Salon Sundays @ Kogawa House‏

Salon Sundays are a treat, largely because of a willing audience. Each week a different dynamic; each time a little bit of magic.

There are Sundays left. I look forward to seeing you.

December 4th — Shirley Bear
2pm – 4pm
Shirley Bear returns to Vancouver to read from her 2006 collection Virgin Bones – Belayak Kcikug’nas’ikn’ug at Kogawa House. A visual artist, writer, and activist she was honored last week at Rideau Hall with the Order of Canada.

December 11th – Open House
1pm – 5pm
Please come to visit Kogawa House for a celebration of the people who created it and keep it running. Can I ask you to bring along something hand-made and simple like a jar of jam, a sheaf of paper, a holiday ornament? We’ll have a craft table with proceeds going to the House.

Place: 1450 W. 64thAve east of Granville
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Other Kogawa House Events
Special Screening of Winds of Heaven
Emily Carr was born 140 years ago in Victoria this December 13th. I will host a screening of Michael Ostroff’s documentary film that was featured at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year. It was based on my book, The Laughing One. And similarly explores Carr’s legacy and First Nations’ history. John Walker was cinematographer, Peter Raymont, producer with Michael Ostroff.
Wednesday, December 7th , 7:00pm
VPL Central Library, Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level.

From Susan Crean

Up-coming Events at Kogawa House‏ – Vancouver Sundays Nov-Dec

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.
Kogawa House
1450 W. 64th Ave @ Granville

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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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Joy Kogawa House 2011 Writing for Social Change readings series

Historic Joy Kogawa House is pleased to announce Toronto author Susan Crean as our 2011 writer-in-residence.

Susan Crean is a lifelong non-fiction author and journalist who will live at Historic Joy Kogawa House while working on a major new book of literary non-fiction that combines memoir, history, and social comment to tell the story, in part, of head-tax payer, Wong Dong Wong, who came to Canada in 1911. Crean will live and work at the house for three months while creating this new work. During this period, she will offer local writers and readers a number of opportunities to meet with her as an author in one-on-one consultations.

Crean will also engage in a series of conversations during her residency with writers who use their work as a means of social change. Writers in this series include the following:
Poet Evelyn Lau, in conversation Sunday, October 2
Journalist Eric Enno Tamm, Sunday, October 16
Playwright Tara Beagan, Sunday, October 30
Essayist Betsy Warland, Sunday, November 5
Writer Wayde Compton, Sunday, November 27
Artist Shirley Bear, Sunday, December 4

Crean will also lead writing workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, and she will participate in a craft sale and open house event with local writers from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Crean is an accomplished teacher and editor and her ability to work with other writers distinguished her application from others received in a cross-Canada call for proposals. Among the applicants received, Susan Crean was judged the most skilled writer and the applicant with the most clarity around the public programs to be presented. Crean lives in Toronto, Ontario, but will live and work at Historic Joy Kogawa House throughout her residency, from September 15 to December 15, 2011.

To make an appointment for consultation with Susan Crean, and for further information, please visit or call (604) 263-6586.

From Bonnie Nish