Wednesday, October 22

10

The Cynthia Woodward Young Readers Legacy

Beats—Hip Hop—Power Poetry (1)

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Shane Koyczan
Miles Merrill
Kinnie Starr
Host: Vanessa Richards
10 – 11:30 am
Granville Island Stage
$14 + $2 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

A hugely popular Festival event returns with three fresh voices. Local spoken word virtuoso, Shane Koyczan, has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles. Miles Merrill’s voice is heard throughout his native Australia, flinging words in an onslaught of versification. Kinnie Starr is a musician who has taken her band and words on the road internationally. Together, their energy will rock the stage as they explore everything from harsh social issues to broken hearts.

(This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon, Event 28)

Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


This event is generously supported by the Hamber Foundation.

 

Fleur 11

Des voyages avec la famille

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Marie-Louise Gay
David Homel
Animatrice: France Perras
10 h à 11 h 30
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 frais d’établissement / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants

C’est loin encore? On est bientôt arrivé? Tous les enfants qui voyagent avec leur famille ont déjà posé ces questions plus de cent fois. Charlie a aussi d’autres commentaires à formuler à la suite de ses nombreuses aventures – et de quelques désastres – en compagnie de son jeune frère Max et de ses parents, en voyage à travers l’Amérique du Nord ou en France.

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 les écrivains.

 

12

Unimaginable Realities

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Susin Nielsen
Eric Walters

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

The teen years are fraught with trials, but most of them are expected. However, Nielsen and Walters have created two fictional kids who find themselves faced with realities they couldn’t have imagined. From a pampered life in North America, after one misdeed too many, Alexandria finds herself doing community service in Kenya. Class nerd Ambrose’s love of words leads him into a world of ex-cons and self-defence lessons at the West Side Scrabble Club. Nielsen and Walters have no trouble imagining these realities and bringing them vividly to life.

Suitable for grades 5 to 8  *Study Guide


 

13

Little by Little

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Jean Little in conversation with Sarah Ellis
10 – 11:30 am
Waterfront Theatre
$14 + $.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Jean Little has written more than 25 children’s books. An extraordinary career in itself, her work is even more amazing when readers who have loved her stories hear of her struggles as a child with a visual impairment while trying to fit into a sighted world. Little has experienced the cruelties of the classroom and playground, and she talks with honesty and good humour about the desire to belong while growing up with a disability. Spend a morning with this warm and reflective author who had the courage to become what she always wanted to be—a writer!

Suitable for grades 5 to 7  *Study Guide


 

14

Flight of the Hummingbird

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Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

10 – 11:30 am
PTC Studio
$14 / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

On the surface, it’s a simple story: When the Great Forest catches on fire, a brave hummingbird does what she can to put it out, drop by drop. But Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ simple tale has inspired world leaders such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and his Holiness the Dalai Lama to environmental action. With brilliantly rendered images, this parable about a raging fire that threatens the environment shows us that doing something is better than doing nothing at all. The tale has, indeed, caught fire globally, encouraging individuals and companies to act on behalf of the world’s limited resources. Come and meet the author whose seemingly simple act of writing is making such a difference.

To see a video based on Michael's book, click here.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

15

The Sweetest Thing

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Marie-Louise Gay
Hazel Hutchins
Jean Little

1 – 2:00 pm
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Settle in for good ol’ storytelling from three very fine Canadian authors who have won admiration from their young readers for decades. Jean Little’s farmyard families will delight young readers, as will Hazel Hutchins’ miniature roads and houses created from backyard dirt and sticks and Marie-Louise Gay’s tale of siblings Stella and Sam at the seashore. The world is a glorious place to explore with these authors.

Suitable for grades K to 3  *Study Guide


 

16

Bifocal

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Deborah Ellis
Eric Walters

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

Bifocal has been called “perhaps the bravest, most important, engaging and enraging, most satisfying work of fiction for young Canadians in a long while.” Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters have co-written a timely novel that does not shy away from issues of racism and intolerance, issues that will engage young adult readers in real-life situations that are becoming all too common, even in Canada. Set in a Toronto high school, Bifocal is the story of a Muslim student and a white student engulfed in the investigation of a terrorist plot. Surrounded by arrests and a school lockdown, each boy makes one small gesture that symbolizes what he has discovered about himself and the tumultuous world in which many young people live.

