On Friday, October 22 award-winning writer Patrick Lane will launch his newest collection of poetry, Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010 (Harbour, $16.95), with Governor General’s Award-winning Pamela Porter. Porter is also launching her latest volume of poetry, Cathedral (Ronsdale, $15.95). The celebration starts at 7:30 pm and is at the Black Stilt Coffee House (#103-1633 Hillside Avenue).
Pamela Porter is the author of the multiple award-winning children’s novel The Crazy Man, and two previous volumes of poetry: Stones Call Out, and The Intelligence of Animals.
In 1988, Porter travelled to Nicaragua and Guatemala to document the experiences of ordinary people caught in the Contra war and the government sponsored terror against Guatemalan teachers and aid workers. Later with two children, she and her husband worked in Angola and Ghana.
Pamela Porter’s Cathedral is a collection of poems that takes us on a journey — a very personal journey of Porter’s own — to Africa and South America, those corners of the world the news reports rarely seem to cover.
*$5 from each sale of Cathedral will be donated to the Osu Children’s Library Fund “Chairs for Children” Campaign. For 20 years, the Osu Children’s Library Fund, and its director, Kathy Knowles, have introduced African children to the joys of books and opened doors for a brighter future. The chairs will help furnish a new library now under construction in Medina, near Accra, Ghana.*
Patrick Lane, considered by most writers and critics to be one of Canada’s finest poets, was born in 1939 in Nelson, BC. He grew up in the Okanagan region of the BC interior, primarily in Vernon. He came to Vancouver and co-founded a small press, Very Stone House with bill bissett and Seymour Mayne.
Lane then drifted extensively throughout North and South America. He has worked at a variety of jobs from labourer to industrial accountant, but much of his life has been spent as a poet, having produced twenty-four books of poetry to date. He is also the father of five children and grandfather of five.
Lane has won nearly every literary prize in Canada, from the Governor General’s Award to the Canadian Authors Association Award to the Dorothy Livesay Prize. His poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and have been translated into many languages. Lane now makes his home in Victoria, BC, with his companion, the poet Lorna Crozier.
The cost is $3 at the door. Please call The Black Stilt Coffee House, (250) 370-2077, for more information.