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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.

Lost Lagoon/lost in thought Launch Save the Date

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

Date: Thursday March 19, 2020 at 6:30pm 7:00pm NEW time

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

Free! Everyone welcome. Books for sale.

Betsy to speak at Rising Tides book launch Jan 26


Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times is a new anthology from Caitlin Press.

Join Betsy Warland, editor Catriona Sandilands and other local contributors for readings, discussion, and

Sunday, January 26, 2020

2 pm

Cedar Room, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver BC

No purchase necessary. Garden entry not required.

Learn more at: Caitlin Press/ Rising Tides

Vancouver Manuscript Intensive Accepting Applications for 2020

The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive is accepting applications for 2020. VMI is an in-depth one-to-one mentorship program that pairs you with a professional author to develop your manuscript to its fullest potential. Our newest mentor is the author of fiction, essays and poetry Susan Olding.

VMI mentorship begins with an in-person meeting to develop a rapport, discuss your manuscript, and confirm your goals. In preparation for this meeting, your mentor will read and assess your entire manuscript, or body of work from which the basis of a manuscript is determined, before developing a suggested strategy for your ongoing work together. The Vancouver Manuscript Intensive web site has all the details.

Our program culminates each year with a public reading given by each year’s graduates.

Applications for VMI close on November 11, 2019. Have a look at our roster of experienced and award-winning mentors, success stories from authors such as Jonina Kirton and Leanne Dunic, and contact Betsy if you have any questions!

Application deadline: November 11, 2019
Notification: November 25, 2019
Tuition: $2,800 + GST
Tuition due by: December 14, 2019

Betsy at Vancouver Writers Fest

Betsy will be moderator for Event 70: Difficult Inheritances
Free (Pay what you can)

On Saturday, Oct 26

From 5:00pm – 6:30pm

At Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street

How do we confront painful inheritances? Abandoned by his parents, Jesse Thistle fell into a life of drugs, homelessness and crime, before taking it upon himself to change. In From the Ashes, he shares his journey to reconnect with his Métis-Cree culture and family. Exiled from her Yemeni family and shaken by her father’s death, Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving) pursued a turbulent life of constant travel—until an untold family history enabled her to finally find herself. Adopted as an infant, Jenny Heijun Wills (Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.) overcomes cultural divides to build a relationship with her birth family. These memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures

Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.

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