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A Word from Hal

Relive the memories of your favourite Festival events with our audio archives. We will be posting audio from a 2011 Festival event each week leading up to the 2012 Festival and you can also look forward to a blog post from Hal sharing his thoughts, memories and stories from each event...

"In the lead up to the Festival last year, all I had to do was mention the name "Kate Beaton" to anyone under the age of 30 and they would say 'Kate Beaton is coming the Festival OMG!' And when she came she took the town by storm. Helen Oyeyemi first came to the Festival when she was 19 years old. She is just 25 with three novels under her belt and last year was her third visit to the Festival. We put both of them in the skilled hands of Bill Richardson and lead them to revealing insight after revealing insight, with some humour thrown in for good measure."

 

To listen to Conversations with Bill, click here. 

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A Word from Hal

Relive the memories of your favourite Festival events with our audio archives. We will be posting audio from a 2011 Festival event each week leading up to the 2012 Festival and you can also look forward to a blog post from Hal sharing his thoughts, memories and stories from each event...

"It was truly a gift that we were able to present some of the best writers in Canada, who have written fiction about the Canadian west, at the Festival last year. Guy Vanderhaeghe and Rudy Wiebe have helped shape our understanding of Canadian western history through their work. Marina Endicott and Pauline Holdstock have turned their attention to the west more recently, but their insight and vivid depictions of very different eras are evident in this excellent discussion. Our Wild West is very different from the place mythologized by our neighbours to the south".

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A Word from Hal

Relive the memories of your favourite Festival events with our audio archives. We will be posting audio from a 2011 Festival event each week leading up to the 2012 Festival and you can also look forward to a blog post from Hal sharing his thoughts, memories and stories from each event...

Mea culpa, mea culpa, I had intended to do short blog entries each time we posted a new audio event, but to be honest I have been distracted by the current flurry of activity around our next Festival. So I have to play catch-up here.

Ah yes, our first audio post is Bloody Scotland. Chosen because our three guests were so lively and funny. The moderator Lonnie Propas and I were nervous about asking them why the Scots are so good at writing about crime because we thought they might find the question obvious, tiresome or irritating. Instead they took it quite seriously and their answers were illuminating. Later that week when Denise Mina was getting ready to leave for the airport, suitcases packed and at the ready, she said she had enjoyed the Festival and even better, she had finished her next novel in her room at the Granville Island Hotel! We will be checking the acknowledgements when the book is published.

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