People’s coop books

Just days after Duthies Books announced its closure, this after 53 years in the business of selling books, there is a chance to save another independent bookstore.

People’s Coop books is my local bookstore. They handsold Delible, as they do a lot of other books by Vancouver-based authors. Every time I drop in, I always find some interesting political or literary boardbook for my babe.

Come to the Wise Hall Friday night, 7:30, and $10 will get you entrance to a marathon line-up. Charlie Demers is hosting. The writers on the bill include George Bowering, David Chariandy, Kevin Chong, Rex Weyler and me, as well as playwrights Marcus Youssef and Camyar Chai. You’ll see performances by comedians Morgan Brayton, Katie-Ellen Humphries, and Alicia Tobin, DJing by Dreamscene and music by Chelsea Johnson, The Carnival Band and Team YPE.

I just can’t see the drive without People’s Coop Books.

Charles Demers’ double book launch

The latest Wayside Edition / Insomniac Press title is about to be launched. Charles Demers impressive debut, the Prescription Errors, is out now (locally, you can pick it up at People’s Coop, though of course amazon and others have it too). For a peek at the novel, look here or pick up the latest issue of Matrix (he’s featured in the Vancouver Dossier). For a glimpse of Demers’ thinking, you can read THIS interview, or tune into Coop Radio’s Arts Rational (102.7) on Thursday November 12th sometime between 9 & 10 to hear him interviewed.

errorsHere is the advanced praise:

“Charles Demers writes wittily, unguardedly, and often downright scandalously, until he arrives, in The Prescription Errors, with a novel that is as much about an individual’s uneasy condition as it is about a society’s deeper illness. Read this book if you’re prepared for fiction’s equivalent to a raucous stand-up performance, if you’re prepared for a merciless send-up of social pieties, and most of all, if you’re prepared to confront and enjoy the strangest of symptoms.”— David Chariandy

The Prescription Errors is a thoughtful, hilarious and deeply engaged novel. Charles Demers’ many obsessions make for compulsive reading.” — John K. Samson

“An impressive debut in fiction.” — George Fetherling

“With this book, Charles Demers has written a complicated love letter to Vancouver. The Prescription Errors is as filled with debilitating insecurities, troubled relationship histories and affirmation of the power of community as the city itself. I read it on a trip and it made me homesick for the city I so love/hate.”— Morgan Brayton

specialDemers will also be launching a book of non-fiction, Vancouver Special (Arsenal), which is highly anticipated. Oh, and there’ll be refreshments, short readings from each book and, of course, books for sale!

Cafe Rhizome,
317 East Broadway (just east of Kingsway),
Thursday November 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Prison Justice Fundraiser: The Word is Out

Friday, August 7, 2009
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Rhizome Café
317 East Broadway @ Kingsway
Sliding scale $10-15.
Proceeds will support The Word is Out, a women in prison news service.



READINGS by Lora McElhinney & Anne Stone.

In the 1990s, at the height of the prison-building boom, a prison opened in rural America every 15 days. Prison Town, USA tells the story of Susanville, California, one small town that tries to resuscitate its economy by building a prison — with unanticipated consequences. Weaving the stories of a laid-off mill worker turned guard, a struggling dairy owner and an inmate’s family stranded in Susanville, the film sheds light on an industry that is transforming the social and economic landscape of rural America.

Writer’s Studio Reading

Emerge 2008: the Sneak Preview Wednesday Sept. 17th

Discover why The Writer’s Studio at SFU consistently produces some of Canada’s most promising new writers when you hear the diverse voices from the Class of 2008 perform original works from the soon-to-be-launched Emerge, an anthology of new writing by participants from The Writer’s Studio.

Special Guest Reader: Anne Stone, Fiction Mentor for 2009.

When: Wednesday Sept. 17, 2008.
Time: Doors open 7:00 p.m. Reading starts at 7:30 p.m.
Where : Chivana Restaurant Bar Lounge 2340 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (at West 4th Avenue and Vine St, 2nd floor, above the New Apple produce store)

Come early so you can have a drink, mingle and chill.

Events Archive

January 2008:
Play Chthonics at UBC with David Chariandy.

October 2007:
Launches of West Coast Line in Vancouver & Edmonton.

June 2007:
Toronto signing at Book Expo.

May 2007:
Vancouver launch of Delible at Spartacus Books.

April 2007:
Blue Metropolis. Montreal launch of Delible.

March 2007:
Open Text Reading Series. At Capilano College. Reading from Delible followed by Q&A.

May 2006:
Urban Citizenship: Literary Incursions. With Oana Avasilichioaei, Wayde Compton, Meredith Quartermain; hosted by David Chariandy, Jeff Derksen. This reading explored the question of citizenship in urban spaces. Institute for the Humanities at SFU.

April 2006:
On Representations of the Missing. In this talk and reading accompanied by computer-projected images, I discussed the ways in which age simulations on missing posters, crime scene photographs, and the weather-worn photos of impromptu memorials, offered up possibilities for narrative form in my latest work. Chroma Reading Series. Chroma Books

March 2005:
On Narrative. With Bill Bissett and James Marshall. On this panel, I discussed “Objective Hazard,” an essay concerned with age simulations and representations of class. Raw Exchange Reading Series. Vancouver Public Library.

January 2005:
On Experimental Narrative. With Jeff Derksen, Daphne Marlatt, Gail Scott; moderated by Clint Burnham. This panel discussion, held at Capilano College, launched Biting the Error. The panel was followed by a reading at the Railway club with music by Dark Blue World.