Sunday, October 21


A Traveller’s Totems

Barbara Hodgson

10:30 AM–12 NOON
PTC Studio

Visiting flea markets and other repositories of material culture around the world, Barbara Hodgson, a consummate collector, has gathered the world’s cast-offs to reveal rich insights into people, places and times past. Can a city’s history be found in its museums? Perhaps, but Barbara Hodgson believes that it is in the streets, bookstores and markets where the city tantalizingly and coyly unveils its real past and most intimate self. She’ll richly illustrate her stories of her travels with photographs for this morning’s show-and-tell event.



The Sunday Brunch

Peter Behrens
Justin Cartwright
Elizabeth Hay
Janice Kulyk Keefer
Carrie Tiffany
Seán Virgo
Host: Gloria Macarenko
11 AM–12:30 PM
Performance Works
$22 + $1 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

The Sunday Brunch is one of the grand Festival traditions and this year it features writers from Canada, UK and Australia. With lots of eclectic 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 Raincoast Books.



Maritime Medley

Alistair MacLeod
Chor Leoni Men’s Choir
1:30–3 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$20 + $1 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

When one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers joins forces with one of Canada’s most acclaimed men’s choirs, the result is sure to be unforgettable. Alistair MacLeod is a master of his craft, an exceptional and original voice whose short stories ring with the cadence of Cape Breton. Chor Leoni’s repertoire runs the scale from somber to comedic, the perfect complement to the passages that MacLeod will read. Two coasts, two forms of expression, one great afternoon.

Piano provided by Tom Lee Music.



The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture

Tim Bowling in conversation with Mark Forsythe
1:30–3 PM
PTC Studio

Governor General’s Award nominee Tim Bowling is known for his seven collections of poetry and three novels. Raised in Ladner, British Columbia, in a gillnetting family, Bowling was a fisherman himself until the mid-1990s. In this non-fiction departure from his writing, he laments the disappearing salmon and erosion of the wild culture that once defined British Columbia. In Bowling’s powerful and lyrical style, The Lost Coast asks hard questions about the diminishment of the Pacific salmon and the river creatures that continue to haunt his memory.



The Afternoon Tea

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Edward O. Phillips
Patricia Robertson
Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Richard B. Wright
Benjamin Zephaniah
Host: Paul Grant
3:30–5 PM
Performance Works
$22 + $1 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

Tea and scones included

What could be more pleasant and relaxing than joining host Paul Grant for a thought-provoking afternoon of tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors? This event is freshly baked to warm your senses and stimulate your soul.

This event is sponsored by HarperCollinsCanada Ltd.




4–5:30 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$5 + $.50 facility surcharge

The launch of emerge, the annual anthology from Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, will provide a tantalizing taste from the work of 20 new writers, who span four generations and write in the genres of non-fiction, poetry, fiction and lyric prose.



The Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture

Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel

8:00 PM
The Stanley Theatre
$20 + $2 facility surcharge

Writer and broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel met Carol Shields in 1980 and first interviewed her in1987. Over almost two decades they kept up a dialogue in conversation and correspondence that ranged from talks about writing, language and consciousness to coping with illness. Random Illuminations is Wachtel’s collection of those discussions, which offer us an intimate portrait of a great Canadian writer. Wachtel is widely admired for her contribution to arts journalism and as the host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company. 

This event is sponsored by Scotia Private Client Group.
The author honorarium is generously provided by Duthie Books Fourth Avenue.