Pandora’s Collective Invites Nominations for the Special Achievement Awards

God, I’ve got to get better at writing concise headlines, because really, that’s the whole story. Here’s the email, and note that the deadline is this Friday:

pandoras collective

pandoras collective

The Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival began with an idea to bring together all of the on-going literary events that happen monthly around town and their hosts to showcase to the public what they do. The first year of the festival saw us located on the Georgia Street side of the Art Gallery with one stage, some tented chairs for the audience and lots of information tables. Since that year we have grown into so much more.

Now in our 7th year we would like to continue the tradition of how we began with the idea of honouring significant people within the literary community. We are planning an opening night gala to do just that. (This will be held Friday August 20th the night before the festival. The venue still to be decided)

Pandora’s Collective would like to recognize certain individuals who have had an impact on the literary community over the years. We will be giving out four special achievement awards and would like you to tell us who you think deserves them.

Please send in the names of up to three people or organizations you believe deserve special recognition. Write about three lines telling us why and if possible include their contact information. Please make sure these nominations are from the Greater Vancouver Area.

Some things to consider when thinking about who you would pick.

How does this person help the writing community at large? Are they an organizer of an event, a host who runs a reading series, open mic or festival? Are they an instructor or mentor who have inspired and encouraged you?

Are they someone whose writing you consider to be amazing and which has touched you deeply and affected your own work.

Is this a group or organization which you believe are committed to helping others to excel?

All submissions for consideration should be sent to blnish_pandoras AT by Friday, February 26th.


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The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Grand Finale Tomorrow!

Real Vancouver Writers' Series by kc dyer

Real Vancouver Writers' Series by kc dyer

This is your last chance, I repeat, your last chance to experience Sean Cranbury‘s Real Vancouver Writers’ Series at W2. Every Wednesday night in February the space at W2 has been packed wall-to-wall with literati both performing and audiencing (is that a word? it is now!) and this final Wednesday will be hosted by Hal Wake, the Head Grand Poobah of the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival.

Here is an interview Sean did with Joseph Planta on PlantaOnTheLine outlining what’s in store for us tomorrow:

And here’s a YouTube video about the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series:

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PR Job Posting for Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Tomato Man(ifesto)

Yes, ladies and gentlemen and the undecided, The Vancouver Farmers’ Markets are hiring an ecoflack and professional outreacher (treehuggers presumably encouraged) to reach out and touch someone, in fact many people, on their behalf. The Vancouver Farmers’ Markets are an award-winning and high-profile association of markets dedicated to supporting sustainability in food as well as promoting the great bounty of local BC farmers and associated producers. Here are the full details, heartlessly stolen from their website.


Public Relations & Membership Development Coordinator

Vancouver Farmers Markets

Are you a “People Person”? Are you great at generating public and media

enthusiasm, interest & support for worthwhile initiatives? The Vancouver

Farmers Markets (VFM) operate 4 busy neighborhood farmers markets in

Vancouver, which see about 12 000 people each week on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from May

– October. VFM’s Winter Farmers Market operates twice a month at a single location from November –

April. Coordinated by a small staff team from a central office, the award-winning Vancouver Farmers

Markets are ranked among the top farmers markets in Canada.

VFM is hiring a Public Relations & Membership Development Coordinator to advance our goals to inform

and engage the public, volunteers and donors in the growth and development of our city’s farmers markets.

This is a permanent, part-time salaried, core-staff position with strong potential for expansion in the future.

This position requires some availability for weekend and evening work throughout the year.

Job Duties:

The PR Coordinator will work with the VFM staff team & will develop the following three key areas of public


• Public Relations/Communications – including creation of an annual communications plan, website

management, writing & sending press releases, media contact management & development, off-site

community outreach & public engagement events

• Membership Services Development – including membership sales & coordinating sales team,

renewal processing, membership newsletter & communications, membership database

management, development & implementation of annual direct mail campaign

• Volunteer Development – maintain and develop volunteer program, train & schedule volunteers to

be an enthusiastic team of VFM ambassadors at VFM markets, special events on site and around


Required Skills, Experience & Disposition:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in/demonstrating:

  • – public relations, media & public communications development & implementation
  • – membership and/or constituency development including fundraising/direct mail outreach
  • – website, social marketing & newsletter development
  • – volunteer coordination & development; staff team management
  • – excellent communications skills (written, spoken, phone, internet, in-person)
  • – creativity & maximization of limited budget and human resources
  • – excellence in approaching the public, asking for and building public support, motivating people to
  • contribute time/money
  • – high-level organization skills, detail-oriented
  • – excellence in data and list management; comfort with Mac computers
  • – excellence in program planning and implementation skills
  • – taking initiative AND working as part of a team

Voted “Top Non-Profit for 2010” by the readers of Edible Vancouver magazine, the Vancouver Farmers

Markets is a busy, professional, creative, team-oriented work environment offering competitive wages and

benefits package.

Position open until filled. Email your resume and cover letter indicating your relevant experience

with “PR & Membership Coordinator position” in the subject line to: tara AT eatlocal DOT org. Vancouver

Farmers Markets thanks all interested applicants, but only applicants chosen for an interview will be



Farmers Markets, Vancouver, B.C.

East Vancouver. West End. Main St. Station. Kitsilano. Holiday Market. Winter Market.

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Carnival of Books?

Salgueiro samba school celebrate Carnival of books!

Salgueiro samba school celebrate Carnival of books!

I never really understood it to be a literary occasion per se. On the other hand, it’s a natural combination: if you think about it, what are the two things you do in bed besides sleep?

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Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Tonight!

W2 4 u

W2 4 u

Yes, tonight W2 comes alive with more hawt literary action than you’ve seen this side of an Anais Nin concordance. Five bucks gets you in to this funky-bohemian artspace to enjoy shoulder-rubbing proximity to the real writers who are putting Vangroover on the cultural map. Tonight’s lineup features many ex-Duthieites including your host, Sean Cranbury, one of the infamous Cellar Dwellers of the old Hornby and Robson store (where I bought my first edition copy of Neuromancer, sigh, back when it was new).

Duthie Books closed for good on Monday, so if you want to celebrate one of the world’s best bookstores, tonight and our Wake next Monday are pretty much your only chances. But although the store may be gone, the literary tradition continues. Yes, the force is strong with these ones, so catch them now before they’re too famous to return your calls.

The Lineup (full deets on the RealVancouverWritersSeries):

  • Charles Demers
  • Jenn Farrell
  • Chris Walter
  • Jen Sookfong Lee
  • Shay Wilson
  • Ian Weir
  • Larissa Lai
  • Anne Stone
  • Jane Sayers
  • Kevin Chong
  • Peter Darbyshire

See you there?

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