Award-winning Canadian writers to hold readings at bookshop

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:03pm
  • Arts
Photo by Ayelet Tsabari 
                                Rachel Rose

Photo by Ayelet Tsabari Rachel Rose

A reading by two award-winning Canadian writers will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Vashon Bookshop.

The reading, organized by Vashon Poet Laureate Merna Ann Hecht, will feature British Columbia’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, and novelist Gurjinder Basran.

Rose’s works have been appeared in publications, including “The American Poetry Review” and “The Best American Poetry.” Her 2012 book, “Song & Spectacle,” won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award in the United States and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada.

She was the librettist for “When the Sun Comes Out,” Canada’s first lesbian opera, which grappled with fundamentalism, homophobia and forbidden love.

She is also the winner of a 2014 and 2016 Pushcart Prize and received a fellowship to the prestigious International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Along with Rose’s activism and poetry, she has authored a non-fiction book, “The Dog Lover’s Unit,” describing her journey through four countries following the work and stories of canine law enforcement units.

Basran’s debut novel, “Everything Was Good-bye,” was the winner of the BC Book Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award. It was also named as a Chatelaine Magazine Book Club pick in 2012.

Her second novel, “Someone You Love Is Gone” (2017), is the story of immigration, taking place over more than three generations, of a family that has migrated from Pakistan to India to Canada.

As in her first book, the story addresses the grief of South Asian families leaving their homelands and has been described as “a deeply moving story of the generational memory and loss that are part of the complexity of forced migrations and immigration.”

More in Arts

Organizations join forces to restore meadow

Vashon Nature Center will take up residence at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Musical trifecta showcases early, classical and chamber music

From a string quartet to the talents of a piano prodigy, audiences are sure to be dazzled.

What’s Happening April 18 – 25

A reggae god, a dance for a cause, a boogie at the bookstore, and more.

Chuck Roehm and Stephen Cline will play in concert at Vashon Center for the Arts on April 10 (Courtesy Photo).
A music double-bill celebrates island connections

Lifelong friends will perform original songs from two new albums.

Spring into April’s First Friday Art Walk

Most island galleries and art spots will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. with many featuring musical acts.

Pearl Django is back with jazzy strings and swing

The band’s extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.

Do a musical double-take at Shook Twins show

The duo write music, sing and play a range of instruments that could fill a music shop

Jazz series brings acclaimed players to town

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto will take the stage at Vashon Center for the Arts

A lecture on Debussy won’t be all talk

The event will also include a chance for islanders to hear the composer’s lovely music.

What’s Happening March 28 – April 4

Fairy tales, edgy puppets, cold brews and more.

Songwriters celebrated in concert at Havurah

The local group Tip the Scales will shine a spotlight on beloved fixtures in Vashon’s music community

A local artist takes the helm at Open Space

Jiji Saunders was appointed executive director of the space in late January.