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Host: Brian Lynch, Books Editor, The Georgia Straight
In the late 1960s and '70s a small group of idealistic young women and men moved to the tiny BC town of Wells. These hippies, with their waist-length hair and handlebar moustaches, brought with them a Canadian version of the continent-wide back-to-the-land movement, the sexual revolution and the privilege of personal freedom. All Roads Lead to Wells tells the story of their migration, their values, their unexpected friendships with the town's old-timers and the inevitable clash of generations and cultures.
(Caitlin Press $26.95)
When a young black man named Joe Fortes arrived in Vancouver in 1885 with little to his name, no one could have suspected that one hundred years later he would be voted “Citizen of the Century.” This is the first biography of the West Indian sailor who “discovered” English Bay and became its official lifeguard, saving dozens of lives and teaching three generations of Vancouver children how to swim. His legacy continues today, with one of Vancouver’s libraries named after him.
(Ronsdale Press $21.95)
Host: Sean Cranbury, Books on the Radio Projects
In this session, two members of the Graphic History Collective will talk about their recent project, May Day: A Graphic History of Protest. The talk will include slides from the comic, an overview of the unique collective structure of the group, and a discussion on why comics are an accessible way of sharing information and popular education.
(Between the Lines $6.95)
From the editors and magazine that ignited the Occupy Wall Street movement, Meme Wars lays out the next steps in remaking our world with a new economic paradigm. Featuring the leading heretics in economic theory today, this 400-page real-world economics textbook is Adbusters’ greatest creative and intellectual endeavor yet, aspiring for nothing less than regime change in university economics departments across the globe. The book is brimming with full-colour images, spoofs and essays, all edited in the uniquely Adbusters style.
(Seven Stories Press $29.99)
This writing workshop will offer suggestions as to how to get going with the writing of your memoirs, themes to help you organize them, and a consideration of the reasons that make memoir writing such a sensible thing to be doing later in life.
HOST: Maegan Thomas, Arts Director CiTR 101.9
From its roots to its modern resurgence, oral storytelling is alive and ever changing, predating and transcending the written word. This panel brings together four lively storytellers to celebrate the unique traits, challenges and opportunities of oral storytelling across cultures, traditions and approaches. Host Maegan Thomas is the Arts Director at CiTR. Panelists: Sirish Rao is a writer from India, directing Tara Books for 11 years and Founding Artistic Director of the Indian Summer Festival; Dr. Woodrow Morrison, BA, JD is a respected Haida Elder, President of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling and Director of the Northwest Indian Storytelling Association; Candice James is Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster and President of the Federation of BC Writers and of Slam Central Spoken Word; Lizzy Karp is the co-founder of the Vancouver-based live storytelling series Rain City Chronicles.
HOST: Bob Mackay, Canadian Authors Association Vancouver
Creative Insights from two outstanding CAA members: Patrick Taylor, who will read and illustrate the use and importance of setting in his work; and Dennis E. Bolen with his partner Soressa Gardner, will discuss and perform poetics with electronic accompaniment.