Welcome to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island We’ve always known that British Columbia has been producing great writers and great writing at an astonishing rate, but this year’s Festival is evidence of a bumper crop. From the more well-known voices of Jack Hodgins, Caroline Adderson, William Gibson, Billie Livingston and Kathy Page, to emerging talents like Aaron Bushkowsky, Miranda Pearson and Adam Louis Schroeder, the very best of BC will be on display. Vancouver Island talent is also plentiful this year—Ann Eriksson, Robert Wiersema, Rachel Wyatt and Terence Young will all be coming to the Festival with new work. Our American line-up is particularly strong this year. Paul Harding won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel Tinkers. Yiyun Li and Wells Tower were recently included on The New Yorker’s Best 20 Under 40 list. Anthony Doerr’s short fiction has won three O. Henry Prizes and the British literary magazine Granta put him on their list of 21 Best Young American novelists. And Marisa Silver, also from The New Yorker’s stable, has won an O. Henry Prize for her work. One thing you may notice is the absence of the Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture from our program this year. Since 1988 the Duthie Lecture has been a part of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and many distinguished authors—Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields to name but three—have delivered the Lecture. But the closing of Duthie Books has meant the end of the Lecture as well. We would like to recognize the significant contribution that the Duthie family has made to our Festival and to our community over the years. The final event of the Festival this year will be a celebration of Penguin Publishing’s 75th anniversary featuring Andrea Levy, Ali Smith, Michael Winter and Miguel Syjuco—a party you won’t want to miss. And one last thing to look forward to: in 2011 you will be able to enjoy Writers Festival events almost year round, when we launch a new twice monthly series in partnership with the VPL’s Central Library. It’s an exciting new venture for us and we hope you will discover some fine new writers throughout the year. Hal Wake, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Contents About Us List of Authors Venues & Parking How to Buy Tickets Our Supporters Become a Member Spreading the Word La Joie de Lire The Festival Experience Messages Festival at a Glance In Memoriam Writing Contest Special Events
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Tuesday, October 19 Wednesday, October 20 Thursday, October 21 Friday, October 22 Saturday, October 23 Sunday, October 24 Author Biographies
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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.
Founder and Lifetime Member: Alma Lee
Board of Directors Anne Giardini Kim Thorne SECRETARY: Kelli Bodnar TREASURER: Cheryl Berge MEMBERS: Greg Ford, Sally Harding, Trudy Hofley, Leslie Hurtig, Sandy Jakab, Shirley Lew, Harvey McKinnon, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Paul Whitney CHAIR:
Gala Committee CHAIR: MEMBERS:
Kelli Bodnar Claudia Casper, Anne Giardini, Susan Goldie, Lisa Newby, Andrea Oberdieck, Kathryn E. Shoemaker
A Dram Come True Committee CHAIR: MEMBERS:
Greg Ford Sandy Jakab, Miriam Kresivo, Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Paula Third, Kim Thorne
L TO R: BACK ROW: ANN MCDONELL, CLEA YOUNG, CAMILLA TIBBS, HAL WAKE. FRONT ROW: NAM BUI, SANDRA MILLARD, TAVIA AUDIA, BRENDA BERCK, ILONA BEIKS. PHOTO: LALO ESPEJO
Staff ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: GENERAL MANAGER: MARKETING MANAGER: WRITER SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR:
For more than ten years the food and beverage services at the Vancouver International Writers Festival have been managed by the irrepressible Myrna Casino. Her culinary creativity has delighted patrons of the Sunday Brunch and Tea. Her savoury soups and scrumptious sandwiches have kept the production staff happy and productive. And her infectious laugh and genuine love of people have worked their magic on volunteers, donors, indeed everyone she dealt with at the Festival. This is Myrna’s last year and we thank her and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
BOOKKEEPING SERVICES: ADVERTISING SALES: EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR: FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER: FOOD & BEVERAGE ASSISTANTS: MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER: OFFICE INTERNS: PRODUCTION MANAGER: PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: PROGRAMMER, LA JOIE DE LIRE: VOLUNTEER MANAGER: VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT: WEBSITE DESIGN:
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Thank You Myrna
Program Guide Hal Wake Camilla Tibbs Ann McDonell Clea Young Sandra Millard Office Alternatives Kathleen Oliver Ilona Beiks Myrna Casino Carolina Sartor, Heideh White Judith Walker Tavia Audia, Nam Bui Eduardo Ottoni Katja Schlueter Jenn Thomas Brenda Berck Kathryn Fowler Lili Okuyama Robin Puga/Digiloom Web Design and Deployment
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Kathleen Oliver, Hal Wake, Judith Walker, Clea Young PROOFREADING courtesy of Ann-Marie Metten and the Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch, including: Lesley Cameron, Sue Ansell, Rita Bayer, Heidi Greco, Barbara Kmiec and Maureen Nicholson, with the assistance of Alex Peel. WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO THE MORE THAN 280 DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS WHO CONTRIBUTE SO MUCH TO THE FESTIVAL EACH YEAR.
Adam Lewis Schroeder
Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Gary Shteyngart *
Ivan E. Coyote
Drew Hayden Taylor
Jon Paul Fiorentino
Sharon E. McKay
Katie Smith Milway
Richard Van Camp
Irene N. Watts
Robert J. Wiersema
Map Legend 1 Granville Island Public Market 2 Revue Stage 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1585 Johnston Street Granville Island Stage 1585 Johnston Street Improv Centre 1502 Duranleau Street Waterfront Theatre 1412 Cartwright Street Writers Festival Box Office Main Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street PTC Studio 3rd Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street Festival Bookstore Rear, 1218 Cartwright Street Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston Street Emily Carr University of Art and Design Theatre 1399 Johnston Street
Parking Information Free parking in most spots on Granville Island is limited to three hours per day from 7 am to 7 pm. Read the signs carefully: some spots are for one hour or less. 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 $6. There is also plenty of parking on the north side of False Creek. Consider leaving your car there and coming across on the ferries. 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.
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
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 www.theaquabus.com
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Advance Ticket Sales Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 8, 2010, and can be purchased on-line, by phone or in person. All prices include HST. Mastercard, Visa and cash (in person) accepted. ON-LINE:
• The Festival Program is subject to change • • •
without notice. Money will be refunded only when an event is cancelled. Latecomers may not be seated. No babies or small children at adult Festival events, please, out of courtesy to other patrons. No flash photography, video recorders or tape recorders, please.
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The Festival box office is located on the main floor of Festival House, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island. Box office hours are Monday–Friday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm Saturdays: 12:00 pm–4:00 pm VancouverTix surcharges will apply to all tickets purchased on-line or by phone. The Festival box office charges a $1 surcharge per ticket and is open for in-person sales only. Advance ticket sales end at 5:00 pm on the day before the event.
Door Sales (DAY OF EVENT ONLY)
The box office at the venue will open 45 minutes before the start of the event. Cash, Mastercard and Visa accepted. Please call 604.681.6330 for ticket availability information or check on-line at www. writersfest.bc.ca. Please note that many events sell out in advance.
Discount of $2 offered to: seniors and students who present valid ID, people on fixed incomes and the unemployed. Discount of $2 offered to VIWF members who purchase advance tickets at the Festival box office (on presentation of membership card).
PLEASE CHECK TICKETS CAREFULLY.
There will be no exchanges or refunds.
All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible. To reserve in advance, please call 604.681.6330, local 107.
School Group Tickets School group tickets to Spreading the Word school events are $8.50 each. Ticket prices include HST and surcharges do not apply. Teachers and adults accompanying school groups must purchase tickets. School group tickets go on sale at 8:00 am on Monday, September 13, 2010. You can order school group tickets in one of the following ways: • On-line at http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/teachers/ ticket_orders.php, or go to www.writersfest. bc.ca and follow the links Teachers > Spreading the Word > School Group Tickets. • In person at the Festival box office. • Fax a ticket order form to 604.681.8400 (download the ticket order form from the Festival website or call 604.681.6330, local 0, to request a form).
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. For a subsidy application form, please contact Camilla Tibbs, General Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spreading the Word Sponsors
As a member, you qualify for:
Book Club Friend Membership
• earlybird ticket purchasing privileges; • a discount on Festival tickets; • a personalized membership card; • an invitation to a members’ reception in late spring; • discounts at supporting bookstores (Blackberry Books, 32 Books, People’s Co-op Bookstore, Sitka Books & Art); • subscription to Ink, our electronic member newsletter • voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting.
Purchase a Book Club Friend membership for just $20 per person (minimum of five people) and enjoy full member benefits. Please call the office at 604.681.6330 to register.
As a non-profit charitable organization, the Vancouver International Writers Festival depends on your support to bring the world of words to readers of all ages and to allow us to offer ticket discounts to students and seniors. Benefits for donors may include recognition in the official program guide and newsletter, and invitations to special events and receptions. All contributors of more than $35 will receive a tax receipt. For full details, see our website, www.writersfest.bc.ca, or call 604.681.6330.
The Alma Lee Legacy Fund In 2006 the Vancouver International Writers Festival created an endowment fund celebrating the accomplishments of its founder, Alma Lee. The fund has grown to more than $900,000, thanks to many generous donations from individuals and matching contributions from our government partners—the Province of British Columbia, through the BC Arts Renaissance Fund, and the Department of Canadian Heritage. The fund will increase our ability to present international writers of significant stature to Festival audiences, develop Spreading the Word programs for schools and help us plan for the future. For more information on the Alma Lee Legacy Fund, please call 604.681.6330, ext 104.
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 school 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
This year the Festival hosts 34 great events for grades K–12, in French and English. Friday daytime events are designed for teachers and senior students as well as for the general public. Find study guides for each event at www.writersfest.bc.ca/teachers.
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. This October Shauntay Grant will be writer-in-residence in Trail. The Writer-in-Residence program is supported by the Michael R. Shaw Fund.
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.
YouthWrites YouthWrites is a writing contest for secondary school students. Prizes include a writing workshop with writer/graphic novelist Sarah Leavitt, publication online in Youthink magazine, tickets to a Festival school event and a collection of books. YouthWrites is supported by the Chris Spencer Foundation and is produced in partnership with Youthink magazine.
About the Michael R. Shaw Fund Michael R. Shaw was a young man who loved reading and the outdoors. His life was cut short in 2003 when he and some of his classmates tragically passed away in an avalanche accident in the interior of BC during a school outing. 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 supported by the Kinder Morgan Foundation and RBC Foundation and generously funded by our corporate, government and individual supporters.
La Joie de Lire est à la fois le titre et l’objectif des programmes en français du Vancouver International Writers Festival. Cinq auteurs y participeront dans le cadre des activités offertes aux élèves de la maternelle à la douzième année : Susie Morgenstern (France), Jacques Pasquet (Québec), Pierre Pratt (Québec/Portugal), Zachary Richard (Louisiane/Québec) et Jennifer Tremblay (Québec). Lorsque Susie Morgenstern est arrivée en France, elle savait trois mots de français. Elle a maintenant à son actif environ 100 livres écrits en français, dont plusieurs seront présentés au Festival. L’illustrateur Pierre Pratt présentera un livre qu’il a écrit et illustré. Les livres de Jacques Pasquet s’adressent aux lecteurs de 9 à 18 ans, mais son plus récent livre intitulé L’étoile de Sarajevo (illustrations par Pierre Pratt) s’adresse aussi aux adultes. Zachary Richard écrit aussi des livres pour les lecteurs de tous âges. Il présentera le troisième livre de la série Conte Cadien. Jennifer Tremblay est bien connue en tant que dramaturge et écrivaine pour la télévision de Radio Canada. Ses livres s’adressent aux petits (de la maternelle à la 3e année) et aux grands. Mme Tremblay présentera deux livres pour enfants.
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Cheryl Berge & Brian Fearncombe Bonnie Mah Kip Woodward SPECIAL EDITION ($1,000+)
Richard Angus Tony & Anne Giardini Sandra & Robert Lesperance Tracey McVicar Ebie & Ian Pitfield Helen Shore Donald Shumka Kim Thorne Paul & Joan Whitney LIMITED EDITION ($500+)
Birgit Bateman Kelli Bodnar Cindy Bruce Lynn Copeland Yulanda & Moh Faris Greg Ford Sally Harding & Dr. Gerry Fleming Shirley Lew & Lachlan Murray Lorraine Marshall Joan McEwen Sheahan & Gerald McGavin Harvey McKinnon William & Margaret New Jasen Nielsen Mary Robertson Colleen MacMillan & Rob Sanders Ralph Sayle Bonnie Sheldon Kathryn Shoemaker Ian & Jane Strang Hal Wake Thomas S. Woods Anonymous (2) FIRST EDITION ($250+)
Joy Alexander Denise Anderson John & Jean Anderson Gael Arthur Maureen Attwell Nigel Bullers Rudy Carlson Ann Carroll Claudia Casper David Chariandy Ann Cowan Buitenhuis Brad Cran Janice & Doug Dalzell Louise Dennys Patrick Dunn
Karen Ehrenholz Barbara Gelfant Crissy George John Goossen Genni Gunn Jack Hodgins Trudy & Norm Hofley Ann Howe Karen Howe Violet Hughes Leslie Hurtig & Doran Chandler R. Laurence Johnston Richard Johnston Margaret Kennedy Patricia Laidley Lorey Lasley Alma Lee Lisa Lutz Margaret Mason Moshe Mastai Viviane McClelland Scott & Corky McIntyre Beverly McKeen Paul McKibben George McWhirter Brenda & Michael O’Keefe Pat Ostrow Anne Priestman Donald Shields Lemn Sissay David Speert Lynda Spratley Diane Stuart John Third Camilla Tibbs Deborah Torkko Carlie Trueman Susan Van Blarcom Jan Whitford & Michael Stevenson Kathryn Wilder William Woodson Anonymous (1) NEW EDITION ($100+)
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Kathy Simas Helen Smith Nicole Smith Hamish Sommerville Jen Sookfong Lee Ursula & J. Ross Southam Rick Spaulding & Laurel Mayall Barbara Stafford Joyce Statton Karen Stewart Linda Stieler Geoffry Streeton Timothy Taylor Deborah Thomas Vaughan Thornton Miriam Toews Rhea Tregebov John Vaillant Ron Vance Jason Vanderhill Margaret Vanderkruyk M.G. Vassanji Andrea Verwey Beth Vickers Rosalie Walls Brian Walsh Roger Walsh Matt Walters Betsy Warland Jerry Wasserman Sandra Wear Ray Weremczuk Patricia & Marshall Wilensky Marc Williams Alane Wilson Blake Wilson Cathleen With Ellen Woodsworth Leslie Wootton Holly Workman Richard Wozny Ronald Wright Rachel Wyatt Fred Wynne Paul Yee Patricia Young Jim Younger Penny Zlotnik Anonymous (3)
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Explore a World of Ideas on Granville Island The 23rd Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island offers a world of ideas to explore. The Festival is your opportunity to attend readings, discussions, debates and poetry bashes, and to meet an eclectic array of more than 100 writers from Canada and around the world. Festival events will get you thinking, introduce you to new authors and, if your aspirations are to write, inspire your creativity. Attending the events is just part of the Festival experience. We are thrilled that the Festival calls Granville Island home and that the island adds so much to our audiences’ enjoyment. An oasis in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Island’s location makes it ideal for the Festival.
