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Nick Bantock to launch newest book Windflower

by Danielle
Events + Fiction / October 05, 2006

Nick Bantock will be launching his new book Windflower, Thursday October 12th, at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island.
The launch, which is open to the public and free in admission, will include a book signing and speech by Nick Bantock.
Books will be for sale.

Nick Bantock at the Arts Club Theatre

by Danielle
Events + Fiction + News / October 05, 2006

Nick Bantock's premier of the Griffin & Sabine play open tonight at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island.
Arts Club Theatre

So Many Ways to Begin Hits the Bestseller List

by monique t
Fiction + News / October 04, 2006

Jon McGregor's second novel So Many Ways to Begin is now in its second week on the Calgary Herald bestseller list. It debuted at #5 last Sunday and is still in the top 10.

Jon McGregor will be in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in October.

Vancouver and Toronto are Writers Festival events.

Montreal is a brunch at Paragraphe on Sunday, Oct 29 at 10 am. For information call: 514.845.5811

Katy Hutchison, author of Walking After Midnight

by monique t
Biography & Memoir + Events + News / October 04, 2006

Katy Hutchison, author of Walking After Midnight: One Woman's Journey through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness, is making her way across Canada on her book tour.

Katy was in Toronto in late September, in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this week, and she's in BC all this week.

Watch for Katy today on radio (CKNW The Bill Good Show and CBC: On the Coast) and tv (CBC: Canada NOW). She'll also be on Breakfast TV tomorrow and OMNI Media.

Katy's story is a very public one. In 1997 her husband Bob McIntosh was killed trying to break up a teenagers' house party. The tragedy was widely publicized. Walking After Midnight, however, is not just the story of tragedy, it's Katy's story of how she triumphed, challenged society's expectations around grief and loss, and actually reached out to Bob's killer, Ryan Aldridge. Ryan now participates with Katy in her speaking engagements to teens and other groups about social responsibility, restorative justice and the power of forgiveness.

Uncle John’s on MySpace

by monique t
News / September 27, 2006

Fred Astaire's feet were insured for $650,000.

Egg whites will turn pink when left overnight in a copper bowl.

Uncle John's, the source for all great trivia and bathroom reading, is now hanging out on MySpace.

Here's the link.

And if you're really a keen fan of the Uncle John's Bathroom Readers series you might be interested in this offer.

The first 50 friends get a free copy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Treasury.

Visit the page and "add to friends," then send Uncle John's a quick message to the myspace email with your name and address.

The first 50 friends receive a free copy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Treasury, but all friends can:

- Get up-to-date bulletins and emails
- Meet other Bathroom Reader fans
- Show some love on the comment board

Word on the Street Vancouver

by monique t
Events + News / September 27, 2006

Word on the Street is an annual Book and Magazine Fair held on the last Sunday in September in Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax. If you missed the event or want to reminisce, have a look at the photos below. Or post the links to your WOTS photos in the comments, check out Flickr, or do whatever you like to do to share your photos.

Library Square Vancouver
Library Square, Vancouver

Main Stage

The crowd in front of the main stage.

Strong Man

The Word on the Street strong man.

Several Raincoast authors were also in attendance or speaking.

Picking Up the Pieces by Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo

Sherri Magee spoke in the Authors Tent about her book with Kathy Scalzo, Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Surviving Cancer.

Most cancer survivors emerge from treatment disoriented and scarred, with side effects that include emotional and financial instability, changed relationships and spiritual questions. Picking Up the Pieces is a great resource for survivors and their friends and family. Listen to a podcast.

Authors Nathan Sellyn and Adam Lewis Schroeder

Author Nathan Sellyn (Indigenous Beasts: A short story collection) and author Adam Lewis Schroeder (Empress of Asia: A novel) both read in the Canada Writes tent.

Nathan's short story collection was published earlier this year and a podcast is available. Adam's novel Empress of Asia is hot of the presses and he will be touring and reading in upcoming months.

Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder

Dede Crane was also reading in the Canada Writes tent. She is the author of an adult novel Sympathy and a novel for teens The 25 Pains of Kennedy Baines.

Author Dede Crane

Dede Crane's novels

Greenpeace Documentary This Saturday

by monique t
News / September 22, 2006

The World Television Premiere of "Greenpeace: Making a Stand" is on Global Television, Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m. 

The documentary by Leigh Badgley and Vancouver's Omni Films is based on Rex Weyler's book Greenpeace: The Inside Story (Raincoast 2004).

The documentary follows Rex and Greenpeace's recent expedition in Argentina to preserve 18,000 hectares of forest for the Wichi Indians.

The film includes Greenpeace historical footage and a tribute to friend and colleague Bob Hunter.

Rex Weyler sailed on the first Greenpeace whale campaign in 1975. His documentary footage, as a photographer on several Greenpeace campaigns, is extraordinary. To the left is one of Rex's photos of cameraman Fred Easton on the first day they encountered whalers, June 27, 1975 (photo copyright Rex Weyler).

On that day Greenpeace confronted Russian whalers off the coast of California in John Cormack's fishing boat. They had been on a bit of a goose chase across thousands of square miles of ocean, unsure of whether they'd even encounter the whalers, and suddenly here they were.

