Multiple Organism: Pick of the Fringe

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. 
mindofasnail.org 
Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination! Another large scale shadow theatre performance from the award-winning creators of Curious Contagious (2016), Caws & Effect (2014), and Against Gravity (2013): 

***** “Delightful, innovative, and beautiful.” —Winnipeg Free Press
***** “Pushing the boundaries—not only of what stories we tell, but also the ways in which we tell them.” —Vue Weekly 

Funny / Weird / Shocking / 60 minutes / 18+ / Nudity

9/24/2017 6:00 PM
Chris & Travis: Pick of the Fringe

Chris & Travis 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Chris Ross & Travis Bernhardt 
travisbernhardt.com 
Multiple Pick-of-the-Fringe winner Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their high energy, hilarious, and surreal two-man show. Their extreme physicality, endearingly strange characters, and commitment to entertain by any means necessary have surprised and delighted audiences across Canada. 

“You’ve never seen an improv show like this before.” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Selected for the 2017 Paper Street Improv Festival
Selected for the 2015 and 2016 Vancouver International Improv Festival 


Funny / Silly / Weird / 45 minutes / All Ages 

9/24/2017 7:45 PM
Viva

Bright Young Theatre and Aenigma Theatre

A contemporary ode to unconditional love. Viva follows two strangers, Alice and Graeme, whose lives become intertwined over the course of one night in Las Vegas. Alice comes to the city in a desperate attempt to secure an organ on the black market to save her dying brother; Graeme is partying with friends when he finds a photocard listing the services of a prostitute—and he becomes convinced the woman is his missing sister. Dark, poetic and thrilling, Viva promises to be an adventure for audiences.

13+, Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter
Pay What You Can Previews on October 12 and 13 at 8:00pm.


October 12-22, 2017
Havana Theatre

10/12/2017 To 10/22/2017
Falling Awake

RAGMOP Theatre presents Falling Awake, a surrealist physical comedy with mesmerizing illusions, salt, coffee, flash floods, the musing of love, and the questionable nature of reality. Falling Awake toured the Fringe receiving the acclaim of: Best of Fest, Staff Pick, Artists Pick (Edmonton); Best of Fringe Short-list, Best Ensemble (Toronto); The Montreal Clown Festival Award Nominee; The Joanna Maratta Award and The Mollie Bradly Award (Vancouver).

“So beautiful that I groaned with pleasure.” —Colin Thomas
“A mesmerizing display of physical comedy.” —NOW Toronto
“Seamless in every aspect.” —CJLO Montreal
“Breathtaking physical actors.” —Theatre in London

Oct 13-15, 2017
Studio 1398

10/13/2017 To 10/15/2017
1. Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Host: Hal Wake

Being nominated or shortlisted for—let alone winning—the Giller has a history of changing a writer’s life and career forever. One of the authors appearing at this event will win the richest literary prize in Canada on November 20. Come meet and hear from Canada’s stellar literary talents on opening night at the Writers Fest. What a way for the Festival’s Artistic Director Hal Wake to begin this year’s extravaganza of writers! The longlist will be announced in September, and the shortlist in early October. But this event will bring all the shortlisted Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists together. Check writersfest.bc.ca on October 2 for the announcement of the lineup.

Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Vancouver Playhouse
600 Hamilton Street

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10/16/2017 8:00 PM
2. Never Too Late…Is it?

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Geoff Dembicki, Chris Turner
Moderator: John Vaillant

Today’s young people may be the first generation to experience the doomsday impacts of climate change, and the last to be able to do something about them. Geoff Dembicki, a sustainability writer, travelled to Silicon Valley, Canada’s tar sands, Washington, Wall Street and the Paris climate talks to find out if millennials should hope or despair. Chris Turner, one of Canada’s leading speakers on sustainability, takes us onto the streets of Fort McMurray, and shows the myriad ways the oil sands impact our lives, for both good and bad. Young people can play an even more crucial role in shaping the planet’s health after paying attention to these two informed and passionate writers.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/17/2017 10:00 AM
3. Citizen Kid

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest 

Katie Smith Milway, Margriet Ruurs

This year, Margriet Ruurs and Katie Smith Milway present new books that will inspire children to be better global citizens. The Elephant Keeper tells the true story of a Zambian boy raised to view elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, until he rescues a baby elephant from drowning. In The Banana Leaf Ball, Deo is an orphan in a Tanzanian refugee camp where bullies form gangs and steal what they can. When a coach gathers all the camp’s children together to play soccer, those who were afraid of one another begin to laugh together. These two committed children’s authors show kids how everyone plays a role in environmental stewardship and can find common ground in unexpected places.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3–6

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/17/2017 10:00 AM
4. Stormy Seas

SOLD OUT

Presented by
 
The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mary Beth Leatherdale

The millions of refugees crossing from North Africa into Europe—and the harrowing tales from war-torn towns—are not a new phenomenon. Still, it can be hard for students bombarded with images of cities reduced to rubble and overflowing boatloads of despondent faces to imagine the individual lives behind the danger and desperation. Mary Beth Leatherdale’s true portraits of young refugees from different countries and different eras will help create that connection. Ruth boards a ship to escape Nazi Germany, Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam, a child flees Afghanistan and the Taliban—four of these heroes are still alive and shared their stories with Leatherdale. Many of today’s Lower Mainland students come from families whose histories mirror these, and it helps us all to understand their stories.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 5–8

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/17/2017 10:00 AM
5. A Feast of Fun

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest  

Cary Fagan, Kyo Maclear, Sydney Smith

Line up for a smorgasbord of stories this morning. In Cary Fagan’s tale, a long-empty birdcage leaves its attic home to find a bird to keep. Kyo Maclear spins an environmental fable that stars Warble, a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. And Sydney Smith’s Town Is by the Sea follows a day in the life of a boy in a sparkling seaside town as he imagines his father digging for coal deep down under that same sea. A dash of history, a splash of environmental awareness and a good dollop of humour will make this a literary feast to remember.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES K–3

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.

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10/17/2017 10:00 AM
6. Superstars x2

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Polly Horvath, Gordon Korman

Two superstars of the middle grade realm take the stage with vastly different stories that have this in common: kids in control and with the power to effect change. Polly Horvath, recipient of a Newbery Honor and a National Book Award, transports us to a farm on Vancouver Island during WWII in her magical tale about a garden that grants wishes. But do these wishes come at a cost? Master storyteller Gordon Korman, author of more than 80 middle grade and YA novels, introduces us to Chase Ambrose who, after falling off a roof, forgets that he’s the biggest bully at Hiawassee Middle School. Kids have an innate sense of justice and Korman presses them to think deeply about the potential for redemption.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 4–7

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/17/2017 1:00 PM
7. The Upside Down

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Cherie Dimaline, Ari Goelman

As much as we want to retain our childlike innocence, part of growing up is becoming aware of the cruel realities of the world. At this event, two accomplished young adult writers use speculative fiction as a way into complex issues such as racism, climate change, mental health and agency, and offer teens a way to cope with the changes in their own lives. In Cherie Dimaline’s dystopic future, Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow, which contains a cure to a madness that has struck down the rest of the population. Ari Goelman’s The Innocence Treatment follows Lauren, a teen with a disorder which makes her incredibly trusting. However, the treatment for this disorder has unexpected, and dangerous, side-effects.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–10

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St.

