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An Evening with Louise Penny
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

In her latest, gripping book, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called ‘the court of conscience.’ Join Penny to hear about the latest installment in her award-winning Gamache Series, her fascinating career – including why she left her CBC post to write her first novel – and insight into her work for devoted fans and new readers alike.

Louise Penny worked as a broadcaster with CBC before she began writing mysteries. Her first, Still Life, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel, along with awards in the United States and United Kingdom. Her subsequent novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache have earned her an enthusiastic following as well as several more awards. Penny lives near Montreal.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St.
8/28/2017 7:30 PM
Salman Rushdie in Conversation

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest in association with the Indian Summer Festival

Tickets for this event are available through The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

One of the most celebrated public thinkers of our time, the multi-award-winning and bestselling author Salman Rushdie discusses his latest, brilliant epic, The Golden House, at this special event. In quality and compelling scope, The Golden House is Rushdie’s The Godfather meets The Great Gatsby: an unparalleled modern-day thriller with a compelling storyline straight out of today’s headlines.

In The Golden House, real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the United States under mysterious circumstances. Soon, he and his three adult children assume new identities, reinventing themselves at the apex of New York society. At the event, Rushdie will consider the novel in the context of the current U.S. political climate, probing key moments in recent history, from the inauguration of Obama to post-election Trump. Join us for a timely conversation with one of the greatest writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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9/19/2017 7:30 PM
Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

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

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

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

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

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

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