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Welcome to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island The continued strength and growth of Canadian literature has been recognized here and abroad for years. If any further evidence were required, the Canadian contingent at this year’s Festival would prove it. Prominent past literary prize-winners Elizabeth Hay, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Miriam Toews, David Adams Richards, David Gilmour and Peter Behrens are all returning to the Festival. Our line-up of authors from British Columbia is a testament to the vitality of the writing scene in our province, with Zsuzsi Gartner, Timothy Taylor, Angie Abdou, Jan Zwicky and Michael V. Smith, amongst many others, all sharing their new work. We have a distinguished list of international writers coming to the Festival, including Booker shortlisted authors Lloyd Jones from New Zealand and Linda Grant from the UK, as well as Commonwealth Prize winner Aminatta Forna, who will provide some interesting perspectives on Africa with fellow authors Helen Oyeyemi and Alexandra Fuller. For all you crime fiction fanatics, Scottish crime master Ian Rankin returns to the festival with the thrilling follow-up to The Complaints. He is joined by award-winners Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks series and Stuart MacBride, best-known for his Logan McRae series, as well as up-and-comers Wayne Arthurson and Denise Mina. This is a stellar year for compelling and provocative non-fiction titles. Not to be missed is an evening with renowned BBC journalist and leading authority on global organized crime, Misha Glenny, who uncovers the dark underworld of global cyber crime. One last thing to look forward to: the final event of the Festival, our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Award. We hope you will take the opportunity to join four previous GG award winners as they share personal stories about receiving the award, the effect it has had on their careers and the writing life. Please join us on Granville Island from October 18–23 and enjoy the many delights on offer. Hal Wake, Artistic Director P.S. Check out our fabulous lineup of special events this fall, featuring literary luminaries Michael Ondaatje, Wade Davis, David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain and Chuck Palahniuk. Incite, our free reading series, will kick off the season starting on September 14.

Contents About Us 4 List of Authors 5 Venues & Parking 6 How to Buy Tickets 7 Our Supporters 8, 12, 40 Support the Festival 9 Spreading the Word 10 La Joie de Lire 10 The Festival Experience 11 Festival Bookstore 11 In Memoriam 13 Messages 14–15 Festival at a Glance 30–31 Writing Contest 58 Special Events 13, 40, 45, 46, 51

Events schedule Tuesday, October 18 Wednesday, October 19 Thursday, October 20 Friday, October 21 Saturday, October 22 Sunday, October 23 Author Biographies

18–19 20–22 23–26 28–29 +33 34–36 38–39 42–57

School Events are indicated by

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 for updated Festival information.


About Us

Founder and Lifetime Member: Alma Lee

Board of Directors chAir:

Anne Giardini

Vice-chAir : Ki m Thorne

Kelli Bodnar Cheryl Berge MeMbers: Terri-Lynn Brown, Greg Ford, Sally Harding, Leslie Hurtig, Sandy Jakab, Shirley Lew, Harvey McKinnon, Kathryn Shoemaker, Paul Whitney secretAry:


Patrons Circle Yulanda & Moh Faris Sandra Garossino Colin & Helen Harris Alma Lee Don Prior Bonnie Sheldon Yasmeen & Andrew Strang Cynthia Woodward

bAck roW, leFt to riGht: lizette Fischer, cAMillA tibbs, hAl WAke, eDuArDo ottoni, Ali cAuFin Front roW, leFt to riGht: ilonA beiks, tAViA AuDiA, sAnDrA MillArD, brenDA berck, Ann McDonell photo by riel hahn


Program Guide

Hal Wake GenerAl MAnAGer: Camilla Tibbs

Editor: Ann McDonell Festival Design: Hangar 18 Creative Group Proofreading courtesy of members of the Editors’ Association of Canada, BC Branch: Lesley Cameron, Cheryl Hannah, Alice Shelby Jurak, Ann-Marie Metten, Nancy Tinari, Heidi Waechtler, Shelly Windover and Carol Zhong.

Artistic Director:

Ann McDonell Lizette Fischer

DeVelopMent & MArketinG MAnAGer: Writer serVices co-orDinAtor: ADMinistrAtor:

Sandra Millard

DeVelopMent & MArketinG AssistAnt: Tavia bookkeepinG serVices :


Office Alternatives ADVertisinG sAles: Kathleen Oliver Gala Committee eDucAtion co-orDinAtor: Ilona Beiks cAterinG co-orDinAtor: Carolina Sartor chAir: Kelli Bodnar FooD & beVerAGe co-orDinAtor: Heideh White MeMbers: Claudia Casper, MeDiA relAtions MAnAGer: Judith Walker Anne Giardini, Susan Goldie, oFFice intern: Ali Caufin Kathryn Shoemaker proDuction MAnAGer: Eduardo Ottoni proDuction co-orDinAtor: Katja Schlueter A Dram Come True proDuction AssistAnt: Jen Thomas Committee proGrAMMer, lA Joie De lire: Brenda Berck chAir: Greg Ford Volunteer MAnAGer: Kathryn Fowler MeMbers: Kim Thorne, Sandy Jakab, Volunteer AssistAnt: Lili Okuyama Miriam Kresivo, Mark French, Website DesiGn: Digiloom Web Design Michael Armstrong and Deployment.

Eco Audit This program guide is printed by Mitchell Press on recycled paper made with 30% post-consumer waste and bleached without the use of chlorine or chlorine compounds, resulting in measurable environmental benefits, and the following savings: 23 trees 2,103 pounds of solid waste 2,314 gallons of water 3,018 kilowatt hours of electricity 3,823 pounds of greenhouse gases 16 pounds of HAPs, VOCs, and AOX combined 6 cubic yards of landfill space Sources: Paper Task Force and Office of the Federal Environmental Executive

A heartfelt thank you to the more than 300 dedicated volunteers who contribute so much to the Festival each year.


Festival Participants Angie Abdou

Gary Geddes

Michael Ondaatje*

Wayne Arthurson

Douglas Gibson

Helen Oyeyemi

Anita Rau Badami

Charlotte Gill

Chuck Palahniuk*

Russell Banks

David Gilmour

John Pass

Kate Beaton

John Glenday

Kit Pearson

Peter Behrens

Misha Glenny

Thomas Pletzinger

David Bezmozgis

Linda Grant

Steven Price

Clark Blaise

Lev Grossman

Ian Rankin

Dennis E. Bolen

Elizabeth Hay

Gayla Reid

Anthony Bourdain*

Dermot Healy

David Adams Richards

Paulette Bourgeois

Deborah Hodge

Nino Ricci

Édith Bourget

Pauline Holdstock

Peter Robinson

Randy Boyagoda

Fanny Howe

Margriet Ruurs

Barry Callaghan

C.C. Humphreys

David Sedaris*

Kevin Chong

Helen Humphreys

Olive Senior

Brenda Clark

Glen Huser

Antanas Sileika

Adrienne Clarkson

Zaccheus Jackson

David Smith

Stephan Cloutier

Wayne Johnston

Michael V. Smith

Lynn Coady

Lloyd Jones

Timothy Taylor

Alan Cumyn

Cate Kennedy

Sharon Thesen

Tanya Davis

Jen Sookfong Lee

Madeleine Thien

Wade Davis*

Daniel Loxton

Miriam Toews

Maggie de Vries

Nicole Lundrigan

John Vaillant

Farzana Doctor

Stuart MacBride

Guy Vanderhaeghe

Esi Edugyan

Joan MacLeod

Andrew Westoll

Sarah Ellis

Don McKay

Harry Whitehead

Marina Endicott

Tessa McWatt

Rudy Wiebe

Martín Espada

Alexander Maksik

Janet Willen

Christy Jordan-Fenton

Michèle Marineau

D.W. Wilson

Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Suzette Mayr



“Refreshingly original” —The Globe and Mail

Sheri-D Wilson

Trevor Ferguson

Denise Mina

John Wilson

Aminatta Forna

Sachiko Murakami

Moira Young

Alexandra Fuller

Andrew Nikiforuk

Ling Zhang

Zsuzsi Gartner

Rosemary Nixon

Jan Zwicky

*speciAl eVents




Venues & Parking

Map Legend 1 Granville Island Public Market 2 Revue Stage 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1601 Johnston Street Granville Island Stage 1585 Johnston Street ImprovC entre 1502 Duranleau Street Waterfront Theatre 1412 Cartwright Street Writers Festival Box Office Main Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street Studio1 398 3rd Floor, Festival House 1398 Cartwright Street Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street Festival Bookstore Rear, 1218 Cartwright Street Granville Island Hotel 1253 Johnston Street

Parking Information Free daytime parking in most spots on Granville Island is limited to three hours 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) each evening 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 $8. 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.

Public Transit


Call or check the web for schedule information. TransLink Schedule Information 604.953.3333 between 6:30 am and 11:30 pm daily

Ferries travel from various locations along the north and south shores of False Creek to Granville Island at frequent intervals. Call or check the web for schedule information.

False Creek Ferries 604.684.7781

Aquabus 604.689.5858


How to Buy Tickets Advance Ticket Sales

Door Sales

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 7, 2011, and can be purchased on-line, by phone or in person. Tickets go on sale for VIWF members on August 31, 2011. All prices include HST. Mastercard, Visa and cash (in person) accepted. On-LInE: By PHOnE: VancouverTix 604.629.8849 In PERSOn: 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

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 Please note that many events sell out in advance.

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.

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 events for schools 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 12, 2011. You can order school group tickets in one of the following ways: • On-line: go to • 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 is delighted to be able to offer subsidies for tickets and transportation to schools in need. The Cynthia Woodward Development Program enables us to subsidize tickets to festival events for school groups, and a new pilot program generously supported by donor Bonnie Mah allows us to offer local transportation subsidies this year. A limited number of subsidies are available based on financial need. Application forms can be downloaded from

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General Information • 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). • 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. Please check tickets carefully. there will be no exchanges or refunds.

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Supporters



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Government Support

Festival Sponsors


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Support the Festival! Join Us! Become a Member of the VIWF By becoming a member of the Festival, you make a vital contribution to our success. There are great benefits, too! • earlybird ticket purchasing privileges; • a discount on Festival tickets; • a personalized membership card; • an invitation to a members’ reception; • discounts at supporting bookstores (Banyen Books and Sound, Blackberry Books, 32 Books, People’s Co-op Bookstore); • subscription to Ink, our electronic member newsletter; and • voting privileges at the Annual General Meeting.

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Tues, Oct. 18, 8:00pm Sat, Oct. 22, 2:00pm

Fri, Oct. 21, 10:00am Sat, Oct. 22, 10:30am

Book Club Membership Purchase a Book Club 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.

Make a Gift As a non-profit charitable organization, the Vancouver International Writers Festival depends on your support to present events with great writers for 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. For full details, see our website,, or call 604.681.6330.

The Alma Lee Legacy Fund The endowment fund of the Vancouver International Writers Festival celebrates 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. Revenue from the fund helps us to present international writers of significant stature to Festival audiences, develop Spreading the Word programs for schools and plan for the future. For more information on the Alma Lee Legacy Fund, please call 604.681.6330, local 104.

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10 Spreading the Word It’s about reading and writing, books and writers. It’s eclectic, exciting, entertaining and thought provoking. Spreading the Word, the Vancouver International Writers Festival’s schools program, offers K–12 students and teachers the rare opportunity to engage with internationally renowned writers at the Festival and in the classroom.

At the Festival


This year the Festival hosts 33 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

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. A one-on-one mentorship with a young writer from a school in the community is also part of the program. This fall Festival author Alan Cumyn will be in residence in Port Alice.

reading with Writers

About the Michael R. Shaw Fund Michael R. Shaw was a young man who loved the outdoors but whose life was cut short in 2003 when he and some of his classmates were swept away by an avalanche in BC. The Michael R. Shaw Fund was established through the generosity of the Woodward family, and the Festival is honoured to lend Michael’s name to this program.

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.

The Writer-in-Residence program is sponsored by and supported by the Michael R. Shaw Outreach Program.

Spreading the Word is generously funded by our corporate, foundation, government and individual supporters, including the Kinder Morgan Foundation, RBC Foundation and the Rix Family Foundation.

La Joie de Lire La programmation française du festival existe depuis 1996, alors que le Salon du livre avait été présenté en collaboration avec Marc Fournier et Louis Anctil. Cinq ans plus tard, nous avons inauguré La Joie de Lire, sous la direction de Brenda Berck. La Joie de Lire est à la fois le titre et l’objectif des programmes de français du Vancouver International Writers Festival. Trois auteurs y participeront dans le cadre des activités offertes aux élèves de la maternelle à la douzième année. Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer le retour de Michèle Marineau au festival avec de nouveaux livres comme Barbouillette! et Cassiopée, et nos favoris La route de Chlifa et Rouge poison. Édith Bourget évoquera l’esprit de l’Acadie et de son Nouveau-Brunswick natal avec des livres pour tous les âges. Accompagné de deux acteurs, Stephan Cloutier, acteur et auteur dramatique de pièces pour le jeune public fera la lecture d’une pièce récente, Les voyages de Muriel Velulleg. Il y a de plus en plus d’étudiants francophones et en immersion française en ColombieBritannique. Nous espérons leur communiquer la joie de lire grâce au programme de cette année.

Inn-SPIrED The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival gratefully acknowledges Dockside Restaurant and the Granville Island Hotel for their generous contributions to this year’s Festival.

A Special Thanks To East India Carpets for making our Festival stages beautiful.


The Festival Experience Explore a World of Ideas on Granville Island The 24th 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.

