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17th Annual Presenting a World of Words on Granville Island October 19-24 2004 includes La joie de lire events in French
The Vancouver International Writers (and Readers) Festival  a world of words

Special Events

John Irving

The Vancouver International Writers Festival and Random House of Canada are pleased to present

A Special Event with

John Irving

7 pm, Thursday, Aug 11
St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church
1012 Nelson Avenue (at Burrard)
Tickets $12/$10
Tickets on sale July 1 at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 604 280 3311 or online at

John Irving, author of the acclaimed bestsellers The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules, will read from his new book, Until I Find You.

Until I Find You is suffused with overwhelming poignancy and poignancy; it is also a robust and comic novel, certain to be compared to John Irving’s most ambitious and moving work.


John Irving

John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. His many best selling novels include The World According to Garp, Setting Free the Bears , A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation and has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award and an Oscar.

In 1992 Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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About John Irving's new book, Until I Find You

“According to his mother, Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor, but Jack's most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother's hand. He wasn't acting then.”

So begins John Irving's eleventh novel, Until I Find You — the story of the actor Jack Burns. Jack's mother, Alice, is a Toronto tattoo artist. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports; they are trying to find Jack's missing father, William, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt.

Jack Burns goes to schools in Canada and New England, but what shapes his character are his relationships with older women. John Irving renders Jack's life as an actor in Hollywood with the same richness of detail and range of emotions he uses to describe the tattoo parlors in those North Sea ports and the reverberating music Jack heard as a child in European churches.

The author's tone — indeed, the narrative voice of this novel — is melancholic. (“In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us — not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”) Until I Find You is suffused with overwhelming poignancy and deception; it is also a robust and comic novel, certain to be compared to John Irving's most ambitious and moving work.

Random House