Sunday, October 26


Burning Down the House

Russell Wangersky in conversation with Mark Forsythe
10:30 am – 12 noon
PTC Studio

How do firefighters deal with the devastation they’ve seen? What are the emotional and psychological costs of being an emergency worker? Russell Wangersky is a Canadian journalist, editor in chief of the St. John’s Telegram and short story writer. Now he’s written a memoir of his 20 years as a volunteer firefighter, a visceral, gorgeously written record of what he saw and heard, smelled, felt and thought while responding to fires, highway disasters and medical emergencies. He’ll talk about how he has attempted to put to rest the haunting pieces of these experiences that have changed his life.



The Sunday Brunch

Kathlyn Bradshaw
Steven Galloway
Linda Grant
Tristan Hughes
Gail Jones
Andreas Schroeder
Host: Sheryl MacKay
11 am – 12:30 pm
Performance Works
$30 + $1 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

Those who wake up in the early hours of the weekend to the voice of Sheryl MacKay on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest don’t have to get up with the birds this morning. MacKay, in person, will serve up a literary repast that is sure to satisfy your appetites in more ways than one. With lots of good 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.



Poets Turned Novelists

Patrick Lane
Daphne Marlatt
Anne Simpson

1:30 – 3 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

If a poem is the compression of experience, then a novel is the gradual unfolding of events and emotions. If a poem demands the precise juxtaposition of images, then a novel allows for a sprawling panorama of characters, incidents and consequences. Anne Simpson has won the Griffin Prize for poetry; Patrick Lane, a Governor General’s Award; Daphne Marlatt has received numerous awards for her work, and all three poets have leapt into the unknown world of the novel. How does a writer who has mastered the craft of one form effectively adopt a totally different style? Are poets destined to write “poetic novels”? Discover how these fine writers faced the challenges and made the leap.



Inspired by Monsters

Kathlyn Bradshaw
Chris (C.C.) Humphreys

1:30 – 3 pm
PTC Studio

Perhaps two of the most famous and monstrous figures in all of literature are Count Dracula and Frankenstein, who have served as inspiration for countless novels and movies. But Kathlyn Bradshaw and C.C. Humphreys have used these familiar old legends to fashion powerful new tales of mystery and betrayal. Bradshaw’s Frankenstein Murders combines elements of gaslight detective novels and smog-drenched ghost stories to explore the psychological underpinnings of characters first rendered almost two hundred years ago. Vlad, The Last Confession, C.C. Humphreys’ latest novel, follows not the Dracula of fiction but his real-life 15th century much more frightening counterpart, Vlad the Impaler. The book weaves legend and fact into a monumental novel of blood, love and terror. Not for the faint of heart.



The Afternoon Tea

André Alexis
Leif Enger
Susan Olding
Gillian Slovo
Fred Stenson
Mary Swan
Host: Paul Grant
3:30 – 5 pm
Performance Works
$30 + $1 facility surcharge, 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.




Kathryn Alexander
Christy Allen
Shary Bartlett
Devin Chan
Drew Clarke
Mark Feenstra
Joan Flood
Yael Harlap
Denyse Johnson
Carmen Joy King
Sonja Larsen
Lora McElhinney
Joni McKervey
Brian O'Neill
Insiya Rasiwala
Mandana Rastan
Dima M. Yassine
Daniel Zomparelli
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$10 + $.50 facility surcharge

This afternoon’s launch of emerge, the annual anthology from Simon Fraser University Writers’ Studio, also provides a tantalizing taste from the work of those who have participated this year in the Writers’ Studio. Come and hear from the new voices of writers in our midst—20 new writers who span four generations and write in the genres of non-fiction, poetry, fiction and lyric prose.



The Duthie Lecture

Ronald Wright

8:00 pm
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
$25 + $2 facility surcharge

What Is America? is a timely question to explore in these, the final days before the United States’ presidential election. Novelist, historian and essayist Ronald Wright is not afraid to tackle the big questions, and his new book takes as its title that very question. With insight into history and human behaviour, Wright dissects the world’s lone superpower, how it rose from a marginal frontier society to the de facto ruler of the world in a mere two centuries, how it regards itself as the most modern country on earth and is, in some ways, so deeply archaic, and how, for better and worse, America has Americanized the world. Join Wright on the final night of the Festival as he looks at the world’s most powerful nation and reframes the debate about our neighbour and ourselves.

This event is sponsored by Scotia Private Client Group.

The speaker honorarium is generously provided by Duthie Books Fourth Avenue.