Friday, October 19

30

Gift of the Gab

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Nuala O'Faolain
Ray Robertson
Michael Winter
Moderator: Vicki Gabereau
10–11:30 AM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

The Festival is thrilled to welcome the witty and wonderful Vicki Gabereau back to the stage as she engages three lively writers who live in the world of words—well-researched non-fiction, a touch of autobiography and a good dollop of imagination. Ireland’s Nuala O’Faolain brings to life another daughter of Ireland, notorious criminal Chicago May. Ray Robertson takes to the highway in pursuit of Kerouac’s On the Road. And Newfoundland’s Michael Winter, no stranger to Festival audiences, spins a tale of mythic proportion in his novel, The Architects Are Here.


 

31

The Hungarian Schindler

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Anna Porter in conversation with Hal Wake
10–11:30 AM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

In the summer of 1944, Hungarian Rezso Kasztner met with Adolf Eichmann to strike a deal. His act may have saved as many as 40,000 Hungarian Jews. In the hands of former Canadian publisher Anna Porter, Kasztner’s Train is part political thriller, part love story and part legal drama, a compelling non-fiction account of a man who was later judged to have “sold his soul to the devil.” Hungarian-born Porter explores in intriguing detail a hero and proud Zionist who believed that promises, even to diehard Nazis, had to be kept.


 

32

The Mini Poetry Bash

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George Bowering
Tim Bowling
Janice Kulyk Keefer
Richard Siken
Priscila Uppal
Benjamin Zephaniah
Host: Billeh Nickerson
10–11:30 AM
Performance Works
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

The Mini Poetry Bash is an annual favourite with students, teachers and poetry fans alike. This year, the Festival has gathered exceptional and award-winning poets from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to strut their stuff. Poetry is ordinary language raised to distilled and powerful forms, so come and delight in this world of words—in all its different forms.


 

33

Let the Imagination Reign

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A.L. Kennedy
Louise Penny
Edward O. Phillips
Neil Smith
Moderator: John Burns
10–11:30 AM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Flaubert claimed that he became Emma Bovary when he wrote Madame Bovary. The audacity and skill it takes to adopt a different perspective or a different gender when creating characters unites these four writers. A.L. Kennedy’s Day takes the viewpoint of an raf tailgunner during WWII. Louise Penny’s Detective Chief Inspector Armand Gamache reappears as the main character in her latest mystery, Dead Cold. Edward O. Phillips’s main character is a widow beginning a new life in Montréal. And Neil Smith creates a love story starring a pair of pink leather gloves and a severed foot. Long live the imagination!


 

34

Indian Tapestry: From Bollywood to Bombay

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David Davidar
Ameen Merchant
Moderator: Paul Grant
10–11:30 AM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups

For centuries, India has been providing readers with extraordinary tales and inspiring writers. Ameen Merchant’s story is of two sisters in a traditional Brahmin family, one of whom runs off with a Muslim Bollywood star. In musical prose, he captures the world of Brahmin women, restricted by caste and rules but teeming with colour and music. David Davidar’s unflinching novel is set among the Bombay riots of the 1990s. The Solitude of Emperors is about what drives fundamentalist beliefs and what makes someone driven, bold or mad enough to make a stand.


 

35

Sleuths and Scoundrels

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Jakob Arjouni
Jasper Fforde
Elizabeth George
Peter Robinson
Moderator: Louise Penny
1–2:30 PM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Former CBC broadcaster turned mystery writer Louise Penny will lead a stellar and diverse group of mystery writers in a discussion about making characters come alive in the realm of the mystery novel. Assembling a cast of characters that is believable enough to keep a mystery on track, yet extraordinary enough to keep readers riveted, takes great skill, and these writers are masters of their craft.


 

36

Landscapes: Inside and Out

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Jacqueline Baker
Ian Holding
Carrie Tiffany
Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Moderator: Anne Giardini
1–2:30 PM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

How does physical landscape shape, mirror or stand in conflict with character? Four authors from very different landscapes—Alberta, Zimbabwe, Australia and Tahiti—gather to talk about the inspiration of the lands they write about and the lands that make their stories possible, from the windborn grit of the Canadian prairie to the fragrant frangipani of Tahiti, to the vast farms of rural Australia and Zimbabwe.


