Book Reading in Sinhalese in Vancouver

The Canadian National Book Fair, 2002

(Organized by The Word on the Street) Date: Sunday, 29 September 2002, Time: 5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Venue: VanCity Voices, Library Square, Vancouver (At the corner of Georgia Street and Hamilton Street)

At this event, R. B. Herath read from his book of poems titled

Desappremayen Odavadiwa Darudariyanta Kavivalinma Liyu Lipiyak

(Translation reads as ‘A Letter to Our Children in Poems Written through Patriotism’), First published in 1979

R. B. Herath wrote this book at a time when post-independence language policies were causing civil strife, which would later brew into civil war. This collection of poems is a call for mutual love and respect across the borders of ethnicity, language and religion so that the future generations of Sri Lankans may live in peace and harmony. R. B. Herath has authored three other books on Sri Lankan topics, one in Sinhalese and the other two in English. His latest book, Sri Lankan Ethnic Crisis: Towards a Resolution (Trafford Publishing, Canada) has just been released. For further information you can visit

Here are some of the pictures taken at this event:

Louis Anctil of Word on the Street congratulates RB after the the book reading, while Shamina Senarathne, also a Canadian writer of Sri Lankan origine

Sheryl King, the organizer of the VanCity Book reading Centre, speaking to RB after his his reading, while Ven. Mirisse Dhammika Thero, one of the two Buddhist monks who attended the reading, looks on.

RB Reading from his book of poems he wrote in 1979. The two Buddhist monks who attended the event are seen seated on teh front row, Ven. Kumbalgoda Siriniwasa Thero and Ven. Mirisse Dhammika Thero.

Some of participants.

More participants.

Following the event RB continues to sign copies of his new book. Chandra (Ben) Perera waits for his signed copy.


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