INNcredible The Vancouver International Writers 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 for making our Festival stages beautiful. honoured with the title of SHARON E. McKAY Recently Canadian War Artist, Sharon has
Getting to Granville Island is convenient on public transit, and we recommend the water taxis as the ultimate way to get here. We hope that you will take the time to explore while on Granville Island. Along with the wonderful public market, restaurants and cafés, there are many hidden shops, galleries and artist studios to discover. Be part of the excitement that permeates Granville Island during the six days of the Festival—enjoy! Granville Island is managed on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). 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.
Festival Bookstore 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 Granville 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, Kidsbooks, a successful independent bookseller that is known throughout the province for its comprehensive selection of titles for young audiences and for its knowledgeable and helpful staff.
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Welcome to the 2010 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival – our annual celebration of exceptional writers and passionate readers. My thanks and gratitude are due to everyone who supports this festival – our readers, writers, volunteers, members, ticket-buyers, staff and donors. If you are not already a member of the Festival, I invite you to become one. If you are already a member, please remember to renew. Membership is a way to deepen your involvement with the Festival and is especially vital at a time when government support for the arts is declining. Our goal is to secure an ongoing base of 1,000 members and we are getting close. Please help us to achieve our goal.
As Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, I’d like to welcome you to the 2010 Vancouver International Writers Festival. For more than 20 years the Vancouver International Writers Festival has hosted some of the world’s best writers, from Margaret Atwood to Salman Rushdie. This Festival brings over 14,000 engaged readers, aspiring writers and internationally renowned authors together to celebrate the literary arts through interactive readings, interviews and performances. The Vancouver International Writers Festival also holds a number of events throughout the year that promote and strengthen B.C.’s arts and culture sector, including their educational program, Spreading the Word, which is the largest children’s literary event in Canada. Thank you to all the organizers, sponsors and volunteers who have worked to make the Festival a success. I hope this year’s Festival is an inspiration to all.
Kevin Krueger MINISTER OF TOURISM, CULTURE AND THE ARTS
The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival is enjoying its 23rd year as a premier Vancouver event that draws top fiction writers, poets and non-fiction writers from around the world to a celebration of great literature. The success of this event demonstrates that Vancouver’s citizens have huge admiration for the written word. The Festival provides a unique opportunity for readers and writers to meet and communicate in a way that celebrates the role of literature in our city’s life.
Member benefits include advance ticket buying privileges, discounts, an invitation to our exclusive member preview event and more. Donations above your membership fee are tax deductible and come with additional benefits. Have a look and find out more on our website. www.writersfest.bc.ca Mark your calendar. Book your tickets. Invite your friends and neighbours. I look forward to seeing you at the Festival on Granville Island from October 19th to 24th to hear and experience writing at its most intimate and most exciting.
The gift of the written word is a treasure to be passed on from generation to generation. Literacy paves the road to lifelong learning for everyone. 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. On behalf of Vancouver City Council, I want to thank the organizers, the volunteers, and above all, the writers, for this wonderful event.
CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival invites readers of all ages and backgrounds to discover works in diverse genres and styles. The Festival-which over the years has become one of the largest literary gatherings in Canada-allows Vancouver’s residents and visitors to take part in enriching encounters and to celebrate the creativity and innovation of authors from British Columbia, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad. Our Government knows how important events like this are for our communities and our economy. This is why we are proud to support the 23rd edition of this festival. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I congratulate everyone who has helped make this year’s Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival a success. You can be proud of your contribution to the growth and development of literature in Canada.
Le Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival invite les lecteurs de tout âge et de tout horizon à découvrir des œuvres de genres et de formes variés. Devenu au fil des ans l’un des plus importants rendez-vous littéraires au Canada, il permet aux résidants et visiteurs de Vancouver de participer à des rencontres enrichissantes et de célébrer la créativité et l’innovation des écrivains britanno-colombiens, canadiens et étrangers. Notre gouvernement sait à quel point des rendez-vous de ce genre sont importants pour nos communautés et notre économie. C’est pourquoi nous sommes fiers d’appuyer ce 23e festival. Au nom du Premier ministre Stephen Harper et du gouvernement du Canada, je félicite tous ceux et celles qui assurent le succès du Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival de cette année. Vous pouvez être fiers de contribuer à l’essor de la littérature au Canada.
THE HONOURABLE / L’HONORABLE
The Canada Council for the Arts salutes the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Festivals bring the arts to life for millions of people in communities across Canada. The Canada Council for the Arts salutes the initiatives of the Vancouver International Writers Festival in offering readers of all ages an opportunity to enjoy passionate encounters with books. Congratulations to all the writers, reviewers, publishers, donors and volunteers who make this event such a success each year. I wish everyone a wonderful week of encounters with writers and their books, as well as valuable opportunities to connect and explore new ideas.
Le Conseil des Arts du Canada salue le Vancouver International Writers Festival. Les festivals font des arts une force vive pour les résidants des collectivités de l’ensemble du pays. Le Conseil des Arts du Canada salue les initiatives du Vancouver International Writers Festival qui offre aux lecteurs de tous âges l’occasion de vivre de passionnantes expériences, grâce aux livres. Félicitations à tous les écrivains, réviseurs, éditeurs, donateurs et bénévoles qui, chaque année, font de ce festival un grand succès. Je souhaite à tous une merveilleuse semaine de rencontres et d’exploration avec des écrivains, leurs livres et leurs idées.
Robert Sirman DIRECTOR AND CEO | DIRECTEUR ET CHEF DE LA DIRECTION
NO ORDINARY WOLF IAN MCALLISTER
10 – 11:30 AM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
For two decades, naturalist Ian McAllister has been following an elusive type of wolf that lives in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, can swim like an otter and can fish like the bears that share the habitat. He’s documented this rare and fascinating animal through remote filming, tracking and patient watching. He brings his research to life in his book The Sea Wolves, which not only puts to rest our idea of “the Big Bad Wolf” but also underlines the need to protect the valuable habitat in which the sea wolf lives. Suitable for grades 3 to 5
ILLUSTREZ CES MOTS! PIERRE PRATT ANIMATRICE : ANNE-LAURE PAULMONT
10 H 30 À 11 H 30 PTC STUDIO 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
Pierre Pratt lit et illustre les mots dans Le jour où Zoé zozota, un abécédaire (peut-être pas) à la fois sérieux et humoristique. Parfois les images suggèrent une vision différente de ce que les mots racontent. Les enfants de tous âges seront enchantés par l’humour du texte, par la possibilité de découvrir comment les images illustrent (ou pas) les mots et par les discussions et les débats qui s’ensuivront. Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en sibi b lit ités é és français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivain.
RINKS AND ROAMING SHAUNTAY GRANT, KEVIN SYLVESTER
1 – 2:00 PM REVUE STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Poet Laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia and spoken word artist Shauntay Grant teams up with author, illustrator and CBC broadcaster Kevin Sylvester to bring their stories to life for young readers. Grant takes her audience on a tour of Canada’s other coast, Halifax in particular, leading them down the streets and through the Citadel. Sylvester will entertain with his tale of Cindy Winter’s hockey aspirations—from her battles with her teammates, the Blister Sisters, to the good fortune brought by her Fairy Goaltender. An afternoon of great storytelling awaits. Suitable for grades 1 to 3
ONE HEN KATIE SMITH MILWAY
1 – 2:30 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
SUR TERRE ET AU PARADIS JENNIFER TREMBLAY ANIMATEUR : STEPHAN CLOUTIER
13 H À 14 H PTC STUDIO 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
Based on her experiences living in West Africa, Katie Smith Milway writes movingly and knowledgeably about how ordinary people, in this case a young boy named Kojo, can make a big difference to their community. From grinding poverty, Kojo eventually saves enough to buy one hen and goes on to build up a poultry farm, hire workers, pay taxes and transform his village. Based on a real person, Kwabena Darko, One Hen shows the power of helping through community-development programs and how change can happen, one person at a time.
OUT LOUD AT NIGHT
IVAN E. COYOTE, SASHA LANGFORD, CHERYL L’HIRONDELLE, RICHARD VAN CAMP HOST: HILARY PEACH 8:00 PM REVUE STAGE $19
Ceux qui vont sur la lune doivent être courageux, et Matisse l’est certainement. Miro, qui est sur terre, a un très grand cœur. Joignez-vous à l’auteure Jennifer Tremblay qui raconte des récits d’aventure et d’amitié, de recherche des fameuses vaches lunaires et des 22 canetons protégés au milieu de l’orage et des bêtes sauvages. Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année.
Spoken word is full of surprise. It often tickles the ear of the listener as the words of the performance fly by. Of these spoken word artists who will perform their newly commissioned works, three are on loan from the Poetry Gabriola Festival, while a fourth, young performance poet Sasha Langford, holds a coveted place on the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. Listen up to Canada’s best flying words.
Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivaine.
Suitable for grades 4 to 6 This event is sponsored by the Rix Family Foundation.
THREE VIEWS OF VIETNAM
CAMILLA GIBB, KARL MARLANTES, ADAM LEWIS SCHROEDER HOST: JERRY WASSERMAN 8:00 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $19
Vietnam has held a spot on the world stage for the last 60 years and continues to be a magnet for the literary imagination. Three novelists whose lives have taken them to Vietnam to research, to learn or to fight write those experiences into fiction, with astounding results. Adam Lewis Schroeder begins in Frenchoccupied Indochina and weaves a generational search for identity, while Vietnam vet Karl Marlantes tells a rugged tale of young American Marines, dropped into the jungles, who must fight not only an elusive enemy but also leeches, monsoons and the reality of war itself. Camilla Gibb’s story is set in contemporary Vietnam, a country undergoing such momentous change, even its tour guides wonder what the world is really seeing of their lives and their past.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ANDREA LEVY
8:00 PM PTC STUDIO $25
When Andrea Levy last attended the Vancouver International Writers Festival, she read from Small Island, in musical tones and a Jamaican lilt, holding the audience spellbound. That novel won the Orange Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Commonwealth Prize and the Orange Best of the Best. Some authors may have found writing a follow-up daunting, but for Levy, The Long Song followed naturally. In her new novel, she transports readers to an uncomfortable time in history and brings to life those slaves who defied their captivity and made the ultimate show of human spirit. Spend an evening with this remarkable and charming author.
THE ALMA LEE OPENING NIGHT EVENT
CAROLINE ADDERSON, EMMA DONOGHUE, PAOLO GIORDANO, MARC LEVY, ANDREW O’HAGAN, KATE PULLINGER, KAMILA SHAMSIE HOST: HAL WAKE 8:30 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $29
Drum roll: it’s opening night at the Writers Festival, and Artistic Director Hal Wake introduces seven fine writers. Vancouver treasure Caroline Adderson and Irish-Canadian favourite Emma Donoghue both read from much-anticipated new novels. Italian sensation Paolo Giordano and France’s bestselling novelist Marc Levy also take the stage, along with British star Andrew O’Hagan, who reads from his engaging new novel told from the point of view of Marilyn Monroe’s dog. Kate Pullinger, winner of last year’s Governor General’s Award for her novel The Mistress of Nothing, and Orange Prize finalist Kamila Shamsie each promise to transport us to distant places and times. Open the Festival in grand style in the company of these authors.
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PARENTÉ ET AMITIÉ
SUSIE MORGENSTERN ET JACQUES PASQUET ANIMATRICE : ANNE-MARIE MCGINN
10– 11:30 AM GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
10 À 11 H 30 REVUE STAGE 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
Three award-winners appear together for this event and there’s no knowing what might happen! Halifax’s Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant joins 2009 Vancouver Poetry Slam’s Grand Slam Champion RC Weslowski and Sasha Langford, Vancouver’s representative at the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, for a morning of creativity and fast talking. This spoken word, poetry and storytelling on the fly not only pushes the boundaries of “what is poetry” but also encompasses all manner of word-based art. Spread the word!
Un garçon vit seul avec sa grand-mère et une nouvelle élève de sa classe le prend sous son aile, la seule fille d’une famille de 13 enfants. Un garçon arabe et une fille juive se rencontrent et lors de discussions au téléphone, ils apprennent à connaître leurs cultures respectives et deviennent des amis. Deux amis créent un club dont les activités aideront à sauver la planète. Imarvaluk, qui vit dans sa collectivité inupiaq sur une petite île entre la Russie et l’Alaska, connait bien les difficultés qu’apporte le changement climatique pour sa famille et son pays. Amina, qui vit dans la peur dans un pays en guerre, trouve l’espoir. Ces différents livres écrits par Susie Morgenstern et Jacques Pasquet nous font découvrir les défis et les possibilités de l’amitié et de la communauté.
(This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon.)
YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT
RICHARD NEWSOME, KENNETH OPPEL 10 – 11:30 AM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
At the heart of great stories are often great missions to find the missing diamond, to save the family, to solve the mystery of the murder. Australian first novelist Richard Newsome and Canadian legend and Governor General’s Award winner Kenneth Oppel have each created missions that test their heroes and keep readers fascinated. Newsome’s The Billionaire’s Curse, in the style of Indiana Jones, is set in London where Gerald, his protagonist, is thrust into secret passageways, a musty bookshop and an ancient crypt. Oppel’s Half Brother forces Ben to risk everything he knows in his mission to save his baby “brother,” a chimpanzee named Zan. Suitable for grades 7 to 9 This event is sponsored by Kidsbooks.
Pour les élèves de la quatrième à la septième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.
Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults
Eat breakfast with authors and illustrators.
