Monthly Archives: March 2012

Petition for BC Touring Council

Add your name to a petition asking Canadian Heritage to restore funding to the BC Touring Council and it’s flagship event, Pacific Contact.

“The BC Touring Council is the only provincial presenting/touring arts service organization in the country to have its Canadian Heritage funding withdrawn.”

Just visit The Alliance for Art and Culture to sign the petition.


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Arg… When Tecnology Doesn’t Work: My Other Blog on

For a little while now, my other blog is just not working. All I get are the little spinning wheels, spinning round… does not have the support offered by wordpress – it’s all forum, and nobody has answered my question. This is super frustrating and damaging my page views, which have sunk to a big zero per day.
So, Building a Laneway House in Vancouver, is not online.
If anyone can help me out, please do – it’s driving me crazy and I’ve wasted valuable time not writing, trying to fix this.

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BCreative 2012 Conference: Early Bird Prices, Savings for Creatives and Students!

A new conference aimed to stimulate British Columbia’s creative economy through collaboration between government, business, the creative sector and researchers will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus May 10-12, 2012.

BCreative 2012 will feature keynote addresses from prominent creative leaders from around the globe, including the co-author of two UN Creative Economy reports Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg, one of the big three Creative Cities thinkers Charles Landry, and Canada Council CEO Robert Sirman.

In a setting infused with artistic expression and creative thinking, the conference aims to inspire and facilitate conversations directed at developing policy and leveraging resources to help British Columbia become a leader in the creative sector in the twenty-first century.

The conference will also include a series of ‘Ignite’ talks, short five-minute presentations designed to enlighten the audience about the presenters’ personal and professional passions. The ‘Showcase’ component of the conference will provide a space and audience for British Columbian artists to share their creative talents.

Over 25 speakers are scheduled to appear at the conference, including authors Timothy Taylor and Garry Thomas Morse, Magazines Canada CEO Mark Jamison, and SFU School of Communications professor Richard Smith.

To register for BCreative or for additional information, please visit the BCreative website.

What: BCreative 2012 Conference and Showcase
When: May 10-12, 2012
Where: SFU Vancouver
Cost: Early bird (effective until March 31): Government/Business $395; Academic/Non-profit $250; Creatives/Students $150

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Book Warehouse Closing after 32 Years in Vancouver :(

I was sorry this morning to get a message in my inbox informing me that Book Warehouse is closing – another bookseller unable to thrive in Vancouver.

I have a special place in my heart for Book Warehouse, as I worked in the Tenth Avenue store for a couple of years. The pay was pretty bad, but it was a wonderful place for a writer to spend eight hours a day. By the end of most pay periods, I owed the store money for all the books I bought, so I look at that time as working to read, as opposed to working to eat!

The Book Warehouse on Tenth Avenue, where I worked, had a very community feel about it. People usually arrived on foot, perhaps after a meal to browse the many books and magazines. We welcomed dogs and kept a bag of dog treats behind the counter for our four-legged, book loving friends. We knew everyone’s name – human and canine.

Everyone I worked with shared in common a love of books and literature. We loved nothing better than to read the latest arrivals, write reviews and talk to customers about our thoughts and opinions on whether a book was worth the purchase price or not.

Sometimes harried parents would leave their little ones in the kid’s books section while they did errands, or elderly people would pull up a chair and read for hours, happy for the company and warmth of the store.

We played music to read by, encouraging people to feel comfortable and welcomed. That is the beauty of a bookstore. Sure, ordering online is so convenient and ereaders ensure a thousand books in our hands, but the thing they can’t give us is the human F2F interaction, the opinions, the atmosphere and sense of belonging to a community.

Those are the things that I will miss about Book Warehouse and all of the other bookstores that have closed over the years.

Below is the email I received in my inbox: 50% off everything!

Thank you to all our customers and staff for 32 great years of books and friendship.

For many years we’ve had a fantastic time bookselling. We’re leaving with no regrets

and many, many happy memories of customers, books and colleagues.

Our closing sale will go on for several weeks as we empty our warehouse,

so please check back for more great bargains!

book warehouse | 632 West Broadway | Vancouver | BC | V5Z 1G1 | Canada


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Tuesday, March 6, Ryeberg Live Vancouver 2012: Fun, Affordable, Literary Night on the Town

Tonight, Tuesday, March 6, for Ryeberg Live Vancouver 2012—a literary lecture series (think TED talks), with a focus on online videos. The first Vancouver edition of Ryeberg Live (a Toronto institution) features the celebrated writers (and Geist contributors!):

  • Miriam Toews, bestselling author of A Complicated Kindness and Irma Voth;
  • Charles Demers, stand-up comedian, author of Vancouver Special;
  • Michael Turner, poet, critic and author of Hard Core Logo and The Pornographer’s Poem; and
  • Stephen Osborne, publisher of Geist and author of Ice & Fire: Dispatches From The New World.
  • Host will be Erik Rutherford, Ryeberg Editor-In-Chief.

Come out for a night of literary fun and a few drinks at the stylish Waldorf Hotel. You can buy advance tickets here or at the door – $10.00. Each ticket includes a free copy of Geist and will be entered in a draw for door prizes. Waldorf Hotel
1489 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Tuesday, March 6
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets available at

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The Writers’ Union of Canada – Writing for Children Competition

16th annual Writing for Children Competition invites writers to submit a piece for children up to 1,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $1,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer. The winner will be announced in July 2012. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Complete rules and regulations

Deadline for entries is April 24.

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Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Annual Writing Contest a Huge Success!

CCBC receives overwhelming response to Book Week 2012 Writing Contest. Toronto, Feb. 28

To celebrate Book Week 2012 (May 5–12) and its accompanying theme—Read a Book, Share a Story—the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) kicked off its annual Writing Contest for kids and teens in November, 2011. Canadian students were asked share their stories or poems and the response this year was overwhelming. The CCBC received over two thousand submissions for the contest—four times the amount received last year. Winners will be announced on May 9. Their winning stories and poems will be posted on website.


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