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Scenes from a birthday party


Cana­di­an lit­er­ary giant George Bow­er­ing cel­e­brat­ed his 77th birth­day on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 1 by simul­ta­ne­ous­ly launch­ing two brand new books at the People’s Co-op Book­store in Van­cou­ver.

From Words, Words, Words, a vol­ume of essays and mem­oirs pub­lished by New Star Books, Bow­er­ing read part of a longer piece about the e-scat­o­log­i­cal nature of bpNicol’s Mar­ty­rol­o­gy. And from Pin­boy, his fic­tion­al mem­oir pub­lished by Cor­morant Books, Bow­er­ing read a sto­ry about an Okana­gan teenag­er hav­ing a hard time keep­ing all his emo­tions in check in the pres­ence of a hot old­er (but still, young) teacher.

The evening fea­tured more than one high­light, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to the spec­tac­u­lar birth­day cake, and a sur­prise vis­it from Co-op Book­store neighour Lionel Kearns, who dropped in for an impromp­tu TISH edi­to­r­i­al meet­ing.

Try eat­ing this with a Kin­dle. Black Rook’s George birth­day cake.

At 77, George has to pay close atten­tion the nutri­tion­al infor­ma­tion labels. “O .. . val .. . tine!”

Orig­i­nal TISH: Lionel Kearns shoots the breeze with a cou­ple of Poets-Lau­re­ate of Cana­da chums, George B. (past) and Fred Wah (present).