explorASIAN Festival Blog

Friday, May 23, 2008

NEW: Book Launch and Reading by ANDY QUAN - May 29 - 7pm


A new book by Andy Quan

Bowling Pin Fire transcribes the arc of one man’s life from growing up Chinese in Vancouver, to seeing the world through the lens of fearless, free-spirited youth, to arriving at the initial cautionary glimmerings of midlife. The rituals and rivalries of grade school, the later experiments with everything new, the close-knit dynamics of family and far-flung friends, the happenstances and fidelities of love, the elation and hangover of travel to unexpected quadrants of the globe all prompt the quality of reflection necessary to the leading of a truly examined, contemporary life.

Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium
1238 Davie Street, Vancouver
tel 604 669 1753

Andy Quan is the author of four books: Calendar Boy (short fiction), Six Positions (erotica), and Slant (poetry), and his new book of poetry, Bowling Pin Fire (Signature Editions). He was also the co-editor of Swallowing Clouds: an Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry. His poetry, short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia on international AIDS issues.

More information on Andy and his writing can be found at:

NEW: Unity within Diversity - Asian Veterans Speak - May 31 - 4pm

While all soldiers have the common bond of wanting to defend their nation, each individual brings with him the hopes and concerns of his heritage. Our desire is to hear some of the living history as we look to the future.

All are invited to join Veterans of Asian Heritage to find out their experiences.

Questions from young people are especially encouraged both formally at the event and informally and at the reception to follow. Free event

Alice MacKay Room
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver