Although Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin probably isn't anyone's first pick as a wedding planner, you do have to admit he does dream up very memorable events.

Now, can someone pass me some wine? This poultry pie is really dry.

Just look at what Russell Brand has achieved in the last year.

He toured the world with his Messiah Complex show; got his picture taken at Insite; battled the forces of global neoliberalism; probably had sex with your sister, maybe even your mom… the list goes on.

The B.C. book industry is about to get its own official moment in the corridors of provincial power.

According to a media release from the Association of Book Publishers of B.C. (ABPBC), the legislature in Victoria is setting aside Wednesday (April 9) as B.C. Book Day, to be marked with a proclamation, followed by an expo in the Parliament Buildings showing off the work of the province’s publishing industry.

This will give MLAs a chance to meet with publishers, writers, librarians, book merchants, and lit-fest directors, many of whom may be hoping to underline how valuable government partnerships have been to their success.

The Verses Festival of Words presents the book launch for C.R. Avery’s Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It. The book launch takes place April 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Astorino’s (1739 Venables Street).

Some Birds Walk for the Hell of It celebrates the virtues of the bohemian brigade, late-night denizens of inconvenient beauty, the dissolute and the temporary, lawless black leather pioneers of innovation, and every battle scarred member of this “helpless grey sky tribe”. Avery’s poetry is alternatively profane, brilliantly vulgar, outrageously funny, and brash in its lonesome courage.

Author and Booker Prize-winning novelist Arundhati Roy will make her first Vancouver appearance April 1 at 8 p.m. The event presented by the Indian Summer Arts Society takes place at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street).

Roy will read from a range of her works and will speak about her journey in writing and activism. Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for The God of Small Things. In 2004, she won the Sydney Peace Prize, and in 2011, the Normal Mailer Prize for Distinguised Writing.

A Vancouver writer has won a national literary competition.

Vancouver author Jane Eaton Hamilton has won the English-language 2014 CBC Short Story Prize for her short story "Smiley", about a South African youth struggling with gender identity and an attraction to a girl.

The jury, composed of Helen Humphreys, Colin McAdam and Kathleen Winter, chose Hamilton's story from 3,200 entries.

Dahlings,

After years of sitting through UBC Creative Writing workshops in cluttered high-school-style classrooms with mismatched chairs and tables, after years of enviously watching sleek building after sleek building being built for science and business departments while the creative writing department faced an uncertain future, amid all the doom and gloom in the book industry, of bookstores shutting down and publishing companies folding, it was genuinely refreshing and morale-boosting to celebrate the UBC Creative Writing department in high style.  

On March 15 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, the department pulled out all the stops to mark its 50th anniversary.

With Russian troops occupying Crimea and sabre-rattling all around, there’s no better time to revisit the Canadian Cold War classic, 11 Steps to Survival.

First published in 1961 and reprinted throughout the 1960s by the Canadian Emergency Measures Organization, the booklet outlines everything you’ll need to know in the case of a thermonuclear exchange. From blast and radiation protection to simple first aid, it’s all covered. 

This evening, one of America's most provocative analysts of climate change is in Vancouver.

Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, will deliver a free lecture entitled "Rethinking the State in the Conext of the Climate Crisis".

There's mandatory registration, and it will take place at 7 p.m. in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's.

If you've got all of the books in the Fifty Shades trilogy on your nightstand, this event is for you.

E.L. James, the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, is set to do a book signing event in Vancouver.

The event will take place on February 16 at 2 p.m. inside Chapters (788 Robson Street) in the downtown core.

Here's the details from Chapters:

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