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You will find the Festival Bookstore conveniently located at the rear of Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, near the Granville Island Hotel at the east end of 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 known throughout the province for its comprehensive selection of titles for young audiences and for its knowledgeable and helpful staff. The Festival Bookstore is open Tuesday evening, Wednesday– Saturday, 10:00 am–10:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

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12 Thanks to Our Supporters Individual Support BESTSELLEr ($2,500+)

Cheryl Berge Colin & Helen Harris Kip Woodward SPECIAL EDITIon ($1,000+)

Patricia Bowles Yulanda & Moh Faris Anne & Tony Giardini Sandra Jakab Bonnie Mah Joan McEwen Paul McKibben Kathryn Shoemaker Helen Shore Donald Shumka Ian & Jane Strang Kim Thorne Paul Whitney Cynthia Woodward LIMITED EDITIon ($500+)

Kelli Bodnar Judith Coffin Lynn Copeland Janice & Doug Dalzell Greg Ford Judy Gale Scott Griffin Sally Harding Miriam Kresivo Shirley Lew & Lachlan Murray Sheahan & Gerald McGavin Scott & Corky McIntyre Allyson Nelson Alexander Pitfield Roberta Rich Anne Robillard Hal Wake Thomas Woods Anonymous (1) FIrST EDITIon ($250+)

Joy Alexander Cindy Bruce Rudy Carlson Claudia Casper Ethel Coffin Patricia Crowe Margaret Debbané Patrick Dunn Rob Emlyn Mark French Barbara Gelfant William Gibson Elizabeth Hay Jack Hodgins Richard Hopkins Violet Hughes Leslie Hurtig & Doran Chandler

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R. Laurence Johnston Richard Johnston Denny Lang Alma Lee George Macintosh Deviani Maher Carol McClelland Viviane McClelland Barbara McIntyre Tracey McVicar Angela & George McWhirter William & Margaret New Brenda & Michael O'Keefe Kit Pearson Joseph Planta Rob Sanders Bonnie & Don Sheldon Diane Stuart Adrienne Tanner Camilla Tibbs Deborah Torkko Susan Van Blarcom Lisa Vogt Rosalie Walls Roger Walsh Bruce Westwood Paul Wilkinson Sandi Witherspoon Paul Yee Anonymous (1) nEW EDITIon ($100+)

Janet Allwork Sheila Anzarut Marilou Appleby Sabine Arbuckle Michael Armstrong Peter & Kathy Armstrong Gael Arthur Margaret Atwood Richard Banasch Ingrid Barnes Trevor Barnett Donna Battye Jo Baxendale Cathleen Boyle Priscilla Brown Allan & Sherry Buium Trevor Carolan Ann Carroll Colleen Cattell Kevin Chong Joy Coghill Thorne Jennifer Conkie David Conlin Eileen Cook Ann Cowan Buitenhuis Ron Curry Patricia Curtis Don Davidson

Cynthia Davis Barbara Dawson Charlene de Faye Sylvie Desrosiers Barbara Devlin Sandra Djwa Anne Dobbie Ruth Faber Tracie Fisher Jane Flick Judith Gedye Crissy George Brian & Bonny Gerson Maryke Gilmore John Goossen Tina Grabenhorst Stephany Grasset Yvette-Monique Gray David Gruber Gordon Harris Robert Heidbreder Holly Hendrigan Gwendoline Hoar Mary Huffman David Hunter Mel Hurtig Sharon Jeroski Debbie Jung Mary Kenny Matthew Kirchner & Lisa Osoba Aileen La Borie Patricia Laidley Lorey Lasley & Brian Schecter Marshall Letcher Aileen Lord Jane Louey Lisa Lutz Karin Lypkie Mary Ellen Maasik Linda MacKinley-Hay Moshe Mastai Sarah McAlpine Kelsey McDermott Elizabeth McKercher Linda McKnight Barb McLean Monty-Xian Meng in honour of his father Peter Meredith Ann-Marie Metten Stephen Miller Bruce Milne Sandra Moe Cheryl Neighbour Brad Newby Peggy Olive Kathleen Oliver Arne Olsen Mark Osburn

Eduardo Ottoni Talea Pecora Edward O. Phillips Alyssa Polinsky Susan Powell Beverley Price Susan & Lonnie Propas Janet Prowse Kim Roberts Sylvia Roberts Janine Root Margaret Rosling Jane Rush-LeBlanc Anita Salchert Minna Schendlinger Mary Schendlinger in honour of Saeko Usukawa Doug Schmitt Sandra Schwartz Pippa Shepherd Alex Shorten Jab Sidhoo Kathy Simas Jane Slemon Nicole Smith Lynda Spratley Barbara Stafford Karen Stewart David Sutherland Eva Szende Steven Tedesco Paula & John Third Rhea Tregebov M.G. Vassanji John Vigna Olga Volkoff Una Walsh Julie Watanabe Irene N. Watts Wendy Webber Ian Weir Ray Weremczuk Jan Whitford & Michael Stevenson Patricia Wilensky Rachel Wyatt Max Wyman Marian Yaremy Penny Zlotnik Anonymous (3) AEroPLAn MILES WIThoUT BorDErS DonorS

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Colin & Helen Harris Jab Sidhoo Dr. Yosef Wosk The Vancouver Sun Cynthia Woodward Development Fund Sandra Garossino Sheahan & Gerald McGavin Rudy & Patricia North Megan Abbott Douglas Coupland Yulanda & Moh Faris Anne & Tony Giardini Scott Griffin KMC Foundation Caroline Lawrence Bonnie Mah Joanne & David McDonald Tracey McVicar Brenda & Michael O’Keefe Ebie & Ian Pitfield Rod & Laurie Scheuerman Helen Shore Yasmeen & Andrew Strang Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. W.A.U. Nicoll Robertson Charitable Foundation Trust John Welson Jan Whitford & Michael Stevenson


In Memoriam RobERt KRoEtsCH June 26th 1927 – June 21st 2011

Hazard, in his pessimistic moments, had a most preposterous fear of death. Why any man should fear so comic an adversary I find hard to fathom. But at least he felt secure in his old house; it was the road he dreaded—travel. And as you shall discover, this dread was not without some little foundation. But he harnessed the stallion, nevertheless, he hooked his team to the sleigh, and, climbing on his load of bones, he struck out for town.





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14 Messages “Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”

Congratulations to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, one of the premier literary events held annually in North America. Since 1988, the Festival has created opportunities for readers and aspiring writers to mingle with renowned literary figures from Canada and around the globe.

— cArol shielDs

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2011 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, our 24th annual celebration of the very best writers and the very best readers. This year’s festival brings to us an unparalleled range of voices – political, humorous, biographical, heated, cool, desirous, whimsical, fantastic and more. Thank you to everyone whose support makes the Writers Festival happen, including our readers, writers, volunteers, members, ticket-buyers, staff, donors and board. If you are not already a member of the Festival, I urge you to become one. If you are already a member, please remember to renew your membership every year. Being a member deepens your involvement with the Festival, and our members are especially vital in uncertain economic times. Our goal is to secure an ongoing base of 1000 members and we are getting close to that goal. Please help us to achieve it. We need you now more than ever. Member benefits include advance ticket buying privileges, discounts, an invitation to exclusive member preview events and more. Donations above your membership fee are tax deductible and come with additional benefits. Have a look and find out more in this brochure and on our fabulous website – The Festival will launch on Monday, October 17 with our Literati Gala. Events start October 18 and continue through to October 23. Circle the dates. Grab your tickets. Invite your friends and neighbours. I look forward to welcoming you on Granville Island from October 18 – 23 to share the best of books in the best of company.

Anne Giardini, Qc chAir, boArD oF Directors

A love of reading provides a key cornerstone to a successful, fulfilling life. The Vancouver International Writers Festival organizes year-round activities focused on literature, including Spreading the Word, the largest children’s literary event in Canada. I commend the Vancouver International Writers Festival for all their efforts to help British Columbians foster a lifelong love of reading and good books. Best wishes for every success to the Vancouver International Writers Festival in 2011 and in future. The Honourable Ida Chong, FcGA Minister oF coMMunity, sport AnD culturAl DeVelopMent

It gives me great pleasure to once again offer my sincere best wishes on behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council and the citizens of Vancouver to the 24th annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Year after year the Festival has been bringing us the best fiction writers, poets and non-fiction writers that the literary world has to offer. We have been able to celebrate the written word alongside a huge array of artists from around the globe. As Mayor, I am proud of Vancouver’s reputation as a centre for learning and creativity. The Vancouver International Writers Festival is a big reason for this designation. On behalf of Vancouver City Council, I want to thank the organizers, the volunteers, the participants and, above all, the writers, for this wonderful event. Yours truly,

Gregor Robertson MAyor

15 Our Government knows how important arts and culture are in strengthening our communities, our identity, and our economy. That is why we are proud to support the Vancouver International Writers Festival, an event that demonstrates the diversity and energy of Canada’s literary scene by showcasing the talents of some of our bestknown writers and noteworthy rising stars. By bringing together renowned and emerging writers, this festival encourages literary creation, reinforces the ties between community members, and promotes the vitality of Canada’s publishing industry. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank all the organizers, volunteers, and participating writers who helped bring this event to life. I congratulate you on your outstanding contribution to Canada’s literary landscape.

Notre gouvernement sait à quel point les arts et la culture sont importants quand il s’agit d’affirmer notre identité et d’assurer l’essor de nos communautés et de notre économie. Voilà pourquoi nous sommes fiers d’appuyer le Vancouver International Writers Festival, qui montre bien la diversité et la vitalité de la scène littéraire d’ici en faisant connaître le talent de certains de nos plus grands auteurs et de nos étoiles montantes. En réunissant des écrivains de renom et de la relève, ce festival encourage la création littéraire, resserre les liens entre les membres de la communauté et contribue au dynamisme de l’industrie canadienne de l’édition. Au nom du premier ministre Stephen Harper et du gouvernement du Canada, je remercie tous les organisateurs, bénévoles et auteurs qui donnent vie à cette rencontre. Je vous félicite pour votre grande contribution au milieu littéraire du Canada.

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The Canada Council for the Arts salutes the Vancouver International Writers Festival. For millions of people in communities across Canada, festivals bring the arts to life. The Canada Council for the Arts salutes the Vancouver International Writers Festival for offering readers of all ages a wide range of opportunities to enjoy passionate encounters with books. Congratulations to all the writers, publishers, reviewers, organizers, donors, volunteers and readers who make this event such a success each year. I wish everyone a wonderful week of discovery, as you connect with writers and their books, meet other readers and explore fresh ideas through the written and spoken word.

Les festivals font des arts une force vive pour le plus grand plaisir de millions de gens répartis dans l’ensemble du Canada. Le Conseil des Arts du Canada salue les initiatives du Vancouver International Writers Festival qui, grâce aux livres, offre aux lecteurs de tous âges l’occasion de vivre de passionnantes expériences. Félicitations à tous les écrivains, réviseurs, éditeurs, donateurs, bénévoles et lecteurs qui, année après année, font de ce festival un grand succès. Je souhaite à tous une merveilleuse semaine d’explorations de nouvelles idées, de découvertes et de rencontres avec des écrivains, leurs livres et d’autres lecteurs.

James Moore Robert Sirman Director AnD ceo | Directeur et cheF De lA Direction cAnADA council For the Arts


The Vancouver International Writers Festival’s annual Gala fundraiser Join us for a gala evening of festivity, food and literary laughs hosted by Bill Richardson, with performances by the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. All proceeds benefit Spreading the Word, the Festival’s education program. Monday, October 17, 2011 Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place Way Reception: 6:00 pm Dinner: 7:30 pm Dress: Cocktail or Bollywood-inspired Tickets: $175 (Corporate tables also available)

For tickets please call 604.681.6330 local 109 Presenting sponsor: Scotia Private Client Group Table sponsor: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Reception sponsor: Vancouver Film School

The Vancouver International Writers Festival congratulates the Governor General’s Literary Awards on its 75th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone we have invited 17 past recipients of the award to this year’s Festival: peter behrens, Fiction 2006 sarah ellis, chilDren’s literAture 1991 David Gilmour, Fiction 2005 Glen huser, chilDren’s literAture 2003 Michèle Marineau, French lAnGuAGe chilDren’s literAture 1988 & 1993

Joan Macleod, DrAMA 1991 Don Mckay, poetry 2000 & 1991 Andrew nikiforuk, non-Fiction 2002 John pass, poetry 2006 kit pearson, chilDren’s literAture 1997 nino ricci, Fiction 1990 & 2008 David Adams richards, Fiction 1988 & non-Fiction 1998

Miriam toews, Fiction 2004 John Vaillant, non-Fiction 2005 rudy Wiebe, Fiction 1994 Jan zwicky, poetry 1999

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18 Tuesday, October 18 FRANKLIN’s bIRtHDAy PARty PAuLEttE bouRgEoIs, bRENDA CLARK


10–11:00 am WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17/ $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

In 1983, Paulette Bourgeois decided to write a children’s book. Three years later, after rejection by several publishers, Franklin in the Dark was printed, illustrated by Brenda Clark. It became a classic, and parents have been reading the Franklin books aloud to their children ever since. The little turtle, Franklin, has starred in more than 30 stories, published around the world. Kids Can Press is celebrating with 16 re-issued classic Franklin stories and a special anniversary edition of the original. Balloons and noisemakers welcome! Suitable for grades K–3 and parents who shared Franklin with their children over the years. This event is sponsored by Kidsbooks.




10 h à 11 h stuDIo 1398 17$ / 8.50$ PouR LEs gRouPEs D’étuDIANts

Pétronille détient un pouvoir assez inhabituel (ou peut-être est-ce une malédiction). Chaque fois qu’elle crie « Bourbouillette! », les couleurs envahissent toutes les pièces de la maison! Est-ce que cela peut justifier le fait de rester à la maison plutôt que d’aller à l’école? Cendrillon possède des pouvoirs bien différents. Joignez-vous à l’auteure Michèle Marineau pour écouter cette histoire et autres récits d’aventure et d’amitié amusants. Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année.

Two approaches to the challenge of fitting in with your own family take the stage this afternoon—one fiction and one memoir. Seasoned children’s author Maggie de Vries tells of an adopted girl who feels pushed from the spotlight with the arrival of a new baby. Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s true story of trying to re-integrate into her Inuit family after Arctic residential school has stripped her of her language and culture is compellingly told by her daughter-inlaw, Christy Jordan-Fenton. The challenges of fitting in with your own family are explored by these three writers.




1–2:30 pm REVuE stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs


Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivaine.

1–2:30 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Suitable for grades 3–5



éDItH bouRgEt ANIMAtEuR : stEPHAN CLoutIER 13 h à 14 h stuDIo 1398 17$ / 8.50$ PouR LEs gRouPEs D’étuDIANts

La joie de vivre est contagieuse, particulièrement dans les histoires que raconte Édith Bourget à travers sa poésie. Faites connaissance avec Gabrielle, Henri, les rendez-vous à la campagne et dans la ville : les interactions avec les rois, les vaches ou les vélos, sont tous des sujets de l’œuvre de Bourget portant principalement sur l’enfance et la joie de vivre. Le ton humoristique du texte, l’occasion de discuter de poésie avec l’auteure, feront la joie et l’émerveillement des enfants de tous les âges. Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivaine.

