news | Friday September 23, 2016
If you’re in Vancouver, British Columbia, this weekend, don’t miss WORD!
WORD Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Centered around the Vancouver Public Library and Library Square on Sunday, September 25, WORD promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.
You’ll find wonderful Talon poets at this year’s WORD Vancouver festival, and Talonbooks will be in attendance in the independent publishers tent! Stop by, say hello to our staff members, and browse our latest books.
Anahita Jamali Rad will read from her debut collection of poetry, for love and autonomy, at 11:35 a.m. during EXPLORATIONS IN STYLE in the Sunrise Suite.
Jordan Abel will read from Injun at 3:25 p.m. in the Sunrise Suite for FORM AND IMPACT.
Also for FORM AND IMPACT, the “godfather of Canadian poetry,” bill bissett, will read from his latest, th book, on at 3:40 p.m. (bissett will also receive this year’s Pandora Award during WORD, at the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala on Saturday, September 24. The award will be presented by Karl Siegler, former Talonbooks publisher and owner, and the gala will be hosted by Sean Cranbury.)
Talon poet Stephen Collis will participate in a panel discussion, “The Long Poem, Chapbooks, and Sustenance: Keeping the Journey,” with Marguerite Pigeon and Jordan Scott, moderated by Renée Sarojini Saklikar at 2 p.m. in The Underground. Collis also reads at 4:15 p.m. in The Underground for the Above/ground Press readings, and he participates in an eco-fiction panel at 11 a.m. in the Community Garden.
Jónína Kirton (Talon poet and editor for ROOM magazine), ryan fitzpatrick (Talon poet and PRISM International magazine), and Carmen Aguirre (Talon playwright and non-fiction author) will also be in attendance in their other capacities.
More information is available here.