Saturday, October 25

50

Femmes Fatales

Lisa Lutz
Linda L. Richards
Leonie Swann

10:30 am – 12 noon
Revue Theatre
$15 + $1.50 facility surcharge

There are disputes about who wrote the first crime novel, but there can be no doubt that, in recent years, imaginative writers have given the genre a new spin. The Spellmans in Lisa Lutz’s side splittingly funny novels are a highly functioning yet dysfunctional family of gumshoes that includes Izzy who even investigates men she intends to date. The detectives in Leonie Swann’s witty, philosophical mystery are sheep investigating the murder of their shepherd. And in her Depression era pot-boiler, Linda L. Richards exposes the secret behind every male, noir shamus: a quiet, faithful, good-looking secretary who can keep her nylons’ seams straight, and solve crimes.


 

51

Black, White and Shades of Grey

Amanda Boyden
Austin Clarke
Gillian Slovo

10:30 am – 12 noon
Performance Works
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

The challenges of race relations are not unique to any one nation. That gives writers plenty of conflict to explore, but the telling requires equal measures of honesty and sensitivity. From the plight of Sri Lankan immigrants trying to settle in England in the 1950s, to the impoverished neighbourhoods of Toronto, and finally New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, these novels take an unflinching look at a subject we all too frequently want to avoid. Three different countries, three different histories and three insightful writers will talk about where we have succeeded and where we have failed in living together in this world.


 

52

Way Out West

Leif Enger
Lee Henderson
Patrick Lane
Fred Stenson

10:30 am – 12 noon
Waterfront Theatre
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

The “West” brings to mind the clichés of tumbleweeds and gunslingers. But you can leave your boots and Stetson at home this morning, because these writers will show you the West as you’ve never seen it before. In the hands of four authors who have taken the West as their canvas, it is flooding rivers and raging fires, the harsh reality of trying to carve out a community in a new landscape; it is the challenging geography of the rain forest, the Okanagan or the plains. The West has always inspired myth-making, and these skilled writers are creating new myths for modern times.


 

53

Shanghai Sleuth

Qiu Xiaolong

10:30 am – 12 noon
PTC Studio
$15

Shanghai in the mid-1990s is an unfamiliar setting for most readers of crime novels. But it’s the fascinating world of Qiu Xiaolong’s exciting Inspector Chen Cao series. Like many detectives, Chen is frequently frustrated with his career and his bosses. But this is China and trying to crack cases involving murder and political intrigue in a time of rapid cultural, economic and political development presents unique challenges—and riveting fiction. Xiaolong, who left China in 1988, feels compelled to document these dramatic changes, and imagine for himself the home he left behind. Meet this rising star and his complicated, not always likeable, detective.


 

54

Lives of Girls and Women

Austin Clarke
*Marina Endicott
Sheree Fitch
*Xiaolu Guo
Meg Wolitzer

2 – 3:30 pm
Revue Theatre
$15 + $1.50 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Xiaolu Guo will not be appearing at this event.
We are pleased to announce that Marina Endicott will now be appearing at this event.

Who would argue with the assertion that the unexamined life isn’t worth living? The lives of contemporary girls and women give any writer much to examine. But these are not just any writers. Multi-award-winning writer Sheree Fitch is widely recognized for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children. Filmmaker and novelist Xiaolu Guo was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for her first novel in English. Austin Clarke, who often writes from the perspective of strong women, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2002. And Meg Wolitzer is renowned for her portraits of women at critical turning points in their lives.


 

55

Ripple Effects

Steven Galloway
Paul Quarrington
Nino Ricci
Anja Sicking
Mary Swan

2 – 3:30 pm
Performance Works
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

Some of our very finest novels hinge on a moment of drama, a significant and singular event that has deep repercussions on individuals and the community. In their new novels, Paul Quarrington and Mary Swan focus on personal childhood traumas that leave an indelible mark on their characters and an impact that lasts far into adulthood. In the books of both Nino Ricci and Anja Sicking, devastating secrets threaten to upend the precarious balance of their characters’ ordinary lives. And Steven Galloway’s novel opens with the explosion of a bomb, the effects of which reverberate throughout the entire book. Enjoy an afternoon with writers who reveal how a single incident can lead to a story you can’t put down.


 

56

Olds’ Worlds

Sharon Olds in conversation with Hal Wake
2 – 3:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

In the words of Michael Ondaatje, Sharon Olds’ poetry is “pure fire in the hands.” Olds has been writing for almost 30 years and her poetry has won her a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Her poetry is filled with sensuality, humour, sprung rhythm and stunning imagery. She expresses raw truths about domestic and political violence, sexuality, family relationships and the body. Her new collection, One Secret Thing, completes her cycle of family poems in a book that is intense and harmonic, playful with language and rich with a new self-awareness and sense of irony.


 

57

Daphne Marlatt’s Aural Tapestry

Daphne Marlatt with Robert Minden and Carla Hallett
2 – 3:30 pm
PTC Studio
$15

The celebrated Vancouver poet Daphne Marlatt has etched memorable portraits of Steveston and Strathcona in her work. Her poems reveal that history is never a thing of the past in these vital communities, but still there to whisper stories into the ears of those willing to listen. Listening forms the core of this event, as Marlatt teams up with musicians Robert Minden and Carla Hallett to bring her poetry to life. Together, they combine waterphones, bowed saws, bowed cymbal, conch shells, found object percussion and voice in their explorations of musical textures and forms. The result is sure to be an aural tapestry that is melodic, percussive and unforgettably poetic.