For ten weeks, Andrew Westoll lived and worked at Fauna, a sanctuary outside of Montreal where more than a dozen adult chimpanzees have retired after years of use in American biomedical research labs. The book that resulted from his time there, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, details the history of biomedical research, the establishment of the private sanctuary and the daily lives of these recovering animals. They are fascinating characters who are close enough to human to provide useful medical information — which has led to their mistreatment in the name of science. Westoll, formerly a primatologist and now a journalist, tells this compelling story with a multimedia presentation. Suitable for grades 8–12



8:00 pm REVuE stAgE $19

First novels are a “hold your breath” moment for writers. This evening meet four writers who are riding the wave of critical acclaim, publishing first novels after many years of teaching writing and publishing in other print forms. Pletzinger’s novel, in translation from the original German, has elicited unrestrained fanfare; Nixon’s novel was praised with the words “You are about to read greatness.” Whitehead’s work has been called “masterful.” And Price’s novel was reviewed as “a real feat…. you feel this book creep into your very organs.” Come and discover new novelists well worth waiting for.








8:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $19

8:00 pm PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $30

Open the Festival in grand style. Artistic Director Hal Wake takes the stage with seven excellent writers who take us around the world in fine Writers Festival style, reading from their new works. Beloved Canadian authors Guy Vanderhaeghe and Madeleine Thien are joined by New Zealander Lloyd Jones, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Mister Pip. Canadian David Bezmozgis has set his new novel about Latvian immigrants in Rome. Ireland’s Dermot Healy, poet, novelist and dramatist, has won countless awards and Cate Kennedy is possibly the most successful short fiction writer in Australia. Round out the evening of globe trotting with Nigerian-born Helen Oyeyemi, who now lives in London. Each promises to transport us to other places and times.

Vancouver has established itself as a hotbed of Canadian literary talent and activity. What is it about Vancouver that holds the attention of writers who could travel in their fertile imaginations throughout the world to exotic settings for their fiction? Why do they write about here? What kind of literary community exists in Vancouver? What is the relationship between writers? Is there an element of competition amongst the cameraderie? Come and meet four diverse authors who come to the page comfortable with staying home.







8:00 pm stuDIo 1398 $26

More than a decade ago, Linda Grant won the Orange Prize for Fiction for her second novel, When I Lived in Modern Times. Since then, she has won the hearts and minds of readers throughout the world with her eye for social commentary and analysis. She has been longlisted (for Still Here) and shortlisted (for The Clothes on Their Backs) for the Man Booker Prize and has won the Lettre Ulysses Prize for the Art of Reportage. Born in Liverpool and now living in London, she returns to familiar territory with her visit to the Writers Festival as she spent seven years in Vancouver completing postgraduate studies at Simon Fraser University. Journalist, novelist, playwright and essayist, Grant is a remarkable and incisive writer whose latest novel is We Had It So Good.


tHE DIsH DougLAs gIbsoN 8:00 pm IMPRoV CENtRE $19

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Douglas Gibson became an editor at the tender age of 25 and has been immersed in the world of writers and publishing ever since. As Publisher of Macmillan of Canada, and later Editor and Publisher at McClelland & Stewart, Gibson has worked with some of the greatest writers that this country has ever produced. When he tells personal stories about Morley, Mavis, Robertson, Alice or Alistair, he’s entertaining and truthful, showing our much-loved authors in a new light. This evening is cabaret style, inviting us to listen to some stories over drinks and encouraging us to satisfy our curiosity about favourite authors we may have wanted to meet ourselves. Come with your questions and settle in for a great evening of stories about Canada’s storytellers.

20 Wednesday, October 19 Christy JORDAN-FENTON Margaret POKIAK-FENTON



10–11:30 am gRANVILLE IsLAND stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

12 awards new

“… a unique and enlightening glimpse into the residential school experience and, most importantly, one little girl’s triumph —Quill & Quire over her oppressors.” “A moving and believable account.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“… fascinating and unique, and yet universal in its message.” —School Library Journal

Spread the word, but make sure you get your tickets before you do, as this event sells out fast! Three masters of words on the fly appear together for this event and no one knows what might happen! Halifax’s Poet Laureate Tanya Davis, two-time winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-off, joins guerrilla poet Zaccheus Jackson, whose life has provided plenty of fodder for hard-hitting and raw performance poetry. Sheri-D Wilson, the mother of spoken word in Canada, founded the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and has produced two spoken-word CDs as well as seven collections of poetry. This is a morning of creativity and fast talking that will leave you energized and awestruck, delighted that poetry knows no boundaries. (This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon.)



10 h à 11 h 30 REVuE stAgE 17$ / 8.50$ PouR LEs gRouPEs D’étuDIANts

L’auteur, accompagné de deux acteurs, lira quelques scènes de sa pièce inspirée des Voyages de Gulliver de Jonathan Swift. Dans le conte de Cloutier, la capitaine Muriel Velulleg et son premier commandant Blark s'embarquent pour une mission à travers le système solaire. Ils répondent à l'appel d'un mystérieux message provenant de la planète Neptune. Trouveront-ils ce qu’ils cherchent? Pour les élèves de la quatrième à la septième année, pour les étudiants en immersion tardive et les participants au programme AIM. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves, l’auteur et les acteurs.

Suitable for grades 10–12 and adults

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10–11:30 am PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

10–11:30 am WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17/ $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

In the hands of great writers, Canadian history is riveting and lively. In the hands of three great children’s authors—Sarah Ellis, Kit Pearson and John Wilson—history positively jumps off the page and into the imagination of young readers. Through more than 20 titles and 850,000 copies, Scholastic’s Dear Canada series has brought Canada’s past alive for girls, and the I Am Canada series has enlivened history for boys. Ellis’ latest contribution to the series focuses on a 12-year-old Titanic survivor; Pearson has created a young girl’s imaginary diary during the War of 1812; and Wilson has written an account of a youngster who lies about his age to be a Canadian soldier in World War I.

About a third of the world’s population is children, and the experience of childhood throughout the globe differs as much as languages and cultures differ. While you might know what it’s like to be a child in your neighbourhood, what’s it like in Niger or Pakistan or Liberia? Spurred by his reading of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, David Smith portrays children finding ways to be children in spite of war and poverty. Janet Willen exposes the history of slavery around the world and in our time, and through these stories, the possibility of hope, courage, determination and kindness. Any child who shouts, “That’s not fair!” will be moved and changed by this morning.

This is the way history should be told!

Suitable for grades 4–6

Suitable for grades 4–7

21 FAtty LEgs


CHRIsty JoRDAN-FENtoN, MARgAREt PoKIAK-FENtoN 10–11:30 am stuDIo 1398 $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

As a young Inuit girl in the 1940s, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton spent two years in Catholic residential school in the Arctic, learning to read, learning English, but more importantly learning resilience against the oppression she encountered at the hands of her so-called teachers. Working with her daughter-in-law, Christy Jordan-Fenton, Pokiak-Fenton retells her story in Fatty Legs, named one of the Ten Best Children’s Books of 2010 by the Globe and Mail. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes awe-inspiring, Pokiak-Fenton’s courage and curiosity brings the residential experience to life for children who cannot imagine such treatment. Come and meet a brave and inspiring woman who will bring a dark part of Canada’s past to life. Suitable for grades 3–5



ALAN CuMyN, gLEN HusER MoDERAtoR: susIN NIELsoN 1–2:30 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Two award-winning Canadian authors take the stage this afternoon to entrance readers with their latest creations. Alan Cumyn, who won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and Glen Huser, winner of the Governor General’s Award, are well-established writers who understand the challenges faced by young people, no matter what the era. Huser’s hero Leroy, on the run in 1923, finds himself in a travelling show. Cumyn’s Stan is an intense, gently funny 16-year-old loner who is struggling through those impossibly absurd years of teenage life. Enjoy an afternoon where the battles are someone else’s to fight, not yours. Suitable for grades 7–9



PAuLEttE bouRgEoIs, bRENDA CLARK, DEboRAH HoDgE, MARgRIEt RuuRs 1–2:00 pm REVuE stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

INto tHE uNKNoWN C.C. HuMPHREys, MoIRA youNg


1–2:30 pm PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

You never know what you’ll find between the covers of a book! This afternoon, enjoy the delights of learning how to grow, harvest and prepare your own veggies, thanks to Deborah Hodge, an awardwinning author of many books for children. Then get re-acquainted with Franklin the turtle, star of more than 30 great stories and a familiar face between the covers. Franklin is celebrating his 25th birthday this year, and his creators, Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, will show you why this little turtle is such a hit. Come and enjoy an afternoon of lovely books for the young.

Unicorns, magical beasts, a two-headed translating snake, hellwurms, a post-apocalyptic world and a realm on the other side of a tapestry are all wondrously believable in the hands of newcomer Moira Young and seasoned author C.C. (Chris) Humphreys. But they also serve as great background for the development into mature heroes of Saba, in Young’s Blood Red Road, and Elayne, in Humphreys’ The Hunt of the Unicorn. Move over, fans of gothic vampires and sorcery school. Make way for new dystopian and fantasy novels that will catch the imagination of young adult readers and keep them turning the pages into the unknown.

Suitable for grades K–3

Suitable for grades 8–10

This event is generously supported by the Rix Family Foundation.



1–2:15 pm stuDIo 1398 $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

The size of the world's population is almost impossible to comprehend. Author David J. Smith has created two books that not only provide a way to understand the world’s variations, but allow kids to make a difference in the world through activities and insight. Re-issued and updated this year, If the World Were a Village reduces the global population to 100 people, of which 38 are school-aged villagers but only 31 attend school. This Child, Every Child shows children around the world working, playing, at home and at war. Smith makes the whole world accessible, and is a master at leading young people in discussions that will change their views about our planet and its inhabitants. Suitable for grades 3–6



8:00 pm REVuE stAgE $19

Writing as John Farrow, Trevor Ferguson has made a name for himself as a popular crime writer. Tonight, he takes his new novel, River City, and parlays it into a one-man dramatic reading accompanied by the virtuoso flutes and whistles of David Gossage. Set against the backdrop of 450 years of Montreal history, this is a story of hockey, hoodlums, corruption and murder that transports us from the days of Jacques Cartier to the 1955 Rocket Richard Riot to the 1970s era of the FLQ. This unusual but riveting pairing of crime novel and period music is what fans of the Vancouver International Writers Festival have come to expect of our multidisciplinary events.

22 Wednesday, October 19 RICH WItH HIstoRy



Some novels can be set anywhere. Others weave a critical sense of time and place into the fabric of the story to create a stunning tapestry that brings history alive. Tonight, four novelists reveal new works that immerse us in worlds far different from our own. From 1850's Paris and 1899 Sri Lanka to the northwest coast of Canada at the onset of the 20th century and 1970's Cambodia, these are settings that are rich with history. When history and political strife create compelling characters and mesmerizing plots, great novels result. Come and experience intriguing atmospheres laden with history. No dust—guaranteed! This event is sponsored by HarperCollins Canada Ltd.





8:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $19

8:00 pm stuDIo 1398 $26

A leading authority on global organized crime, Misha Glenny is a renowned BBC journalist and historian whose non-fiction writing is frighteningly truthful and gripping. A hallmark of his work is the first-hand interviews he has conducted with criminals around the world—whether in Bombay, Bulgaria or Brazil—who are involved in fraud, drugs, extortion and prostitution. In McMafia, Glenny talked with those responsible for the spread of transnational crime after the breakup of the Soviet bloc. Now, with DarkMarket, he has turned his piercing eye to cybercrime and the organized hackers that are the new breed of criminal. In a world where we bank online, shop online, date online, indeed live online, his investigation uncovers the criminal minds that can bring that world to its knees.

New Zealand’s Lloyd Jones became an international name in 2007 when Mister Pip was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, but he had been writing to acclaim for more than 20 years. Jones first encountered the setting of Bougainville, where Mister Pip takes place, as a journalist in the 1980's when he reported on a conflict that eventually left 20,000 dead. To take from that bloody experience a novel of such appeal that it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has been published in 33 countries is remarkable. Of his latest novel, Hand Me Down World, the Guardian says, “Jones is a daring writer who can be relied on to ignore expectation and is becoming one of the most honest and thought-provoking novelists working today.”


Thursday, October 20 tHE FoREst AND tHE tREEs CHARLottE gILL, ANDREW NIKIFoRuK MoDERAtoR: KAtHRyN gREtsINgER






10–11:30 am gRANVILLE IsLAND stAgE $17/ $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

10–11:30 am REVuE stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

10–11:30 am PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Charlotte Gill spent 20 years planting trees across Canada, shoving more than one million trees into the dirt by hand. Eating Dirt is her memoir about life with what she calls “the tree planting tribe” and the environmental implications of logging. In Empire of the Beetle, journalist Andrew Nikiforuk looks at a tiny insect the size of a rice kernel—the bark beetle—that has killed more than 30 billion pine and spruce trees from Alaska to northern Mexico and changed the economic outlook irrevocably. This is sure to be a thought-provoking discussion about planting and harvesting our forests—whether intentionally or not—led by two who really can see the forest and the trees.

Where does the idea for a book come from? Some books start with themes, some with insistent, stubborn characters, still others with a series of questions. Two legendary children’s authors, both Governor General’s Award winners, talk about telling a captivating story from the first page to the last word. The art of writing fiction is that magic combination of inspiration and perspiration, and Sarah Ellis and Glen Huser have experienced both for many years. Is it always “right” from the start? And when do you know that you’ve got a great story?

“You can’t choose your family!”—so the saying goes. And that means that you love them and live with them, character flaws and all. Alan Cumyn’s Owen Skye is grateful for his brothers in spite of their knack for turning every plan into an ordeal. Maggie de Vries has crafted a heartfelt story about Martha, whose place in her adoptive family is pushed aside with the arrival of a sister. And Kit Pearson sets her family story in 1932 when Polly is sent to live with her grandmother. These three hugely talented authors reveal the ups and downs of family life in all their glory and frustration. You’ll have no problem relating!

