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64. The Proper Study of Mankind

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The Vancouver Writers Fest

Durga Chew-Bose, Adam Gopnik, Andrew O'Hagan
Moderator: Charles Foran

In his An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote that “the proper study of mankind is man.” Three hundred years later we’re still studying ourselves by way of the essay, an art that, at its best, starts with the personal and makes us see the world in new ways. Adam Gopnik, three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his essays, says they are “the chief vehicles of ideas and emotions from one person to another.” Durga Chew-Bose, searching for a clearer understanding of who we are and where we live, mines her own life as a first-generation Canadian for clues in her essay collection. Andrew  O’Hagan’s essays focus on the political sphere, examining three personalities of the digital age, one of whom is his own online creation.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St.

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10/20/2017 6:00 PM
65. The Confessional

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Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird
Moderator: Lorna Crozier

American Kim Addonizio has been making a living from her poetry, books, grants, prizes and readings her whole life. New Zealander Hera Lindsay Bird’s raunchy and fearless debut book of poetry has catapulted this 29-year-old graduate student to semi-cult status. Tonight the veteran and the newcomer talk about the writing life, and what happens when you share life’s most intimate moments publicly. Addonizio’s Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life is only the latest in a long string of writing about her life, filled with jaunty wit and sarcasm—and sex and drinking and drugs. Bird writes autobiographically and explicitly with icepick casualness. “Poetry has traditionally been very elitist and probably still is,” she says. But with thousands of Twitter followers, she’s breaking the mould.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 6:00 PM
66. Portrait of a Marriage

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Gurjinder Basran, Fanny Britt, Karen Connelly, Kate Hilton
Moderator: Timothy Taylor

Marriage: secure safety net or tangled net for imprisonment? These two extremes, and the myriad configurations in between, are rich soil for writers. Four Canadian writers turn their attention to marriage this evening. Gurjinder Basran’s novel travels between India and Canada as Simran, faced with the disintegration of her marriage, struggles to make sense of her world. Fanny Britt paints a complex portrait of a woman trying to weigh whether to disrupt her family life for life with an old flame. Karen Connelly creates a happily married but sexually unsatisfied mother who is surprised to find herself in an affair with another woman. Kate Hilton’s  character struggles to balance the demands of three husbands: past, present and might-as-well-be. Bring your spouse to this event—there’ll be plenty to discuss afterwards.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/20/2017 6:00 PM
67. The Literary Cabaret

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Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Sarah Dunant, Omar El Akkad, Grace O'Connell, Sylvain Prudhomme
Host: Tom Keenlyside

Even if you’re a “Lit Cab” regular, you might not know that the chameleonic band Poetic License—an informal collection of some of the best jazz musicians that Vancouver has to offer—has only half an hour on the Friday afternoon of the cabaret to rehearse with each of the authors who will collaborate on stage with them just a few hours later. What happens during those 30 minutes is alchemy. Later that evening, those same six authors take the spotlight to “perform” alongside the band, with music that fits each reading like a warm glove over a guiding hand. Audiences are guaranteed a sensory spectacle they won’t soon forget. Don’t miss out on the fun—get your tickets early because they will go quickly.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 8:00 PM
68. Our Home and Adopted Land

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Adam Gopnik, Sayed Kashua
Moderator: John Freeman

Adam Gopnik left Montreal at 24 for the wonders of New  York, and he’s made a brilliant life there and in Paris as a New Yorker staff writer, and is well-known known for his quirky personal narratives. But the lure, especially these days, of returning to Canada has been on his mind. Sayed Kashua, given the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize in 2005 for his often satirical writing, finally found it impossible for his family to live as Arabs in the Jewish state, and moved with his wife and two kids to…Illinois! In Native, he offers humorous and at times painful anecdotes about his own life as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian in Jerusalem, and as a Muslim Arab in today’s American Midwest. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 8:30 PM
69. Eileen Myles in Conversation with Aislinn Hunter

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After decades as a steady fixture on the New York poetry scene, and author of some 20 books of poetry, fiction and criticism, Eileen Myles had a rebirth of sorts. First came the 2015 film Grandma, featuring Myles’s poetry and starring Lily Tomlin as an indomitable lesbian poet. Then came the Golden Globe-winning  TV series Transparent. One of the characters is based on Myles and their poetry is recited by various characters. Instant fame resulted. Their poetry collection I Must Be Living Twice came out at the same time. Not one to be easily categorized, their latest book is Afterglow (a dog memoir), in which they mourn their beloved confidante, their pit bull Rosie. You’ll enjoy this original, hilarious and valiant trailblazer.

