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2014 BCLA Conference

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC March 31 to April 2, 2014

Keynote Speakers

The BC Library Association is thrilled to announce that we have confirmed Ivan Coyote, Marian Bantjes and Arundhati Roy as the BC Library Conference Keynote speakers for 2014!

Book Sales & Author Signings!

People’s Co-op Bookstore will be on site at the conference selling Ivan Coyote’s and Arundhati Roy’s books! Both authors will also be signing books immediately following their keynote address.

Monday, March 31st:
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Ivan Coyote Book Sales
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Ivan’s Keynote Address
7:00 pm – Ivan Coyote Signing and Book Sales

Wednesday, April 2nd:
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Arundhati Roy Book Sales
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Arundhati’s Keynote Address
4:00 pm – Arundhati Roy Signing and Book Sales

Location: Harbourside Ballroom Foyer

Live Streaming 

BCLA will be live streaming and archiving the 3 keynote presentations. The URL to view the keynotes is:

Live streaming is accessible from anywhere, with any modern browser on a reasonable Internet connection; amplified speakers are recommended for audio enjoyment.

Opening Keynote Address – Ivan Coyote

Monday, March 31st – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Salon A


Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last thirteen years she has become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

In 2001 Ivan landed a little gig teaching short fiction at Capilano College in North Vancouver. This little night school class led to an accidental discovery: Ivan loves to teach creative writing. She continued to teach short fiction and classes and workshops, and in 2007 was invited to become Carleton University’s writer in residence. While in Ottawa she taught a third year fiction class, and three memoir writing classes for senior citizens. It was while teaching seniors that Ivan realized her true calling. Ivan strongly believes in listening to the stories of our elders, and encouraging them to write down their lives. Not only did her memoir classes sell out, but several of her students continue to meet and workshop their writing together to this day. Ivan currently teaches memoir writing at the newly renamed Capilano University in North Vancouver.

In addition to her literary and teaching accomplishments, Ivan continues to tour extensively throughout North America and Europe, telling stories not only to festival audiences, but to high school students, social justice activists, transsexual autoworkers, adult literacy students, and senior citizens all across the continent. Ivan believes in the transformative power of storytelling, and that collecting and remembering oral history not only preserves a vital part of our families and where we come from, but that a good story can help inspire us to reinvent a better future.

Featured Keynote Address – Marian Bantjes

Tuesday, April 1st – 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Salon A



Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and regularly speaks about her work and thoughts at conferences and events worldwide.

She started working as a book typesetter in 1984 and opened her own design firm in 1994 employing up to 12 people. In 2003, she left all of that behind to begin an experiment in following love instead of money, by doing work that was highly personal, obsessive and sometimes just plain weird. At the same time she began writing for the design weblog “Speak Up”, and her cheeky but thoughtful articles soon gained her recognition in the blogosphere. Through this two-pronged approach, Marian caught the attention of designers and Art Directors across North America.

Marian’s art and design crosses boundaries of time, style and technology. She is known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art, her obsessive hand work, her patterning and ornament. Often hired to create custom type for magazines, advertising and special projects, Marian’s work has an underlying structure and formality that frames its organic, fluid nature. It is these combinations and juxtapositions that draw the interest of such a wide variety of designers and typographers, from experienced formalists to young students.

Check out Marian Bantjes’ TED Talk – Intricate beauty by design

Closing Keynote Address – Arundhati Roy

Wednesday, April 2nd – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Harbourside Ballroom 1/2


Arundhati Roy is a writer best known for her Man Booker Prize winning novel The God of Small Things and for activism in environmental and human rights causes. Her other works include: The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001), An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (2005), Listening to Grasshoppers (2009), and Walking with the Comrades (2011). Among her many honours are Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award in 2002, Sydney Peace Prize in 2004, and Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing in 2011. She was featured in the BBC television documentary “Dam/age,” which is about the struggle against the Narmada dam project in India. Ms. Roy lives in New Delhi, India.

Generously Sponsored By: SFU’s Surrey Campus Library