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W elcome to the va nc ou v er Internat ional W Ri ters & Readers F estiva l o n G r an vil l e isl and I have to admit that I am still savouring some of the extraordinary moments from last year’s 20th anniversary Festival. All of us involved in the Festival were gratified by the warm reception that you the audience provided for our visiting writers, and the engagement and interaction that is the hallmark of our events. We broke attendance records and many of the events were sold out. As a result we are expanding the Festival this year to 69 events to provide more opportunities for you to see and hear some of the finest writers in the world on stages at Granville Island. For the first time we will present events on Tuesday evening, where you will now find our Grand Openings event. Get your tickets for your favourite events early to avoid disappointment! This guide will tell you everything you need to know. And remember, members of the Festival have advance ticket purchase privileges. We will kick things off with a pre-Festival event on September 15 with Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her new novel, The Flying Troutmans, will be one of the highlights of the fall season. We’ve added a new late night event this year at the Backstage Lounge behind the Granville Island Stage. Join us into the wee hours for music and stories with featured performers Ivan E. Coyote, Kinnie Starr, Paul Quarrington and Willy Vlautin. Don’t be surprised if there are cameo appearances by other musically talented writers. We are pleased to welcome back to Vancouver noted Canadian novelists Austin Clarke, Rawi Hage, Joseph Boyden and David Bergen. Ronald Wright will deliver The Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture this year. He gave the CBC Massey Lectures
in 2004 and the book based on the lectures, A Short History of Progress, was a huge bestseller. His new book, What is America?, is sure to provoke vigorous discussion about the U.S., its history and its future. There are a number of prominent American writers joining us this year including the poet Sharon Olds, Ursula K. Le Guin and Peter Matthiessen whose new book led a reviewer in The New York Review of Books to compare him to Dostoevksy, Conrad and Faulkner. This year will also see the return of some Festival favourites including Mark Billingham, Gillian Slovo and Linda Grant from the UK, C.C. Humphreys, Patrick Lane and Donna Morrissey from Canada and Damon Galgut from South Africa. There will be lots of discoveries for you as well. Xiaolu Guo is a young Chinese novelist living in London whose first novel, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was nominated for the Orange Prize. Steven Galloway’s third novel The Cellist of Sarajevo made the bestseller lists this spring. And Shaun Tan is a graphic novelist from Australia whose book The Arrival has been described as “a beautiful and compelling piece of art filled with subtlety and grandeur”. We have a distinguished list of international writers coming to the festival including Gail Jones from Australia, Anja Sicking from the Netherlands, Stéphane Audeguy from France, Stefano Benni from Italy and Elizabeth Knox from New Zealand. Mystery lovers will find some new crime novelists to devour: George Pelecanos from the U.S., Qiu Xiaolong whose books are set in China and Leonie Swann from Germany whose first book was translated into 32 languages. Please join us on Granville Island from October 21–26 and enjoy the many delights on offer. Hal Wake ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Artistic Director’s Welcome 5 Festival Map & Venues 6 Ticket Information 7 List of Authors 8 The Festival Experience 9-10 10 – LA JOIE DE LIRE – FESTIVAL BOOKSTORE 10 Spreading the Word 11 Greetings & Salutations 12-14 Festival Staff 17 Our Supporters 16, 37, 57 The Festival at a Glance 30-31 The Alma Lee Legacy Fund 39 Poetry & Short Story Contest 56 Special Events 58-59
Events schedule School Events are indicated by
Tuesday, October 21 Wednesday, October 22 Thursday, October 23 Friday, October 24 Saturday, October 25 Sunday, October 26 Author Biographies
18-19 20-22 24-27 28-29, 32 33-35 36-37 41-54
How to use this guide
Each bio lists the events (by number) in which the author is appearing. To locate a venue, check the map on page 6. If you have any questions, give us a call at 604 681 6330, or check our website at www.writersfest.bc.ca for updated Festival information.