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1398 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 8:30 PM
70. True Confessions and Tall Tales

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Hera Lindsay Bird, Dina Del Bucchia, Dawn Dumont, Leanne Dunic
Moderator: Lisa Christiansen

A zany mix of quiz show, stand-up comedy, music, confessions and more is probably what’s in store tonight—but who knows? New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird’s debut was a provocative, raunchy bestseller that launched her to semi-cult status. Fringe Fest alum and comedian Dina Del Bucchia’s debut story collection, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, isn’t scared to tell the truth about those of us who are emotional and who care too much about things that might seem ridiculous. Dawn Dumont has worked as a stand-up comic. Her new stories weave together the friendships of four Indigenous First Nations people over two decades. Leanne Dunic, singer and guitarist with the band The Deep Cove, is also a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Friday night, you’re out with friends and a little wine, anything could happen.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/20/2017 8:30 PM
71. Plentiful Portraits

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Nicola Lagioia, Jon McGregor, Maile Meloy, Alison Pick
Moderator: Charles Foran

A simple, traditional plot often features a single protagonist and some supporting characters to keep moving things along. These novels are not that. These fictions take a wide cast of memorable characters, and weave a web between them that reflects on a larger society. Maile Meloy gives us a panoply of nearly 20 characters, and you’ll remember each of them in her culturally savvy thriller. Jon McGregor’s portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy takes an omniscient view, like the eye of a hawk circling over each of the villagers attempting to go on with their lives. Nicola Lagioia won Italy’s Strega Prize for his cinematic portrait of the moral and political corruption of an entire society. And Alison Pick’s band of Jewish pioneers brings the harsh reality of 1921 Palestine to life.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/21/2017 10:30 AM
72. The Interviews

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Nathan Englander, Cary Fagan, Kathleen Winter
Host: Marsha Lederman

The Globe & Mail’s Marsha Lederman has a knack for  getting at the stories behind books. Today she talks with Pulitzer finalist and bestselling author Nathan Englander about Dinner at the Center of the Earth. A thriller? A political novel? Could it be anything but both when he’s set it in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Acclaimed author of books for adults and children, Cary Fagan reveals how the old black-and-white photos that inspired his The Old World and Other Stories really “found their way” to him. And Scotiabank Giller-shortlisted author Kathleen Winter talks about how she stumbled upon the little-known, but factual, 11 lost days in history that drive her novel Lost in September. Enjoy the in-depth conversations with these fascinating writers.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 10:30 AM
73. A Boy's Life

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Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Wayne Johnston
Moderator: Bill Richardson

Three accomplished writers look up at the complicated, messy world of adults through the eyes of their young, male protagonists. Canada’s Wayne Johnston tells his new novel through the perspective of 14-year-old Ned who, when his parents disappear, is enmeshed in the Newfoundland poverty that his father had escaped. Ireland’s John Boyne, whose narrator in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was nine, begins his new novel with a male narrator still in the womb, whose travel through the world of Catholic, post-war Ireland is anything but easy. France’s Camille Bordas relates the confusions of adolescence through an 11-year-old boy, simmering with anger. What do children see that adults don’t?

Presented with the support of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 10:30 AM
74. Let's Talk About Class

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David Chariandy, Matthew Dickman, Kevin Hardcastle
Moderator: Angie Abdou

Characters from the working class are often treated stereotypically, or as foils for wealthier characters, or don’t appear at all, in contemporary literature. These three writers make social class a focal point of their stories and poems. David Chariandy’s fictional brothers Michael and Francis, sons of Trinidadian immigrants living in suburbia, confront prejudice, low expectations and even outright fear from their neighbours. American poet Matthew Dickman fashions melancholic portraits of impoverished white teenagers, some struggling with addiction and sliding into oblivion. Written in spare, muscular prose, Kevin Hardcastle’s novel penetrates the heart of what it means to endure life in the underclass and to find small happiness there. If we thought that social class was a nineteenth century English construct, this conversation will make us think again.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.

