A bittersweet day is around the corner.
After more than four years, this Sunday will be the last Poetic Justice reading in the Back Room of the Heritage Grill. The times they are a-changin’ and we have to move to a new venue. More about our new home soon.
But we’re leaving with a bang! Coming up is a reading you won’t want to miss. And if you’ve been around the literary scene in the Lower Mainland for a while, you simply have to be at the Heritage Grill on Sunday.
The Literary Storefront was Canada’s first non-profit literary centre and flourished in Vancouver’s colourful Gastown district from 1978-84. Trevor Carolan has captured the venue’s iconic history in his recent publication, The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years.
He and several guests who had a connection with this storied institution will be reading and reminiscing on Sunday. And if you have any connection with the Literary Storefront, you are welcome to come along and share a story or a poem.
Trevor Carolan ran a well known Sixties-era coffeehouse on Columbia Street and began writing for The New Westminster Columbian at age 17, filing dispatches from San Francisco’s countercultural music scene. He has published many books of non-fiction, poetry, translation, anthologies and journalism. A former literary coordinator with the Calgary Olympic Winter Games and The Banff Arts Centre, he has also worked as media advocate for aboriginal land claims and Pacific Coast watershed issues. A former elected Councillor in North Vancouver, he holds a PhD, has written as a political columnist, and teaches English and Creative Writing at University of the Fraser Valley. His new book is entitled The Literary Storefront: The Glory Years, 1978-1985. In October 2015, his half-hour documentary film Powerground, featuring interviews with many acclaimed writers and ecologists, was received enthusiastically at its premiere in Brussels.
Stay tuned for an announcement coming soon about our new venue. (P.S. It’s even closer to a SkyTrain station than the Heritage Grill!).