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: $15
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10/17/2017 1:00 PM
8. Newfoundland Yarns

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Andy Jones

Kids, get ready to be entertained by Gemini award-winning writer and actor, former member of the comedy troupe CODCO and screenwriter for CBC’s Kids in the Hall series, Andy Jones. Jack and the Green Man is the fifth instalment in his series that takes traditional myths and oral tales heard in Newfoundland and Labrador, shakes them up and reimagines them without erasing any of their folkloric charm. On his latest quest, Jack comes up against hairy giants, impossible tasks, a three-legged pig and difficult demigods—a delight for both young and not-so-young readers. Rick Mercer has called the book “a magical, funny tale that will be read again and again and again.”

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 2–5

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/17/2017 1:00 PM
9. Family Travels

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mahtab Narsimhan, Esta Spalding

Children love stories with adventure and surprise at every turn. Luckily, that’s what Mahtab Narsimhan and Esta Spalding do best. In Narsimhan’s tale, tag along with Dylan as he joins his best friend on a family vacation to India. Turns out, even on the colourful streets of Mumbai you can’t escape family bickering. Then there are Spalding’s Fitzgerald-Trouts, four loosely related self-reliant siblings living together on a lush tropical island. Though they have no parents to answer to—they sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick—what they really want is a home, the pursuit of which brings them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3–6

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.

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: $15
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10/17/2017 1:00 PM
10. Modern Day Satire

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Suzette Mayr, Tom Perrotta

Vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings—all fodder of great satire—are on full display in the work of these two writers, who’ve chosen the long-established satire genre to put our lives under the microscope. Tom Perrotta takes a swipe at sexuality, identity and parenthood in modern-day America, as his Mrs. Fletcher explores the erotic exploits of middle-aged women just like herself. Suzette Mayr turns a campus novel into a darkly funny gothic horror story of cutthroat peers, ruthless administration, and maggot-and hare-infested haunted halls. Satire done well has always made us laugh, albeit a little uncomfortably, at our own behaviour.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St.

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: $18
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: $15
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10/17/2017 6:00 PM
11. The Oil Patch Conundrum

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Chris Turner in conversation with Ian Gill

Chris Turner has travelled the globe in search of hope for a sustainable future, and exposed former Prime Minister Harper’s war on science. An authoritative voice on the global cleantech boom, Turner now turns his focus to the Alberta oil sands, and the people there who’ve seen the boom and the bust, and now face its uncertain future. The result is not a diatribe against exploiting the second largest proven reserve of oil, but rather an exploration of how deeply it affects individual lives around the world, from the families of Fort McMurray to the financiers in London or Saudi Arabia. With no easy answer in hand, Turner forces us to ask the question: In order to both fuel the world, and to save it, what do we do about the Oil Patch?

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/17/2017 6:00 PM
12. That Thing Called Love

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mandy Len Catron, Carrie Jenkins
Moderator: Timothy Taylor

When Bonnie Raitt sings “Are you ready for the thing called love/ Don’t come from me and you/ It comes from up above,” it could be she’s wrong. Love might indeed come from us. Vancouver writer Mandy Len Catron’s collection of candid essays, How to Fall in Love with Anyone, explores biologists’ research into dopamine triggers, looks at why we prefer certain love stories and tells of her own personal experiment using 36 key questions to create an intimate — and lasting — relationship. Carrie Jenkins, a UBC philosophy professor, examines love in all its manifestations, peppered with stories from her own experiences as a polyamorous woman, in What Love Is. You can wear your heart on your sleeve for this event!

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.

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: $18
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10/17/2017 6:00 PM
13. An Intimate Evening with Linden MacIntyre

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Linden MacIntyre

Linden MacIntyre spent 24 years as the co-host of the fifth estate and won 10 Gemini awards for his work as a journalist. But it’s as a novelist that he’s now winning the hearts of Canadians. The Bishop’s Man earned him the Scotiabank Giller Award; Why Men Lie and Punishment were national bestsellers. His new novel, The Only Café, stretches from Toronto to 1980s refugee camps in Lebanon. MacIntyre turned to fiction to tell deeper, more backgrounded stories than journalism allowed. Fiction, he says, “takes people by the hand into situations that they don’t particularly want to visit and on terms that make those situations quite understandable and real, by embedding big ideas in ordinary lives.” You’ll want to spend time with this thoughtful and experienced guide.

Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau St.

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10/17/2017 6:00 PM
14. Grand Openings

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Jenny Erpenbeck, Barbara Gowdy, Nicola Lagioia, Suzette Mayr, Linda Spalding, Ruth Ware

Open the thirtieth Vancouver Writers Fest in grand style as six writers read from their new works and take us around the world. Presenting her first novel in 10 years, Canada’s Barbara Gowdy intrigues us with a psyche in turmoil. Linda Spalding propels us by wagon and boat through the American south in 1855. Germany’s Jenny Erpenbeck puts faces to some of the refugees trying to find a new life in Germany. Italy’s Nicola Lagioia gives us family-style moral and political corruption. Canada’s Suzette Mayr lampoons academic politics and passions. And England’s Ruth Ware will scare your socks off with her psychological thriller. Whether these authors are familiar or new to you, you’re going to love this evening’s trip around the world in their company.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright St.

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10/17/2017 8:00 PM
15. More than a Good Whodunit

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Ann Cleaves, Ausma Zehanat Khan
Moderator: Lonnie Propas

Mark Billingham says the crime novel is “uniquely placed” to reflect the world through the crimes people commit, and to shine a light into some of the darker corners of society. Though commenting on political and social issues isn’t necessarily the purview of all crime novelists, these four masters of the genre have insightful observations well worth your attention. Tackling tough subjects from “honour” killings to cybercrime and online hacking, and from the intrusion of Iran’s tumultuous politics into a peace-loving Muslim community to police and council corruption in the midst of post-industrial deprivation in northern England, these crime novelists not only weave brilliant whodunits but also help us understand that the causes of those crimes are far more difficult to unravel than the crimes themselves.

Presented with Raincoast Books.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St.

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: $18
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: $15
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10/17/2017 8:30 PM
16. Uninhibited

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Karen Connelly, Tom Perrotta
Moderator: Jen Sookfong Lee

Two authors who don’t shy away from the risqué and oftentimes taboo subject of sex talk about why this vexing part of human nature is integral to their writing. Of her new novel, The Change Room, in which a middle-aged heterosexual woman begins a steamy affair with a women she meets at her community pool, Karen Connelly says she’s never had so much fun writing a book in her life—and this is her twelfth. In Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta—widely known for his novel Little Children about adults behaving badly in suburbia—introduces us to Eve Fletcher, a 46-year-old divorcéee who can’t curtail her interest in a porn website called MILFateria.com after receiving an anonymous text: “U R my MILF.” With sex come laughs and truths about all of us. You won’t want to miss this affair.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/17/2017 8:30 PM
17. Game Changer

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Ken Dryden in conversation with Alison Broddle

Ken Dryden’s The Game was indisputably one of the best books ever written on the sport of hockey, and was a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award. But now the former NHL star and former MP has issued a challenge in his new book, Game Change: make hockey safer or risk losing it altogether. Focusing on a journeyman NHL defenceman dead at 35 because of concussions, Dryden argues that today’s players are bigger, stronger and faster, and that the game has to change to protect them—at all ages. Dryden has a plan directed at players, fans, parents and, most of all, decision makers at the NHL. If you love hockey, you’ll want to hear about it from the game changer himself, Ken Dryden.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston

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10/17/2017 8:30 PM
18. Apples, Birds and Books

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Helen Humphreys, Kyo Maclear, Merilyn Simonds
Moderator: Aislinn Hunter

Three insightful, contemplative writers talk about blending memoir with an examination of things seemingly ordinary. When Kyo Maclear’s father fell ill, she focused on urban birds as a way to recharge after hours of eldercare. In doing so, she was struck by what happens when you apply the lessons of birding to other aspects of daily life. Helen Humphreys’ research into the history of the apple as one of her closest friends was dying resulted in deep personal insight linked to curiosity about agriculture, settlement and human relationships. Merilyn Simonds’ focus on the book, both as paper page and pixel, became part memoir, part philosophical and historical exploration of the written word. Join us for meditations on creativity and how writers can be changed by what they write about.

Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau St.

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10/17/2017 8:30 PM
19. Word! (1)

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Dean Atta, Sheniz Janmohamed, Ahmed Knowmadic

The ever-popular spoken word showcase known as Word! has become a signature event at the Festival over the years. Today’s lineup is of the highest calibre. Dean Atta, one of the UK’s finest emerging poets, explores race, identity and sexuality in his work. Canada’s Sheniz Janmohamed first encountered spoken word in high school. She has since completed an MFA and gone on to perform her work internationally. Ahmed Knowmadic, originally from Mogadishu, became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011. In 2017, he was named Edmonton’s seventh Poet Laureate. The true power of words is palpable as young minds absorb, react to and find inspiration in the talented performers on stage.

(This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon.)

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS.

WARNING: CONTENT IN THIS EVENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL CLASSES.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/18/2017 10:00 AM
20. The Jungles of Adolescence

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

S.K. Ali, Sigmund Brouwer, Allan Stratton
Moderator: Susin Nielsen

Standing up for what’s right and recognizing your true friends can be a tricky business. Join three authors for a look inside the wilds of adolescence and the paths some forge through that jungle. S.K. Ali’s Saints & Misfits, set within a multicultural Muslim family, features Janna, a ‘misfit’ sophomore with a crush on a non-Muslim boy and the even bigger problem of avoiding the ‘saint’ of the local mosque who, unbeknownst to anyone, assaulted Janna at a friend’s party. After making some bad decisions, Sigmund Brouwer’s 15-year-old Maxwell is on the run. When he impulsively hops aboard a freight train, he embarks on a journey he never expected. And Allan Stratton’s Zoe, fed-up with her narrowminded parents, also heads out on an unforgettable journey where she discovers a strength she didn’t know she had.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright St.

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10/18/2017 10:00 AM
21. A Series of Adventures

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Cary Fagan, Andy Jones

Cary Fagan and Andy Jones know how to talk to kids. Both are acclaimed storytellers and the authors of popular series with more than a few tricks up their sleeves. Jones is a comedian and Gemini award-winning writer and actor. He’s also written six children’s books that bring Newfoundland fairy tales to life. In the latest book in the Jack series, young readers encounter wacky spells, hairy giants, magic animals and hijinks galore. Fagan, an award-winning author for both children and adults, introduces us to Wolfie and Fly in his new series about a girl who thinks friends just get in the way, until she meets the slightly weird and wordy boy next door. There’s a world of fun to be had with these funny and imaginative authors.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 2–5

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright St.

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10/18/2017 10:00 AM
22. Alchemy of a Book

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Sydney Smith, Esta Spalding

How much—or how little—do authors and illustrators communicate when they’re creating a book? Who’s the boss? Or is there one? And how do they make sure they’re “on the same page” when they start a project? Today Sydney Smith and Esta Spalding talk about how they worked together on the first two books in Spalding’s Fitzgerald-Trout series, featuring a band of loosely related children living together on a tropical island and fending for themselves. Smith, a star in the realm of kids’ book illustration, was in grade six when drawing became a major part of his life. Spalding grew up writing stories and poems. It’s never too soon for kids to tap into their talents. This duo might be just the inspiration that’s needed.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3–6

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/18/2017 10:00 AM
23. Plasticine Perfection

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Barbara Reid

Long before the current craze of homemade slime, there was Plasticine. After you’ve met Barbara Reid, winner of the Governor General’s award for children’s illustration and honoured as a member of the Order of Canada for her work, your head will be swirling with what you can do with this squishable modelling clay that has been entertaining kids for more than 100 years. The renowned author and artist has always used it to illustrate her multi-award-winning books. You’ll want to know more about her creative process, the challenges and joys of her chosen medium and stories about how she brings her Plasticine images to life. Hint: it’s in the details—from earrings to melting ice cream to eye-rolling boys.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3–6

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St.

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: $15
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: $15
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10/18/2017 10:00 AM
24. Restart

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Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman has been a household name for decades. Not only does he write stories that are lively and engaging for kids; he began doing it when he was just a 12-year-old kid himself. He’s now the author of more than 80 books, of which there are more than 17 million copies in print. Korman is also a tuning fork when it comes to what kids are dealing with every day. Take Restart, his most recent novel, in which the school bully suffers amnesia and is shocked to learn of the torment he inflicted on his peers. Or last year’s novel, Slacker, about a boy completely caught up in gaming. Come meet the man who’s unleashed his imagination to the delight of young readers for almost 40 years.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 4–7

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 1:00 PM
25. Lighting Out

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Cecil Castellucci, Allan Stratton

When you’re a teenager, it’s normal to think your family just doesn’t understand you. And that’s when books can help. Good fiction allows teens to get inside the head of someone else, perhaps facing the kinds of problems they are, perhaps feeling just as misunderstood too. These two authors have created such stories. Cecil Castellucci’s graphic novel, set in 1932, shows how a teen sets out on a train-hopping journey to escape her abusive father. She finds safety disguised as a boy and friendship with a hobo. Allan Stratton’s modern-day teen feels betrayed by her parents when they’re quick to believe the lies circulating about her at school. When you’re a teen, it helps to know you’re not the only one with problems.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8-10.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 1:00 PM
26. A Big Difference

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Margriet Ruurs

Margriet Ruurs wants to help children make a difference. Ruurs, author of more than 30 books, has shared her work with children around the world and seen firsthand how it’s often young people who initiate positive change. In The Elephant Keeper, Ruurs tells the true story of Aaron, a boy who rescues a baby elephant from drowning despite being raised to think of the animals as dangerous to humans and their crops. Kids will be inspired by this tale of environmental stewardship, and eager for tips on how they can help endangered wildlife. Ruurs will also share the story behind Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, her altruistic picture book for all ages. Join Ruurs for a ranging discussion on how you can make a difference.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3-6

*Note: Programming details have changed since the Program Guide was printed. Katie Smith Milway will no longer be appearing in this event.*

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

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10/18/2017 1:00 PM
27. Seeking Refuge

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Mary Beth Leatherdale, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Irene N. Watts
Moderator: France Perras

To better understand the plight of refugees, we need to hear their stories and grasp what—and often who—they’re leaving behind. Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E. Shoemaker are co-creators of the graphic novel Seeking Refuge, the story of 11-year-old Marianne who was among the first group of Jewish children included in the Kindertransport, which moved children to safety out of Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the nine months preceding WWII. Watts was, in fact, one of these fortunate children. Mary Beth Leatherdale reveals the true stories of five children from different eras—from Nazi Germany to war-torn Vietnam, Afghanistan to the Ivory Coast—who undertook treacherous voyages to reach freedom and safety. You’ll appreciate your life like never before after today.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 5–8

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/18/2017 1:00 PM
28. Thrillers Three Ways

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Hart Hanson, Ausma Zehnat Khan, Ruth Ware
Moderator: Ian Weir

Say “thriller” and goosebumps, terror, nightmares, suspense and violence are sure to follow. But there’s lots of ways to get your thrills—and tonight these writers show us three. Ruth Ware’s debut, In a Dark, Dark Wood, put her on the charts as master of the psychological thriller. Her new novel is equally full of psychological suspense, a slow unravelling of tension and fear. Hart Hanson’s debut thriller takes the action-packed route to scaring our socks off, filled with nasty violence, dirty cops and torture. And Ausma Zehanat Khan gives us murder in the midst of Iran’s tumultuous politics. The body’s already been found, but tracking the killer and getting out of Iran alive? Now you’ve got a political thriller. Three ways to make the back of your neck tingle.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 6:00 PM
29. Barbara Gowdy in Conversation with Caroline Adderson

