June 22: Beckoned by the Sea, A Book Launch

Beckoned by the Sea is diverse, powerful, raw—words that describe both the ocean itself and the collective voices of two dozen women whose compelling stories Taylor brings to life in this vivid work. Taylor adeptly purses her prose to let the voices of these accomplished women drive the narrative and enrich our portrait of Cascadia. It’s an important book casts light on the long overlooked role of women in maritime industries and will hopefully inspire the next generation of female seafarers.”

—Eric Enno Tamm, author of Beyond the Outer Shores

I’m delighted to have written the foreword to this rich and beautiful book by Sylvia Taylor. Join us in celebrating the launch of Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Beckoned By the Sea Sylvia TaylorAuthor Sylvia Taylor will illuminate the myriad ways in which women have contributed to the marine industries that sustain the people and shape the culture of North America’s west coast. Enjoy musical entertainment, marine photography on display, author readings from the book, book sales & signings, and light refreshments.”

– Event details

Date: Thu, 22 June 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
Admission is free, but seating is limited.


The Outer Harbour – City of Vancouver Book Award Winner

The Outer Harbour Wayde ComptonThe Outer Harbour book cover: Merapi (2007) by Diyan Achjadi.

Wayde Compton’s The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press): subtle, complex, funny, sly, layered, strange (my highest compliment), lyric/conceptual. Yeah. Like that.

Reviews for The Outer Harbour:

The Outer Harbour is the hybrid lovechild of a poet and prophet. So assured, so eloquent, my thought on the final page was, How did this not exist before? It’s a rare thing, a debut from a writer who’s already a master craftsman, creating in his prime.”

—Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem

The Outer Harbour plunges Vancouver through the looking glass, a dazzling reflection into the future. Compton’s stories ingeniously tread the ground between sharp, social criticism and giddy invention; he unfolds his characters like origami, injecting them with a sad wisdom and complex sympathy as the world around them mutates like a waking dream.”

—Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach

“The Outer Harbour is the work of a remarkable, mature writer at the top of his powers, creating fictions that are not only vastly entertaining but also freighted with important messages from the margins of B.C. society. We are lucky to have Wayde Compton in our midst.”

Tom Sandborn, A Special to the Vancouver Sun

Impressions from New West Book Launch, by Carol Tulpar

Impressions from the New West Book Launch, by Carol Tulpar:

The poet does not rant or complain or judge. Instead, she patiently researches many documents about this real event. She writes in response to her findings, shows us her images, asks us to consider them. And with each one presented, she reminds us “Another version of this moment exists.”

Let us witness with her; let us opens our eyes, ears, hearts; stop to consider, to face, to remember.”

Read the rest here.