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both new and established.
We are an accessible store with a gender neutral washroom. Our events are free and everyone is welcome.
Wednesday October 24 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Therese is a fiercely independent prostitute of mixed race. Through her eyes, we witness the birth of modern Quebec in the heady days of Les Automatistes and their Refus global after World War II. Both participant and keen observer, she records her intimate relationships with clergy, trade-unionists, fellow sex workers, and artists. As she grows from orphan to apprentice to sage, we behold the evolution of an artist and a soul.
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Poets Present The Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan
Tuesday October 30 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Poets reading at this event will be announced soon.
Alden Nowlan (1933-1983) once wrote of a desire to leave behind "one poem, one story / that will tell what it was like / to be alive." In an abundance of memorable poems, he fulfilled this desire with candour and subtlety, emotion, and humour, sympathy and truth-telling. For many years, Nowlan has been one of Canada's most-read and -beloved poets, but only now is the true range of his poetic achievement finally available between two covers, with the publication of Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan.
Nowlan takes us from nightmarish precincts of fear and solitude to the embrace of friendship and family. Delving into experiences of violence and gentleness, of alienation and love, his poetry reveals our shared humanity as well as our perplexing and sometimes entertaining differences. Nowlan's childhood and adult years are colourfully reflected in his poetry. These autobiographical threads are interwoven with fantasies, an astute historical consciousness, and a keen awareness of the shiftings and transformations of selfhood.
Nowlan wrote with formal variety, visually shaping his poems with a dexterity that complicates impressions that he was primarily a "plainspoken" poet. His varied uses of the poetic line — his handling of line-lengths and -breaks, stanzas, and pauses — show him to be a writer who skilfully uses the page to suggest and embody the rhythms of speech. This long-awaited volume enables readers to experience his poetic genius in its fullness and uniqueness.
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Jennifer Zilm, Tom Wayman, Ned Baeck, Michael Springate, and Michael Mirolla; with music by Joseph Maviglia
Tuesday November 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
With music by Joseph Maviglia
The Missing Field - Jennifer Zilm
Jennifer Zilm's poetry collection, The Missing Field, concerns themes of translation, preservation and the engagement with the transitory documents of everyday life, whether a snapshot of a Vancouver bus, postcards from the Middle East, lecture notes on Euripides, a van Gogh museum catalogue or marginalia in a water-damaged collection of Rilke poems.
If You're Not Free at Work, Where Are You Free? - Tom Wayman
The essays in If You're Not Free At Work, Where Are You Free: Literature and Social Change focus on the interconnection of community/workplace/individual and how literature has a role in social struggles aimed at making that nexus more liberatory. Certain essays develop some of Wayman's earlier ideas concerning the potential of imaginative writing that takes daily work as its central theme. The range of topics includes various social issues in contemporary writing--narrative, love poems, the teaching (and hence status) of poetry, and postmodernism.
Wait - Ned Baeck
In Wait, relationship and reflection are drawn on to free emotion and understanding from fear, whether it would grow in praise of passion or cooling love, or arise from being trapped by power or lost to indulgence. The poems in Wait seek to cut through the dishonesty and abuse that skew life.
The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God - Michael Springate
In the spring of 2008 Elena, who recently moved to Montreal with her seven year old daughter, Sharon, finds a job in a retail store on Sherbrooke Street. She meets Mahfouz working in his family?s fast food outlet on The Main. Partially as an antidote to her chronic loneliness, partially influenced by Sharon?s spontaneous affection for him, Elena commits to a deepening relationship. Together the three of them enjoy a wonderful spring. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn?t return from a visit to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. Elena and Mahfouz, no longer in any contact with each other, must separately come to terms with their historical situation, and prepare for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.
The Photographer in Search of Death - Michael Mirolla
Michael Mirolla, in The Photographer in Search of Death, tells us stories that blend the explicable with the inexplicable. As if a camel were actually passing through the eye of a needle, these stories pass what is commonplace through a hyper-realistic lens into the utterly mysterious. Houses have rooms that appear and disappear. Very real objects, invaded by an unbelievable force, become believably unreal. Streets filled with everyday individuals become – in our modern technological environment – ultra ordinary. What we wish to avoid becomes unavoidable. This is a world beyond the merely “magical” – this is a binary world of becoming.
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Wednesday November 07 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
In 1974, after escaping an abusive marriage, Luanne Armstrong struggled with poverty and caring for four small children. During this time, the author and Sam Moore began their friendship; they were both young single parents in crisis, and needed to change their lives. They supported each other through the child-rearing years, careers and environmental, peace and feminist work. Their friendship endured and strengthened during the colourful, sometimes strange, but also community-altering movements that rocked the seventies and eighties throughout BC: back-to-the-landers, draft dodgers, hippies, drugs and political movements for peace, feminism and equality.
Now in their later years, they are again both facing an identity crisis, and, again, they do so together, their long friendship a source of immense strength and comfort. This book delves into the hardships of aging, grief and pain, and how friendships can sustain all of us.
A BRIGHT AND STEADY FLAME gives insight into how deep and powerful a friendship can be. Armstrong's new book speaks to our compelling human need and ability to build long-lasting community. This is a love story that celebrates, for all people, the solace that true friendship can provide.
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Wednesday November 14 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
“All of Cuba is a museum now. We live off our old Revolution,” laments Gertrudis, one in a cast of characters teetering on the verge of political change while held in the grip of the past. Cuba is the place where the grandchildren of peasants become consultant surgeons, but also the place where necessity as the mother of invention is put into extreme practise. In Havana, the buildings like the peoples’ dreams, are constantly being restored. But so too in the rural districts, in towns like Baracoa, you will find boisterous people who idolised the Fidel past and continue to mourn his passing while those like Godofredo, born in January 1959 as a victorious Fidel marched into Havana, limps along the streets of Baracoa where he encounters tourists and townspeople while maintaining his anonymity as the peanut vendor. In Amanda Hale’s stories, Cuba comes alive with a gentle humour and through the richly detailed portraits of the families of Baracoa as they struggle with the political changes that are reshaping Cuba.
Meet Daniela who flies from the roof into the arms of her unfaithful husband; Sonia who marvels at the new world of her cell-phone crazy teenagers; Tito, a world away in Miami, who rants about Obama’s handshake with Raúl Castro; and witness a corpse that travels the length of Cuba and back in a nightmare of bureaucracy, all while Ángela huddles for the night on her bench in Parque Central.
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We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples,
including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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