6 Map Legend 1 Granville Island Public Market
venues and parking Aquabus
2 Revue Theatre 1585 Johnston Street
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2 False Creek Ferries
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5 Tap Room, Granville Island Brewery
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7 Writers Festival Box Office
Main Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street
8 PTC Studio #50 Bus Stop at entrance to island
3rd Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street
9 Performance Works
Lamey's Mill Road
1218 Cartwright Street
10 Festival Bookstore Rear, 1218 Cartwright Street
11 Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston Street
12 Emily Carr University Theatre 1399 Johnston Street
Off-Site Venue Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 2750 Granville Street
Public Transit Call or check the web for schedule information. Translink Schedule Information 604-953-3333 between 6:30 am and 11:30 pm daily www.translink.bc.ca
Parking Information Free parking in most spots is limited to three hours from 7am to 7 pm. Read the signs carefully: some spots are for one hour or less. Free parking is limited to three hours per day throughout the Island. Don’t park your car in one spot for three hours and then move it to another spot. You risk being ticketed. Parking is free and unlimited in most spots (including the pay parking garages and lots) from 7 pm to 7 am. The parking lot just east of the entrance to Granville Island at the corner of Lamey’s Mill Road and The Castings offers all-day parking for $7. There is also plenty of parking on the north side of False Creek. Consider leaving your car there and coming across on the ferries. For a list of off-Island parking alternatives, please go to www.writersfest.bc.ca. The most important thing to remember is to give yourself time—at least an extra 15 minutes to find a spot—if you plan to park on Granville Island.
Fer ries Ferries travel from various locations along the north and south shores of False Creek to Granville Island at frequent intervals. Call for schedule information.
False Creek Ferries 604-684-7781 www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca Aquabus 604-689-5858 www.aquabus.bc.ca
Advance Ticket Sales
Tickets go on sale Monday, September 15, 2008. Tickets are available at the Writers Festival Box Office (in person sales only; see details below), and at VancouverTix by phoning 604-629-8849 or on-line at www.vancouvertix.com. For information about purchasing tickets, please call the Festival office at 604-681-6330. All prices include GST. A few words about surcharges. Please refer to the individual event listings in this program guide for facility surcharges. VancouverTix surcharges will apply to all tickets purchased through VancouverTix on-line or by phone. The Writers Festival Box Office charges a $1 surcharge per ticket and is open for in-person sales only. The Writers Festival Box office is located on the first floor of Festival House, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. Hours are 10:00 am – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday, and 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Saturdays. Cash, Mastercard, Visa accepted. Advance ticket sales end at 6:00pm on the day before the event.
General Information • We offer a $2 discount for seniors and students who present valid ID, for those on a fixed income and for the unemployed. • We offer a $2 discount for VIWF members purchasing tickets at the Writers Festival Box Office or at the event. • Out of courtesy to other patrons, no babies or small children at adult Festival events please. • Please check your tickets carefully. There will be no exchanges or refunds. • Latecomers may not be seated. • The Festival Program is subject to change without notice. There are no refunds unless an event is cancelled. • No cameras, video recorders or tape recorders. • Please turn off phones and beepers.
All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible. Please call 604-681-6330, local 107, in advance to reserve seating.
ASL interpretation can be provided upon request. Please contact the General Manager by phone 604-681-6330, local 103, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, October 1, 2008, to request ASL interpretation.
(day o f ev ent o nly)
The box office at the event will open 45 minutes before the start of the event. Please call 604-681-6330 for ticket availability information or check on-line at www.writersfest.bc.ca. Cash, Mastercard, Visa accepted.
School Group Tickets School group tickets to Spreading the Word school events are $7 each. Ticket prices include GST. There are no surcharges on school group tickets. Teachers and adults accompanying school groups must purchase tickets. School group tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10 am. There are three ways to order school group tickets: • On-line at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/schools/ticket_orders. php (or go to www.writersfest.bc.ca and follow the links to Schools/School Events/Order School Group Tickets) • In person at Writers Festival Box Office • By fax to 604-681-8400 (please call 604-681-6330, local 107, in advance to request a ticket order form to fax)
Subsidy for school groupS The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival acknowledges the Cynthia Woodward Development Program, the result of many years of dedicated fundraising by Cynthia Woodward. Her vision and generosity enable us to provide free and/or subsidized tickets for school groups. A limited number of subsidies based on financial need are available. To inquire about a subsidy, please contact the General Manager at 604681-6330, local 103, or email email@example.com.
