My day at Raincoast Winter/Spring Teens Reads Preview!

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Last weekend was the best weekend ever! I will always say that when I’m attending Raincoast Books Teens Read Preview. Raincaost Books holds this preview twice every year for Spring/Fall and Winter/Spring. And as you guessed, Raincoast does a preview for each new book that’s coming out in YA and middle grade. For someone who doesn’t attend BEA or BookCon, this is a really great opportunity to see what new books are coming out to add to my never ending TBR, while chatting with other bloggers and readers and sharing our love for all things YA. Read More »

Book Launch with Eileen Cook for With Malice:

Last Friday I spent the evening at Chapters Indigo in Metrotown to celebrate Eileen Cook’s book launch. This was my second time seeing her in person since the Raincoast Fall Book Preview last month, and to my surprise she still remembered me! I had the most exciting time at the event and was so happy to be a part of this experience. I love supporting local authors and as Eileen Cook is from Vancouver, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity of celebrating her new book this summer!Read More »

My Day at Raincoast Fall Preview!

Every book lover dreams of going to Book Expo America and Book Con, but thanks to Raincoast they invited me to an experience where I don’t have to travel too far so I can meet other book lovers and chat about upcoming new titles. Last Saturday, I went to my first ever book preview and it took place right here in Vancouver!

Let me start by saying a great big thank you to Raincoast for organizing this wonderful event and for inviting me to be a part of it all. Read More »

Spotlight: The Vancouver Writer’s Fest 2013

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October 22-27 is the Vancouver Writer’s Fest featuring over 100 writers from around the world all coming together to share their stories. Six days of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s stories, this event is open to readers of all ages. With over 36 events featuring distinguished authors including Douglas Coupland (author of 9 novels including his newly released Worst. Person. Ever), Margaret Atwood (author of more than 40 short stories and poems with her recent book MaddAdam), David Sedaris (humorist and bestselling author of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls), and Joseph Boyden (known for his Scotiabank Award winning novel Through Black Spruce). This fest is a booklovers paradise with live readings and book signings, and it’ all happening on Granville Island this year.

There’s more! The Festival Bookstore near the Granville Island Hotel will be open following each event. Selling both current and backlist titles of each writer at the fest, this bookstore is an ideal spot for browsing in-between events.

The 15th Annual Vancouver’s Writers Fest Poetry and Short Story Contest is also held again this year, where all writers are invited to submit their best poems and short stories to win cash prizes for each category. For rules and submission information, visit writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest to enter online. The deadline for this contest is on October 27 at 5pm. Winners announced on January 15, 2014.

Advanced festival tickets are already on sale starting September 9 and sales end on October 21 at 4pm. For more information on where to buy your tickets, visit vancouvertix.com Festival members, seniors, and students receive a special discount online and at the door, but since there is limited seating for many of these events make sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the festival including scheduling, author bios and their workshops, visit writersfest.bc.ca to view the program guide.

Afterword: Word Vancouver 2013

Free admission, free workshops, over 20 exhibitors, and a silent auction all under the roof at the Vancouver Public Library. Holding a hot cup of coffee in one hand, and an umbrella in another, I was relieved to hear that they moved the festival indoors away from the pouring buckets of rain (a typical fall weather that Vancouver is too well-known for). An inspiring and refreshing event with a full day of reading and writing and talks from Canadian authors about the written word, this was definitely a fun event that I’ll return again to next year.

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My day started off with touring the exhibitor marketplace: two floors of Canadian books and magazine publishers, reading and writing programs, and all sorts of societies dedicated to books and the art of story telling.  As I did my rounds, I began to understand why they called it “the marketplace” as I literally felt like a tourist flipping through many paperbacks and glossy magazines while making small talk with the hosts. Many of these booths were also selling books by the dozen as low as $2 each (talk about a steal!) from unusual books to maps, prints, and calendars. There was so much to look, touch that I felt compelled to pick up anything that was in arm’s-length.