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Fans of Barbara Gowdy—and they are legion—have waited a decade for a new novel from this acclaimed Canadian author. While excruciating back pain has slowed her output, it’s clear that her creativity and imagination are in full flight. Little Sister, in its simplest outline, is about a woman able to leave her own physical body to inhabit another and to experience the world through that other. “I’m really interested in other people’s stories, and what it would be like to be you,” Gowdy has said. This is a rare chance to turn the tables and find out what it’s like to be one of the most inventive, risk-taking writers working today, who’s been shortlisted for or awarded almost every major prize during her 25 years of work.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 6:00 PM
30. Uprooted

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Jenny Erpenbeck, Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Moderator: Genni Gunn

Every refugee has a story to tell—why they left, the journey they’ve made, what they left behind, the uncertain future they face. Jenny Erpenbeck, a German writer hailed as “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation,” enters the refugee story through a retired Berlin professor whose curiosity turns to compassion as he befriends African refugees forced to be idle while bureaucracy grinds along. Ahmad Danny Ramadan, a Syrian refugee himself now living in Vancouver, focuses in his novel on what gets left behind, a story of two lovers forced to leave a dying Syria, but anchored to memories of childhoods in Damascus, cruelty endured, leaving home and war. Take a look behind the headlines to the lives of millions worldwide who have been uprooted.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright

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10/18/2017 6:00 PM
31. An Intimate Evening with Ann Cleeves

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Last year, bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves celebrated the publication of 30 books in 30 years. Her Shetland and Vera Stanhope series have been translated into 20 languages, made her a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany were turned into two hit television series and earned her a reputation as one of the finest crime fiction writers in the world. Join Cleeves tonight as she presents The Seagull, the eighth Vera mystery, filled with her trademark brooding atmosphere and unsettling undercurrents. She comes to Vancouver fresh from a ceremony in London where she has been presented with the highest honour in British crime writing, recognizing sustained excellence—the Diamond Dagger.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/18/2017 6:00 PM
32. Screen Gems

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The Vancouver Writers Fest

Hart Hanson, Tom Perrotta, Esta Spalding
Moderator: Ian Weir

Literary readers now often find they’re also drawn to thoughtful, well-written television—and there is more and more of the latter being produced. Television is attracting some of the finest writers available as it gains a new prestige. Hart Hanson, who’s just written a debut thriller, is the creator, executive producer and writer of the television series Bones. Tom Perrotta, whose novels have been transformed into television series and adapted as movies, usually has a large hand in writing the screenplays. Esta Spalding, award-winning film and television writer—from Da Vinci’s Inquest and Being Erica to Masters of Sex and The Bridge—is also a children’s author. There’s sure to be some entertaining behind-the-scenes stories shared tonight by these three screenwriters.

Presented with Vancouver Film School.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 8:30 PM
33. Original Inhabitants, Original Voices

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Ali Cobby Eckermann, Witi Ihimaera, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Moderator: Nic Low

Canada, Australia and New Zealand are all former colonies of Great Britain whose original inhabitants have struggled for equality with the colonizers. Indigenous success in achieving recognition and self-determination is uneven. Three Indigenous writers share the stage to talk about their individual experiences and their country’s experiences. Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann is part of the “stolen generations,” forcibly taken from her mother when she was a baby. New Zealand’s Witi Ihimaera was the first Mˉaori writer to publish a novel and collection of short stories, then his novel The Whale Rider became an internationally-successful film. Canada’s Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a storyteller, poet and activist who is a powerful voice for modern Indigenous people. What can we learn about making a better world for all?

Presented by Vancity.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 8:30 PM
34. Nicole Krauss in Conversation with Mark Medley


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Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, Nicole Krauss has twice been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, nominated for the National Book Award, selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and had her work translated into more than 35 languages. Her new novel, Forest Dark, is a tale of transformation: of an older lawyer who’s given away most of his possessions and travelled to Israel to do something to honour his parents, and a young, well-known novelist named Nicole who’s troubled by writer’s block. Each is drawn to Tel Aviv on a journey of self-discovery that has life-changing consequences. Krauss has said that reading literature is “an opportunity for compassion.” You’ll enjoy being offered that opportunity tonight in the company of this literary talent.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 8:30 PM
35. Think Big, Canada

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Doug Saunders in conversation with Gloria Macarenko

Author and journalist Doug Saunders is a five-time winner of the National Newspaper Award and the international affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail. In Maximum Canada, he argues that Canada is underpopulated and that we need a population of 100 million if we’re to outgrow our colonial past and build a safer, greener, more prosperous future. Historically, our economic policies and social tendencies kept us poorly connected to the outside world, attracting few of the people and building few of the institutions needed to sustain us. Yet support for a ‘closed’ Canada remains influential. Saunders has a rare and bold vision for Canada’s future: tripling our population will mean avoiding global obscurity and reconciling regional divides— and this can be done without a large immigration increase.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/18/2017 8:30 PM
36. Live a Little

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Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre

England’s Mark Billingham and Scotland’s Chris Brookmyre, both bestselling thriller writers, know that when you’ve had a few drinks, you’re good and ready for a spot of literary filth. And can they deliver! They’ve spent the last few years successfully performing a show all around Great Britain as a literary double-act in which readings from their novels and thoughtful discussion on genre are jettisoned in favour of cheap laughs and entertaining stories from the real world of being a writer—the angry letters, the backstage shenanigans and the nutters. Oh my, the nutters! Expect strong language, dirty stories and at least one extremely disturbing piece about a chicken, as Mark and Chris stand ready, willing and able to lower the tone at this year’s Writers Fest.

Granville Island Brewing Taproom
1441 Cartwright Street

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10/18/2017 8:30 PM
37. North as Never Before

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Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin, Paul Watson
Moderator: Wayne Grady

For 5,000 years, people in search of a home or wealth or fame, or just driven by the need for adventure, have been voyaging “way up there,” in some pretty inhospitable weather. Today you’ll hear three stories from Canada’s far north. Every summer, Ken McGoogan goes to the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada. His non-fiction Dead Reckoning challenges the conventional history of Arctic exploration and, most importantly, integrates Canada’s Indigenous people. Ed O’Loughlin’s novel delves into the history of the lost Franklin expedition through the eyes of the explorers. And Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson brings the failed nineteenth century attempt to find the Northwest Passage up to modern day: he was there when scientists, divers and local Inuit discovered the flagship’s wreck in 2014.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/19/2017 10:00 AM
38. Van Slam Special
Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Lip Balm, Molly Billows, Johnny MacRae, Spillious, Johnny Trinh

The 2017 Van Slam Team is here to knock your socks off with solo and ensemble pieces they’ve prepared to compete in tournaments and at festivals across the country. It’s no easy feat to earn a spot on this team. To even qualify for the final playoff event, poets have to gain points by ranking in the top four at Van Slams throughout the year. This year’s final was held in April, and today you’ll see the some of the foremost practitioners of this art form. Come cheer on this year’s crew and enjoy an exclusive and explosive show before they head out on tour as ambassadors of Vancouver’s vital spoken word scene.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Poetry House.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 10:00 AM
39. Potions, Ghosts and UFOs