8 André Alexis Nadeem Aslam Stéphane Audeguy Stefano Benni David Bergen Mark Billingham Amanda Boyden Joseph Boyden Craig Boyko Kathlyn Bradshaw Austin Clarke John Connolly Kevin Connolly Ivan E. Coyote Andrew Davidson Sylvie Desrosiers Deborah Ellis Leif Enger Cary Fagan
festival participants Sal Ferreras Sheree Fitch Damon Galgut Steven Galloway Marie-Louise Gay Amitav Ghosh Lorna Goodison Linda Grant Xiaolu Guo Richard Gwyn Jen Hadfield Rawi Hage Kenneth J. Harvey Lee Henderson David Homel Andrew Hood Sean Horlor Tristan Hughes C.C. (Chris) Humphreys
Hazel Hutchins Troy Jollimore Gail Jones Young-ha Kim Elizabeth Knox Shane Koyczan Patrick Lane Nam Le Ursula K. Le Guin Jean Little Melanie Little Lisa Lutz Jeanette Lynes Daphne Marlatt Peter Matthiessen Nadine McInnis George McWhirter Teresa McWhirter Miles Merrill
Donna Morrissey Billeh Nickerson Susin Nielsen Martine Noël-Maw Susan Olding Sharon Olds Molly Peacock George Pelecanos Geoffroy de Pennart Paul Quarrington Jonathan Raban Nino Ricci Linda L. Richards Janet Marie Rogers Andreas Schroeder Jordan Scott Anja Sicking Anne Simpson Gillian Slovo
Kinnie Starr Fred Stenson Mary Swan Leonie Swann Mariko Tamaki Shaun Tan Kevin Vennemann Willy Vlautin Eric Walters Russell Wangersky Sheri-D Wilson Meg Wolitzer Ronald Wright Qiu Xiaolong Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas Ting-xing Ye
EXPLORE A WORLD OF IDEAS ON GRANVILLE ISLAND… The 21st Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island offers a world of ideas to explore, with 100 writers from around the world. This is your opportunity to attend readings, discussions, debates and poetry bashes, and to meet an eclectic array of writers from Canada and around the world. You can rely on several things—that Festival events will get you thinking, introduce you to new authors and, if your aspirations are to write, you are sure to be inspired. This is just part of the Festival experience. Festival events (with the exception of the Duthie Lecture) take place on Granville Island, which was recently named North America’s best neighbourhood. The island, in the heart of Vancouver, is an ideal, easily navigable location for the Writers Festival—we recommend the water taxis as the ultimate way to get here! Be part of the excitement that permeates Granville Island for the six days of the Festival. Before and after the Festival there are four special events that you won’t want to miss. On September 15 the autumn season kicks off with an evening with Miriam Toews and Joan Barfoot at the Granville Island Stage. Toews will read from her new book, The Flying Troutmans, and Barfoot will read from her new novel, Exit Lines. On October 8, John Ralston Saul will appear at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre to discuss his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada.
The author J.B. MacKinnon and the actor Mia Kirshner have teamed up with awardwinning creative directors Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge, as well as a number of other contributors, to bring four crisis spots in the world into sharp focus with their compilation, I Live Here. Their goal: to shed light on the daily lives of refugees everywhere. Come to the Waterfront Theatre on October 16 to hear more about this amazing project. Our final event of 2008 will be an evening with Mary Lou Finlay reading from her new book, The As It Happens Files, stories from her years as host of the popular CBC current affairs show, As It Happens (November 26 at the Frederic Wood Theatre). Tickets for all of these events are available at the Writers Festival Box office or through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849, see page 7). Granville Island is managed on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The Vancouver International Writers Festival is a proud cultural partner of CMHC Granville Island and is honoured to be a resident of this vibrant community. On the Island you will find shops, galleries, artist studios, cafés, restaurants, the wonderful public market and much more. Make all of Granville Island part of your Festival experience. Enjoy.
The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival gratefully acknowledges Dockside Restaurant and the Granville Island Hotel for their generous contributions to this year’s Festival.
A special thanks
To East India Carpets, Northwest Bungalow and David Hunter Garden Centers for making our Festival stages beautiful.