 

70

An Intimate Afternoon with Ursula K. Le Guin

*Ursula K. Le Guin

5pm – 6:30pm
Waterfront Theatre
$20 + $1 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that Ursula K. Le Guin will now be appearing at this event.

Ursula K. Le Guin is a wise, compassionate, profoundly moral writer who believes, with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, that “the great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” She has been shortlisted for every major literary award in the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award. Her science fiction has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas. Le Guin’s Lavinia, her latest novel, gives a rich fictional life to a character from Virgil’s The Aeneid and has been praised as “perhaps the masterwork of her career.” This is the chance to hear Le Guin talk about her lifelong passion for books and what inspires her creative imagination.

 

58

The Poetry Bash

Kevin Connolly
Jen Hadfield
Troy Jollimore
Nadine McInnis
George McWhirter
Sharon Olds
Molly Peacock
Jordan Scott
Host: Genni Gunn
8:00 pm
Performance Works
$22 + $1 facility surcharge

Genni Gunn is at the helm of this year’s Bash and, for all you insatiable poetry lovers, she’s charted a voyage that is off the map. Whether you’re looking for a little free verse or form, lyric energy or staccato pop, there’s a poet in this unbelievable lineup who will be speaking directly to you. International voices, new voices, seasoned voices—get ready for an evening of readings that will reaffirm why poetry matters, in case there was ever any doubt.


 

59

Polyphony

André Alexis
*Stefano Benni
Amanda Boyden
Sheree Fitch
*Patrick Lane
Nino Ricci
Anne Simpson
Kevin Vennemann

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.
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Lane will now be appearing at this event.

Settle back this evening to hear seven fine writers read from their new works. There’s definitely more than enough in store here to introduce you to some riveting and entertaining fiction that you will want to explore further. Canada’s André Alexis reads from his long-awaited second novel, and Italian Stefano Benni reads from his satirical work. Amanda Boyden introduces her multi-voiced tale, and Sheree Fitch presents her premier novel for adults. Governor General’s award-winner Nino Ricci reads from his new book set in Montréal, Anne Simpson presents her family saga, and Kevin Vennemann offers up a book that straddles real and imaginative worlds. Come and sample some great reads!


 

60

An Intimate Evening with Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Ursula K. Le Guin is a wise, compassionate, profoundly moral writer who believes, with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, that “the great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” She has been shortlisted for every major literary award in the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award. Her science fiction has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas. Le Guin’s Lavinia, her latest novel, gives a rich fictional life to a character from Virgil’s The Aeneid and has been praised as “perhaps the masterwork of her career.” This is the chance to hear Le Guin talk about her lifelong passion for books and what inspires her creative imagination.


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

 

61

Moving Stories Film Festival

Host: Paul Quarrington and Judith Keenan
8:00 pm
Emily Carr University Theatre
$17

New this year: a festival within the Festival featuring short films adapted from the written word. Moving Stories is a juried competition showcasing eclectic shorts made by filmmakers from around the world. The films span genres from comedy to drama, in formats from biography to animation. In addition to the main program, Moving Stories will premiere Vancouver filmmakers Ken Tsui and Brittany Junek’s short film adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel Soucouyant, produced with the support of BookShorts Literacy Program and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. A perfect evening for fans of the cinematic and literary arts. More information.

This program is rated 18A.


This event is produced in association with BookShorts Literacy Program and Canadian Heritage.

 

62

Speakeasy

Ivan E. Coyote
Paul Quarrington
Kinnie Starr
Willy Vlautin

10:00 pm
Backstage Lounge
$17
This event is sold out.

Put your hands together for this dynamite ensemble! Four writers with phenomenal talents beyond putting words on the page. Paul Quarrington is one of four Canadian lads in a popular band called Porkbelly Futures, with songs regularly hanging out on the blues and roots radio charts. MC-singer-actress-beatnik-musicmaker Kinnie Starr was nominated for a Juno award in 2004. Willy Vlautin, champion of the dispossessed, is the leader of the alt.country ensemble Richmond Fontaine. And storyteller Ivan E. Coyote is no stranger to the magic that happens when words and music get together. This is a lineup you’ll never catch the likes of again in such an intimate space.

For those 19 years and older


 

70

An Intimate Afternoon with Ursula K. Le Guin

*Ursula K. Le Guin

5pm – 6:30pm
Waterfront Theatre
$20 + $1 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that Ursula K. Le Guin will now be appearing at this event.

Ursula K. Le Guin is a wise, compassionate, profoundly moral writer who believes, with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, that “the great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” She has been shortlisted for every major literary award in the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award. Her science fiction has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas. Le Guin’s Lavinia, her latest novel, gives a rich fictional life to a character from Virgil’s The Aeneid and has been praised as “perhaps the masterwork of her career.” This is the chance to hear Le Guin talk about her lifelong passion for books and what inspires her creative imagination.