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2013 Pandora's Collective Literary Awards Gala

Pandora's Collective is proud to announce the recipients of the Pandora's Literary Awards for 2013. This year's awards winners will be honoured at a special gala to be held on Friday, August 23th at CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver). The night will be hosted by Sean Cranbury and will feature a musical performance by  M’Girl
ESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER
 . Award presenters include Fiona Tinwei Lam, Wayde Compton, Evelyn Lau, Steven R. Duncan, Dennis E. Bolen, and Chrystalene Buhler. Harp Music by Amanda Hartley. Gala night photography done by 
Anderw Bagoly.


7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)

CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton St.)

FREE!!

Cash bar

Silent Auction (Cash Only)


7:35- 7:45 M’Girl 


7:45- 8:00 The Organizer/Promoter Award Chris Gilpin Presented by Chrystalene Buhler.


The Organizer/Promoter Award is given to an individual who has put themselves forward to help organize literary events, whether they are ongoing or special events, someone who has over the last year helped give space to many writers whether they are new or established. This year's recipient is Chris Gilpin.  Jillian Christmas to present.


8:00- 8:15 Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor Jen Currin presented by Wayde

Compton.


Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor *This award goes to an individual who has taken the time to help foster other writers, giving them feedback and support over and above what may be expected. This year's winner is Jen Currin. Wadye Compton to present.


8:15- 8:30 Publisher's  Award  New Star Books  Presented by Dennis E. Bolen


Our Publisher's Award goes to those publishers who keep getting the word out -- your words. Where would we be without the publishers? This year's winner is New Star Books. Dennis E. Bolen to present


8:30- 8:45 Magazine Award Ricepaper Magazine Presented by Evelyn Lau

 

Our Magazine Award goes to a magazine publisher who continues to support novice and established writers alike. This year, we are pleased to announce
the recipient of this award is Ricepaper.  Presenter Evelyn Lau


8:45- 9:00 Break Don't forget our Silent Auction. 


9:00- 9:15 Citizenship Award  Ariadne Sawyer Presented by Steven R. Duncan


Our Citizenship Award goes to recognize an individual who Pandora’s Collective feels has excelled in their support of writers within our community. This year's recipient is Ariadne Sawyer. Steven R. Duncan to present


9:15- 9:30 Announce Silent Auction Winners


9:30-9:40 Film on Joy Kogawa


9:40- 10:10  The Pandora's Collective Distinctive Body of  Work Award to Joy Kogawa. Presented by Fiona Tinwei Lam 


The Pandora's Collective Distinctive Body of Work Award is awarded annually in recognition of an author's literary achievements. This award is in recognition of his or her distinguished contribution to the literary community through their work and their example. This year's recipient is Joy Kogawa. Fiona Tinwei Lamto Present.


10:10-10:15  Wrap up and good night. 



The Pandora's Collective Distinctive Body of  Work Award is awarded annually in recognition of an author's literary achievements. This award is in recognition of his or her distinguished contribution to the literary community through their work and their example. This year's recipient is Joy Kogawa.


The Organizer/Promoter Award is given to an individual who has put themselves forward to help organize literary events, whether they are ongoing or special events, someone who has over the last year helped give space to many writers whether they are new or established. This year's recipient is Chris Gilpin.

 

Pandora’s Collective BC Writer Mentor *This award goes to an individual who has taken the time to help foster other writers, giving them feedback and support over and above what may be expected. This year's winner is Jen Currin

 

Our  Publisher's  Award goes to those publishers who keep getting the word out -- your words. Where would we be without the publishers? This year's winner is New Star Books.

