57 The Lighter Side

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British Columbia
British Columbia
British Columbia
Lynda Barry United States

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. She is the inimitable creator behind the syndicated strip Ernie Pook's Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy, as well as the books One! Hundred! Demons!, The! Greatest! of! Marlys!, Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel, Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Read more

Aaron Bushkowsky British Columbia

Aaron Bushkowsky is a poet, playwright, and screenwriter. His first collection of poetry, ed and mabel go to the moon, was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His second collection, Mars Is for Poems, was published in 2002. He has published three books of drama, Strangers Among Us, The Waterhead and Other Plays and My Chernobyl, which received nine Jessie nominations.  Bushkowsky lives in Vancouver, where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting. His new book, Curtains for Roy, is his first novel. Read more

John Gould British Columbia

John Gould is the author of two books of very short stories, most recently Kilter, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Globe and Mail Best Book. His fiction has appeared in literary periodicals across the country and has been adapted for short films. He teaches in the writing department at the University of Victoria and serves on the editorial board of The Malahat Review. His new book, Seven Reasons Not to Be Good, is his first novel. Read more

Rachel Wyatt British Columbia

Rachel Wyatt is an award-winning author of novels, short fiction, stage and radio plays and non-fiction works. Her six novels include The Rosedale Hoax, Foreign Bodies, and Time’s Reach. A half-dozen professional productions have been mounted of her full-length stage plays, including Crackpot and For Love or Money. She has won the CBC Literary Competition Drama Award and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2002 and the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2003. Her new novel is Letter to OmarRead more

Host: Billeh Nickerson
Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 2:00pm
Studio 1398

Morality, world improvement, lung cancer, writer’s block, imminent death—hardly the stuff of comedy. But tackling these subjects with a lighter touch are three Canadian novelists you’ll meet this afternoon. It’s these lighter moments that are on display in the worlds these authors create—amateur but serious theatre in the Okanagan, the cross-Canada trip back to see a dying friend and the proscribed life of a new widow and her cronies. Sometimes when life’s dark moments surround us, the opportunity to put a smile on our faces or have an inner chuckle is more real and more honest than loud belly laughs.

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