Spent the afternoon on Bowen Island yesterday, celebrating the book launch of GENERATION with writer and poet Bernice Lever. GENERATION is Bernice's ninth book of poetry and her fourth with Black Moss Press.
She had a great launch, and spent the day meeting and greeting her fans and admirerers, all the while wearing a button proclaiming: Take a Canadian Author To Bed!
It was a fantastic day -- huge congratulations to Bernice on her accomplishment. You can meet Bernice and talk with her at the conference next month -- be sure to take advantage of the opportunity!
Here's a closer look at Bernice, from her bio on our website:
Bernice Lever gets high on words. A poet with 9 poetry books, including Generation, 2009, she has also written a college textbook and other non-fiction works. Living on Bowen and retired from college English teaching, she gives editing and marketing advice, and writing workshops. She enjoys performing her poems and prose pieces as she has read on 5 continents. Best known as editor of WAVES, a literary magazine from 1972-1987, Bernice has won awards for her poems, such as the Wm. Henry Drummond poetry prize, 2008. She continues to write on this peaceful island.
In 2004, she received CAA’s Allan Sangster Award for service to other writers; in 2007, the Special Achievement Award at the Surrey International Writers Conference from the Surrey Board of Trade, and in 2008, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Vancouver Public Library and World Poetry Reading Series. Bernice is a Life member of the Canadian Authors Association, the Canadian Poetry Association and the Ontario Poetry Society as well as a member of the BC Federation of Writers and North Shore Writers. She now has provincial and national executive positions with the CAA, just as she did with the League of Canadian Poets in Toronto in 1990’s. Currently, she is E-Writer-in-Residence for both CAA branches of Vancouver and Ottawa. For more details: www.colourofwords.com
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