 

Our Magazine Award goes to a magazine publisher who continues to support novice and established writers alike. This year, we are pleased to announce the recipient of this award is Ricepaper

 

And last but not least, our Citizenship Award  goes  to recognize an individual who Pandora’s Collective feels has excelled in their support of writers within our community. This year's recipient is Ariadne Sawyer



About the recipients:



Joy Kogawa,
born in Vancouver is 1935, is best known for her semi-autobiographical novel Obasan, chronicling one family’s years of Japanese Canadian internment and dispersal during and after World War II. Her children’s novel Naomi’s Road was adapted first as a play and later as a children’s opera. She was most recently writer-in-residence at Massey College, University of Toronto.
Publications:
The Splintered Moon, poetry, University of New Brunswick, 1967.
A Choice of Dreams, poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 1974 (out of print).
Jericho Road, poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 1977.
Obasan, novel, first printed by Lester and Orpen Dennys, Canada, 1981; David Godine, U.S.A., 1982; Penguin Canada, 1983; Reclam Verlag, Germany, 1993; Anchor Books, U.S.A., 1994, De Geus, Netherlands, 1997, Chuokoron, Japan,1998.
Woman in the Woods, poetry, Mosaic, Canada, 1985.
Naomi’s Road, children’s fiction, Oxford University Press, Canada, 1986; Stoddart, Canada, 1994; expanded edition, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005.
Naomi no Michi, young adult fiction, Shogakkan, Japan.
Itsuka, novel, Viking, Canada, 1992; revised, Penguin Canada, 1993; 1993 Anchor Books, New York, 1994. (OUP)
The Rain Ascends, novel, Knopf Canada, 1995; Vintage, Canada, 1996. Revised, Penguin Canada, 2003
A Song of Lilith, poetry, Polestar, an imprint of Raincoast, 2000.
A Garden of Anchors, Selected Poems, poetry, Mosaic, Canada, 2003.
Emily Kato, (Itsuka revisited) novel, Penguin Canada, 2005.
Naomi’s Tree, children’s fiction, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2008

Awards: For Obasan
Books in Canada -- First Novel Award
Canadian Authors Association -- Book of the Year Award
Periodical Distributors of Canada -- Best Paperback Fiction Award
Before Columbus Foundation -- The American Book Award
American Library Association -- Notable Book

Organizations:
Member Board of Directors -- Canadian Civil Liberties Association 
Member Writers’ Union of Canada 
Member Pen International
Past-president Toronto Dollar Community Projects Inc

Honours:
Member of the Order of Canada, 1986
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Lethbridge, 1991
Fellow of Ryerson Polytechnical University, 1991
Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Guelph, 1992
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Simon Fraser University, 1993
Urban Alliance Race Relations award, 1994
Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar award, 1995
Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Knox College, University of Toronto, 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Asian American Studies, 2001
Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, University of British Columbia, 2001
The NAJC National Award, National Association of Japanese Canadians, 2001
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Queen’s University, 2003
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Windsor, 2003
Obasan chosen for One Book One Community -- Medicine Hat, Alberta, 2004
Joy Kogawa Day, Vancouver, November 6, 2004
Obasan chosen for One Book One Vancouver -- Vancouver B.C., 2005
Obasan Cherry Tree Day, Vancouver, November 1, 2005
Naomi’s Road, the opera, commissioned by Vancouver Opera, 2005
Order of British Columbia, 2006
George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
B.C. Bookworld and Vancouver Public Library Plaque, 2008
B.C. Author Achievement Day Proclamation, April 25, 2008
Order of the Rising Sun, November 26, 2010





Chris Gilpin is the 2012 Nerd Slam and Erotica Slam champion. He is also a two-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team (2008 & 2009), the champion of Vancouver’s 2008 Haiku Death Match, finalist in the 2010 Write Bloody Press manuscript competition, winner of the Vancouver’s 2009 CBC Poetry Face-off, and the 2011 Vancouver Individual Poetry Slam Champion. 

Chris has toured as a spoken word poet throughout Canada, and the northwestern United States. In the summer of 2006, he toured the Canadian Fringe circuit with his play “87% True: The Lies That Bind,” co-created with Rosemary Rowe. His literary work has been published in the anthology of west coast poets Alive at the Centre, as well as in Geist, PRISM International, CV2, Poetry is Dead, Vancouver Review, The Canadian Review of Literature in Performance, and many others. He performs as part of the interactive multimedia clown rock supergroup Awesome Face. 

Chris Gilpin organizes the WordPlay Poetry-in-Schools program including Hullabaloo: BC's Youth Spoken Word Festival and is the Co-Director of Verses Festival of Words.