LA JOIE DE LIRE
La Joie de Lire est à la fois le titre et l’objectif des programmes en français du Vancouver International Writers Festival. Les activités de La Joie de Lire sont principalement destinées aux écoliers, et l’une d’entre elles, présentée en soirée, est réservée aux lecteurs adultes. Parmi les invités de cette année, mentionnons Geoffroy de Pennart, de la France, trois auteurs du Québec, soit Sylvie Desrosiers et le duo composé de Marie-Louise Gay et David Homel (qui fera également une présentation en anglais), et Martine Noël-Maw, de la Saskatchewan. Il nous fait grandement plaisir de vous présenter une soirée-rencontre avec Sylvie Desrosiers dans le cadre de l’activité présentée aux lecteurs adultes en soirée. Quand elle écrit, Sylvie Desrosiers, écrivaine québécoise, aime autant émouvoir ses lecteurs que les faire rire. Ses œuvres comprennent des romans pour tous les âges, des textes pour la télévision, des scénarios de films, des articles pour des revues et des collaborations au Festival Juste pour rire. L’activité portera sur l’écriture de textes humoristiques et tentera de répondre aux questions : Comment? Où? Pourquoi? Ensemble, ces activités représentent d’excellentes occasions de faire l’expérience de la joie de lire.
ROCK SALT New poetry & poetics from 108 BC poets
Book Launch and Reading for
ROCK SALT The first anthology of BC poetry in 31 years! New poetry and poetics from 108 BC poets
An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry Edited by Mona Fertig and Harold Rhenisch
Thursday October 23rd 7 pm AGRO Café 1363 Railspur Alley Granville Island Books for sale: $24.95
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You will find the Festival Bookstore conveniently located at the rear of Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, near the Granville Island Hotel at the east end of the Island. Books are also sold at the venues following each event, with the writers available for signing. The bookstore carries both current and backlist titles of each Festival writer. It’s the ideal place to browse between events. The bookstore is operated by the Festival’s official bookseller, 32 Books Company. 32 Books Company is a successful independent bookseller known for outstanding customer service and a wide and eclectic selection of books for all ages. 32 Books Company has stores in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver and in the Ringside Market on Hornby Island. The Festival Bookstore is open from 10 am to 10 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.
spreading the word
It’s about reading and writing, books and writers. It’s eclectic, exciting, entertaining and thought provoking. Spreading the Word, the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s schools program, offers K-12 students and teachers the rare opportunity to engage with internationally renowned writers at the Festival and in the classroom. AT THE FESTIVAL there are 34 great events for grades K-12, in French and English. Find study guides for each event at www.writersfest.bc.ca/schools.
FRIDAY DAYTIME EVENTS are designed for teachers and senior students as well as for the general public. Sponsored by Kidsbooks. READING WITH WRITERS – Festival authors visit local inner city classrooms during the Festival and throughout the year to inspire young readers and writers. Reading with Writers is sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada and supported by the Raise-A-Reader fund. ROOKIE WRITER is a writing contest for secondary school students. Prizes include a day in the CBC studio, tickets to a Festival school event and a collection of books courtesy of Raincoast Books. This year the contest will take place in Kelowna area and Lower Mainland schools. Rookie Writer is supported by the Chris Spencer Foundation and is produced in partnership with CBC British Columbia. SUBSIDY FOR SCHOOL GROUPS The Vancouver International Writers Festival acknowledges the Cynthia Woodward Development Program, the result of many years of dedicated fundraising by Cynthia Woodward. Her vision and generosity enable us to subsidize tickets for school groups. A limited number of subsidies based on financial need are available. To inquire about a subsidy, please contact the General Manager at 604 681 6330 local 103, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE Festival authors spend a week in residence in a small BC community working with creative writing students at a secondary school, and reading at elementary schools and in the community. In May, Chris Humphreys was writer-in-residence in Lantzville and in October authors Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel will be writers-in-residence in Merritt. The Writer-in–Residence program is sponsored by BC Transmission Corporation and supported by the Michael R. Shaw Outreach Program. ABOUT THE MICHAEL R. SHAW FUND Michael R. Shaw was a young man who loved the outdoors and whose life was cut short in 2003 when he and some of his classmates were taken by an avalanche in BC. The Michael R. Shaw Fund was established through the generosity of the Woodward family and the Festival is honoured to lend Michael’s name to this program. SPREADING THE WORD is generously supported by Kinder Morgan Foundation, Vancouver Airport Authority and by our corporate, government and individual supporters.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am proud and excited to welcome you to the 21st annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Our inspired Artistic Director, Hal Wake, has brought together an eclectic and engaging list of both international and Canadian writers for six days of Festival events (not to mention several special events outside of Festival week). This has been a year of growth for the Festival as we have added a extra evening of programming and are presenting more events than ever before. After record ticket sales last year, it became clear that Vancouverites are hungry for the kind of enlightenment and entertainment that only really great books and their authors can provide. Whether you’re 6 or 96, we hope you’ll take part in many of these events! While you browse through this program please acknowledge the many loyal sponsors and donors who generously contribute their financial and in-kind support. And, of course, huge thanks to the staff and volunteers who year after year work so hard to make the Festival come alive.