Cameraman Fred Easton was down to eight 100-foot rolls of film. About 20 minutes worth. They got in Zodiacs and took photos and film that was then seen around the world. The images of huge factory ships, harpoons and dead whales, drove monumental change in terms of the protection of certain whales and the practices for hunting them.

To read an account of that day and an excerpt from the book, visit The Tyee.

Greenpeace by Rex Weyler.

For more about Rex and to see more great photos visit his website.

And if you're inspired to change your world, check out a new site ChangeEverything.ca.

Start small but think big.

The Pope Debate

by monique t
News / September 21, 2006

On Tuesday, CBC's The Current opened with:

Pope Benedict the 16th issued a personal apology to Muslims for a speech implying Islam was prone to violence.

Currently, in response to the accusations of violence, Islamic extremists fire bombed six churches and a nun was shot dead.

Okay--so that settles that debate.

This is The Current.

Satire subsided to a discussion of the Arar Report and reaction to its findings, but part two returned to the Pope:

- An analysis of his controversial comments about Muslim teachings;
- and a debate about the direction the pope seems to be taking the Catholic church.

One of the interviewees was Joanna Manning, a former nun and the author of several books including her latest The Magdalene Moment: A Vision for a New Christianity (published by Raincoast).

Listen to CBC Part 2 of The Current.

Joanna also responded to the Pope's comments on Canadian politics in a recent Toronto Star article, "Pope should stay out of Canadian politics" (Sep. 15, 2006). Her article is in response to Pope Benedict XVI's instruction to the bishops of Ontario to pressure Catholic politicians to vote against gay marriage.

In fact, it has been secular governments worldwide, often in the teeth of virulent opposition from Catholic and other Christian churches, that historically have upheld the equal rights of women, visible minorities and gays and lesbians.
It was only a few years ago that the Catholic bishops of Quebec apologized for their attempts to force Catholic politicians to oppose women's suffrage in the last century.

The debate goes on.

Joanna Manning will be at Word on the Street this Sunday in Toronto.

Word on the Street Festival This Sunday

by monique t
Events + News / September 20, 2006

THE WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL is coming up this Sunday, September 24.

Celebrate the joy of reading at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Fair.
Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax
Check out the website for details in your city.

If you're in Vancouver, there are a couple of highlights below:

Canucks Legends: Vancouver Hockey Heroes chronicles the team's first four decades through 75 player profiles and more than 300 photos. This book (retailing for $50) won't hit bookstores until November, and we're offering a one-time opportunity to get one of only 25 special advance copies, featuring a bookplate signed by Trevor Linden! These books will be sold by donation with all proceeds going to the Canucks Family Education Centre. What's more, Raincoast Books has pledged to match all donations.

WRITING TALKS presented by TheTyee Books.ca
Meet me at the festival: At 12:15 I'm part of a panel discussion on Writing and the Web, Tyee Books website editor Charles Campbell will moderate a panel featuring Steve Zio, author of Hot Springs: A iNovel; SFU Master of Publishing Progam's technology specialist John Maxwell; Raincoast Books' Internet marketing manager Monique Trottier; and Crawford Kilian, Capilano College teacher, blogger and author of Writing for the Web. Presented by The Tyee.

THE WORD UNDER THE STREET presented by Mint Records
Enter the annual Comics Contest, meet Nardwuar the Human Serviette, take an art class with Robin Thompson and a hear a session with the widely acclaimed comics-journalist Joe Sacco (distributed by Raincoast). And of course, peruse dozens of great local comix on display for sale.

For more event highlights visit The Word on the Street website.

One Day Only
11am to 6pm
Sunday September 24, 2006 at Library Square Vancouver
As well as locations in Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax

Admission: FREE!

2006 Writers Festivals

by monique t
Events + News / September 18, 2006

There are so many fantastic authors coming to the Canadian writers festivals this year that it's hard to keep track. Here's a list of Raincoast authors and the events they're attending. (Sorted by location and date.)


Wordfest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival
October 10-15, 2006
Chester Brown
Monique Trottier


Word On The Street Vancouver
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Dede Crane
Nathan Sellyn
Sherri Magee and Kathy Scalzo
Adam Lewis Schroeder
Monique Trottier

Vancouver International Writers Festival
October 17-22, 2006
Chester Brown
Dede Crane
Patrick McCabe
Jon McGregor
Nathan Sellyn


Thin Air: Winnipeg International Writers Festival
September 17 - 24, 2006
Gregory Scofield


Toronto, Ontario

Word On The Street Toronto
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Katy Hutchison
Joanna Manning

Harbourfront Readings, Toronto (outside of the International Festival of Authors)
Adam Lewis Schroeder (September 2006)

International Festival of Authors, Toronto
October 18-28, 2006
Julie Burtinshaw
Phillipe Dupuy and Charles Berberian
Jaime Hernandez
Patrick McCabe
Tom McCarthy
Jon McGregor
Ralph Steadman

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa International Writers Festival
October 1-7, 2006
Sunday, October 1 @ 4:00 pm
The NEW Science: Super Pills: The Prescription Drugs We Love to Take with Steven Manners

Ottawa International Writers Festival (outside of the Festival)
October 26th
Patrick McCabe

Durham, Ontario

Words Aloud 3: Spoken Word and Storytelling Festival, Durham, Ontario
November 2006
Gregory Scofield

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