Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Douglas Glover

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 7:30 pm

Douglas Glover will read from his new book, Savage Love. He is the author of five story collections, four novels, and two books of essays. In 2007, he was given the Writers’ Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for an author in mid-career. His novel Elle won the 2003 Governor-General’s Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Glover teaches in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He publishes and edits the online magazine Numéro Cinq
Glover’s reading is sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing Orion Series in the Fine Arts.

Douglas Glover is the author of five story collections, four novels, and two books of essays. In 2007, he was given the Writers’ Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for an author in mid-career.

Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Jordan Abel

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7:30 pm

Poet Jordan Abel will read from Un/inhabited on Tues, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. followed by an interview with Marita Dachsel. Abel will also read on Wed, October 7 at 1:30 p.m. at University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building D-Wing, Room 283. Both events free and open to the public.
Un/inhabited maps the terrain of the public domain, searching ninety-one western novels for words that relate to the political and social aspects of land, territory, and ownership. Each query represents a study in context – How was this word deployed? What surrounded it? What is left over once that word is removed?

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer residing in Vancouver. He is currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University where he is focusing on digital humanities and Indigenous poetics.

Open Word: Readings and Ideas: Ulrikka Gernes

Monday, October 19, 2015, 3:00 pm to Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:30 pm

Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments, is a collection of poems that zooms in and out of places and states of mind, from a lit bicycle shed in the back yard to a root canal in November, from a typhoon in Hong Kong to instincts astray in various Copenhagen neighbourhoods. Elegantly translated by Canadian collaborators Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, these dreamlike poems attempt, with honesty and humour, to fathom what it is to inhabit a specifically unspecific point in life—not to mention in the Universe. Join us at Open Space for a reading by Ulrikka Gernes at 7:30 pm. Following the reading Patrick Friesen will interview Gernes. 

PUSH BACK: a reading group

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:00 pm

PUSH BACK is a semi-regular critical reading group that seeks to complicate, investigate and compare contemporary works of writing and art. The first iteration of PUSH BACK is a reading and response to the book Clearing the Plains: Disease, the Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life.  

Sunday, May 15, 2016, to Saturday, October 15, 2016

Open Word: Readings and Ideas- James Daschuk

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 pm to Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 9:00 pm

WRITER: James Daschuk
INTERVIEW BY: France Trépanier
READING 1: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
READING 2: Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
In Clearing the Plains, James Daschuk examines the roles that Old World diseases, climate, and, most disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played in the deaths and subjugation of thousands of aboriginal people in pursuit of a 'National Dream'. It was a dream that came at great expense: the present disparity in health and economic well-being between First Nations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and misunderstanding that permeates the national consciousness today.

Guest House

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00 pm to Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5:00 pm

Steve Allen Bjornson 

Friday, April 10 - May 28, 2015, during gallery hours Tues - Sat, 12-5pm

Victoria based musician, designer, and developer Steve Allen Bjornson installed Roomtone in Open Space’s listening room. This interactive sound installation transforms the sounds created by the viewers into a sonic critical mass before resetting itself to start all over again. Come and explore.



April 10, 2015, 7pm & April 11, 2015, 10am -5pm.

Works from participants of the Handmade and Analogue Filmmaking Program


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