For over two decades, the Vancouver International Writers Festival has celebrated Canadian and international literature. Its emphasis on promoting literature among young people ensures that Canada’s literary scene will continue to flourish for generations to come. This celebration of all genres of literature, by authors of all backgrounds and in both official languages, reflects Canada’s cultural diversity. As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this year’s festival. I am proud to support initiatives that encourage Canadians to take part in celebrating all aspects of our country’s culture.
The Honourable Josée Verner MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE AND STATUS OF WOMEN AND MINISTER FOR LA FRANCOPHONIE
Enjoy! If you’re like me, you’ll have a tough time choosing from all the outstanding event choices.
On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, and all of the citizens of Vancouver, I am pleased to once again extend my best wishes to the Vancouver International Writers Festival.
See you at the Festival!
Leslie Hurtig CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, VIWF
As Mayor, I am proud of Vancouver’s reputation as a centre for learning and creativity. The Vancouver International Writers Festival is a vital contributor in this designation. The Festival has been providing Vancouverites with the opportunity to enjoy the work of the world’s best writers for the last 21 years. By celebrating the written word, we can advance literacy and promote life-long learning for all Vancouver citizens. Best wishes on a successful festival. Yours truly,
Sam Sullivan MAYOR OF VANCOUVER
greetings The Canada Council for the Arts is a proud partner of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and is very pleased to attest to the growing success of this event. Throughout the festival, the best national and international literary talents come to share their voices with us, including reaching out to young readers via the festival’s youth programs. Whether they be writers of fiction or non-fiction, playwrights or poets, these writers contribute to people’s passion for literature. The Canada Council recognizes the important role the festival plays in championing literacy to young readers, in shining a light on contemporary literature, and in encouraging festival-goers to discover the world’s best writers for themselves. Enjoy the Festival.
Le Conseil des Arts du Canada est heureux d’être partenaire du Vancouver International Writers Festival, et salue le succès grandissant de cet événement. Durant le festival, les meilleurs talents littéraires, tant de la scène nationale qu’internationale, viennent nous offrir leurs voix en participant aux activités du festival ainsi qu’au volet jeunesse. Qu’ils soient romanciers, nouvellistes, essayistes, dramaturges ou poètes, ces auteurs alimentent remarquablement la passion du public pour la littérature. Le Conseil des Arts reconnaît le rôle important que joue le festival en faisant la promotion de la lecture auprès des jeunes, en mettant plein feux sur la littérature contemporaine et en invitant les festivaliers à découvrir des auteurs de renommée mondiale. Bon festival.
Robert Sirman DIRECTOR / LE DIRECTEUR, CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
13 On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, I am pleased to welcome everyone to the Vancouver International Writers Festival.
