The Shebeen Club August Meeting: Heather Haley’s Three Blocks West of Wonderland

Heather Haley says SIGN UP NOW! or something much more poetical-like

Heather Haley says SIGN UP NOW, BITCHES! or actually something much more poetical-like

Who: Us and the Siren of Howe Sound, Heather Haley

What: A night of multimedia delights celebrating the recent publication of Three Blocks West of Wonderland.

When: Monday, August 16, from 7pm-9pm

Where: The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather, 212 Carrall Street

As always, $20 buys you dinner and a drink and some of the finest literary company this city has to offer. No RSVP is required, but it’s appreciated so we have a rough idea of whether we need to reserve the snug or to lay in crowd control! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Join us as we celebrate the release of Heather Haley’s latest book of poetry, Three Blocks West of Wonderland. Heather is both the digital AND actual troubadour of the West Coast, from Bowen Island to Venice Beach, and for the first time she’ll be bringing her multimedia performance experience to the Shebeen Club. There will be poetry. There will be prose. There will be beauty. There may be song. And there WILL be videopoems, a dynamic new genre that seems to have sprung fully formed from the forehead of the Siren of Howe Sound herself.

We’re very proud to help celebrate a pivotal local literatus’s latest launch! And that’s my allotment of “L’s” for the week right there.

Poet, author, musician and media artist Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creatively integrating disciplines, genres and media. Published in numerous journals and anthologies including Geist and The Verse Map of Vancouver, her poetry collections Sideways (Anvil Press) and Three Blocks West of Wonderland (Ekstasis Editions) have been described as “supple and unusual,” “brawny and uncompromising.”


Heather Haley  POET  AUTHOR  MUSICIAN   MEDIA ARTIST

* ONLINE: http://www.heatherhaley.com
* Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeatherSusanHaley
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/HeatherHaley
* ON PAPER: Sideways,Three Blocks West of Wonderland http://www.ekstasiseditions.com
* ON DISC: Surfing Season and Princess Nut  by AURAL Heather on RPW Records @ CD Baby, iTunes
* ON SCREEN: videopoems Dying for the Pleasure, Purple Lipstick, How To Remain
* ON STAGE: “Unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.”-ZULA Presents

Three Blocks West of Wonderland; what does it LOOK like?

Three Blocks West of Wonderland; what does it LOOK like?

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The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know, by Jenn Farrell

The Devil You Know, by Jenn Farrell

Last Saturday I was at the Vancouver launch of Heather Haley’s newest book, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, which was quite the event: electronically modified cello sounds, cafe poetry from Acme to Waazuubee, and a reading by JennFarrell were all on the menu, not to mention the world premiere of two of Heather’s videopoems and enough of her great poetry readings to make an encore compulsory.

I’m a staunch Heather Haley fan, but I have to single out Jenn Farrell here, for two reasons: one, her reading was, as I said to her that night, “stone cold awesome,” and two, she’s having a book launch of her own this Thursday at the Railway Club and it features my favorite thing: fancy dress!

We hope to see you all the launch of Jenn Farrell’s new collection of short stories THE DEVIL YOU KNOW this Thursday at 7pm at the Railway Club (back room).

You are encouraged to don your most wicked attire (devil horns, pointed tails, fiery red). We’ll have some sinister sartorial supplies on hand to help you get in on the devil-y revelry.

Reading and signing by Jenn Farrell. Books available for $16 CDN (cash at event). You can also pick up a copy (or another copy) of Sugar Bush & Other Stories. Beautiful books, searing fiction, moderate evil!

Pass it on!

Thursday · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location The Railway Club (Back Room)*
579 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

Full event details/RSVP here:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=135556533131233&index=1

Be there or be a diagonally congruent rectangular object.

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Beach Reads: Shebeen Club June Meeting

Beach Books

Beach Books

Join us and local authors as we confess our secret passion for Judith Krantz, our forbidden lust for Ken Follett, our unslakeable thirst for Josephine Hart and undead-themed updates of old Bronte Sisters novels.

Yes, it’s time for a party to celebrate our favorite Beach Reads!

Local authors are strongly encouraged to attend and proudly introduce us to any Beach Reads they’ve written, from thrillers to erotica. But I’m allergic to Open Mic Nights, so I doubt there will be many readings; I was traumatized by a wandering sestina artiste as a youngster and have never recovered.

Dress: beachy or bitchy, your choice!

As always, $20 buys you dinner and a drink and some of the finest literary company around! Choice of four entrees: entree salad, bangers and mash, fish and chips, or vegetarian pasta.

7-9pm Monday, June 21
The Shebeen
Behind the Irish Heather, 212 Carrall Street in Gastown
Vancouver

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W2010 Launch at W2

Got this from the W2 email list. Do note this is not this “W magazine,” the glossy monthly version of Women’s Wear Daily. This W is probably much less focused on hem lengths and heel heights and far more focused on…I dunno, things people actually have to go to school for?

