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Fed launches Events Calendar

November 12th, 2014

On October 15th, Doug Gibson was puzzled.

Arguably the country’s greatest editor, Gibson had flown to Victoria from Toronto to perform portions of  his one-man show about dealing with authors such as Robertson Davies, Peter Newman, Alice Munro, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant and Jack Hodgins, to name but a few.  His show is based on his book Stories about Storytellers (ECW 2011).

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Doug Gibson

As someone with a rare pan-Canadian knowledge of the writing world, Doug Gibson has developed close contacts in every province. His one-man show is a proven hit. In fact, he’s working on another one… So he presumed he would once again delight another crowd of more than a hundred people.

He couldn’t figure out why attendance was so low. After all, he had the support of Munro’s Books for the gig. What the hell happenened?

Only later did Gibson find out that his event clashed with annual gathering for the City of Victoria Book Prizes at the Union Club. Unlike the B.C. Book Prizes gala, the Victoria Book Prizes is a non-dinner affair for only twenty bucks per person. It’s a big annual draw for Victoria’s literati. People go to feel a sense of community, whether they are nominated or not.

So it bordered on daft to hold a one-nighter for Gibson on the same night.

Such scheduling conflicts occur frequently because there is simply way of knowing who the heck is planning what on our increasingly complex B.C. literary calendar….

That’s why the new BC Writers’ Calendar being launched by the Federation of B.C. Writers is a a great idea.

BCBookLook was going to do it when we designed this site, but doing ten jobs at once already borders on insanity, so adding an eleventh was bonkers.  We postponed the idea due to lack of personpower (ie. zero funding when we decided to just go ahead and do it), hoping somebody else would eventually step into the events calendar realm.

It seems simple enough. Just get people supply their own info.

But it’s not.

A site like the BC Writers Calendar will require a watchdog, an editor, and it will take several years of dogged nagging to get everyone around B.C. familiar with it and routinely contributing their event info. Meanwhile, the Federation of B.C. Writers has made a start.

Here’s what their site looks like….

Or you can visit it directly if you want to submit your own event info.

http://bcwriters.ca/bc-writers-calendar/

 

BC Writers’ Calendar

If you have an event to share, please scroll to the bottom of the page for an Events Calendar Submission Form…

  • Wed
    12
    Nov
    2014

    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Features Elaine Woo (book launch) with Jen Currin and Christine Leclerc. And guest filmmaker and novelist Dylan Townsend. There will be a few open mics too. Sign up for open mic is at 7pm. More Info

  • Thu
    13
    Nov
    2014

    6- 8:30 pmSurrey Central City Library

    Features Kate Braid, with Cristina Viviani, Daniela Elza, Tanveer Sohal, Laurel Albina, Joan Boxall, and Bernice Lever. More Info

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014

    Vancouver

    We meet every two weeks. All levels and genres welcome. Email before attending the first time: grindwriters@gmail.com | More Info

  • Mon
    17
    Nov
    2014

    7:15 pm1831 Fern Street, Victoria

    Stories at Fern is a public gathering put on by the Vancouver Island Storytellers’ Guild. It is open to all (Adults $5, Students $3). Stories are told from September through to June.  More Info

  • Tue
    18
    Nov
    2014

    8:00 pmLa Fontana Caffe, 101-3701 East Hastings St., Burnaby

    Featuring Ruth Kozak, author of Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon, and Eileen Kernaghan, author of Sophie, in Shadow. Contact bwscafe@gmail.com | More Info

  • Sat
    22
    Nov
    2014

    1 to 4 p.m.Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minaro Gate, Richmond

    Masters of Ceremonies: Candice James and Kyle McKillop. Open Mic Session: be part of the celebration and bring your own poem to share!

  • Wed
    26
    Nov
    2014

    7 to 9 pmFanny Bay Hall

    Diverse writers, including: Des Kennedy, Rhona MacAdam and Bruce Rice (an award winning poet from Saskatchewan). Doors open at 6:30 pm. More Info

  • Thu
    27
    Nov
    2014

    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Features Christopher Levenson, Sean Wiebe, and Fionncara MacEoin + Open Mic. Twisted Poets runs the 2nd Wednesday and the 4th Thursday of the month. More Info

  • Tue
    09
    Dec
    2014

    7 to 9:30 pmThe Galbraith House. 131 Eighth Street, New Westminster

    A celebration of writing and the Federation of BC Writers’ Literary Writes winners, with 12 minute readings followed by a reception.

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014

    7 to 9:30 pmThe Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver

    Celebrate the solstice with local poets and musicians at
    a fundraiser for kids in need. 100% of the money raised will go toward stocking stuffers for school kids in need over the winter holidays. This event is put on by Pandora’s Collective and Dead Poet’s Reading Series.  www.pandorascollective.com

     

  • Sun
    14
    Dec
    2014

    7:30 pmThe Moka House, 103-1633 Hillside Ave., Victoria

    Susan McCaslin reads from The Disarmed Heart

  • Sat
    24
    Jan
    2015

    9 am to 4:30 pmUnitarian Fellowship, 1-595 Townsite Road, Nanaimo

    Cover designers, printers, hybrid publishers, free-lance editors and more. Free event to the public.

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