Thursday, October 18

16

Compelled to Write

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Faïza Guène
Helen Oyeyemi
Moderator: Kathryn Gretsinger
10–11:30 AM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Two writers in their early 20s know first-hand the experience of being precocious and compelled to write. Both published their first novels to critical acclaim before they were 20. Faïza Guène was born to Algerian parents and raised in the poor suburbs of Paris. Helen Oyeyemi, Nigerian by birth, has lived in England since the age of four. Conscious both of their place in the world of literature and the issues of social dislocation and politics, these are two extraordinary writers whose thoughts on cultural identity and the craft of writing go well beyond their years.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


Discussion will be in French and English.

 

17

Zines, Flicks and Tunes (2)

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Hal Niedzviecki

10–11:30 AM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Modern media technology—the Internet, video cameras, homemade CDs and more—allows anyone and everyone to create his or her own pop culture today. All it takes is a little know-how, some inspiration and a lot of empowerment. How to use the technology to create your own entertainment and your own art is the specialty of indie-guru Hal Niedzviecki; so bring your how-to questions and your ideas for an afternoon workshop that will inspire with real-life examples produced by kids themselves.
(This event also takes place on Wednesday afternoon.)

Suitable for grades 8 to 12  *Study Guide


 

18

Time Travel

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Brian Doyle
Kit Pearson
Moderator: Allison Sullings
10–11:30 AM
Performance Works
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Brian Doyle and Kit Pearson, two of the best young adult authors writing today, are loved by readers and have been nominated for, and won, countless awards for their work. Both authors have chosen to place their latest novels in the not-too-distant past of the 1940s and ’50s, a time when young people faced the same questions as they do today. These are age-old questions about identity, bravery in the face of challenge and the desire to be admired. Doyle and Pearson have earned their place at the top of their field, and young readers will be delighted to meet them face-to-face.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

19

Otherworldly

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John Burns
Carrie Mac

10–11:30 AM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Carrie Mac’s Triskelia is a full fantasy world, neither necessarily in the future nor in the past, where the ruling elite controls the earth’s water. John Burns’s main character escapes to Runnerland, leaving his own troubled life behind.Two authors who have immersed themselves in fantasy discuss the freedoms and constraints it brings. It’s a genre loved by readers who enjoy thinking beyond the borders of reality.

Suitable for grades 8 to 10  *Study Guide


 

20

Word Play

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Linda Bailey
Dennis Lee

10–11:00 AM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

As both of these experienced writers know, children love word play, whether it is words with pictures or words that are spoken aloud. From entrancing rhythms and surprising rhymes to the joyful sound of the words themselves, this will be an hour devoted to a celebration of the word.

Suitable for grades K to 3  *Study Guide


 

21

Pump It Up

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Barbara Adler
Catherine Kidd
Morgan Lewis (Morganics)
Brendan McLeod
Host: Vanessa Richards
1–2:30 PM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Some of the most dynamic, hip, hard-hitting spoken-word artists working today will show what happens when words get pumped and creativity rides high. A two-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam team, Barbara Adler has performed extensively in Canada and the United States. Brendan McLeod has been the Canadian Grand Slam Poetry Champion. Over a 10-year period, Montreal’s spoken-word artist Catherine Kidd has developed a cult following. Morganics is an award-winning Australian hip hop artist who has performed around the world and taught hip hop in jails and isolated Aboriginal communities.

Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 22

Les animaux : faits et légendes

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Évelyne Daigle
Michel Noël
Animatrice : Trilby Jeeves
13 h à 14 h 30
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Qu'est-ce que les pingouins et les chiens de traîneau ont en commun? Quelles sont les répercussions des changements environnementaux et politiques sur leurs vies? Évelyne Daigle partagera ses textes sur les pingouins et les baleines; Michel Noël racontera des histoires basées en partie sur les légendes autochtones apprises de ses aînés.

Pour les élèves de la 4e à la 7e année  *Guide d'étude


Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français. Il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d'interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.

