Yvonne Blomer lives in Victoria, BC where she works as a poet, memoirist, writing teacher, event organizer and mom. She was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. With her husband she has taught in Japan, cycled in Southeast Asia and lived in the UK where she completed an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry. Her poems have twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary awards and have appeared in literary journals in Canada and abroad. Her first collection of poetry, a broken mirror, fallen leaf (Ekstasis Editions), was shortlisted for The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2007. She is the Artistic Director of the Planet Earth Poetry Reading Series in Victoria, B.C. In 2012 Yvonne?s illustrated series of poems Bicycle Brand Journey as well as her second full collection The Book of Places were released.
Between binging Netflix's Pandemic and further feeding our worries, we soothed our fears with poetry: reading it, listening to it, and sharing it with you. Scroll on for more on that, as well as an important take on accessibility and books from Amanda Leduc, a virtual chat with ... Read more
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Did someone order a literary festival? There are a whopping four this week, plus tons of launches and readings (if those weren't enough!).
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You could probably guess that each one of our preferred summer pastimes involve reading – but what? When it comes to reading interests, ALU staffers are as varied as the independent Canadian publishers we rep. Check out what we'll be bringing to the coffee shop/beach/cottage/airport/dog ... Read more
Lots of poetry for poetry month this week, plus, some novelists as well (one of them writing about poets, so....). Enjoy our coast-to-coast happenings!
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This week in book events — celebrate the Giller Prize in style at one of the Giller Light Bashes across the country; learn more about Canada's armed forces with Susan Evans Shaw, author of Canadians at War; and celebrate the Montreal launch of The Beautiful West and the ... Read more
The fall is filled with fabulous literary festivals. Think author signings, readings, writing workshops — and the opportunity to discover great new books and meet Canadian publishers and editors.
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