October 25, 2016

Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing wins the GG for Fiction.


Madeleine Thien began her literary career in 1996 as an editor of Ricepaper Magazine, a publication of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. She went on to win the ACWW Emerging Writer Award based on the manuscript for her short story collection Simple Recipes in 1998. The ACWW offered her manuscript to publishers and had bidding offers from four different interested publishers. Madeleine finally decided to go with McClelland and Stewart who offered her a two book deal. Simple Recipes was published by M & S in 2002 which won the BC Book Prize for Fiction in the same year.

The story, “Simple Recipes” itself, which later became the title for her manuscript and her award-winning debut collection was first published in the Journey Prize Anthology: The Best Short Fiction From Canada’s Literary Journals (Toronto: M&S, 1998). It was shortlisted for the 10th annual awarding of The Journey Prize.

The uniqueness of the ACWW Emerging Writer Award is a community-building initiative in the Asian Canadian writing community to help develop manuscripts and that it offered the award to a winning manuscript and is the only award of its kind in North America to do so.

October 23, 2016

All Our Father's Relations on November 6, 2016 #VAFF2016


We're proud to be partners with the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre's Museum of Migration, explorASIAN Festival and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia for the world premiere of All Our Father's Relations at the 20th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival, which is nominated for the Best Canadian Feature Award.

Synopsis: All Our Father's Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father's roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. The Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples in the past and today.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: 4:30pm


Location: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, 88 W Pender St.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/vaffallourfathers (available now on a first come, first-served basis)

Director: Alejandro Yoshizawa; Producers: Sarah Ling, Alejandro Yoshizawa, Jordan Paterson

October 21, 2016

Poetry Reading by Fred Wah in SFU Special Collections

Renowned local poet Fred Wah will be reading at Simon Fraser University Library's Special Collections & Rare Books on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Born in 1939 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Fred Wah grew up in Nelson, B.C. His long career has spanned six decades and a range of formal styles and preoccupations. In the early 1960s, while attending the University of British Columbia, Wah was a founding editor of the influential avant-garde poetry newsletterTISH and a member of the group of student-writers who gathered around the magazine, including several who went on to distinguished careers—George Bowering, Frank Davey, Daphne Marlatt, among others. Since that time Wah has established himself as an important figure on the post-modern literary scene in Canada, as writer, editor and teacher.

His work has received numerous awards, including the B.C. Book Prize and the Governor General’s Award. For many years he taught at the David Thompson University Centre, Selkirk College, the University of Calgary, and the Banff Centre. He has been writer-in-residence at a number of Canadian universities and colleges, including SFU in 2007/08. In 2011 he was appointed as Canada’s fifth Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and in 2013 he was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.

Recently Talonbooks collected the poet’s early poems in a large volume titled Scree, edited with an introduction by Jeff Derkson of SFU English, who will also introduce the reading.

Special Collections is located in room 7100 on the 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby.

Free | Refreshments will be served

October 19, 2016

21st Annual General Meeting of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Society

The Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop Society (ACWW) is pleased to hold a luncheon for its 21st annual general meeting.

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1.30PM

Thai Town Restaurant (#2015 - 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver).

Tickets: $10 for members

At-the-Door (if available): $20 for non-members.

For reservations, please email: director@asiancanadianwriters.ca

October 18, 2016

Creative Dominion presents a Workshop Production of lady in the red dress


October 28 - October 29
Test Kitchen Studio
739 Gore Avenue (and Union), 2nd floor
Vancouver, BC



Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7:30pm

David Yee's ground-breaking play, lady in the red dress, was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award shortly after its premiere in Toronto, but has never been seen on the West Coast. Creative Dominion invites audiences to witness a select number of scenes from the play, performed off-book for the first time in Vancouver. The workshop production reveals the play in a pared down format: intimate, raw, dark and compelling. Limited studio seating, please purchase in advance.

"Dragged by his hair into the history of the Chinese-Canadian struggle for redress and into the lives of those involved, Max discovers that not only is his life in danger, but also his son's. A modern-day noir, lady in the red dress is a darkly comic story about the skeletons in our closets and the consequences of our inactions told by one of Canada's most unorthodox young playwrights." (Playwrights Canada Press)

Tickets: $20
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