Shebeen Spirited September Meeting: this THURSDAY!

Gaze into the Void

Gaze into the Void: image by Zbigniew M. Bielak

Come gaze into the void, or at least a warming glass of whisk(e)y with the scintillating members of the Shebeen Club this Thursday at six o’clock. Where else but the Shebeen? Don’t come early, because they won’t be open. And I PROMISE this time I won’t be two hours late. Jeremy Hammond could break out of MCC and kidnap Sabu on behalf of the Syrian Electronic Army and call me to interview them all live and I will still walk away from the keyboard instead of writing it up, I vow it.

All are welcome to our little literary gathering, and anyone with a freshly-written ghost or noir story will be accorded pride of place.

No cost to attend, pay for what you order, the kitchen is excellent and the bar is stunning. This week we’re in the Irish Heather’s snug instead of the Shebeen due to a double-booking issue.

For the facebook-inclined, there is an event, for easy calendar-addification.

If you’ve published a book, gotten a gig, or any other good news lately, by all means come out and boast. If you’ve got books or CDs, bring some along for signing and selling.

VCon Debrief: the Shebeen Club for October 3

VCon Poster

VCon Poster

Calling all SciFi fans… just a quick and dirty note to let you know our next Shebeen Club meeting will be this coming Monday, October 3, upstairs at the Revel Room, 238 Abbott Street just off Water in Gastown. Once again, they’re laying a special menu on for us as part of the meeting, for only $20: please pay your proprietor Ian Alexander Martin of Atomic Fez publishing. Dinner and a drink is included with your admission.

VCon, for those of you who live in the 17th Century, is the biggest event of the year for speculative fiction of all kinds. We’re hoping to coax a few special guests to overcome their shyness and share Monday with us. Given that the guests of VCon run the gamut from Larry Niven to, well, the Shebeen Club’s Fearless Leader, it’s guaranteed to be an entertaining and speculative indeed crew.

Please note: the Shebeen Club meeting is NOT officially a cosplay event. But discreet Spock ears are welcome.

6pm-9pm Monday, October 3 2011, Revel Room Upstairs lounge, 238 Abbott Street, Vancouver

$20 cash includes dinner, a drink, the VCon debrief, and our glamorous and scintillating company.

This is short notice, so while RSVPs are welcome, they’re not compulsory. Just show up with your smiling face and try not to wear a red shirt.

Jack Layton was afraid of NOTHING I tell you!

Jack Layton was afraid of NOTHING I tell you!

Shebeen Club Mixer Monday, March 21st

The Auld Shebeen

The Auld Shebeen

Just a social night this month: no speaker, no pressure. Bring whatever you’re working on for boasting/comparison purposes! $25 at the door gets you dinner and a drink and the best literary cadre of companions in all of Vangroover! That’s the price for our special menu, or this once you can order off the regular menu and “pay as you go.”

Next month we’ll be back to our usual meet&greet/presentation/arguing and drinking schedule.

UPDATE: It’s apparently World Poetry Day on Monday.

Monday is World Poetry Day and, coincidentally, the anniversary of the first twitter tweet. Celebrate with a “twaiku” by Elizabeth Alexander:

Teeny tiny poem

Teeny tiny poem/just enuf 2hold/1 xllent big word/Impluvium/open-eyed courtyrd/collectng rain/as all poems do/ skylife, open/birds do:/ tweet

More on UN World Poetry Day here
NYTimes article here
Four New Twitter poems (including Alexander’s) here



Readings at the Utopia Festival!

Utopia Festival: more than just dj's!

Utopia Festival: more than just dj's!

Got this via an email from Nikki Reimer, one from Sean Cranbury, two from W2, one from Irwin Oostindie, and four Facebook invitations. So, obviously, I HAVE to post it!

Along with the direct link to buy tickets.

Just a quick note to let you know about an amazing literary event next Saturday – Vancouver Women Read @ W2 Utopia Festival.

Curated by Nikki Reimer and Alex Leslie in conjunction with the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series this is some real next level programming.

Nikki and Alex have curated 5 Vancouver writers whose performances will be punctuated by musical appearances by First Nations artists such as Tanya Tagaq, JB The First Lady and cello prodigy Cris Derkson.

AND – The keynote address will be given by international electroclash sensation Peaches.

Needless to say it’s going to be fairly incredible.

You can find more info about the event, how to buy tickets and the performers here –

Any help that you can provide in terms of spreading the word to your friends or followers in the social media world is much appreciated.

The hashtag for the event is #W2Utopia.

Looking forward to this event and I hope to see you there.



Sean Cranbury – Executive Editor, Host, Regulator

Books on the Radio / Advent Book Blog / W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series / etc…

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Revel in our menu for Selling Out!

Revel Room's Loft

Revel Room's Loft

In case you haven’t yet decided that tickets to our October meeting, Selling Out! featuring Shane Gibson, are a must-have, here’s a sneak peek at the menu the chef at Revel has developed for our meeting:

  • Roast Apple Salad with Goat Feta, Red Onion and Buttermilk Dressing
  • Gumbo with Andouille Sausage, Shrimp, Chicken, Rice, Tortilla Hay
  • Jambalaya of Shrimp, Andouille Sausage and Smoked Chicken, Pepper Creole Sauce on Red Beans and Rice
  • Roasted Vegetable Quiche with Mixed Green Salad and Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Southern Fish ‘n’ Chips – Fried Catfish with Wedge Cut Buttermilk Potato Jojos, Coleslaw and Chili Remoulade
  • Revel Burger with Double Smoked Bacon, Aged Cheddar, Herb Aioli *
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich with Memphis Style BBQ Sauce and Coleslaw *
  • Black Bean Veggie Burger with Cheddar , Avocado Salsa, Lime and Jalapeño Aioli *

    * All Served with Wedge Cut Buttermilk Potato JoJo’s

Okay, I don’t know what a JoJo is, but it’s got buttermilk and carbs in it, so it must be good, right? Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.