SHAUNTAY GRANT, SASHA LANGFORD, RC WESLOWSKI HOST: BRENDAN MCLEOD
THE BEAR FACTS IAN MCALLISTER
10 – 11:30 AM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Founding director of Pacific Wild, photographer and filmmaker Ian McAllister has spent 20 years working for and living in the Great Bear Rainforest in BC. He chronicles the life of grizzlies, black bears and spirit bears that also live in this unique region, dependent on the abundance of salmon to survive and thrive. Based on his book The Salmon Bears, his visual presentation of the four seasons and how the bears fish, track and live in community is gorgeous. Readers will come away with renewed awe for the urgent need to preserve this environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Suitable for grades 3 to 5
THE ILLUSTRATED ADVENTURES OF BINKY, LUCKY AND CINDY
KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER, ASHLEY SPIRES, KEVIN SYLVESTER, IRENE N. WATTS
NO EASY WAY OUT REBECCA JAMES, ALICE KUIPERS
1 – 2:30 PM REVUE STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
10 – 11:30 AM PTC STUDIO $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Illustrated books are a curious mixture of images on paper and images in the reader’s mind. But which comes first, the pictures or the words? Three experienced illustrators join an award-winning author to talk about the process and how to make stories come alive on the page. How does an illustrator choose that special moment to illustrate? How does an author match the images in his or her mind with the imagination of the illustrator? Young readers will be intrigued to go behind the scenes and think about how pictures and words work together on the journey to becoming a book.
Unexpected violence and mystery are the stuff of psychological thrillers, and these two authors are masters of that craft. But Alice Kuipers and Rebecca James take it far past the “who dunnit?” to explore bigger issues of terrorism, personal loss and the limits of friendship. Both teenage protagonists face elements of contemporary life that are far beyond their years from panic attacks to eating disorders and controlling personalities. In the hands of these authors, readers are deftly steered away from the darkness of these experiences and are left with a wiser understanding of trauma and the challenges of overcoming it. Suitable for grades 9 to 12
Suitable for grades 3 to 5
THUNDER OVER KANDAHAR
SHARON E. MCKAY IN CONVERSATION WITH KATHRYN GRETSINGER 1 – 2:30 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
ÉCRIVONS SUR L’AMOUR SUSIE MORGENSTERN ET ZACHARY RICHARD ANIMATRICE : FRANCE PERRAS
13 H À 14 H 30 WATERFRONT THEATRE 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
In her role as Canadian war artist, Sharon E. McKay worked with Canadian troops in Afghanistan and was able to see firsthand the effect of the war on ordinary young people, especially girls whose dreams of education have been shattered by the Taliban. She has also spent time with children in Uganda for her book about child soldiers. She has turned those experiences into riveting fiction that explores real life outside Canada’s borders. In answer to why she focuses on war and children, McKay says, “It’s a part of our history. If you’re going to be a real citizen in the world, you’ve got to know about it.”
Il existe de nombreuses formes d’amour : l’amour de soi, l’amour de l’autre, l’amour pour son pays, l’amour de la nature, l’amour pour sa famille et autres formes d’amour. Heureusement, il y a moins de façons d’écrire sur l’amour : en voici deux. Un auteur écrit sur les relations entre les gens et parmi les gens. Un autre écrit sur des animaux imaginaires qui servent à se pencher sur de grandes questions, comme l’amour. Cet événement donnera la possibilité de parler de l’écriture et aussi de l’amour.
Suitable for grades 8 to 12
Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; on o n il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.
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FRUITS OF LABOUR KATIE SMITH MILWAY
1 – 2:30 PM PTC STUDIO $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
THE BIG IDEA
ANDREA LEVY, CLAUDIO MAGRIS, YANN MARTEL, ANDREW O’HAGAN HOST: MERILYN SIMONDS 8:00 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $19
For many Vancouver-area children, growing a garden in the backyard is fun and pulling a carrot out of the ground is a treat. But when 11-year-old Maria, part of a struggling farming family in Honduras, is left in charge of the garden, her family’s very survival depends on her work. When her teacher introduces her to sustainable farming practices, however, she can begin to transform and improve the life of her family and her community. Through rich illustrations and tales of her experiences in Latin America, Katie Smith Milway shows children ways they, too, can be part of “good gardens” at home and abroad. Suitable for grades 2 to 5
Put four deep thinkers on the same stage, each armed with a new novel and big ideas, and you’ve got the makings of a great evening. Orange Prize winner Andrea Levy and Man Booker Prize winner Yann Martel join one of Europe’s leading cultural philosophers, Claudio Magris, who has won the Premio Viaregio Tobino (writer of the year) and Andrew O’Hagan, who has been shortlisted for the Booker, the IMPAC Dublin and the Whitbread. Their novels tackle big ideas from the Holocaust to slavery to American culture to the nature of revolution. This is a quintessential Writers Festival event that will draw the best from the world’s leading writers.
This event is sponsored by the Rix Family Foundation.
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN EMMA DONOGHUE, PASCALE QUIVIGER, ROBERT J. WIERSEMA, KATHLEEN WINTER
8:00 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $19
The complex love between parent and child provides ample ground for novelists. Four Canadian writers have each taken a different tack on this theme in their new works. Emma Donoghue’s five-year-old narrator is trapped in a single room with his mother, while Kathleen Winter’s subject is trapped in a body that is neither fully male nor female. Pascale Quiviger and Robert J. Wiersema approach the theme of the parent-child bond by taking forays into the worlds of the fantastic and the imagination. But all four paint compelling portraits that show us the inescapable truth that who you are depends largely on how you were raised.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH JANE URQUHART
8:00 PM PTC STUDIO $25
When Governor General’s Award–winning novelist Jane Urquhart finishes writing a novel, she says she never knows whether another one is going to happen; it always seems like an act of such “unlikely magic”. Luckily for her readers, this magic occurs quite regularly. In Sanctuary Line, as in her six previous novels, Urquhart’s lyrical confidence sings as loudly as ever. The tale, weaving elements from nineteenth-century Ireland and Ontario into gradually unfolding contemporary events in the lives of one family, also threads together three different but very powerful love stories. Tonight is a rare opportunity to sit with a Canadian master and indulge in the art of her smooth prose.
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EVERYTHING OPPEL KENNETH OPPEL
DOWN HERE, UP THERE SHAUNTAY GRANT, ASHLEY SPIRES
AROUND EVERY CORNER
RICHARD NEWSOME, RICHARD SCRIMGER, KEVIN SYLVESTER
10 – 11:30 AM GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
10:30 – 11:30 AM REVUE STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
10 – 11:30 AM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
The awards that Kenneth Oppel has won for his fiction over the decades are too numerous to mention. He has been shortlisted or won almost every prize for children’s literature that exists. Oppel’s first novel was published, thanks to Roald Dahl’s encouragement when he was 18, and he has since sold millions of copies of his famous Airborn series and Silverwing saga. For more than a quarter century, readers have enjoyed his imagination and style, and this is an opportunity to put his face to the words that have delighted so many. Come and meet him for yourself.
Spend the morning with a space-travelling cat and a pair of street-travelling boys, exploring worlds from outer space to inner Halifax. These two fabulous storytellers show young readers that at the root of all good stories is a delight in the words themselves. Little ones will be tapping their toes to Shauntay Grant’s rhythmic renderings and delighting in the illustrations created by Ashley Spires that bring Binky the astronaut to life.
Videogame adversaries have nothing on this morning’s challengers! Three heroes, sprung from the minds of these novelists, face ancient crypt dwellers, scary grave walkers or even Deep Blue Cheese in their quests to overcome death, solve murders or save a sister while simultaneously competing in a Mexican-cooking competition. A riotous morning is in store for readers who love adventure and appreciate when an active imagination can pin a great story down on the written page. Newsome, Scrimger and Sylvester show clearly that reading can be way more fun than staring at a video screen.
Suitable for grades K to 3
Suitable for grades 6 and up
Suitable for grades 5 to 8
This event is sponsored by HarperCollinsCanada Ltd.
FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP
MARTHA BROOKS, REBECCA JAMES, ALICE KUIPERS 10 - 11:30 AM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
You can choose your friends but not your family. And in fiction, that simple truth provides plenty of room for intriguing, offbeat and challenging characters. Martha Brooks plagues siblings with tuberculosis and, in facing their illness, the children must also face a difficult relationship with their reticent father. Rebecca James loads up her heroine with the weight of a murdered sister and a menacing psycho friendship. Alice Kuipers burdens her protagonist with a mother unable to cope with a tragic death and a friend who leaves her behind in her grief in favour of partying. Three different styles and scenarios, but universal truths are the result. Suitable for grades 8 to 12
CONTES CAJUNS ET CONTES DU MONDE
JACQUES PASQUET ET ZACHARY RICHARD ANIMATRICE : TRILBY JEEVES 10 H À 11 H 30 PTC STUDIO 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
Deux écrivains racontent des histoires qui sont tirées d’événements spécifiques du passé mais qui ont pourtant une signification universelle. Un des contes est inspiré de l’histoire des Acadiens et des Cajuns et l’autre est inspiré de la guerre récente à Sarajevo. Même ceux et celles d’entre nous qui n’ont pas vécu ces événements constatent les conséquences qu’ils ont dans nos collectivités. Pour les élèves de la quatrième å la septièmere année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement ossibi oss os sss sib ibi b lit ités it és és en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.
SHAUNTAY GRANT, SASHA LANGFORD, RC WESLOWSKI HOST: BRENDAN MCLEOD 1 – 2:30 PM GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Three award winners are together this afternoon and no one knows what might happen! Halifax’s Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant joins 2009 Vancouver Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion RC Weslowski and Sasha Langford, Vancouver’s representative at the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, for an afternoon of creativity and fast talking. This spoken word, poetry and storytelling on the fly not only pushes out the usual definition of “what is poetry” but also encompasses all manner of word-based art. Spread the word! (This event is repeated on Wednesday morning.) Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults
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13 H À 14 H 30 REVUE STAGE 17$ / 8.50$ POUR LES GROUPES D’ÉTUDIANTS
WORDPLAY: CREATIVE PROCESS FOR WRITERS :: WRITING FOR ARTISTS WRITING FOR DESIGNERS :: THE PRACTICE OF THE ARTIST’S JOURNAL
Susie Morgenstern a affirmé que, pour elle, la seule façon de s’exprimer, c’était d’écrire. Enfant, elle écrivait pendant des heures. À l’âge adulte, elle a commencé à écrire et à illustrer des livres pour enfants. Toutes ses œuvres mettent l’accent sur la vie quotidienne et le « monde réel ». Par le biais de discussions sur l’œuvre de Morgenstern, cette rencontre constituera une occasion de parler d’écriture, ainsi que de notre propre quotidien.
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Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième année Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.
JUST WRITE MARTHA BROOKS, KENNETH OPPEL, RICHARD SCRIMGER
1 – 2:30 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Novels don’t just spring onto the page complete. It takes time and work to get the voice, the pace, the bridges, the dialogue, the characters, the humour and the setting just right. Join three masters this afternoon and go behind the scenes to find out how their characters come to them, what tricks they use and where they find the fun in committing a story to paper. How much is intuition and how much is craftsmanship? And when do they know they’ve got it “just right”? Suitable for grades 8 to 12
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THRILLS AND CHILLS JUSTIN CRONIN, ROBERT J. WIERSEMA
GOLD DIGGERS CHARLOTTE GRAY IN CONVERSATION WITH KIRK LAPOINTE
1 – 2:30 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
1 – 2:30 PM PTC STUDIO $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Step aside Stephenie Meyer. Move over Stephen King. There are some new chill-meisters in town. Justin Cronin’s The Passage was the blockbuster book of the summer. Balancing suspense, horror, and genuine thrills with a beautiful haunting style, this epic novel turns the vampire genre on its head. Robert J. Wiersema’s first novel, Before I Wake, was an impossible-to-put-down, contemplative supernatural thriller. In his new book, Bedtime Story, a young boy wakes within a story he’s been reading, and, as his father struggles to free him, he fights for survival, facing unimaginable perils in a surreal world intended to capture the hearts and souls of children like him.
One of Canada’s leading biographers and historians tackles the Klondike Gold Rush in a new and refreshing way, following six colourful figures in a world gone mad for wealth. The six—a priest, an entrepreneur, legendary Mountie Sam Steele, struggling writer Jack London, as well as a prospector and a journalist—are only a few of the 100,000 who flocked to the Yukon from around the world to create a frontier town peopled by desperados, dance-hall girls, miners and churchmen. Charlotte Gray loves to snoop in other people’s lives, and it shows in the energy that leaps off her pages. If only all history books were written like this one! Suitable for grades 8 to 12
Suitable for grades 8-12
WAR AND PEACE DAVID GROSSMAN, SHARON E. MCKAY
OLD FRIENDS LINWOOD BARCLAY, GAIL BOWEN, QUINTIN JARDINE
1 - 2:30 PM IMPROV CENTRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
8:00 PM REVUE STAGE $19
As David Grossman and Sharon E. McKay will attest, so often in countries experiencing conflict it’s the children who suffer most. In some cases, as in Sharon McKay’s novel War Brothers, it’s the children themselves who are ordered to fight in exchange for essentials we take for granted: food, safety, a place to sleep. In other cases children are born into regions where people are at odds. For years David Grossman has written movingly and thoughtfully about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, which caused him a very personal loss. Join these two authors for an eye-opening discussion about the realities of war today, and the need for more compassion, tolerance and understanding if we hope to end these preventable tragedies.
One of the draws for aficionados of crime fiction is the recurring character who must solve a crime at the same time as his or her life is moving on. From book to book, readers get a chance to live with these characters as they develop, face challenges and age, just like the rest of us. PI Joanne Kilbourn, Chief Constable Bob Skinner and Zack Walker are three such characters, and their creators take the stage to talk about how they came to life, how they are shaped and moulded in each new novel, and maybe, just maybe, what’s to become of them.
Suitable for grades 8 to 12
HOME GROWN CAROLINE ADDERSON, AARON BUSHKOWSKY, ANN ERIKSSON, GEORGE FETHERLING, WILLIAM GIBSON, ANOSH IRANI, BILLIE LIVINGSTON, MIRANDA PEARSON HOST: RYAN KNIGHTON
8:00 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $19
It’s easy to become blasé about the reams of great writing coming out of Lotusland each year, when in fact we should be marveling at the incredible literary prowess of our home grown talent. Well, now’s the time to slough off our nonchalance and celebrate the wealth of writers who call British Columbia home. Tonight eight authors entertain with short story excerpts, poetry and passages from novels that contribute to the rich and varied literary landscape of this province. Don’t miss this chance to cheer for the home team! This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada.