Suitable for grades 8–12

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24 Thursday, October 20 ANIMALs bIg AND sMALL DANIEL LoXtoN, MARgRIEt RuuRs 10–11:30 am WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

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A feast for the eyes as well as the ears awaits you this morning with two amazing picture books that show off creatures past and present. Daniel Loxton is a writer and illustrator who has created photo-realistic, computer-generated images of the great creatures that roamed the earth in the era of the dinosaurs, pitting the ankylosaur against the tyrannosaurus rex in a battle story that brings these giants to life again. Margriet Ruurs shows a host of creatures through detailed illustrations that have captured her imagination and are sure to capture yours—such as the slug, which has three noses, and the earthworm, which lacks ears, eyes, nose and lungs but has five hearts. Suitable for grades 3–5

AMItIé, LIENs, PERtEs Et NouVEAu DéPARt Édith Bourget, Michèle Marineau • aniMatrice : anne-Marie Mcginn 10 h à 11 h 30 • stuDIo 1398 17$ / 8.50$ PouR LEs gRouPEs D’étuDIANts

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La Route de Chlifa, Rouge poison, La troisième lettre et Lola et le fleuve : ce sont quelquesuns des livres publiés par Édith Bourget et Michèle Marineau et qui traitent de l’amour, des pertes, de l’amitié et du départ vers un autre pays dû à la guerre ou simplement pour des raisons familiales. Il existe divers types d’amour et de pertes et les deux auteures en parlent de façons différentes. Il y a des romans policiers et autres histoires traitant directement des relations humaines et il y a des histoires racontées à travers la poésie. Cet événement donnera l’occasion de parler d’écriture et de tous les sujets abordés dans les livres. Pour les élèves de la septième à la douzième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteures.

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1–2:30 pm gRANVILLE IsLAND stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Spread the word, but make sure you get your tickets before you do, as this event sells out fast! Three masters of words-on-the-fly appear together for this event and no one knows what might happen! Halifax’s Poet Laureate Tanya Davis, two-time winner of the CBC National Poetry Faceoff, joins guerrilla poet Zaccheus Jackson whose life has provided plenty of fodder for hard-hitting and raw performance poetry. Sheri-D Wilson, the mother of spoken word in Canada, founded the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and has produced two spoken word CDs as well as seven collections of poetry. This is an afternoon of creativity and fast talking that will leave you energized and awestruck, delighted that poetry knows no boundaries. Suitable for grades 10–12 and adults



13 h à 14 h 30 REVuE stAgE 17$ / 8.50$ PouR LEs gRouPEs D’étuDIANts

Les deux auteures ont écrit un livre sur une personne qui part pour un nouveau monde (même s’il s’agit seulement d’une nouvelle ville). Un troisième livre traite des différences culturelles. Même ceux d’entre-nous qui n’avons pas vécu ces expériences pourront ressentir les répercussions dans nos collectivités. Cet événement donnera l’occasion de parler d’écriture et de tous les sujets abordés dans les livres. Pour les élèves de la septième à la douzième année. Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteures.

MAKINg KINgs AND HERoEs LEV gRossMAN, MoIRA youNg 1–2:30 pm PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs


Following up on his success with The Magicians, Lev Grossman takes his readers back to Fillory in The Magician King where Quentin is king, although a bit bored with his kingdom. Grossman is on the cutting edge of literary fantasy and a regular blogger about writing, technology and fantasy tradition. Moira Young’s Blood Red Road features a reluctant hero who is pushed to the extreme edges of a post-apocalyptic world. The big philosophical questions—who am I and what can I become—are underlying currents that make fantasy and dystopia so appealing to young adult readers. You will not be disappointed!

1–2:30 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs


A 17-year-old about to be shot for desertion in World War I, a teenage girl fighting off hunger in war-torn Holland, a girl who enters a world of unicorns and danger through an ancient tapestry...the characters of fiction are many and varied. But the challenges for authors remain the same—how to ensure that the character is believable and true to his or her age. Three authors talk about inhabiting another’s skin in their writing, taking on the life of characters far younger than they are now and in far different circumstances. How do you know when your character’s voice, insight and awareness of the world is right for the times? Suitable for grades 8–12






Suitable for grades 10–12

26 Thursday, October 20 5,000 yEARs oF sLAVERy JANEt WILLEN


1–2:15 pm stuDIo 1398 $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

The question of why some people think they have the right to own other people has plagued Janet Willen for years, ever since she encountered Jim Crow laws in the southern United States as a girl. Through detailed research, she and her sister accumulated first-hand stories about slavery—those who were (or are) slaves, those who owned slaves and those who have fought against slavery. From a young girl in early Egypt to Francis Bok, a young man captured by slave traders at the age of seven in present-day Sudan, Willen has interviewed and researched people caught up in the net of slavery—a trade we might have thought was old and shameful history.



Two of the top crime fiction writers in the world take to the stage tonight to talk about life as a crime writer. The floor is open and discussion could range from music as a literary backdrop to the fine art of burying the body. Rankin and Robinson together have collected most of the world’s crime fiction awards and prizes. These two authors have sharpened their craft to a dagger point. They are also charming, engaging and love to tell a good story—with or without a murder involved. You’re in for a great evening with these two!

Suitable for grades 7–9



8:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $19




While the “Wild West” may bring to mind visions of sagebrush and shootouts fostered by Hollywood, the Wild West in Canada is a different experience altogether, rich in history, myth and great characters. For more than 50 years, celebrated author Rudy Wiebe has been writing about the West, portraying encounters between explorers and Aboriginal peoples, beauty and depravation. Guy Vanderhaeghe, Pauline Holdstock and Marina Endicott take the prairies as a pivotal setting that forms and develops characters in their new novels. Is there something about flat land and big sky that can define and refine individual experience? These are chroniclers of the West who are shaping how the world will see Canadian history in the decades to come.

8:00 pm REVuE stAgE $19

In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th birthday our city has been designated a Cultural Capital of Canada. As part of the festivities Vancouver's Poet Laureate Brad Cran is hosting more than 70 poets from across North America for a landmark exchange of ideas and poetics. This is your chance to hear some of the most exciting poets writing today. Evening 1 will feature innovative writers such as Griffin Prize winner Christian Bök as well as performances by world-renowned improvisational musicians Francois Houle and Taylor Ho Bynum. A knockout evening of heady improvised music colliding with avant-garde poetry. Presented in partnership with the Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference

AN INtIMAtE EVENINg WItH RussELL bANKs 8:00 pm stuDIo 1398 $26


Spend an evening with award-winning author Russell Banks, who made his mark on the literary scene with his previous novels The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift. Fearless as ever, Banks delves into the complexities of morality, sin, punishment and the potential for redemption in his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. This is a compelling mystery about a young, deeply flawed ex-con known simply as “the Kid,” and his attempts at a meaningful life in the wake of incarceration. Banks reveals what it is like to live as an outcast in a world in which ethics may not offer much shelter. This is Russell Banks’ only appearance at the Festival, so get your tickets while they are still available.

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28 Friday, October 21 CRIME tIME


WAyNE ARtHuRsoN, stuARt MACbRIDE, DENIsE MINA, IAN RANKIN, PEtER RobINsoN 10–11:30 am gRANVILLE IsLAND stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

It’s certainly no crime to spend Friday afternoon with these fine crime fiction authors. Whether you’re captivated by their main detective characters, the loops and bends of their plots, their distinct settings or the emotional rides they provide, these are writers who have provided a welcome and intriguing escape for many readers for many years. Newcomer Wayne Arthurson joins Scotland’s Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Stuart MacBride, all of whom have been celebrated nationally and internationally for their talent for thrilling. This event will be hosted by Peter Robinson, who has achieved international acclaim for his crime writing.



10–11:30 am WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Novelists who tell a good story while examining contemporary culture are on deck this morning. Their novels are peopled with dope-smoking ski bums, goons and street artists—characters who are living out aspects of our culture (or subculture) that affect us all. Where Lynn Coady looks at how we sanction and stoke male violence, Timothy Taylor puts art, commercialism and gang-stalking, among many other cultural facets, under the microscope. David Gilmour examines defining elements that shaped his narrator—like the Beatles and the cult of celebrity. And Angie Abdou uses her novel like an anthropological dig into the ski subculture of small-town BC. Be prepared to hear some big ideas, leavened with humour.

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ELIzAbEtH HAy, ALEXANDER MAKsIK, suzEttE MAyR 10–11:30 am REVuE stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Elizabeth Hay has described the classroom as “a very charged atmosphere, from which you can’t escape.” Given that we’ve all spent time in the classroom and all have visceral memories of moments during that time, what better place to centre three compelling novels? Hay’s new novel, Alone in the Classroom, spins its narrative web beginning in a small prairie school in 1929. Alexander Maksik sets his novel in Paris at an international high school catering to children of wealthy, influential families. And Suzette Mayr’s novel is set at a Catholic high school in suburban Calgary. Is the classroom more than just a universal experience to which readers can relate? Is there far more significance to the time we spend in that crucible that forms or deforms us all?





KAtE bEAtoN, bARRy CALLAgHAN, HELEN oyEyEMI Host: bILL RICHARDsoN 10–11:30 am PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

The insatiably curious and entertaining Bill Richardson returns to the Festival to chat with three authors with distinctly different new books. Kate Beaton is a cartoonist who has captured the attention of a worldwide audience with her sharp wit and website Hark! A Vagrant, which receives 1.2 million hits a month. Barry Callaghan is an unpretentious man of letters—a novelist, editor, poet, memoirist, translator, reporter and great storyteller. British novelist Helen Oyeyemi explores the complexities of love and romance in her magical new novel, Mr. Fox. There’s nothing like a Richardson interview to extract the very best anecdotes and insights from writers.



10–11:30 am stuDIo 1398 $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

1–2:30 pm gRANVILLE IsLAND stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

Canada is populated largely by immigrants, all with stories that carry shadows of what they’ve left behind, and how they’ve been welcomed to their new land. In his new novel, Peter Behrens transports the O’Briens, introduced in his awardwinning first novel, from Ireland to Canada. Clark Blaise’s collection of short fiction tackles the struggle between tradition and modernity faced by Indian immigrants to America. And Ling Zhang, whose last novel became the highest-grossing film in Chinese history, gives voice to Chinese immigrants on Canada’s West Coast in her multi-generational saga. Join three compelling storytellers whose fiction embraces the possibility of success in a new land, where roots are shallow and cultural identity and personal identity are often at odds.

In a discussion led by seasoned writer Barry Callaghan, four authors talk about writing non-fiction that has personal significance—and personal repercussions. All of these writers have been touched and changed by what they have experienced, whether the story revolves unavoidably around their own family or the story has been sought out. From growing up in Africa to living side by side with chimpanzees, from personal essays and encounters with significant writers and musicians to personal travels that result in politicization, these writers have stories to tell—and to tell well. Sometimes the truth needs no embellishment to be a great story.



1–2:30 pm REVuE stAgE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

In the immortal words of The Who, “I’m not trying to cause a big sensation—I’m just talkin’ ’bout my generation.” Three authors who focus on the particularities of their time talk about the Baby Boomers and the Gen-Xers who followed them. Dennis E. Bolen revisits a group of men, grown old but not necessarily grown up, who mock baby-boomer idealism. Linda Grant focuses on another group of boomers who never understood that their own good fortune was also a source of tragedy. Australia’s Cate Kennedy takes on a generation preoccupied with making itself the centre of the universe. These are writers of acute observation and sometimes sad irony who pose the question: Are these universal human flaws or character flaws specific to a particular generation?



1–2:30 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $17 / $8.50 FoR stuDENt gRouPs

This celebration of poetry is a perennial favourite with students, teachers and poetry fans. This year, six stellar poets from Scotland, Canada and the US will 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 promises to deliver fresh and startling takes on the world we share.



1–2:30 pm stuDIo 1398 $12 ALL tICKEts

Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival veteran Sheri-D Wilson has performed her spoken word pieces around the world, and she has recently edited The Spoken Word Workbook. In this masterclass, Sheri-D will share tips and lead exercises to help you with writing, preparing and performing spoken-word pieces with style and confidence. One of the fastest-growing forms of literary art, spoken word follows a long tradition of oral poetry, and the fundamentals remain: it has to be well written and well performed to be art. Suitable for ages 14 to 24. Please note: there is no student/senior or school group discount for this masterclass.

30 Festival at a Glance Tuesday






EVEnT #1

EVEnT #6

EVEnT #11

EVEnT #16

EVEnT #21

EVEnT #24

EVEnT #29

EVEnT #34

10-11:00 am Waterfront Theatre

8:00 pm Revue Stage

10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage

1-2:00 pm Revue Stage

8:00 pm Performance Works

10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage

1-2:30 pm Granville Island Stage

8:00 pm Revue Stage

Tanya Davis Zaccheus Jackson Sheri-D Wilson

Paulette Bourgeois Brenda Clark Deborah Hodge Margriet Ruurs

Randy Boyagoda Helen Humphreys Madeleine Thien Harry Whitehead

Charlotte Gill Andrew Nikiforuk

Tanya Davis Zaccheus Jackson Sheri-D Wilson

EVEnT #25

EVEnT #30

10-11:30 am Revue Stage

1-2:30 pm Revue Stage La Joie de Lire

Franklin's Birthday Party

Paulette Bourgeois Brenda Clark EVEnT #2

10-11:00 am Studio 1398 La Joie de Lire

Michèle Marineau EVEnT #3

1-2:30 pm Revue Stage

A Home for the Chimps

8:00 pm Performance Works

Grand Openings David Bezmozgis Dermot Healy Lloyd Jones Cate Kennedy Helen Oyeyemi Madeleine Thien Guy Vanderhaeghe EVEnT #8

Andrew Westoll EVEnT #4

1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre

Fitting into the Family

Maggie de Vries Christy JordanFenton Margaret PokiakFenton EVEnT #5

8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre

Vancouver Seen Dennis E. Bolen Kevin Chong Zsuzsi Gartner Jen Sookfong Lee EVEnT #9

8:00 pm Studio 1398

An Intimate Evening with Linda Grant EVEnT #10

Poèmes des villes/Poèmes des champs! Édith Bourget

Rosemary Nixon Thomas Pletzinger Steven Price Harry Whitehead EVEnT #7

Barbouillette, Cendrillon et autres aventures extraordinaires

1-2:00 pm Studio 1398 La Joie de Lire

And Introducing....

