The Liar is celebrating 30 years of existence! serial reading events & multiple incarnations!

we here at the collective are excited to be working toward the 30 year anniversary edition of The Liar, & we are cooking on the front burner this year!

instead of the traditional one event per edition to launch the book, we are doing a series of open mic reading events throughout the year, culminating in the launch event in April.  the next one will be on November 14th @ 8pm @ Our Town cafe @ 245 e. broadway in east Vancouver.  {scary/renewal theme to honour the transitional/interworld qualities of Hallowe’en/Samhain, & held on Nov 14 so we will be under a full mOOn!!!!}

Spring 2016 Liar Launch

The Liar & the Lai:

Join us for the spring launch of the 2016 issue of The Liar (Capilano University’s student-run literary journal) – featuring novelist Larissa Lai.

Date: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Our Town Café (245 E Broadway @ Kingsway)
Featuring: An open-mic with readings from contributors & Guest of Honour, novelist Larissa Lai

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two books of poetry, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and most recently, a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers’ Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, the Sunburst Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing there.

Liar poster

The Spring 2015 issue of the Liar is coming together! This latest issue collects up a range of inimitable young writers from Capilano and beyond, and features a special selection of spoken word put together by guest editor, Sebastien Wen, a young poet, film director and spoken word artist based out of Vancouver, BC

Join us for the launch on Sunday April 26th at 8 p.m.
Cafe deux soleils
2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Featured Writer

Taran J Kootenhayoo

Can be seen:

On stage

In The Liar’s Spring Issue


What it’s like to be native…

the first-growth of effervescent plant-life, nor stomped-on,

nor recreated.

grown by evaporated waters

battling to make it through the clouds elaborate creation,

while the Sun & Moon

pierce through

the thickest

of dark.

Ancestral blood-lines buried in grave yards



buildings, might know what it feels like to be native.

buried 12-feet underground,

because deep down,

they are good people.

…what it is like to be native.

glow-in-the-dark sea creatures

—surviving through instinct—

complacently aimless.

if you want to know what it is like to be native,

imagine having your own house invaded.

no balaclava men,

no burning torches,

just gifted blankets with enough small-pox

to wipe-out an entire generation of soldiers.

piled on top one another like stacks

and stacks of pollutants polluting;

diluting our children’s future

knowledge of what it was like to be native.