Sunday, May 19, 2013
It's 2013. We are still working to bring Taxi! back to the people of Vancouver and beyond.
This Taxi! fan just won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award for her novel Malarky and was proud to acknowledge the importance of the continuum of literature and tell the audience about Taxi! and acknowledge the writers: Helen Potrebenko, Renee Rodin and Judith Copithorne for their influence and importance to my work and life as a reader. Helen was vital in helping me complete Malarky and I would like to publicly thank her for her supreme generousity and also consistent gardening advice.
We will be planning more Taxi! interventions.
Last night at the fundraiser for CWILA I was most excited to meet a scholar Li Wei from China who had written about Taxi! in China and who knew about the importance of this novel. We also sold 4 copies of Taxi! and that means 4 new Taxi! readers.
It takes a nation to bring this book back to the kitchen table, please continue to support this quest.
If you are a teacher or a book club or even a generous patron who wishes to sponsor the purchase of this important Vancouver novel for distribution into communities (libraries, schools) please contact me at email@example.com
Helen's other novel Sometimes They Sang is now back in print thanks to Publication Studio Vancouver you may purchase it here:
Sincerely, Anakana Schofield.
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Alberta-born author Helen Potrebenko published her first novel, Taxi!, in 1975. The book, published shortly after her move to Vancouver from Alberta, told of the struggles of a female cab driver making her way in B.C.'s largest city.
35 years after it hit shelves, Anakana Schofield, another Vancouver writer, is organizing an event to bring some attention to the book, which has fallen off CanLit's radar.
"It's part of a "recovery project," says Schofield, "and perhaps a post-Olympian reclaim your city prod. As in - here is your long forgot city literature, take it, possess it, it's yours."
The event takes place in Vancouver tomorrow night, and will feature contributions and readings from Annabel Lyon,. Michael Turner, Clint Burnham and several others, as well as a Q&A with the author.
"Taxi! was the first work of fiction I read that was set in Vancouver and the first from the perspective of a working class woman", says Michael Turner. "Although I recognized the city I grew up in, I was (through the eyes of Potrebenko's female protagonist) taken to places in an order I was not familiar with, in ways I had not yet imagined. As a man, I could walk through walls to get what I wanted. Potrebenko reminded me that not all narrators are men, and that for a woman to negotiate her way through civic space requires many more fares than her masculine counterpart."
"I was struck by the intelligence and the humour and the sass of Taxi!." says Annabel Lyon. "And because my partner drives a cab, so much of it hit close to home. It's a sharp, edgy book, pure Vancouver, and deserves not to be forgotten."
Aside from a one night fete for the book, Schofield hopes to get it back into the CanLit canon: "Taxi! is both a vital Vancouver novel and a unique working class literary work that we hope to see taught in universities and schools again and acknowledged for it's contribution to the Canadian literary canon rather than forgotten about."• "Taxi! @ 35" takes place on Thursday April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Vancouver's The Central Library (350 West Georgia Street). Admission is free. For more information visit Anakana Schofield's blog.
Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/afterword/archive/2010/04/28/deserves-not-to-be-forgotten-writers-hail-helen-potrebenko-s-taxi.aspx#ixzz0mqFUj1oG
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia St.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
Vancouverites hail Helen Potrebenko’s classic Taxi!
35 years after Taxi! first revved up Vancouver literature, join us to celebrate this fine novel. Taxi! is a novel about a woman and a worker in a city. Our city, your city, your literature.
A diverse group of local writers will read excerpts and offer contributions:
Annabel Lyon, Clint Burnham, Julianne Okot Bitek, Penny Goldsmith, Marina Roy, Michael Turner, Anakana Schofield and Cúán Isamu.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Helen was also featured recently on SFU radio.
Taxi! readers rejoice at this much deserved focus on Helen Potrebenko's work.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Good and Strong: Taxi! @ 35
Local writers will read extracts from the novel Taxi! and there will be a Q&A with author Helen Potrebenko.
More details to come.
Mark your calendars, please come and join us and share your experience of reading Taxi! or come and become revved up on a classic Vancouver novel.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Corrections and improvements welcome! Would Shannon become Simone or Sylvie?
Joe le taxi to follow.
Hazel and Alice
The New Seekers