8:00 pm Improv Centre

“The Dish”

Douglas Gibson

Word! (1)

EVEnT #12

10-11:30 am Revue Stage La Joie de Lire

Magic Between the Covers

EVEnT #17

1-2:30 pm Performance Works

Les voyages de Muriel Velulleg Into the Unknown Stephan Cloutier Jessica Heafey France Perras

C.C. Humphreys Moira Young

EVEnT #13

EVEnT #18

Rich With History

EVEnTS #22

8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre

Misha Glenny in Conversation with Stephen Quinn

10-11:30 am Performance Works

1-2:30 pm EVEnT #23 Waterfront Theatre 8:00 pm The Adventures Studio 1398

Sarah Ellis Kit Pearson John Wilson

Alan Cumyn Glen Huser

Dear Canada

EVEnT #14

of Stan and Leroy

EVEnT #19

1-2:15 pm 10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre Studio 1398

Children in the Citizen Kid David J. Smith World David J. Smith Janet Willen EVEnT #15

10-11:30 am Studio 1398

Fatty Legs

Christy JordanFenton Margaret PokiakFenton

EVEnT #20

8:00 pm Revue Stage

Montreal Mystery and Music

John Farrow (aka Trevor Ferguson) David Gossage

An Intimate Evening with Lloyd Jones

The Forest and the Trees

Where do Books Come From? Sarah Ellis Glen Huser

EVEnT #26

Word! (2)

Je ne veux pas déménager (je crois)!

Édith Bourget Michèle Marineau

Vancouver 125 Poetry Cabaret (1)

Christian Bök Margaret Christakos Wayde Compton Matthea Harvey Jordon Scott Catriona Strang EVEnT #35

8:00 pm Performance Works

Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson in Conversation

10-11:30 am EVEnT #31 Performance Works 1-2:30 pm EVEnT #36 Family Follies, Performance Works 8:00 pm Family Love Waterfront Theatre Making Kings Alan Cumyn Wild West and Heroes Maggie de Vries Marina Endicott Lev Grossman Kit Pearson Pauline Holdstock Moira Young Guy Vanderhaeghe EVEnT #27 EVEnT #32 Rudy Wiebe 10-11:30 am 1-2:30 pm Waterfront Theatre Waterfront Theatre EVEnT #37 Animals Big 8:00 pm In Another's and Small Studio 1398 Skin Daniel Loxton An Intimate Maggie de Vries Margriet Ruurs Evening with C.C. Humphreys Russell Banks John Wilson EVEnT #28 10-11:30 am Studio 1398 La Joie de Lire

EVEnT #33

1-2:15 pm Studio 1398

5000 Years Amitié, liens, of Slavery pertes et nouveau départ Janet Willen Édith Bourget Michèle Marineau

Special Events Michael Ondaatje

Anthony Bourdain

Wednesday, September 21 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 29 @ 8:00 pm

St. Andrews Wesley United Church Tickets: 604.629.8849 or

Centre for the Performing Arts Tickets: 855.985.5000 or

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Centre for the P Tickets: 855.985.500

31 Friday





EVEnT #38

EVEnT #43

EVEnT #47

EVEnT #51

EVEnT #56

EVEnT #63

EVEnT #67

10-11:30 am Granville Island Stage

1-2:30 pm Granville Island Stage

8:00 pm Revue Stage

10:30 am Revue Stage

2:00 pm 8:00 pm Performance Works Performance Works

11:00 am Performance Works

3:30 pm Performance Works

Wayne Arthurson Stuart MacBride Denise Mina Ian Rankin Peter Robinson

Barry Callaghan Alexandra Fuller Gary Geddes Andrew Westoll

Ken Babstock Suzanne Buffam Evelyn Lau David McGimpsey Melanie Siebert Richard Siken Matthew Zapruder

Esi Edugyan Gayla Reid Antanas Sileika

Lynn Coady Nicole Lundrigan David Adams Richards D.W. Wilson

Wayne Arthurson Anita Rau Badami Marina Endicott Nicole Lundrigan Gayla Reid

Lynn Coady Elizabeth Hay Wayne Johnston Tessa McWatt Michael V. Smith D.W. Wilson

Crime Time

Truth and Storytelling

EVEnT #39

EVEnT #44

10-11:30 am Revue Stage

1-2:30 pm Revue Stage

School Days

Elizabeth Hay Alexander Maksik Suzette Mayr EVEnT #40

My Generation Dennis E. Bolen Linda Grant Cate Kennedy EVEnT #45

10-11:30 am 1-2:30 pm Performance Works Watefront Theatre

Conversations with Bill Kate Beaton Barry Callaghan Helen Oyeyemi EVEnT #41

10-11:30 am Waterfront Theatre

Culture in a Petri Dish

Angie Abdou Lynn Coady David Gilmour Timothy Taylor EVEnT #42

10-11:30 am Studio 1398

Land of Plenty Peter Behrens Clark Blaise Ling Zhang


mber 5 @ 8:00 pm

Performing Arts 00 or

Pure Poetry

Martín Espada John Glenday Fanny Howe Sharon Thesen Sachiko Murakami Olive Senior EVEnT #46

1-2:30 pm Studio 1398

Spoken Word Masterclass Sheri-D Wilson

Vancouver 125 Poetry Cabaret (2)

EVEnT #48

8:00 pm Performance Works

The Literary Cabaret

David Bezmozgis David Gilmour Lev Grossman Alexandra Maksik Olive Senior Miriam Toews EVEnT #49

8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre

Under African Skies Aminatta Forna Alexandra Fuller EVEnT #50

8:00 pm

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

EVEnT #52

10:30 am EVEnT #57 Performance Works 2:00 pm Coast to Coast Waterfront Theatre Anita Rau Badami Community Zsuzsi Gartner Centred Wayne Johnston Angie Abdou Miriam Toews Farzana Doctor Dermot Healy EVEnT #53 Suzette Mayr 10:30 am Waterfront Theatre EVEnT #58 Bloody 2:00 pm Scotland Studio 1398 Stuart MacBride Non-Fiction Denise Mina After Noon Ian Rankin Gary Geddes Charlotte Gill EVEnT #54 Andrew Nikiforuk 10:30 am Studio 1398 EVEnT #59 Blaise and 8:00 pm Wiebe in Revue Stage

Conversation EVEnT #55

An Intimate Evening with David Adams Richards

Possibilities of Hope

2:00 pm Revue Stage

Bamboo Lettering

When Then Was Now

EVEnT #60


The Poetry Bash

Martín Espada John Glenday Fanny Howe John Pass Sharon Thesen Jan Zwicky EVEnT #61

8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre


Farzana Doctor Pauline Holdstock Thomas Pletzinger Steven Price Antanas Sileika Michael V. Smith Timothy Taylor EVEnT #62

8:00 pm Studio 1398

An Intimate Evening with Aminatta Forna

The Sunday Brunch

EVEnT #64

10:30 am Studio 1398

The Tie that Binds

Peter Behrens Tessa McWatt Rosemary Nixon EVEnT #65

1:30 pm Waterfront Theatre

Room for All of Us

Adrienne Clarkson EVEnT #66

1:30 pm Studio 1398

We're Not the Centre of the Universe

The Afternoon Tea

EVEnT #68

4:00 pm Waterfront Theatre

Vancouver 125 Legacy Books

Jean Barman Dan Francis Stephen Osbourne Anakana Scofield EVEnT #69

8:00 pm Waterfront Theatre

GG Award Party Joan MacLeod John Pass Nino Ricci John Vaillant

Don McKay

Randy Boyagoda Esi Edugyan C.C. Humphreys Helen Humphreys

Kevin Chong Jen Sookfong Lee Ling Zhang

Wade Davis

Chuck Palahniuk

Thursday, november 10 @ 7:30 pm

Wednesday, november 30 @ 7:00 pm

St. Andrews Wesley United Church Tickets: 604.629.8849 or

Frederic Wood Theatre Tickets: 604.629.8849 or

Penguin welcomes our authors to the festival

helen oyeyemi I Zsuzsi gartner D.w. wilson I lev grossman ling Zhang I randy Boyagoda harry whitehead adrienne clarkson


Friday, October 21 tHE VANCouVER 125 PoEtRy CAbAREt – EVENINg 2



The Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference is back for another evening of music, poetry and excitement. This time we’ll be trading saxophones and experimentation for slide guitars and poetry that explores everything from pop culture to the magical places where “Neil Young eats a campfire then drinks a glass of tears on satellite radio.” This is an all-star lineup of some of the best poets writing today, featuring Griffin Prize nominees Ken Babstock and Suzanne Buffam, recent Governor General’s Award-nominee Melanie Siebert and American poets Richard Siken and Matthew Zapruder.



8:00 pm PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $30

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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. Don’t miss out on the fun—get your tickets early because they are sure to go quickly.

The Perfect Order of Things

This event is sponsored by Scotia Private Client Group.

David Gilmour

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan



8:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $19

Awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize this year for her fiction, Aminatta Forna has been shaped by her upbringing in Sierra Leone and by her activist father, who spoke out against that government’s corruption and was executed for his determination. No less determined, Forna is honest about her love of Africa and the trauma that accompanies her African family history. A complicated and colourful family history is also the starting point for Alexandra Fuller. Her latest memoir, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness, follows her mother’s upbringing in colonial Kenya and the Fuller family’s experience as white farmers confronted by war, tragedy and heartbreak in East Africa. Through their indelible memories and intelligent insights, these two writers help to shed some light on life—and lives—under African skies.



8:00 pm stuDIo 1398 $26

At the heart of David Adams Richards’ fiction are the residents of the rural Miramichi region. He perceives his characters as inhabiting the soil of the New Brunswick town— “like the trees”—and although he experienced an uprooting after his relocation to Toronto, Richards found he was able to write about the home he loved regardless of where he lived. His latest novel, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, transports readers back to the small, tight-knit community, in a tale about truth, lies and justice that is quintessential Richards. Don’t miss out on an evening with this Giller Prize winner, whom Alistair MacLeod considers “one of the exceptional writers of our time.”

Into That Darkness

Steven Price


Antanas Sileika

34 Saturday, October 22 LoVERs IN A DANgERous tIME EsI EDugyAN, gAyLA REID, ANtANAs sILEIKA


10:30 am REVuE stAgE $17

War and conflict heighten human emotion, action and thought. There’s a desperate awareness that life may be even shorter than expected, and the future irrevocably changed. When history crashes into personal lives and loves during wartime, novelists are given rich fodder to create characters under pressure. Three authors writing against the backdrop of interesting politics, from Lithuania under the Soviet Union, to the Spanish Civil War, to Europe on the cusp of World War II, talk about the intense passion that intertwines their characters and drives their actions. Through their research, Edugyan, Reid and Sileika open up our knowledge and understanding of conflicts that may have shaped the lives of our contemporaries.



10:30 am stuDIo 1398 $17

When a writer releases a volume called Collected Stories, 1955–2010, you know that this is a writer with “legs,” who has certainly stood the test of time. When an author who has published 20 books of fiction and non-fiction releases his first collection of short stories in nearly 20 years (The Meagre Tarmac), you also know that you’re looking at great talent. Rudy Wiebe and Clark Blaise, now both in their 70s, sit down together this morning to talk about their lives as writers, the craft of the short story, the “Canadian experience” and anything else that leaps into their fertile, inquisitive and sharp minds.






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Come take a journey through the vast and diverse literary landscape of Canada, discovering the depths of great Canadian writing from coast to coast. Starting off in the west, Vancouver’s own Zsuzsi Gartner brings us satirical snapshots of city life in Better Living through Plastic Explosives. Governor General’s Award-winning writer Miriam Toews follows Irma Voth’s path from the Canadian prairies to Mexico, as she unravels the secrets of her troubled Mennonite family and fights for a better life for herself and her sisters. Acclaimed Montreal writer Anita Rau Badami transports us to northern British Columbia to tell a chilling tale of murder and secrets revealed in Tell It to the Trees. Wayne Johnston, one of Newfoundland’s finest writers, finishes the journey on the east coast in A World Elsewhere, a tale of ambition, suspected murder and the struggle for redemption. These four very different writers come together to remind us of the power of place and its ability to inspire these rich Canadian stories.

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Three authors, who could be labelled “Chinese Canadian” if you were keen to apply labels, talk about the tension between avoiding your heritage and embracing your heritage. Ling Zhang, who has lived in Canada for 25 years, has just published a saga chronicling five generations of a Chinese family lured to Canada by the promise of a better life. Jen Sookfong Lee’s new novel is set in Vancouver’s Chinatown, with a protagonist named Danny Lim, whose challenges are not restricted by his bloodlines. And Kevin Chong, who has asserted that he doesn’t want to write “books with bamboo lettering on the cover,” has written a novel about a Vancouver Asian-Canadian struggling with a hyphenated cultural identity. How big a shadow does your family tree cast on your fictional subjects?

For some time, Scotland has had the secondhighest murder rate in Western Europe. Glasgow has the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of Europe. How much do these startling facts contribute to the fact that Scotland produces a wealth of excellent crime writers whose stories are read around the world? Three crime writers who are masters of the genre talk about living and working in “bloody” Scotland. Find out how much their characters and plot twists are based in imagination, and how much they are inspired by the daily news.



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Four writers who have deliberately delved into the dark side of human existence in their recent work talk about the challenges of living with and writing about violence and despair, and finding the slivers of redemption, black humour and what David Adams Richards calls “the joy that comes from tragedy.” Populated by abusive alcoholics, boys raised to be tough goons, good people doing bad things, corruption and weakness, these are not stories about the world’s finest. But there are fine moments, fine writing and the possibilities of hope to be found. In the end, though, do writers have any responsibility to leave their readers with a way out of despair?



