VBC ‘Views — Something for Everyone this week on the literary scene


ReVIEWS, preVIEWS, interVIEWS, and overVIEWS: here’s where you’ll find out what the Vancouver Book Club team thinks about the literary scene in Vancouver. What you should read, where you should go, who you should sit up and notice.
It’s literary overload as this week brings you the Shoot it! book launch, W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, Mashed Poetics, and our own VBC Live with Charlotte Gill.


Sunday January 22 – Book Launch: David Spaner’s Shoot it!

Former Vancouver Province film critic David Spaner, has just released his second book, Shoot It!: Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film and Arsenal Pulp Press is holding a book launch at People’s Co-op Bookstore. The location of the launch is fitting as the first half of Spaner’s book looks at the history of the the Hollywood movie studio system including the clashes, often physical and violent, between studios and union members.

The second half of the book is a look at the history of independent film scenes in seven different countries (including Canada, of course).

David Spaner will give a brief talk about his new book and take questions; book signing and refreshments to follow!

When: Sunday Jan. 22 • 2 – 5 pm
Where: People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr., Vancouver


Tuesday January 24 – W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series


Sean Cranbury & Co. are at it again, this time celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series with a stellar line-up of established and up-and-coming writers.
Angie Abdou
Zsuzsi Gartner
David Lester
Arley McNeney
Garry Thomas Morse
Jen Neale
Ayelet Tsabari
Books for sale by author. All proceeds go to the writers.
Cash bar. Music. Live streaming. Conviviality. Jokes.
Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia
If the last big literary event held at the W2 Performance Space (Giller Light Vancouver) was any indication, this is sure to be a great evening. And on a Tuesday!

When: Tuesday January 24, 7 – 10 pm
Where: W2 Media Café, 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver (enter through the Woodwards Atrium)
Cost: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is 100% volunteer-driven. All proceeds go toward supporting future W2 programming and the writers who participate.


Friday January 27 – Mashed Poetics: Gordon

Mashed Poetics is back! An evening of music and poetry as selected writers read the results of the musical influence of a particular song. This time ’round sees The Barenaked Ladies’ album Gordon acting as muse.

BNL cover band ENID will be playing all of the songs on the album GORDON, interspersed with very cool poems by 15 different and talented writers.

Poets and their songs include…

1. “Hello City” -Matt Hogan
2. “Enid” -Laurie Bricker-Cherry
3. “Grade 9” -Roger Blenman
4. “Brian Wilson” -Chris Gilpin
5. “Be My Yoko Ono” -Diane Tucker
6. “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” -Magpie Ulysses
7. “What a Good Boy” -Chris Masson
8. “The King of Bedside Manor” -RC Weslowski


9. “Box Set” -Duncan Shields
10. “I Love You” -Wilhelmina Salmi
11. “New Kid (On the Block)” -Sean McGarragle
12. “Blame It on Me” -Johnny Scoop
13. “The Flag” -Alberto Cristoffanini
14. “If I Had $1000000” -Sonja Littlejohn
15. “Crazy” -Laurel Albina

When: Friday January 27,  8 – 11 pm
Where: The Kozmik Zoo, 53 W. Broadway
Cost: $10 at the door.
Doors at 8:00 Show at 8:30


Saturday January 28 – VBC Live: An Intimate Chat with Charlotte Gill

Come join us, Vancouver is Awesome’s very own Vancouver Book Club, for an afternoon with Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe. We (that is, us and you) will be chatting with Charlotte about the book and her experiences.

This book has been getting a lot of buzz over the past few months and was recently shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Read our review of Eating Dirt and visit the Event page.

When: Saturday February 28, 2-4 pm (doors at 1:30 pm)
Where: Project Space, 222 E. Georgia St., Vancouver

There will be books and refreshments for sale.