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Jeremy Crowle by KK

Time: March 12, 2010 from 8pm to 11pm
Location: W2 Perel Gallery
Organized By: Nikki Reimer

Event Description:
W2010
a group reading to launch the new issue of W magazine

readings by

Donato Mancini
Nikki Reimer
Heather McDonald
Jonathon Wilcke
Tony Power
Tomasz Michalak
Emily Fedoruk
Kim Duff
Cris Costa
Edward Byrne
Michael Barnholden
Sonnet L’Abbé

Friday March 12, 2010
W2 Perel Gallery
112 West Hastings
doors 8:00 pm
readings start at 9:00 pm
admission – 5$ includes a print copy of W2010
free admission without magazine
(no one will be turned away )

W2010 features poetry and fiction by Jonathon Wilcke, Nikki Reimer, Tony Power, Tomasz Michalak, Donato Mancini, Heather McDonald, Tiziana La Melia, Reg Johanson, Scott Inniss, Ray Hsu, Emily Fedoruk, Kim Duff, Cris Costa, Stephen Collis, Edward Byrne, Michael Barnholden, Anne Ahmad and Sonnet L’Abbé.

Edited by Anne Ahmad, Stephen Collis, Kim Duff, Emily Fedoruk, Donato Mancini, Tomasz Michalak, and Tony Power.

W2010 is published both in a limited edition print run, and as a free pdf downloadable from the KSW website. The pdf will be available online on March 12.

ABOUT THE NEW W:

“W2010 announces a new formation—both for the magazine and the Kootenay School of Writing. KSW, the more venerable of the two, is 25 years old this fall; W is ten. A new collective structure is in place for the School: a cluster of semi-autonomous yet intersecting “pods” (or “cells” if you prefer a more radical conception), each with its own projects or “areas of influence” (readings / pedagogy / publication, etc). W2010 begins a new conception of the magazine as an annual: this first issue gathers work from the present collective (or perhaps we should now say collectives) written this year; future annual issues will be announced with a themed call, for which work will be gathered and published on-line over the course of the year (see below for the call for the next issue). We hope work will be written dialogically as an issue accumulates: an initial selection of material will be posted, and then responses / extensions / contestations /emendations, etc, as they come; at the close of a year/issue, a print run of at least a “selection” of the year’s material will ideally then be issued.

The work in W2010 might surprise some familiar with the magazine and the School. For starters, there is some fiction here. We are doing our cultural work at a time of unprecedented pressures, as the “long neoliberal moment” (to borrow Jeff Derksen’s phrase) grinds on, responding to the current market crisis not by a return to some sort of neo-Keynsean economics, but rather, with bailouts for the rich and amped up privatizations. Meanwhile the public sphere—already just a pool of faint light beneath one last sputtering streetlamp—seems set to finally wink out altogether. In Vancouver, this has a lot to do with the Olympics, its hundreds of new security cameras, its 1 billion dollar security budget, and its “safe assembly areas” (outside of which we can imagine the majority of the city as an “unsafe assembly zone”). Beside this we have the provincial government’s concerted efforts to privatize, expropriate, expel, and otherwise suppress a still-vital cultural sector. In such an environment, we feel it is essential to broaden and strengthen affinities, working towards something of a cultural front to face “a world that seems to hold together only through the infinite management of its own collapse” (The Coming Insurrection 7). From deep in the collapse, we reach out.”

For more information click here : http://www.kswnet.org/

>>> send your poetry, poetics and contemporary arts listings to info AT kswnet.org for posting to our community calendar

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Why I Love Vancouver Launch Party

Vancouver's West End at Sunset by Duane Storey

Vancouver's West End at Sunset by Duane Storey

Stole this off Facebook, where it was passed to me by author Linda Solomon, EIC of the Vancouver Observer:

Why I Love Vancouver Launch Party & Book Signing

Why I Love Vancouver

Why I Love Vancouver

Tuesday, 09 February 2010
18:00 – 20:30
Elysian Cafe
590 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

Hosted by the Elysian Cafe

Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Time: 6 pm (Linda will do a short reading at 6:45 pm)
Location: Elysian Cafe 590 West Broadway (corner of Broadway and Ash)

Wine and snacks.
Cash coffee bar with Elysian’s fine blends.
Open to the public. Bring your friends.
Why I Love Vancouver will be available for sale at the launch party for $20.00.

“Intelligent, incisive, and often hilarious, Linda Solomon’s Why I Love Vancouver takes you into the corners of the city. Her keen observations read as a kind of a personal journey, while providing an informative analysis of topics ranging from public healthcare and the Canadian social contract to local politics, personalities, and the impact of the Olympics on her beloved adopted city.”
–Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation

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