My favorite part of the marketplace was running into HarperCollines Canada. Known as Canada’s largest and renowned publishing house, their folks were at the festival to promote Veronica Roth’s new book, Allegiant set to release on October 22. Written by New York Times Bestselling author, the series focuses on Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago where her world is divided up into five factions, each representing a different virtue of humanity. By the age of 16, children undergo an aptitude test that decides which faction they belong to and may lead to leaving their families. A very intriguing 3-part series that has immediately caught my attention and subconsciously added to my “must read” list.

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But the best part of the festival was the Poetry in Transit, where readings where taking place inside a Translink bus (how cool is that?) The staff of Word Vancouver has certainly found an innovative way to host their poetry readings, although I wonder how they convinced Translink to borrow one of their public buses?

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I couldn’t find the Mainstage but I did come across their silent auction. Thanks to generous donors, there was a wide range of gifts to choose from: two Sony e-readers to gift baskets from Lazy Gourmet, and tickets from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and other gift certificates. There was also a chance to win the entire set of books seen at the festival. As a booklover I could have entered myself, but seeing that I have a pile of unread books at home I’m feeling overwhelmed as it is for the rest of the year.

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As a newcomer to Word Vancouver, I look forward to going again next year (rain or shine) as this was the best free reading and writing festival I’ve been to in the city.

Spotlight: Word Vancouver

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I kick myself for not blogging about this earlier, especially since it’s one of Vancouver’s largest writing and reading festival. Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street Vancouver), is a free festival of reading and writing which began on September 26 at the Carnegie Centre (so you can see why I’m kicking myself now), but the big finale is tomorrow at the Vancouver Public Library where BC writers are coming together to introduce their books, and if you get lucky, will be signing them for readers. But wait, there’s more…

Hosted by the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society, Word Vancouver became Western Canada’s largest festival promoting literacy for book lovers across the country. With 60 exhibitors and attracting hundreds of Vancouverites and British Columbians, Word Vancouver is the city’s primary event for the literacy community. Tomorrow’s schedule includes exciting workshops on magazine publishing, and writer’s tents featuring Canadian writers. For families children will enjoy a series of storytelling and poetry reading in the Family Literary Tent.

Or, if you’re looking for tips and tricks in the industry, there are a series of professional development workshops for writers and publishers (free admission!) From finding freelance work to creating content for the web, and learning the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry, there’s a workshop for everyone. Just remember to bring a set of HB pencils and loose-leaf papers for the “hands-on” events.

And of course, there will be loads of exciting entertainment on the Mainstage from dragon dancing to a live rock n’ roll concert performed by Dead City Scandal. And did I forget to mention that all this is FREE? So if you have no plans for tomorrow, stop by a the Vancouver Public Library for this FREE and fun event! And as a bonus all this is taking place indoors so you don’t have to worry about being drenched in buckets of rain tomorrow (this is Vancouver after all).

To find out more or to take a peek at the schedule, visit Word Vancouver at wordvancouver.ca

Spotlight: Vancouver Book Fair 2013

In 4 months I devoted myself to write reviews for every book I read, until a light bulb idea came to me that I should start writing about upcoming book events in Vancouver. As important as it is for me to devote time to read extraordinary and not so extraordinary books, it’s just as important to explore fairs and festivals committed to bringing together a community of readers and writers in this great city.

In the heart of Vancouver is our annual Book Fair taking place at UBC Robson Square this weekend on September 28-29. In 2010 and 2012, the Vancouver Book Fair became a great success that organizers decided to make this an annual event. Exhibiting Western Canada’s finest booksellers, over 1000 Vancouverites come to discover the wide selection of Canadiana, children’s illustrated, first and rare editions, history, literature and the arts, travel and exploration, science and technology, and every other subject imaginable.

The Vancouver Book Fair is the only place to find antiquarian, collectible, and rare books in Western Canada.  And whether you’re a librarian, archivist, collector, scholar, or just love books and favor the curious, unusual, classical, and the visually attractive, then you’re bound to find something of your taste at the fair. All types of booklovers are welcome!

Tickets are $8 at the door, but if you register online at http://www.vancouverbookfair.com/fair-tickets.php you receive a $2 discount off admission.

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