‘Oh god, keep this book out of schools’—comedian Evany Rosen launches What I Think Happened

A new imprint from Vancouver publisher Arsenal Pulp Press promises to bring some of Canada’s funniest people to print.

Overseen by local comedian/writer Charles Demers, Robin’s Egg Books will feature “fresh, smart and funny writing on culturally relevant subjects,” according to a media release.

The imprint’s first book, published earlier this month, is What I Think Happened: An Underresearched History of the Western World. Written by Toronto comedian/author Evany Rosen, the book looks at history from a feminist (and funny) perspective.

Rosen will be in town for the book’s official (and free!) Vancouver launch, Nov. 4 at Little Mountain Comedy (195 E 26th Ave., 7 p.m. start). Demers will also be in attendance, along with some special guests.

But just what lies between the covers of What I Think Happened?

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‘Oh god, keep this book out of schools’—comedian Evany Rosen launches What I Think Happened

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Poetry – and doughnuts – on the menu at this weekend’s feminist literary festival in Vancouver

Vancouver poet Elizabeth Bachinsky takes part in this year’s Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival.

This weekend, more than 40 local writers and artists will share their words and work during Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival.

Presented by the Vancouver-based magazine Room, the two-day event (March 11-12) features both established writers as well as up-and-coming authors taking part in panels, readings, workshops, special events and unapologetic doughnut consumption. See below for some highlights.

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Poetry – and doughnuts – on the menu at this weekend’s feminist literary festival in Vancouver

Vancouver as you’ve never seen it in new book

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A new photography book collects some of wildest images ever taken of Vancouver. Flower power, Greenpeace, gay rights, Wreck Beach, the Gastown Riot – it’s all between the covers of Vancouver in the Seventies.

You can be part of the excitement this Friday, Oct. 14, when the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) hosts an official book launch upstairs in its Projection Room. Guests will enjoy themed cocktails, a seventies dress competition, and mingling with some of the people behind the book, all while grooving to a soundtrack of 70s tunes. The event is from 7 – 10 p.m.; no cover.

Beginning today, Oct. 13 and until Feb. 26 2017, many of the photos will be on display at the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.). Or you can just pick up a copy of the tome, from publisher Greystone Books, through your favourite bookseller.

Here’s a little more of what to expect.

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Vancouver as you’ve never seen it in new book

Ambitious new project looks at fictional boomtown, launches Feb 1 at Club PuSh in Vancouver

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

The end of the PuSh Festival is just over a week away – so you still have a chance to see some extraordinary performance art and interdisciplinary shows.

One of these is a combination book launch and musical performance, and it happens this Sunday (Feb. 1) at Club PuSh.

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Ambitious new project looks at fictional boomtown, launches Feb 1 at Club PuSh in Vancouver

10 notable 2014 Vancouver books

Detail - cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

Detail – cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

After careful scouring of the Internet and hours of contemplation, we’ve come up with a list of 10 noteworthy Vancouver books. All are by Vancouver authors, but not all are about Vancouver itself. Most if not all have received positive reviews and/or awards. And most if not all would make great last-minute Christmas gifts, or holiday reading for the dedicated Vancouverite in your life… even if that means you.

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10 notable 2014 Vancouver books