12 March 2010

Upcoming Readings/Talks

Three UNBC/CNC literary events coming soon:

Denise Chong – 
Monday, March 22, 2010 – 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
in the Bentley Centre room 7-172


Denise Chong’s new book, Egg on Mao, a story of human rights in China, examines the life and fate of a bus mechanic who defaced the iconic portrait that overlooks Tiananmen Square during the protests in 1989. Acclaimed for her ability to weave personal stories into their complex social context, she is best known for the Canadian classic, The Concubine’s Children, a story of her family divided between China and Canada, one of the first book-length narratives about life in the Chinatowns of Canada. Denise’s next book, The Girl in the Picture was a tale about the napalm girl, one of the most famous casualties of the Vietnam War, about the war itself and the war-torn country.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Prince George, Denise began her working life in the federal Finance department, going on to serve as senior economic advisor in the office of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. In 2001, UNBC awarded Denise an honorary doctorate. She lives in Ottawa.

Hiromi Goto – 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 
1:00 – 2:20 pm 
in AGO 7-158
(Meet and Greet with the author will be held for students, faculty and interested individuals from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in ADMIN 3026)


Born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, her family emigrated to Canada in 1969, settling in British Columbia. She studied at the University of Calgary and now lives in Burnaby, British Columbia. Goto's first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, won a 1995 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was co-winner of the 1996 Canada-Japan Book Award. Her novel The Kappa Child won the Tiptree Award for gender-bending science fiction. Her other books include The Water of Possibility, for young adults, and Hopeful Monsters, short fiction. Hiromi's latest novel, Half World is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half lives, and redemption.









Sabine Bitter & Jeff Derksen – 
Friday, March 26, 2010 – 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
in AGO 7-158




Sabina Bitter has collaborated with Helmut Weber on projects dealing with architecture as a frame for spatial meaning which are at the interface of architecture, new media technologies, and systems of representation. Educated at University for Applied Arts in Linz with Laurids Ortner, their artistic works focus on emergent sites and overlaps of architecture, urban developments, communications systems and modes of artistic and cultural production as they are mediated through photography, video and new media technologies.

Recently the three (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, Helmut Weber) formed Urban Subjects as a cultural collective with the goal of researching and developing artistic projects focusing on urban issues. "Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade" is edited by Urban Subjects.



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Jeff Derksen with Barry McKinnon - 
Friday, March 26, 2010 
7:30 
in 1-306 CNC



Jeff Derksen is a poet and author of several books including Down Time, Dwell, and Transnational Muscle Cars. He works with an interdisciplinary view of culture and globalization in the 20th century. It deals with the relationship of cultural production (what Raymond Williams called "creative practices") and the nexus of social, political, economic and cultural forces that constitute globalization. His areas of special interest are national cultures and the role of the state in the era of globalization; cultural imperialism and the politics of aesthetics; the poetry and poetics of globalized cities; the emergent global cultural front (in a general cultural context and in avant-gardes); culture and gentrification in global-urban spaces; architecture and urbanism; cultural poetics, cultural studies, & cultural geography.






All events are free and open to the public. Reading sponsors include the Canada Council for the Arts, the UNBC Arts Council, the UNBC/ECU Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, and CNC.

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