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Readings from ‘Skeena’ at Kogawa House – Van Nov 13/11

Toronto-based author Susan Crean, a Writer In Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, is holding a series of readings; and, I am happy to be a part of it.

I will read from ‘Skeena’, and from my upcoming novel ‘Triple’. Some poems. It will be a pleasure to have you.
Sunday November 13
Kogawa House
1450 64 Avenue West

Author Tariq Malik, a member of the Kogawa House Board who has recently launched his book ‘Chanting Denied Shores: The Komagatamaru Narratives‘, will also present from his work. He had earlier published ‘The Rainsongs of Kotli’.

Susan Crean is working on a book exploring Chinese Canadian communities through someone she knew as a child. Susan has written and edited many works of non fiction. One of her books ‘The Laughing One: A Journey to Emily Carr’ was short-listed for the 2001 Governor General’s Award for non fiction. In 2002, the title won the BC Book Prize for Non fiction. More at:

About the events at Kogawa House:
Up-coming Events at Kogawa House‏ – Vancouver Sundays Nov-Dec

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Book Launch ‘Passion Fruit – Tahnget Phal’ and Readings from ‘Skeena’

Launching Fauzia Rafique’s
Chapbook of English and Punjabi poetry
‘Passion Fruit-Tahnget Phal’
Readings From her novel
Event Hosted by
Valerie B. Taylor
Cover Art
Kanwal Dhaliwal

Sunday, June 26
1 to 3 PM
Renaissance Books
#43-6th Street
New Westminster
(Columbia Skytrain Station)

‘Passion Fruit – Tahnget Phal’ combines some of Fauzia’s original English and Punjabi poems. Punjabi presented in both Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi scripts.
Published by Uddari Books (Surrey, British Columbia) with support from Author Manolis of Libros Libertad.

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‘Each New Wave’ a poem by Valerie Parks

Hi Fauzia;
I’m looking forward to your book launch this Sunday. I wish you every success…
I have stolen a line from your book ‘Skeena’ (Each new wave tests the river bank) to write a poem…

Each new wave
Valerie Parks

Each new wave
tests the river bank,
eventually washes it away.
I will not be washed away
by the whim of life’s
winds and waves.
I am a dike.
Although assailed
I stand firm.
I will not be breached.

Valerie Parks is a poet and a long time cultural activist. Her new collection of poetry ‘Pathways’ (Silver Bow Publishing, New Westminster 2011) is set to be launched on April 17 at 2:30 PM at Renaissance Books in New Westminster. Contact her at the email address below.

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