Tuesday, October 21

1

Travels with My Family

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Marie-Louise Gay
David Homel

10 – 11:30 am
Waterfront Theatre
$14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Any child who has sat in the backseat of the family car while his or her parents chatter on about the history or geography of the countryside will delight in Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel’s stories of Max and Charlie and their parents during their year-long adventures in the south of France. The culture of rural France seen through the eyes of two boys who would rather fly kites than dig for clams is both comic and educational.

Suitable for grades 3 to 6  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 2

Une princesse, un dragon et un chevalier

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Geoffroy de Pennart
Animatrice: Anne-Laure Paulmont
10 h 30 à 11 h 30
PTC Studio
$14/ $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants
This event is sold out.

Geoffroy de Pennart raconte et illustre les péripéties d’un loup sentimental qui n’a pas du tout l’air effrayant, d’une princesse, d’un dragon et d’un chevalier intrépide, ainsi que de nombreux héros bien intentionnés qui devront surmonter plusieurs épreuves. Les récits et leurs illustrations raviront les enfants… et les jeunes de cœur.

Pour les élèves de la maternelle à la troisième année.  *Guide d'étude


Cette activité sera présentée exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivain.

 

3

Flying Families and Magical Mitts

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Cary Fagan
Hazel Hutchins

1 – 2:30 pm
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups

When baseball mitts can catch any ball, no matter how fast or how high, and families can fly, and teachers can be turned into frogs for science projects, you know you are in the realm of magic. Delight in the imaginary events that come to life when two well-known and award-winning Canadian authors conjure ordinary words into masterful stories.

Suitable for grades 3 to 6  *Study Guide


 

4

Show to Tell

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Mariko Tamaki
Shaun Tan
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

1 – 2:30 pm
Performance Works
$14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups

Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of a story is to “show,” not tell. Three gifted storytellers have taken a genre that has caught the imagination of many young adult readers, and created graphic novels that will take your breath away. These creators will explore the marriage of “show” and “tell,” narrative and illustration, when to use words and when to use art to explore the wondrous, and even the most difficult, experiences in our lives.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

5

Intolerance

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Deborah Ellis
Melanie Little

1 – 2:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups

“You don’t belong here!” Throughout history, authors have told compelling stories of survival in dangerous times as one group pits itself against the other. From 15th century Spain when Jews were expelled, to young Muslims today facing persecution in Afghanistan or in downtown Toronto, the courage to confront intolerance continues to be relevant. One of the best tools we have in the fight against intolerance is to share our personal stories, that way we are able to see and care about the individual in the midst of the group.

Suitable for grades 6 to 9  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 6

Aventures hors de l’ordinaire

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Sylvie Desrosiers
Animatrice: Anne-Marie McGinn
13 h à 14 h 30
PTC Studio
$14 / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants

Notdog est le chien le plus laid du village. Par contre, il a possédé son propre blogue pendant un certain temps. Demandez les détails à Madame Desrosiers.

Dans ce 17ème livre de la série « Notdog », Notdog et ses amis Agnès, Jocelyne et John ont vécu de nombreuses aventures mettant en vedette des trésors, des pirates, des fantômes (sans doute), un violon volé et, à un certain moment, un chien volé ou peut-être perdu.

Pour les élèves de la troisième à la sixième année.  *Guide d'étude


Cette activité sera présentée exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et l’écrivain.

 

7

Beaux Arts

Shaun Tan
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

7:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$17 + $1 facility surcharge

Any one of Shaun Tan’s illustrations is an art piece in itself. Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas was an artist before he married his artwork with narrative. Two outstanding artists whose skill and accomplishments have gained them international acclaim discuss how to use illustration to tell a tale, whether it is a wordless novel or a traditional Haida story. This is the art of storytelling seen from the perspective of visual elegance that readers will really enjoy.


 

8

An Intimate Evening with Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut

8:00 pm
PTC Studio
$20

South African Damon Galgut garnered international attention when his novel, The Good Doctor, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. The Good Doctor, part parable and part thriller, dissected the ideals of post-apartheid South Africa and exposed a world of corruption behind the talk of new beginnings. In his new novel, The Imposter, Galgut has again turned his keen eye on the realities of life in South Africa today, its contradictions and its beauty. He tells the tale of one man’s struggle to regain his moral centre amid the disorientating and often tragic effects of massive social and political change. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend an evening with an author poised to become one of South Africa’s great literary voices.


The Solo Author Series is sponsored by Raincoast Books and supported by the F.K. Morrow Foundation.

 

9

The Alma Lee Opening Night Event

Grand Openings

Nadeem Aslam
Lorna Goodison
Rawi Hage
Shane Koyczan
*Ursula K. Le Guin
Donna Morrissey
*George Pelecanos
Jonathan Raban
Host: Hal Wake
8:30 pm
Performance Works
$25 + $1 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Ursula K. Le Guin will not be appearing at this event.
We are pleased to announce that George Pelecanos will now be appearing at this event.

It’s opening night at the Writers Festival, and the Festival’s Artistic Director, Hal Wake, introduces seven fine writers. Pakistan-born Nadeem Aslam reads from The Wasted Vigil, set in post-9/11 Afghanistan. Lorna Goodison transports us to Jamaica with her spellbinding memoir, From Harvey River. 2008 Dublin IMPAC award winner Rawi Hage reads from his new novel, Cockroach. Homegrown star Shane Koyczan reads from Stickboy, his novel in verse. Donna Morrissey takes us to the wild shores of a Newfoundland outport and the equally wild environment of an Alberta oil rig in her novel, What They Wanted. George Pelecanos' crime novel The Turnaround centres around a race-baiting incident in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1972. And the intensely watchful writer Jonathan Raban reads from his novel, Surveillance. Open the Festival in grand style in the company of these authors.


This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada Ltd.