Organized by Navy Pier and event-design firm Ivan Carlson, the reportedly kid-friendly celebration featured 95 trees decorated with themes like Disney characters, monochromatic-colour schemes, well-known modern artists like Jackson Pollack and Roy Lichtenstein, and toys and puzzles.
Vancouver financier and philanthropist Milton Wong died nearly two years ago, but his spirit was very much present yesterday at the launch of a new book celebrating his life.
Entitled Spark: The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Milton K. Wong (Greystone Books), it includes essays and vignettes by 28 contributors offering insights into how Wong helped improve our world and unlock the potential in others.
Simon Fraser University student Kurt Mehnert captured this self-portrait at the book tower in a Prague library.
Mehnert won the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s third annual photo contest with this shot, taken during a Capilano University field school.
In an SFU news release, Mehnert states: “While the photograph of the Book Tower looks like it is a never-ending hole of books, it is in fact an illusion viewed from the mirror below.”
In any case, it's an impressive selfie.
James Franco fans lined up from the early hours of the morning to meet the actor and writer at a book signing event in downtown Vancouver Thursday (December 5).
After camping out in a morning line-up that stretched down the block from Chapters to get wristbands, fans filled the aisles of the bookstore in the evening to get copies of Franco's new novel Actors Anonymous signed.
Before starting the autograph session, the actor spoke positively of Vancouver, where he's filming The Interview, directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the entire Chronicles of Narnia made the cut. So did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
This proves that racist children's books can still make great holiday presents. So long as you're ready to have a talk about racism with your seven-year-old.
Author Khaled Hosseini comes to Vancouver for a special presentation by the Vancouver Writers Fest. Hosseini, who is best known for his novel The Kite Runner, will appear at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church on December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Hosseini’s new book, And the Mountains Echoed, tells the story of a multi-generational family living around the world. From Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, And the Mountain Echoed is an unforgettable story about love and the choices we make.
Poet, author, and activist Amber Dawn has won this year’s City of Vancouver Book Award, according to a city hall media release sent out today. She receives the honour, along with a $2,000 cash prize, for How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
The first literASIAN festival opening probably set a record for the greatest number of talented Canadian writers of Asian ancestry ever gathered in Vancouver.
The emcee, Escape to Gold Mountain graphic historian David H.T. Wong, quipped that he wanted to collect autographs of some of those in attendance at the UBC Learning Exchange in Chinatown.
Perhaps Wong should have begun with Jan Walls. That's because the retired SFU scholar brought many smiles with his spoken-word verse accompanied by bamboo castanets.
Vancouver is home to the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop, Ricepaper magazine, and numerous Asian Canadian authors.
So it's appropriate that one of the first Asian Canadian literary festivals is being launched here in our fair city.
The Asian Canadian Writers Workshop is launching the inaugural literASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing on Thursday (November 21).
The four-day festival will include a grand opening at the UBC Learning Exchange (612 Main Street) featuring opening remarks by Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau and author book signings.
As a young man, one of my favourite books was Erich Fromm's To Have or to Be?
According to Fromm, a German-born psychoanalyst and philosopher, those in the "having mode" largely base their identity on what they own.
He argues that as a result of wanting to pile up material possessions, they lose touch with their inner selves and are less able to connect with others.
Anyone who subscribes to Fromm's viewpoint will never look upon collectors of objects or photographs in the same way again.