Posted by on 3 October 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Coming up soon, I’ll be going to Vancouver to appear at the 2014 literASIAN festival. Presented by the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW), literASIAN is ACWW’s celebration of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writing. This year’s festival runs from 9-12 October.

The festival’s main venue is the UBC Learning Exchange, which is in the middle of Vancouver’s historical Chinatown. The program features author readings, book launches and book signings, a special poetry reading with an open mic, a book fair, an outreach event at Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, and a celebration banquet. Also appearing at the festival are: Fred Wah, Louise Bak, Corinna Chong, Lily Chow, Doretta Lau, Edwin Lee, Serena Leung, Kim Fu, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Yasuko Nguyen Thanh, Elsie Sze, Elaine Woo and Raymond Nakamura.

This will be my first literary festival appearance in North America, so it feels particularly special for me. I’ll be at various festival events and, in particular, I’ll be giving two readings and running a workshop.

My first reading will be on the Friday night of the festival. My fellow authors have great credentials and I’m excited to be reading with them:

Book Launch & Readings @ Centre A

Friday 10 October, 7:00-9:30pm
Centre A, 229 E Georgia St, Vancouver

Featured writers: Yasuko Thanh, Doretta Lau, Kim Fu, Corinna Chong, Elsie Sze and Tom Cho

Full event details, including author bios

The following day, I’ll be running a proposal writing workshop for artists. I’ve given workshops and seminars on this topic before. I always rework my material beforehand and tailor it as required to the audience. I’ve never run this workshop for artists outside of Australia and I’m looking forward to this new challenge:

Proposal and Grant Writing for Artists

Saturday 11 October,  12:00-2:00pm
UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main St, Vancouver

Government funding, private sponsorship, philanthropic funding, residency programs and even crowd-funding campaigns all demand the same core skill of artists: to write persuasively about their creative project. Focussing on proposal writing to institutions, this workshop with Tom Cho will provide an overview of proposal writing basics and get you started with an exercise or two. Bring along pen and paper/a laptop and a sample idea for a creative project (all art forms welcome).


My second reading will be at the festival’s book fair. This event sounds great and, once again, the line-up of authors who are reading is very impressive:

Sunday Book Fair

Sunday 12 October, 10:00am-4:00pm
UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main St, Vancouver

The literASIAN Asian Canadian Book Fair will bring together the biggest collection of Asian Canadian/Asian North American books, DVDs and collectable memorabilia – new and used. Come to find a rare first edition out-of-print book you always wanted but could not find in your bookstore. We have received a large donation of Asian themed DVDs – action and classic films, melodrama, anime and much more.

Our literASIAN Sunday Book Fair event will feature more than a dozen published authors presenting their works. Their publications will be available for purchase and book signing. This is a unique opportunity for readers to hear new works, mingle and meet their favourite author in person.

Featured writers include Fred Wah, Elaine Woo, Doretta Lau, Yasuko Nguyen Thanh, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Kim Fu, Raymond Nakamura, Corinna Chong, Lily Chow, Edwin Lee, and others. (Note: My reading time hasn’t been confirmed yet, but I’ve been advised that I’ll be reading before 2pm.)

Full event details, including author details

I’ll also be at the festival’s closing event, a banquet fundraiser for authors and audiences to mingle:

literASIAN Celebration Banquet

Sunday 12 October 12, 6:00pm
Pink Pearl Restaurant, 1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

This fundraiser is the official closing event of literASIAN festival and a wonderful opportunity for the Asian Canadian literary community, their devoted readers and fans to come together to share a meal. Come and meet your favourite author.

Featuring a 10 course Chinese dinner

Tickets: $50 each (purchase online here)

Click this image to download a poster with more info or visit the literASIAN website for full details (online registrations for all workshops are also available at the website).

literASIAN 2014 poster



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