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V6A Launch Waldorf Hotel April 12, 7pm

v6a-posterCome on down to the Waldorf on Thursday evening and hear some amazing writers who are published in a new anthology V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by editors Elee Kraljii Gardiner and John Mikhail Asfour. Partial proceeds of this book go to the Thursdays Collective–a writing group that meets at Carnegie Centre in the Downtown Eastside. I’ll be reading from my contribution to the book and I’m honoured to be a part of this anthology.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Waldorf Hotel
1489 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC  V5L 1S4Event runs from 7-9 pm
Admission is Free.

Word on the Street Vancouver, Sept 25

4-5pm at Word Talks, Alma Van Dusen room: I’m honoured and excited to be a part of a panel called, “You Gotta Know Where you Come From, to Know Where You’re Going” with Charlie Demers, Timothy Taylor, and Meredith Quartermain. This event is hosted by CBC radio’s Grant Lawrence. Come hear us talk about our Vancouver-love.

Word on the Street Vancouver

Happy Mum’s

Loved the day at Historic Joy Kogawa House, thank you to Ann-Marie Metten and the lovely volunteers who make this magic happen for us.

Here is my story for my mom, who was in attendance:

“Not Auntie Carol”

When I was five years old I thought Auntie Carol was the best pseudo mom. Auntie Carol and Uncle Harrry took me to the Organ Grinder, a fancypants restaurant downtown that had music, puzzles and candy canes for the kids not even over Christmas, and of course, a man dressed in vaudeville stripes and bowtie playing a huge organ grinder. Auntie Carol took me to Ice Capades, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and even put me in a big Bedknobs and Broomsticks beds, and twisted the bedknob, told me to close my eyes and dream of flying to different lands. In Auntie Carol’s basement there were all the Nancy Drew books ever written, and she let me read them every weekend I slept over, and even take a few home. Auntie Carol gave me the Disneyland poster I had right down beside my bed. Every night I would pick somewhere different to go, trace my finger over Animal Kingdom, Frontierland, Bear Country. But Tomorrowland was the best. I could see the dips and exhilarating turns of Space Mountain, that big eyeball following my every move as I went under a microscope, and the kids, dreaming of being one of the kids who performed in futuristic costumes on the Tomorrowland stage. Auntie Carol promised we would go. And then I was 6 going on 7 and then I was 7 going on 8 and she still promised. But Auntie Carol drank. Not a lot, not like Uncle Harry. But certainly not like my parents, or mum. Which was never.

Continue reading ‘Happy Mum’s’

The Waldorf tonight: April 26: FIVE: OCW magazine

Join us tonight for FIVE: OCW Magazine’s 5th Birthday Party.

I am thrilled to be part of this Pecha Kucha type event to celebrate one cool word magazine’s fifth birthday. Come on down to the Cabaret room at The Waldorf.


2011 DTES Writers’ Jamboree on April 29

I am pleased to be part of the Downtown Eastside Writers’ Jamboree at the Carnegie Centre in Vancouver on Friday, April 29, 2011.

DTES Writers' Jamboree 2011Presented by the SFU Writer’s Studio, the Vancouver Public Library Foundation, and the Carnegie Community Centre, the DTES Writers’ Jamboree is a free event from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Jamboree will feature mini-manuscript consultations, round table discussions, professional skills workshops and will be followed by guest author readings.

I am so excited to be part of the round table discussion on “How to Be Heard” with Mercedes Eng, Cecily Nicholson and Jordon Scott from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

For a full schedule of events, check out the Jamboree webpage.

Mother’s Day Tea Party at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Whether you call her mom, mum, mother, grandma, mother-in-law or her first name, join us with your mother-figure for tea and readings at our Mother’s Day Tea Party at Historic Joy Kogawa House on Saturday, May 7th, 2:30–4pm

Mother’s Day is a great time to celebrate your Mum. It’s also a great time to look back and think about all the women who have touched your life, almost like “other mothers.”

Readings by Mette Bach, Shana Myara, Maddy Van Beek, Lorrie Miller, Cathleen With, and Fiona Tinwei Lam celebrate women supporting women.

To reserve a space for you and your mum or other mother, email Suggested Donation: $10 (includes tea and goodies)

Weather Permitting, we will be having a garden party. The back garden is wheelchair accessible by the back lane. But Joy Kogawa House is not (yet!) accessible. We are working on it. If we need to have the event inside, there are 4 stairs up to the house. We apologize for your inconvenience.

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FIVE: OCW at The Waldorf Hotel April 26

The WaldorfI am excited to be part of a Pecha Kucha type event celebrating awesome OCW magazine’s 5th Anniversary.

Join us April 26 at East Van’s Waldorf Hotel from 7-11pm! Tickets are $10 and include a 1-year subscription to OCW Magazine.


NorthWords Writers Festival

I am so excited to be a part of this Arctic event!

NorthWords 2010
June 3 – 6, 2010
Yellowknife, NWT

Over the years, there has been an increase in northern writers and stories: people who live and work here, and increasingly, Aboriginal writers who are now telling their stories. It is particularly important to encourage Northern stories to be told, as the move from an oral storytelling tradition to print form allows these stories to be heard across the North, as well as far away. NorthWords Writers Festival aims to engage residents of Yellowknife and the NWT in Canada’s rich and diverse literary culture with a particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Northern writers and stories.

ON TOUR: BC Book Prizes Northern Leg

I am so excited to be asked to go on the Northern Leg of the BC Book Prizes On Tour! From April 11-18, 2010, we’ll be visiting the communities of Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Prince George, Quesnel, Smithers and Hazelton.

Follow our On Tour Blog for stories and photos:

Join me at the Vancouver International Writers Festival 2009

Vancouver International Writers Festival 2009

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers’ Festival
Saturday, October 24, 2009
True North
Robert Arthur Alexie | Cathleen With | Host: Joseph Boyden
2 – 3:30 pm | PTC Studio

In the 1990s, Robert Arthur Alexie was Chief of the Teetl’it Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories. Cathleen With served as a teacher in Inuvik. Those memories and, in the case of Alexie, personal heritage serve as catalysts for two compelling novels that paint dark and realistic portraits of damaged people in Canada’s North. With admits “that this was sometimes difficult to write…and there are people trying their damndest to change the cycle of abuse and addiction.” Tough, realistic but with a glimmer of redemption, these are novels—and novelists—to whom we should pay attention. Celebrated Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden brings his understanding and passion for the native experience in Canada to this discussion.

UPDATE: Click here to read more about the event.