Find out more at ChrisGilpin.com





Jen Currin has published three collections of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities; Hagiography; and most recently, The Inquisition Yours (2010), which was a finalist for four awards and won the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. She lives in Vancouver, and teaches writing at Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen University, and for The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.





















In 1969, a group of writers and editors working for the Georgia Straight published the first of several literary supplements inserted into the weekly Straight. The Georgia Straight Writing Supplement featured work by writers such as Straight editor/publisher Dan MacLeod, Stan Persky, Milton Acorn, Gerry Gilbert, Jack Spicer, George Stanley, Robin Blaser, Maria Hindmarch, Jim Herndon, Dennis Wheeler, and Colin Stuart.

Within a year, the informal group of writers and editors behind the Georgia Straight Writing Supplement began publishing books under the name Georgia Straight Writing Series (GSWS). Early work by bill bissett, Judith Copithorne, Fred Wah, Brian Fawcett, George Bowering, and Daphne Marlatt featured in this series. Within another year, internal schisms within the Georgia Straight resulted in an exodus of many of the writers/editors connected to the GSWS from the weekly paper. As the “York street commune”, the book publishing project continued under a new imprint, Vancouver Community Press.
By 1974, the make-up of the collective had shifted, and so too had the press's editorial focus, which began to emphasize non-fiction titles about current affairs and politics. One of these books, Two Roads by Jack Scott, a largely positive account of the People's Republic of China (Scott was one of the first westerners to visit, and write an account of, the China of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution) inspired another name change, to New Star Books, marking a shift in editorial emphasis away from literary work and toward series non-fiction about politics.

By 1978, the York Street commune was no more, and Lanny Beckman, who had joined the press in 1974, became publisher, a position he held until 1990, when Rolf Maurer assumed the role. This last change coincided with a return to the press's literary roots: while New Star continues to publish books about politics and social issues, it also resumed publishing poetry, as well as prose fiction and non-fiction. As well, books on local history and culture became an important component of New Star's list.

In 1998, New Star moved across town to its current location, at 18th and Commercial Street in Vancouver's East End. Today, New Star Books publishes six to ten new titles per year.



Ricepaper Magazine 

Ricepaper
is a national literary arts magazine committed to providing voice and focus on East Asian and Southeast Asian culture.  A forum for inclusive, representative and progressive dialogue, Ricepaper showcases the quality work by artists, scholars, and cultural producers that reflects the diverse interests of Asian Canadians.  By providing an alternative to mainstream media for both readers and advertisers, Ricepaper strives to connect the local, national, and global community by challenging the parameters of how Asian Canadians are perceived and defined.

Ricepaper first began in 1994 as a newsletter for the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) – eight pages which were photocopied back-to-back and stapled together. Ricepaper was a way for ACWW members to communicate amongst each other as well as celebrate each other’s successes. ACWW, a non-profit organization, continues to publish Ricepaper today.

From these humble beginnings, Ricepaper became a quarterly magazine that was distributed coast-to-coast, publishing the new voices coming out of the Asian Canadian arts and literary community. It continues to be the only Canadian literary magazine of its kind with an Asian Canadian perspective.






Ariadne Sawyer was the winner of the $5,000 prestigious MacLean Hunter award for programs of excellence:  The Brain Bulletin Series, seven CD’s which have played on radio stations across Canada. She is also an author of three books, a speaker, a poetry judge and a movie reviewer.

Ariadne is the president of the World Poetry Reading Series Society, and co-host and co-founder of World Poetry (www.worldpoetry.ca) She is also the radio show co-host and producer of The World Poetry Café on Vancouver Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM. 

She is currently working on her first novel: Journey of Love and Agony and a book of dream poems called Love Poems to the World. Her poems have been published internationally.

In May, 2011, she received an International Peace Poetry Award at the World Poetry International Festival. 
She can be reached at ariadnes@uniserve.com and you can find out more at www.ariadnepeakperformanceplus.net.



All Awards are original creations by artist Judith Atkinson. 

This year's awards winners will be honoured at a special gala to be held on Friday, August 23rd at CBC Studio 700. 

 

 


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