International Women’s Day: Literary Event Round-up

Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. There are several literary events happening around town in honour of the day.

International Women’s Day with Room Magazine
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 7:00–9:30 pm
Heartwood Community Café
317 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Featuring readings by: Hiromi Goto, Claire Matthews, Clara Kumagai, Emily Davidson, Meaghan Rondeau, and Stephanie Lu, plus the launch of issues 37.4 “Claiming Space” and 38.1 “In Translation”.

Admission by suggested donation of $5 (includes one free back issue). At-door donation of $10 comes with a back issue and one of the two current issues!

Vancouver Institute Lecture with Miriam Toews
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 8:15–9:30 pm
Lecture Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre,
2194 Health Sciences Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Miriam Toews won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her novel A Complicated Kindness (2004) and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Flying Troutmans (2008) and All My Puny Sorrows (2014).
The Vancouver Institute, an all-volunteer organization, has been in operation since 1916 to bring university and community together. Events are free, although members get early seating priority.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 3–5 pm
Historic Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Join writers Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Jane Silcott for a conversation about words, rhythm, and meaning at this celebration of women’s writing and work.

Admission by donation but space is limited. RSVP at

Dead Poets Reading Series
Sunday, March 8th, 2015 | 3-5 PM
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch)

Five presenters get fifteen minutes each to introduce one of their favourite dead poets and read a selection of that poet’s work. The March 8 lineup is:

  • Simin Behbahani (1927 – 2014), read by Alice Major
  • Frances Horovitz (1938 – 1983), read by Alan Hill
  • Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992), read by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
  • Marianne Moore (1887 – 1972), read by Karen Solie
  • Lorine Niedecker (1903 – 1970), read by Sarah de Leeuw

(Note: If you know of another event that should be on this list, please email mcmiller[at]