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 kogawahouse@yahoo.ca

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]sfu.ca)