Hiromi Goto – New VPL writer-in-residence

The VPL writer-in-residence program was created by Kevin Chong when he was a VPL Board member.  It's a cool program where you can make an appointment and have your work critiqued.  Last year's WIR was Gary Geddes – an Orkney Islands descendant.

Hiromi Goto was one of the featured authors who read to CUPE 391 – on the picket line reading series.

She is now the VPL Writer-in-residence.
Her first official reading is tonight
Nov 27th – 7pm
Alice Mackay Room
Central Branch Library
350 West Georgia

Please come hear and support this incredible author and dynamic reader.

The following is from www.vpl.ca


Writer-in-Residence Program 2007

The Writer-in-Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens.
Now in our third year, we are very pleased to have award-winning author Hiromi Goto as our
Writer-in-Residence for 2007.
Goto will spend 75% of her time writing, while 25% of her time will be
devoted to mentoring emerging writers, conducting workshops and
participating in other activities to share her experience with the
broader community as well as communities not typically exposed to
Canadian literature. Ms. Goto will also be working on her sixth
manuscript and her first full-length poetry project.
2007 VPL Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible through the
generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Friends of
the Vancouver Public Library.
Inaugural Reading
Tuesday, November 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level), Central Library (350 W. Georgia Street)
Free admission. All are welcome.
Photo: Hiromi Goto, VPL's 2007 Writer-in-Residence. (Photo by Kiely Ramos)

About Hiromi Goto

Goto is an award-winning writer whose work has won world-wide acclaim.
Born in Japan and immigrating to Canada with her family at the age of
three, she is the author of four books. Her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms,
was the 1995 recipient of the Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best First
Book Canada and Caribbean Region and the co-winner of the Canada-Japan
Book Award and her third novel, The Kappa Child, won The James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award in 2001. In 2003, Ms. Goto was selected by TV Ontario's Imprint as one of the top 10 Canadian writers under 40 worth watching.
Her short stories, critical writing and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Ms magazine, Nature, and the Oxford University Press anthology, Making A Difference, and she co-wrote the script for the award-winning NFB short animation film, Showa Shinzan. Her most recent book, Hopeful
, is a collection of short stories and her latest young adult novel, Half World, is pending publication.
a creative writing facilitator she has worked with learners of all ages
and has read and lectured at institutions throughout Canada, the United
States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, Germany and Japan.
Currently, Ms. Goto lives with her family in British Columbia.

Scheduling Writers' Appointments with the Writer-in-Residence

wishing to request a meeting with Hiromi Goto should contact VPL's
Community Relations Office at 604-331-4041, or send an e-mail to programs@vpl.ca.
note, writers will be asked to submit a five-page sample of their
manuscript prior to the appointment being made. For more information
about this, contact Community Relations Office at 604-331-4041 or programs@vpl.ca.
Every effort will be made to
accommodate requests for interviews, however, please note that under
the Canada Council guidelines, the Writer-in-Residence has a limited
time available and it may not be possible to accommodate all requests.
Thank you for your interest.

Upcoming Events:

Inaugural Reading
Tuesday, November 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level), Central Library (350 W. Georgia Street)
Free admission. All are welcome.

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One thought on “Hiromi Goto – New VPL writer-in-residence

  1. Anonymous

    So have you read Kevin Chong's “Neil Young Nation” it seems like a perfect fit for you. It is written by a Chinese Canadian, they drive across Canada to learn about Neil Young and themselves…
    It's an idea I would think of. I flew out of the arctic to see Neil Young and I got someone to sleep in the streets of Edmonton in the winter to get my tickets. Someone I barely knew…
    I've slept in the ruff and tumble streets of Duncan for Neil Young tickets myself and I pilgrimaged to Portland to see him and I met the creator of the “More Barn!” t-shirt….


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