This B.C. festival is recognized as one of North America’s premiere literary events, featuring some of the best local and international writers. With a gathering of both established and new authors, the Vancouver International Writers Festival draws about 13,000 readers of all ages each year. Throughout its 21 year history the festival has been attended by many literary greats, including Canadians Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley and Carol Shields. In addition, the festival’s education program, Spreading the Word, the largest children’s literary event in Canada, promotes literacy and a love of reading and writing to school children across B.C. Fostering a love for the literary arts in the next generation is important to the legacy of British Columbia. This year, to commemorate BC150, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia, the Provincial government introduced the BC150 Community Arts Grant and the BC150 Celebration Grant programs as part of its support for the ongoing development of B.C.’s arts sector. I would like to thank everyone who dedicated his or her time, energy and talent to make this year’s festival a success. Events like the Vancouver International Writers Festival would not be possible without the participation of sponsors, writers and volunteers. I hope you enjoy this superb celebration of the literary arts in British Columbia. Sincerely,
Bill Bennett MINISTER OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND THE ARTS
Une priorité de notre mission est de favoriser le rayonnement de la pensée et de la culture françaises sur la côte Ouest canadienne. Cette action est menée sur les nombreux campus comme dans les festivals littéraires de la région. Cette année nous avons par exemple soutenu les invitations à Vancouver, Victoria et Calgary, du philosophe Jacques Rancières (auteur du Maître Ignorant, conférence à UBC), du dix-septièmiste Michel Magnin (éditeur des Essais de Montaigne, colloque à UVIC) ou encore de l’historien Philippe Artières (directeur du Centre Michel Foucault, symposium à UBC). Nous encourageons également le théâtre français : Old Goriot d’après Balzac et No exit, de Jean-Paul Sartre ont été cette année mis en scène respectivement par James Fagan Tait et Kim Collier avec notre soutien. Après Yves Ravey, l’écrivain Renaud Camus est venu en résidence à UBC ; d’autres sont attendus. Le Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, ainsi que la manifestation Wordfest de Banff/Calgary, offrent chaque année à l’automne une formidable opportunité pour faire lire la littérature et découvrir les écrivains du monde entier. La franco-canadienne Nancy Huston, et la parisienne Faïza Guène, sont venues en 2007 présenter avec notre soutien leur travail et représenter la littérature française à Vancouver. Cette année, à l’initiative de Hal Wake, directeur du Writers & Readers, et suite à une invitation de celui-ci en France, Stéphane Audeguy (La Thérorie des nuages, Gallimard, tradt. Harcourt) et Geoffrey de Pennart (auteur d’ouvrages illustrés) sont à leur tour conviés à venir lire et débattre. Il s’agit à chaque fois, pour nous, de faire découvrir la force d’une singularité, d’un style et d’une littérature du monde en français : puissent les lecteurs de l’Ouest canadien être sensibles à ces nouvelles voix.
Luc Serot Almeras CONSUL GENERAL OF FRANCE IN VANCOUVER
One of the priorities of our mission is to promote the influence of French thought and culture throughout the West Coast of Canada. This initiative is being conducted at many campuses and literary festivals in the region. For example, this year, we have supported invitations to Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary, for philosopher Jacques Rancières (author of Maître Ignorant, conference at UBC), 17th-century literature specialist Michel Magnin (editor of the Essais of Montaigne, conference at UVIC) and historian Philippe Artières (director of the Centre Michel Foucault, symposium at UBC). We are also encouraging French theatre: with our support, Balzac’s Old Goriot and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit were staged this year by James Fagan Tait and Kim Collier, respectively. After Yves Ravey, writer Renaud Camus was in residence at UBC; others are expected. Every autumn, the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival and the Wordfest event in Banff/Calgary provide a wonderful opportunity to get people to read literature and discover writers from all over the world. With our support in 2007, French-Canadian Nancy Huston and Parisian Faïza Guène presented their work and represented French literature in Vancouver. This year, on the initiative of Hal Wake, and following his invitation to France, Stéphane Audeguy (La Thérorie des nuages, Gallimard, transl. Harcourt) and Geoffrey de Pennart (author of illustrated books) were in turn invited to come, read and discuss. For us, each time it involves bringing the uniqueness, style, and literature strength of the French world: may the readers of the Canadian West be touched by these new voices.
Home to the best authors from Canada and around the world.
thanks to our supporters SPECIAL EDITION SPONSORS
The Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Gaming and Policy Enforcement Branch
Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada, qui a investi 20,1 millions de dollars l’an dernier dans les lettres et l’édition à travers le Canada.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada.
Canadian Heritage Endowment Incentives Program
SPREADING THE WORD SPONSORS
SPECIAL EDITION SPONSOR
We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance received from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Arts Presentation Canada and the Book Publishing Industry Development Program).