 

37

The Fresh Face of Fiction

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David Chariandy
Jen Sookfong Lee
Ameen Merchant
Neil Smith
Moderator: Denise Ryan
1–2:30 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Four writers, four firsts—first novels and first short story collections. With fresh perspectives and fresh enthusiasm for their craft, these writers discuss the paths that have brought them to this stage, the moments (or years) of doubt and exhilaration. You’ll enjoy knowing more about these writers, who will make you fall in love with fiction all over again.


This event is sponsored by the UBC Writing Centre.

 

38

Fruits of the Earth

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Rudy Wiebe in conversation with Andreas Schroeder
1–2:30 PM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

The winner of this year’s Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, Rudy Wiebe has written an evocative and moving memoir of his childhood in rural Saskatchewan, bearing witness of a way of life that has since disappeared. In Of This Earth, the two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction recalls his childhood with his immigrant parents in the isolated, mostly Mennonite community of Speedwell, Saskatchewan, and the experiences of a young boy whose love of words delivered the world to him.


 

39

The Literary Cabaret

Jacqueline Baker
Barry Callaghan
Sal Ferreras
William Gibson
Barbara Gowdy
Elizabeth Hay
Benjamin Zephaniah
Host: Salvador Ferreras
8:00 PM
Performance Works
$20 + $1 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

The fabulous multi-faceted Sal Ferreras and the Festival house band Poetic License bring their talents once again to provide a rich sound bed for Festival writers to lay their words in. This popular event of alchemy mixes literature with music and creates pure gold. Sure to transport audiences to new levels of enjoyment, the evening is astounding, extraordinary and always fun. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Cash bar


This event is made possible in part by support from Davis LLP.

 

40

Our Town: New Views of Vancouver Through Irish Eyes

Claire Keegan
Nuala O'Faolain
Moderator: Hal Wake
8:00 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

As part of an exchange with the Dublin Writers Festival, Irish writers Claire Keegan and Nuala O’Faolain will spend several days in Vancouver before our Festival begins, keeping their eyes and ears open. The opportunity to immerse themselves in this new territory comes with a deadline—to present 5,000 words from that exposure to Festival audiences at this event. Come and hear what these two talented and thoughtful writers choose from among their experiences—how they interpret us, surprise us and see us.


This event is generously supported by the Hamber Foundation.

 

41

An Intimate Evening with Richard B. Wright

Richard B. Wright

8:00 PM
PTC Studio
$15
This event is sold out.

In 2001, Clara Callan brought Richard B. Wright international acclaim. In Canada it swept all the major Canadian literary awards and sent readers to discover previous novels by this masterful writer, many of which were out of print. Wright says, “I take a situation and then I want to explore what happened. I really want to find out myself. It’s all about exploring character.” His new novel, October, is again an understated yet powerful story about youth and age, luck and mortality, told through a character who is poignantly human. This is an opportunity to spend an evening with one of Canada’s finest writers in an intimate setting.


This event is sponsored by Weyerhaeuser.

 

42

Wise Guys

Todd Babiak
Will Ferguson
Jasper Fforde

8:00 PM
Tap Room at the Granville Island Brewery
$15
This event is sold out.

It takes real talent to make people laugh out loud when they read a book, to snicker in public and want to share the funny bits. Three wise guys read generous portions from their work, then share their thoughts on what makes “funny.” Is clever and witty the same as funny? And does humour cross the ocean well? Two Canadians and one Welshman will entertain these notions, and you at the same time.

For those 19 years and older


 

43

Falsework

Gary Geddes

8:00 PM
Granville Island Stage
$15
This event is sold out.

In 1958, Vancouver’s Second Narrows Bridge collapsed while under construction and 18 ironworkers were killed. Award-winning poet Gary Geddes has written an intimate portrait of the many lives affected by the toppling of that seemingly indomitable structure. Falsework will be presented in a site-specific staged reading at Ocean Construction by Vancouver’s Playwrights Theatre Centre and will represent the first stage in adapting Falsework to the stage, giving dramatic voice to the ironworkers, their families, the bosses and the people of Vancouver caught up in this extraordinary historical moment.