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Sept 20th – Art Metropole / Toronto
Spet 21nd – knife fork book / Toronto, new location at The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, Second Floor (walk-up above Bunner’s Vegan Bakery).
Sept 22nd – GAMMA / Montreal
M.A.C. Farrant will participate in the Sidney Literary Festival this fall!
September 22–24, 2017
Sidney (Vancouver Island), British Columbia
Surrey Muse meets (5:30–8:30 p.m.) every Fourth Friday of each month except December. All three features each have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for discussion/questions. Open Mic opener has 10 minutes to read.
Author: Stephen Brennan
Poet: Wanda John-Kehewin
Performer: Kat Wahama
Open Mic Opener: Parabjot Kaur
Host: Sonja Grgar
#405 – City Centre Library
10350 University Drive
Surrey, British Columbia
More information about the gatherings can be found here.
M.A.C. Farrant reads from The Days at the Victoria Festival of Authors in Victoria, British Columbia, on September 27. Details to come.
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.
The City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Gala will be held on October 11, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia. Tickets are available now! See www.victoriabookprizes.ca.
October 13, 2017 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Big Secret Theatre
205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0K9 Canada
The Poetry Cabaret at Wordfest in Calgary
Clea Roberts presents her second poetry collection Auguries at Wordfest in Calgary at the Poetry Cabaret on Friday, October 13 from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m.
A subversive cocktail of poetic voices served with a dash of bitters and a zesty twist. Each of these talented authors brings to the Wordfest stage a unique perspective on topics ranging from feminism, LGBTQ+ issues, Indigenous interests, and everyday mysteries. Musical accompaniment by Cris Derksen, Nick Ferrio, and Ashley Simpson, who will also be performing on Saturday night with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
Injun (Jordan Abel)
Abel’s third collection, Injun, is a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. Composed of text found in western genre novels published between 1840 and 1950 – the heyday of pulp publishing and a period of unfettered colonialism in North America – Injun uses erasure, pastiche and a focused poetics to create a visually striking response to the western genre.
This Wound is a World (Billy-Ray Belcourt)
Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where “everyone is at least a little gay.”
Hera Lindsay Bird (Hera Lindsay Bird)
With themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in Hera Lindsay Bird shine with Bird’s skill and verve, juxtaposing classical and modern tastes. Bird turns her prescient eye on love and loss, and what emerges is like a helicopter in fog, or a bejewelled Christmas sleigh, gliding triumphantly through the contemporary aesthetic desert.
What the Soul Doesn’t Want (Lorna Crozier)
In her newest collection, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world. Crozier’s signature wit and striking imagery are on display as she stretches her wings and reminds us that we haven’t yet seen all that she can do.
Auguries (Clea Roberts)
Whether speaking of erotic love, domestic life, spiritual wilderness or family entanglements, the poems of Auguries, the much-anticipated second collection from Yukon poet Clea Roberts, are saturated with their northern landscape. With poems like single larches, each in an immense white plain spare and clean, their exactness startling and arresting, Roberts showcases her sensitivity and skill in this profound collection.
Dazzle Ships (Jamie Sharpe)
Jamie Sharpe’s Dazzle Ships draws its title from 20th century ships that employed dazzle camouflage: a confusing array of lines that distorted the viewer’s perspective, using art to hide life. Sharpe’s collection is also concerned with art’s relationship to life. It questions how we build poems from the material of mass culture.
Admission Requirements (Phoebe Wang)
The poems in Admission Requirements attempt to discover what is required of us when we cut across our material and psychic geographies. Simultaneously full and empty of its origins, the self is continually taxed of any certainties and ways of being.
To book your tickets, click here .
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
West Vancouver Memorial Library – WELSH HALL
1950 Marine DrWest Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J8
In these Reading Circles, we will explore Bev Sellars’ frank and poignant memoir, They Called Me Number One, in which she shares her personal account of her residential school experience and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. Library staff will facilitate each Reading Circle discussion to expand our understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.
Book Club packages will have a reading guide and an Indigenous history guide of authentic information about local Coast Salish peoples and places.
In order to participate in a Reading Circle, please choose only one of the available sessions.
Seats are limited. Online registration opens Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
This Reading Circle opportunity is part of a series of programs and activities that the WVML is offering this fall to honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, facilitate shared learning and promote understanding of our shared history.
For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.
Talonbooks turns 50 this year!
From humble beginnings as a poetry magazine with an editorial collective based at Vancouver’s Magee High School in 1963, Talon magazine moved to UBC in 1965. By 1967, it had published so many young writers, Talon decided to become a book publisher for its authors. Now, with more than 500 titles in print, which have received more than 300 awards, Talonbooks can also boast that it is Canada’s largest independent publisher of drama, that it does more translations from Québec than anyone else, and that it has introduced readers to many Indigenous writers.
Saturday, October 21
1412 Cartwright St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
See the Writers Fest website (Event number 76) for tickets ($20 each) and more information.
On the Threshold of the Page
The Page Lectures series, launched in 2012, has a dual focus: to bring leading Canadian writers to speak at Queen’s, and to honour the late Kingston writer and artist Joanne Page, who contributed immensely to the local literary and artistic communities. This year’s lecturer is poet and novelist Daphne Marlatt, who has been lauded for her formally innovative style and “non-conformist approach to language.”
Tuesday, October 24
Queen’s University, Watson Hall, 517
Also find this event on Facebook.
October 26–November 11, 2017
Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info.
Celebrating Feminist Experimentation
Marlatt “is self-reflexively a West Coast, deconstructionist, lesbian and feminist writer,” and author of more than twenty books. She is known for her “etymological deconstruction and wordplay,” her dedication to the “local, historical, feminist, and post-colonial.”
Moure is one of our most beloved experimental poets. Author, translator, and translator of more than twenty books she is here to celebrate Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Concordia University, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605
1515 Rue St. Catherine
More information on the Writers Read Concordia website.
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
Missing is the latest commission by City Opera Vancouver. Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, it is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white. One survives, one does not. But their meeting opens a door. This opera takes us through that door.
The libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. The composer is Juno winner Brian Current. Missing is co-produced by City Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre as a part of the Heart of the City Festival.
November 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia
Tickets go on sale September 5. See The Cultch website.
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.
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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.
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.