On Sundays from 2pm – 4pm
I will be hosting writers at Kogawa House. Some are writers I know, some I’ve invited to get to know. All of them are artists I admire, and think you will too. So join me here.
1450 W. 64th Ave @ Granville
TaraBeaganTara Beagan is a multi-talented and prolific young theatre artist, best known for her plays which have won numerous awards and nominations. A “proud halfbreed of Ntlakapamux (Thompson River Salish) and Irish Canadian heritage”, she is part of the new generation of Native artists creating ambitious work that is edgy, funny and very smart. Tara is currently artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts, the oldest professional Aboriginal performing arts company in Canada. Sunday, October 30th
Betsy WarlandPoet, author and editor, Besty Warland has been writing on the cutting edge of feminist literature, and active in the feminist writing community for thirty years. Her poetry, and latterly her non-fiction, push the boundaries of genre and challenge the assumptions of culture. A mentor to many, Betsy is currently director of the Writer’s Studio at SFU. Sunday, November 6th.
Fauzia Rafique Fauzia’s long-awaited novel, Skeena, was published in Punjabi in Pakistan in 2007, and in Canada last Spring. It is the story of a Muslim Canadian woman, written in Skeena’s own voice, which follows her journey from village, to Lahore, to Toronto and, finally, Surrey. Novelist Tariq Malik, a member of the Kogawa House Board, will host the event with me. Sunday, November 13th
Joy Kogawa – Book Launch Sheena Wilson launches her collection of essays on the life and work of Joy Kogawa, Joy Kogawa, Essays on Her Works (Guernica). Wilson has contributed three articles and an extensive Kogawa bibliography to the book. Several of the writers will be present, as will Joy Kogawa. Sunday, November 20th.
Wayde Compton Wayde Compton is a well-known writer and activist who is currently the writer-in-residence at the Vancouver Public Library. He is an experimental poet (49th Parallel Psalm, Performance Bond), a DJ, who branched into non-fiction in his most recent book After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing and Region. His work is deeply imbued with history and music. Sunday, November 27th.
Shirley BearMaliseet visual artist and writer Shirley Bear is from the Tobique reserve in New Brunswick. Her work is in many collections and in 2009 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery mounted a retrospective of her work. She is who also a writer who blurs the genres, and her book Virgin Bones – Belayak Kcikug’nas’ikn’ug, combines story, poetry, and prose. Shirley lived in Vancouver through the 1990s and was the Aboriginal Advisor at Emily Carr College. Sunday, December 4th.
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