Cinema Salon September 7th - Vancouver

 Cinema Salon

Timothy Taylor presents THE THIN RED LINE
Tuesday, september 7 at 7:30 pm
Once a month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, audiences and guests have the opportunity to discuss the film over drinks and snacks in our spacious lounge.
Based on James Jones' novel of the same name, THE THIN RED LINE is set during the battle of Guadalcanal during World War II, in a battle between the Americans and the Japanese.
A courageous and unique take on the terror and chaos of war, the film stands apart by getting inside the minds of the soldiers, so the film's many internal monologues, heard in voice over, are more significant than the battle scenes. War is a series of private torments played out on a global scale, or as one character describes it as, "War don't ennoble men. It turns them into dogs. It poisons the soul."
Presenter: Timothy Taylor
Timothy Taylor is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He’s the author of the acclaimed and bestselling novels STANLEY PARK and STORY HOUSE. He’s also the BIG IDEAS COLUMNIST for the Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine and a regular contributor to EnRoute, Walrus and Vancouver. His highly-anticipated third novel, THE BLUE LIGHT PROJECT is a taut political thriller about a three day hostage crisis. It will be published in the US and Canada in March 2011.
Cinema Salon tickets are available in advance:
• on-line at
• in person at the Vancouver International Film Centre during regular box office hours
Call the FILM INFO LINE: 604.683.FILM (3456) for the latest info and listings. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at or in person 30 minutes before showtime.
To see films at the Vancity Theatre, you must-with a few exceptions-be age 19 or older and be a member of our registered non-profit society. This is because we are allowed to screen films that have not been seen by Consumer Protection BC. By joining the society, you are entitled to attend the next Annual General Meeting. Valid for one year based on the date of purchase, the VIFC basic membership cost is $2.00.
For More Membership Information go to MEMBERSHPS
Vancity Theatre is located at 1181 Seymour St. (at Davie)
Posted: Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 11:17am

Marathon Reading of George Bowering's Burning Water


12 Hour Marathon Reading of Burning Water

The W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation is pleased to announce a marathon reading of George Bowering's award winning novel Burning Water (1980), a novel of George Vancouver's exploration of the coast of British Columbia.

The venue is a pilot program of the City of Vancouver. Everyone is welcome including students and the general public who will have a chance to take turns reading the novel.

Date of the event: (Friday) 30 July 2010.

Location: 700 block of Granville (between West Georgia & Robson Street).

Time: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

About the W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation: 

The W.A. Deacon Literary Foundation is a federally incorporated non-profit organization with charity status founded in April 2008. Our mandate is to educate and increase the general public's understanding and appreciation of the literary arts in Canada through rare book exhibits and public readings from Canadian award winning authors. We also administer and sponsor a National Book Collecting Contest for young Canadians under 30 years of age. 

For more information please visit our website:

Posted: Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010 2:51pm

Ladies and Gentlemen: Kevin House

The title of Kevin House's new show - tonight, that is May 6, 2010 at the Red Gate Gallery at 156 West Hastings Street at Cambie - is telling. It's the grouping title, you could say, of a whole group of strange and wonderful pieces that House has done about Vancouver at some unspecified point in its just-pre-Modernity. What House has going on here are a number of developed back stories - of singers, performers, side show freaks and assorted other demi-tragedies of a more innocent era - that have been extruded through his imagination and into his latest (greatest, weirdest) form: the painted and miniaturely sculpted 78 record.

Posted: Thursday, May. 6, 2010 6:01am

Launch Party for Darwin's Bastards

Fun launch party planned for the anthology of speculative fiction Darwin's Bastards, to which I contributed the story Sunshine City.
I quote from the D&M website: "Are you one of Darwin's Bastards? There's only one way to find out. Join the stellar cast of contributing writers at one of two great events we have planned to launch Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. We're in Vancouver and Toronto wearing some cosmic costumes, performing some psychedelic shows, and having some futuristic fun. All with the amazing emcee stylings of Zsuzsi Gartner, who edited and compiled the collection."
I'll be reading from the opening of Sunshine City.
Friday, April 16
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
doors at 8 pm
Also featuring: Laura Trunkey, Jay Brown, Paul Carlucci, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Annabel Lyon, Oliver Kellhammer, Lee Henderson


Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010 8:54pm

Darwin's Bastards

A collection of speculative fiction written by writers who (mostly) aren't known for their speculative fiction. You might have wondered how Zsuzsi Gartner and D&M's project could possibly work. I'm biased. I have a story in the collection. But I love the results. Great contributions from Adam Lewis Shroeder, Elyse Friedman, Lee Henderson, Sheila Heti, Anosh Irani, lots of others.