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Polly Horvath, Maile Meloy

Sit back and enjoy suspense, fantasy, magic and mystery—each in equal supply. In her tale set on Vancouver Island during WWII, National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath ushers readers into a forbidden night garden that grants everyone one wish. UFOs, hermits and ghosts make this garden stranger still. Maile Meloy brings her bestselling, critically-acclaimed Apothecary series to an end with The After-Room. She sets her story in 1955, vividly painting the Cold War era when everyday life for children—and adults, too—was permeated by fear of nuclear disaster and Russian spies were thought to be lurking everywhere. Turns out, Benjamin and Janie have the power to prevent nuclear disaster. Anything is possible in the creative minds of these fabulous authors.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 5–9

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Theatre

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10/19/2017 10:00 AM
40. Innocent Heroes

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Sigmund Brouwer

2017 marks the centennial of the battle of Vimy Ridge. To make this momentous event from 100 years ago come alive, Sigmund Brouwer takes a look at some of the stories of individual Canadian heroes who made a difference: there’s the border collie who warns of a gas attack, the cat who saves soldiers from rat bites and the carrier pigeon who delivers a critical message. Maybe not the heroes you were imagining? In the hands of Brouwer, bestselling author of nearly 30 novels with close to four million books in print, these animals—and the young Canadian troops who served alongside them—provide a heart-wrenching and memorable entry into four days of battle that is an essential part
of Canadian history.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 4–7

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 10:00 AM
41. Best in the Biz

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Marie-Louise Gay, Barbara Reid, Sydney Smith

Three luminaries in the world of children’s books are here to stretch, surprise and satisfy young minds. Marie-Louise Gay—winner of two Governor General’s awards and author of the popular Stella and Sam series—shares Short Stories for Little Monsters, a collection that gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day. What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Barbara Reid, winner of every major Canadian children’s book award and appointed member of the Order of Canada, amazes with her stunning Plasticine illustrations in Picture the Sky. And Sydney Smith, arguably the most sought-after illustrator in the country, transports children to a Cape Breton mining community in Town Is by the Sea.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES K–3

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/19/2017 10:00 AM
42. Word! (2)

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Sheniz Janmohamed, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanna Rodger
Host: Jillian Christmas

The ever-popular spoken word showcase known as Word! has become a signature event at the Festival over the years. Today’s line-up is of the highest calibre. Canada’s Sheniz Janmohamed first encountered spoken word in high school. She has since completed an MFA and gone on to perform her work internationally. Ahmed Knowmadic, originally from Mogadishu, became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011. In 2017, he was named Edmonton’s seventh Poet Laureate. Deanna Rodger was the youngest-ever UK Poetry Slam Champion and has written and performed as a poet and actor from Buckingham Palace to TedX. Witness the true power of words this afternoon from the mouths of these talented performers.

(This event is repeated on Wednesday morning)

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS.

WARNING: CONTENT IN THIS EVENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL CLASSES.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/19/2017 1:00 PM
43. Fault Lines

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Johanna Wagstaffe

Experts have been predicting “The Big One” (a massive earthquake along BC’s coast) for years. What are we doing about it? More importantly, what should we be doing? This afternoon, Johanna Wagstaffe, seismologist, meteorologist and science host for CBC Vancouver, presents her new book, Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes, and shares her journey toward understanding the earth beneath our feet. What does a 9.1 megathrust earthquake look like? How will survivors across BC gather and communicate with the rest of the country? What supplies should you store in your emergency kit? During this highly visual presentation, you’ll learn the important science behind what makes the earth rumble as well as hear the stories of kids around the world who’ve experienced the wonder—and terror—of an earthquake.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 4–7

Presented with the Rix Family Foundation.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 1:00 PM
44. To Be or Not To Be?

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Britt Wray in conversation Wayne Grady

For the first time, our species—which has done so much to condemn other species to oblivion—may be poised to bring at least some of them back. Science storyteller, radio broadcaster and PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen, Britt Wray is currently focused on the ethics as well as the environmental and legal questions around de-extinction. What happens when you try to recreate a woolly mammoth—fascinating science or conservation catastrophe? Wray takes us deep into the minds and labs of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers to find out. Huge opportunities for research and conservation are made possible by this new field, but Wray also tells us cautionary tales that remind us de-extinction comes with as many dangers as possibilities.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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: $17
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: $15
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10/19/2017 1:00 PM
45. Frame By Frame
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The Vancouver Writers Fest

Fanny Britt, Cecil Castellucci

Graphic novels which focus on serious topics have been mainstream for more than 30 years. These books have the ability to tell a story in ways that words alone can’t. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Today meet two graphic novelists who write—and draw—serious stuff for young readers. Cecil Castellucci gives us a train-hopping runaway in Depression-era United States, trying to distance herself from her abusive father. But girls have few options and Soupy disguises herself as a boy to make the break. Fanny Britt introduces us to Louis, a boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom. ‘Comic’ books? Definitely not! This afternoon follow the lives of two young people making their way through difficult situations, frame by frame.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 5–8

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 1:00 PM
46. Yes, You Can!

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

S.K. Ali, Cherie Dimaline, Arushi Raina

Kids often feel disenfranchised, but they’ll leave today feeling empowered and inspired. Whether fighting against stereotypes, government oppression or inequalities of race and religion, young people—even those too young to vote—can make a big difference. Today’s three authors have created strong characters standing up to forces greater than themselves. S.K. Ali’s Saints & Misfits features a Muslim teen who exposes social stigmas as she navigates both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. In Cherie Dimaline’s speculative tale, an Indigenous 15-year-old and his companions realize they hold the cure to widespread madness in their bone marrow. And Arushi Raina’s When Morning Comes explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising from the points of view of four young people living in Johannesburg in 1976. Yes, you can make a difference!

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 8–12 AND ADULTS

Presented with Vancity.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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10/19/2017 1:00 PM
47. Dreams and Nightmares

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Cherie Dimaline, Omar El Akkad, Alison Pick
Moderator: Ian Weir

For centuries writers have been imagining perfect worlds, and worlds gone wrong. The recent acclaimed television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has now rekindled interest in stories about surviving in a dystopia. In Cherie Dimaline’s new novel, set in a future world, the only people still able to dream are the Indigenous people of North America, and because the key to survival is their bone marrow, they are hunted. Alison Pick sets her novel in 1921 Palestine, and shows how a vision of a Jewish homeland succumbs to pragmatism and that Utopian dream is destroyed by messy human entanglements. Omar El Akkad sets his tale in 2047 following a second American Civil War, amid a devastating plague with one family caught in the middle. These are more than cautionary tales.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 6:00 PM
48. How Close Can You Get?

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Andrew O'Hagan, Diego Enrique Osorno
Moderator: Laura Lynch

Mexican journalist Diego Enrique Osorno was so determined to write a biography of the world’s second richest man—Carlos Slim—that he collected 400 rejections for interviews during the eight years of the project. “I learned you have to proceed calmly in the land of power,” says Osorno. Man Booker Prize nominee Andrew O’Hagan was commissioned to ghostwrite Julian Assange’s autobiography, then wrote about that failed endeavour as part of The Secret Life, detailing the porousness between genius and madness. Five years ago Assange seemed to be a hero to some, but his arrogance and paranoia made the ghostwriting impossible. Portraits of the powerful are fraught with trouble, and you’ll want to hear the stories that these two seasoned writers tell about their quests for honesty, not flattery.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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: $18
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10/19/2017 6:00 PM
49. Still Out Standing

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Sandra Perron in conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

It took 20 years for Sandra Perron, Canada’s first female infantry officer, to digest and gain perspective on her time fighting in the Canadian army—and fighting the Canadian army itself. The second battle, it’s clear, was the harder of the two. Repeatedly top of her class during training, she was harassed by her male colleagues, raped and beaten. Yet she served two tours in the former Yugoslavia before she finally left the military. Writing her memoir, Out Standing in The Field, was an act of fidelity to the military and fierce determination to pave the way for women’s inclusion in the Armed Forces. Hear first-hand from a soldier who refused to let her country down and is still fighting to make it better.

