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Q & A from Red Alder Review

Betsy was interviewed today as part of Red Alder Review’s Open Mic seriesHearing new work from a Social Distance. It’s a short Q & A followed by a video reading from Lost Lagoon/lost in thought.

And if you missed the online launch of Lost Lagoon/lost in thought on April 16th, here is the video recorded by Caitlin Press.

Love to have you join me at my online book launch April 16 at 4:30pm PDT

These times make us think in new ways! 

This virtual book launch of Lost Lagoon/lost in thought on Thursday April 16th at 4:30pm PDT will be easy to join and you can stay for as long as you like. Along with my giving a short reading, Cynthia Flood will talk with me about the book. 

Save your spot and pre-register at:

Free! Live! No software download required!

In addition, you can type in questions or comments to which I can respond.

Find the event time in your own time zone.

My very best to you each and all,



From the FBCW:

Submissions are now open for the Federation of BC Writers’ 3rd annual short fiction contest, this year showcasing British Columbia and Yukon writing talent. Author, speaker and mentor, Eileen Cook ( will judge the 2020 BC & Yukon Short Fiction Contest (formerly known as the BC Short).

Sponsored by the FBCW, the BC & Yukon Short Fiction Contest is a competition for original, unpublished short stories by British Columbia and Yukon writers. There is no theme. The word length is 1,200-1,500 words. Stories must be written in English.

PRIZE: First prize is $350 and a year ’s FBCW membership. 


·       $10 (CAD) for FBCW members.

·        $20 (CAD) for Non-Members.*

·        One story per entry. 


·       All submissions must be made online through Submittable. (Please go to

·       The name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the entry itself.

·       Work must be original, not previously published, and by writers who live or work in the Canadian province of British Columbia or in the Yukon.

·       Submissions only accepted in MS Word, PDF or RTF format, in Times New Roman 12 Point font.

·       The decision of the Judge is final.

·       Staff and Board members of the FBCW and their immediate family are not eligible to enter.


The deadline for submissions is midnight, PST, April 30, 2020.

Finalists will be announced on FBCW Facebook and Social media on May 21. The winner will be announced on the FBCW social media on May 31, 2020. The winning entry will be published in WordWorks 2020 #2, the magazine of the Federation of BC Writers.

For more information, you can contact Ann Graham Walker at

Interview April 1 on Wax Poetic, CFRO

Tune in to CFRO 100.5FM on April 1, 2020 at 2pm to hear an interview with Betsy Warland about her new book Lost Lagoon/lost in thought.

Wax Poetic is interviews with Canadian poets, live readings, and recordings with hosts RC Weslowski, Kevin Spenst, Lucia Misch, and Beni Xiao. Broadcast 2 pm PST at each Wednesday on 100.5 CFRO and Vancouver Co-Op Radio from Vancouver, Canada.

Book Launch — Postponed

Unfortunately the Lost Lagoon/lost in thought book launch scheduled for March 19, 2020 is postponed.

Lost Lagoon/lost in thought – more details

Book Launch for Betsy’s latest book: Lost Lagoon/lost in thought

Join Betsy for a reading followed by a conversation with Cynthia Flood. Hosted by Shaena Lambert.

Date: Thursday March 19, 2020 POSTPONED

New time: 7:00pm

Venue: Cafe Lokal, 2610 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Free! Everyone welcome. Books for sale.

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