Archive for September, 2010

October 22: LAUNCH for Pamela Porter’s “Cathedral” in Victoria

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Planet Earth Poetry with Harbour Publishing and Ronsdale Press presents the launch of two new books by two of Victoria’s most renowned writers.

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.

Video: Norma Charles reads from The Girl in the Backseat

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Norma Charles took part in the Vancouver Sun’s Raise-a-Reader campaign. Here she is reading from her Red Cedar Award–nominated YA novel The Girl in the Backseat.

September 26: The Word on the Street

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This weekend, The Word on the Street takes place in cities across Canada.

We’ll have a booth at Word on the Street Vancouver, so please stop by and say hello (bring us a hot chocolate?) if you’re in Vancouver. So, the forecast isn’t great, but since when do we believe a weather forecast??

Two of our authors will be reading in Vancouver: Carol Anne Shaw (author of Hannah & the Spindle Whorl) will be at the Kids, Tweens & Teens tent at 1:20, and Garry Gottfriedson (author of poetry collections Whiskey Bullets and Skin Like Mine) will be reading at 11:20 and again at 2:20 in the Poetry Tent. They’ll also be stopping by the Ronsdale Press booth after their readings to sign some books and chat to readers.

At Word on the Street Halifax, Philip Roy (author of Submarine Outlaw, Journey to Atlantis and River Odyssey) will be reading from the just-released River Odyssey and (with luck!) showing readers his new homemade model helicopter! Join him at 12:30 in the Canada Book Fund Children & Young Adult Stage.

Did I mention that all of the events are FREE?

See you there!

An interview with Carol Anne Shaw

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Carol Anne Shaw was recently interviewed about how and why she wrote her new YA novel Hannah & the Spindle Whorl. Read the interview here.