DARK END OF THE STREET
SANDRA BIRDSELL, MICHAEL HELM, MAURICIO SEGURA, RUSSELL WANGERSKY, MICHAEL WINTER 8:00 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $19
Five authors each shine a light on the events, relationships and communities that exist in the darker parts of our cities and society. From immigrants trying to find their place, to murder on a snowy night, to a couple on the lam in a WalMart parking lot, to assault in a unlit urban corner, these are novels that show readers environments, circumstances and psyches that we might not normally encounter. And isn’t that one of the reasons, after all, that fiction holds such appeal? There’s vibrancy and intrigue outside the circle of the street lamp, and these writers take us to the dark end of our streets.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DAVID GROSSMAN 8:00 PM PTC STUDIO $25
Renowned Israeli writer David Grossman began To the End of the Land in 2003, when his eldest son was about to be released from military service and his youngest was on the cusp of being drafted. Grossman had a wish that the book he was writing would protect his youngest son. But in 2006, during the last hours of the Second Lebanon War, his son was killed. Astoundingly, he returned to writing the book and finished what is being called “one of the great anti-war novels of our time”. This is a special opportunity to hear from a great novelist who has experienced violence in the Middle East in a most personal way and yet continues to advocate compassion and reconciliation.
DARWIN’S BASTARDS WILLIAM GIBSON, ANOSH IRANI, YANN MARTEL, ADAM LEWIS SCHROEDER HOST: ZSUZSI GARTNER
Zsuzsi Gartner has selected and edited a collection of twenty-three short stories entitled Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Today she joins in conversation with four of the authors included in the collection to talk about the genesis of their speculative writing and breaking the bounds of realism. “What if...?” becomes “and then...” in these stories. From Yann Martel’s “We Ate the Children Last” to Anosh Irani’s “Notes from the Womb,” the collection shows that the Canadian imagination can be as wildly inventive as any on earth or off the planet, for that matter. Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
LYNDA BARRY, SARAH LEAVITT
10 - 11:30 AM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Who would have thought that the comic book—usually the preserve of super-heroes and evil villains—could be used to explore family life and the deepest secret thoughts of teenagers? Lynda Barry is one of the great contemporary cartoon masters and her young comic book characters run the gamut from Marlys (gifted and exuberant) to Maybonne (concerned with social justice and music) to Freddie (fascinated with bugs and monsters). Sarah Leavitt’s new graphic memoir, Tangles, reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge—and her family—forever. These talented writers and artists use words and pictures to bring reality into focus and offer insight into how to deal with what life throws at us. Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
CHARLOTTE GRAY, JACK HODGINS, DON MCKAY, TERENCE YOUNG 10 – 11:30 AM REVUE STAGE $17 / $8.50 STUDENT GROUPS
10 – 11:30 AM GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $17 / $8.50 STUDENT GROUPS
COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL
WAYNE GRADY, MARC LEVY, MERILYN SIMONDS, CHEVY STEVENS HOST: BILL RICHARDSON 10 –11:30 AM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
“What use is technique if you haven’t yet discovered what you have in your past, your imagination, your present life, your relatives’ lives, your reading, your obsessions or your imagination that offers you the stories that are meant just for you to write?” Jack Hodgins has said. This event explores the nuggets of raw material that expand in the hands of gifted writers to become creative non-fiction, poems, short stories or novels. Where do writers find these nuggets, and how do they know when these ideas or facts are rich enough for them to spend the next months or years developing? Along with Hodgins, Charlotte Gray, Don McKay and Terence Young answer these questions.
The insatiably curious and entertaining Bill Richardson returns to the Festival to chat up four authors with three distinctly different new books. Marc Levy is France’s number-one bestselling author with more than 20 million copies of his seven books sold around the world. Chevy Stevens comes to the Festival with her debut novel (and a contract for two more). Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds, no strangers to the Festival, have written a two-voiced narrative of their travels through America. There’s nothing like a Richardson interview to get to the hidden corners of a subject and extract the very best anecdotes and insights from these writers.
Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
LINE BY LINE
JON PAUL FIORENTINO, M.T. KELLY, ERÍN MOURE, JOHN STEFFLER HOST: RHEA TREGEBOV 10 – 11:30 AM PTC STUDIO $17/ $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
ON THE ROAD TO WRITE
DAVE BIDINI, DENISE CHONG, WAYNE GRADY, MYRNA KOSTASH, DEREK LUNDY, MERILYN SIMONDS HOST: ANDREAS SCHROEDER 1 – 2:30 PM GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
In poetry, we let language off the leash, according to former Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada, John Steffler. Erín Moure, one of Canada’s preeminent poets, holds a similar opinion, claiming that even two words placed together can open up a world. Together with M.T. Kelly and Jon Paul Fiorentino, these four poets explore the shaping of language at the level of the sentence rather than the chapter, as fiction writers do. These poets will talk, as only poets can, about the concentration of energy and meaning in the poetic form. Set aside some time this morning to get excited by words as building blocks and the surprise of new meanings contained in familiar words. Come see some of Canada’s best poets at work and at play.
A good road trip is excellent fodder for stories for years to come. But while most of us tuck away our memories when we put away our suitcases, these authors have turned their wayfaring into writing. Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds’ road trip into the heart of America at the end of the Bush era contrasts well with Derek Lundy’s motorcycle adventures along both international borders of the US in a post-9/11 atmosphere of heightened security. Denise Chong takes the armchair traveller to post-Tiananmen Square China, Myrna Kostash looks to the Ukraine in search of roots and religion, and Dave Bidini plays soccer with the homeless in Australia.
Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MORDECAI RICHLER
CHARLES FORAN IN CONVERSATION WITH BILL RICHARDSON 1 – 2:30 PM REVUE STAGE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
JON PAUL FIORENTINO, M.T. KELLY, DON MCKAY, STEVE MCORMOND, MIRANDA PEARSON, ANNA SWANSON HOST: BILLEH NICKERSON 1 – 2:30 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
Mordecai Richler’s appearances at the Writers Festival were legendary. And now, Charles Foran, with this definitive, detailed and intimate life story of Richler, brings the lion of Canadian literature to life again. Foran, who had access to family letters and archives, used them to draw this rich and passionate portrait of an outsized and outrageous man whose real life reads like fiction. A young bohemian and irreverent writer, Richler was also a passionate and controversial Canadian, a loyal friend and deeply romantic lover. Foran has captured his essence, warts and all. This will be the first public event to celebrate the publication of this important biography.
This afternoon poetry event is an annual favourite with students, teachers and poetry fans alike. This year the Festival has gathered poets from across the country to show off the power of the well-chosen word. They’ll converge on Granville Island to get you excited about the melodic line and the insights that grow out of keen observation. Poetry is the distillation of life and experience through language, and each of these poets promise to deliver fresh and startling takes on the world we share.
ults ts Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
JUSTIN CRONIN, ANTHONY DOERR, CAMILLA GIBB, PAOLO GIORDANO, YIYUN LI, KAMILA SHAMSIE HOST: SALVADOR FERRERAS
ANN ERIKSSON, TERRY FALLIS, RUSSELL WANGERSKY 1 – 2:30 PM PTC STUDIO $17 / $8.50 FOR STUDENT GROUPS
We know that writing is essential to the fabric of society, but can it pay the bills? When it can’t, and that’s often, the day job can provide remuneration as well as research. PR executive and political consultant Terry Fallis writes comic novels about politicians and life on the Hill. Russell Wangersky’s life as a volunteer firefighter and journalist has provided countless points of entry to his fiction writing. Biologist and ecology consultant Ann Eriksson puts her day job and experience to good use, creating characters that include a female entomologist who is 3 foot, 10 inches tall. These authors prove that “Don’t quit your day job” can sometimes be great advice for would-be writers. Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
Suitable for Grades 10 to 12 and adults
THE LITERARY CABARET
7:30 PM* - EARLY START TIME PERFORMANCE WORKS $30
What should you expect when Sal Ferreras, his chameleonic band Poetic License and the guest authors take the stage tonight? Nothing short of magic. This wildly popular event blends music and literature in ways that can only be described as breathtaking. Audiences are guaranteed a sensory spectacle they won’t soon forget. To ensure you don’t miss out on the fun, buy your tickets early because these are sure to go quickly. We invite you to stay on after the Cabaret for a special performance by the Porkbelly Futures. Your Cabaret ticket stub will get you in at no charge. For more information see the ad adjacent. This event is sponsored by Scotia Private Client Group.
Porkbelly Futures is a tough band to pin down. “Toronto’s Most Excited Band” began as a boisterous Chicago-style blues band, but singer/songwriters Paul Quarrington and Martin Worthy soon veered off into uncharged waters. Who knows what this critically acclaimed five-piece band’s music is now, but on stage there will be a pedal steel guitar (that’s country), a Telecaster guitar (for blues rock), a mandolin (to pluck heartstrings) acoustic guitars (for folk enthusiasts) and a bunch of vocal mikes. And somewhere, Paul is smiling.... 10:30 pm Friday, October 22 Performance Works Tickets $12.00 at the door only starting at 10:15 pm
FUNNY GUYS TERRY FALLIS, KEN FINKLEMAN, ANOSH IRANI, DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR HOST: CHARLES DEMERS
8:00 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $19
Drew Hayden Taylor describes himself as “half Ojibwa, half Caucasian. That makes me an occasion. A memorable occasion. A special occasion.” Be prepared for a special occasion as four very funny fellows take the stage. Terry Fallis’ first novel about political life in Canada won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Ken Finkleman, best known as the writer, creator and producer of CBC TV’s The Newsroom, has now written Noah’s Turn, in which his dark and satiric humour comes through on every page. Anosh Irani can’t help but infuse his fiction and plays, however dark things get, with a healthy dose of fun. Share a laugh with these four gents as they discuss humour in writing.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH YANN MARTEL 8:00 PM PTC STUDIO $25
“My book is about representations of the Holocaust. The event is gone; we are left with stories about it. My book is about a new choice of stories.” So says the narrator of Yann Martel’s novel Beatrice & Virgil, and so says the Man Booker Prize-winning author himself about his book which, as soon as it hit the shelves, sparked much discussion and debate about the limits of representation. To his critics, Martel responds: “By freeing up our representations of the Holocaust we will secure, overall, a greater, more nuanced and useful understanding of it.” Join this thoughtful and respected author for a discussion of allegory and glean new insights into the nature of storytelling itself. This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada.
PAUL QUARRINGTON: LIFE IN MUSIC DAVE BIDINI, ROB SANDERS HOST: JUDITH KEENAN 8:00 PM EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY THEATRE $19
Paul Quarrington, novelist, musician, screenwriter and non-fiction writer, passed away in January 2010. Even after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Quarrington embarked on concert tours with his band Porkbelly Futures, produced his own solo CD and the Porkbelly’s third release, completed his non-fiction memoir, Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life, and was the subject of a feature-length documentary. Tonight you’ll have the chance to view the documentary, in which he comes to terms with his life and death through the power of music, and hear more about this remarkable man from both his publisher and one of his many friends. This event is presented in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is sponsored by Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group.
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EVENT #1 10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre No Ordinary Wolf Ian McAllister EVENT #2 10:30-11:30 am PTC Studio La Joie de Lire Illustrez ces mots! Pierre Pratt EVENT #3 1-2:00 pm Revue Stage Rinks and Roaming Shauntay Grant, Kevin Sylvester EVENT #4 1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre One Hen Katie Smith Milway EVENT #5 1-2:00 pm PTC Studio La Joie de Lire Sur terre et au paradis Jennifer Tremblay EVENT #6 8:00 pm Revue Stage Out Loud at Night Ivan E. Coyote, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Sasha Langford, Richard Van Camp EVENT #7 8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Three Views of Vietnam Camilla Gibb, Karl Marlantes, Adam Lewis Schroeder EVENT #8 8:00 pm PTC Studio An Intimate Evening with Andrea Levy EVENT #9 8:30 pm Performance Works Grand Openings Caroline Adderson, Emma Donoghue, Paolo Giordano, Marc Levy, Andrew O’Hagan, Kate Pullinger, Kamila Shamsie Host: Hal Wake
Wednesday EVENT #10 10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage Word! (1) Shauntay Grant, Sasha Langford, RC Weslowski EVENT #11 10-11:30 am Revue Stage La Joie de Lire Parenté et amitié Susie Morgenstern, Jacques Pasquet EVENT #12 10-11:30 am Performance Works Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It Richard Newsome, Kenneth Oppel EVENT #13 10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre The Bear Facts Ian McAllister EVENT #14 10-11:30 am PTC Studio The Illustrated Adventures of Binky, Lucky and Cindy Kathryn E. Shoemaker, Ashley Spires, Kevin Sylvester, Irene N. Watts EVENT #15 1-2:30 pm Revue Stage No Easy Way Out Rebecca James, Alice Kuipers
20 EVENT #16 1-2:30 pm Performance Works Thunder over Kandahar Sharon E. McKay in conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger EVENT #17 1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre La Joie de Lire Écrivons sur l’amour Susie Morgenstern, Zachary Richard EVENT #18 1-2:30 pm PTC Studio Fruits of Labour Katie Smith Milway EVENT #19 8:00 pm Performance Works The Big Idea Andrea Levy, Claudio Magris, Yann Martel, Andrew O’Hagan EVENT #20 8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Suffer the Little Children Emma Donoghue, Pascale Quiviger, Robert J. Wiersema, Kathleen Winter EVENT #21 8:00 pm PTC Studio An Intimate Evening with Jane Urquhart
Special Events Monday, September 13 John Vaillant The Improv Centre 7:30 pm Monday, September 20 Alissa York & Richard Harvell VPL Central Library 7:00 pm Thursday, November 4 Sara Gruen Jewish Community Centre 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 21 Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel Jewish Community Centre 7:30 pm Friday, October 8 Stuart McLean in conversation with Hal Wake The Chan Centre 7:00 pm For more information, see ads on page 55, 56 and 59.
