Sonja Ratkay | Zine Launch!

During the book Vancouver Art Book Fair, I picked up the latest zine by  Vancouver based artist, Sonja Ratkay. The zine contains Ratkay’s abstract and empathetic illustrations:

Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


The illustrations are so beautifully minimal and abstract. An eye unfolds into a machine and dreams deject the skull, and float off into the atmosphere.


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


Sonja Ratkay 2014


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Double Book Launch: Janet Rogers & Chris Bose| grunt gallery | Oct 9

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Tonight! Oct 9

Book launch at grunt gallery 7-9pm

116-350 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Writers Janet Rogers (Mohawk) and Chris Bose (N’laka’pamux) are releasing new poetry at the book launch this evening, where they will be reading excerpts from their books. Janet Rogers new collection of poetry is titled Peace in Duress, and she will be giving a spoken word performance at the event.

As quoted on the website (linked at the bottom of the event description):

“Poems drawing on the language of the earth and inflected with the
outspoken vocality of activism address the crises of modern land wars€“
environmental destruction, territorial disputes, and resource depletion.
This collection is confessional love, learned survival, ardent resistance,
and unique poetry that wants to be spoken (aloud). If poetry is medicine,
Peace in Duress is a cabinet full.”
– Talonbooks, publisher.

Artist and writer Chris Bose is presenting a collection of non-fiction poems in his latest A Moon Made of Copper.

As quoted on the website (linked at the bottom of the event description):

“The poems were written while touring across Canada, and they capture
Bose’€™s experiences meeting people, wandering different cities, and getting
into adventures and mis-adventures. This is Bose’€™s second book since Stone
the Crow.” -Kegedonce, publisher.

Publications will be available to purchase at the event and authors will be in attendance.

Chris Bose reading at Two Story Cafe in Prince Albert, September 2014

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Vancouver Art Book Fair presented by Project Space | October 4-5

Vancouver Art Book Fair presented by Project Space

October 4-5 at the Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, 750 Hornby Street.

Vancouver Art Book Fair website description:

Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the only
international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West
Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from
across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists
publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international
publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and
artist projects. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada
and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and
printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of


Members Only Preview
Open to Members of Project Space and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery, Lobby & Annex, 750 Hornby St.
Friday, October 3, 6–8pm
Memberships available at the door or

VA/BF Reception
Free and open to the public
UNIT/PITT Projects, 236 E Pender St.
Friday, October 3, 9pm
Doubles as the launch of ISSUE Magazine, published by UNIT/PITT Projects


Vancouver Art/Book Fair
Free and open to the public
Vancouver Art Gallery Annex, 750 Hornby St.
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5, 12-5pm
Full schedule:

VA/BF has been made possible through the generosity of the following
partners: Vancouver Art Gallery, City of Vancouver, Georgia Straight,
Downtown Vancouver BIA, Discorder, Foam, Sad Mag, Fillip, Geist, Ethical
Bean, The Keefer Bar, Bandidas Taqueria, Paper Pusher, Publishing @ SFU,
Modo and The Paper Hound.

For more information please contact:

Vancouver Art/Book Fair | website | #VABF2013
Project Space | Facebook | Twitter
2 – 236 E Pender St
Vancouver BC V6A 1T7

For full description, schedule, events and exhibitors please visit the VA/BF Website: