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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Duthie Party to Remember, Party to Forget

Online ticket sales are closed, but you can still reserve (and it’s strongly recommended that you do) by emailing Lorraine dot murphy at gmail dot com. The Party is on Monday!!! The Shebeen has a capacity of only 60 people, so email and make sure you don’t get stuck out in the rain.

Book Funeral

The Patient Succumbed to Amazonitis

Help us celebrate the slate but always-great Duthie Books, one of the world’s great independent booksellers. Sadly, after more than a half a century of informed and impassioned involvement in the literary world, Duthie’s last location will be shutting its doors at the end of February.

Come out and reminisce and help us celebrate a great bookstore and an intellectual institution. This is a chain invitation, so pass it along to all who may be interested, either by copying it into an email, pointing out this blog post, or by inviting people by using the link in the sidebar on Facebook. Half of the Vancouver literati used to work there, buy there, or just try to chat up people in the Cellar (not as filthy as it sounds, outsiders!).

We will be accepting book donations for charity! All books and $5 from each ticket sold will go to the Stratcona One to One Literacy program. Keep books alive!

There will be many surprises there. Don’t forget to wear black! Full mourning dress preferred. Celia Duthie will be our guest of honour.

If you have a collection of old Duthie Bookmarks, please bring them in. They’ll be photographed for posterity and the best one will win a prize.

Ex-Duthieites are encouraged to attend, moderately encouraged to get maudlin, strongly encouraged to get into storytelling, and absolutely COMPELLED to get into the whiskey.

Come out and share your reminiscences of the deceased, and toast the memory of a fine, upstanding bookstore who never turned away an intellectual in need of brain food or met an obscure literary magazine it didn’t like. God, I’m getting weepy just thinking about it!

Details: Since we expect this event to be packed, please reserve your ticket in advance via email.

7pm till late

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather pub, 212 Carrall Street, Maple Tree Square, Gastown, Vancouver

$20 (proceeds to charity) includes a drink and dinner, with a choice of:

  • entree salad
  • vegetarian pasta
  • bangers and mash
  • fish and chips
  • sleeve of domestic draft or glass of white or red wine

Dress code: funereal. Black beret and tame yet ominous raven optional.

N is for Neville by Christine Mladic

N is for Neville, done in by ennui. Check out the Gashleycrumb Tinies series by photographer Christine Mladic

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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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A Collective Response to arts cuts at the Gallery Gachet

Got this from the highly useful Instant Coffee email:

Restore Arts Funding Now

Restore Arts Funding Now

The Gallery Gachet Collective | A COLLECTIVE RESPONSE | FEB 5


Curated by Lara Fitzgerald | Exhibition runs: 5th – 28th Feb | Opening

Reception: Fri Feb 5th, 7 – 10pm

Dance Party Celebrating the Arts: Sat Feb 13th, 8 – late (With support from

Art Walk 2010 and the Alliance for Arts and Culture)

Exhibition is part of Art Walk 2010,

Gallery Gachet presents the exhibition A Collective Response, featuring The

Gallery Gachet Collective’s response to the current cultural landscape in

Vancouver. The exhibition showcases each artist’s reaction to the arts

funding cuts through their own art-making practice, celebrating and

reinforcing the importance of art as a critical means for achieving a

healthy and flourishing society.

A Collective Response aims to focus on the critical role of art in society.

In particular as a way of responding to contemporary issues. Vancouver is

currently undergoing a massive upheaval, and these changes affect all its

citizens profoundly. Gallery Gachet’s Collective Membership feels strongly

about the importance of community engagement and asserting a response to

these changes, and they believe that art provides a powerful and

significant channel for dialogue.

Based on the idea of Documenta (an international contemporary art

exhibition held in Kassel, Germany every five years), The Collective will

transform Gallery Gachet into a free speech zone offering both commentary

and critique of issues relevant to art and life in Vancouver at this

specific historical juncture. Thematically, the work addresses the massive

funding cuts that most arts organizations have received in BC, as well as

political priorities and how these precedents impact our cultural climate.

The Gachet Collective believes in the expression of art and culture as a

human right, and as a means for achieving social, cultural and economic


The link between A Collective Response and Documenta is one of intention

and spirit. Documenta is known as an exhibition that explores the

intersection between contemporary art and the current critical issues of

the time, inviting people from all over the world to convene, assess the

situation, and enact a dialogic process. Documenta began in the early

1950’s, and was developed as a response to the degenerate art politics of

the Third Reich. In contrast to other international exhibitions that

emerged from the World Fair models, the tradition behind Documenta is one

of theoretical grounding, and a sense of urgency in regards to the role and

meaning of art in society. Inclusivity and dissolution of elitism are

founding values of the festival; these beliefs are also woven into the core

of The Collective’s ideology and integral values that are unanimously held

by The Collective.

A Collective Response will feature multidisciplinary works from Gachet’s

twenty-one collective members, and represents not only the distinct

response of each individual member but also the unique energy and drive

behind The Gachet Collective as a whole.

Artists featured: Benitto, Sharon Burns, Sharon Smith, Kara Lee, Stephen

Long, Jay Peachy, Karen Ward, Bernadine Fox, Bruce Ray, Dylan Wolney, Quin

Martins, W.N. (Bill) Pope, Laurie Marshall, Robert Gardiner, Leef Evans,

Diane Thorn, Cherise Clarke, Lisa Walker, Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty, Geoff

Greene and Youngsin Lee.

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Announcing the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series!

and the Shebeen Club is a proud media sponsor thereof!

There; one doesn’t get the chance to use the word “thereof” nearly enof. See what I did there?

Real Vancouver Writers

Real Vancouver Writers are Really Stoked

You can download and print this poster by right-clicking the poster link and saving to your computer. Pass it around, post it up, wear it as a loincloth; knock yourself out!

Wednesdays just got a little more literate in Vangroover, as Sean Cranbury of Books on the Radio organizes a new literacious salon every Wednesday in February: the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Save time: put it in your calendar now and avoid guilt-ridden “I shoulda’s” later. You can see the entire lineup for the full month on the website, and it’s extremely highly bitchin, to say the least (which is never my first choice; I’ve never gotten over getting paid by the word. As you can tell).

Here is the full announcement, swiped from Facebook [links mine]; $5 at the door gets you hours of nutritious and intoxicating food for thought:

Real Vancouver Writers Series at the W2 Culture + Media House

Located at 112 East Hastings Street across from the refurbished Woodwards Building in Downtown Vancouver

The Real Vancouver Writers Series consists of 4 weekly events showcasing local Vancouver writers, publishers and creative literary artists at the W2 Culture + Media House.

These evenings are designed to show the city and the world real and diverse Vancouver culture and real creative individuals in the literary and publishing communities at a time when the eyes of the world are on our city.

Countless millions of people will want to know what real Vancouver culture looks like.

We are determined to take the opportunity to show the world just how amazing, diverse, talented and fun our literary and publishing culture is!

These events will occur every Wednesday during February beginning at 7pm.

Each night will showcase local writers doing short readings their work and/or interacting with a moderator, taking questions from the audience and will include book sales, signings, a multi-media component, music, cash bar, raffles and give-aways.

Every night will consist of writers that will give the in-house audience a glimpse of the variety of cultures, ethnicities, forms and skills of writers living and working in Vancouver.

It will showcase the writers, their books, their publishers and other support structures within the local community and the larger culture and publishing communities.

In conjunction with Books on the Radio and Geist Magazine.

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