This week in (gay) Vancouver: word (and film and politics too)


Word Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading.

Word! And film and politics too.  Here’s what’s happening this week in (gay) Vancouver.

Word Vancouver (Sep 24-28), the annual festival of reading and writing returns to celebrate Canadian literary talents with 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops.  The five day festival culminates with a day-long celebration at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch on Georgia with musical performances, free readings, and panel discussions. The LGBTQ contingent at this year’s festival includes Jane Byers, Lucas Crawford and Billeh Nickerson and the Sunday mainstage hosted by our very own David C Jones.

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival (Sep 25-Oct 10) gets underway featuring almost 350 films from over 70 countries over its eleven days.This year’s festival features ten films of interest to the LGBTQ community and for the second year the BC Spotlight series will highlight 13 British Columbia-produced films ranging from comedy, drama, horror, to documentary.

The Simon Fraser University Department of History continues its 2014-2015 This Just In: History and the Headlines lecture series with Pinkwashing: The Queer Critique of Israel’s Pro-Lesbian and Gay Politics in Historical Perspective (Sep 25).  In this talk, historian Elise Chenier offers an overview of the history of queer politics in the west to put the current movement of queers against Israeli apartheid in context.

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