Wherein we look at some of the local books that have been published this year and give you some ideas of what to get your book-loving friends and family for Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just because it’s a day ending with “y”.
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V6A – Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
edited by John Mikhail Asfour and Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Arsenal Pulp Press
Over the past few years there has been a quiet revolution happening in the Downtown Eastside. While much of the media and many outsiders focus on the negative aspects of the neighbourhood, a growing number of residents have been honing their craft in the large number of writing workshops that take place regularly. And many have pushed past the need to “find a voice” and now see their writing practice as an integral part of their daily lives.
Earlier this year saw the publication of the latest collection to come out of the community, V6A – Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, an anthology of poetry, prose and essays from 32 writers, all of whom have been part of the Downtown Eastside community in some way. Some writers will be unfamiliar to many. Some, such as Stephen Lytton, Antonette Rea, Don Larson, and Patrick Foley, are well-known in the community as activists and performers and teachers. And then there are those whose names are known beyond the boundaries of Cambie, Terminal, and Clark, writers such as Wayde Compton, Cathleen With, Madeleine Thien, Michael Turner and Daniel Zomparelli. No matter where they are on the writing continuum, all the contributors share a passion for their work and the community. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>