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10/19/2017 6:00 PM
50. Come Rhyme With Me

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Dean Atta, Ahmed Knowmadic, Deanne Rodger

Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers known for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. For all language lovers, slammers, singers and rappers, this spoken word explosion is presented as a Caribbean dining experience—with a set menu of performers, each style specific to the course they have been chosen to represent. This party will kick-off with an open mic so brush up, bring your appetite and come on out!

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Calabash Bistro
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10/19/2017 8:00 PM
51. Dance to the Coming End

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Leanne Dunic, The Open Book Art Collective, The Deep Cove
Host: Zoe Grams

Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer whose debut book, To Love the Coming End, has defied categorization—lyric novel or poetic prose or …? Slipping between locales in Japan, Singapore and Canada, it’s the fictional, or perhaps true, account of a disillusioned author grappling with the death of a loved one and the meaning of natural disasters. “I’m sorry that I suffer the loss of one when, at every moment, a breath is another’s last.” After perusing this slim volume, the Open Book Art Collective will produce original paintings, sculptures and multi-media works based on To Love the Coming End that will form a backdrop for Dunic’s reading. And then, in true multidisciplinary form, join singer/guitarist Dunic and her band The Deep Cove for an all-out dance party at Performance Works.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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10/19/2017 8:30 PM
52. Adam Gopnik in Conversation with Charles Foran

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Fans of The New Yorker and its longtime contributor Adam Gopnik will be thrilled to see him up close, and very personal, at this year’s Festival. In his new memoir, At The Strangers’ Gate, Gopnik ruminates about art and artists, love and apartments, writing, reading and the city that he loves, from a 1980s arrival in New York as a young, artsy and ambitious couple to growth as a New York family. Winner of three National Magazine awards for essays and criticism, Gopnik is at his most brilliant as he picks up each unlikely subject and then examines it from all sides, making connections with literature, sociology and philosophy—all in a highly readable way.

Presented with UBC Library and alumni UBC.

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10/19/2017 8:30 PM
53. Freeman's New Voices

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Heather O'Neill, Diego Enrique Osorno
Moderator: John Freeman

When John Freeman first came to the Festival with his book of interviews with literary figures, he made such an impression that we’ve invited him back every year since. Formerly the editor of Granta Magazine, he now edits a twice-yearly literary anthology called, naturally, Freeman’s. The new edition focuses on The Future of New Writing and features 25 poets, essayists, novelists and short story writers who are shaping the literary conversation. Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Heather O’Neill isn’t a new voice in Canada, but her work is only now being discovered beyond our borders. Diego Enrique Osorno is one of Mexico’s foremost journalists and filmmakers. His latest book is a biography of the reclusive and powerful Carlos Slim. Join Freeman as he talks with two authors about stepping onto the world stage.

Presented by SFU’s World Literature Program.

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10/19/2017 8:30 PM
54. How This Story Began

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Carol Bruneau, Dawn Dumont, Cynthia Flood, Bill Gaston, Jessica Westhead, Deborah Willis
Host: Paul Grant

Short stories are a challenging form—the germ of an idea grows quickly, flowers briefly and needs to leave the reader both satisfied and longing for more. So many more avenues to explore, so many questions left unanswered. Six writers not only read tonight from their latest collections, but also reveal, to introduce the reading, what—or who, or where—was the impetus for that story. Deborah Willis’ collection, for example, features a woman who signs up for the first manned mission to Mars, another who finds a gaping hole in the floor of her home, a hole that only she can see. Just where do these ideas originate? Tonight’s your chance to peek at the creative process, and hear some fine short stories, too.

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1601 Johnston Street

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10/19/2017 8:30 PM
55. Life Drawing

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Helen Humphreys, Witi Ihimaera, Sayed Kashua, Eileen Myles
Host: Andreas Schroeder

The art of memoir draws from life but demands the  creativity and perspective to know what to focus on and what to leave out. The spotlight’s aim can be as seemingly narrow as Helen Humphreys’ history of the apple, which gradually widens to become an intimate memoir of dealing with a friend’s terminal illness. Eileen Myles’ memoir of their beloved pit bull, Rosie, expands to encompass examinations of intimacy, spirituality, alcoholism and grief. Witi Ihimaera’s memoir takes in all his recollections of his early life in rural New Zealand and what it means to grow up Mˉaori. And Sayed Kashua documents his own life, as well as society at large, as he reflects on straddling two societies—Israeli and Palestinian.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/20/2017 10:00 AM
56. Out Of Character

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Claire Cameron, Wayne Johnston, Linden MacIntyre, Kathleen Winter
Moderator: Mark Medley

The Canadian caricature we all know is polite and self-effacing: we don’t make a fuss. Not a great template for fictional characters. Thankfully, none of the characters who inhabit the new novels by these four Canadian authors are caricatures in any way. Wayne Johnston’s novel is peopled by larger-than-life characters, including the boozy giantess Sheilagh Fielding, who first showed up in his Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Kathleen Winter reimagines eighteenth-century British General James Wolfe as a present-day shell-shocked war veteran. Linden MacIntyre gradually reveals the mysterious character of Pierre, whose past in Lebanon is a surprise to all who thought they knew him. And Claire Cameron vividly brings to life a pregnant Neanderthal girl desperate to survive. You’ll be intrigued to meet these interesting characters.

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10/20/2017 10:00 AM
57. Top of the List

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Robyn Harding, Kate Hilton, Jennifer Robson
Moderator: Marsha Lederman

“Bestselling author”—words that many authors strive for and few achieve. Last year, three of Jennifer Robson’s novels were on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian fiction bestseller list at the same time. Kate Hilton spent 11 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for her debut novel, and reviewers are hailing her second novel, Just Like Family, as “smart, funny and honest.” Robyn Harding’s books have been translated into seven languages and her new novel The Party made the Indie Booksellers’ Bestseller list. How did all this good fortune happen? What pressure does it put on a writer? Is it harder to take chances when the publisher’s—or the readership’s—expectations are so high? And what’s the secret behind blending fine writing with popular appeal?

Presented with HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 10:00 AM
58. Encouraging Creativity in Kids

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Marie-Louise Gay

Teachers, educators and parents, this discussion  on nurturing creativity in young people is for you. Join internationally-acclaimed author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay to learn how she uses her own award-winning books—Short Stories for Little Monsters and Any Questions?—to teach drawing, writing and storytelling to children. For Gay, this begins with demystifying the creative process and focusing on the practical and inspirational elements behind her books. Children should never see creativity as something that is beyond them. Writing and drawing, like anything else, is a skill that can be taught, learned and improved upon. At this event, Gay will empower you by offering the tools you need to engage students in making art of their own.

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10/20/2017 10:00 AM
59. Writing Canada (1)

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Angie Abdou, Fanny Britt, Maia Caron, Kevin Hardcastle
Moderator: Merilyn Simonds

Hop aboard a trans-Canada train, travelling not just  through space, but through time as well. First stop is a coal mining town in the Rockies, where Angie Abdou sets her novel about Eli, a boy possessed by the ghost of his great-great grandfather, who’s pulled into history to atone for past wrongs. On the prairie, Maia Caron reimagines the Northwest resistance of 1885 through the Métis women of Batoche, who question Riel’s grip on reality. Rolling on east, Kevin Hardcastle sets his contemporary novel in rural Ontario where a feared cage fighter, his career derailed by injury, slips into a criminal underworld. And Fanny Britt sets her novel in residential Montreal and the contemporary problems of modern marriages. So many Canadas for us to explore, by rail and imagination.

