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Check Out Word on the Street Vancouver

by monique t
Events + News / September 15, 2006

Vancouver's 12th Annual THE WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL is coming up Sunday, September 24.

You should come.

1) It's Canada's favourite annual book and magazine extravaganza.
2) There's something for everyone: books, mags, hockey, wine tours, hip hop, comics, authors ... really there's a lot.
3) It's free.
4) I'll be a there. At 12:15 I'm part of a panel discussion on Writing and the Web, presented by The Tyee.

Here the full event schedule.

12:15 Writing and the Web
How will the Internet affect the book? Will Amazon kill the local bookstore? Will book-scanning projects such as Project Gutenberg and Google Books change our definition of the library? Will the language of Internet communication and cross-platform novels change the nature of writing? Is our commons for civic dialogue being undermined by media fragmentation, or will the specialized interests served by both the Internet and books profit from a grand new synergy that benefits us all? The one thing we know for certain is that the enormous push and pull of the Internet creates an opportunity for lively, contentious discussion.

Tyee Books website editor Charles Campbell will moderate a panel featuring Steve Zio, author of Hot Springs: A iNovel (see p. 29); 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 TheTyeeBooks.ca.

What else do you need to know?

1) There are events for kids, teens, and adults.
2) There are events in French.
3) There are author readings, demonstrations, panels about writing and publishing, musical entertainment, and contests.
4) The WOTS marketplace has more than 150 exhibitors.
5) Free festival guides are available at any Vancouver Starbucks, Lower Mainland public library and at participating bookstores. Or see the event schedule online.
6) The festival is located downtown at the Vancouver Public Library on Sunday, September 24.

More on Iran and the book We Are Iran

by monique t
News / August 30, 2006

Poynteronline writes about We Are Iran by Nasrin Alavi.

Amy Gahran has posted on Poynteronline about the report published by Chatham House on the role of Iran in the Middle East. Chatham House is a leading UK think tank on international affairs. If you visit Poynteronline you'll see the links to download the report and the press release.

The post comments on the report's assessement that the US misapplied power in regards to Iran. The connection to We Are Iran is that Amy has recently started reading the book, which has offered her an insight into Iran and world affairs from the perspective of Iranian bloggers.

The book is blog postings translated from Farsi. Amy offers comments about the book and the power of blogging. It's a good article and an excellent connection between We Are Iran and current affairs.

Note: An excerpt of We Are Iran: The Persian Blogs by Nasrin Alavi is available on The Tyee.

International Festival of Authors Goes Blogging

by monique t
News / August 22, 2006

Toronto's International Festival of Authors has started a blog. It's brand new so please have a look.


Some of the great authors attending the IFOA this year are Patrick McCabe, Jon McGregor and Julie Burtinshaw. Watch for more details about their upcoming books and check out the IFOA website for details on their events: http://www.readings.org

Nobel Prize-Winning Author Admits to Serving in Hilter’s SS

by monique t
News / August 14, 2006

Gunter Grass, author of the The Tin Drum, Crabwalk, and many other works of fiction and nonfiction, announced in an interview Saturday that he served in Hitler's Waffen SS, the combat arm of the Nazis during the Second World War.

The confession has stirred up mixed feelings among historians, reviewers, fans and Grass' biographer. The CBC reports that Gunter "Grass has always been a critic of German society, pushing people to come to terms with their Nazi past. For decades, he has said that he was drafted in 1944 and held as a prisoner of war until 1946."

Although many condemn Grass for keeping the secret for 60 years, there are those like German-Jewish writer Ralph Giordano who've offered support, "What's worse than making a mistake is not coming to terms with it."

Günter Grass is one of Germany's most celebrated contemporary writers. Novelist, poet, playwright, essayist and graphic artist, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. A number of his books have been translated into English and are available in from Harcourt Trade Publishers. See books from Gunter Grass.

Fall Travel

by monique t
August 01, 2006

Don't get jetlagged ... here are some fast facts on travel.

Top Destinations for Outbound Travel from Canada
1. US
2. UK
3. Mexico
4. France
5. Cuba
6. Dominican Republic
7. Germany
8. Italy
9. Netherlands
10. Spain

Other Top Contenders
1. China
2. Hong Kong
3. Japan
4. Australia

Top US States Visited by Canadians
1. New York
2. Florida
3. Washington

Top Canadian Provinces Visited
1. Ontario
2. BC
3. Quebec

Top Canadian Cities Visited
1. Toronto
2. Vancouver
3. Montreal

(Source: Canadian Travel Commission, 2004)

Top Travel Books Coming This Fall
1. A Year of Adventures, "exciting adventures for each week of the year." (Travel Guide avail. August)
2. Empire of the Soul, "Paul William Roberts insightful account of journeys in India." (Travel Writing avail. September)
3. Home As Hotel (Travel Photography avail. September)
4. Costa Rican Spanish (Phrasebooks avail. now)
5. Micronations (Self-proclaimed nations avail. September)

Lonely Planet and Responsible Travel

by monique t
News + Travel / July 31, 2006

As family vacations are in full swing, road trips planned and taken, and fall travel upon us, I'd like to point out the Lonely Planet Responsible Travel section.