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10/21/2017 10:30 AM
75. Writing Canada (2)

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Carol Bruneau, David Chariandy, Dawn Dumont, Eliza Robertson
Moderator: Anne Fleming

Join us again on a cross-country trip on the Writing Canada train, celebrating Canada’s 150th year. This journey starts on BC’s coast (Salt Spring Island in the 1950’s, to be exact) in Eliza’s Robertson’s atmospheric debut novel Demi-Gods. The we head east, to the Prairies, with Saskatchewan writer Dawn Dumont’s short stories that interconnect the friendship of four Indigenous people over several decades. Our train pulls into Scarborough and the leaning, concrete towers of a housing complex where David Chariandy sets his new novel Brother. Then we roll on to Nova Scotia where Carol Bruneau makes us feel the salt air and overhear the small-town gossip in her short story collection. So many Canadas for us to explore.

Presented by SFU Library

Note: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeff Lemire will not be appearing in this event. We are pleased to announce that Eliza Robertson has been added to this event.

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1218 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 2:00 PM
76. A Celebration of Talonbooks

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Jónína Kirton, Cecily Nicholson, Tetsuro Shigematsu
Host: Stephen Collis

Vancouver publisher Talonbooks turns 50 this year!  From humble beginnings as a poetry magazine with an editorial collective based at Magee High School in 1963, Talon magazine moved to UBC in 1965. By 1967, it had published so many young writers, Talon decided to become a book publisher for its authors. Now, with more than 500 titles in print, which have received more than 300 awards, Talonbooks can also boast that it is Canada’s largest independent publisher of drama, that it does more translations from Québec than anyone else and that it has introduced readers to many Indigenous writers. This afternoon, join us for readings by Jónína Kirton, Cecily Nicholson and Tetsuro Shigematsu, shining examples of Talonbooks’ esteemed roster.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 2:00 PM
77. Fact AND Fiction

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Cary Fagan, Sylvain Prudhomme, Akhil Sharma

Real-life experiences: tether or springboard? Three authors who use facts as a way into their fictions talk about the ups and downs of this device. How do they know when to begin to stray from the truth? Do they let the facts fall away once a story has taken off? Cary Fagan used black and white photographs he found as inspiration for each of the 35 pieces in The Old World. Sylvain Prudhomme’s The Greats revisits the ‘70s music group Super Mama Djombo, as seen through the eyes of its guitarist. Akhil Sharma’s novel Family Life, for which he won the International Dublin Literary Award, is semi-autobiographical. But which part of the story is imagined? Join them for a discussion about blending fact and fiction in their books.

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1398 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 2:00 PM
78. The Stuff of Life

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Durga Chew-Bose, Sarah de Leeuw
Moderator: John Freeman

Two distinct voices discuss mining the content of their lives in their work. Durga Chew-Bose’s Too Much And Not the Mood takes its title from a line in Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary and showcases the author’s own brand of essay-meets-prose about identity and culture. Award-winning poet and non-fiction writer Sarah de Leeuw’s Where It Huts is a highly charged collection of personal essays, haunted by loss, evoking turbulent physical and emotional Canadian landscapes. Join these sharp and reflective thinkers for provoking discussion on what sets their pens moving, their fingers typing and their minds firing.

Presented with The SFU Writer’s Studio

We regret that Mary Gaitskill is no longer appearing in this event.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah de Leeuw is appearing in this event.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/21/2017 2:00 PM
79. Who I Am

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Jordan Abel, Maia Caron, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Ayelet Tsabari
Moderator: Nic Low

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson wants “the next generation of Indigenous artists and activists to see their own experiences reflected.” Writing her book was “an act of decolonizing.” Ali Cobby Eckermann describes her writing as an “emotional timeline” of the Stolen Generations—Indigenous children, herself included, taken from their families by the Australian government. When Maia Caron discovered her Métis roots she felt obliged to resurrect the ghosts of her ancestors in her writing. Come hear three writers whose personal identity is inextricably bound up in their work.

Presented with SFU Library.

*Note: Programming details have changed since this Festival Program Guide was printed. Ahmad Danny Ramadan is not longer appearing in this event.*

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 5:00 PM
80. Ghosts and Spirits

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Angie Abdou, Gurjinder Basran, Alison Pick
Moderator: Anne Fleming

Even those who don’t believe in ghosts or ethereal spirits are likely to have had, or heard about an experience, with some kind of otherworldly entity. For writers, creating a mysterious force to meddle in human affairs is irresistible and can constantly be reinvented. Angie Abdou’s young protagonist Eli is almost possessed by his great-greatgrandfather Elijah and is dragged into a past where amends must be made. Alison Pick’s Utopian Jewish settlers are haunted by ghosts and compromised by unbearable secrets. And Gurjinder Basran’s protagonist must grapple with the possibility that her brother is the reincarnation of her deceased uncle.