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Three very different novels—and novelists—have tackled the subject of community bonds and community restrictions. Echoing the format of The Canterbury Tales, Angie Abdou throws disparate characters together to create a community. Irish writer Dermot Healy writes characters that are misfits and innocents, living together in friendship and feuding in an isolated coastal town in northwest Ireland. Suzette Mayr weaves her novel around the community that forms after a bullied boy commits suicide. Come together as a community of readers this afternoon to enjoy a lively discussion about different narrative styles and the pros and cons of humans in groups.

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On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Canadian publishing house D&M Publishers, we bring together three D&M authors to celebrate. Gary Geddes has written a perilous and provocative narrative based on his travels through Africa, which does not flinch from recording the realities of sub-Saharan life as he saw them. Charlotte Gill’s memoir, Eating Dirt, relates her experiences as a member of the tribe of tree planters caught on the land between environmentalists and loggers. Andrew Nikiforuk uses his fine journalistic skills to reveal the devastation caused by the bark beetle in Empire of the Beetle. Each of these writers has a fierce belief that these are stories that must be told, and told well so that we will pay attention. Settle in for an afternoon that really matters. This event is sponsored by D&M Publishers Inc.



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Great fiction can immerse us in worlds that come alive on the page, and great historical fiction can immerse us in worlds that were once alive and now live again. The challenge is to make us feel like we were there—and these are four novelists who have mastered that feat. Spanning the continents of Europe and Asia, from the 15th to 19th centuries, these are stories set in 1939 pre-war Berlin, the tumultuous era of Napoleon III in nineteenth-century Paris, Sri Lanka in the late 1800s and Constantinople on the brink in 1453. Exotic places coupled with intriguing characters... What better way to spend a dark October night than armchair time-travelling in the hands of these thoughtful tour guides?

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Always a Festival favourite, the Poetry Bash brings to Vancouver’s stage six celebrated poets, including Griffin Poetry Prize winner Fanny Howe, Pulitzer Prize finalist Martín Espada, two Governor General’s Award winners for poetry, Jan Zwicky and John Pass, Scotland’s John Glenday, who has been shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize and Sharon Thesen, winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. This is a formidable line-up, hosted by the irrepressible Billeh Nickerson, and sure to please the ear of language lovers everywhere!

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8:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE $19

Settle back this evening to hear six fine writers read from their new works. There’s more than enough in store 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 from Hamburg to Brazil, Manitoba to Lithuania. Get swept up with the resistance movement against the Soviet bloc or the heart-wrenching mistake that changes one man’s life. Experience hostage takings and earthquakes from the safety of your seats. In other words, let tonight’s authors take you to places you may never have been, feel things you’ve never felt and come out changed.

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Commonwealth Prize-winning author Aminatta Forna takes inspiration from her experiences, explaining that “it would be extraordinary, as a writer, to not want to write about the fact that her country [Sierra Leone] had a war.” Her novel, The Memory of Love, braids the lives of three men, all shaped and scarred by war in Sierra Leone, into a subtle and involving character-study that explores the very nature of love. This is a special opportunity to hear from one of the most talented writers in literature today as she discusses the indelible effects of Sierra Leone’s past, while providing readers with a sense of hope among the loss.





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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 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. This event is sponsored by Random House Canada.

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Marriage is probably the most complicated relationship that we will ever experience. And over time, marriage is a relationship that blooms and fades and blooms again. Peter Behrens explores the oil-and-water relationship of Joe and Iseult in his novel The O’Briens, sequel to The Law of Dreams. Rosemary Nixon puts the marriage of Maggie and Brodie to the test as their newborn struggles to survive its first days. And Tessa McWatt takes us deep inside the long marriage of Mike and Anna as Anna changes under the pressure of a brain tumour. These three novelists put marriage under the microscope to provide new insights, one of the many benefits of reading great fiction.



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Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson has written a collection of personal profiles, Room for All of Us, which explores the immigrant experience in Canada. Like her, many of the people she features did not have a real choice about whether to leave their homeland. They often arrived friendless and with a sense of loss. Yet their struggles and successes have enriched Canada as much as Canada has helped them. They have gone on to become a mayor of a large Canadian city, a former ambassador to China, a CBC Radio host and provincial and federal politicians. In this interview, Adrienne will talk about her own refugee experience and what she discovered about Canada through these stories.

Poet Don McKay, winner of the 2007 Griffin prize for poetry, is one of those rare writers who is able to make subtle and significant ideas accessible. This afternoon he premieres a suite of poems commissioned by the Greenest Cities Conservation Project. Writing about simple everyday objects like a pair of boots, a walking stick and a rocking chair, McKay proposes a provocative new perspective on how we understand the world. This approach is the underpinning of new ideas in environmentalism and it is affecting how we understand the relationship between human activity and the natural world. Join the conversation, because these poems have the power to alter the way you look at the world around us.

This event is sponsored by Penguin Group (Canada).

This event is generously supported by the Hamber Foundation.

39 tHE AFtERNooN tEA LyNN CoADy, ELIzAbEtH HAy, WAyNE JoHNstoN, tEssA MCWAtt, MICHAEL V. sMItH, D.W. WILsoN Host: PAuL gRANt



3:30 pm PERFoRMANCE WoRKs $33

What could be more pleasant and relaxing than joining host Paul Grant for a thoughtprovoking 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.

VANCouVER 125 LEgACy booKs 4:00 pm WAtERFRoNt tHEAtRE Host: MICHAEL tuRNER $17


Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Party continues and this time we are celebrating our city’s literature and the republication of ten lost Vancouver literary gems, ranging from the classic oral history of Daphne Marlatt and Carole Itter’s Opening Doors to Vancouver’s most notorious unsolved murder mystery in Edward Starkins’ Who Killed Janet Smith? Come armed with your “Best of VanLit” lists as host Michael Turner talks with Vancouver literary devotees Anakana Scofield, Stephen Osbourne, Dan Francis and Jean Barman about what makes our city’s literature great and what titles you must have on your shelf.

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Celebrating 30 years of Canadian writers and books August 16-19, 2012

A reception to follow at the Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel.



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For decades the most significant recognition a writer can receive in Canada has been a Governor General’s Award. On the 75th anniversary of the awards we bring together four acclaimed writers who will read from the books that won the coveted prize, and talk about what the reward has meant for their careers. They’ll also offer their frank opinions about literary prizes in general and what they contribute to our literary culture and whether we have relied too heavily on prizes to tell us what to read. Two-time winner for fiction Nino Ricci will be joined by John Pass (poetry), Joan MacLeod (drama) and John Vaillant (non-fiction). Come celebrate the GG’s and the end of the Festival with cake and conversation. This event is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Jen has published three books of poetry: The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press, 2005); Hagiography (Coach House, 2008); and The Inquisition Yours (Coach House, 2010), which won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry.

Shaena’s novel Radiance was hailed as ‘a marvelous feat of imagining’ by The Globe and Mail, and chosen as a ‘best book of the year’ by The Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, New Zealand Star-Herald and New Zealand Listener. Her story collection, The Falling Woman, was published to critical acclaim in Canada, the UK and Germany.

The Globe and Mail declared Brian’s debut novel, Hail Mary Corner, ‘packs a cathartic wallop.’ His nonfiction narrative Shadow of the Bear:Travels in Vanishing Wilderness was chosen as a Best Outdoor Book of 2006, and as a finalist at the Banff Book Awards. The Ice Passage: A True Story of Ambition, Disaster, and Endurance in the Arctic Wilderness, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize and longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction.

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42 Author Biog raphies Angie Abdou

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Angie Abdou is a writer and teacher, with a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Calgary. Her books include the short story collection Anything Boys Can Do and two novels: The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads 2011 finalist and the 2011– 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year) and the brand new, critically acclaimed The Canterbury Trail. Abdou lives in Fernie, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.

Peter Behrens is the author of the Governor General’s Awardwinning novel The Law of Dreams, published around the world to wide acclaim, and a collection of short stories, Night Driving. His short stories and essays have appeared in Atlantic, Tin House, Saturday Night and the National Post. He was born in Montreal and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and son. His new novel, The O’Briens, follows the family from The Law of Dreams two generations later.

Angie Abdou’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by Jab Sidhoo.

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Anita Rau Badami’s first two novels, Tamarind Mem and The Hero’s Walk, were both international bestsellers. The Hero’s Walk won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and Caribbean) and Italy’s Premio Berto, was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize. The recipient of the Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career, Badami currently resides in Montreal. Her new novel is Tell It to the Trees.

Clark Blaise is the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction. A long-time advocate for the literary arts in North America, Blaise has taught writing and literature at numerous colleges and universities. Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, Blaise received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009. Blaise now divides his time between New York and San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, American novelist Bharati Mukherjee. His new collection of stories is The Meagre Tarmac. © ChIp CoopEr

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Wayne Arthurson, like his protagonist Leo Desroches, is half Cree and half French Canadian. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a drummer in a rock band and as a freelance journalist. He was born in, and lives in, Edmonton. Fall from Grace is his second novel.

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His acclaimed first book, Natasha and Other Stories, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for First Book. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Bezmozgis’ first feature film, Victoria Day, received a Genie Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His debut novel, The Free World, was published in April to rave reviews.

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Dennis E. Bolen is a novelist, editor, teacher and journalist. His novels include Stupid Crimes, Krekshuns, Toy Gun, and Kaspoit! A founding editor of the international literary journal subTerrain, Bolen has also taught creative writing and written for numerous Canadian journals and periodicals. His latest book, Anticipated Results, is a collection of linked short stories about the lost members of the boomer generation. He lives in Vancouver. © CaroL sawyEr

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Russell Banks’ previous novels include The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction, Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter. He has received numerous prizes and awards for his work, including the O. Henry Award, the Best American Short Story Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for literature and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in upstate New York. His new novel is Lost Memory of Skin.

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Kate Beaton is a Canadian webcomic artist and author of the website Hark! A Vagrant. She was born in Nova Scotia, took a history degree in New Brunswick, paid it off in Alberta, worked in a museum in British Columbia, moved to Ontario for a while to draw pictures, then to Halifax, and finally, to New York.

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Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than two dozen books in the Franklin series, which have appeared in 31 countries and 17 languages, including Hebrew, Greek and Turkish. There are now more than 60 million Franklin books in print around the world, a television series and a host of Franklin merchandise. She has also written many fiction and non-fiction titles for Kids Can Press, including the In My Neighbourhood series and two books in the Starting with Space series.

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Edith Bourget croit que la vie est une célébration absolument magnifique et que la Terre est un endroit précieux qu’il faut protéger. Elle a publié plusieurs livres pour adultes et pour les jeunes, notamment les recueils de poèmes finalistes aux Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général, Autour de Gabrielle, également lauréat du prix France-Acadie, et Les saisons d’Henri. Son dernier livre, Contre vents et marées, raconte l’histoire de trois adolescents qui ont partagé leur amour de la musique pour surmonter un deuil. Édith Bourget has published several books for adults as well as for young people, including the Governor General’s Award-nominated collections of poetry, Autour de Gabrielle, which won the Prix France-Acadie, and Les saisons d’Henri. Her new novel, Contre vents et marées, focuses on three teenagers whose shared love of music helps them each overcome a private grief. rAndy boyAgodA ontario, EvEnts 21, 59

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Randy Boyagoda is a writer, critic and professor of American Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto. His writing has appeared in publications, including the New York Times, Harper’s, The Walrus, National Post and the Globe and Mail. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was published to national acclaim and longlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His new book is Beggar’s Feast. bArry CAllAghAn ontario, EvEnts 40, 43

Barry Callaghan founded the internationally celebrated Exile: The Literary Quarterly while he was a war correspondent in the Middle East and Africa in the 1970s. He is a novelist, poet and essayist whose work has been much anthologized. His numerous awards include Toronto’s One Hundred Outstanding Citizens Award, the inaugural W. O. Mitchell Award for Fiction and Editorial Monitoring and the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters and Periodical Distributors of Canada Gold Award for Fiction. His latest book, a collection of essays, is Raise You Twenty. kevin Chong British ColumBia, EvEnts 8, 55 © LEE hEnDErson

Kevin Chong was born in Hong Kong in 1975 and raised in Vancouver. He is the author of one previous novel, Baroquea-Nova, a music memoir entitled Neil Young Nation and a forthcoming memoir on horse-racing. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Chatelaine and the CBC Arts website. His new novel, a tragicomic modern immigrant tale, is Beauty Plus Pity.




44 Author Biographies brendA ClArk

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Brenda Clark has illustrated more than 30 Franklin titles and numerous activity books for the series. Franklin and his friends quickly became popular around the world, and by 1997, the first animated episode of Franklin was televised. One other successful collaboration with Franklin author Paulette Bourgeois is the delightful Big Sarah’s Little Boots. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario, with her husband and son. Adrienne ClArkson © krIstIna LaukkanEn

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Adrienne Clarkson became Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General in 1999 and served until September 2005. In her multifaceted career as an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant, she has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, she now lives in Toronto. Her new book, Room for All of Us, explores the immigrant experience through the people who have helped transform Canada.

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Celebrate the Reemergence of 10 Quintessential Vancouver Books

Along the No. 20 Line: Reminiscences of the Vancouver Waterfront by Rolf Knight • A Hard Man to Beat by Howie White Opening Doors: Vancouver's East End edited by Daphne Marlatt & Carole Itter • Who Killed Janet Smith? by Edward Starkins Class Warfare by D.M. Fraser • A Credit to Your Race by Truman Green Crossings by Betty Lambert • The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand W. Sinclair Day and Night by Dorothy Livesay • Anhaga by Jon Furberg

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British ColumBia, EvEnt 5, 12 Along the No. 20 Line: Reminiscences of the Vancouver Waterfront by Rolf Knight Stephan Cloutier a étudié l’art dramatique au Conservatoire Anhaga by Jon Furberg d’art dramatique de Montréal avant de s’installer Crossings by Betty Lambert sur la côte Ouest en 1998. Ses pièces, destinées à unbyjeune Class Warfare D.M. public, Fraser comprennent A Credit to Your jouées Race bypartout TrumanàGreen Fuego et Safari de Banlieue, travers le Canada, et Day and NightSa bypremière Dorothy Livesay Les voyages de Muriel Velulleg. pièce pour adultes, A Hard Man to Beat by Howie White Apocalypse à Kamloops, a été jouée à Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury et Vancouver, et elle The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand W. Sinclair été traduite en anglais. Sa dernière s’intitule Charles et Berthin. Openinga Doors: Vancouver's East End edited bypièce Daphne Marlatt & Carole Itter Who Killed Janet Smith? by Edward Starkins

Stephan Cloutier studied acting at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique in Montreal before relocating to the West Coast in 1998. His plays for young audiences include Fuego and Safari de Banlieue, which both toured nationally, and Les voyages de Muriel Velulleg. His first play for adults, Apocalypse à Kamloops was performed in Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury and Vancouver, and has been translated into English. His most recent play is Charles et Berthin. lynn CoAdy alBErta, EvEnts 41, 56, 67

Lynn Coady is an award-winning author, editor and journalist. Her previous novels include Saints of Big Harbour, which was a national bestseller and a Globe 100 book, and Mean Boy, another Globe 100 book. She has also published an acclaimed collection of short stories, Play the Monster Blind. Her popular advice column, “Group Therapy,” runs weekly in the Globe and Mail. Coady is originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and now lives in Edmonton. Her new novel is The Antagonist.

