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BC Book Prizes: The Morning After

Well, neither Charlie Demers nor I took the cake, but it was an enjoyable night nonetheless. The Evans Prize went to Lorna Crozier. The Livesay Prize went to Fred Wah. I haven’t read the Evans books so I can’t say whether that seems right or not. But if I couldn’t win the Livesay, I think…

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Coming Round the Mountain

Whoever is responsible for making time fly needs to go for drug screening. Where did my two weeks go? The highlight of the break for me was In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge, a conference of experimental and digital writing at the Banff Centre. It was really exciting to see all the things that people…

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Short Line Reading tonight

With Aubyn Rader, Ashok Mathur, Fred Wah and yours truly. 6:30 – 8:30 at the Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver. Long time since I blogged, though it’s been an eventful summer. Highlights: Shanghai International Writers’ Festival, Queer Literary Kinship conference in Ghent, and the TransCanada3 conference in Sackville, New Brunswick, plus travels to Seal…

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Curses!

Great slippery infectious ones against StoryMill, for wiping out three days worth of writing through a simple slip of the mouse. It’s my fault for not realizing that the scene bubbles in Timeline are actually attached to real scenes in the Scene view. Delete a bubble lose your scene. Delete a bunch of bubbles, lose…

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Launch for Eggs in the Basement this Friday!

Please join Nomados for a poetry reading and book launch with Kim Duff and Larissa Lai at 7:30 on Friday May 8 at 1067 Granville Street, alley entrance. BYOB Kim Duff is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia and a researcher of avant-garde poetry and global spatial logic. Her dissertation focuses on…

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the world beneath the world

“The world beneath the world” is what Dionne Brand called it, when she was here reading for Play Chthonics last fall. The world we’d live in if Columbus hadn’t sailed the ocean blue, if Lenin not Stalin, if Mao without the Cultural Revolution, if Kennedy not Nixon, without the Viet Nam war or the war…

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Community Connections

I’m kicking myself for having missed Shirley Bear’s reading at the On Edge series last Wednesday. She’s been an important figure to me in the last few years as an elder, artist and writer. I’m looking forward to having a visit with her later this month. I’m also really looking forward to the launch for…

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