“Victoria-Bench by Bench” book launch!

October 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm (literature, Reading)

My books have arrived and I am excited to share my creation with you. Please join me if you can on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora, across from the McPherson Theatre). The invitation is below – if it doesn’t show properly in your email, let me know.


At about 7:15 I will give a little talk about how I got to have a self-published book in my hands. Maybe it will inspire some of you to give form to the ideas swimming in your head.

So far the books are available at Munro’s on Government St., Russell Books on Fort,  the Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop on Pandora at Cook (Medical Arts Bldg), and Tanner’s in Sidney.

It is also available for sale on my website or for “Green dollars” through LETS – the Local Exchange Trading System (http://www.lets.victoria.bc.ca/)

I look forward to seeing you.

Rebecca Kennel

Please RSVP by email or phone: 250-508-2554


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Alanna Mitchell: Sea Sick

March 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm (environment, literature, Reading) (, , )

Alanna Mitchell will be in Victoria to talk about her new book, Sea Sick, on 3/31. Details:

Join us for a talk with Oceans Book Club special guest Alanna Mitchell on the status of ocean health and the implications for B.C.’s coast.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Oak Bay Room, Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC

About Sea Sick

All life – whether on land or in the sea – depends on the oceans for two things: Oxygen and climate control. Sea Sick is the first book to examine the current state of the world’s oceans – the great unexamined ecological crisis of the planet – and the fact that we are altering everything about them; temperature, salinity, acidity, ice cover, volume, circulation, and, of course, the life within them.

Read an excerpt from the book

Praise for Sea Sick:

“A riveting book of revelations about earth’s largest and most important habitat.”
-Australian biologist and author Tim Flannery

“Sea Sick is the most comprehensive book to date on the state of our oceans. With a writer’s eye for detail and a reporter’s expertise in pulling in disparate information, Mitchell has woven a powerful and deeply unsettling story about our collective abuse of the cradle of all life. Fortunately, she also gives us hope and a path forward if we have the wisdom to act.”
– Maude Barlow

Alanna Mitchell was the science and environment reporter at The Globe and Mail for fourteen years, until she left daily journalism to devote herself to writing on science. In 2000, she was named the best environmental reporter in the world by the Reuters Foundation.

(posted by Yule)

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Call for Entries: City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

March 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm (competitions, literature)

The City has announced a call for entries for the 6th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

From the press release:

VICTORIA, BC – Authors and publishers from Greater Victoria are invited to participate in the 6th Annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, a competition that honours members of the literary community. The $5,000 prize is awarded to a local author for the best book published in the preceding year in the categories of poetry, non-fiction, fiction and biography.

“We are pleased to continue our commitment to supporting arts and culture in the community,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “For the sixth year, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize will honour literary achievement and showcase the incredibly talented authors who make the Capital Region unique.”

In its second year, the $5,000 Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize will be awarded to an author of children’s literature. The prize was created to provide authors of children and youth literature an increased opportunity for recognition.

“These are two of the largest literary prizes awarded in Canada at a municipal level,” said Mary Virtue, President of the Victoria Book Prize Society. “We are fortunate to have so many gifted authors in Greater Victoria, and look forward to another standing-room-only gala in the fall.”

Books must have been published between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 to be considered. Submissions can be made to the City of Victoria’s Community Development Office, at 633 Pandora Avenue between April 14 and May 29, 2009. The Society will appoint two independent juries comprised of representatives from the literary arts community to review and assess adult and children’s literature entries based on their literary merit.

Shortlisted nominees for both prizes will be announced in September, and authors will be showcased at a public reading and reception held at the Union Club of British Columbia in October.

Previous City of Victoria Butler Book Prize winners include Kevin Patterson for Country of Cold in 2004, Terrence Young for After Goodlake’s in 2005, Mark Zuehlke for Holding Juno in 2006, Bill Gaston for Gargoyles in 2007, and Arleen Paré for Paper Trail in 2008. Chris Tougas won the Inaugural Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize for Mechanimals last year.

Founded in 2004, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Brian Butler of Butler Brothers Supplies and is sponsored by the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa and the Union Club of British Columbia. The Victoria Book Prize Society establishes the policy and criteria for the prize, appoints the jury and administers the competition.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: http://www.victoria.ca and click on what’s new?

For More Information:
Gail Price-Douglas
Community Development Planner
Parks, Recreation and Community Development Department
Neil Williams
Board Member
Victoria Book Prize Society

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