Month: November 2007

Lesbian Quarterly Spring 2008 Edition Comes Out

Check out on March 1st for the next installment of Lesbian Quarterly. In between editions the events section, the lesbian agenda is kept up to date for the latest happening for lesbians over 30 in BC.

Lesbian Quarterly Winter 2007 Edition Comes Out

Check back here on December 1st for the new edition. Advertizers and contributors – please get your information in by 5 days before the new edition. If you’re proposing a story idea, please contact the editor  at least a month in advance.

Intuitive Readings @ Rhizome Cafe

Every Tuesday, 3:00 to 5:00

Roz Shakespeare and friends provide intuitive readings at Rhizome Café.

$20 for 20 minutes, $45 for 45 minutes.

December at Rhizome
Café * Community Space * Arts Venue
317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Seamrippers Craft Social

Rhizome Cafe Café * Community Space * Arts Venue 317 East Broadway, Vancouver Tuesday, December 11th Free March 11th: Embroidery     March 25th: Spring cleaning craft supply swap Join the Seamrippers Craft Collective to learn a new craft or continue work on your own projects.

Libby Davies’ Seasonal Open House

Tuesday, December 18th, 5:00-7:00pm Come share some holiday cheer with Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East. Rhizome Cafe Café * Community Space * Arts Venue 317 East Broadway, Vancouver Free

Violence and Violation: Women’s Voices

Violence and Violation: Women’s Voices

Friday, December 7th, 7:00pm

Oxfam Canada presents a night of stories, film, music and poetry to mark the 16 days of action to end violence against women. Guest speakers include: Marcie Summers, June Clearsky, and Lali Pawa.

Rhizome Cafe
Café * Community Space * Arts Venue
317 East Broadway, Vancouver


Emerging Voices: Poets and Writers—A Fundraiser for the WISH Drop-in Society

Emerging Voices: Poets and Writers—A Fundraiser for the WISH Drop-in Society Saturday, December 1st, 7:00pm Cullene Bryant reads from her new book In the Dry Woods, followed by a special evening of poetry by the women of WISH. Come celebrate WISH’s accomplishments to ensure the […]

Human Rights Campaign (Holiday) Shopping Guide

People often ask me for advice on what brands of computers and other equipment to buy. During the holiday season, a lot of people buy gadgets and gifts. In general I usually recommend good solid brands I’ve had direct experience with like Hewlett Packard or Dell. Recently, […]

The Skin Beneath

Skin Beneath Book CoverThe Skin Beneath by Nairne Holze, Insomniac Press 2007

Reviewed by Jeanette Nelson.

The Skin beneath is like Agatha Christie gone conspiracy theorist. We are all searching for the answers in life. The answers to the question; why we are here? Who will notice if we are gone?

Sam’s sister dies. Five years after her death Sam receives an anonymous postcard that sets in motion a journey into the answers to her sister’s questions. Sam in turn finds answers to her own questions, questions she didn’t even know she had. Would Chloe have loved her if she knew her sister was gay?

Sam had never come out to her sister Chloe, but when she starts following the threads of Chloe’s life she  meets and falls in love with Chloe’s ex-roomate it changes her perspective on being lesbian. Sam goes from one night stands to wanting the dream – a real relationship; someone to come home to every night.

Set for the most part in Montreal, Sam tries to unravel the conspiracy theory that her sister was working on. It takes her to the fringes, where exist some hard core conspiracy theorists and into a world she knows nothing about how to survive in. Is this what killed her sister?

The author webs a stream of mystery and colorful characters that tell her story and answers her questions. While technically a murder mystery, the book focusses a lot on Sam’s personal journey and history with her sister, which makes for a slower pace that might appeal less to mystery genre readers looking for a more action focussed book.

The Skin Beneath by Nairne Holze, Insomniac Press 2007. Insomniac Press is a Canadian independent book publisher.

Nairne Holze is a fiction writer who lives in Montreal with her lover and miniature dogs. She co-edited No Margins: writing canadian fiction in lesbian (Insomniac, 2006), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. This is her first novel.

Toshi Reagon – Roberts Creek

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16 TOSHI REAGON with special guest … YVETTTE NARLOCK The Gumboot Garden Cafe (Roberts Creek)   girlgig productions