Incite: Vancouver Writers Fest’s free reading series

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with Vancouver Public Library presents: Incite.

Mind-altering, metamorphic, twice-monthly. Free readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see the world.

A novel, a poetry collection and a memoir about activism and protest. Featuring Sunil Yapa (Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist), Sarah de Leeuw (Skeena) and Sonja Larsen (Red Star Tattoo).

Doors open at 7pm / Event begins at 7:30
Seating is first come, first served
FREE! To let VWF know you’re coming on February 3rd, click ‘going’ on Facebook or fill out this form


  • February 17: Jenna Butler, Stephen Le, Susan Musgrave
  • March 2: Jess Taylor, Kevin Hardcastle, Kris Bertin
  • March 16: Yann Martel, Claudia Casper
  • March 30: Alexandra Oliver
  • April 13: Marq de Villiers, Andrew Nikiforuk, Micah White
  • April 27: Anne Giardini, Nicholas Giardini, Elizabeth McLean, Laura Trunkey
  • May 4: Carmen Aguirre, Bif Naked, Betsy Warland
  • May 18: Yasuko Thanh, Alissa York, Guy Gavriel Kay

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press (CSPI) Internship

Research and Marketing Intern Position

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press (CSPI) is seeking a Research and Marketing intern. Working from our downtown Vancouver office, this individual will receive a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of higher educational publishing from CSPI’s satellite office.


  • Conducting extensive market research to identify new sales opportunities
  • Completing direct marketing campaigns for new and backlist titles
  • Updating CSPI’s customer relationship management database
  • Updating CSPI’s social media accounts
  • Mailing books and catalogues
  • Writing copy for marketing materials
  • Attending occasional book launches/ conferences
  • Conducting various administrative tasks for the Vancouver and Toronto offices

Note: intern will be required to supply own laptop

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who thrives on taking initiative. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be comfortable managing work flow on a number of projects. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Publishing program or have graduated within the last 12 months.

This is a full-time*, three-month internship, beginning in late February with an honorarium of $50 per day.

*To accommodate students, requests for adjusted work schedules will be considered

Please submit your cover letter and resume, in one PDF document, to Kerrie Waddington at kerrie.waddington@cspi.org by February 11, 2016.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interscript UCL Journal of Publishing Call for Papers

Call for Papers 

Interscript | UCL Journal of Publishing is an open access academic journal on publishing. It provides a platform that fosters international debate on the constantly evolving nature of the publishing industry. The journal is managed by postgraduate students in the UCL Centre for Publishing and hosted by UCL Press.

Interscript departs from traditional issue-based journal publication, and instead publishes its content on a continuous rolling basis. Whilst an English language journal, Interscript aims to promote international discussion on both the present and future of the global publishing industry.

Interscript welcomes submissions from academics, researchers, and professionals. Non-traditional academic contributions are encouraged, and outstanding contributions from postgraduate students may also be considered. The guiding focus of the journal covers three main areas: digital publishing, emerging business models, and scholarly communication. Potential topics include, amongst others:

  • Digitisation
  • Open Access
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Semantic technologies
  • Social media and publishing
  • Metadata
  • Libraries and publishing
  • Publishing sectors
  • University presses
  • The future of the book
  • Multimedia-enhanced literature
  • Copyright & rights
  • Self-publishing Logistics
  • Readership (consumption and discoverability)

Interscript has opted for a post-publication peer review process, in order to better foster open debate in a moderated comments section available on the platform.

Interscript welcomes submissions to interscriptucl@gmail.com. First round of submissions must be made by 01 March 2016.


FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2016

SFU’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology presents its sixth annual Undergraduate Conference on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Surrey City Hall.

Students share their essays, performances, films, art pieces, and projects with fellow FCAT students, faculty and staff, while celebrating the diversity of FCAT programs.

The theme of the 2016 conference is ‘craft‘. Although the concept of craft may mean different things to communication, contemporary art, interactive art, and technology, for each discipline it carries an association with passion.

RSVP to attend and share your passion and ideas in communication, contemporary arts, interactive arts, and publishing in an interdisciplinary conversation exploring ideas of ‘craft’ at the 2016 FCAT Undergraduate Conference.

Call for Workshop Proposals: LitFest NewWest 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster is seeking proposals for exciting interactive workshops for LitFest NewWest 2016, an annual literary arts festival presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, Royal City Literary Arts Society, New Westminster Public Library and Douglas College. Workshops will be selected by a jury comprised of members from the Royal City Literary Arts Society and The Arts Council of New Westminster.

Deadline for proposals: February 15, 2016 

Proposals should be centred on writing and/or reading as they relate to the following subjects:
• Panel discussions
• Current events
• Editing
• Food & beverage
• Genre (e.g. mystery, humour, fantasy)
• Memoir & history
• Poetry
• Reading (the art of)
• Song writing
• Spirituality
• Storytelling
• Travel
• The business of writing (e.g. publishing, social media, fundraising)
• Minority perspectives & approaches to the craft
• Children’s literature (e.g. writing, presenting)


Please include the following when submitting a proposal:
1. Title
2. Presenter’s name, brief bio, and relevant CV
• (may include references, testimonials, or video clips)
3. Workshop description (max 500 words)
• Please emphasize audience participation and interaction
4. Workshop objectives and relevance
5. Equipment needed
6. Marketing suggestions and insights
7. How you heard about the call for workshop proposals

Workshops will be scheduled in one hour and fifteen minute slots at Douglas College between 10am and 5pm on May 14 2016.

Presenters will receive an honorarium for their work.

To submit, or to seek more information, please email info@artscouncilnewwest.org with the subject line “LitFest NewWest 2016 Proposal.”

For more information go to litfestnewwest.com

Call for Submissions: Celebration of SFU Authors

The Annual Celebration of SFU Authors is a university-wide event that publicly acknowledges and honours our faculty, students, staff, alumni and retired university community members who have authored or co-authored a publication, or its equivalent, within the past year.

Submissions for works published between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 are now being accepted. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 9, 2016. See Criteria for Submissions for details on eligible works.

The Celebration for SFU Authors Reception for 2015 works will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the SFU Surrey Campus, Room 2600 – Westminister Savings Lecture Theatre.

Vancouver premiere of Al Purdy documentary

Former Maclean’s magazine film critic Brian D. Johnson’s first feature-length documentary, Al Purdy Was Here, is a knockout portrait of rabble-rousing, much-loved Canadian poet Al Purdy.

Johnson’s affectionate, artful portrait of this complex, charismatic, often contradictory figure includes great archival footage of Purdy in his prime; reminiscences and/or performances by, among others, Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Joseph Boyden, Leonard Cohen, Michael Ondaatje, Gordon Pinsent, and Tanya Tagaq; and an account of the campaign to preserve, as a writers’ retreat, Purdy’s A-frame cabin in Prince Edward County, Ontario, once a mecca for many of Canada’s literary pioneers.

The film will premiere at The Cinematheque with three screenings on January 28, 31, and February 3.



Call for Activities: Burnaby Festival of Learning

Join us in engaging and inspiring our communities in celebration of Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary and the wonderful diversity of the City of Burnaby.

Taking place May 1-7, 2016, the Burnaby Festival of Learning will showcase events intended to inform, engage and spark creative conversations between members of the Burnaby and Simon Fraser University communities, and beyond.

The capstone to SFU’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Festival events will be free, fun and open to all. Activities will be located across civic spaces and institutions in Burnaby, including libraries, museums, galleries, parks, community centres, and at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus.

We want you to be a part of it! The activities that we’re looking for include: performances, debates, book launches, readings, lectures, tours, discussions, displays and talks. Events must be free and appealing to a wide variety of audiences. See more information about applying and activity requirements here.

DEADLINE for submissions: January 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Call for Paper Proposals: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education

Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education is a one-day conference at UBC on April 30, 2016 showcasing graduate student research in children’s literature.

Call for Paper Proposals  

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2016

Many Worlds to Walk In: Exploring Diversity in Children’s Literature, Librarianship, and Education seeks papers for a peer-reviewed graduate student conference on children’s literature, media, and culture taking place at the University of British Columbia on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

You are invited to submit an academic paper proposal that contributes to research in the area of children’s and young adult literature, librarianship, education, media, or cultural studies. Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults are also welcome.

We are particularly interested in research and creative pieces that draw on the broadly interpreted theme of diversity–including research on narratives that depict diversity and the diverse formats we use to create and share narratives.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Diverse theoretical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature (e.g. postcolonial, feminist, queer, eco-critical approaches)
  • Multiculturalism and stories of underrepresented, marginalized, or disabled populations
  • Underrepresented formats of stories for children and young adults (graphic novel, picture book app, etc.)
  • Inclusive programming and services in children’s librarianship and education
  • Indigenous and aboriginal narratives
  • Oral storytelling and sign language storytelling
  • Newcomer, refugee, and immigrant narratives
  • Otherness and trans-national identities
  • Problematic interpretations and definitions of diversity
  • Diversity within genres: boundary-pushing books, films, etc.
  • Cross-media adaptations of children’s and young adult texts
  • Translated and multilingual texts for children and young adults
  • Resources and services for multilingual readers and families
  • Empathy-building through story
  • Imagined identities: diversity in fantasy, created worlds
  • Multiple perspectives on historical events (Holocaust narratives, etc.)

The topics above are a guideline for the proposals we would like to see, but we are eager to receive paper proposals on any facet of diversity in children’s and young adult texts.

Academic Paper Proposals

Please send a 250 word abstract that includes the title of your paper, a list of references in MLA format, a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number to the review committee at submit.ubc.conference@gmail.com. Please include “Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Creative Writing Proposals

Submissions of creative writing for children and young adults in any genre are welcome, including novel chapters, poetry, picture books, graphic novels, scripts, etc.  Please send a piece of work no longer than 12 pages double spaced. (Anything shorter is welcome– poetry, for example, might only be a page). The submission should include the title of your piece, a 150 word overview of your piece (describe age group, genre, and links to the conference theme), a list of references in MLA format (if you have any), a 50 word biography, your name, your university affiliation, email address, and phone number. Please send to the review committee at submit.ubc.conference@gmail.com. Please put “Creative Conference Proposal Submission” in the subject line of your email.

For more info, please contact ubc.conference.2016@gmail.com.

President’s Dream Colloquium on Engaging Big Data

Every day, every little piece of data we create contributes to a larger picture — one that reveals important details about our public selves and private lives. There is an emerging struggle and a pressing need to access and mobilize big data in the public interest.

Please join us for a fascinating lecture series on the ethics of big data, whether in health care or politics, finance or science, and how the use of community-based big data can help solve real world problems in the public sphere.

Established in 2011, the President’s Dream Colloquium is an initiative to bring leading thinkers to SFU and provide an annual forum for intensive interdisciplinary exchange amongst faculty and students in the form of a graduate course. Composed of three modules from January 12–March 22, the Spring 2016 colloquium will feature high profile guest speakers who are thought-leaders in the field. Presentations from all guest speakers will be open to the public, along with an associated discussion session.