UBC Bookstore, Be a Knit Activist

International Women’s Day Talk

Events

Knitting and activism go hand-in-hand.

On International Women’s Day, I will be speaking on the topic of feminism, art and activism.

Be Bold for Change
March 8, 2017, 5 pm
UBC Bookstore, The University of British Columbia
Book signing to follow

Prior to my talk, the bookstore will host knitting lessons. I encourage knitters (or knitters in the making) to craft while I talk.

Find out more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/139446109907260

If you are in the area drop by, knit some stitches, and say hello!

 

 

Book Tour Announced!

Book Tour, Books, Events, Workshop, Writing Life

I’m thrilled to announce the details of my fall book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker.

Our brilliant publishers Arsenal Pulp Press & Sasquatch Books have partnered to send us on an incredible fall tour where we’ll visit 12 venues in eight different cities across the US & Canada. We’ll be participating in panels on craft, creativity, design and activism, and we’ll also be teaching hands-on workshops. In our workshops, we’ll be doing somewhat of a crafting ’round-robin’ and for my portion, I’ll be teaching story techniques for artists of all kinds, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.

I have to say that I’m in somewhat disbelief that this tour has come together is such a cohesive way. It had germinated as a half-thought that I had scratched onto a scrap of paper while working late at the night on a draft of my book, “Talk to Betsy and Kim about going on a book tour.”

A few weeks after, I shyly mentioned the idea to Kim while meeting for sushi and she responded enthusiastically. Now, six months later, we actually have a tour schedule with an amazing roster of designers, curators, and artists as hosts. We’re all amazed at how this has come together.

Here’s the nitty-gritty of our tour:

Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

Betsy Greer will tour in support of Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Published May 2014). Leanne Prain will share Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (Forthcoming October 2014). Kim Werker will tour in support of Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (Forthcoming September 2014).

As event times are confirmed, I’ll be updating details on the Upcoming Events page of my website. In addition to my travels with Betsy and Kim, I’ll be participating in additional events on my own in Vancouver, Courtenay, and Seattle and they’ll be listed there as soon as I confirm with the venues.

Fictionknitstas Tour – Vancouver Tomorrow Night

Books, Events, Speaking Engagements

Tomorrow night, join me and a fabulous group of female authors at Vancouver’s People’s Co-Op Bookstore for a night of reading and knitting.

Authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell and Nicole Dixon will read from their work:

Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose.

Stella Leventoyannis Harvey founded the Whistler Writers Group, also known as the Vicious Circle, which each year produces the Whistler Writers Festival under her direction. She will be reading from Nicolai’s Daughters which is  her first published novel.

Nicole Dixon has lived in Toronto, Sarnia, Windsor, North Bay and Halifax. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize and a CBC Literary Award and appeared in The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead, and Canadian Notes and Queries. In 2005 she won the Writers’ Trust of Canada RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for short fiction. She will be reading from her novel High Watermark.

Gillian Campbell‘s short fiction has been published in Grain Magazine, Creekstones: Words & Images, The New Quarterly, and The Antigonish Review. She will be reading from The Apple House, her first novel.

There will also be some knitters in the audience who have crafted garments inspired by the books. I’ll be sure to call on them for a show and tell!

Tuesday March 28th at 7:30 PM at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. To learn more, see the Fictionknitstas website.