‘EVENT’ magazine holds fundraising book sale
By Aidan Mouellic, Staff Writer & Cheryl Minns, Arts Editor
A new generation of writers is gearing up to share their works with the literary world, but they can only do it with your help. Douglas College’s EVENT literary magazine presents its annual used book sale in the New Westminster campus concourse until March 21.
The volunteer-run sale features used books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines generously donated by Douglas College faculty and students with new items being added daily. Previous years have included signed books by Canadian authors such as Lorna Crozier, so keep an eye out for some great finds.
EVENT magazine publishes three times a year and features fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and book reviews. It contains 90 per cent Canadian content, including student works, and has been in print for over 42 years. The publication accepts English-language submissions from around the world and is also home to the longest running non-fiction writing contest of its kind in Canada.
“Seeing your work in print for the first time can be a defining moment,” said Calvin Wharton, the Chair of the Creative Writing department, which publishes EVENT magazine. “For students, it can really give them a feeling of confidence about their writing.”
For writers hoping to hone their skills, EVENT also offers feedback reading services to writers who are hoping for feedback on their submitted pieces. The service costs $100, and provides a substantial amount of valuable feedback in addition to a one-year subscription to EVENT magazine. For more information on the reading service, visit the Douglas College Creative Writing department’s website, or the magazine’s website at www.eventmagazine.ca
Douglas College’s Creative Writing department has a rich history made evident by the endurance of its publications. The program’s good reputation was also highlighted when the college’s marketing team featured Stephanie Toth, an alumnus of the Creative Writing department, in a recent Douglas College advertising campaign seen throughout the Lower Mainland. The college takes its student writers seriously, and the Creative Writing department’s publications get them in print early on.
The fundraising book sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 21.