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Kai Cheng Thom launches I Hope We Choose Love in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC Oct 18 07:00 pm

Kai Cheng Thom launches her essay collection I Hope We Choose Love in her hometown of Vancouver at Massy Books on October 18.

With her characteristic eloquence and honesty, Kai Cheng's new book proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. 

The evening will feature a Q&A with Kai Cheng Thom and is hosted by accomplished local filmmaker David Ng of Love Intersections. We encourage you to come ready to participate in a facilitated dialogue.

Friday, October 18, 2019
7:00pm
Massy Books, 229 East Georgia St., Vancouver
A FREE EVENT
Books available for purchase and signing by the author

Massy Books' downstairs event space is accessible. You can view the floorplan here: http://www.massybooks.com/accessibility/

Please feel free to reach out with any inquiries. You can call the store at (604) 721-4405 and/or email info@massybooks.com

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Ivan Coyote at Calgary Wordfest: "The Way We Wear"

Calgary, AB Oct 20 01:00 pm

Ivan Coyote, whose latest book is Rebent Sinner, appears at Wordfest in Calgary as part of the event "The Way We Wear" on October 20.

This event, an audience favourite, returns for the third year. Eight stylish authors open their closets and share the significance of an item of clothing or accessory that defines them. A sartorial storytelling event that’s guaranteed to get you thinking about the meaning behind what’s in your closet.

Appearing with Ivan are writers Rosetta Allan, Armando Lucas Correa, Ruby Porter, Andrew Pyper, Humble the Poet, and Leni Zumas.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library, 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $20 - $25
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information and a link to buy tickets, see the Wordfest event page.

Catherine Hernandez and Syrus Marcus Ware launch I Promise

Toronto, ON Oct 20 04:00 pm

Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press are pleased to present the launch of I Promise, a new children's picture book by Catherine Hernandez (author of the acclaimed novel Scarborough) and Syrus Marcus Ware, on October 20 at the Fort York Library in Toronto.

I Promise tenderly showcases the many shapes, sizes, and colours that families come in, emphasizing that every queer family starts with the sacred promise to love a child.

Readers big and small and families of all kinds can enjoy a reading and songs with Fay of Fay and Fluffy's Drag Queen Storytime and Catherine, followed by a chance to learn how to illustrate a story about your own family with Syrus.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
4:00pm
Fort York Library Meeting Room, 190 Fort York Blvd., Toronto
A FREE EVENT
Fully wheelchair accessible
Books available for purchase by Another Story Bookshop
All are welcome, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN

For more information, see Another Story's website or the Facebook event page.

Ivan Coyote at Calgary Wordfest: "Speak Up: Billy-Ray Belcourt & Ivan Coyote"

Calgary, AB Oct 20 04:30 pm

Ivan Coyote, whose latest book is Rebent Sinner, appears at Wordfest in Calgary alongside Griffin Poetry Prize-winning poet Billy-Ray Belcourt as part of the event "Speak Up: Billy-Ray Belcourt & Ivan Coyote" on October 20.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
4:30 PM
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library, 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $20 - $25
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information and a link to buy tickets, see the Wordfest event page.

Ivan Coyote and Alicia Tobin at Vancouver Writers Fest: "Pen to Power"

Vancouver, BC Oct 22 10:15 am

Storyteller Ivan Coyote (Rebent Sinner) and writer-comedian Alicia Tobin (So You're a Little Sad, So What?: Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and other Essays) at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 22 in an event called "Pen to Power."

Setbacks in life are inevitable, but often lead to discovering our inner-strength. Three lauded storytellers know this all too well. During this empowering, humorous conversation, each shares their journey to self-awareness. Writers Fest veteran and multi-award-winning author Ivan Coyote depicts what it means to be trans and non-binary in Rebent Sinner. Alicia Tobin opens up about depression, and the importance of talking about mental health, in So You’re a Little Sad, So What?. Rapper and bestselling author Humble The Poet describes his rocky start to life, and the importance of forging our own wisdom through lived experience. We all have power. These writers demonstrate that knowing who we are—and celebrating that - is the first step to unleashing it. Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

Ivan also appears at the festival on October 24 ("A Tribute to Stephen King") and October 26 ("The Literary Cabaret"). You can also catch Alicia at the festival on October 23 ("The Fictionals") and October 27 ("The Sunday Brunch").

Tuesday, August 22, 2019
10:15-11:45am
Granville Island Stage (Arts Club), 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
Tickets: $20.00;Youth under 30: $15.00; Student Groups: $9.50
Books available for purchase

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

 

 

Alicia Tobin at Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Fictionals: Improv x Literature"

Vancouver, BC Oct 23 08:30 pm

Writer-comedian Alicia Tobin reads from her new nonfiction book So You're a Little Sad, So What?: Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and other Essays at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 23 in an event called "The Fictionals: Improv x Literature."