A strong dystopian fragrance hangs over these stories. But the stories suggest in total that we've arrived at a particular point in history when it comes to speculation. We're past shiny optimism. But we tend to roll our eyes at romantic depression too. Characters in these stories may hope reflexively, without much obvious justification for doing so. But they do hope, do aspire. They don't despair. Go bastards. 

D&M has published this book, and made a funny video too. I'm really proud to be part of this one.

Posted: Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010 7:44am

Going to Mecca, or its near equivalent

When I was writing my architecture novel, Story House, I had a small library of images that I used to shape my sense of Packer Gordon, the senior architect in the story. It's no secret that Arthur Erikson was one inspiration, particularly his wooden houses. And especially the beautiful Filberg House.

But Vladimir Ossipoff, the Hawaii based modernist, was another inspiration.

And now, after all these years, I'm finally going to see his work in real life. I'll be in Hawaii for 10 days, mid March, working on a number of stories. But a piece for Western Living (guided so creatively by Charlene Rooke over the past few years) will be about Ossipoff. I'll be touring various buildings of his, including the famous Liljestrand House and the Goodsill House.

Amazing. Thanks Western Living. This is going to seriously rock.

Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 1:09pm

Video: W2 Real Writers & Culture Series reading

The W2 Real Writers & Culture Series was a great success. And the people who run it, besides being literary and enthusiastic, are also very tech-savvy. As a result, just hours after the event, they've already posted video of the final reading on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

Please watch the whole thing if you can. My short reading from The Blue Light Project appears at about the 24:00 minute mark.

Thanks to Sean Cranbury for hosting this event, and to all the people at CreativeTechnology and W2.

Posted: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 9:48am

W2 Real Vancouver Writers & Culture Series: 24 Feb 2010




Pleased to be reading 24 Feb 2010 at 7PM as part of the W2 Real Vancouver Writers & Culture Series (112 West Hastings Street). I'll be reading from "Sunshine City" a new short story that appears in the Zsuzsi Gartner edited anthology Darwins Bastards, coming soon from the ever-brilliant Douglas & McIntyre.

In an evening hosted by Hal Wake, other writers reading will be Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Steven Galloway, Rhonda Waterfall, The Yarnbombers Leann Prain and Mandy Moore, Weldon Hunter, McKinley M Hellenes, Alex Leslie, kc dyer, Leilah Nadir, Caroline Adderson and Brad Cran.

Estimated likelihood the event will rock: 100%

All deets: W2 Real Vancouver Writers & Culture Series

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 9:32am

Candahar Photo Show: 22 Feb 2010

I'll be reading at the Candahar, 22 Feb. I'm presenting photographs of "wall art" by the local street artists who inspired me during the writing of my upcoming novel The Blue Light Project.

The show starts at 7 with a reading by poet Gregory Betts. I'm on around 8:30. Stay after my presentation for a screening of Murray Siple's film "Carts of Darkness", about the shopping cart races that happen on Mountain Highway in North Vancouver.

A creation of Theo Sims, the Candahar is a working Belfast pub that unfolds out of a shipping container, complete with two Belfast barkeeps who may or may not travel in the container.

Playwrights Theatre Centre at 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.

Posted: Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 8:04am

Soft Skull signs The Blue Light Project

The Blue Light Project will be published simultaneously in Canada and the US by Knopf Canada and the brilliant, edgy American independent Soft Skull.

Trade announcement:

Timothy Taylor’s Blue Light Project, a literary thriller that uses a
four-day hostage siege in the not-too-distant future, during which a
city unravels and three disparate lives intersect, to explore if art
still has the power to transcend, even in the face of our
interconnected world, to Denise Oswald at Soft Skull, by Gillian
MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency  (US).



Posted: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 1:28pm
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