Lonely Planet Responsible Travel

Lonely Planet Responsible Travel is about encouraging travellers to think about things like carbon emisions before they travel.

Lonely Planet, for example, recently launched a carbon emissions scheme for offsetting staff and authors flights, and they've included a Climate Change blurb in all Lonely Planet guidebooks. Code Green is another example of Lonely Planet's commitment to responsible travel.

Here's the keyword term to learn for 2006: START (Sustainable Travel And Responsible Tourism), Lonely Planet's name for these activities.

Check out the Lonely Planet website to read more about START, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler's thoughts on responsible travel, as well as travel tips, the real cost of your next flight, what Lonely Planet is doing to reduce waste in the production and distribution of their books, and The Lonely Planet Foundation, through which Lonely Planet commits 5% of their annual profit to charity partners around the globe.


Drawn.ca Reviews Blackstock’s Collections

by monique t
Graphica + News / July 28, 2006

Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant is reviewed today on Drawn.ca, one of my favourite sites about illustration, art, cartooning and drawing.

Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant is a wonderful collection of Blackstock's drawings. He creates visual lists of everything from tropical fruits to German fighter planes. Browsing through the book reminded me of drawings I made in my childhood, ever fascinated with cataloguing and classifying the seemingly mudane. (quote from Drawn.ca)

Inkstuds: A Radio Show About Comic Books

by monique t
Graphica + News / July 27, 2006

Listen to Inkstuds today with host Robin McConnel.

Inkstuds is a radio show about comic books. They had a great line up for July, which featured Fred Grisolm and Jamie Deegaley, creators of Filth, Hole, Hatesong and more; Peter Bagge, creator of Hate, Apocalypse Nerd, neat stuff and more; a retrospective on Krazy Kat with special guest Jeet Heer; AND TODAY Gareth Gaudin, creator of Magic Teeth Comics--he's doing a comic everyday for the rest of his life.

Listen Thursday (today) at 2 pm PST on C.I.T.R. 101.9 FM

Visit http://www.citr.ca/

Or listen to the podcast version of the Inkstuds radio show available on


Scrapbook Using Magnetic Poetry

by monique t
News / July 26, 2006

Scrapbooks by Design is a very cool Canadian company. The Scrapbooks by Design store first opened in Toronto in 2003, and their website allows you to order online, but it also lets scrapbookers post examples of their scrapbook layouts. I think this is a fantastic idea.

The sample shown here is from the gallery and shows one half of a two-page layout. The little word tiles are from Magnetic Poetry (distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books).

You Are Invited to the World’s Longest Barbecue

by monique t
News / July 25, 2006

Flavours of Canada presents: The World's Longest Barbecue 2006 Edition
5514 kilometres, 6 time zones, 33 million guests

Saturday, August 5 @ 6 p.m.

This is a call to action…an open invitation to all Canadians everywhere on earth to head to their grills at 6 p.m. Saturday August 5, 2006 and create the largest food event in the nation's history.

Let's celebrate our land, its ingredients and each other.

To join the party log on to http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca
Register by telling us your story; your menu and some of the special ingredients that we can claim as our own.

Cool door prizes will be awarded for the most authentic Canadian BBQ menus.

Prizes include:
BBQ Best Cookbook Special and hard cover Everyday Favourites (Canadian Living Magazine).
10 copies of the new edition of Anita Stewart's book, Flavours of Canada: A Celebration of the Finest Regional Foods (Raincoast Books).
GRAND PRIZE is a Weber Genesis Silver C gas grill valued at $850. ( http://www.weber.com )

Log on, sign up and spread the word.

The time: 6 p.m. no matter what time zone you're in!

The date: Saturday, August 5

The location: Wherever you are ... on a beach or in a northern forest; in your backyard, beside the pool, aboard a fishing boat or on your balcony ... it makes no difference. Just wave the flag while you're cooking Canadian.

Party on!

For more information visit: http://www.flavoursofcanada.ca
Or contact Anita Stewart: http://www.anitastewart.ca

Anita Stewart is the author of Flavours of Canada (published by Raincoast Books.

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