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.

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