Note: programming details have changed since the program guide was printed. Hannah Kent is no longer appearing in this event

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 5:00 PM
81. Trips to the Other World

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Peter Darbyshire, Lydia Kwa
Moderator: Sean Cranbury

Vancouver journalist Peter Darbyshire is also a blogger and author. His collection of 19 linked short stories, Has the World Ended Yet?, starts with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone-style collection that is riveting and human. Vancouver psychologist and author Lydia Kwa transports us to seventh-century China, which teems with magic, fox spirits and demons. Singapore-born Kwa updates traditional Chinese mythology to include female empowerment and a wickedly modern sensibility. Fantasy with a modern twist will be on full display this afternoon.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 5:00 PM
82. An Intimate Evening with Jeff Lemire

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Jeff Lemire belongs to a new class of crossover star. He’s one of Marvel Comics’ most valued writers, and the creative mind behind four monthly titles in the comic book world, each selling 50,000 to 100,000 copies. But, he is equally known as a literary star, a New York Times-bestselling graphic novelist. His three-volume Essex County was named by CBC as one of the decade’s five essential works of Canadian fiction. Reflecting true-to-life characters and raw emotions, Lemire’s jagged drawings and spare words are compelling and surprising. His new novel, Roughneck, is a haunting story about a half-Cree former NHL’er and his kid sister. “I feel most comfortable telling the stories of outsiders, or outcasts,” Lemire says. During this event, you’ll hear, and see, why he’s a star.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Presented with Simon & Schuster Canada.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

10/21/2017 5:00 PM
Festival Pop-Up: A Triptych

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Caroline Adderson, John Freeman, Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson

NOTE: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeff Lemire has had to cancel his appearance at the Festival.

However, we’ve arranged for a multi-faceted, splendiferous pop-up event to replace An Evening with Jeff Lemire.

In our first set, novelists Caroline Adderson and Jon McGregor discuss their mutual affection for the handwritten letter. Four years ago McGregor invited strangers to send him letters. Scribbled notes and love letters are still arriving at his door and his experiment has resulted in two collections and an ongoing project involving dozens of students. Says Adderson: “I find the letters much more intimate than emails. As difficult as it is to write letters by hand, the joy I feel receiving a letter more than makes up for it.” Celebrate the joy of letters with Jon and Caroline.

Next up is Festival favourite John Freeman, best known for his witty and revealing moderation of panels, and for his eponymous magazine Freeman’s. But this man of many talents is also a poet. In his first collection, Maps, he maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith writes: “John Freeman’s exquisite and robust poetry debut…is a consolation and a delight.”

And finally, travel back to the West Coast of the 50s and 60s with Eliza Robertson, the young and ferociously talented author who is dazzling readers with her first novel, Demi-Gods, following her acclaimed short story collection, Wallflowers.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/21/2017 5:00 PM
83. The Poetry Bash

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Matthew Dickman, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jordan Mounteer, Jan Zwicky
Host: Lorna Crozier

Festival favourite and internationally-renowned Canadian poet Lorna Crozier has brought together an incredible lineup for The Poetry Bash at our thirtieth Festival. Oakland-based poet Kim Addonizio’s work is known for its “gritty, street-wise narrators and a wicked sense of wit.” 29-year-old Hera Lindsay Bird’s self-titled debut has been the fastest-selling, most popular book of poetry in New Zealand. Portland native Matthew Dickman breaks taboos about suicide in his new work. Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann, a member of the Stolen Generations, was recently awarded a prestigious Windham-Campbell prize for her body of work. Self-described ‘vagabond’ Jordan Mounteer’s poetry ranges from tree planting in BC to travels in Asia. And Governor General’s Award winner Jan Zwicky reads from her latest environmentally-conscious collection.

