The cherry blossoms are out in Vancouver and so are new issues and volumes from your favourite B.C. magazines. Enjoy the sunshine on your way to meet other magazine aficionados at the following 2023 Spring magazine events:
What: To celebrate the release of Issue 3.49, “Bad Feelings,” you are invited to join a panel discussion with Guest Editors Afuwa, Jastej Luddu, and Fenn Stewart in conversation with contributors Gage Karahkwí:io Diabo and Megan Feheley. The Capilano Review Literary Editor Deanna Fong will lead a moderated discussion delving into the editorial framework of the issue, exploring how “bad feelings”—those perceived as unwanted, unpleasant, negative, or inappropriate—can act as a catalyst for solidarity and collective world-building. We invite you (and all your feelings!) to attend this lively discussion on the politics and aesthetics of negative affect.
Where: Zoom, register via Eventbrite here.
When: March 31st, 2023, starting at 12:00pm PST
What: EVENT’s annual used book sale fundraiser is back! The team collects books all year long from local authors, teachers, and publishers, to bring you a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, textbooks, and more. Enjoy low prices and a wide selection of new reading material! We are accepting donations throughout the week, so if you’re in the area keep checking back to see what’s new. To check out their latest issue, 51.3, “Notes on Writing,” check out their website.
Where: Douglas College, New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5
When: March 27th-30th from 10am-5pm PST
What: Megaphone Magazine’s newest literary anthology is focused on home, homelessness, and the contrasts between. The anthology isn’t out just yet, but the launch will be happening late May! The launch will be an evening of celebrating and hearing poetry readings from the writers published in Voices of the Street. Check back in April for more information. Hard copies of the 2022 edition of Voices of the Street – Stealing Looks at the Sun: Writing about Climate Change in 2022 are sold out. Digital online copies are still available if you weren’t able to pick one up from your Megaphone vendor in time. VOTS showcases the literary talents of marginalized writers in Vancouver and is sold by Megaphone vendors to earn a meaningful income. To learn more, check out their website.
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
When: May 26 – time TBA
What: Join host and lead editor Michelle Ha in celebrating “Around the Table” with art and performances from the issue. Browse visiting cover artist Paige Jung’s work and listen to Stephanie Lim, Grace Liu, Many Ruthnum, and Jaeyun Yoo read fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Room Magazine is grateful to be coming together again at Massy Arts Society after two years of virtual events, and to welcome guests and readers both virtually and in-person in a hybrid fashion. Please note that the Zoom event will be recorded. Register here!
“The name ‘Around the Table’ came from the realization that for a lot of Asian cultures many moments, activities, and memories are done and made around the table. In this sense, I wanted this issue to feel similar to that. The dream for 46.1 has always been about supporting and uplifting the voices of Asian writers and artists, as well as to curate this issue as a platform to showcase the vastness that is the Asian collective… ‘Around the Table’ became a home to these incredibly wonderful, joyful, and vulnerable pieces that share individual experiences for the collective.” —Michelle Ha
Where: Massy Arts Society, 23 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9
When: March 26 from 2-5pm PST
What: Thimbleberry Magazine is a publication devoted to arts and culture in Northern B.C. celebrating fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and cultural commentary about the region. There will be a launch party for Volume 7 in April, so be sure to check it out! If you can’t make it, be sure to order the mag online on their website!
Where: Omineca Arts Centre, 369 Victoria St, Prince George, BC V2L 2J6
When: April 8 from 7-9pm PST