Imajin Books

An innovative publisher of quality fiction and select non-fiction e-books and trade paperbacks, Imajin Books is a go-to publisher for international authors. Imajin Books’ popularity as an established independent electronic and print publisher, stems from its ability to offer solutions to authors looking to publish works and who want to explore options outside the realm of self-publication.

With a focus on upholding environmentally sustainable publishing practices, Imajin Books has made the conscious decision to use on-demand technology and to focus on the e-book side of the industry. Publishing works since 2003, Imajin Books is also home to “Imajin Qwickies”, a novella imprint, and “Ogopogo Books”, a kids imprint. This year, Imajin books celebrates a major milestone as it is set to publish the most books it has ever published in a year!

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL FEDERATION

Since 1922, the British Columbia Historical Federation, previously the British Columbia Historical Association, has operated in the non-profit space as the leading umbrella organization for historical societies in British Columbia.  By promoting the preservation of historical sites and places of historical interest, the British Columbia Historical Federation’s underlying objective is to spark public interest and encourage historical research in the province.

For further awareness of its goals, to generate interest in the history of British Colombia, the British Columbia Historical Federation produces a flagship magazine publication, British Columbia History.  With quarterly published issues, British Columbia History shares unique stories through the words and images of community writers and historians.  Every must-read issue is packed with fresh articles and photographs, as well as relevant insights into local archives.

POWELL RIVER LIVING MAGAZINE

Isabelle Southcott’s publication, Powell River Living Magazine, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, marking over a decade of serving the local Powell River community.  Nestled on the upper Sunshine Coast, Powell River Living Magazine is a locally owned and independent, leisure and lifestyle publication that reflects the lives and needs of local residents.

Southcott, a seasoned journalist who began her successful career working with daily newspapers in Nova Scotia, launched Powell River Living Magazine after realizing that her community was being underserved by the publishing industry.  She wanted to offer her readers the option of reading a magazine that focused on human successes rather than the sensationalism that so often consumes the industry.  Today, along with her Associate Publisher, Sean Percy, Southcott continues to offer her community access to diverse perspectives with 16 issues published per year for residents to enjoy.

Caitlin Press – Where urban meets rural!

Established in 1977 and celebrating 40 years of publishing bold works by women, Caitlin Press, has made a name for itself in the publishing industry as the trade publisher of the Central Interior of British Columbia. Caitlin Press is known for continuously collaborating with other creative industries in B.C. and publishing culturally significant books that tackle important subjects such as Indigenous rights, the history of feminism, and gender identity.

In March 2008, Vici Johnstone of Halfmoon Bay purchased the press. Most recently, in 2016, this award-winning publisher launched Dagger Editions, publishing literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women. Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Johnstone leading the company, Caitlin Press continues to publish books that reflect the diverse cultures of B.C. while simultaneously bridging the gap between the urban and the rural.

        

New Society Publishers – Book to Build a New Society!

For over 30 years, New Society Publishers has been inspiring the world with its cutting edge contribution to the industry by publishing books that promote an ecologically sustainable and just society. By publishing books that offer sound environmental solutions, New Society Publishers is proud to hold the highest environmental and social standards of any publisher in North America.

From the choice of printing books on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, to the commitment to print books exclusively in North America, New Society Publishers has brought environmental and social justice considerations to the forefront of dialogue within the publishing industry. It is truly a breath of fresh air to enjoy the works of a publisher that not only cares deeply about what they publish, but also about the standards that govern their business practices.

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She’s Calling the Shots

2xMore and BC Creates host a panel discussion with top executives from DHX Media, Rainmaker Entertainment as well as “2X More” program participant Heather Hawthorn-Doyle. On Thursday, March 2, join Women in View and BC Creates as they host “She’s Calling the Shots: Advancing Women Directors in Animation and Live Scripted.” The panel discussion taking […]

Creative Industries Week 2017

British Columbia is celebrating four BC’s industries that unite to form BC’s vibrant creative economy: film + tv; digital entertainment; music + sound recording; and book and magazine publishing.

This economy is thriving with increased activity locally and expanded presence internationally. From February 27 to March 4, 2017, these four industries join government and industry stakeholders to celebrate the official Creative Industries Week. Kicking off with a launch reception and events at  the BC Legislature,  the week’s agenda will include activities that the public may join for – from the Career Expo to Digital day, and a VIFF screening to participating events at The Vancouver Writers’ Fest.

BC’s dynamic creative sector is a key contributor to our diverse and growing economy. Annual BC revenues for film, television and digital media alone combined is $3 billion. The creative industries support 65,000 full-time skilled jobs plus thousands of part-time and contract workers.