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Wednesday, October 8 7:30 P.M. Frederic Wood Theatre University of British Columbia 6354 Crescent Road
â€œThank God for John Ralston Saul. At least Canada has one leading intellectual unafraid to challenge the negative nationalism and feeble orthodoxies that seem to consume our elite.â€? â€”The Vancouver Sun
18 Travels with My Family Marie-Louise Gay, David Homel
10–11:30 am WATERFRONT THEATRE $14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
Any child who has sat in the backseat of the family car while his or her parents chatter on about the history or geography of the countryside will delight in Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel’s stories of Max and Charlie and their parents during their year-long adventures in the south of France. The culture of rural France seen through the eyes of two boys who would rather fly kites than dig for clams is both comic and educational.
tuesday, october 21 Une princesse, un dragon et un chevalier
Geoffroy de Pennart Animatrice: Anne-Laure Paulmont
Flying Families and Magical Mitts Cary Fagan, Hazel Hutchins
1–2:30 pm REVUE THEATRE $14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
10 h 30 à 11 h 30 PTC STUDIO $14/ $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants
Geoffroy de Pennart raconte et illustre les péripéties d’un loup sentimental qui n’a pas du tout l’air effrayant, d’une princesse, d’un dragon et d’un chevalier intrépide, ainsi que de nombreux héros bien intentionnés qui devront surmonter plusieurs épreuves. Les récits et leurs illustrations raviront les enfants… et les jeunes de cœur.
When baseball mitts can catch any ball, no matter how fast or how high, and families can fly, and teachers can be turned into frogs for science projects, you know you are in the realm of magic. Delight in the imaginary events that come to life when two well-known and award-winning Canadian authors conjure ordinary words into masterful stories. Suitable for grades 3 to 6
Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année.
Suitable for grades 3 to 6
Cette activité sera présentée exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivain.
Show to Tell
Mariko Tamaki, Shaun Tan, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Deborah Ellis, Melanie Little
1–2:30 pm PERFORMANCE WORKS $14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
1–2:30 pm WATERFRONT THEATRE $14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of a story is to “show,” not tell. Three gifted storytellers have taken a genre that has caught the imagination of many young adult readers, and created graphic novels that will take your breath away. These creators will explore the marriage of “show” and “tell,” narrative and illustration, when to use words and when to use art to explore the wondrous, and even the most difficult, experiences in our lives.
“You don’t belong here!” Throughout history, authors have told compelling stories of survival in dangerous times as one group pits itself against the other. From 15th century Spain when Jews were expelled, to young Muslims today facing persecution in Afghanistan or in downtown Toronto, the courage to confront intolerance continues to be relevant. One of the best tools we have in the fight against intolerance is to share our personal stories, that way we are able to see and care about the individual in the midst of the group.
Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults
Suitable for grades 6 to 9
Aventures hors de l’ordinaire Sylvie Desrosiers Animatrice: Anne-Marie McGinn
13 h à 14 h 30 PTC STUDIO $14 / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants
Notdog est le chien le plus laid du village. Par contre, il a possédé son propre blogue pendant un certain temps. Demandez les détails à Madame Desrosiers. Dans ce 17ème livre de la série « Notdog », Notdog et ses amis Agnès, Jocelyne et John ont vécu de nombreuses aventures mettant en vedette des trésors, des pirates, des fantômes (sans doute), un violon volé et, à un certain moment, un chien volé ou peut-être perdu. Pour les élèves de la troisième à la sixième année Cette activité sera présentée exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivain.
Beaux Arts Shaun Tan, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
tuesday, october 21 An Intimate Evening with Damon Galgut
7:00 pm WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 + $1 facility surcharge
8:00 pm PTC STUDIO $20
Any one of Shaun Tan’s illustrations is an art piece in itself. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas was an artist before he married his artwork with narrative. Two outstanding artists whose skill and accomplishments have gained them international acclaim discuss how to use illustration to tell a tale, whether it is a wordless novel or a traditional Haida story. This is the art of storytelling seen from the perspective of visual elegance that readers will really enjoy.