Sponsored By Maureen & Larry Lunn.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 8:00 PM
84. Getting a Grip

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Jon McGregor, Maile Meloy, Grace O'Connell
Moderator: Jared Bland

Suspense novel, thriller, mystery—readers know what to expect when they pick up one of these books. Tonight, though, meet literary writers who defy categorization and cross those lines. Jon McGregor won the International Dublin Literary Award. Maile Meloy was honoured by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Grace O’Connell is one of the judges for the Journey Prize this year. All three begin their books in crime and thriller territory, then venture into another kind of novel altogether. With extraordinary control, these authors highlight the emotions and broader implications of a girl’s murder, a violent hijacking and missing children with writing that’s meditative, culturally savvy or full of heart at the same time as full of fear. Mystery and crime readers, meet the literary crowd. You’ve got so much tonight to enjoy together.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/21/2017 8:00 PM
86. An Intimate Evening with Andrew O'Hagan

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Scottish author Andrew O’Hagan’s father once scolded him for telling an interviewer there were no books in the house when he was growing up. His father said: “There was a book. It was green. It was on top of the fridge for ages.” It was the phonebook. Unlikely beginnings for an author who was voted one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists and nominated for the Man Booker Prize three times. Tonight, join O’Hagan as he tackles the porousness between genius and madness and the notion of personality in the digital age, the subject of his new book about three elusive individuals, Julian Assange among them. This is your chance to hear from one of the most important and witty voices of his generation.

Revue Stage
1601 Street

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10/21/2017 8:00 PM
87. In the Name of the Family

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The Vancouver Writers Fest

Sarah Dunant

Murder, poison, corruption and nepotism: all perfect ingredients for sensational contemporary storytelling. But they’re also ingredients that made the Borgia family of Italy infamous more than 500 years ago. Bestselling author Sarah Dunant presents a sumptuous, illustrated lecture that reveals the tireless research that went into her new novel, In the Name of the Family, set in Renaissance Italy in the final years of the House of Borgia. You’ll meet the wily, charismatic womanizer Pope Alexander, his sociopathic son Cesare and his daughter Lucrezia, who transforms from “the greatest whore in Rome” to duchess of Ferrara. Dunant slyly shows that history has a knack of repeating itself. Dunant received a standing ovation for her last illustrated lecture at the Writers Fest. Don’t miss this one!

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/22/2017 10:30 AM
88. Newfoundland Jack Tales

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mary-Lynn Bernard, Andy Jones

Andy Jones is an Emmy-nominated, Gemini Award winning writer and performer who has been charming audiences since his early days touring as a member of the CODCO comedy troupe. Join Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard for a cheerful dose of Newfoundland storytelling; this all-ages performance features a puppet version of The Queen of Paradise’s Garden, a traditional tale about folk-hero Jack, and perhaps another yarn or two. You’ll also learn about the puppets, designed by Slovenian puppet scenographer Darka Erdelji, and find delight in Newfoundland’s storytelling traditions and its many tales about Jack. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported (and tickled) by the magical tales and characters that have long inhabited imaginations on the opposite coast.

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1398 Cartwright Street

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10/22/2017 10:30 AM
89. The Sunday Brunch

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

John Boyne, Claire Cameron, Karen Connelly, Nathan Englander, Merilyn Simonds, Deborah Willis
Host: Bill Richardson

The Sunday Brunch is a hallmark of the Festival, one of the first events to sell out, and for very good reasons: mimosas, croissants, coffee and readings by six fine authors whose work you may or may not have encountered, but who will leave you wanting more. Come with a friend, or make a new one at your table, and raise a glass of bubbly to the exceptional lineup of English, American and Canadian authors set to take the stage.

Vegetarian options available but we are unfortunately unable to accommodate all dietary restrictions.

Presented by Kidsbooks.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/22/2017 11:00 AM
91. Sustenance: A Feast of Voices

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Fiona Tinwei Lam, Billeh Nickerson, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Rachel Rose, Russell Thornton, Ayelet Tsabari
Host: Rachel Rose

Today Vancouver’s outgoing Poet Laureate Rachel Rose shares a phenomenal project from her tenure in the role. Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food brings to the table some of Canada’s best contemporary writers, celebrating all that’s unique about Vancouver’s literary and culinary scene. Join this incredible lineup for an afternoon of live music from The Pazific, led by Seattle-based songwriting duo Alex and Jefferson Rose, snacks and readings on subjects as diverse as exile, hunger, food scarcity, bulimia, fat shaming, urban beekeeping, rural hunting, community gardening, foraging, feeding a baby, waitressing, dumpster diving, butchering, eating vegan, and reflections on family feast days. This is an afternoon to eat, drink and be merry, and to celebrate Rachel’s exceptional contribution to the community.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

Regular: $10
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: $8
Youth Under 30
: $10
Member: $8

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10/22/2017 1:30 PM
90. Dennis Lee and House of Anansi: A Celebration

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Margaret Atwood, Robert Bringhurst, Dennis Lee, Steven Price, Jan Zwicky

