It’s almost time again for BC Book and Magazine Week (BCBMW), the province’s week-long celebration of all things literary. Founded in 1999, the festival takes place at multiple locations across B.C., from Victoria to Vancouver to Kelowna. BC Book & Magazine Week runs from April 18 to 25. Most events are free. A sampling:
BOOK LAUNCH: FIST OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: TALES OF FEAR AND QUEER DESIRE
Arsenal Pulp Press and Xtra! West present the launch of the highly anticipated queer woman’s horror erotica anthology, Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Queer Fear and Desire, edited by Amber Dawn. Readings and books signings by Vancouver contributors Mette Bach, Kestrel Barns, Larissa Lai, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Amanda Lamarche and Amber Dawn.
MAGAZINE CABARETS IN VICTORIA, VANCOUVER, KELOWNA, AND PRINCE GEORGE
In Victoria, BCAMP [BC Association of Magazine Publishers] and The Malahat Review present a literary cabaret featuring M.A.C. Farrant, Michael Kenyon, Arleen Paré, Madeline Sonik, and Yasuko Thanh, who will read from their work recently published in B.C. magazines. In Vancouver, BCAMP and subTerrain magazine present a literary cabaret featuring Timothy Taylor, Paul Carlucci, Emily Kendy, penny k-kilthau, Alex Leslie, and Diane Tucker. In Kelowna, BCAMP and off-centre magazine present a literary cabaret featuring Adam Lewis Schroeder, Heidi Garnett, Ryan May, and Shelley Wood. And, in Prince George, BCAMP presents a literary cabaret featuring Rob Budde, Dee Horne, Sarah de Leeuw, Betsy Trumpeter, and Gillian Wigmore.
BOOK LAUNCH: THE VERSE MAP OF VANCOUVER, EDITED BY VANCOUVER’S INAUGURAL POET LAUREATE GEORGE McWHIRTER, PHOTOGRAPHS BY DEREK VON ESSEN
Join Anvil Press for the launch of The Verse Map of Vancouver, a full-colour publication “ Vancouver’s neighbourhoods in verse by a myriad of local poets accompanied by Derek von Essen’s stunning photography.
More information can be found at the festival’s website.