South African Damon Galgut garnered international attention when his novel, The Good Doctor, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. The Good Doctor, part parable and part thriller, dissected the ideals of post-apartheid South Africa and exposed a world of corruption behind the talk of new beginnings. In his new novel, The Imposter, Galgut has again turned his keen eye on the realities of life in South Africa today, its contradictions and its beauty. He tells the tale of one man’s struggle to regain his moral centre amid the disorientating and often tragic effects of massive social and political change. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening with an author poised to become one of South Africa’s great literary voices.
W R I T ERS & READERS!
The Solo Author Series is sponsored by Raincoast Books and supported by the F.K. Morrow Foundation.
The Alma Lee Opening Night Event
Grand Openings Nadeem Aslam, Lorna Goodison, Rawi Hage, Shane Koyczan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Donna Morrissey, Jonathan Raban Host: Hal Wake 8:30 pm Performance Works $25 + $1 facility surcharge
It’s opening night at the Writers Festival, and the Festival’s Artistic Director, Hal Wake, introduces seven fine writers. Pakistan-born Nadeem Aslam reads from The Wasted Vigil, set in post-9/11 Afghanistan. Lorna Goodison transports us to Jamaica with her spellbinding memoir, From Harvey River. 2008 Dublin IMPAC award winner Rawi Hage reads from his new novel, Cockroach. Homegrown star Shane Koyczan reads from Stickboy, his novel in verse. Ursula K. Le Guin breathes life into a minor character from Virgil’s Aeneid in her new novel, Lavinia. Donna Morrissey takes us to the wild shores of a Newfoundland outport and the equally wild environment of an Alberta oil rig in her novel, What They Wanted. And the intensely watchful writer Jonathan Raban reads from his novel, Surveillance. Open the Festival in grand style in the company of these authors. This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada Limited.
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wednesday, october 22
20 The Cynthia Woodward Young Readers Legacy
Beatsâ€”Hip Hopâ€”Power Poetry  Shane Koyczan, Miles Merrill, Kinnie Starr Host: Vanessa Richards 10â€“11:30 am GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $14 + $2 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
A hugely popular Festival event returns with three fresh voices. Local spoken word virtuoso, Shane Koyczan, has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles. Miles Merrillâ€™s voice is heard throughout his native Australia, flinging words in an onslaught of versification. Kinnie Starr is a musician who has taken her band and words on the road internationally. Together, their energy will rock the stage as they explore everything from harsh social issues to broken hearts. (This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon, Event 28) This event is generously supported by the Hamber Foundation Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults
Des voyages avec la famille Marie-Louise Gay, David Homel Animatrice: France Perras
10 h Ă 11 h 30 REVUE THEATRE 14 $ + 1.50 $ frais dâ€™ĂŠtablissement / 7 $ pour les groupes dâ€™ĂŠtudiants
Câ€™est loin encore? On est bientĂ´t arrivĂŠ? Tous les enfants qui voyagent avec leur famille ont dĂŠjĂ posĂŠ ces questions plus de cent fois. Charlie a aussi dâ€™autres commentaires Ă formuler Ă la suite de ses nombreuses aventures â€“ et de quelques dĂŠsastres â€“ en compagnie de son jeune frĂ¨re Max et de ses parents, en voyage Ă travers lâ€™AmĂŠrique du Nord ou en France. Pour les ĂŠlĂ¨ves de la troisiĂ¨me Ă la sixiĂ¨me annĂŠe Cette activitĂŠ sera prĂŠsentĂŠe exclusivement en franĂ§ais; il y aura beaucoup de possibilitĂŠs dâ€™interaction entre les ĂŠlĂ¨ves et les ĂŠcrivains.
Unimaginable Realities Susin Nielsen, Eric Walters
10â€“11:30 am PERFORMANCE WORKS $14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
The teen years are fraught with trials, but most of them are expected. However, Susin Nielsen and Eric Walters have created two fictional kids who find themselves faced with realities they couldnâ€™t have imagined. From a pampered life in North America, after one misdeed too many, Alexandria finds herself doing community service in Kenya. Class nerd Ambroseâ€™s love of words leads him into a world of ex-cons and self-defence lessons at the West Side Scrabble Club. Nielsen and Walters have no trouble imagining these realities and bringing them vividly to life. Suitable for grades 5 to 8
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