Host: Brian Brett, Sarah MacLachlan

This year marks both House of Anansi’s fiftieth anniversary as an independent publisher and the publication of Dennis Lee’s collected poems, Heart Residence, which also span half a century, from 1967 to 2017. How are these two occasions linked? Lee co-founded the press in 1967 and published future stars like Margaret Atwood, Marian Engel, Michael Ondaatje, Matt Cohen, Austin Clarke and Graeme Gibson. A rising star himself at the time, Lee went on to win nearly every literary prize Canada offers, including the Governor General’s Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work for children. Join this cast of literary luminaries as they swap stories, tell tales, celebrate one of Canada’s finest and serve up many a metaphorical slice of Alligator Pie.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to celebrate the finalists and winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

Regular: $20
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: $18
Youth Under 30
: $15
Member: $18

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10/22/2017 1:30 PM
92. The Afternoon Tea

Sorry, this event is sold out.

Presented by
 The Vancouver Writers Fest

Cynthia Flood, Bill Gaston, Jon McGregor, Zoey Leigh Peterson, Akhil Sharma, Jessica Westhead
Host: Paul Grant

For those who enjoy a little indulgence on the weekend, this is the event for you. Sleep in, go for an autumnal stroll, then make your way down to Granville Island for freshly baked treats and authors galore. It’s an afternoon spilling over with stories in all their glorious forms—short stories, tough stories, stories within stories, gritty mysteries, family chaos and stories rich in language play and grand in scope. It might be brisk outside, but inside the tea will be hot, the Devonshire cream decadent and the stories scintillating!

Vegetarian options available but we are unfortunately unable to accommodate all dietary restrictions.

Sponsored by the Faris family in memory of Yulanda Faris.

We regret that Mary Gaitskill is no longer appearing in this event.

We are pleased to announce that Zoey Leigh Peterson is now appearing in this event.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

Regular: $38
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: $36
Youth Under 30
: $15
Member: $36

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10/22/2017 3:30 PM
94. Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Hal Wake

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Presented by
 
The Vancouver Writers Fest

2017 is the year of Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale, her visionary dystopian novel from 30 years ago, has ignited imaginations with its television adaptation, now nominated for 11 Emmys and renewed for a second season. The TV world premiere of Alias Grace is imminent under the visionary guidance of Sarah Polley. The second volume of Atwood's graphic novel, Angel Catbird, launched in February. Unsurprisingly, her appearances at the Vancouver Writers Fest sold out before public sales began. But you’re in luck. We’ve added an on-stage interview to catch up on these incredible developments in this phenomenal author’s recent career. Get your tickets quickly before this one sells out too.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

Regular: $26
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: $24
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: $15
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10/22/2017 5:00 PM
In Conversation with Jennifer Egan
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre


A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad discusses her long-awaited first historical novel, Manhattan Beach, in this special event. Egan’s widely acclaimed books include The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a feature film starring Cameron Diaz, and The Keep, a national bestseller. In this anticipated event, she shares insight into her latest work, and opens up about her esteemed writing career to date. Join us for an engrossing and uplifting conversation with one of the foremost writers of our time.

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine and many others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

More about Manhattan Beach:
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Manhattan Beach is a masterpiece, a deft and startling exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
10/25/2017 7:30 PM
Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

In this candid, electric evening, Roméo Dallaire – bestselling author, retired general and senator, leading humanitarian – discusses his struggle with PTSD following his missions around the world including assisting the UN during the Rwandan Genocide. Rivaling Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, the RBC Taylor Prize-nominated memoir Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Struggle with PTSD is a moving self-portrait of a top political and military figure whose nights are invaded by despair, but who faces each day with the renewed desire to make a difference in the world.

Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U. Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN adviser, a bestselling author, and former Canadian Senator.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St.
11/16/2017 7:30 PM
A Newfoundlander in Canada: Alan Doyle in Conversation
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Following the runaway success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle discusses A Newfoundlander in Canada: a hilarious, heartwarming account of discovering Canada through the eyes of the Newfoundlander leaving home for the first time. The author shares never-before-heard stories from the band’s early touring days – including opening for Barney the Dinosaur and drinking moonshine with an elderly churchgoer in PEI – and takes the audience on a journey through the complexities of community, regionalism and the true meaning of ‘Canadianness’.

Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. In 2012, Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge, which made the top twenty on the Canadian Albums chart. Doyle lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
11/20/2017 7:30 PM