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1601 Johnston Street

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10/20/2017 10:00 AM
60. James Maskalyk in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger
Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Dr. James Maskalyk’s experience as part of Médecins Sans Frontières led him to write his bestselling memoir, Six Months in Sudan, and helped readers feel the inescapable heat and the heartbreak of life in Sudan. It also established his reputation as a thoughtful and sensitive writer. His new memoir is Life on the Ground Floor, a reflection on his emergency room experiences. Splitting his time between a trauma centre in Toronto’s inner city and a hospital in Ethiopia, while also caring for his grandfather in northern Alberta, Maskalyk finds time to meditate on health and sickness, on striving to give a stranger’s body another minute or another day or another year, and on knowing when it’s time to let go.

Granville Island Stage
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10/20/2017 1:00 PM
61. Poets in the House
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Kim Addonizio, Hera Lindsay Bird, Dennis Lee, Eileen Myles

The point of reading poetry is not to try to “solve” its puzzles, or find the meaning, or—worst of all—analyze the meter. Poetry lovers want to feel it; all else is secondary. Enjoy an afternoon full of feeling with four fine poets as they read from their latest works. American Kim Addonizio was a finalist for the National Book Award and won a Pushcart Prize. New Zealand’s Hera Lindsay Bird is a cult figure who has gained thousands of Twitter followers since her raunchy self-titled debut collection. Dennis Lee, has been a pillar of Canada’s cultural landscape for 50 years. Similarly, Eileen Myles, has been an icon of the American poetry scene over her 40-year career. Come enjoy the feeling of poetry that doesn’t waste a word.

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

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10/20/2017 1:00 PM
62. Magnetic Mysterious North

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Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin

The search for the Northwest Passage. Franklin. Parry. Mutineers casting Hudson adrift. For centuries, the mysterious lure of the North has fascinated explorers and writers alike. Two fine authors discuss that fascination, historically and personally. Ten years ago, Ed O’Loughlin knew that one day he would write fiction set in the Arctic and “characters who braved the cold unknown and did not return from it.” Minds of Winter is the result. For years, non-fiction author Ken McGoogan has felt the pull of the North. Every summer, he voyages in the Northwest Passage as a resource historian. Four of his 12 books have been bestsellers about Arctic exploration. His latest, Dead Reckoning, is his vivid recasting of history that, this time, includes the Inuit.

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10/20/2017 1:00 PM
63. The Pull of History

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Sarah Dunant, Jennifer Robson, Linda Spalding
Moderator: Jared Bland

Reaching into history for material is often a compelling starting point for fiction writers. International bestseller Sarah Dunant has felt the insistent pull of Renaissance Italy for years. Her new novel, In the Name of the Family, brings back to life the passion and treachery of Lucrezia Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli. Linda Spalding reached back to 1855 for her novel of Canadian abolitionists, a slave on the run and a family in ruins. And Jennifer Robson, inspired by the wartime experiences of her own  grandmother, captures the despair and triumph of war-torn London through the eyes of a young American journalist. No dust on this history.

Please note: program details have changed since the program guide was printed. Hannah Kent is no longer appearing in the Festival

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1601 Johnston Street

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10/20/2017 1:00 PM
64. The Proper Study of Mankind

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Performance Works
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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

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.

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright Street

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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Durga Chew-Bose, Mary Gaitskill
Moderator: John Freeman

Two distinct voices from different generations 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. Mary Gaitskill’s Somebody with a Little Hammer, the esteemed fiction writer’s first collected work of non-fiction, takes its title from a sentence in Chekhov’s story “Gooseberries.” “At the door of every contented, happy man,” Chekhov wrote, “somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist….” Join these sharp and reflective thinkers for provoking discussion on what sets their pens moving, their fingers typing and their minds firing.

Presented by The SFU Writer’s Studio.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Maia Caron, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

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
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
85. Mary Gaitskill in Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

In 1988, when she was 33, Mary Gaitskill published her debut short story collection Bad Behaviour. With her reputation as a teen runaway, stripper and writer of disturbing stories blending “formal elegance, sweetness and sadomasochism” (New York Times Magazine), she earned labels like “queen of kink” and “princess of darkness.” As far as Gaitskill is concerned, “Literature is not a realm for politeness.” Her new collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, ranges from the transcendentalism of Talking Heads, to the writing of John Updike and Gillian Flynn, to the subjects of date rape and political adultery. Gaitskill’s honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship and nominations for a PEN/Faulkner Award and a National Book Award. Come hear a ferocious voice whose novels and short stories crack the veneer of life.

Studio 1398
1398 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

Presented by 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

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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

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

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Cynthia Flood, Mary Gaitskill, Bill Gaston, Jon McGregor, 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.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

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

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

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10/22/2017 5:00 PM
93. Writing Now

SOLD OUT

Presented by
 The Vancouver Writers Fest

We're sorry - this event is close to selling out! But we've added a new event with Margaret Atwood on Sunday Oct 22 at 5pm - event
#94 Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Hal Wake.
If you'd like to see Andrew O'Hagan, he also has a solo event #86. An Intimate Evening with Andrew O'Hagan.

Margaret Atwood, Andrew O'Hagan

Host: John Freeman

We live in turbulent times—how’s that for an understatement? But that sentiment seems particularly acute looking at our world, whose very existence, some would say, hangs in the balance. How does the fragile state of things affect the role of the writer? Is it incumbent on writers to increase their engagement with politics or social issues? Can writers help us see our problems more clearly and point us toward solutions? These are just some of the questions our distinguished guests, Man Booker Prize-winner Margaret Atwood and three-time Man Booker prize nominee Andrew O’Hagan will wrestle with in the finale to our thirtieth anniversary Festival. The thoughtful, passionate conversation that starts here will surely continue long after the applause.

Presented with Penguin Random House Canada.

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street

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10/22/2017 8:00 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
The Fringe Cabaret October

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!

10/31/2017 8:00 PM
Two Views from the Sylvia

Presented by Kol Halev Performance Society

Two Views from the Sylvia is an exciting new musical theatre show comprised of two original one-act plays about The Sylvia Hotel.

The first play, “Sylvia’s Hotel”, is set in Vancouver in 1912. It brings to life the origin of the Sylvia Hotel and the story of the Goldstein family who built it. Young Sylvia Goldstein, and Joe Fortes, the beloved lifeguard who taught Vancouver children to swim, develop a bond that helps Sylvia to realize her dreams.

In the second play, “The Hotel Sylvia”, the story continues as we meet the characters whose lives and loves became interwoven with the story of The Sylvia over her 100-year history.

The premiere of Two Views from the Sylvia, a uniquely Vancouver story, will be presented by Kol Halev Performance Society November 8–12, 2017 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

Please note the schedule for evening performances:
7:15pm photographic pre-show
7:30pm curtain

11/8/2017 To 11/12/2017
The Ridiculous Darkness

Produced by Alley Theatre (Three Stories Up, Little One, Mrs. Warren's Profession)

in partnership with Neworld Theatre and with the participation of Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Downtown East Side Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, and the East Van Powwow Troupe.

November 11th - 19th at The ANNEX Theatre (823 Seymour Street)

Premiering with an event to honour Remembrance Day, and closing on the United Nations-sanctioned 'World Toilet Day'.
 
A stage adaption of a multi-award winning radio text by Wolfram Lotz, The Ridiculous Darkness is a satirical modern mash-up of the classic novel Heart of Darkness and the Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now. When two soldiers enter a foreign (to them) land to retrieve a fellow comrade who has gone rogue, the local communities and inhabitants encounter them one by one, and the journey becomes an earnest – albeit hilarious - exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand "the other".
 
