Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|night walk by elizabeth mcclung of SCREW BRONZE|
Doesn't sound like much of a news flash but if you were thinking of not going on Friday because you are not able to stay up (or out) late in the evening, this could make the difference in whether you go.
It's been decided to read Val's poems at the beginning of the evening rather than reserving them for the end, when the Open Mic usually occurs. So the info again is:
There will be a Tribute Gathering for Valerie with various performers at City Centre Library in Surrey, room 418, behind the Surrey Central SkyTrain station, on Friday, 24 October from 5:30-8:30 PM.
Thanks, Surrey Muse!
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Valerie beautifully launching Eileen Kernaghan's "Sophie, In Shadow" in the midst of her health challenges.|
We will be celebrating Valerie's life together
on Saturday, 8 November 2014
from 2 PM till 8 PM
Presentation at 3:30 PM
Presentation at 3:30 PM
1928 West Broadway
Near Maple (east of Arbutus)
We love you, Valerie! Thank you for being a Sunburst and a Loving Friend!
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Dear friend and writer Valerie B-Taylor died while we were having fun at VCon, unaware that, far from getting better during her stay at hospital, she was letting go of her life. It is a very sad parting, and I so wish I had had the chance to say goodbye.
Valerie was filled with humour and compassion. She was audacious and bold in her writing and her life; we called her seat in our writers group The Naughty Seat because of what she brought to it so many times. Yet she also brought encouragement, joy, deep sorrow, fierce protectiveness, and a wild intelligence that I will miss for years to come.
Goodbye, dear one. Thank you for your love and wisdom. Many blessings on your journey.
|Photo from New West Writers|
Valerie was, among other supportive roles in the writing community, the president of New West Writers. This is something she posted on their site:
Well, this is fun. Kristene Perron of SF Canada sent in this photo of me staffing the SFC table at VCon 39.
|Casey at the SFC Table at VCon 39. Photo courtesy Kristene Perron|
About SF Canada
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Survived the con, and a good time was had by all. Somehow I was always in a whirl--I still see tracks when I turn my head.
I especially hanging out with the kids--Frank, Jules, and Flora--and brother-in-law Nick, doing the Writers Workshop on Sunday, and the Turkey Readings shortly thereafter. Also enjoyable was reading with Eileen Kernaghan, she from her new novel Sophie, In Shadow, and me from "Posture of the Infinite", published in Red Tuque Books' Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Vol. IV.
Eileen won her third Prix Aurora Award on the weekend, to my (and I gather her) delight. From Wattle and Daub Books, who published her book of poetry:
Congratulations to Wattle and Daub Books author Eileen Kernaghan who this weekend won the 2014 Prix Aurora Award for Best Poem or Song in English for “Night Journey: West Coast”, published in Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, EDGE (2013).
For more of her excellent speculative poetry, her collection Tales of the Holograph Woods: Speculative Poetry can be ordered here.
Now, a little photographic evidence, and I'm back to the rest home.
|En Route to VCon 39|
|Rose and Her Companion|
|Best In Show! (And Man, Did She Deserve It.)|