Thursday EVENT #22 10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage Everything Oppel Kenneth Oppel EVENT #23 10:30-11:30 am Revue Stage Down Here, Up There Shauntay Grant, Ashley Spires EVENT #24 10-11:30 am Performance Works Around Every Corner Richard Newsome, Richard Scrimger, Kevin Sylvester EVENT #25 10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre Family and Friendship Martha Brooks, Rebecca James, Alice Kuipers EVENT #26 10-11:30 am PTC Studio La Joie de Lire Contes cajuns et contes internationals Jacques Pasquet, Zachary Richard EVENT #27 1-2:30 pm Granville Island Stage Word! (2) Shauntay Grant, Sasha Langford, RC Weslowski
21 EVENT #30 1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre Thrills and Chills Justin Cronin, Robert J. Wiersema EVENT #31 1-2:30 pm PTC Studio Gold Diggers Charlotte Gray in conversation with Kirk LaPointe EVENT #32 1-2:30 pm Improv Centre War and Peace David Grossman, Sharon E. McKay EVENT #33 8:00 pm Revue Stage Old Friends Linwood Barclay, Gail Bowen, Quintin Jardine EVENT #34 8:00 pm Performance Works Home Grown Caroline Adderson, Aaron Bushkowsky, Ann Eriksson, George Fetherling, William Gibson, Anosh Irani, Billie Livingston, Miranda Pearson
EVENT #28 1-2:30 pm Revue Stage La Joie de Lire Quelle est votre histoire? Susie Morgenstern
EVENT #35 8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Dark End of the Street Sandra Birdsell, Michael Helm, Russell Wangersky, Michael Winter, Mauricio Segura
EVENT #29 1-2:30 pm Performance Works Just Write Martha Brooks, Kenneth Oppel, Richard Scrimger
EVENT #36 8:00 pm PTC Studio An Intimate Evening with David Grossman
Friday EVENT #37 10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage Darwin’s Bastards William Gibson, Anosh Irani, Yann Martel, Adam Lewis Schroeder EVENT #38 10-11:30 am Revue Stage Raw Material Charlotte Gray, Jack Hodgins, Don McKay, Terence Young EVENT #39 10-11:30 am Performance Works Richardson’s Roundup Wayne Grady, Marc Levy, Merilyn Simonds, Chevy Stevens EVENT #40 10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre Comic Book Confidential Lynda Barry, Sarah Leavitt EVENT #41 10-11:30 am PTC Studio Line by Line Jon Paul Fiorentino, M.T. Kelly, Erín Moure, John Steffler EVENT #42 1-2:30 pm Granville Island Stage On the Road to Write Dave Bidini, Denise Chong, Wayne Grady, Myrna Kostash, Derek Lundy, Merilyn Simonds EVENT #43 1-2:30 pm Revue Stage The Life and Times of Mordecai Richler Charles Foran in conversation with Bill Richardson
22 EVENT #44 1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre Pure Poetry Jon Paul Fiorentino, M.T. Kelly, Don McKay, Steve McOrmond, Miranda Pearson, Anna Swanson EVENT #45 1-2:30 pm PTC Studio Day Job Ann Eriksson, Terry Fallis, Russell Wangersky EVENT #46 7:30 pm Performance Works The Literary Cabaret Justin Cronin, Anthony Doerr, Camilla Gibb, Yiyun Li, Paolo Giordano, Kamila Shamsie Host: Salvador Ferreras EVENT #47 8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Funny Guys Terry Fallis, Ken Finkleman, Anosh Irani, Drew Hayden Taylor EVENT #48 8:00 pm PTC Studio An Intimate Evening with Yann Martel EVENT #49 8:00 pm Emily Carr University Theatre Paul Quarrington: Life in Music Dave Bidini, Rob Sanders PORKBELLY FUTURES 10:30 pm Performance Works SEE AD PAGE 27
EVENT #50 10:30 am Revue Stage Love Lost and Found Sandra Birdsell, Kate Pullinger, Jane Urquhart, Rachel Wyatt
EVENT #56 2:00 pm Waterfront Theatre True Fiction George Fetherling, Katherine Govier, Kate Pullinger, Joan Thomas
EVENT #51 10:30 am Performance Works Building a Bridge Eleanor Catton, Paul Harding, Pascale Quiviger, Miguel Syjuco
EVENT #57 2:00 pm PTC Studio The Lighter Side Aaron Bushkowsky, John Gould, Rachel Wyatt
EVENT #52 10:30 am Waterfront Theatre Let the Record Show Denise Chong, Myrna Kostash, Kathy Page, Michael Winter EVENT #53 10:30 am PTC Studio Japanning Katherine Govier, David Mitchell EVENT #54 2:00 pm Revue Stage Crime, Not Punishment Linwood Barclay, Gail Bowen, Quintin Jardine, Chevy Stevens EVENT #55 2:00 pm Performance Works American Splendour Anthony Doerr, Paul Harding, Yiyun Li, Marisa Silver, Wells Tower
EVENT #58 8:00 pm Performance Works The Poetry Bash George Bowering, Tess Gallagher, Steve McOrmond, Erín Moure, John Steffler, Anna Swanson EVENT #59 8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Polyphony Eleanor Catton, Genni Gunn, Michael Helm, Kathy Page, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Mauricio Segura, Marisa Silver EVENT #60 8:00 pm PTC Studio An Intimate Evening with David Mitchell
EVENT #61 9:30 am – 12 noon PTC Studio Do You Think You Can Write? Lynda Barry EVENT #62 11:00 am Performance Works The Sunday Brunch John Gould, Genni Gunn, David Mitchell, Wells Tower, Jane Urquhart, Kathleen Winter EVENT #63 1:30 pm Waterfront Theatre Pacific Medley Jack Hodgins and Chor Leoni EVENT #64 1:30 pm PTC Studio Short Stories, Varied Voices Ivan E. Coyote, Billie Livingston, Sarah Selecky, Terence Young EVENT #65 3:30 pm Performance Works The Afternoon Tea Ken Finkleman, Paul Harding, Sarah Selecky, Ali Smith, Drew Hayden Taylor, Joan Thomas EVENT #66 4:00 pm Waterfront Theatre Emerge Ivan Antoniw, Claire Beaudette, Cullene Bryant, Madeleine Butler, Esmeralda Cabral, Karim Elsharkawi, Xanthe Faulkner, James Gates, Kagan Goh, Chris Hellewell, Jennifer Irvine, Bruce Leighton, Toni Levi, Laurie Ann Melnychuk, Edward Parker, Jocelyn Pitsch, Caroline Purchase, Claire Rawson, Greg Robinson, Meaghan Rondeau, Renee Saklikar, Kerry Sandomirsky, Betty Spinks, Rossa Sung, Peggy Trendell-Jensen EVENT #67 8:00 pm Performance Works Penguin Party Andrea Levy, Ali Smith, Miguel Syjuco, Michael Winter Host: Hal Wake
LOVE LOST AND FOUND SANDRA BIRDSELL, KATE PULLINGER, JANE URQUHART, RACHEL WYATT
10:30 AM REVUE STAGE $17
KATHERINE GOVIER, DAVID MITCHELL
ELEANOR CATTON, PAUL HARDING, PASCALE QUIVIGER, MIGUEL SYJUCO HOST: AISLINN HUNTER
10:30 AM PTC STUDIO $17
Great books often have their genesis in accidental moments. David Mitchell got off at the wrong tram stop in Nagasaki and stumbled upon a cluster of warehouses from an earlier century. That site proved to be central to his new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. When her moment struck, Katherine Govier was at the Freer Museum in Washington, DC, at a discussion of 19th-century Japanese woodcut master Hokusai. The results are spectacular and riveting historical novels that showcase the talents of these two hugely successful and beloved authors. This is a rare chance to see Mitchell and Govier up close and personal.
Often the formally innovative novel is not reader friendly. Walking the tightrope between new forms of fiction and keeping your reader intrigued is an acrobatic skill. Four novelists who have successfully walked that wire are together this morning. Paul Harding’s debut novel, Tinkers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2010, has been described as “a story told as a series of ruminative images.” Eleanor Catton and Pascale Quiviger write in a style that is both multi-layered and surprising. Miguel Syjuco won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008 for his debut novel, Ilustrado. No clowns this morning, but a gathering of literary acrobats that will rival the Cirque du Soleil.
CRIME, NOT PUNISHMENT LINWOOD BARCLAY, GAIL BOWEN, QUINTIN JARDINE, CHEVY STEVENS
LET THE RECORD SHOW DENISE CHONG, MYRNA KOSTASH, KATHY PAGE, MICHAEL WINTER
10:30 AM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17
10:30 AM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17
Kate Pullinger’s The Mistress of Nothing, winner of the Governor General’s Award in 2009, explores the subject of love complicated by duty and caste. Rachel Wyatt’s novel features a woman who writes admiring letters to film star Omar Sharif, whom she has never met and likely never will. Sandra Birdsell describes a marriage that once seemed secure, but now is falling apart. Multiple award-winning novelist Jane Urquhart is no stranger to the subject of love in its many guises. There’s no guarantee of “happily ever after,” but it will be well worth it to hear these four master storytellers talk about the emotion that drives us all.
BUILDING A BRIDGE
Whether an author is writing fiction or non-fiction, research will play a part in their preparation. The choice is then whether to remain faithful to the details or to use those facts as a springboard for the imagination. Two non-fiction and two fiction writers talk about their research methods and the possibilities of being restricted by the “truth”. In the course of research, Kathy Page explored protocols for genetic testing, and Michael Winter combed court transcripts of the murder trial on which he based his novel. Denise Chong verified weather records to ensure accuracy in her book, while Myrna Kostash closely studied Byzantium and Greek Orthodoxy. Research can take a writer to myriad sources—but when does a writer put accuracy aside and put imagination to work?
AMERICAN SPLENDOUR ANTHONY DOERR, PAUL HARDING, YIYUN LI, MARISA SILVER, WELLS TOWER
2 PM REVUE STAGE $17
2 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $17
Because it can take readers through twists and turns of plot and secrets, crime fiction is a welcome and intriguing escape for many. Linwood Barclay, Gail Bowen and Quintin Jardine are old hands at this genre, and sure to be familiar with audiences. Chevy Stevens has just published her first crime novel, but her publisher has already bought the next two—books she has yet to write. Whether you’re captivated by the main detective character, the loops and bends of plot, the distinct setting or the emotional ride, it’s certainly no punishment to spend an afternoon with these fine authors of crime fiction.
Step aside, Fitzgerald and Hemingway! Here they come. This afternoon we introduce you to the next generation of American writers taking the literary world by storm. Paul Harding has just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Yiyun Li and Wells Tower were named as two of The New Yorker’s 20 Best American Authors Under 40. Anthony Doerr was named by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Authors and Marisa Silver has been included in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. We are delighted to present these American voices from whom you will hear a lot more in the coming years.
This event is sponsored by The Vancouver Sun. This event is sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada.
TRUE FICTION GEORGE FETHERLING, KATHERINE GOVIER, KATE PULLINGER, JOAN THOMAS
2 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $17
Four authors have taken as the jumping-off point for their fiction real people from history about whom little is known. The possibilities of making the unknown come to life are hugely attractive to skilled writers such as these. Katherine Govier’s unknown daughter of woodcut artist Hokusai, Kate Pullinger’s lady’s maid, Joan Thomas’ early female paleontologist and George Fetherling’s confidant of Walt Whitman all existed, and are brought to new life by these novelists, whose embroidery of their characters’ lives and detailed examination of their motives take them out of the shadows of history. Who says fiction isn’t true?
THE LIGHTER SIDE AARON BUSHKOWSKY, JOHN GOULD, RACHEL WYATT
2 PM PTC STUDIO $17
Morality, world improvement, lung cancer, writer’s block, imminent death—hardly the stuff of comedy. But tackling these subjects with a lighter touch are three Canadian novelists you’ll meet this afternoon. It’s these lighter moments that are on display in the worlds these authors create—amateur but serious theatre in the Okanagan, the cross-Canada trip back to see a dying friend and the proscribed life of a new widow and her cronies. Sometimes when life’s dark moments surround us, the opportunity to put a smile on our faces or have a quiet chuckle is more real and more honest than loud belly laughs.
THE POETRY BASH GEORGE BOWERING, TESS GALLAGHER, STEVE MCORMOND, ERÍN MOURE, JOHN STEFFLER, ANNA SWANSON
8:00 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $25
Always a Festival favourite, The Poetry Bash brings six poets to Vancouver’s stage this year, including two Poets Laureate of Canada, George Bowering and John Steffler, Governor General’s Award winner Erín Moure and renowned American poet Tess Gallagher. The Festival is also a place to hear new and emerging voices. This year Steve McOrmond and Anna Swanson fit that bill, exciting us with the new directions of Canadian poetry. This is a formidable line-up, sure to please the ear of language lovers everywhere!
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POLYPHONY ELEANOR CATTON, GENNI GUNN, MICHAEL HELM, KATHY PAGE, ADAM LEWIS SCHROEDER, MAURICIO SEGURA, MARISA SILVER HOST: PAUL GRANT
8:00 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $19
Settle back this evening to hear seven fine writers read from their new works. There’s more than enough in store tonight to get you fired up on some riveting fiction by authors whose books may not have made it into your hands yet. Let these voices transport you to Italy and Vietnam. Get swept up in an extraordinary adventure to a remote area of British Columbia and thrown into the fray of two street gangs divided by race. Be turned around by the chaos of a high-school sex scandal and flung deep into the turmoil caused by an attack on a dark street. In other words, go places you’ve never been, feel things you’ve never felt, and come out changed.
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH DAVID MITCHELL 8:00 PM PTC STUDIO $25
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David Mitchell has been called many things, all of them enviable. According to Dave Eggers, Mitchell is “one of the more fearless and fascinating writers alive.” Charles Foran declares him “the most gifted of his generation of novelists.” Of his five novels, two have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is perhaps best known for his mind-altering modern classic Cloud Atlas, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has sold in the neighbourhood of a million copies worldwide. Mitchell joins us this evening with a new masterpiece, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which follows a Dutch accountant’s adventures in feudal Japan. In the hands of this formidably talented writer, this is no ordinary tale, and this will be no ordinary evening.
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The Songs – a musical legacy from award winning musician, author & screenwriter Paul Quarrington.
