the Bush Revisited
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30pm
Artspeak Gallery, 233 Carrall Street, Vancouver

As big industry and increased construction continues Vancouver’s sprawl into nature, do we give thought to how we invade and modify our own natures through technology? Or to what happens when wilderness creeps back in, reclaiming the crack of a sidewalk or the corner of an abandoned lot? Six Vancouver poets explore the ever-evolving representation of urban and rural spaces in Canadian art. Hosted by poet and Poetry Is Dead editor Daniel Zomparelli. with Jordan Abel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, W.H. New, Daphne Marlatt, Evelyn Lau, and George Stanley

Poetry Picnic II
Wednesday, April 15
Doors at 7:30pm, Event at 8pm
Darwin’s Cafe, Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Highway

Join Mary Ann Moore and Tina Biello for a celebratory, diverse poetry lovers’ evening. Enjoy these two talented poets and join the picnic by bringing and reading your own favourite poems, by you or a poet you love. A book table will feature local authors.

Read Local BC Children’s Series: Fraser Bear
Thursday April 16 at 1:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, Oakridge Branch, 191-650 West 41st Avenue

A beautifully illustrated nature story of a bear cub’s life in the Pacific Northwest, from a multi-award-winning team, Fraser Bear is the exciting and moving story of a black bear cub’s dangers and adventures in his first two years, uniting the intertwined cycles of bear and fish. with Maggie De Vries

Stories from the Summit: Readings and Discussions on Mountain Literature
Thursday, April 16 at 7:00pm
Fernie Heritage Library, 429 3 Avenue, Fernie

Two celebrated Fernie authors – Angie Abdou and Gordon Sombrowski – read from their books and discuss life, love and literature in mountain towns. From backwoods adventurists, to snowshoeing hippies, to fable-spinning immigrants and elders, discover the diverse characters these mountainous regions create in a jovial evening of literature and laughs. with Angie Abdou and Gordon Sombrowski

Read Local BC Children’s Series: The Old Brown Suitcase
Friday April 17 at 1:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews

At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. The story juxtaposes heart-wrenching scenes from a child’s life in war-torn Poland with the life of a teenager trying to adjust to a new country in time of peace. In Canada, it is not easy for Slava to build a bridge between two cultures; nor is it easy to live with the turmoil of her immediate past. At the same time she must face the new challenges involved in being an immigrant, a Jew and a teenage girl. with Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

365 Tips for Newcomers: Your First Year in Canada
Saturday, April 18 from 10:30-11:30am
Richmond Public Library, Brighouse (Main) Branch
Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room

A free talk by local author Nick Noorani for newcomers to Canada.

Eat Local, Read Local
Sunday, April 19 from 1 – 3pm
Drumroaster Coffee, 1400 Cowichan Bay Road, Cobblehill

Enjoy the undiscovered culinary treats of Vancouver Island. Join celebrated food writers Don Genova and Bill Jones for an afternoon exploring local foods of the Cowichan Valley – both found and bought. Find out more about spring wild foods and morel mushrooms, discover some of the finest food artisans near you, and learn more about the coffee roasting process with coffee samplings from Drumroaster. with Don Genova and Bill Jones

Read Local BC Authors for Kids & Tweens
Tuesday April 21 from 1 – 2:30pm
Juan De Fuca Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
1759 Island Highway, Victoria

Celebrate local authors as part of Read Local BC! Writers Lucky Budd, Sylvia Olsen, Penny Chamberlain, Ann Walsh and Carol Ann Shaw will read, tell stories and answer questions about where ideas come from and what it’s like to be a writer. For ages 8-18. Free. All welcome. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. with Lucky Budd, Sylvia Olsen, Penny Chamberlain, Carol Ann Shaw and Ann Walsh This event is almost at capacity, with multiple school classes attending. Please be aware that this event may not have capacity for members of the public.

Exploring the Nature of The Comox Valley
Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30pm
Courtenay Public Library, 300 6th Street, Courtenay

Look at the beauty of the Comox Valley in a different light this an informative, entertaining evening with local authors who uncover fascinating stories behind our landscape. Paula Wild celebrates the cougar, Richard Beamish explains the life and diversity (both ecologically and industrially) that springs from the Strait of Georgia, and John Ford shares how to recognize some of the marine mammals that inhabit its depths. with Paula Wild, Richard Beamish and John Ford

Storytelling and Traditions
Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm
T’exelc Band Gymnasium, Indian Drive, Williams Lake

Join Willie Sellars and Bev Sellars as they explore the past and present role of storytelling in First Nations traditions and culture in Canada. Readings from They Called Me Number One and Dipnetting With Dad will impart the rich, and at times tragic, history of the First Nations peoples of the Chilcotin region, asking the question: where do we go from here? with Bev Sellers and Willie Sellars

Fishing for Tales
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm
Pacific Angler, 78 East Broadway, Vancouver

Join two celebrated writers for a unique perspective on the ocean, its wildlife, and the people who work on its waves. Sylvia Taylor’s The Fisher Queen captures the reality of life on a fishboat, exploring the tight-knit relationship of fishers with the coast’s wild, untamed waters. Jude Isabella’s Salmon: A Scientific Memoir investigates a narrative that is important to the identity of the Pacific Northwest Coast—the salmon as an iconic species. She follows ecologists, archaeologists and fisheries biologists to learn about the fish through the eyes of scientists in the field. with Sylvia Taylor and Jude Isabella

Supporter events:

Holman Wang
Friday, April 10 from 7 – 8pm
Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minrou Gate
Registration required

Author of the Epic Yarn books Holman Wang will demonstrate how he uses felting to create Star Wars characters for his books. To register, visit any branch of the Richmond Public Library, register online here, or call 604-231-6413.