Directed by Marisa Emma Smith and Nyla Carpentier, The Ridiculous Darkness features Clint Andrew (The Embargo Project, Arctic Air), Daniel Arnold (Little One, The Romeo Initiative), Miranda Edwards (Twelfth Night - Stratford), Emilie Leclerc (Redpatch, Mathieu Mathematiques), Munish Sharma (Brothel #9, Men in White), Amanda Sum (The Wolves) and numerous other performers from the Vancouver community.


Ancillary Community Events:
- Post-show talkbacks dedicated to each partner group
- Public workshops and events hosted by the partner groups

The Ridiculous Darkness won ‘German Play of the Year’ and ‘Dramatist of the Year’ for writer Wolfram Lotz before sweeping across Europe with over 20 productions since 2015. It has been professionally translated into English by Daniel Brunet (translator of Funny Games), and Alley Theatre's production is the North American premiere.


Press for Alley Theatre:

"This excellent company makes every moment count." - New York Times

"Vancouver offers some of the most innovative theatre around. Alley Theatre is no exception." - CBC Radio

Vancouver’s Alley Theatre has received two Jessie Richardson Awards and nine nominations including two “Critics’ Choice Awards for Innovation”. Past productions include: Confessions, TAPE, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Place, Kayak, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Little One, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, Marrow, and Three Stories Up. Alley Theatre is a winner of The Cultchivating Award and has received critical acclaim outside of Vancouver, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times.


Tickets:

$29 in advance | $36 at-the-door | $19 Student / Senior

Early Bird 1st Weekend: only $19! (For performances on Nov 11 and 12, and only if booked before October 1st)

30% of every ticket sold goes directly to the Participant Organizations involved.

Free Ticket Vouchers are available at The Carnegie Centre, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and numerous Royal Canadian Legions. Ten seats per performance are reserved for Free Ticket Voucher holders.

Additional Notes: The performance runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
ASL interpretation and Vocal Eye Description will be available at one performance, TBD.
The Ridiculous Darkness is produced on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

#ridarkness
www.ridarkness.ca

Course language, Mature content, 11+

11/11/2017 To 11/19/2017
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
Satellites
Solo Collective Theatre

An activist author recovering from a head injury campaigns to stop off-shore millionaires from buying up local property only to learn that her neighbor is a “satellite kid”—a lonely, vulnerable teenager from China left to fend for himself in a monster house by his business-like mother—a realtor from Beijing. Others connected to the campaigning author include her husband, a police officer madly in love with their realtor, and a corrupt city administrator who accepts the ultimate bribe to keep foreign money pouring in. This play is a dark comedy about betrayal and loneliness in a city that has started to lose its identity, where characters orbit each other looking for connection and ultimately, love. This is an existential play about place and people; and most importantly about Vancouver’s continuing housing crisis. This dark comedy is by award-winning playwright and author Aaron Bushkowsky. It is inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s vanishing heritage homes, Vancouver Vanishes.

14+ Coarse Language
2-for-1 tickets for the Tuesday, November 21 performance
Discount tickets available for preview, opening weekend, and matinees


Preview: Thursday, November 16
Nov. 17-26, 2017
Performance Works
11/16/2017 To 11/26/2017
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
Mockingjay: The Musical - A Hunger Games Musical
District 13 Presents

Good things come in threes... even angst filled dystopian musicals with kicky pop tunes. Mockingjay: The Musical concludes the adventures of Katniss Everdeen as she joins the rebels of District 13 in taking down President Snow and the Capitol. Along with action-packed battles and espionage, the love triangle continues as Katniss must finally choose between her dearest friend and her fellow tribute who has been brainwashed to kill her. To lighten the mood, the characters sing and dance to fun pop song parodies of artists like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Justin Bieber. So get ready for a final helping of Hunger Games Musical goodness.

14+

November 23 – 25, 2017
Studio 1398
11/23/2017 To 11/25/2017
The Fringe Cabaret December

The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!

12/8/2017 8:00 PM
My Funny Valentine

Zee Zee Theatre

Based on the tragic murder of gay 15-year-old Lawrence King, the critically acclaimed, Jessie-nominated My Funny Valentine examines the fracturing of opinion in the face of this horrendous act and explores the ripple effects of such hate on a community. Presented as a series of monologues exploring each character’s relationship to the crime, an unnamed character known only as the Collector embodies seven people on the fringes of the murder as he struggles to make sense of a gruesome act provoked by a seemingly innocent gesture. The play invites the audience to search through the confusing and chaotic implications of this death to find their own humanity.

“A play’s premiere is like a birth. My Funny Valentine is a beautiful baby.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

“An exceptionally beautiful piece of work…meticulously scripted characters shot through with contradictions…simply superb.” —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier

“Considering the subject matter, My Funny Valentine has more laughs than you’d expect [but] sadly, Deveau’s play is likely to remain topical for years to come.” —Mark Leiren-Young, The Vancouver Sun

Contains Coarse Language
2-for-1 Preview on February 7 at 8:00pm


February 7 – 18, 2018
The Dance Centre

2/7/2018 To 2/18/2018
Down in the Uncanny Valley
Nebula Company Theatre

Could you love a robot? In the near-future to keep up with the artificial intelligence arms race and survive a changing planet, many people are opting to have their minds “uploaded” into android bodies. But what parts of our humanity do we lose in the process? How do our relationships change when one, or both of us are no longer quite human? Could we even tell? Down in the Uncanny Valley is an up close and personal immersive show that explores how our bodies can make us human, how our minds can be tricked into believing what is true is false, and how what is virtual is in fact...reality.

14+ mature content
Contains coarse language, low visibility, haze, strobe
Preview February 20, 2018 at 8:00pm

February 20-25, 2018
Studio 16
2/20/2018 To 2/25/2018
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

Little Mountain Lion

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theatre and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

“Anne Washburn’s hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play ... does the improbable: It makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty.” —Time Out New York

Pay What You Can Preview on April 3, 2017.

April 3-21, 2018
Studio 1398

4/3/2018 To 4/21/2018
Blindside
Stéphanie Morin-Robert

After her recent American, Canadian, and European tour, one-eyed multiple award winner Stéphanie Morin-Robert returns to Vancouver to recount her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower. Raw, hilarious, and literally eye-popping!

★★★★★ “Expert physical comedy and impeccable timing.” —CBC
★★★★★ “Stephanie Morin-Robert is an absolute delight ... and a daring performer.” —Vue Weekly
★★★★★ “Intoxicating crescendo of laughter.” —Theatre in London 
★★★★★ ''Phenomenal and not to be missed!'' —Inside Ottawa

Caution: exposed eye sockets.

April 26-28, 2018
Studio 1398
4/26/2018 To 4/28/2018
Wet

ITSAZOO Productions

WET is a raw, in-yer-face play set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War. A soldier returns home from combat after suffering from a head injury. Her husband is forced to become her caregiver while she struggles with PTSD and he tries to unravel the mystery of what exactly happened to her. She finds herself abandoned by the country she served, in a near catatonic state, physically immobile, and left to languish in poverty in a basement suite with her unemployed and intimacy-starved husband. Tension escalates when a former war comrade shows up unwelcomed and unhinged. WET offers a devastating account of what some of our veterans come home to and how they must struggle to reclaim their humanity after being trained and conditioned into killing machines. The play mostly takes place in the aforementioned basement suite. As such, ITSAZOO will produce WET in a site-specific venue, an actual basement suite, thereby enhancing its potential for intimacy and intensity.

Nudity, Coarse Language, Violence

May 8 to May 27, 2018
Venue TBA
5/8/2018 To 5/27/2018