What a lovely evening of reading and discussion! Thank you so much to James and everyone at Book Warehouse Main Street for having us. Last night was a truly warm and intimate discussion of what it means to have breasts. My heart is full of gratitude to Francine Cunningham and Miranda Pearson for sharing their work with us, and to all the writers, and to Caitlin Press, for helping me make this book come into the world.
Claire, who wants push up against the “persistent patriarchal world we live in,” is a particularly astute reader of Boobs. Like me, she wants “to hear marginalized voices, specifically those who identify as women.” She writes: “I want to hear my voice echoed back to me to know I’m not alone, to know we’re no longer silenced.” Sound like a writer who would ask really engaging questions about Boobs and women’s voices? Yeah. I’m really pleased with the interview: you can read it here!
And while you’re on the Loose Lips Magazine website, stay awhile and read some other stuff. It’s a really cool Vancouver-based female-focused publication covering all things woman in the Pacific Northwest. Read about everything from rape culture (boo!) to brunch culture (yay!).
And just a reminder that I’m really hoping to see you at Book Warehouse Main Street this Wednesday at 7pm! I’ll be reading with Francine Cunningham and Miranda Pearson, who have fantastic writing in the anthology. RSVP on Facebook and come on to talk about Boobs.
I’m going to be chatting about Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts tomorrow May 13 on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver. Tune in for the whole show between 3-6pm; I’ll be talking with Janice and Cory around 4pm. You can also listen in live via their website.
I’m looking forward to talking about how I got the idea for an anthology about breasts and female identity, the importance of telling and listening to women’s stories, and the horrors of bra shopping. I hope you’ll listen in!
Don’t forget that next Wednesday, I’ll be at Book Warehouse Main St for another celebration of Boobs, where I’ll be joined by Miranda Pearson (contributing poet), and Francine Cunningham (contributing prose writer), who will read from their fine work from the anthology. You can RSVP on Facebook to the event.
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Thanks so much to everyone who made it out to Heartwood Community Cafe on Friday night and joined me and many of the contributors for a fantastic Vancouver launch of Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts. (If you missed it, or just want more Boobs events in your future, don’t worry: more events are coming soon.) It was an unforgettable night, with an incredibly warm and supportive audience. I enjoyed chatting to everyone who came up to me to ask about the book or tell me what it means to them. I feel so privileged to be a part of bringing these stories and poems to a wider audience.
We had a terrific line-up of authors who read from their work in the book: Kate Braid, Maggie Wojtarowicz, Sara Graefe, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Sierra Skye Gemma, Emily Davidson, Emily Wight, Taryn Hubbard, and Laura Ritland.
I wish I’d thought to get photos of the many other wonderful people who were there, including Matthew Walsh from Plentitude; Terri Brandmueller, Bonnie Nish, and Jónína Kirton from Room Magazine; and Anita who came from Pulp Fiction to sell copies of the book! Thank you so much for coming out and supporting the launch! And of course a huge thank you to Heartwood Cafe for hosting us. Thank you to Vici Johnstone, publisher of Caitlin Press, for believing in the project right from the beginning, and to Michael Despotovic who helped plan this party!
I was also completely warmed to see Zuri Scrivens, Christina Myers, and Lynn Easton at the launch, who also have work in the anthology. Please keep watching the Caitlin Press website for info on future Boobs events and come out to hear them read from their own stories. Every single piece in the book is incredibly important. I can’t stress enough how proud I am that I get to be a part of a project that helps these important stories and poems get heard.
Thanks also to everyone who dropped by Book Warehouse Broadway on Saturday between noon and 1pm to buy books and chat with me! I had a lot of fun participating in Authors for Indies. Thanks to Caitlin and everyone at Book Warehouse Broadway for having me!
After hanging out with me at the Vancouver launch of Boobs on Friday night, come hang out with me at Book Warehouse Broadway this Saturday between 12-1pm! I’ll recommend some books for you to buy. Also, if you want, I will tell the story of how one time someone asked me to marry him and part of his plan involved that very bookstore!
Romance! Books! Weekend fun! Come chat books with me 12pm to 1pm at Book Warehouse Broadway (632 W Broadway).
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Please RSVP to the Vancouver launch of Boobs here.
You’re invited to the launch of Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts at the Heartwood Community Cafe at 317 East Broadway, Vancouver. Join the editor—that’s me!—and many contributors for multiple readings of true stories and poetry. Books will be available for sale and signing. It’s going to be a really fun night. At the launch party, we’ll be joined by the good folks at Room, Canada’s oldest literary journal by and for women, and also Plenitude, Canada’s queer literary magazine. Such good company!
The event is being graciously hosted by Heartwood Community Cafe! Delicious snacks AND literature! What could be more fun on a Friday evening?
Given that space is limited, please RSVP for free admission. We are expecting a full house so RSVP soon!
Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts is now available to purchase at your local independent bookstore! Sometimes with lovely, lovely shelf space like at Mosaic Books in Kelowna, BC, where I spotted it today (hullo spring break!). For all my Vancouverites, I know you can get it at Pulp Fiction and Book Warehouse, too. And my hometown friends in Prince George should be able to order it from Books & Company!
I recommend buying a copy (or two or three or more). I was privileged to edit a really wonderful bunch of poems and creative nonfiction.
Stay tuned for details about Boobs events. I’m excited about the launch party plans that are in the works!
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I’m thrilled that the Caitlin Press anthology I edited, Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts, will be at the 2016 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Lorna Crozier, Rebecca Hendry, Janine Alyson Young and I will read and have a conversation about the book. If you’re thinking ahead to your summer, why not plan to be on the beautiful Sunshine Coast this August? I’d love to include you in the ongoing discussion about breasts, gender identity, and the importance of storytelling.
Further details about the Boobs event at the SCFWA are forthcoming. Watch the SCFWA website for updates. In the meantime—just in case you missed it—I talk about Boobs and my goals for the anthology in an interview over on All Lit Up, which also features several of the other contributors.