Thursday, October 23

23

Dreamhunters and the Possessed

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Chris (C.C.) Humphreys
Elizabeth Knox

10 – 11:30 am
Granville Island Stage
$14 + $2 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups

When we read, we can be given the gift of dwelling in historical or fantasy worlds for a short while, worlds of “far away” or “long ago” that only readers can travel to. In Elizabeth Knox’s far-away world, dreamhunters traffic in dreams, harvesting dreams from the unsuspecting and performing them for eager audiences, until a nightmare is performed with dire consequences. In the long-ago world of Possession, a battle, quite literally for all time, concludes Chris Humphreys’ historical trilogy, the Runestone Saga. Take a trip this morning to worlds where anything can happen, or might have happened, and the impossible becomes more possible with the turn of each page.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12  *Study Guide


 

24

Where Courage Comes From

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Deborah Ellis in conversation
10 – 11:30 am
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Courage is a choice that we make—if we can. Deborah Ellis has written stories about young people in difficult circumstances all over the world, those who are being called on to be courageous every day, and in places where often the only resource they have to fall back on is themselves. The need for courage, and the possibility of hope, is the springboard for a conversation that will take us into the lives of children caught in the Palestinian / Israeli divide, in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan or in AIDS-stricken Africa.

Suitable for grades 6 to 9  *Study Guide


 

25

The Outsiders

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Shane Koyczan
Mariko Tamaki

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

High school can be a tough place for the outsider or misfit. In her graphic novel, Mariko Tamaki’s goth heroine is struggling to find her own identity in an all-girls school where conformity is honoured above all. In his poetic novel, Shane Koyczan writes about an overweight teenager who is bullied and then becomes a bully himself. But both authors, talented and groundbreaking Canadian voices to whom student audiences will immediately relate, convey a great optimism amid what could be heartbreaking circumstances.

This event may contain difficult subject matter.

Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 26

Qui suis-je?

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Sylvie Desrosiers
Martine Noël-Maw
Animatrice: France Perras
10 h à 11 h 30
Waterfront Theatre
$14 + $.50 frais d’établissement / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants
This event is sold out.

Dans L’audition de Thomas, le plus récent roman de la série « Thomas », Thomas se voit offrir un rôle à la télévision, À CONDITION qu'il se fasse couper les cheveux. Il réplique alors : « Sans mes cheveux longs, je ne suis pas moi. » Après en avoir discuté avec ses amis (et s'ils ne voulaient plus être ses amis?) et ses parents, Thomas doit décider de l’importance que revêt, pour lui, ce rôle à la télévision. C’est alors qu’il découvre les choses et les personnes qui sont vraiment importantes à ses yeux.

D’autre part, il y a ce « Drôle de zèbre », personnage principal d’un roman collectif écrit en collaboration avec les élèves de l’école Ducharme de Moose Jaw. Qui est-il vraiment?

Pour les élèves de la quatrième à la septième 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.

 

27

A Treat of a Tale

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Cary Fagan
Hazel Hutchins

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

It’s storytime this morning, and two authors will delight young readers with tales that tickle the imagination. Cary Fagan has created Thing-Thing, a stuffed toy whose adventures begin after being thrown out of a high-rise window and end happily in the blankets of a baby carriage. Hazel Hutchins introduces us to Matt, who creates an entire Mattland in his backyard in the middle of a rainstorm. Words and pictures are moulded into a real treat in the hands of these experienced authors.

Suitable for grades 1 to 3  *Study Guide


 

28

Beats—Hip Hop—Power Poetry (2)

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Shane Koyczan
Miles Merrill
Kinnie Starr
Host: Vanessa Richards
1 – 2:30 pm
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 Wednesday morning, Event 10)

Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


This event is generously supported by the Hamber Foundation.

 

Fleur 29

Où est ma place?

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Sylvie Desrosiers
Animatrice: Trilby Jeeves
13 h à 14 h 30
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 frais d’établissement / $7 pour les groupes d’étudiants

Paulette et les élèves de sa classe se rendent à Toronto… et vivent des situations inattendues. Tom part rendre visite à son père, qui vit dans le Nord depuis de nombreuses années, et à son arrivée à l'aéroport, il constate que personne n’est venu l’accueillir. Avec humour et délicatesse, Sylvie Desrosiers décrit de quelle façon chacun de ces personnages réagira face à l’imprévu et apprendra ainsi à mieux se connaître et à mieux cerner les personnes qui sont importantes à ses yeux.

