Alfred DePew

Alfred DePew’s day job consists of training executive leaders and their organizations in change management, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, diversity, non-toxic communication, and implementing vision. He is on the faculty of Center for Right Relationship, for whom he delivers advanced training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching. He is available for keynotes, breakout sessions, leadership training, staff development, team building, and retreat facilitation. For more information see his website or read his regular blog, “Relationship Matters”.

Before moving to Vancouver in 2007, DePew taught at the Maine College of Art, the Salt Center for Documentary Studies, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. His first book of stories, The Melancholy of Departure, won a Flannery O’Connor Award. His second book, Wild & Woolly: A Journal Keeper’s Handbook is available to Canadian readers through his website and at a few local independent bookstores. His third book, another collection of short fiction, is in search of a publisher—got any ideas?

 

How to have a meaningful Christmas

Mostly I sleep and read and take long walks, no matter what the weather.

Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and "Other" are one for this seeker

Harold Rosen has written an extraordinary book that seeks to restore the narrative thread that runs through the world’s major religions.

Waltzing with Andre Rieu

The opportunity: to view a concert from an executive suite at the Rogers Arena as the guest of Metropolis at Metrotown’s Hot Seats Contest. The challenge: to get excited about Andre Rieu, the Modern...

The Woman with the 5 Elephants

Visually, the film is stunning, but even more striking is its intimacy, a testimony to Vadim Jendreyko's ability to earn and maintain the trust of his subject.

The Eastside Culture Crawl: Don't miss it!

Masks. City lights inside trees, Airstream trailers, a whirling dervish. That’s what I step into when I enter Georgia Jackson Studios, my first stop on this year’s Culture Crawl.

In Canada's poorest neighborhood, a pastor serves mass and lunch

When I arrive at the Lutheran Urban Mission Society in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, Pastor Brian Heinrich offers me a seat underneath a verse from Scripture, I John 3:17-18: “… if anyone has the...

PEN/Hemingway Award winner Yiyun Li says fiction is a journey into character and fate

That Yiyun Li is an astonishing writer and that the stories in Gold Boy, Emerald Girl are stunning is a given. What exactly sets her apart from other writers is harder to put my finger on.

Booker Prize nominee Emma Donoghue speaks Wednesday night at the Vancouver Writers Festival

I catch Irish-Canadian author and Booker Prize nominee Emma Donoghue for a phone interview shortly after she gets to her hotel on Granville Island. We have about 30 minutes.

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival presents Lynda Barry, author of "Picture This: The Nearsighted Monkey Book"

Best known for Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Lynda Barry, is also a novelist, philosopher, and champion of an unpopular cause.

VIWF: Jane Urquhart, author of "Sanctuary Line"

Urquhart’s new novel, "Sanctuary Line," is a meditation on war, poetry, the family, betrayal, immigration, and the Monarch butterfly.