School Events

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.

 

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


 

Thursday, October 23

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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


 

Friday, October 24

37

Writing Your Life

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Lorna Goodison
Susan Olding
Andreas Schroeder
Russell Wangersky

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

One of the best ways to make sense of your life is to pin it to paper, to write about it till patterns emerge. Memoir, the literary essay or, in Andreas Schroeder’s case, adding a light veneer of fiction, are the ways in which these four authors have chosen to explore the significant events of their lives. But writing your life leads not only to insights, but also to questions of self-exposure, how much care you must take in writing about others, and the central concern about what is true and what can be imaginatively recreated. Join these fine writers as they expose how they transform their “stuff of life” into literature.


 

38

Flights of Fantasy

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Andrew Davidson
Tristan Hughes
Elizabeth Knox

10 – 11:30 am
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 student groups

Beyond realism lies a realm of fiction where ghosts and the supernatural, the fantastic and the mysterious, create mesmerizing images that linger long after you close the book. Three authors whose work will linger in your mind’s eye take the stage this morning to talk about writing the fantastic. Elizabeth Knox imagines dreamhunters who collect people’s dreams and turn them into dramatic performances for theatrical presentation. In Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle, a mysterious woman caring for an injured man insists they were once lovers in medieval Germany. And in Tristan Hughes’ Revenant, a ghost, real or metaphorical, is at the heart of this compelling novel. A must-see for fans of hauntings and the gothic.


This event is sponsored by Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group.

 

39

Beyond Atonement

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David Bergen
Joseph Boyden
Gail Jones

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

In recent years both the Australian and Canadian governments have apologized for their treatment of Aboriginal peoples. The clash of cultures is central to the past and present of both countries. Canadian writers David Bergen and Joseph Boyden and Australian Gail Jones have written insightful novels about aboriginal–white relations from very different perspectives. What will it take to heal the wounds of the past? How can we manage our contemporary relationships more successfully? And what role can literature play in reconciliation? Join in the conversation with these fine novelists.


 

40

Freestyle X 5

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Craig Boyko
Ivan E. Coyote
Andrew Hood
Melanie Little
Mary Swan

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

Novels seem to get all the attention, but many fiction writers launch their careers with a collection of short stories. This sometimes overlooked form allows the writer to engage in literary ventriloquism, venture through time and space and inhabit the skin of others with a freedom that novels can’t sustain. Lyrical or satirical, saucy or sombre, the stylistic scope of short fiction is the writer and reader’s delight. To the following adjectives to describe the short story— captivating, enthralling, compelling and alluring— add satisfying when in the hands of these five voices.


This event is sponsored by the UBC Writing Centre.

 

41

Founding Father

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Richard Gwyn

10 – 11:30 am
PTC Studio
$14/ $7 for student groups

Richard Gwyn’s prize-winning John A. is the first full-scale biography of Canada’s first prime minister in half a century. Colourful, intensely human and with a full measure of human frailties, MacDonald was beyond question Canada’s most important prime minister. A vivid, multi-dimensional portrait of a fascinating character and his times, Gwyn’s John A. casts fresh eyes on our founding father and gives history a new life. Winner of the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction.


 

42

Cement Shoes

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Mark Billingham
John Connolly
Lisa Lutz
Linda L. Richards
Host: Stephen E. Miller
1 – 2:30 pm
Granville Island Stage
$14+ $2.00 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups

Crime fiction is an equal-opportunity genre. It’s all-inclusive—from hard-boiled mysteries featuring gun-toting molls, to comedic capers, to gritty realistic tales that take on hard-edged social issues. Crime fiction also makes room for all kinds of brilliant writers. Led by Stephen E. Miller, the gang will talk about whose fictional footprints they are following and how they sleuthed out their literary voices.


 

43

Wasserman & Company

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Andrew Davidson
Amitav Ghosh
Linda Grant
Host: Jerry Wasserman
1 – 2:30 pm
Revue Theatre
$14 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $7 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Jerry Wasserman has delighted Festival audiences in past years with his interviews. This year, he engages three intensely imaginative writers in discussion about the world of words and the worlds they have created. Although you may not have heard of Winnipegger Andrew Davidson yet, you will this fall as his extraordinary debut novel, The Gargoyle, is published—in Canada, the USA and the UK, with translations set for 18 other jurisdictions next year. Well-known Indian author Amitav Ghosh joins Wasserman to talk about Sea of Poppies, a sweeping historical saga that spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the high seas and the backstreets of China. And Orange Prize winner Linda Grant introduces her new novel, The Clothes on Their Backs, which will have you thinking about the clothes we choose to wear and the personalities we dress ourselves in.

Amitav Ghosh's appearance at the Festival has been supported by a generous donation to the Alma Lee Legacy Fund by Jab Sidhoo.


 

44

The Mini Poetry Bash

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Kevin Connolly
Jen Hadfield
Troy Jollimore
Patrick Lane
Jeanette Lynes
Nadine McInnis

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

Take your mind to another realm with this eagerly awaited afternoon of poetry. The Mini Poetry Bash is an annual favourite with students, teachers and poetry fans alike. This year the Festival has invited exceptional and award-winning poets from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada who can conjure lasting images with the flick of a phrase, bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye. Poetry is emotion compressed and we’ve squeezed some amazing feelings into this hour-and-a-half experience.


 

45

High Style

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Stéphane Audeguy
Kenneth J. Harvey
Lee Henderson
Gail Jones

1 – 2:30 pm
PTC Studio
$14 / $7 for student groups

A simple, straightforward narrative can be riveting, but there is added pleasure when a writer puts as much emphasis on the how of storytelling as on the what happens next. While Stéphane Audeguy writes with a savoury mixture of science, history and dreamy prose, Kenneth J. Harvey employs a multiplicity of voices in his unconventional story, Blackstrap Hawco. Lee Henderson’s debut novel, The Man Game, uses an edgy and anarchistic style to tell of life in a pioneer town. Australian author Gail Jones doesn’t adhere to a clear-cut structure, rather she places pieces of prose to form her story in her new novel, Sorry. Come hear how four contemporary masters use style to great literary effect.