Past Incite Events

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with VPL presents


Past Incite @ VPL Events
An Exploration of Books and Ideas

7:30 pm January 29 - May 21, 2014
Usually every second Wednesday, Free*

Alice MacKay Room, Central Library 

 Incite 2014

Wednesday, May 21: Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady, 2009 Event Magazine Non-Fiction Contest winner Eufemia Fantetti and NOW Magazine Book of the Year winner Nancy Lee.


Wednesday, May 7: Three emerging writers read from their latest. Ondjaki reads from Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret, Claire Battershill reads from Circus and Sean Michaels reads from Us Conductors.


Wednesday, April 16: Three writers who call BC home read from their new books. Kim Fu reads from For Today I Am a Boy, Brian Payton reads from The Wind Is Not a River and Audrey Thomas reads from Local Customs.


Wednesday, April 2: New work from short story writers Doretta Lau and Kathy Page, and novelist Eva Stachniak.


Friday, March 28: Award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan uncovers the political and technological changes, national decisions and human frailty that led Europe from peace to disaster.


Wednesday, March 26: Poetry Night! Readings from Jen Currin (School), Jane Munro (Blue Sonoma) and Adam Sol (Complicity).


Wednesday, March 19: The Dark Side: an evening with mystery and thriller writers Deryn Collier, Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter), Andrew Pyper, and Sean Slater.


Wednesday, March 5: Best Canadian Stories 2013 contributors Caroline Adderson, Cynthia Flood and Zoey Peterson read their stories.


Wednesday, February 19: Catherine Bush, Adrianne Harun and Andrew Steinmetz in an evening of new fiction and


Wednesday, February 5: Triple Olympic medalist Silken Laumann on overcoming a troubled childhood and achieving greatness in her new memoir, Unsinkable.


Wednesday, January 29: Arno Kopecky and Charles Montgomery talk about The Oil Man and the Sea and what makes a
Happy City.


Incite 2013

Wednesday, May 29: Former newspaper publisher Conrad Black talks to Kirk LaPointe about his new book Flight of the Eagle, a strategic history of the United States.


Wednesday, May 22: Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer talks about her new book, The Interestings and Jim Lynch reads from his latest.


Wednesday, May 8: Award-winning author Colin McAdam reads from A Beautiful Truth, paulo de costa reads from The Green and Purple Skin of the World and Shyam Selvadurai reads from his latest, The Hungry Ghosts.


Monday, May 6: Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin offers a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos.


Wednesday, April 17: Guy Gavriel Kay reads from his new novel, River of Stars, and Ruth Ozeki reads from her latest, A Tale for the Time Being.


Wednesday, April 10: Ania Szado reads from her highly anticipated new book, Studio Saint-Ex, Billie Livingston reads from her lively novel One Good Hustle and Patrick Taylor brings his Irish country charm.


Wednesday, March 27: Pat Morrow and Sharon Wood share their gripping stories of climbing Everest and reaching the summit in distinctly different ways.


Wednesday, March 13: An evening for poetry lovers, with John Barton, Nicole Brossard and Catherine Owen.


Wednesday, February 27: Join Canadian humourist Arthur Black and award-winning actor Jackson Davies for an evening of fun and laughter.


Wednesday, February 13: An evening filled with non-fiction, featuring Globe and Mail journalist Sandra Martin and Zac Unger.


Wednesday, January 16: A night of award winners, featuring Tamas Dobozy, Candace Savage and Tim Bowling.


Wednesday, January 30: A titillating night of intrigue, with C.P. Boyko, Barbara Lambert and Bradley Somer - three authors who tackle taboos, seductions and a bit of mystery.


Incite 2012

Wednesday, May 23: Trevor and Debbie Greene present March Forth, the inspiring true story of a Canadian soldier's journey of love, hope and survival, and Noah Richler examines peacekeeping in What We Talk About When We Talk About War.


Tuesday, May 15: Former CBC executive Richard Stursberg will be interviewed on stage by Marsha Lederman about his controversial new memoir, Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC.
*Please note, this event takes place on Tuesday.