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 l’écrivaine.

 

30

Friendship/Hardship

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Melanie Little
Ting-xing Ye

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

Two authors tackle the universal themes for young people of friendship, peer pressure and our desire for unwavering support. Melanie Little’s story, told in extended verse, captures the rivalry and friendship between two teens, a scribe and a slave, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition. Half a world away and centuries apart from that time, Ting-xing Ye tells an eloquent tale of two teenage Chinese girls who leave home in pursuit of adventure and escape from poverty and isolation.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

31

Write to Delight

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Sheree Fitch
Susin Nielsen

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

Gemini award-winner, author and scriptwriter Susin Nielsen teams up with award-winning Festival favourite, Sheree Fitch. Together they’ll present an afternoon filled with energy and enthusiasm. Nielsen, scriptwriter for Degrassi Junior High and many other TV series, as well as author of children’s books and books for young adults, brings to life quirky Ambrose, the word nerd. Fitch, well known for her exceptional work for younger readers, has written one this time for older readers, featuring Minn, her grandmother and a ghostly figure of the sole shipwreck survivor off the Maritime coast. The delight of writing, all types and for all ages, will be evident to all as the afternoon unfolds.

Suitable for grades 6 to 8  *Study Guide


 

32

Inside the Artist’s Studio

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Shaun Tan

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

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival is a stunning graphic novel without words. It has been widely celebrated for its visual elegance and moving depiction of the immigrant experience. The story is told through a series of illustrated panels that were painstakingly rendered and assembled during a five-year labour of love. With visual examples and working drawings, Tan reveals the creative process behind his mesmerizing images. A not-to-be missed experience with a master of this new literary genre.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

33

Gazebo

Craig Boyko
Andrew Hood
Sean Horlor
Jeanette Lynes
Teresa McWhirter
Janet Marie Rogers
Jordan Scott
Sheri-D Wilson
Host: Billeh Nickerson
8:00 pm
Performance Works
$18 + $1 facility surcharge

The Vancouver International Writers Festival presents the fifth annual Thursday-Night-Anything-Goes evening of blood, sweat and beers. Join host Billeh Nickerson and eight writers who will make you laugh and cry, as Nickerson’s evenings at the Festival always do. This year’s event will also feature the Festival’s first ever nipple-piercing give-a-way, our infamous Festival dancers and Nickerson’s mom.


 

34

Lost and Found in Translation

Stéphane Audeguy
*Stefano Benni
Young-ha Kim
Anja Sicking
Leonie Swann
Moderator: David Homel
8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$17 + $1 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Stefano Benni will not be appearing at this event.

There’s beauty in the raw sounds and rhythm of language; there’s no substitute for hearing authors read their work aloud. This event combines the best of both of these things. Five authors from different countries will read in their mother tongues, while the English translation is projected on screen. Following the readings, the writers explore the transformations that inevitably occur in translation, sometimes elegant, sometimes humorous, often awkward. This is a rare opportunity to find out what it feels like to put yourself in others’ words.


 

35

An Intimate Evening with Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen

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

Best known for his National Book Award winning The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen is also an explorer, naturalist and author of more than 20 books. His new novel, Shadow Country, touches on the great themes of American literature: race, the destruction of wild places the belief in self-transformation and renewal, violence and patriotism. The New York Review of Books said: “Shadow Country is altogether gripping and shocking and brilliantly told, not just a tour de force in its stylistic range, but a great American novel, as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature.” An intimate evening with one of the greats of our time.


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

 

36

The Stars of UBC

Dennis Foon
Jack Hodgins
Nancy Lee
Joan MacLeod
George McWhirter
Barbara Nickel
Susan Olding
Kevin Patterson
Terence Young

8:00 pm
Tap Room at the Granville Island Brewery
$17

Over the past 40 years, a great galaxy of literary stars has burst out of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing program. Tonight you’ll be dazzled by a few of them. Come out and celebrate the University of BC’s centenary with readings by graduates from this remarkable program, spanning the eras and genres. These stars of UBC are, indeed, brilliant.

For those 19 years and older


Presented in association with The Creative Writing Program at UBC.