Stephen Reid Reads At Discovery


Billed as his first reading in 16 years, Stephen Reid treated the crowd to a variety of writing including his fiction (his first novel Jackrabbit Parole)  and a poem.He also shared the stage with a number of students from his very popular Camsoun College classes.



Real Vancouver Writer Series

Finally posting my last images from the Vancouver/Olympic trip and these were taken when I first got there. I saw an ad for the Real Vancouver Writer Series a the W2 Culture + Media House on Hasting Street and thought I’d check it out. There were four evenings in the series and I was only able to stay for a short time at the second event in the series but had a chance to hear Charles Demers, Jenn Farrell and Chris Walter. I couldn’t stay to hear him read but had a nice chat with Kevin Chong who I hadn’t seen in several years. Oddly enough I then passed him on Broadway a week later while rushing to an appointment (it’s not that small of a city). Actually I also saw Chris Walter and his family walk by a week later as well while I doing a photo shoot with DOA in East Van, again it’s not that small of a city. Event was hosted by Sean Cranbury, bookman about town. I also noticed a man there with grey hair, someone aside from myself, who I had no idea who he was until I was looking at the Real Vancouuver Writers site checking for ID’s tonight and it turned out be Ian Weir who I haven’t seen since my first photography job a hundred years ago at the Kamloops Daily Sentinel. Wished I’d known that at the event. I must say it was great to see the place jammed with people out for a reading.


Sean Cranbury


Charles Demers


Jenn Farrell


Chris Walter


Chris Walter again, one tall dude


Jen Sookfong Lee being interviewed


Sidney Reading Series – Susan Musgrave & Mary Novik

Out to Sidney on a wet Friday night to take in one of the Sidney Reading Series events at the Red Brick Cafe on Beacon Avenue.  Writer MAC Farrant hosted the event with readings from Vancouver novelist Mary Novik and Susan Musgrave, best known as a poet but who is also a novelist, essayist and columnist. Musgrave, a long time resident of the greater Victoria area now spends much of  her time in Haida Gwaii.


Books for sale from both writers


MC and writer MAC Farrant


Mary Novik


Susan Musgrave

Festival Reading

Pacific Festival of the Book

Due to travel/work I missed the 3rd annual Pacific Festival of the Book that ran May 4-15. Well, I did manage to run  in to (for maybe 10 minutes) one panel discussion and here, finally, are a couple of photos from the event. I didn’t want the Festival to pass  without a mention even if it’s late because every festival/event is important.


Banner for festival along Quadra Street


A panel discussion on the writer and responsibility, moderated by Trevor Carolan (centre, in vest) and with (L-R) Walter Hildebrandt, Rhona McAdam, Janet Marie Rogers, Stephen Henighan and Gary Geddes


Stephen Henighan and Gary Geddes


Audience listens to Gary Geddes (L)

Anonymous Bookshelf Reading

Reading – Robert Bringhurst & Jan Zwicky

It was a full house as Wendy Morton and her Planet Earth Poetry series presented Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky at the Black Stilt Cafe.


Listening as Jan Zwicky reads


The Open Mike that opens every reading allows newer poets, such as UVIC student Stephanie Warner, a chance to practice their craft.


Robert Bringhurst reads


Jan Zwicky reads


Robert Bringhurst, Carla Funk, and Wendy Morton (bottom to top, at right) listen to Jan Zwicky read.

Book Reading

Ian Ferguson & Mark Leiren-Young – Reading

Touchwood Editions and Brindle and Glass Publishing hosted their latest At The Mike event at the Cornerstone Cafe in Victoria’s Fernwood district with featured writers Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young.  Ferguson read from How To Be A Canadian, the bestseller he co-wrote with brother Will Ferguson. Leiren-Young read from his debut book Never Shoot A Stampede Queen, a memoir of his time as a small town reporter.


Ian Ferguson and Mark Leiren-Young


Ferguson and Leiren-Young tag team


Ian shows off his Kaleidoscope Theatre t-shirt


Ian reads from How To Be A Canadian


Mark Leiren-Young reading from Never Shoot A Stampede Queen


Leiren-Young during the reading


Crowd at the Cornerstone Cafe.


Poetry Reading – Monty Reid & Dvora Levin

Host and poet Wendy Morton introduced poets Monty Reid from Ottawa and Dvora Levin at the weekly Planet Earth Poetry readings at the Black Stilt cafe in Victoria. An open mike reading preceded the two main readers.  A special guest who read during the open mike and then came back to read last was sidewalk artist and storyteller Ian Morris.


Host Wendy Morton


Ian Morris


Ian Morris


Ottawa poet Monty Reid


Monty Reid and audience at the Black Stilt Cafe


Dvora Levin reads with backing from duo Kouskous, Amber Woods and Gary Cohen


Dvora Levin


Books by Monty Reid and Dvora Levin


Craig Boyko, Samantha Warwick, Grant Buday, A.S. Penne – Reading

Four different writers, Craig Boyko, Samantha Warwick, Grant Buday and A. S. Penne, took their turn in front of the microphone at the Fernwood Cornerstone Cafe as part of a monthly reading series held at the cafe.

(L-R) Samantha Warwick, Craig Boyko, Grant Buday and A. S. Penne. Photo on wall by Ariel Rubin.

Grant Buday

A. S. Penne

Samantha Warwick

Craig Boyko

Ruth Linka, Brindle and Glass Publisher (L) and Amber Rider of the Cadboro Bay Book Company

Writer Terry Glavin (L) chats with Grant Buday. A.S. Penne in background.

Craig Boyko signs books following the reading.

Book Launch Reading

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry – Reading/Launch

Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poets published by Mother Tongue Publishing had a launch and reading at Victoria’s Bolen Books. The anthology edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch contains poems from 108 contributors from British Columbia.

Posters, books and postcards for the launch.

Publisher and editor Mona Fertig performed MC duties

Kyeren Regehr reads.

Donna Kane reads

Derk Wynand reads

Peter Morin reads

Crowd listens to Maleea Acker

Marilyn Bowering reads

Patricia Young reads

Carla Funk stands, waiting for her turn, she was the final reader of the evening

Audience members follow along in their copies of Rocksalt

Book Launch Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets – Zachariah Wells, Steven Price, Lyle Neff, Alan Wilson – Reading

Jailbreaks 99 Canadian Sonnets (published by Biblioasis) had it’s Victoria launch as part of the weekly Friday night reading series Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt Cafe. Regular host Wendy Morton was out of town so MC duties were handled by Yvonne Blomer. Jailbreaks editor Zach Wells was joined by contributors Lyle Neff, Steven Price and Alan Wilson. All four read their own poem in the book as well as a selection of other sonnets in the book.

Poet Yvonne Blomer handled the MC duties.

Zach Wells reads

The audience at the Black Stilt cafe listens to Zach Wells.

Lyle Neff reads.

Steven Price reads

Alan Wilson reads

Kaleb , being held by mom Rachel Lebowitz, keeps an eye on dad Zach Wells (foreground) and Steven Price

Zach Wells signs a book for writer Harold Hoefle. Hoefle is just back from launching his new novel The Mountain Clinic in Montreal