Watch new stories unfold in front of your eyes during this creative, side-splitting mashup of books and comedy. Known for their hilarity, Tanya Boteju (Kings, Queens and In- Betweens), Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!) and Andrew Kaufman (The Ticking Heart) will read from their latest works before improv comedy group The Fictionals create a skit inspired by each story. Then, enjoy a reading from Retail Nightmares host Alicia Tobin’s So You’re A Little Sad, So What? before an unscripted, long-form comedy jam sure to keep you roaring. Hosted by Daniel Chai.

Alicia also appears at the festival on October 22 ("Pen to Power") and October 27 ("The Sunday Brunch").

Presented in partnership with the Master of Publishing (MPub) program at SFU. The Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 21 to 27.

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
8:30pm
The Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: $20.00; Youth under 30: $15.00
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

 

Ivan Coyote at Vancouver Writers Fest: "A Tribute to Stephen King"

Vancouver, BC Oct 24 08:00 pm

Storyteller Ivan Coyote (Rebent Sinner) appears at a Vancouver Writers Fest event on October 24 to celebrate author Stephen King.

The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower Series, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and hundreds of other works: Stephen King is as influential as he is prolific. What better way to celebrate him than with storytelling from other celebrated authors from across the globe? We may not be hosting King himself, but this evening offers readers and aspiring writers a perfect opportunity to revel and reflect on his singular storytelling. This is our third event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga. Hosted by Lisa Christiansen.

Ivan also appears at the festival on October 22 ("Pen to Power") and October 26 ("The Literary Cabaret").

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019
8:00pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: $20.00;Youth under 30: $15.00
Books available for purchase

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

 

Dear Scarlet author Teresa Wong at the Vancouver Writers Fest

Vancouver, BC Oct 26 02:00 pm

Teresa Wong, author of the graphic memoir Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 26 as part of an event called "The Pictures of Adult Life."

Mental illness and murdering madams might not strike one as obvious subjects for an absorbing graphic novel, but Sarah Leavitt and Teresa Wong test the boundaries of the genre, using it to share stories that are equally surprising, entertaining and moving. A 2019 CBC writer to watch, Wong captures the candid realities of motherhood in Dear Scarlet, an intimate portrait of life with postpartum depression. Internationally acclaimed illustrator Leavitt turns her to pen to one of Canada’s most infamous legends, serial killer Agnes MacVee, in Agnes, Murderess. Sharing their art and their unique processes they speak to the importance of playing with form—and how the graphic novel offers new ways to tell serious stories. Moderated by Izzy Laird.

Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. The Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 21 to 27.

Sunday, October 26, 2019
2:00-3:30pm
The Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, Granville Island
A FREE EVENT (Pay What You Can)
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Ivan Coyote at Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Literary Cabaret"

Vancouver, BC Oct 26 08:00 pm

Storyteller Ivan Coyote (Rebent Sinner) participates in "The Literary Cabaret" at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 26.

One of the first events on the Writers Fest roster to sell out every year, The Literary Cabaret is a highly original coalescence of author readings and improvised jazz. There’s no better time to savour the heady atmosphere of the LitCab than now, as Poetic License and their multi-talented, extraordinary bandleader Sal Ferreras take to the stage with six celebrated authors for their final gig at the Vancouver Writers Fest. Hear their interpretations of works by Ivan Coyote (Rebent Sinner), Cherie Dimaline (Empire of Wild), Tom Lanoye (Slaves to Fortune), Sean Michaels (The Wagers), Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain), and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots).

Ivan also appears at the festival on October 22 ("Pen to Power") and October 24 ("A Tribute to Stephen King").

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019
8:00pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: $45.00;Youth under 30: $15.00
Books available for purchase

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

 

"Alicia Tobin at Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Sunday Brunch"

Vancouver, BC Oct 27 11:00 am

Writer-comedian Alicia Tobin reads from her new nonfiction book So You're a Little Sad, So What?: Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and other Essays at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 27 as part of "The Sunday Brunch" event.

What could be a more blissful way to spend a Sunday morning than sipping mimosas and eating freshly baked pastries with good friends? Why, listening to internationally acclaimed authors read to you live from their most recent works, of course. Authors offering musings alongside your muffins include Adam Foulds (Dream Sequence), Andrew Kaufman (All My Friends are Superheroes, now presenting his new book The Ticking Heart), Derek Mascarenhas (Coconut Dreams), Ruby Porter (Attraction), Bindu Suresh (26 Knots) and Alicia Tobin (So You’re A Little Sad, So What?).

Alicia also appears at the festival on October 22 ("Pen to Power") and October 23 ("The Fictionals").

Presented in partnership with Kidsbooks. The Vancouver Writers Fest runs October 21 to 27.

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019
11:00am-12:30pm
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: $40.00; Youth under 30: $15.00
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.