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE? LYNDA BARRY
9:30 AM –12 NOON PTC STUDIO $29
Some years ago the writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry developed a workshop to help people tap into their creativity. Since then she has worked with thousands, using a method that is playful, powerful and accessible, designed not only for established and aspiring writers, but also for people with a longing to write, or explore and draw on their own memories. Barry’s latest books, What It Is and Picture This, are inspirational take-home extensions of her wildly popular approach to writing. This is a participatory event, so plan to roll up your sleeves and learn a thing or two…or three or four.
THE SUNDAY BRUNCH JOHN GOULD, GENNI GUNN, DAVID MITCHELL, WELLS TOWER, JANE URQUHART, KATHLEEN WINTER HOST: SHERYL MACKAY
11 AM PERFORMANCE WORKS $33
Those who wake up in the early hours of the weekend to the voice of Sheryl MacKay on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest don’t have to get up with the birds this morning. MacKay, in person, will serve up a literary repast that is sure to satisfy your appetites in more ways than one. With loads of good readings and large helpings of merriment, your morning cup of coffee won’t be the only hot thing on the go. Come with a friend or make a new one over croissants and champagne. Be forewarned, this event is very popular and tables fill early.
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1:30 PM WATERFRONT THEATRE $25
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JACK HODGINS AND CHOR LEONI
One of the most memorable and moving events in Writers Festival history was Maritime Medley, with Alistair MacLeod and Chor Leoni. This year the focus moves to the other coast, for beloved author Jack Hodgins alternating his chosen readings with the music of the same acclaimed male choral group. Hodgins’ writing and voice ring out the essence of the West Coast, its idiosyncrasies and its misfits. He has captured the panorama of British Columbia coastal life for four decades and, according to Robert Bringhurst, has given “British Columbia a place on the literary map of North America.” Chor Leoni’s repertoire runs the scale from sombre to comedic, well able to perfectly complement the passages that Hodgins will read. This event is sponsored by the Thea and Leon Koerner Foundation.
SHORT STORIES, VARIED VOICES IVAN E. COYOTE, BILLIE LIVINGSTON, SARAH SELECKY, TERENCE YOUNG
1:30 PM PTC STUDIO $17
How does a short story come to a writer? “I want to say character, but it’s probably more accurate to say voice,” explains Billie Livingston. “I often write in the first person because I hear a voice first—the narrator rambles or chatters away in my head and I scribble down what she says.” The short story collection allows for many voices to be heard by an author. These four authors have grappled with beginnings, a more frequent challenge for the short story writer than for the novelist. Enjoy an afternoon of hearing voices—many and varied voices— from masters of the short story genre. This event is sponsored by the UBC Writing Centre.
THE AFTERNOON TEA KEN FINKLEMAN, PAUL HARDING, SARAH SELECKY, ALI SMITH, DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR, JOAN THOMAS HOST: PAUL GRANT
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3:30 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $33
What could be more pleasant and relaxing than joining host Paul Grant for a thought-provoking afternoon of tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors? This event is freshly baked to warm your senses and stimulate your soul.
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This afternoon is the launch of emerge 2010, the annual anthology from Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio. It provides a tantalizing taste of new work from those who have participated in the Studio this year. Come and hear from new voices in our midst—25 new writers who span three generations and who write in the genres of non-fiction, poetry, fiction and lyric prose.
THE WORLD LITERATURE PROGRAM AT SFU Discover diverse literary genres, historical periods, and translated
PENGUIN PARTY ANDREA LEVY, ALI SMITH, MIGUEL SYJUCO, MICHAEL WINTER HOST: HAL WAKE
8:00 PM PERFORMANCE WORKS $19
This is the 75th anniversary of Penguin, the innovative publisher of pocket books intended to make great literature available to the masses. Since its inception, Penguin has been renowned as a provider of classic literature. Four celebrated authors, all published by Penguin, will read from their own work, and will talk about the Penguin classics that have affected their lives and their writing.
texts from regions such as Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Explore how texts resonate in various cultural contexts and their inﬂuence on foreign traditions. Examine the creative enterprise of translation.
This event is sponsored by Penguin Group (Canada). www.surrey.sfu.ca/arts/worldlit
BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 9, 34
SASKATCHEWAN, EVENTS 35, 50
Caroline Adderson is the author of two internationally published novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You) and several books for young people. A two-time recipient of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and three-time CBC Literary Award winner, Caroline lives in Vancouver. She comes to the Festival with a new novel, The Sky Is Falling.
The Sky is Falling October 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm.
Linwood Barclay, a former columnist for The Toronto Star, is the internationally bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed novels, including Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye, which has been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. His latest book is the spine-tingling thriller, Never Look Away, which explores every parent’s worst fear. LYNDA BARRY
UNITED STATES, EVENTS 40, 61
A geographical, historical, and spiritual odyssey by a master of creative nonﬁction.
Prodigal Daughter A Journey to Byzantium MYRNA KOSTASH
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Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher, and found they are all alike. She is the inimitable creator behind the syndicated strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy, as well as the books One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, and the bestselling and acclaimed What It Is, which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and the R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author.
GAIL BOWEN SASKATCHEWAN, EVENTS 33, 54
Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn mysteries have made her one of Canada’s most popular crime writers. The first book in the series, Deadly Appearances, was nominated for the W.H. Smith-Books in Canada First Novel Award. Some of her mysteries have been produced as made-for-television features. Bowen’s latest novel, The Nesting Dolls, has been praised as one of her best. Head of the English Department at the First Nations University of Canada, Bowen lives in Regina. © EDWARD WILLET
ONTARIO, EVENTS 33, 54
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Sandra Birdsell’s eight books have received critical acclaim and numerous literary prizes and nominations, including a Scotiabank Giller Prize nomination for The Russländer and Governor General’s Award nominations for The Two-Headed Calf and The Chrome Suite. In 1993 she was awarded one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Marion Engel Award, an honour given to a female writer in mid-career. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, and currently lives in Saskatchewan. Her new novel is Waiting for Joe. © DON HALL
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GEORGE BOWERING BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 58
George Bowering, Canada’s first Poet Laureate, was born in the Okanagan. He has taught literature at the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario and Simon Fraser University. A distinguished novelist, poet, editor, professor, historian and tireless supporter of fellow writers, Bowering has authored more than 80 books, including works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, biography and youth fiction. His latest collection of poetry is My Darling Nellie Gray.
ONTARIO, EVENTS 42, 49
MANITOBA, EVENTS 25, 29
Dave Bidini, formerly of the Rheostatics, is the author of nine books, including Tropic of Hockey, which was made into the Genie Award–winning feature film, Hockey Nomad. Another of his books, Baseballissimo, was recently optioned for both film and television. Bidini’s journalism has earned him numerous National Magazine Awards. His new book is Home and Away: In Search of Dreams at the Homeless World Cup of Soccer.
Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published worldwide and have earned her a Governor General’s Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. She was raised in a medical family on the grounds of the now-defunct Manitoba Sanatorium, a setting and experience that inspired her new book, Queen of Hearts. The novel takes place in rural Manitoba during the Second World War and deals with surviving loss while finding friendship and love in surprising places.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 57
UNITED STATES, EVENTS 30, 46
Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas. His new novel, a thriller, is The Passage. © GASPAR TRINGALE
Aaron Bushkowsky is a poet, playwright, and screenwriter. His first collection of poetry, ed and mabel go to the moon, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His second collection, Mars Is for Poems, was published in 2002. He has published two books of drama, Strangers Among Us and The Waterhead and Other Plays. Bushkowsky lives in Vancouver, where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting. His new book, Curtains for Roy, is his first novel.
ANTHONY DOERR UNITED STATES, EVENTS 46, 55
Eleanor Catton was born in London, Ontario and grew up in Canterbury, New Zealand. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Wellington’s Victoria University in 2007 and dazzled critics with her award-winning first novel, The Rehearsal. She has been hailed in the British press as the “golden girl of fiction” and “a starburst of talent.” She is currently at work on a second novel. Eleanor Catton’s appearance is made possible by Creative New Zealand.
Anthony Doerr wrote the novel, About Grace. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Shell Collector, and a memoir, Four Seasons in Rome. Among his many awards are three O. Henry Prizes, the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times and Der Spiegel and his novella, Afterworld was included in the spring edition of McSweeney’s Quarterly. Doerr also writes the “On Science” column for The Boston Globe. His newest book is a collection of short stories, Memory Wall. © JERRY BAUER
NEW ZEALAND, EVENTS 51, 59
DENISE CHONG ONTARIO, EVENTS 42, 52
Denise Chong is the author of the bestselling family memoir The Concubine’s Children, which won numerous awards and which Chong later adapted for the stage. Her second book, The Girl in the Picture, tells the story of Kim Phuc, the girl whose image as she fled from a napalm attack in her village became emblematic of the Vietnam War. Chong’s latest book, Egg on Mao, focuses on Lu Decheng, who gained international notoriety for defacing Mao’s portrait during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Chong lives in Ottawa. Denise Chong’s appearance is made possible by the Department of World Literature and the Humanities Institute at Simon Fraser University.
EMMA DONOGHUE ONTARIO / IRELAND, EVENTS 9, 20
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who has written four novels, including the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historical drama Slammerkin. She’s also published three books of short stories, two works of literary history, two anthologies and two plays. After years of commuting between England, Ireland and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. Her new novel, Room, is told through the voice of a young boy. ANN ERIKSSON
IVAN E. COYOTE BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 6, 64 © LAURA SAWHCUK
Ivan E. Coyote is a writer and performer whose books include the story collections Close to Spider Man (shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize), One Man’s Trash, Loose End (shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Women’s Fiction Award) and The Slow Fix. Her novel, Bow Grip, won the 2007 ReLit Award. Ivan was also a founding member of the performance collective Taste This. She is a long-time columnist for Xtra! in Toronto and Xtra! West in Vancouver. Her newest book is the short story collection, Missed Her, and her latest CD, her third, is titled Only Two Reasons. Originally from the Yukon, Ivan lives in Vancouver.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 45
Ann Eriksson is a novelist and biologist who combines her background in ecology with her life experiences to create works of fiction grounded in nature and populated with rich characters. Her novels are In the Hands of Anubis, Decomposing Maggie and, most recently, Falling from Grace. Eriksson was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in the Canadian Prairie provinces; she now lives with her husband, poet Gary Geddes, on Thetis Island and in Victoria.
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Terry Fallis’s stint as president of the student union at McMaster University translated into a career in politics. Working as an assistant to Cabinet Ministers at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa has provided him with plenty of material for his political satires. His new book, The High Road, is a sequel to his first novel, The Best Laid Plans, which won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. In addition to writing, Fallis runs a public relations firm which has offices in Ottawa and Toronto.
Charles Foran has published eight books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers in Canada and elsewhere. He is a contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail, and has made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas—on subjects ranging from Hong Kong cinema to contemporary Indian writing. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his family. His new book is a biography, Mordecai: The Life and Times. TESS GALLAGHER
Terry Fallis’s appearance is supported by a generous donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by Dr. Yosef Wosk.
Sal Ferreras is a percussionist, teacher and event organizer who works in many facets of the Canadian music scene. He was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2003. He has a PhD in Ethnomusicology and is Dean of the Vancouver Community College School of Music, Dance and Design. He served as Producer/Creative Director of the successful Aboriginal Pavilion at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Ferreras and his all-star band, Poetic License, consider the Literary Cabaret to be one of the highlights of their musical year. GEORGE FETHERLING BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 56 © MERRILL FEARON
George Fetherling has published fifty books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, travel, criticism and history, including the much-acclaimed Travels by Night: A Memoir of the Sixties. He is also former Literary Editor of both The Toronto Star and the Kingston Whig-Standard, and has received a Harbourfront Prize for his substantial contribution to Canadian letters. His latest book is a novel, Walt Whitman’s Secret. He lives in Vancouver.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 46
Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, Amplitude and the forthcoming Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems. She has also published two volumes of essays, Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray and A Concert of Tenses, and two collections of short fiction. Her latest, The Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories, was published in 2009. She currently divides her time between West Ireland and Washington state. CAMILLA GIBB ONTARIO, EVENTS 7, 46
Camilla Gibb is the author of four novels—Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and- so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and, her latest, The Beauty of Humanity Movement—as well as numerous short stories, articles and reviews. She was the winner of the Trillium Book Award in 2006, was a Scotiabank Giller Prize short list nominee in 2005, won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000 and received the CBC Canadian Literary Award in 2001. Gibb was one of two Canadians named to the prestigious Orange Futures List, recognizing 21 promising international authors. She has also served as vice-president of PEN Canada. © KEVIN KELLY
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Ken Finkleman is a television and film writer, producer and actor. Although he is best known as the writer, creator and producer of the CBC Television series The Newsroom, he also produced Comedy Central’s Married Life and, for the CBC, Foolish Heart, Foreign Objects, More Tears and At the Hotel. He is currently at work on a new television series, Good Dog, which will air on The Movie Network in early 2011. Noah’s Turn is his first novel.
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William Gibson is recognized as a pioneer of cyberfiction with his award-winning novels Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, The Difference Engine (co-written with Bruce Sterling), Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties and Pattern Recognition. Gibson lives in Vancouver. His latest novel is Zero History. PAOLO GIORDANO ITALY, EVENTS 9, 46
JON PAUL FIORENTINO QUÉBEC, EVENTS 41, 44
Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, as well as three poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize. His most recent collection is Indexical Elegies. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches writing at Concordia University, edits Matrix magazine and runs Snare Books.
Paolo Giordano has the distinction of being the youngestever winner of Italy’s prestigious literary award, the Premio Strega. This accomplishment seems greater, considering it was for his debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers. The book has now been published in more than 38 countries. Just 28 years old, Giordano is a professional physicist and has a PhD in particle physics. He lives in Italy. Paolo Giordano’s appearance is made possible by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
JOHN GOULD BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 57, 62 © SANDY MAYZELL
John Gould’s collection of very short stories, Kilter, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book. His fiction has appeared in literary periodicals across the country and has been adapted for short films. He teaches in the writing department at the University of Victoria and serves on the editorial board of The Malahat Review. His new book, Seven Reasons Not to Be Good, is his first novel.