Author Reading Readings
Friday, April 10 from 7 – 8:30pm
Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minrou Gate

Evelyn Lazare, The Ladies Who Still Don’t Lunch
Marilyn Wilson, Life Outside the Box: The Extraordinary Journeys of 10 Unique Individuals

Saturday, April 11 from 10:30 – 11:30am
Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minrou Gate

Discussion about how to self-publish by Lesley Taylor, author of The Dynamic Introvert.

Riondel Library Fifth Annual Open House
Thursday, April 16 from 6 – 9pm
Riondel Community Centre

Join the Riondel Library for snacks, music, plenty of words and prizes. Featuring young writers and published authors.

Playing With Words… Exploring Where Stories Are Born
Friday, April 17 from 4 – 5pm
Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minrou Gate

This hands on and on your feet workshop explores how using drama to role play can inspire stories, characters and even novels. The workshop features several drama games that lead to creating a live and improvised plot and concludes with a series of writing stations where participants can try their hand at writing, coached by a published author! with Lori Sherritt-Fleming, author of Hungry for Math Poems to Munch on and Lelou’s Journey

Author Readings
Friday, April 17 from 7 – 9pm
Richmond Public Library, 100-7700 Minrou Gate

Children’s book author: Wah Ying Chan
Poetry book author: Catherine Shi
Novelist and essayist: Yuping Li
Writing about the dream of the Red Chamber: Zhaoyuan Liang

North Shore Writers Festival
Friday, April 17 and Saturday April 18
West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive

Don’t miss the North Shore’s literary event of the year! The 16th annual North Shore Writers Festival is a gathering place for readers and writers to connect and learn. This year, we are proud to present sessions with authors John Vaillant, Grant Lawrence, Heather O’Neill, Aislinn Hunter, Zsuzsi Gartner, and many more. We are also excited to offer our very popular 3rd Annual Literary Trivia Quiz Night on April 17th. See you at the festival! The festival is free and open to the public. No need to register. Come for a session or stay for the day. Details can be found here.

Author Reading
Saturday, April 18 at 1:30pm
The Book Nook at Cafe Guido, 7135 Market Street,
Port Hardy

The Book Nook at Cafe Guido is pleased to host a book reading by local author Bruce Burrows. Bruce has written a suspense filled exploration of what can happen when small coastal communities have their livelihoods threatened by bureaucratic greed and deception.

Author Reading
Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm
Book Warehouse, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver

Kaleeg Hainsworth, drawing upon his experiences in the Canadian wilderness, grounds his book in the literary, philosophical, mystical and historical teachings of the spiritual masters of both East and West, outlining the human experience of the sacred in nature. He offers a vision of life in which a human being stands in the world of nature as at an altar built in the wilderness, a sacred offering in a holy place.

Anvil Press Spring 2015 Poetry Launch Party
Thursday, April 23
Doors at 7pm, reading at 8pm
Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

Anvil Press Spring 2015 Poetry Launch Party featuring reading, laughs and conversation with poets Jeff Steudel, Melissa Bull, and Kevin Spenst.

Author Reading
Thursday, April 23 at 7 – 8:30pm
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch,
350 West Georgia Street

Award winning novelist Ashley Little presents Anatomy of A Girl Gang. The Black Roses, a Vancouver gang of five teens is cast out of mainstream society and lash out. They terrorize the city with a raw and restless energy. Anatomy of a Girl Gang won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been optioned for television. with Ashley Little

A Feast of Poetry
Friday, April 24 at 7 – 8:30pm
North Vancouver City Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of poetry and food – the perfect pair! Featuring five local poets, appetizers, and a cash wine bar. Doors open at 6:30, reading begins at 7pm. Poets include Raoul Fernandes, Pam Galloway, Rachel Rose, Rob Taylor and David Zieroth. Appetizers generously donated by Thrifty Foods! A joint presentation from the North Vancouver City and North Vancouver District Public Libraries. Event is free and open to the public, but please register online via our Event Calendar.

The Beauty of Chinese Poetry and Drama:
Dialogue with Ya Hsien

Saturday, April 25 at 1:30 – 4:30pm
Richmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch
Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room, 7700 Minrou Gate

Speaker: Mr. Ya Hsien with Ms. Bai Long
Partner: Hua Xia Multiculture Society

Local Author Exposé
Thursday April 30 at 7pm
The Main Space, Whistler Public Library
4329 Main Street, Whistler

Come and meet some of the local authors who capture our hearts and inspire our minds! Expose yourself to materials from authors based in BC and chat directly to those who take the leap of faith and put pen to paper! Live local musicians, local bevvies and local fare will provide the backdrop to an evening which promises to be an inspiration for keeping it local. With the Whistler Public Library and an ensemble of local authors from British Columbia.