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Betsy at Canadian Writers Against Kinder-Morgan Expansion

On Saturday, August 25, Betsy Warland and many writers gathered to protest the Kinder Morgan buyout and pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC.

Writers met to share concerns about the threat to local waters; the federal government’s promise that toxic bitumen can be cleaned up when science says it can’t; the marketing of tar sands oil, adding hugely to climate change; the squandering of Canadian tax dollars on a plainly awful business deal; and the violation of the rights and titles of Indigenous peoples during this time of reconciliation.

Contributions were also read in absentia and included poems, paragraphs, songs, barbs, wishes, jokes, and koans.

Betsy shares her poetic contribution of “Treesun / Treason” below:

Photos from the launch of Darrel J. McLeod’s Mamaskatch

Darrel J. McLeod launched his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, emceed the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling. 

Quill & Quire has said “Darrel J. McLeod uses the imagery and tenets of Cree storytelling to make sense of a harrowing childhood. McLeod has written a powerful, unflinching work of non-fiction, one that isn’t afraid to leave itself raw and unfinished, nodding to the stories that are yet to come.”

Learn more about Mamaskatch at Douglas & McIntyre and revisit the festive afternoon of storytelling with photos below from Betsy!

Betsy Warland interviewing Darrel J. McLeod

 

L to R: Barbara Pulling (book editor), Betsy Warland (development editor), Shaena Lambert, (managing editor)

 

Betsy Warland Emcees the Launch of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel J. McLeod

Darrel J. McLeod will launch his memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre) on Sept 15, 2018 at the Native Education College (NEC). Vancouver Manuscript Intensive founder, bestselling author, and cross-genre writer, Betsy Warland, will emcee the afternoon alongside Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling. 

Darrel J. McLeod, author of Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age

Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach, has praised Mamaskatch as “honestly stunning.”

RSVP to wapus1[at]msn[dot] com to attend the launch.

Becky Livingston Publishes Memoir: The Suitcase and the Jar

Becky Livingston, 2015 VMI alumna, will publish her memoir, The Suitcase and the Jar: Travels with a Daughter’s Ashes, on Sept 14, 2018.

For twenty-six months, Livingston travelled to Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, India, England, Ireland and North America, coast to coast, with her daughter’s ashes. Her publisher, Caitlin Press, has called The Suitcase and the Jar a “profoundly moving story of a mother’s courage and resilience.”

Learn more about Livingston’s experience in a brief interview below and pre-order from Chapters/Indigo.

Video courtesy of Adrian Juric

Oscar of Between adapted for musical performance

Oscar of Between by Betsy Warland will be performed with musical accompaniment on September 19, 2018!

You are cordially invited to a read-through performance of The Art of Camouflage for mezzo soprano/baritone, piano & percussion by Lloyd Burritt.

Betsy’s publisher, Caitlin Press, shares the beginnings of Oscar and the epiphany of camouflage:
In 2007, at the age of sixty, Betsy Warland finds herself single and without a sense of family. On an impulse, she decides to travel to London to celebrate her birthday, where she experiences an odd compulsion to see an exhibit on the invention of military camouflage. Within the first five minutes of her visit, her lifelong feeling of being aberrant reveals its source: she had never learned the art of camouflage.
This marked the beginning of Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas. Taking the name Oscar, she embarks on an intimate, nine-year quest by telling her story as “a person of between.” As Oscar, she is able to make sense of her self and the culture that shaped her. She traces this experience of in-betweenness from her childhood in the rural Midwest, through to her first queer kiss in 1978, divorce, coming out, writing life.
Read excerpts from Oscar, learn more about Betsy’s memoir of identity and ideas at Caitlin Press, and revel in Lloyd Burritt’s composition of Walt Whitman’s poetry at the Queer Arts Festival in 2014.
                               Event info:
7 pm Wednesday
                                        September 19th
                                     CMC Adaskin Salon
                                        837 Davie Street

As of Aug 27, seats are sold out.

 

If you’re enjoying the excerpts in Oscar's Salon, buy Oscar of Between and I’ll sign the copy with a personal message.