Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

UBC Creative Writing Alumni Reading

UBC Creative Writing alumni Kelly S. Thompson, Kim Fu and Doretta Lau will be on campus next Tuesday, October 22 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre for our Alumni Reading Event. They will read from their recent works of nonfiction and fiction. Everyone is welcome to attend.

About the authors:

Kelly S. Thompson is a writer an award-winning writer and editor based out of Ontario. Thompson’s most recent book is Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces.

Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer living in Seattle, Washington. Her most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award.

Doretta Lau’s short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and was named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014

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Mar
25
8:32 PM20:32

fine. (an evening of storytelling and otherwise) Apperance

Venue: The Lido, 518 East Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1X5

Poster by María Medem,  @mariamedem on Instagram

Poster by María Medem, @mariamedem on Instagram

From the fine. Facebook page:

On March 25th, a mix of six talented writers and comedians will get onto a stage and share work that, if you like, you can come and listen to. (Analysts predict that it will be a nice evening.)

Featuring:
Doretta Lau
Adèle Barclay
Jill Silva
Brandi Bird
Emma Cooper & Tammy van der Kamp

and music by
Emma Lee Toyoda

Hosted by Cole Nowicki

It'll be fun, yeah. It'll be a fine time.

Best seats: 7:31pm
Show: 8:32pm

19+
FREE

This event takes place on unceded Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh land.

Accessibility:
The Lido is wheelchair accessible. The entrance is a non-automatic door, but there will be someone working it on the night. The washrooms have stalls big enough for a wheelchair and there is a variety of seating not currently arranged in an accessible fashion, but that's easily changed. Feel free to contact us ahead of time if you'd like a comfortable spot saved for you.


Please contact us at afineshow@gmail.com or via the event page to make requests and/or ask any questions.

Safer Spaces Policy:
http://www.afineshow.com/safer-spaces-policy/

@afineshow
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Mar
14
1:00 PM13:00

Panel at Growing Room, On the Subject of Truth: Telling True Stories in Fiction and Non Fiction

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Venue: The University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus, Geography Building, Room 214, 1984 West Mall

Panelists: Kim Fu, Alicia Elliott, Doretta Lau, Elizabeth Renzetti

Moderator: Amber Dawn

Growing Room Festival Event Description:

How do writers decide how to use their truths? Can fiction create more space for emotional honesty than non-fiction? What happens when a writer who works in multiple genres gets celebrated for one genre over another? Why are audiences eager to believe anything in non-fiction but quick to question a story’s credibility in fiction? Join four authors as they consider the borders between objective fact, emotional truths, and what is considered “believable.”

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Apr
2
3:00 PM15:00

AWP Panel: Slouching Tiger, Unsung Dragon: The Next Chapter of Asian American Writing

Venue: Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level 

 

What does it mean to be a writer of Asian descent publishing in North America? These four writers are exploring territory beyond tiger moms and immigrant hardship, venturing into updated expressions of Asian masculinity, Confucianism, and contemporary Asian culture. The panelists will discuss traditional and experimental approaches to Asian American fiction and poetry, and explore how artistic and professional choices impact perceptions of their work and their identities.

Moderator:

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally, and her journalism in publications such as the New York Times. A board member of Project Bookmark and founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, Anna reads and writes in Vancouver BC, where she is editor of Ricepaper magazine.

Ed Lin is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. 

Doretta Lau is an editor at a contemporary visual culture museum. Her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was named by theAtlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She works in Hong Kong.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two traditional books—The Flood and Abductions. In 2015, he will have written, presented, and destroyed a new book, Ghostmaker. Chiwan is also founding partner of Writ Large Press, an indie publisher that uses books and publishing to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

 

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Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

AWP Panel: No Place Like Home: Setting

Venue: Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor 

 

Where does one set the modern short story in this globalized age? What are the artistic and political implications of these choices? In a modern world where stories take place across and outside of national boundaries, how does setting impact subject, tone, and point of view? These writers with ties to multiple countries reflect on how they situate the transnational short story, and highlight narrative tools to bring culturally rich narratives to life.

Moderator:

Doretta Lau is an editor at a contemporary visual culture museum. Her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was named by theAtlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She works in Hong Kong.

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally, and her journalism in publications such as the New York Times. A board member of Project Bookmark and founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, Anna reads and writes in Vancouver BC, where she is editor of Ricepaper magazine.

Chris Tarry is the author of the story collection, How to Carry Bigfoot Home, and he holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His writing has been published widely. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians.

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the story collection The Best Place on Earth which won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and has been published internationally. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Tom Cho is the author of the collection of fiction Look Who’s Morphing, which was brought to fruition as part of his PhD in professional writing. He has received various grants and residencies, has had his fiction published widely in literary magazines, and is writing a novel on the meaning of life.

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Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Books from the Shelf in Victoria, BC

Emily Pohl-Weary (Ghost Sick, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl) and I will be reading together in Victoria!

I first met Emily when I was writing for Discorder Magazine at The University of British Columbia; I interviewed her when her first book, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, was published. Come see us read and talk about writing!

DETAILS

Cenote Restaurant and Lounge
768 Yates Street
Victoria, BC
Free admission

 

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Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Clothes Vancouver Launch

Women in Clothes is an awesome book edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, with Mary Mann.

A few of the Vancouver contributors (Jennifer Croll, Jaclyn Bruneau and Zoe Welch) and I have organized a launch. With special guests Amber Dawn (author of How Poetry Saved My Life), Mina Shum (director of Double Happiness) and Joy Pecknold (Western Editor of FASHION).

Books for sale by The Paper Hound.

Cavalier
#217-207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver

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May
24
4:00 PM16:00

Reading: Cenote Lounge in Victoria, BC

I'm taking a ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria, which happens to be the first place my parents lived when they immigrated to Canada. I have the pleasure of reading with andrea bennett (Canoodlers) and Kim Fu (For Today I am a Boy).

Presented by Continental Shelf Writers Collective. Books for sale by Munro Books.

Cenote Restaurant and Lounge
768 Yates Street
Victoria, BC

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