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Alan Cumyn is the author of several highly acclaimed but wildly different literary novels. Burridge Unbound and Man of Bone both won the Ottawa Book Award and were respectively shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Award. His first novel for children, The Secret Life of Owen Skye, won the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His new novel for young adults is Tilt. tAnyA dAvis nova sCotia, EvEnts 11, 29

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Tanya Davis is a singer/songwriter/poet who is a two-time winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-off and the author of the video poem “How to Be Alone,” which has screened at a number of film festivals, won awards and had over three million views on YouTube. She is currently serving as the Mayor’s Poet Laureate for the city of Halifax. Her debut collection is At First, Lonely. Tanya Davis’ appearance is made possible by a generous donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by Dr. Yosef Wosk.

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Maggie de Vries is the award-winning author of seven books for children, including Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story, Fraser Bear, Chance and the Butterfly and a teen novel, Hunger Journeys, which won the 2011 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize at the BC Book Awards. She also teaches creative writing at UBC and UNBC, travels regularly to lead writing workshops with children and teachers and occasionally edits children’s books. Maggie lives in Vancouver.


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Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala! Mehndi! Masti! People’s Choice Award. Doctor was recently awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Grant, awarded by the Writers’ Trust to an emerging gay or lesbian writer. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. She lives in Toronto. Her new novel is Six Metres of Pavement. esi edugyAn British ColumBia, EvEnts 21, 51

Esi Edugyan’s first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004’s Books to Remember. Edugyan’s work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing. Her new novel is, Half-Blood Blues, is on the 2011 Man Booker Prize list.





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46 Author Biographies


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Sarah Ellis is the award-winning author of many young adult novels, including Pick Up Sticks, winner of the Governor General’s Award; Out of the Blue, which received Mr. Christie’s Book Award; and The Baby Project, recipient of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Book Prize. In 1995, Ellis was honoured with the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. She lives in Vancouver. Her new book, Dear Canada: That Fatal Night, takes a unique perspective on the Titanic tragedy. mArinA endiCott alBErta, EvEnts 36, 63

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Marina Endicott was born in British Columbia, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Her first novel, Open Arms, was nominated for the First Novel Award in 2002, and her long poem “The Policeman’s Wife, Some Letters” was shortlisted for the national CBC Literary Awards in 2006. Her second novel, Good to a Fault, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada region), was a finalist for the Giller Prize in 2008, and was one of the featured books for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2010. The Little Shadows is her most recent novel. mArtín esPAdA unitEd statEs, EvEnts 45, 60

Martín Espada is the author of more than 15 books. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball, was released in 2011. His previous collection, The Republic of Poetry (2006), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Simon Fellowship and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. trevor Ferguson QuEBEC, EvEnt 20

Trevor Ferguson (a.k.a. John Farrow) is a novelist and playwright who has received acclaim for his novels, including High Water Chants, Onyx John, The Kinkajou, and The Timekeeper, and his plays, which have been produced on Montreal stages in both English and French. Under the pseudonym John Farrow, he has also written a series of crime novels that have received rapturous praise from critics, including City of Ice, Ice Lake, and the latest, River City. He lives in Montreal.

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Aminatta Forna’s Memory of Love won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times and Times. She is also the author of Ancestor Stones, a novel, and The Devil That Danced on the Water, a memoir of her activist father and her country, Sierra Leone. She now lives in London. © sIMon wEstCott

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Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969 and moved to Africa with her family in 1971. She has written four books of nonfiction: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, one of the New York Times’ Notable Books for 2002 and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize; Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier; The Legend of Colton H Bryant; and her latest, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. She now lives in Wyoming.

David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned critical praise from literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and from publications ranging from the New York Times to People magazine. In 2005, his novel A Perfect Night to Go to China won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His next book, The Film Club, was a finalist for the 2008 Charles Taylor Prize and became an international bestseller. His latest novel is The Perfect Order of Things.

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Zsuzsi Gartner is the author of the critically acclaimed story collection All the Anxious Girls on Earth and the editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. A former senior editor at Saturday Night magazine, she is currently creative director of Vancouver Review’s Blueprint B.C. Fiction Series. She is the winner of a 2007 National Magazine Award for Fiction and the recipient of numerous awards for her magazine journalism. Critics have been raving about her new collection, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives.

John Glenday was born near Broughty Ferry, Scotland, in 1952. His first collection, The Apple Ghost, won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and his second, Undark, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His most recent collection, Grain, was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is a board member of the Scottish Poetry Library and currently lives near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. John Glenday’s appearance is made possible by Creative Scotland.

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Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books and has received numerous literary awards, including the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and Chile’s Gabriela Mistral Prize. He is the author of two bestselling travel memoirs, The Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things and Sailing Home. He lives on Thetis Island in British Columbia. His new book, Drink the Bitter Root, is a condemnation of the horrors spawned by greed and corruption and an eloquent tribute to human resilience.

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Misha Glenny is the author of The Rebirth of History, The Fall of Yugoslavia, The Balkans and McMafia. An acclaimed journalist and historian, he contributes regularly to the Guardian, Observer, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he has most recently advised several southern European countries on policy-making and legislation. His new book is Darkmarket: CyberThieves,CyberCops and You. lindA grAnt

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Douglas Gibson is an award-winning editor. His new memoir, Stories about Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and Others, looks back on the author’s extraordinary career of working—and playing—alongside some of Canada’s greatest writers. Insightful and entertaining, this collection of tales provides an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that is rarely revealed, going behind the scenes and between the covers to divulge a treasure trove of literary adventures.

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Linda Grant is a novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000, for When I Lived in Modern Times, and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for the Art of Reportage in 2006. She is the author of many books, including Sexing the Millennium, The Cast Iron Shore, The Thoughtful Dresser and The Clothes on Their Backs, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Her latest novel is We Had It So Good. She lives in North London. lev grossmAn unitEd statEs, EvEnts 31, 48

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Charlotte Gill is the author of the story collection Ladykiller, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, winner of the Danuta Gleed Award and the BC Book Prize for Fiction. Her narrative non-fiction has been nominated for Western and National Magazine Awards. Gill spent nearly two decades working in the forests of Canada and has planted more than a million trees, an experience that informs her new memoir, Eating Dirt: Field Notes on Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe.

Lev Grossman’s bestselling novel, The Magicians, has been widely praised for injecting mature themes into fantasy literature. The New York Times said the book “could crudely be labeled a Harry Potter for adults.” As a journalist, Grossman has reported extensively on the consumer electronics industry for publications including Time, the Wall Street Journal and Village Voice. His new novel is The Magician King. © sophIE gEE

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C. C. (Chris) Humphreys is an actor-turned-playwright turned-novelist whose love of history and drama comes out in dashing adventure novels. His books for young adults include The Runestone Saga, and most recently, The Hunt of the Unicorn; for adults, his latest is A Place Called Armageddon.

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Elizabeth Hay is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights on Air as well as three other award-winning works of fiction, Small Change, A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she has spent time in Mexico and New York City and now lives in Ottawa. Her new novel, Alone in the Classroom, probes the roots of obsessive love and hate across generations.

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Dermot Healy is an Irish poet, novelist and dramatist. He lives in County Sligo and is the author of A Goat’s Song, Sudden Times and The Bend for Home. He has previously won the Hennessy Award (twice), the Tom Gallon Award, the Encore Award and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award. His most recent novel is Long Time, No See.

Helen Humphreys’ acclaimed, award-winning novels include Leaving Earth, Afterimage, and The Lost Garden, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books; Wild Dogs, which has been optioned for film, and was produced as a stage play at CanStage in Toronto in the fall of 2008; and the number-one national bestseller, Coventry. She has also published four books of poetry and a bestselling work of creative non-fiction, The Frozen Thames. Her new novel is The Reinvention of Love.

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Deborah Hodge is the award-winning author of 25 books for children. Her most recent title is Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City, a companion title to Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm. These books look at smallscale farming and raising food in cities. Her other work includes The Kids Book of Canada’s Railway and Lily and the Mixed-up Letters. Deborah is a former primary teacher and curriculum writer for the BC Ministry of Education. She lives in Vancouver.

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Glen Huser has written many highly praised novels for young readers. He has won a number of awards such as the Mr. Christie Award, the Governor General’s Award and the R. Ross Annett Award. A teacher-librarian for most of his life, he lives in Vancouver where he continues to write, pursue his artwork and coach students working on their own books for young people. zACCheus JACkson British ColumBia, EvEnts 11, 29

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Pauline Holdstock’s novel Beyond Measure was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada region) and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and it won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Holdstock’s other novels include The Blackbird’s Song, which was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Turning and The Burial Ground. She lives on Vancouver Island. Her new novel is Into the Heart of the Country.

Zaccheus Jackson is a full-blood member of the Blackfoot people. He was born in Alberta and now calls Vancouver home, working full-time as a performing artist. He has toured and Canada and the USA performing his unique blend of storytelling and urban guerrilla poetry. He has facilitated workshops and events for at-risk youth, and he currently works with Vancouver’s Full Circle First Nations Performance. WAyne Johnston nEwfoundland, EvEnts 52, 67

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Fanny Howe is one of the most widely read of American experimental poets. She has also published several volumes of prose, including Lives of the Spirit/Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken and The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life, a collection of essays. Her awards include the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, presented annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition.

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in Goulds, Newfoundland. His celebrated novels include The Story of Bobby O’Malley, which won the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award; The Divine Ryans, which was adapted for film; The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York, both of which were on bestseller lists in Canada for extended periods of time and have been published internationally. His latest, A World Elsewhere, revolves around a nineteenth-century mystery involving the suspected murder of a child. © nEIL grahaM

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Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known works include Mister Pip, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards; Biografi; Choo Woo; Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance; Paint Your Wife; and the short story collection The Man in the Shed. He lives in Wellington. His latest novel is Hand Me Down World, the tale of a mother in search of her stolen child. Lloyd Jones’ appearance is supported by the New Zealand Book Council and Creative New Zealand.

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Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of Fatty Legs, named a 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Book. The memoir is based on the childhood of her mother-in-law, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. The much anticipated follow-up to this story is A Stranger at Home. Christy lives with her husband, three children, three dogs, a llama and various other animals on a farm near Fort St. John, British Columbia. CAte kennedy australia, EvEnts 7, 44

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Cate Kennedy’s stories have been widely anthologized in her home country of Australia, as well as appearing in the New Yorker and Harvard Review. Her critically acclaimed collection Dark Roots was published in 2006. She is the author of three poetry collections, her most recent The Taste of River Water, and a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry: A Mexican Journal. Her latest work is her debut novel, The World Beneath, was shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for outstanding literary work. Cate Kennedy’s appearance is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in Vancouver’s Eastside, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her books include The End of East and Shelter, a novel for young adults. A popular radio personality, Jen can be heard on “Westcoast Words,” a weekly writing column featured on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast and All Points West, on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and on the Studio One Book Club, where she is a frequent co-host. The Better Mother is her most recent novel. dAniel loxton British ColumBia, EvEnt 27

Daniel Loxton is the Editor of Junior Skeptic and has written for critical thinking publications including Skeptic, Skeptical Briefs, eSkeptic and the Skeptical Inquirer. He is the author of two non-fiction books for young readers, Evolução and Evolution. In a previous career, Daniel was a silvicultural shepherd for ten years (working mostly along the British Columbian side of the Alaska panhandle). His most recent book is Ankylosaur Attack.



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Nicole Lundrigan grew up in Newfoundland, and she has earned praise for writing about it the way William Faulkner wrote about the American South. Her literary fiction has been selected as a top-ten pick by the Globe and Mail, longlisted for the ReLit Award and given honourable mention for the Sunburst Award. Her three previous, critically acclaimed novels are Unravelling Arva, Thaw and The Seary Line. Her latest, Glass Boys, explores the power of family secrets to make and unmake lives. stuArt mACbride sCotland, EvEnts 38, 53

Stuart MacBride has gone from asking people if they “want fries with that” to project-managing vast IT projects for the oil industry. Somewhere in the middle, he managed to make money out of dressing up as a woman. He’s also penned a bestselling series of thrillers featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, including the award-winning Cold Granite, Dying Light and the most recent, Shatter the Bones. MacBride lives in northeast Scotland with his wife, Fiona, his cat, Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds. JoAn mACleod British ColumBia, EvEnt 69

Joan MacLeod’s plays include Jewel; Toronto; Mississippi; The Hope Slide; and Amigo’s Blue Guitar, which won the Governor General’s Award. More recently, her plays Homechild and Another Home Invasion have been on Vancouver stages, while The Shape of a Girl, originally written for young audiences, continues to tour internationally. Joan teaches writing at the University of Victoria.

Michèle Marineau is a two-time Governor General’s Award winner. Born in Montreal in 1955, she studied medicine, art history, and translation at the University of Montreal before she became a writer and translator of works for audiences of all ages. Her novels include Cassiopée : L’été polonais, La route Chlifa, Cendrillon, and L’Affreux. Her books have been translated and published in Canada, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain. suzette mAyr alBErta, EvEnts 39, 57

Suzette Mayr is the author of three previous novels: Moon Honey, The Widows and Venous Hum. The Widows was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Caribbean and Canada region) and has been translated into German. Moon Honey was shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta Best First Book Award and Best Novel Award. Her newest novel is Monoceros, concerning the aftermath of a teenager’s suicide at a Catholic high school. She lives and works in Calgary. don mCkAy nEwfoundland, EvEnt 66

Don McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault, Lependu, and Apparatus. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field and Another Gravity. In 2007, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip. He has also been influential as a teacher and editor, as the co-founder of Brick Books, one of Canada’s leading poetry presses, and as editor of the literary journal The Fiddlehead from 1991-96. In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Don McKay’s appearance is supported by the Greenest Cities Conservation Project.

