Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:15pm – 9:00pm Gibson Room, Green College, UBC
Canadian novelist and biologist Ann Eriksson will be reading from her new novel, High Clear Bell of Morning, a gripping tale of a father’s love and the extent to which he will go to protect his daughter with schizophrenia. Ann combines a background in ecology with her life experiences to create works of fiction grounded in nature and populated with compelling characters.
High Clear Bell of Morning illustrates the strain on families facing mental illnesses, and draws attention to the inadequate system that is meant to help. At the same time, it celebrates the natural world and sends a cautionary warning of what we all have to lose.
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June 11, 2014, 7:15-9:00pm
Gibson Room, Green College
For the June meeting of the Lucid Book Club and Reading Series, we will be featuring a diverse group of writers and mental health practitioners from the local communities, presenting their writing projects. The event will showcase a variety of work, ranging from memoir to poetry, fiction and self-help.
The Lucid Book Club and Reading Series is seeking 10-15 minute creative readings on the theme of mental illness/health for our June 11th meeting, running from 7:15-9:00PM. We are open to all genres of creative expression, from poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, drama, graphic novel, etc. Please submit a brief description of the work you’d like to present by May 1st to firstname.lastname@example.org
For this Lucid Book Club and Reading Series Meeting, local author Timothy Taylor will be joining us to discuss his latest novel, The Blue Light Project. Psychiatric commentary will also be provided by Dr. Randall White, director of the BC Psychosis program at UBC Hospital.
Our meeting will be focusing specifically on the mental health aspect of mass delusions within the book, and how time periods affect the delusions people suffer from. Participants may find it helpful to read the following article in conjunction with the book: http://aeon.co/magazine/altered-states/how-reality-caught-up-with-paranoid-delusions/
April 9, 2014, 7:15pm – 9:00pm at the Coach House, Green College UBC
Local author Daniel Kalla will be joining us to read from his most recent novel Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, and discuss his dual career as an emergency room physician and writer.
Daniel Kalla produces engrossing novels with an intensity that matches the challenge of his other role as Department Head of Emergency Medicine at an urban teaching hospital in Vancouver. His first five novels, medical thrillers, focus on themes that lie at the heart of his professional life, delving into topics as diverse as superbugs, pandemics, addiction, DNA evidence and patient abuse. His seventh novel, The Far Side Of The Sky, is a historical novel set against a startling, yet little known, chapter of the Second World War, when 20,000 Jews fled Germany to find shelter in only one city: Shanghai, “The Paris of the East”. His latest, Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, continues the story – A story of espionage, betrayal, and one family’s struggle to survive in war-torn Shanghai.
“A vivid, realistic novel that rewards the emotional investment it encourages.” –The Vancouver Sun
“Despite its grim subject matter, this gripping historical novel communicates a hopeful message about the power of love and friendship to overcome hatred.” — Booklist
Writer and Lucid Book Club participant Lenore Rowntree will be reading from and leading a discussion about Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky, winner of QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
“A veteran book reviewer, Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he calls shtick. This account of a year in the life of a family describes a father’s struggle to enter his son’s world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching, and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.”
Writers… show their capacity for greatness when they point their talent at something they love. Joel Yanofsky has done just that: written a marvellous book about a child he adores — his son.
– David Gilmour, author of The Film Club
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 7:15 pm
Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from
India to Canada, from coast to coast. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary publications including The Georgia Straight,The Vancouver Review, PRISM international, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain,Ricepaper, CV2,Ryga: a journal of provocations, Geistand Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in the recent anthologies, Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwestand Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia. Renée is married to Adrian Dix, Leader of the Official Opposition in British Columbia. children of air india is her debut collection.
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Dear friends of the Lucid Book Club and Reading Series:
We are delighted to announce our Spring 2014 events calendar. Starting in February, our meetings will resume on the second Wednesday of each month at the Coach House on Green College, UBC Campus, 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM.
JANUARY – no meeting
FEBRUARY 12th – poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar will be reading from her new book, children of air india, a poetic exploration of Air India Flight 182, Canada’s worst act of aviation terror.
MARCH 12th – writer and Lucid Book Club participant Lenore Rowntree will be reading from and leading a discussion about Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism by Joel Yanofsky.
APRIL 9th – local author Daniel Kalla will be joining us to read from his most recent novel Rising Sun, Falling Shadow, and discuss his dual career as an emergency room physician and writer.
MAY 14th – Author and journalist Timothy Taylor will be joining us to discuss his recent research and writings in the field of PTSD.
JUNE 11th – Open Mike. An opportunity for members of the Lucid Book Club and Reading Series to share their creative work.
Please stay tuned for more information about the events and presenters as events draw nearer.
Feel free to email us with any questions or comments and be sure to check out our blog: blogs.ubc.ca/lucid for updates!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wayne Grady Reads Emancipation Day.
Special Guest Wayne Grady will open the night with a reading from his Giller Prize longlisted new novel Emancipation Day. Discussion to follow. See www.waynegrady.ca for details.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Book Club discussion – Rivka Galchen’s Atmospheric Disturbances
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