Tim Bowling announced as Judge for Griffin Poetry Prize 2015

The trustees of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry have announced Tim Bowling (Canada), Fanny Howe (USA) and Piotr Sommer (Poland) as the judges for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Tim Bowling is the author of twelve poetry collections, including Selected Poems (Nightwood Editions, 2013) and Circa Nineteen Hundred and Grief (Gaspareau Press, 2014) and of four novels and two works of non-fiction. His work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two nominations for the Governor General’s Award, two Writers’ Trust nominations and five Alberta Book Awards. Originally from Ladner, Bowling now resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Books shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize will be announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The winners will be named at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

For more information, please visit www.griffinpoetryprize.com.


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Matt Rader Launches New Book with BC Events!

Congratulations to Matt Rader, who is launching his debut short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, with Nightwood this October. Matt is celebrating with events in Victoria, the Comox Valley, and Vancouver this month. And you’re invited!

VICTORIA – Friday, October 17: 7pm reading at Bolen Books (#111-1644 Hillside Ave.). More info: (250) 595-4232.

COMOX VALLEY – Saturday, October 18: 7pm book launch at the Comox Valley Art Gallery (580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay). Hosted by the North Island College Write Here Reading Series. Books for sale by Laughing Oyster. More info: (250) 334-2511.

VANCOUVER – Sunday, October 19: 7pm Nightwood Editions fall book launch at the Grande Luxe Hall (303 East 8th Avenue). Also reading are local poets Alex Leslie, Elaine Woo and Kayla Czaga. Cash bar (beer only). More info: marketing@harbourpublishing.com.

In What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, Matt Rader, who grew up on Vancouver Island, draws on the Island’s long and turbulent history of labour activism. His stories alternate between historical explorations of events that occurred over a century ago—such as the Great Vancouver Coal Strike of 1912-14 and the shooting death of infamous union organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin—and present-day stories of people living in the same landscape, in the indeterminate echo of history.

Rader, with his unique voice and masterful command of tension, has created a gritty, ominous, irresistible collection in which the past hums against the present, and danger never feels far away. The final story in the book, “All This Was a Long Time Ago,” about a ferry ride across the Salish Sea with the ghost of James Joyce, was awarded the Jack Hodgins Founders Award from the Malahat Review.

Matt Rader is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for literature. He has also written three books of poems, including Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction and poetry have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Pushcart Prize, and have been published in journals and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Rader lives in Kelowna, BC, where he teaches in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

These events are made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Doretta Lau and Elaine Woo at the LiterASIAN Festival

LiterASIAN 2014: the Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing will take place in Vancouver, BC, from October 9 to 12, 2014. This festival is a community-building initiative put on by the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop and Ricepaper Magazine. This year, Nightwood authors Doretta Lau and Elaine Woo will both be featured authors at the festival.


They will be presenting in the following events:


Elaine Woo hosting a workshop entitled “How Do You Know When a Poem is Ready For Publication?” – 2:00pm to 4:00pm, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street). Tickets $20. Pre-registration required.

Doretta Lau reading at the “Book Launch & Readings @ Centre A” event – 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Centre A (229 E Georgia St.)


Doretta Lau hosting the workshop “Don’t Let Your Stories Languish! How to Submit to Literary Magazines” – 9:00am, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street). Tickets $20. Pre-registration required.

Elaine Woo and Doretta Lau reading at the “Book Launch in Richmond, BC” event – 11:00 – 4:00pm, Richmond Public Library Book Fair at Brighouse Branch Library (100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC)

Elaine Woo reading at the “Poetry Launch & Readings @ Centre A” event – 7:00 – 9:30pm, Centre A (229 East Georgia Street)


Elaine Woo and Doretta Lau signing books at the “Book Launch & Readings @ UBC Learning Exchange” event – 10:00am to 4:00pm, UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street)

Doretta Lau released her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, with Nightwood Editions this spring. The book has been shortlisted for the 2014 CIty of Vancouver Book Award and longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Lau is a journalist who covers arts and culture for Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, and LEAP. She completed an MFA in Writing at Columbia University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster. She splits her time between Vancouver and Hong Kong, where she is at work on a novel and a screenplay. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Elaine Woo is releasing her debut poetry collection with Nightwood Editions this fall, Cycling with the Dragon. Her poems champion the virtue of “smallness”—characters marginalized for their age or status struggle to overcome the limitations imposed upon them by society. Woo is a poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer based in North Vancouver, BC. Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology (recipient of a 2014 silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards), V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (finalist for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award), The Enpipe Line, Ricepaper, and more. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, Night-time Symphony, won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. She is also a 2014 recipient of World Poetry’s Empowered Poet award.

For more information on the LiterASIAN festival, or to register for workshops, visit literasian.ricepapermagazine.ca.

Christian McPherson Reads with Marguerite Pigeon & Rob Mclennan in Ottawa

A chance to meet Nightwood author Christian McPherson – author of the hilarious novel Cube Squared – is coming up in Ottawa on October 7.

Join Christian as he reads as a guest author at Marguerite Pigeon’s Ottawa launch for her first collection of stories, Some Extremely Boring Drives (NeWest). Also appearing is Ottawa author rob mclennan, who will read from his first book of short fiction, The Uncertainty Principle: stories (Chaudiere).

The event is on Tuesday, October 7th, at Pressed Urban Bar (750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa). Doors open at 7:30pm, readings begin at 8pm.