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Spring Reading Series
Sea to Sky Discovery: A Storytelling Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary
Four Canadian and Indigenous authors share the stage with local Sea to Sky Corridor writers and musicians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. Authors Joan Haggerty, Susan Juby, Bev Sellars, and Paul Watson will read from their latest books, with Rebecca Wood Barrett moderating. Three winners of the Open, Youth, and Indigenous categories of the Sea to Sky Discovery Writing Contest will share the limelight and read their short, award-winning entries.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Squamish Lil’-wat Cultural Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
More info and tickets available here.
Brought to you by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre , Open Book Festival will be presented from 6 to 10 September, once again offering a world-class selection of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, master classes, readings, performances and more. The event, which also includes the popular Comics Fest , #cocreatePoetica, children’s and outreach programmes, takes place at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Open Book Festival has established itself as one of South Africa’s most innovative and leading book festivals. Last year, nearly 10 000 people attended the Festival’s 125 events featuring 251 authors and it has been shortlisted twice for the London Book Fair Excellence Awards . It is committed to creating a platform to celebrate South African writers, as well as hosting top international authors. The Festival strives to instil an interest in and love of reading among young attendees, while the programme is designed to engage, entertain and inspire conversations among festival goers long after the event.
Author: Maylis de Kerangal (France. Attending thanks to the support of IFAS)
Books include: Mend the Living , Birth of a Bridge the novella Tangentevers l’est
Why we’re excited: Mend the Living was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 and won the Wellcome Book Prize 2017.
The Niagara Parks Commission is hosting a Literary Speaker’s series highlighting outstanding Canadian female authors in honour of Canada’s 150th. The theme is Coast to Coast: Canada’s Literary Women and there will be a wine and cheese event.
Meredith Quatermain will read from U Girl .
at the historic Laura Secord Homestead in Niagara on the Lake, Ont.
29 Queenston St, Queenston, ON L0S 1L0
on September 7, 2017
M.A.C. Farrant will participate in the Sidney Literary Festival this fall!
September 22–24, 2017
Sidney (Vancouver Island), British Columbia
Presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
About the play: Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, this is the story of Mas Yamamoto, whose life was swept up by the currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a village on the Fraser, to being imprisoned at a World War II Japanese Canadian internment camp, to guarding the Canadian Arctic against Soviets during the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the colours of our times.
Oct 3–15, 2017
The Cultch – Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Tickets and info available here.
October 26–November 11, 2017
Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info.
Save the date
is the 2017 Festival of Readers!
The Festival of Readers: St. Catharines is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions.
Talon poet Stephen Collis will be reading at the festival.
More details here
more details to come
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor | A Firehall Arts Centre Production
First produced by the Firehall in the ’90s, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth will make you laugh and cry as Taylor tells a story about the impact of the Sixties Scoop.
November 11–December 2, 2017
Firehall Arts Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Watch for more details on the Firehall Arts Centre website.
Empire of the Son
by Tetsuro Shigematsu
A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre production
Jan. 16 – 28, 2018
at Alberta Theatre Projects
ATP’s entry into the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo is a co-presentation with One Yellow Rabbit of a play by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu that has been wowing audiences across Canada. Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show about Shigematsu’s rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate family portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express. The show, which has seen sold out runs in other cities, plays from Jan. 16 to 28, 2018.
January 25–February 25, 2018
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Vancouver, British Columbia
About the play: Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? Find out in this raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre.
See the Arts Club website for more information.
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Centaur Theatre will host the much-anticipated remount of Tableau D’Hôte’s production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, which swept the METAs in 2015. Eloi ArchamBaudoin and Davide Chiazzese will reprise their roles as the trans heroine and her gone-to-seed biker boyfriend.
May 15–June 6, 2018
Info and tickets available here.
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.