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Katherine Govier is the author of nine novels, including Three Views of Crystal Water, which was a Globe and Mail Book of the Year in 2005, and Creation, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2003. She has also written three volumes of short fiction and edited two collections of travel essays. Her prizes include the Toronto Book Award and the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career. Her new novel, The Ghost Brush, focuses on the daughter of legendary 19th-century Japanese printmaker Hokusai. WAYNE GRADY AND MERILYN SIMONDS ONTARIO, EVENTS 39, 42
Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds are awardwinning, bestselling Canadian authors and avid travellers. Grady has published 14 acclaimed books of non-fiction, edited more than a dozen anthologies, and won 13 National Magazine Awards for his journalism. Simonds’ 14 books include the Governor General’s Award– nominated The Convict Lover, and a much-praised novel, The Holding. The pair live and write together in their 200-year-old stone house on a country property in eastern Ontario. Their voices alternate in their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Café, a road trip into the reality behind the cultural myth that is America. SHAUNTAY GRANT NOVA SCOTIA, EVENTS 3, 10, 23, 27
Shauntay Grant is Halifax’s third Poet Laureate. She is a critically acclaimed writer, spoken-word performer, broadcast journalist and musician. Grant regularly leads youth-oriented arts workshops that educate and advocate for self-empowerment and social change. Her latest book, The City Speaks in Drums¸ is a follow-up to the award-winning Up Home and presents a wonderful story about the vibrancy of city life.
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David Grossman is the leading Israeli writer of his generation. He is the author of seven internationally acclaimed novels and two powerful journalistic accounts, as well as a number of children’s books and a play. Grossman has been presented with numerous awards, including Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (France). He lives with his wife and children in a suburb of Jerusalem. His emotionally wrenching new novel is Until the End of the Land. SARA GRUEN CANADA/UNITED STATES, SPECIAL EVENT © TERENCE BAILEY
Canadian author Sara Gruen is the author of the awardwinning #1 bestselling novel Water for Elephants, as well as Riding Lessons and Flying Changes. Gruen was born in Vancouver and raised in London, Ontario. She studied English literature at Carleton University in Ottawa. In order to write her latest novel, Ape House, Gruen studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams so she could communicate directly with the bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa. GENNI GUNN BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 59, 62
Genni Gunn is a writer, musician and translator. Her books include two novels, Tracing Iris and Thrice upon a Time; two short story collections, Hungers and On the Road; and two poetry collections, Faceless and Mating in Captivity. Gunn’s works have been finalists for the CBC Literary Awards in all three categories (fiction, personal essay and poetry) and have been nominated for numerous other awards. Her new novel is Solitaria. PAUL HARDING UNITED STATES, EVENTS 51, 55, 65
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Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at Harvard and the University of Iowa. He spent most of the 1990s as the drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before turning to writing. He lives near Boston with his wife and two sons. Tinkers, his first novel, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction—a rare accomplishment for a debut novelist.
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ISRAEL, EVENTS 32, 36
MICHAEL HELM ONTARIO, EVENTS 35, 59
Michael Helm is the author of The Projectionist, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and, most recently, Cities of Refuge. His writings on fiction, poetry and photography have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick, where he serves as editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto. JACK HODGINS BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 38, 63
Jack Hodgins has written seven novels and three story collections, including Spit Delaney’s Island and The Invention of the World. Hodgins’ fiction has won the Governor General’s Award, the Canada-Australia Prize, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, among others. In 2009 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. He lives in Victoria, BC, where, until recently, he taught writing at the University of Victoria. His new novel is The Master of Happy Endings. © DARREN STONE
Richard Harvell was born in New Hampshire, USA, and studied English literature at Dartmouth College. He now lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife and son. The Bells is his first novel.
ANOSH IRANI BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 37, 47
Anosh Irani was born in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998. He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Cripple and His Talismans and The Song of Kahunsha. His play, Bombay Black, won the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2006 for Best New Play or New Musical, and his latest play, My Granny the Goldfish, performed to enthusiastic reviews at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver this past spring. His new novel is Dahanu Road. © TUSHNA SHROFF
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Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers, has won many awards for her writing, most notably the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing. She is currently the Chair of Canada’s National History Society. Her new book, Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike, tells the story of the legendary Yukon Gold Rush of 1896 through the lives of six extraordinary individuals and offers a colourful and entertaining journey into a world gone mad for wealth.
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REBECCA JAMES AUSTRALIA, EVENTS 15, 25
Rebecca James’ first young adult novel, Beautiful Malice, has received international acclaim and prompted critics to suggest she might be the next J.K. Rowling. Beautiful Malice is a gritty psychological thriller for teenage readers in which people, motives and circumstances are never what they seem. James lives in Armidale, Australia with her partner and their four sons. Rebecca James’ appearance is made possible by the Australian Council for the Arts.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 40
Sarah Leavitt writes creative non-fiction and social commentary, both in prose and graphic form. She wrote a monthly column for Xtra West from 2005 to 2008 and has published comics, fiction and non-fiction in numerous Canadian magazines as well as a number of anthologies, including Nobodys Mother and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimers Disease. Leavitt has also written short documentaries for Definitely Not the Opera on CBC Radio. In May 2007, she graduated from the MFA program in Creative Writing at UBC. © TERI SNELGROVE
Quintin Jardine worked as a journalist, government information officer, political spin-doctor and media relations consultant before he turned his hand to writing crime fiction. He has written two acclaimed, bestselling series of detective novels: one featuring “Britain’s toughest cop”. Bob Skinner, and the other chronicling the adventures of unwilling detective Oz Blackstone. His latest novel, A Rush of Blood, is the 20th in the Skinner series. M.T. KELLY ONTARIO, EVENTS 41, 44
ANDREA LEVY UNITED KINGDOM, EVENTS 8, 19, 67
Andrea Levy’s four previous novels are Every light in the house burnin’, Never Far from Nowhere, Fruit of the Lemon and Small Island, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004, the Whitbread Novel Award and Whitbread Book of the Year in 2005, the Orange Prize Best of the Best, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her new novel is The Long Song. She lives in London, England. © LAURIE FLETCHER
M.T. Kelly’s most popular and critically acclaimed novel, A Dream Like Mine, won a Governor General’s Award and was filmed in 1989 as Clearcut. His other fiction includes I Do Remember the Fall, The More Loving One and The Ruined Season. He has also published two poetry collections— the acclaimed collection Country You Can’t Walk In, and his latest, Downriver.
ALBERTA, EVENTS 42, 52
Myrna Kostash’s creative non-fiction continues to define and push the limits of the genre. Since the publication of All of Baba’s Children in 1977, she has been a strong voice in depicting the Ukrainian-Canadian experience in the West and its roots in European history. Her award-winning memoirs, essays and other writings, along with her avid participation in the literary community, have garnered Kostash popular and critical acclaim at home and abroad. Her new book is Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium. ALICE KUIPERS
MARC LEVY FRANCE, EVENTS 9, 39
Marc Levy’s eight books have been translated into 41 languages and are bestsellers around the world. If Only It Were True, his first novel, was made into the movie Just Like Heaven. His novel, The Children of Freedom, has been on bestseller lists in France since its original publication; it was also a bestseller in Québec. His latest novel to be translated into English is, All Those Things We Never Said. Marc Levy’s appearance is made possible by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.
SASKATCHEWAN, EVENTS 15, 25
Alice Kuipers is the author of Life on the Refrigerator Door. Sold in 28 countries, it was the winner of the Saskatchewan First Book Award, the Sheffield Libraries Choice Award and the Grand Prix De Viarmes. Her new book for young adult readers, The Worst Thing She Ever Did, tells the story of Sophie, a teenage girl dealing with a tragedy in her past while navigating the difficulties of high school. SASHA LANGFORD BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 6, 10, 27
Sasha Langford was just 18 years old when she was one of five poets selected to represent Vancouver at the 2008 CBC Poetry Face-Off. Since then, she has served as a Canadian representative at the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, and recently won a coveted spot on the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team. A trained improviser and musician, Langford uses her passion for storytelling to offer moving and humorous character narratives by way of performance poetry.
CHERYL L’HIRONDELLE BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 6
Cheryl L’Hirondelle is an artist and musician whose projects span a wide array of disciplines. Originally from Alberta, L’Hirondelle’s mixed-blood heritage (Métis/Cree, non-status/ treaty, French, German, Polish) informs her creative practice, which investigates the junciton of a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space. Her latest recording, a fivesong EP entitled Giveaway, is a sample from the Vancouver version of her audiomapping songwriting project, Songlines. A full album is scheduled for completion in 2011.
YIYUN LI UNITED STATES, EVENTS 46, 55 © RANDI LYNN BEACH
Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. In 2007, Granta named her one of the Best American Novelists Under 35, and she was recently included on The New Yorker’s list of the Top 20 Authors Under 40. Her new collection of stories is Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. BILLIE LIVINGSTON BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 64 © BRAEDEN HAGGERTY
Billie Livingston published her critically acclaimed first novel, Going Down Swinging, in 2000 and has since been published internationally. Her second novel, Cease to Blush, was a Globe and Mail Best Book, and her collection of poetry, Chick at the Back of the Church, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She is at the Festival this year with a new collection of short stories, Greedy Little Eyes. DEREK LUNDY BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 42 © CHRISTINE MAURO
Derek Lundy is the bestselling author of Godforsaken Sea: Racing The World’s Most Dangerous Waters, The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail and The Bloody Red Hand: A Journey Through Truth, Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland. Lundy’s latest book is Borderlands, a non-fiction account of his motorcycle trek along the US borders to explore the American obsession with security. He lives and rides on Salt Spring Island, BC. CLAUDIO MAGRIS ITALY, EVENT 19 © CARLES MERCADER
Claudio Magris is a critic, journalist, novelist and translator and one of Europe’s leading cultural philosophers. His cultural and literary non-fiction titles have won him particular acclaim worldwide: Danube has been translated into more than 20 languages and Microcosms received the 1997 Premio Strega. His new novel, acclaimed as a masterpiece on its initial publication in Italy, is Blindly. Magris teaches at the University of Trieste. Claudio Magris’ appearance is made possible by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
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Speaker Series Doug Saunders - Arrival City Oct. 7, 2010 | Tickets: $15/$12 Kay Meek Centre Globe and Mail columnist with new release on the rise of the megacity and all its future implications.
Gwynne Dyer Crawling From the Wreckage Oct. 25, 2010 | Tickets: $25/$22 Dyer’s new release traces the world's halting emergence from the dark tunnel of the past decade.
Romeo Dallaire They Fight like Soldiers and Die Like Children Nov. 11, 2010 | Tickets: $20/$17 Kay Meek Centre The honourable Romeo Dallaire will address the global issue of child soldiers.
Dr Rubin “Hurricane” Carter Eye of the Hurricane: My Path from Darkness to Freedom Feb. 28, 2011 | Tickets: $25/$22 One of the 20th century’s most fascinating people, Dr Carter will address the criminal justice system - past, present and future with host Neil Boyd.
UNITED STATES, EVENT 7
Karl Marlantes is a graduate of Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for Valor, two Purple Hearts and 10 Medals. His Vietnam experience informs his acclaimed first novel, Matterhorn, which he crafted over a period of 30 years. He lives in rural Washington state.
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SASKATCHEWAN, EVENTS 19, 37, 48
ONTARIO, EVENTS 44, 58
Steve McOrmond’s first poetry collection, Lean Days, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. His second, Primer on the Hereafter, was awarded the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he now lives in Toronto. His latest collection is The Good News About Armageddon.
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Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He was awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. His second novel, Life of Pi, won a number of awards, including the 2002 Man Booker Prize. His most recent books are What Is Stephen Harper Reading? and his highly anticipated novel, Beatrice & Virgil. Martel lives in Saskatoon. BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 1, 13
Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and a founding director of both the Raincoast Conservation Society and Pacific Wild. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, a setting that inspires his writing and photography. His latest book, The Sea Wolves, is a study of a highly social, fiercely intelligent and genetically distinct strain of wolves—one that swims and fishes in the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s rugged west coast. DON MCKAY NEWFOUNDLAND, EVENTS 38, 44
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Don McKay is the author of 11 books of poetry, most recently Strike/Slip. He has won two Governor General’s Awards for poetry and has been shortlisted twice for the Griffin Poetry Prize, most recently for Camber: Selected Poems, which was a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. McKay is also known as a poetry editor, and he has taught poetry in universities across the country.
UNITED STATES, EVENTS 4, 18
Katie Smith Milway’s first book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, received international acclaim for enlisting children in the cause of microfinance. She is a partner at the Bridgespan Group, a consultant to non-profits and philanthropists. Her latest book, The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, provides children with the opportunity to become part of the movement to grow “good gardens” and foster food security. DAVID MITCHELL UNITED KINGDOM, EVENTS 53, 60, 62
David Mitchell is the acclaimed author of the novels Black Swan Green, which was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by Time; Cloud Atlas, which was a Man Booker Prize finalist; Number9Dream, which was shortlisted for the Booker as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and Ghostwritten, awarded the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best book by a writer under 35 and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His new book is The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. He lives in Ireland. © MIRIAM BERKLEY
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Don McKay’s appearance is made possible in part by The Betty and Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry at Vancouver Island University.
SUSIE MORGENSTERN FRANCE, EVENTS 11, 17, 28
ONTARIO, EVENTS 16, 32
Sharon E. McKay is an award-winning author of more than 14 books and the first writer of young adult fiction to receive the title of War Artist from the Canadian Forces. In 2009 she travelled to Afghanistan to do research for her new novel, Thunder Over Kandahar. During her stay she spent time in villages where she met Afghanis of all ages and was able to hear first-hand stories about life in a war zone. STUART MCLEAN ONTARIO, SPECIAL EVENT © MARTIN WEINHOLD
Master storyteller and humorist Stuart McLean is the author of several bestselling books, including Vinyl Cafe Diaries, which won the short fiction award from the Canadian Authors Association; Home from the Vinyl Cafe and Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, which both won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour; and Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada, which won the CAA’s award for non-fiction. His latest book is The Vinyl Café Notebooks, a wonderfully eclectic essay collection selected from 15 years of radio-show archives and re-edited by the author.
Susie Morgenstern was born in the US. Thanks to falling in love with, and marrying, a French mathematician, she has lived much of her adult life (more than 30 years) in France. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and received many prizes, with some being adapted for film and television. In 2005, she was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, in honour of her distinguished literary contributions. © THERESA BRONN
SHARON E. MCKAY
Susie Morgenstern’s appearance is made possible by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.