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Alexander Maksik’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Narrative, Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light, nthWORD and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. He is the recipient of a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Iowa City. His first novel, You Deserve Nothing, delineates the shocking fall from grace of a charismatic young teacher in Paris. miChèle mArineAu QuEBEC, EvEnts 2, 28, 30

Michèle Marineau est deux fois lauréate du Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général. Née à Montréal en 1955, elle a étudié la médecine, l’histoire de l’art et la traduction à l’Université de Montréal avant de devenir auteure et traductrice pour les publics de tous les âges. Parmi ses œuvres, mentionnons Cassiopée : L’été polonais, La route Chlifa, Cendrillon, et L’Affreux. Ses livres ont été traduits et publiés au Canada, en France, au Danemark, aux Pays-Bas, en Suède et en Espagne.

Tessa McWatt was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), moved to Canada with her family when she was three and grew up in Toronto. She is the author of five previous novels; her second, Dragons Cry, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the City of Toronto Book Award. She divides her time between London and Toronto. Her latest novel is Vital Signs. © CaroLInE BEnjo

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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow and moved more than 21 times in 18 years during her childhood because of her father’s job as an engineer. Her first novel, Garnethill, won The Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Dagger for best first crime novel. Since then, she has written seven more novels, including her most recent book, The End of the Wasp Season. She also writes comics and short stories, and she is a regular contributor to radio and television.

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Sachiko Murakami’s first poetry collection, The Invisibility Exhibit, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has been a literary worker for various publishers, magazines and organizations, and is a past member of the Kootenay School of Writing, a Vancouverbased writers’ collective. Her new poetry collection, Rebuild, approaches the city of Vancouver through its inhabitants’ greatest passion: real estate. She lives in Toronto where she co-hosts the Pivot Reading Series.


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Andrew Nikiforuk is a well-known Canadian journalist whose work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Equinox, and Canadian Family and in the Globe and Mail and the National Post. His books include Pandemonium; Saboteurs, which won a Governor General’s Award; Fourth Horseman and Tar Sands. His new book, Empire of the Beetle, investigates the human-engineered devastation of North America’s beetle-ravaged forest. He lives in Calgary. rosemAry nixon alBErta, EvEnts 6, 64

Rosemary Nixon penned her acclaimed new novel, Kalila, on two continents over 15 years. She is the author of two previous short story collections, Mostly Country and The Cock’s Egg, winner of the Howard O’Hagan Short Fiction Award. Nixon has taught creative writing at the University of Calgary, Chinook College and at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. She was Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program and is now Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor. helen oyeyemi unitEd Kingdom, EvEnts 7, 40 © sanEEh sukuMaran

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and moved to London when she was four. She completed her first novel, The Icarus Girl, just before her 19th birthday, while studying for her A levels. She has written two plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese. Her other novels are The Opposite House, White is for Witching and her latest, Mr. Fox, a mischievous story of love, lies and inspiration. John PAss British ColumBia, EvEnts 60, 69

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John Pass has had his work published widely in Canada, as well as in the US, the UK and Ireland. His most recent books, comprising the quartet At Large, are The Hour’s Acropolis, Radical Innocence, Water Stair, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and Stumbling in the Bloom, winner of the Governor General’s Award. He lives with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan, on BC’s Sunshine Coast. His new poetry collection is crawlspace.

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52 Author Biographies kit PeArson

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Margaret Pokiak-Fenton spent her early years on Banks Island in the Arctic Ocean. She now lives with her son and his family near Fort St. John, British Columbia. Margaret is well known for her beautifully beaded and adorned Inuit crafts, which she sells in the local farmers’ market. steven PriCe

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Thomas Pletzinger was born in 1975 in Münster, Germany. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Bestattung eines Hundes (Funeral for a Dog), has recently been translated into English. Pletzinger has received various literary awards and fellowships, including the 2009 Uwe-Johnson-Förderpreis. He teaches Creative Writing at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel, Switzerland, and otherwise lives in Berlin, where he works as a freelance writer and translator. Thomas Pletzinger’s appearance is made7/10/09 possible by the 10:41 AM DOCK-writers2009.qxp Goethe-Institut Toronto.

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Steven Price’s first collection of poems, Anatomy of Keys, was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry, won the 2007 Gerald Lampert Award and was named a Globe and Mail Book of the Year. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and has been translated into Hungarian, German and French. His debut novel, Into That Darkness, opens at the moment when a massive earthquake devastates the West Coast. © EsI EDugyan

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Ian Rankin is the UK’s number one crime author. He is most famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series, which has topped The Sunday Times bestseller lists, been translated into 22 languages and been adapted into a major television series. His new novel, The Impossible Dead, brings back the character of Malcolm Fox from Rankin’s bestselling The Complaints. Rankin recently received the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. He lives in Edinburgh. © rankIn

Kit Pearson’s nine novels for children include the Guests of War trilogy, Awake and Dreaming and A Perfect Gentle Knight. She has received 14 awards for her writing. Her newest novel, The Whole Truth, is set on a West Coast island during the 1930s; she is presently working on its sequel, Nothing but the Truth. Pearson lives in Victoria with her partner Katherine.

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Gayla Reid was born in Australia and came to Canada over 30 years ago. Her work has garnered major Canadian literary awards, including the Journey Prize and the 2005 Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career. Her first work of fiction, the short story collection To Be There with You, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her subsequent books are All the Seas of the World, Closer Apart: The Ardara Variations and her latest novel, Come from Afar.

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Peter Robinson is the recipient of numerous awards for his Inspector Banks novels, including the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for the French translation of In a Dry Season, the Edgar Award for the short story Missing in Action, Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Award and several Arthur Ellis Awards for best novel. In 2002, he was awarded the Dagger in the Library Award by the Crime Writers’ Association. Robinson was born in Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Toronto. His new book is Before the Poison. © nIaLL MCDIarMID

David Adams Richards’ acclaimed novels include The Lost Highway, The Friends of Meager Fortune, River of the Brokenhearted, and Mercy Among the Children, which won the 2000 Giller Prize. He is the author of the celebrated Miramichi trilogy: Nights Below Station Street, winner of the Governor General’s Award; Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace, winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award; and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down. His latest novel is Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul.

Olive Senior is a fiction writer, poet, journalist and editor. Her short story collection Summer Lightning won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book in 1987, and her poetry collection Over the Roofs of the World was a finalist for the 2005 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom; she now spends her time in Jamaica and Toronto. Dancing Lessons is her latest novel. AntAnAs sileikA

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Nino Ricci’s first novel, the bestselling Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim and won a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award. It was the first installment in a trilogy, rounded out by In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone, which was adapted for a television miniseries. Ricci’s next novel, Testament, won numerous awards. His latest is The Origin of Species, which earned him his second Governor General’s Award.

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Margriet Ruurs is the author of numerous books for children, including Wild Babies and A Pacific Alphabet. She has a master’s degree in education and has spent many years both writing books for children and teaching them about books. She has also spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the mountains and travelling. She has lived across North America and now makes her home on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island.

Antanas Sileika is the author of two novels and one collection of linked short stories, Buying on Time, which was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His last novel, Woman in Bronze, was a Globe and Mail Best Book selection. He lives in Toronto, where he is the artistic director for the Humber School for Writers. His new novel, Underground, is set in Lithuania’s resistance movement in the 1940s.

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Michael V. Smith is an assistant professor at UBC, where he teaches creative writing. His first novel, Cumberland, was shortlisted for the / Books in Canada First Novel Award. His short fiction has won the Western Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and been nominated for the Journey Prize. In 2007, Smith received the Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers and Vancouver’s Community Hero of the Year Award. A native of Cornwall, Ontario, Smith currently lives in Kelowna, BC. Michael’s new novel is Progress.

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Timothy Taylor’s first two novels, Stanley Park and Story House, have both been critical and commercial successes. He has also published a prize-winning collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise. He is the winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and has been finalist or runner-up for six other major national fiction prizes in Canada, including the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize. He has also been widely published and recognized for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work. Art and advertising clash in his new novel, The Blue Light Project.

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Sharon Thesen is the author of nine previous books of poetry, including The Good Bacteria, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for poetry, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the ReLit Award. She received the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her collection A Pair of Scissors, and she has been a finalist for the BC Book Prize. Her new poetry collection is Oyama Pink Shale. mAdeleine thien

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Miriam Toews is the author of four previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck; A Boy of Good Breeding; the Governor General Award–winning, Canada Reads–winning, bestselling novel A Complicated Kindness; and The Flying Troutmans, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She has also published one work of non-fiction: Swing Low: A Life. Her new novel, Irma Voth, depicts the upheaval that occurs in a Mennonite community when a film crew arrives. She lives in Toronto. © CaroL LoEwEn


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John Vaillant’s first book, The Golden Spruce, was a national bestseller and won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, as well as several other awards. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and The Walrus, among other publications. His latest book is The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.

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Guy Vanderhaeghe is the author of four previous novels: My Present Age, Homesick, The Englishman’s Boy, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and The Last Crossing, a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2004. He has also published three collections of short stories: Man Descending, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Faber Prize in the UK, The Trouble with Heroes and Things as They Are. His eagerly awaited new novel is A Good Man. AndreW Westoll ontario, EvEnts 3, 43

Andrew Westoll is an award-winning narrative journalist and internationally published author. His first book, The Riverbones, is a passionate, stunningly written travel-memoir and eco-narrative that describes his five-month odyssey-of-return through the untouched rainforests of Suriname, where he once lived as a monkey researcher. An excerpt won gold at the 2007 National Magazine Awards. His latest, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, grapples with questions of what we owe to the animals who are our nearest genetic relations. hArry WhiteheAd unitEd Kingdom, EvEnts 6, 59 © anIta sIvakuMaran

Harry Whitehead worked for many years as a location manager in the film business. He has master’s degrees in creative writing and medical anthropology, and a Ph.D. from Lancaster University. He has published a number of short stories and articles and teaches creative writing at the University of Leicester. The Cannibal Spirit is his first novel. rudy Wiebe alBErta, EvEnts 36, 54 © anDrEw rurak

Rudy Wiebe has been entertaining, educating and inspiring readers with award-winning novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, histories and screenplays for more than 50 years. Wiebe received the Governor General’s Award for fiction in 1973 for The Temptations of Big Bear and again, in 1994, for A Discovery of Strangers. In 2007, he won the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction for his memoir, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest. Wiebe is an Officer of the Order of Canada. His new book, Collected Stories: 1955–2010, contains 50 short stories from his expansive career, including four previously unpublished pieces. He lives with his wife, Tena, in Edmonton.

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D.W. (Dave) Wilson was born and raised in the small towns of the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia’s inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship. His stories have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, including the Malahat Review, Grain, and Southword. His debut collection of short stories is Once You Break a Knuckle. © Mark prIngLE

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John Wilson has almost two dozen books to his credit, including novels and non-fiction for kids, teens and adults. From lost Arctic explorers in the Governor General’s Award nominated The Alchemist’s Dream to holy Crusaders in the acclaimed The Heretic’s Secret series, Wilson has brought excitement and adventure to historical moments from across the globe. His latest title, I Am Canada: Shot at Dawn, explores life in the horrific trenches of World War I from the perspective of a shellshocked Canadian soldier. © DayLE suthErLanD

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Sheri-D Wilson, “the Mama of Dada,” has seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Autopsy of a Turvy World. She has two spoken word CDs (arranged by Russell Broom) and four award-winning videopoems, including Airplane Paula and Spinsters Hanging in Trees, all produced for Bravo!FACT. She recently edited The Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets who Teach. Since founding the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2003, she has worked to present the largest spoken word festival in Canada.

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Moira Young attended the University of British Columbia before heading to the UK to study drama. After a few years of performing on the alternative comedy circuit and tap -dancing on a West End stage, Young returned to Vancouver, where she successfully trained as an opera singer. Returning to the UK, she sang in some of London’s most prestigious venues. Young has now returned to her first love—writing— with her debut novel, Blood Red Road.

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Ling Zhang is a senior audiologist and fiction writer. She was born in Hangzhou of Zhejiang Province in China and came to Canada in 1986 to pursue an M.A. in English at the University of Calgary. She obtained her second degree—an M.A. in communication disorders— at the University of Cincinnati. She has published three novels and two collections of short stories and was recognized in 2006 with the People’s Literature Award in China. Her most recent book is Gold Mountain Blues. JAn zWiCky British ColumBia, EvEnt 60 © DanIELLE sChauB

Jan Zwicky has published more than 10 books of poetry and philosophy, and this year has released three more: Forge, her newest collection of poetry, The Book of Frog, her first book of fiction, and a revised edition of her landmark philosophical meditation, Lyric Philosophy. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Award for Songs for Relinquishing the Earth and the Dorothy Livesay Prize for Robinson’s Crossing. Jan Zwicky’s appearance is made possible in part by the Betty & Ralph Gustafson Chair of Poetry at Vancouver Island University.

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the rules 1. The contest is open to all writers. 2. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished work in each category: a. Poetry (any style): 500 word limit b. Creative Short Fiction: 1,500 word limit 3. Entries will be judged blind. Please do not put your name on your story or poem. On a separate sheet, include your name, address and phone number and the word count of your piece. For each story or poem, please include a $15 entry fee. Make cheque payable to the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Multiple entries can be paid for on one cheque.

4. Drop off or mail two copies of each entry to the Vancouver International Writers Festival, 202–1398 Cartwright St., Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8 5 Your entry should be typed, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11-inch paper. 6. Please do not send originals; entries will not be returned. 7. Winners will be selected by a panel of professionals in the publishing and book industry. 8. Entries must be postmarked or delivered on or before 5 pm on October 23, 2011. 9. Winners will be announced by January 16, 2012.

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