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Room Magazine Rooftop Reading Series: Launch for Issue 39.4 "This Body's Map"

  • Room Magazine Rooftop 24 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1G3 Canada (map)

Join us for the launch of our December 2016 issue, 39.4 "This Body's Map", edited by Chelene Knight.

There will be readings by Jen Sookfong Lee, Chantal Gibson, Beni Xiao, and Nefertiti, as well as an artist talk by cover artist Samantha deVries-Hofman.

Entry by donation.


Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Shelter, a novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Elle Canada, Hazlitt, Room, and Event. A popular CBC Radio One personality, Jen appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club. Jen teaches writing at The Writers’ Studio Online with Simon Fraser University.

Chantal Gibson in an artist-educator living in Vancouver. Her written and visual works, academic and creative, engage a process of Historical In(ter)vention, exploring themes of gender and race in the cultural (re)production of knowledge. She teaches in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology at Simon Fraser University. 

Nefertiti has been published in various genres, in publications as diverse as Reader’s Digest, Aesthetica, On Spec: Canada’s Magazine of the Fantastic - and Room! She is “beginning again” after a long spell of shock and loss and appreciates literary groups: Poetic Justice, Poetry In The Park, Poetry Wars, and especially Surrey Muse for resuscitating her.

Beni Xiao (bio to come)
Sam deVries Hofman (bio to come)

Hosted by Chelene Knight.

Please note that this event is hosted on the third floor of a heritage building, and unfortunately there is no elevator and it is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for this. Our landlords allow us to use the space for free, which makes this reading series possible.

Earlier Event: October 13
Room Rooftop Reading
Later Event: March 11
Growing Room Festival