SUSIE MORGENSTERN FRANCE, ÉVÉNEMENTS 11, 17, 28
Susie Morgenstern est une auteure française d’origine américaine, installée en France et mariée à un mathématicien français. Auteur prolifique, elle se consacre à l’écriture de romans et d’albums pour la jeunesse. Certains de ses romans ont été adaptés au cinéma ou à la télévision, comme L’amerloque en 1996. Les ouvrages de Susie Morgenstern sont traduits dans de nombreuses langues. En 2005, elle a été décorée Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, une distinction honorifique qui récompense «les personnes qui se sont distinguées par leur création dans le domaine artistique ou littéraire». Le Consulat général de France à Vancouver assume les coüts de déplacement de Susie Morgenstern.
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QUÉBEC, EVENTS 41, 58
Erín Moure is one of Canada’s most respected poets, and a translator of French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese. She is the author of 13 books of poetry, has received the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the A.M. Klein Prize, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her most recent books are O Resplandor, Expeditions of a Chimæra (co-written with Oana Avasilichioaei) and a book of essays, My Beloved Wager. RICHARD NEWSOME AUSTRALIA, EVENTS 12, 24
Richard Newsome was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and three children. The Billionaire’s Curse grew out of stories he made up for his children at bedtime. The winner of the inaugural Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2008 and published originally in Australia and New Zealand, it has since been published in five other countries. Newsome is now busy writing the exciting sequel. Richard Newsome’s appearance is made possible by the Australian Council for the Arts.
ANDREW O’HAGAN UNITED KINGDOM, EVENTS 9, 19
Andrew O’Hagan is the author of the novels Our Fathers, Personality and Be Near Me, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His work has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and The Guardian (UK). In 2003, O’Hagan was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. He lives in London, England. His new novel is The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe. KENNETH OPPEL © PETER RIDDIHOUGH
ONTARIO, EVENTS 12, 22, 29
Kenneth Oppel is the Governor General’s Award–winning author of the Airborn series, and the Silverwing saga, which has sold more than a million copies worldwide. His latest novel, Half Brother, is the story of Ben Tomlin’s new “baby brother”, a chimpanzee named Zan. Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children.
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Kathy Page was born in the UK and now lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband and two children. Her fifth novel, The Story of My Face, was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002 and her sixth, Alphabet, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 2005. Her new novel is The Find.
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Kate Pullinger was born in Cranbrook, BC and moved to London, England in 1982. Her eighth and most recent novel, The Mistress of Nothing, was the winner of the 2009 Governor General’s Award for fiction. Other recent books include A Little Stranger, Weird Sister, and the short story collection, My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison. With director Jane Campion, she co-wrote the novelization of the film The Piano. Her digital fiction projects include the award-winning graphic novel, Inanimate Alice. © JONATHAN BEAN
Jacques Pasquet was born in France and now lives in Québec. Passionate about the world of words and stories, Pasquet has shared this interest for over ten years with students in primary grades and students at the University of Québec in Montreal where he teaches courses on stories and on children’s literature, his preferred genre. His most recent book is L’étoile de Sarajevo, with illustrations by Pierre Pratt. JACQUES PASQUET
QUÉBEC, ÉVÉNEMENTS 11, 26
Né en France, Jacques Pasquet a pas mal voyagé avant de s’installer au Québec. Passionné par l’univers des mots et des histoires, il a partagé cet intérêt pendant plus d’une décennie, tant avec ses élèves du primaire, qu’avec ses étudiants de l’Université du Québec à Montréal où il a enseigné les univers du conte et de la littérature jeunesse. La majeure partie de son œuvre se situe en littérature de jeunesse. Son livre le plus récent est L’étoile de Sarajevo.
QUÉBEC, EVENTS 20, 51
Pascale Quiviger was born in Montreal and now divides her time between London, England and Italy. Her first novel, The Perfect Circle (Le cercle parfait), won the Governor General’s Award for French fiction and was a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist. She has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a degree in Fine Arts. Her new novel is The Breakwater House.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 34, 44
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Pierre Pratt lives and works in his birthplace, Montreal, unless the weather requires that he live in Lisbon. After studying graphic design at Collège Ahuntsic in Montréal in the early 1980s, he drew comic strips, then later turned to illustration. Since 1990, he has illustrated (and written) about fifty books for children. His work has received many prizes, including three Governor General’s Awards. PIERRE PRATT QUÉBEC, ÉVÉNEMENT 2
Pierre Pratt vit et travaille à Montréal (sa ville de naissance), mais aussi à Lisbonne, quand la température le lui impose. Il a commencé sa carrière artistique en dessinant les objets qu’il découvrait, les gens qu’il rencontrait... Après des études de design graphique au Collège Ahuntsic à Montréal, il a commencé par faire de petites bandes dessinées au début des années 80, avant de se tourner vers l’illustration. Depuis 1990, il illustre (et écrit, aussi) des livres pour enfants – environ une cinquantaine à ce jour. Il a remporté plusieurs prix, dont celui du Gouverneur Général du Canada à trois reprises.
UNITED STATES/ QUÉBEC, EVENTS, 17, 26
Environmentalist, cultural activist, poet and songwriter Zachary Richard’s roots are deeply planted in his native Louisiana. His heartfelt and passionate songs are uniquely his own. A leader in the French language revival in Louisiana, his poetry draws from the rich heritage of Acadian-Cajun culture. ZACHARY RICHARD UNITED STATES/ QUÉBEC, ÉVÉNEMENTS, 17, 26
Poète et compositeur, l’art de Zachary Richard colorée par sa Louisiane natale. Un des piliers de la renaissance cadienne de Louisiane, il est reconnu partout dans la francophonie nord-américaine pour son engagement écologiste et son activisme culturel. ADAM LEWIS SCHROEDER BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 7, 37, 59
Adam Lewis Schroeder is the author of the story collection Kingdom of Monkeys, a Danuta Gleed Award finalist, and the novel Empress of Asia, nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. His story, “This Is Not the End My Friend,” appears in Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. His new novel is In the Fabled East. He lives in Penticton. RICHARD SCRIMGER ONTARIO, EVENTS 24, 29
Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of several novels, picture books, screenplays and short stories. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and his latest adult novel, Mystical Rose, was a Globe and Mail Book of the Year. His new book for young readers, Me & Death: An Afterlife Adventure, is the story of one boy’s experience with the (not so) sweet hereafter. © ALVARO GOVEIA
Miranda Pearson is the author of two previous books of poetry, Prime and The Aviary. Her poems have also appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MFA Program, Pearson lives in Vancouver where she works as a freelance editor, teaches poetry workshops at Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program, and works in community mental health care. Her latest collection is Harbour.
MAURICIO SEGURA QUÉBEC, EVENTS 35, 59
Mauricio Segura was born in Temuco, Chile in 1969 and immigrated to Québec with his parents as a child. He studied economics at the Université de Montréal and French literature at McGill University. The author of two novels and a book about French-Canadian perceptions of Latin America, Segura lives in Montreal where he is a well-known journalist and commentator on immigrant issues. His first novel, Black Alley, has recently been translated into English. SARAH SELECKY ONTARIO, EVENTS 64, 65 © DEREK WUENSCHIRS
Sarah Selecky grew up in Northern Ontario and Southern Indiana. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Geist, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and The Journey Prize Anthology. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia and has been teaching creative writing in her living room for the past 10 years. This Cake is for the Party is her first book. She currently lives in Toronto. KAMILA SHAMSIE PAKISTAN / UNITED KINGDOM, EVENTS 9, 46
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Kamila Shamsie’s first novel, In The City by the Sea, was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize in the UK, and received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan in 1999. Her 2000 novel Salt and Saffron led to Shamsie’s selection as one of Orange’s “21 Writers of the 21st Century.” She received awards for her next two novels, Kartography and Broken Verses, and her most recent, Burnt Shadows, was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Kamila Shamsie’s appearance is made possible by the Department of World Literature and the Humanities Institute at Simon Fraser University and a generous donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by Jab Sidhoo.
KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENT 14
Kathryn E. Shoemaker has illustrated more than 40 books for children, as well as authored four of them, including the bestselling Creative Christmas. She has broad experience as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker and fundraiser and has taught courses on illustrating children’s books for more than 10 years. Her latest collaboration with Irene N. Watts produced No Pets Allowed, the story of a brave dog named Lucky. GARY SHTEYNGART UNITED STATES, SPECIAL EVENT © BRIGITTE LACOMBE
Gary Shteyngart’s debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. He has been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and was recently included on the The New Yorker’s Best 20 Under 40 list. His new novel is Super Sad True Love Story. He lives in New York City.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 44, 58
Marisa Silver is the author of the novels The God of War and No Direction Home. She made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she appeared in the inaugural Debut Fiction issue. Her collection of stories, Babe in Paradise, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Silver’s work has been included in Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories. Her latest collection is Alone With You. She lives in Los Angeles.
Anna Swanson studied creative writing at the University of Victoria and at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, as well as in the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008. She has paid the rent by planning festivals, selling books, serving drinks, making maps, walking on stilts, bowling with teenagers, writing press releases and watching for forest fires. She now lives in Vancouver and works as a children’s librarian. The Nights Also is her first collection of poetry.
ALI SMITH UNITED KINGDOM, EVENTS 65, 67
Ali Smith’s appearance is made possible by the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
MIGUEL SYJUCO PHILIPPINES/QUÉBEC, EVENTS 51, 67
Miguel Syjuco, from Manila, is the author of Ilustrado, the debut novel which won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize as well as the Palanca Award, the Philippines’ highest literary honour. He has worked for major international publications, and broadcasts a weekly book-review feature called “The Biblio-File” on CBC’s Radio Canada International. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University and is completing a PhD in English Literature through the University of Adelaide in Australia. He currently lives in Montreal. © MARCOS TOWNSEND
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Ali Smith is the author of Hotel World, which was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize in 2001 and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2002. Her novel The Accidental won the Whitbread Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker and the 2006 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her story collections include Free Love, The Whole Story and Other Stories and The First Person and Other Stories. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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JOHN STEFFLER ONTARIO, EVENTS 41, 58
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John Steffler was the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008. His previous books of poetry include The Grey Islands, That Night We Were Ravenous, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and Helix: New and Selected Poems, winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Poetry Prize. Steffler is also the author of the award-winning novel The Afterlife of George Cartwright. His latest collection of poetry is Lookout. CHEVY STEVENS BRITISH COLUMBIA, EVENTS 39, 54 © SUZANNE TERESA
Chevy Stevens’s work as a realtor gave her plenty of time to think about writing. At open houses, waiting between potential buyers, she spent hours scaring herself with thoughts of horrible things that could happen to her. The most terrifying scenario she imagined, which began with being abducted, was the inspiration for her first novel. After six months Stevens sold her house and left real estate so she could finish the book. The result is her widely praised debut thriller, Still Missing.
ONTARIO, EVENTS 3, 14, 24
Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator and broadcaster, living in Toronto. The character Neil Flambé, featured in his third children’s book, was originally created by Kevin for a CBC summer morning broadcast of his ongoing story, “Neil Flambé and the Case of the Caustic Cumin.” Sylvester gave Neil Flambé a literary debut in his novel Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders, and this fall follows up with Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction, a mystery filled with chills, thrills and adventure. DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR ONTARIO, EVENTS 47, 65
Drew Hayden Taylor, an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations, has had over 70 of his award-winning plays produced. He has also written fiction, articles, television scripts and The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel, a novel for teens novel about an Ojibway vampire. In addition, he has published two successful non-fiction books, Me Sexy, which explores Native sexuality, and Me Funny, which looks at Native humour. Motorcycles & Sweetgrass is his first novel for adults. © THOMAS KING
Ashley Spires is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including C’mere, Boy! She is also the author of Binky the Space Cat and, most recently, Binky to the Rescue. Binky is based on her sister’s football-shaped kitty, who was adopted from a shelter. Spires lives in Saskatoon.
MANITOBA, EVENTS 56, 65
ONTARIO, EVENTS 21, 50, 62
Jane Urquhart is the author of five previous novels, a collection of short fiction, and four books of poetry. Among the many awards and distinctions she has earned for her work are the Trillium Award, the Governor General’s Award and France’s Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Award). Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Her new novel is Sanctuary Line. © ELSA TRILLAT
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Joan Thomas’s debut novel, Reading By Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean) and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Joan has worked as a teacher, group-home worker, editor, and as the Writing and Publishing consultant at the Manitoba Arts Council. She was a books columnist and longtime contributing reviewer for the Globe and Mail, and in 1996 won a National Magazine Award (Silver) for Creative Non-Fiction. Thomas’s second novel, Curiosity, was published in March of this year. She lives in Winnipeg.
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Wells Tower’s short stories and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Washington Post Magazine and elsewhere. He has received two Pushcart Prizes and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review, and was recently included on The New Yorker’s Top 20 Authors Under 40 list. His first collection of short stories is Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, SPECIAL EVENT
John Vaillant’s first book was The Golden Spruce. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic Adventure and Men’s Journal, among others. His new book is The Tiger, a gripping tale of man and nature in collision, that leads inexorably a final showdown in a clearing deep in the Siberian forest. Vaillant lives in Vancouver with his wife and children. © MICHAEL LIONSTAR
UNITED STATES, EVENTS 55, 62
RICHARD VAN CAMP ALBERTA, EVENT 6
Jennifer Tremblay was born in Forestville, Québec, a tiny municipality on the north coast of the St. Lawrence River. She has always loved words: even as a young student she attended workshops and other events featuring books. She studied literature at the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM), and has published novels, plays and poetry for adult readers, books for young children, and has written for television. In 2004, she co-founded with Martin Larocque, the publishing firm les Éditions de la Bagnole. JENNIFER TREMBLAY QUÉBEC, ÉVÉNEMENT 5
Jennifer Tremblay est née à Forestville, une petite municipalité sur la côte nord du fleuve Saint-Laurent. Amoureuse des mots, elle ne cesse de prendre la route sous différents prétextes : les Salons du livre, les ateliers dans les écoles, etc. Elle a étudié en littérature à l’UQAM et publié quelques nouvelles, un livre de poésie, un roman, ainsi que des articles et des albums pour la jeunesse. Elle a également scénarisé des émissions pour le jeune public à la télévision de Radio-Canada. En 2004, elle a co-fondé, avec Martin Larocque, les Éditions de la Bagnole.
A Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, Richard Van Camp is an internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author. He was awarded Storyteller of the Year for both Canada and the US by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers in 2007. His latest collection of stories is The Moon of Letting Go. RUSSELL WANGERSKY © NED PRATT PHOTOGRAPHY
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