Wednesday, May 9: This week, two Scotiabank Giller Prize winning authors take to the stage to discuss their latest books. CBC personality Linden MacIntyre discusses his new novel, Why Men Lie and Vincent Lam reads from his new work, The Headmaster’s Wager.


Wednesday, April 18: Irish novelist John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, reads from The AbsolutistBuffy Cram  reads from her debut collection of short stories Radio Belly and Owen Laukkanen shares his debut thriller The Professionals.


Wednesday, April 4: Will Ferguson takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam in 419 and Journey Prize-winner Yasuko Thanh reads from her new collection of short stories, Floating like the Dead.


Wednesday, March 21:  Tamara Faith Berger reads from her third novel Maidenhead, and Anakana Schofield and Ben Wood read from their debut novels, Malarky and The Bellwether Revivals.


Wednesday, March 7: BC author Steven Price reads from his new collection of poetry, Omens in the Year of the Ox, poet Julie Bruck shares her latest work, Monkey Ranch, and Vancouver-based W.H. New reads from his latest book of poetry, YVR.  


Wednesday, February 22 Ojibway author and storyteller Richard Wagamese reads from Indian Horse, BC author Anne DeGrace reads from Flying with Amelia and Robert Hough shares his latest work, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower.


Monday, February 20 Pico Iyer in conversation with Louise Dennys.
*Please note, this event takes place at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and admission is by donation.


Wednesday, February 8: Tess Gallagher reads from Midnight Lantern, a collection of her indispensable work from forty years of writing poetry, and award-winning Ontario writer Merilyn Simonds reads from A New Leaf.


Wednesday, January 25: William Gibson discusses his latest work of non-fiction, Distrust That Particular Flavor .


Incite 2011

Wednesday, December 7: Canadian writer Heather Jessup discusses her debut novel The Lightning Field and journalist JJ Lee discusses his new memoir, Measure of a Man.


Wednesday, November 23: Ray Robertson discusses his latest work of non-fiction, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live and writers Cathy Stonehouse and Rebecca Rosenblum read from their latest short story collections, Something About the Animal and The Big Dream.


Wednesday, November 9: Join us for an evening with the award-winning author of The Birth House, Ami McKay and BC author Frances Greenslade.


Wednesday, September 28: Vancouver-based ER Physician and author of six medical thrillers, Daniel Kalla, shares the stage with poet Julia McCarthy and BC author Ashley Little.


Wednesday, September 14: An evening with Chilean-Canadian author, poet, educator and political social activist Carmen Rodriguez, and Vancouver-based theatre artist and writer Carmen Aguirre.


Wednesday, May 25: Award-winning novelist Madeleine Thien reads from her latest book, Dogs at the Perimeter, with authors Patrick deWitt and Jen Sookfong Lee.


Wednesday, May 11: Zsuzsi Gartner discusses her latest book, Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, and singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson reads from her debut novel, Joyner's Dream.


Monday, May 9: A special Incite event with Bernhard Schlink, author of The Reader.


Wednesday, April 20: An evening with award-winning authors Joyce Carol Oates and Johanna Skibsrud.


Wednesday, April 6: Multimedia presentation by bestselling writer Timothy Taylor, and novelists Gurjinder Basran and Rupinder Gill in conversation with Hal Wake.


Wednesday, March 23: An evening with Canadian poet and storyteller Lorna Crozier, historical novelist, short fiction writer and essayist Pauline Holdstock, and bestselling author Susan Juby with her first novel for adults.


Wednesday, March 9: Dianne Warren talks to John Burns about her first novel Cool Water, which won the Governor General's Literary Award. With readings from poets Aurian Haller and Evelyn Lau.


Wednesday, February 23: Steven Galloway interviews Alexander MacLeod about his long-awaited collection of short fiction, Light Lifting. Readings by Gabriella Goliger and Théodora Armstrong.


Wednesday, February 9: A discussion of Making Waves: Reading BC and Pacific Northwest Literature with editor Trevor Carolan and contributing writers Colin James Sanders, Russell Thornton and Hilary Turner. 


Wednesday, January 26: Join us for the launch of Incite, featuring readings from Michael Christie, Amber Dawn and Andrew Pyper.


Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.




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