Thursday, December 31, 2009

Spoken INK announces January and February 2010 featured guests

Diane Tucker, author of His Sweet Favour, featured guest at January’s Spoken INK!   

Spoken INK is an open mic/reading series brought to you by the Burnaby Writers’ Society, and held every third Tuesday (September to June) at the James Street Café, just one short block east of Boundary Road on Canada Way at Smith (NE corner) in Burnaby.  Open mic sign-up time is 7:30 p.m., featured readings begin at 8:00 p.m. For more  information,  contact

Be sure to join us at the James Street Café on Tuesday, January 19th, at 8:00 p.m., when author Diane Tucker reads from her new novel, His Sweet Favour.  An open mic follows – this month’s topic is

Russell Thornton (author of House Built of Rain) says of Tucker’s novel, “His Sweet Favour is so alive, you’ll swear that Favour, the budding actress narrator and heroine of this book, was an actual honey-haired girl who came of age and learned about love during her final year of high school in the 1980s. You won’t be able to stop thinking about her (or the rest of the cast of characters in this highly readable, virtuoso performance of a sad and “sweet” story), and you’ll see — you’ll wish the book would never end.”

Diane Tucker grew up in southeast Vancouver, BC, where she appeared in various plays and musicals before deciding to be a writer. She has published two books of poetry: God on His Haunches (Nightwood Editions, 1996), which was short-listed for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Bright Scarves of Hours (Palimpsest Press, 2007). Tucker lives in Burnaby, B.C.  His Sweet Favour is her first novel.

Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni are Spoken INK’s February Guests!   

On Tuesday February 16th, arts promoters and poets Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni read from their work, 8:00 p.m., at the James Street Café, as part of the Spoken INK reading series.  And be sure to stick around for our open mic! This month’s topic is Echo.

Sita Carboni
has been featured throughout the Lower Mainland at various events including The World Poetry Readings Series, The Word on the Street and The North Shore Writers Festival. Her poetry can be found in literary journals and e-zines including, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Blue Print Review and Her love for life has made her a mainstay in the local poetry community as a writer, reader and promoter of the arts. She is a member of the Federation of BC Writers and co-founder of the Kitsilano Writers Group, Word Whips Writing Series and Pandora's Collective. She enjoys the creativity of authors such as Salman Rushdie, Jose Saramago and Joy Kogawa and hopes to one day learn how to sculpt, combining words with three-dimensional form.

Bonnie Nish has been Executive Director of Pandora's Collective Outreach Society, a Vancouver charity established to promote literacy and self-expression in our community, for the past seven years. As

Pandora's founder and Director, Bonnie has created outreach writing programs for all ages. She has created and maintained the Loonie Backpack Drive to provide children in Zimbabwe with school

supplies. As well she established the annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival. Published widely internationally her work (poetry, prose and book reviews) has appeared in such publications as Quills,

The Toronto Quarterly, Undercurrents, Illuminations,, and Her work will appear in the anthology Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Red Hen Press,

2009) for which she was guest editor. In September 2001, Bonnie's poem "Don Quixote's Love Song," was choreographed and performed at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

Bonnie is currently studying towards a Masters in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver with her three teenagers and her dog, who thinks he is more poetic than she is.

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