Surrey Muse – Fri feb 24

Friday Feb 24, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Guest Author Ben Nuttall Smith
Featured Poet Candice James, Poet Laureate New Westminster
Featured Filmmaker Tabatha Visutskie
Book Signing Ibrahim Honjo
Open Mic opens with Jason Sunder
Host Mariam Zohra-Durrani

Book Table

Free event
Donations welcome

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Jan-June 2012 Program


Author Ibrahim Honjo

Poet, Writer, Sculptor, Painter, Photographer

Ibrahim Honjo is the author of thirteen books. His poetry has been translated in Korean, Slovenian and German. He has received several awards for his poetry. Some of his poetry collections are published both in English and in Serbo-Croatian language.

His writings are part of various anthologies, and have also featured in magazines, newspapers, and on the radio in Yugoslavia.

In Yugoslavia, Honjo worked as an economist, journalist, editor of books and newspapers, and a marketing director. He organized many literary events and festivals.

Ibrahim was born in 1948 in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Since January 1995 he has lived in Canada where he writes, publishes and works as a property manager.

Honjo is a member of several writers’ group in Vancouver and on the Internet; and, he is the founder and host of Poetry Planet.

Ibrahim Honjo will be available for Book Signing with his latest title ‘Poems I didn’t want to write, some other dreams’ (Back Yard Publishing, 2011) at the February 24 meeting of surrey Muse, and interdisciplinary art and literature group.



On Thursday, May 19, join much-loved Canadian poet Di Brandt and translator Ari Belathar for readings from Walking to Mojácar (Turnstone Press), Brandt’s latest multilingual offering, which has been nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award (among others).

Here’s what the Pat Lowther prize judges had to say:
‘Di Brandt’s Walking to Mojácar is a feast of language-play! Translations in French, German, and Spanish flow throughout the text among images of many cultures; the Métis and Mennonite to name two. Narrative, ghazal, prose-poem, elegy: all the types are there. Humour, love, pain, sorrow, grace, chaos, melancholia, confusion, and love rise to the top. The old feasts of language and art in images of Lorca, Van Gogh or traditional German hymns all blend into a palatable mix. De-centring and centring, the feast of language shifts from landscape to landscape in shades, tones, and textures until the entire work enters the realm of music.’

The evening begins at 7pm in the UBC Robson Square Bookstore/Library with readings in both English and Spanish, as well as a lively conversation to follow.

Ari Belathar, a poet in her own right and a Mexican writer-in-exile, will also be reading new work.

Admission is free and refreshments are served.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Don’t miss this final event of our spring season!

More on the Poets/Collaborators:
Di Brandt is an award-winning poet, essayist, editor and teacher (she holds a Canada Research Chair in Literature and Creative Writing at Brandon University) who has published more than a dozen books of poetry and creative essays, and has collaborated extensively with artists in other media. After being kidnapped and tortured by the Mexican National Army in 2001 on account of her work as an independent journalist and human rights activist, Ari Belathar escaped to Canada. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies around the world.

More on the Robson Reading Series:
The Robson Reading Series is one of the longest-running reading series in Vancouver. We are a multi-genre series that features new and established authors from Canada (and sometimes abroad). We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Robson Square, the UBC Bookstore and Library at Robson Square and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

For more information
Jill Margo or Crystal Sikma at 604.822.6453 or

Please also visit us online at

On Behalf of the Robson Reading Series
Jill Margo, Anne-Mary Mullen, Crystal Sikma, Shirley Stevenson and Treena Chambers

Book-Signing: ‘Colours of My Heart’ by Surjeet Kalsey, New Westminster, May 15/2011

Colours of My Heart
Surjeet Kalsey
Tarlochan Publishers
Chandigarh 2011
ISBN: 978-81-7914-399-5

Surjeet Kalsey will present readings from her new collection of poetry ‘Colours of my Heart’.

Book Signing and Poetry Reading
On May 15
At Renaissance Books
43 6th street, New Westminster

Book Signing and Poetry Reading
On 16 May
6:00 -8:00 PM
At the Centre of Indo-Canadian Studies
F 125, University of Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Punjabi Sahit Sabha
Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Poets Potpourri Society (MSAPPS), Abbotsford
Apni Awaaz program, Radio CIVl
New West Writers
Renaissance Books



Book Launch: ‘Pathways’ by Valerie Parks, New Westminster, April 17/2011

Poet Valerie Parks is launching ‘Pathways’, her second collection of poetry, this Sunday at Renaissance Books in new Westminster.’
Sunday April 17
2:30 PM
Renaissance Books
43/6th, New Westnmister
(Columbia Skytrain)

Valerie is a leading member of New West Writers group. Parks will present readings from the poetry collection. Candice James, the Poet Laureate of New Westminster, and Valerie D.-Taylor, the Coordinator of New West Writers Group will be present.

Visit Valerie’s page:

Pathways is published by Silver Bow Publishing. More on Pathways:

To order a copy, contact Valerie Parks at the email address below.

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