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March 27th, 2017 by SPiN

The Conjoined launches into the bright, sparkly world

September 16, 2016 was the launch party for The Conjoined, an event I was calling The Side Jobs Cabaret, and it was so fun, I was overcome with emotion at the end and collapsed on the floor of the stage. We had beautiful, funny and emotional performances from Chelene Knight, Jillian Christmas, Leah Horlick, Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli, and Stephen Quinn, that rascal, was our emcee. The Emerald (once, I believe, an iconic Chinatown restaurant with a mahjong room at the back) was the perfect spot. So perfect, in fact, my mother seemed quite pleased.

The Conjoined, as I’ve been saying to many people, has been the book that has straddled the biggest changes of my personal and professional lives, and I am so grateful that, when I launched a new book into the world, people still cared.  And now, photos! All photographs are courtesy of Skot Nelson.

Dina Del Bucchia being regal at the launch of The ConjoinedOpening remarks at the launch of The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong LeeLeah Horlick reads at the launch of The Conjoined

Jen telling the room about online datingStephen Quinn reading his only spoken word poemDaniel Zomparelli making us all play gamesJen is overcome with emotion









April 14th, 2015 by SPiN

Authors for Indies Day, May 2, 2015

On May 2, 2015, authors across Canada will be volunteering in independent bookshops to meet customers and hand-sell books. This initiative, called Authors for Indies, has been organized by author Janie Chang of Vancouver to help bookstores build sales and attract new customers. The list of participating bookstores and authors can be found at www.authorsforindies.com  Over 120 bookstores and 500 authors have signed up and the day promises to be exciting and busy. I’ll be volunteering at one of my favourite bookshops, Kidsbooks in the Village, 3040 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and look forward to meeting parents and children in need of new reading material. Edgemont has two bookstores and three fine coffee shops, so please drop by to enjoy the village! June Hutton’s photo appears on the Authors for Indies rotating banner and on May 2 she will be at Book Warehouse on Main, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver, where–should you be super lucky!–you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Jen Sookfong Lee.

Why an Authors for Indies day? Ann-Marie Macdonald reminds us that things are tough for independent bookstores. “Year after year they support [authors]. They stock our books, invite us for readings, and put our titles on their ‘staff picks’ shelf. Let’s do something to support them back.” Janie Chang, who will be in Edgemont Village on May 2 at 32 Books, believes that Authors for Indies day will bring “traffic into the bookstores, and hopefully that means the stores will sell more books. I really hope it raises awareness of how important independent bookstores are in the community . . . .  [Customers will] be able to walk into their local independent bookstore and get book recommendations from an author, and talk about books.”

January 30th, 2013 by SPiN

The Better Mother is a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award

*Originally posted September 13, 2012

Yes, you read that right: Jen’s The Better Mother has been shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, along with some other fabulously Vancouver-y books. The award announcement is next Thursday, September 20th, but, just between you and me, Jen doesn’t care if The Better Mother wins. She’s just relieved people care.

January 30th, 2013 by SPiN

Now you can stuff The Better Mother in your purse


better mother

*Originally posted June 7, 2012

The Better Mother is now available in a Vintage Canada paperback! Buy one, buy several. Carry it on the bus. And make sure people can see you reading it.

January 30th, 2013 by SPiN

Find out who The Better Mother actually is

*Originally posted May 23, 2012

Read Jen’s new post all about the mommy wars!