59 As the Past Comes to Life

British Columbia
United Kingdom
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British Columbia
British Columbia
Janie Chang British Columbia

Janie Chang was born in Taiwan and spent parts of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran and Thailand before settling in Canada. Recently, she attended SFU’s Writer’s Studio. Three Souls  is her first novel. @JanieChang33 Read more

Sarah Dunant United Kingdom

Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions and Mapping the Edge. Her new book is Blood & Beauty. Read more

Claire Mulligan British Columbia/United States

Claire Mulligan was born and raised in British Columbia and graduated from UBC in 1995. Her first work of historical fiction, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her new novel is The Dark. Read more

Mary Novik British Columbia

Mary Novik’s debut novel, Conceit, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Novik’s new novel, Muse, is about the mysterious woman who inspired Petrarch’s poetry in 14th-century Avignon. She is part of the Vancouver writing group SPiN. @marynovik2 Read more

Roberta Rich British Columbia


Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. Her first novel, the bestselling The Midwife of Venice, has been published to acclaim in 13 territories, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Brazil. Her new novel is The Harem Midwife. @robertaannrich Read more

Host: Ian Weir
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 10:30am
Performance Works

There are plenty of arguments about what constitutes historical fiction. The characters may or may not be real; the events may or may not be real. What is beyond question is that historical fiction puts flesh to the dry bones of the past. Five writers who are masters at bringing the past to life take the stage this morning to transport you to 14th-century Avignon and the celebrated court of Renaissance Europe; the brutal and corrupt world of 15th century Italy; Constantinople in 1579 and a sultan’s harem; the Song family estate in 1920s China, seemingly untouched by the civil war raging outside its gates; and 1890s New York and the rise of the Spiritualist movement perpetrated by the real-life Fox sisters, the world’s first celebrity mediums. This morning, be prepared to see the past come to life as these writers channel the spirits of history.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada.

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