Creative Industries Week aims to:

  • increase awareness and understanding across BC of the creative industries, their growing contributions to BC’s economy and the exciting career opportunities available in this sector;
  • unite the creative industries in the co-creation of an inter-industry showcase that offers networking and engagement for all who participate;
  • provide the Province of BC and the public with direct opportunity for engagement and connection with the creative industries at a time of unprecedented opportunity and innovation.

We hope you’ll join us at one of our events! Check out the Calendar of Activities

Calendar of Events Feb 27 – Mar 5, 2017

Celebrate Creative Industries Week with Us!

 

2017 Calendar of Events


 

Monday, February 27

Creative Industries Week 2017 Launch & Reception
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (by invite)
Victoria, BC

Tuesday, February 28

Creative Industries Week Showcase
11:00 am – 1:30 pm (by invite)
Victoria, BC

Wednesday, March 1

BC Creates Community Builders Award Reception
6:30 pm (by invite)
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Writers Festival + VPL, InCite – PUBLIC EVENT
7:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library

Thursday, March 2

She’s Calling the Shots: Advancing Women Directors in Animation + Live Scripted – PUBLIC EVENT
Space is limited. Free Admission but RSVP required.
RSVP to amber@womeninview.ca
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
www.viff.org

Arts Umbrella South Surrey 5th Anniversary
6:00 pm
Surrey, BC

VIFF Presents Window Horses – PUBLIC EVENT
Special Reception + Screening with Director Ann Marie Fleming
Reception at 6:15 pm
Screening at 7:30 pm
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street
www.viff.org

Friday, March 3

MPPIA Film + Television Career Expo – PUBLIC EVENT
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Canada Post Building, 425 West Georgia Street
mppia.com/events/career-expo/registration

Saturday, March 4

Digital Day
9:30am – 6:30pm
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
digitaldays2017.com

Don’t Miss CUFFED – It’d Be a Crime

On the weekend of March 11 to 13 criminal minds from all corners of the country will descend upon Granville Island. Some of them specialize in constructing alibis for murders, while others take great pains in weaving intricate forms of blackmail, revenge or the silencing of secrets forever. No two think alike, but they all share at least one thing in common: they would love to meet you.

Later this month CUFFED: The International Crime Writers Festival will welcome 20 of today’s hottest crime fiction talent to Performance Works and the Granville Island Hotel. For three days some of the genre’s best-known Canadian talent will tell audiences how they craft relatable villains, ambiguous anti-heroes and tell richly dark stories of human failings that seem all-too-believable – and indeed, might also draw upon disquieting facts.

The lineup of assembled talent is impressive: Linwood Barclay (his novel “No Time For Goodbye” has been translated into nearly 30 languages), Gail Bowen (creator of the Joanne Kibourn book series), Terry Gould (investigative journalist and non-fiction author), C.C. Humphreys (creator of the French Executioner and the Jack Absolute series) and B.C.’s Owen Laukkanen (“The Professionals”) are just five of the 20 authors that will be speaking at CUFFED. Crime reporter Kim Bolan, who’s known for her coverage of the criminal underbelly in “The Vancouver Sun”, will also be a featured speaker and guest at CUFFED.

Ian Rankin CUFFED festival

Scottish crime author Ian Rankin created the character of Inspector Rebus and is a supporter of CUFFED. Rankin’s Rebus is one of the genre’s best-selling sleuths, appearing in more than a dozen bestselling novels and has also been adapted into television.

With a Little Help from Scotland’s Criminal Mastermind

While this is the inaugural launch of the CUFFED festival, it’s already got an internationally heavyweight champion behind it. Scottish author Ian Rankin, creator of one of today’s most popular fictional detectives (Inspector Rebus), helped raise funds for CUFFED’s launch from an event put on last year.

“Readers realize that along with a compelling narrative, crime fiction says important things about the state of the modern world and asks tough moral questions, making us think about our societies, our institutions and ourselves,” said Rankin. “Crime Fiction Festivals are springing up over the globe and I am positive CUFFED will prove to be one of the jewels in this crown – especially with Alma Lee in charge.”

Alma Lee is the Producer of CUFFED and the former Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. It was during her time spent at that organization Lee first saw growing appetite from audiences eager to explore the nuances of crime fiction. “When Lonnie Propas (CUFFED’s Artistic Director) approached me to help him produce a ‘genre’ festival it seemed like a good idea,” Lee explains. “When we decided to go forward we got nothing but highly positive response from everyone we spoke to – publishers, writers and readers all of which made us confident that we could pull it off.”

With votes in confidence from Ian Rankin – as well as letters of support from other influential crime fiction writers like Louise Penny and Quintin Jardine – the CUFFED team are hopeful that this will be the first of many more CUFFED festivals to come. Chances are good that they won’t be dead wrong.

 

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