Suitable for grades 7 to 10  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 17

Un nouveau départ

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Sylvie Desrosiers
Martine Noël-Maw
Animatrice: Trilby Jeeves
13 h à 14 h 30
Waterfront Theatre
$14 + $.50 frais d’établissement / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants

Les retrouvailles d’un garçon et de son père parti travailler dans le Nord n’ont pas lieu comme prévues. Une fillette souffre d’une maladie inconnue. Un jeune homme perd une jambe dans un accident de ferme. Deux auteures, écrivant avec humour et tact, présentent des personnages auxquels on s’identifie et qui, avec l’aide d’amis nouveaux et anciens, parviennent à relever les défis qui surgissent dans leurs vies.

Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième année  *Guide d'étude


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

 

18

Spoken Word Workshop

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Miles Merrill

1 – 2:30 pm
PTC Studio
$14 / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Here’s an awesome opportunity to strut your stuff and to learn from an ultra-hip, internationally known spoken word performer from Australia. Called a “tour guide of the human spirit” who takes listeners on a “spit-laden adventure,” Miles Merrill mixes creative writing and drama with poetry to produce a high-powered explosion of live literary theatre. You can, too! Come to this workshop with your ideas, sounds and words and you could find yourself wildly gesticulating your poems in gibberish or reciting verbal magic.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

19

A Great and Terrible Nation

Peter Matthiessen
George Pelecanos
Jonathan Raban
Meg Wolitzer

8:00 pm
Performance Works
$17 + $1 facility surcharge

Voters in the USA are on the cusp of a momentous election that has the world watching. At this potential turning point in history, we’ll explore the startling contradictions of a great nation. Four distinguished American writers will go to the heart of what defines our powerful neighbour. Peter Matthiessen’s new book has been hailed as one of the great American novels. In his crime fiction, George Pelecanos insightfully examines race relations. From the perspective of an outsider, Jonathan Raban’s fiction and nonfiction looks at American history and politics. Meg Wolitzer’s novels turn a discerning eye on contemporary marriage, sex and social issues. Join us for an unforgettable evening.


 

20

Comings and Goings

Rawi Hage
Nam Le
Donna Morrissey
Gillian Slovo

8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$17 + $1 facility surcharge

The immigrant experience is a theme in fiction of which readers never tire. When relocation becomes dislocation, when the hope of new opportunity becomes the slap of racism, when the new land and the old culture collide, we get great stories. From Newfoundlanders in the Albertan oilpatch, to immigrants in the Montréal ghetto, from learning a new language to the search to feel at home on foreign soil, four writers, each of whom have “dislocated,” talk about creating stories of immigration, emigration and the search to feel at home in your own skin.


 

21

An Intimate Evening with Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden

8:00 pm
PTC Studio
$20
This event is sold out.

Joseph Boyden burst onto the Canadian literary scene in 2005 with the publication of Three Day Road. The novel, the story of two Cree friends who leave their pristine northern country to end up in the horrific trenches of the First World War, put Boyden into the literary limelight when he was only in his 30s. Three Day Road was nominated for a number of awards, eventually winning two, and has been translated into 10 languages. Boyden returns to the Festival with a haunting new novel, Through Black Spruce. With the sensitivity that made his first novel so moving, he tackles topics of self-discovery, painful realizations and the inescapable ties of family. This will be an evening well spent, with an author whose wisdom and talent has established him at the forefront of the Canadian literary scene.


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

 

Fleur 22

Une soirée-rencontre avec Sylvie Desrosiers

Drôle de dame!

Sylvie Desrosiers
Animatrice: Lyne Barnabé
20 h
Tap Room at the Granville Island Brewery
$17
Buy tickets online at Vancouver Tix.

Quand elle écrit, Sylvie Desrosiers, écrivaine québécoise, aime autant émouvoir ses lecteurs que les faire rire. Ses œuvres comprennent des romans pour tous les âges, des textes pour la télévision, des scénarios de films, des articles pour des revues et des collaborations au Festival Juste pour rire. Comédienne, dramaturge, animatrice, Lyne Barnabé s’entretient avec Sylvie Desrosiers au sujet de l’écriture de textes humoristiques; cette dernière répondra alors aux questions : Comment? Où? Pourquoi? Cette soirée-rencontre comprendra également la lecture approfondie d’extraits de romans humoristiques de Sylvie Desrosiers.

Pour les gens 19 ans et plus