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BookCampers head to Vancouver

After the success of BookCamp Toronto “ the daylong book-themed “unconference” that took place in Toronto last month “ the concept is being exported to Vancouver, where a group of BookCamp TO alumni and other book enthusiasts have put together BookCamp Vancouver. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 16, at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Other details for the day are still “nebulous,” says organizer Sean Cranbury, a Vancouver-based blogger and podcaster. The event’s website will go live in the coming weeks, where users can register for the free daylong event and propose session topics. Until then, interested parties can sign up at BookCamp Vancouver’s Facebook page.

The event’s other organizers are Monique Trottier, a blogger and co-founder of Boxcar Marketing; Nick Bouton, founder of the interactive fiction website Protagonize.com; John Maxwell, of the SFU publishing program; and BookNet Canada‘s Morgan Cowie.

Cranbury hopes to find a “common thread” with past BookCamp events, including one that took place in London, England, last January. Still, the event is sure to have its own West Coast spin. The tech scene in Vancouver is huge,” Cranbury says. And while the event’s ties to SFU’s masters of publishing program is sure to attract a number of people from within the publishing industry, Cranbury also views the gathering as an “an ideal opportunity to get new ideas from people who are a little ˜off the grid.’