 

23

Doctor, Doctor

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Liam Durcan
Vincent Lam
Moderator: Alma Lee
1–2:30 PM
Performance Works
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Two Canadian doctors who write fiction take the stage this afternoon. Or, is that two Canadian writers who also practise medicine? In Liam Durcan's novel, a Montréal neurologist (which is also Durcan's other career) struggles to understand why his mentor is being tried for war crimes. Vincent Lam's short story collection, his first fiction, won the Giller Prize. The combination of doctor-writer runs from William Carlos Williams, W. Somerset Maugham and Anton Chekhov to today. How can these two demanding careers exist side by side?

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

24

Out of Your Element

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Linda Bailey
David Jones
Edeet Ravel
Moderator: Susin Nielsen
1–2:30 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Grand adventures often begin when you're out of your element, plucked out of your comfortable surroundings and forced to face new worlds. Linda Bailey's Good Times Travel Agency series plunks her characters in ancient Egypt, Viking times and the Ice Age. David Jones places his hero in a baboon's body amid a baboon troop. And Edeet Ravel's character Pauline finds herself in London, enthralled by the different cultures she encounters. But once you're out of your element, can you get back home again? And do you want to?

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 25

L'amitié

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Sylvain Meunier
Animatrice : Anne-Marie McGinn
13 h à 14 h 30
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups

L'amitié se présente sous différentes formes : avec des gens de notre âge, d'autres qui sont plus âgés ou plus jeunes que nous, des voisins ou des camarades de classes. Dans Le Seul Ami, Michel vient en aide à un garçon malade qui est confiné à la maison. Dans L'Homme à la Bicyclette, Germain et ses amis sont à la recherche de l'homme soupçonné d'avoir volé le vélo de Germain. Peuvent-ils également venir en aide à cet homme qui semble en piètre état? Joignez-vous à Sylvain Meunier pour discuter de ses livres amusants et touchants, et sur ce que l'amitié signifie pour lui et pour vous.

Pour les élèves de la 4e à la 7ee année  *Guide d'étude


 

26

GAWK

*David Chariandy
Jenn Farrell
Catherine Kidd
Jen Sookfong Lee
Brendan McLeod
*Maureen Medved
Steven Price
Nick Thran
Andrew Wedderburn
Host: Billeh Nickerson
8:00 PM
Performance Works
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Maureen Medved will not be appearing at this event.
We are pleased to announce that David Chariandy will now be appearing at this event.

Join Billeh Nickerson, eight irreverent writers and the Festival's infamous go-go dancers for an evening guaranteed to rock the gawker within. (Sold out four years and counting—don't get left empty hearted.)


 

27

The Purpose of Fiction

Liam Durcan
William Gibson
*Claire Keegan
A.L. Kennedy
Alessandro Piperno
*Richard B. Wright
Moderator: Kirk LaPointe
8:00 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$15 + $.50 facility surcharge
This event is sold out.

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Richard B. Wright will not be appearing at this event.
We are pleased to announce that Claire Keegan will now be appearing at this event.

Does fiction have a purpose beyond entertainment? Should it tackle the bigger moral and political issues? And if it does, how does a writer walk the tightrope between story and message? Spend an evening with five thoughtful, articulate and brilliant authors from vastly different national backgrounds and experiences. Not only have they faced these questions before putting words on paper, they have also successfully balanced personal belief and strong political and moral stances with the imaginative art of fiction.


 

28

An Intimate Evening with Nancy Huston

Nancy Huston

8:00 PM
PTC Studio
$15
This event is sold out.

Born in Calgary, Nancy Huston has lived in France for three decades. She is a cultural phenomenon—an anglophone Canadian who writes award-winning work in both English and French. Her latest novel, Fault Lines, won the Prix Femina, one of France's most prestigious awards. She says writing in French allows her to write about things that would be impossible for her to reveal or even think about in her mother tongue. Her work is candid, sensual and challenging. She's won the Governor General's Award for fiction and has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize. This is an opportunity to spend an hour with a warm and engaging writer in an intimate setting.


This event is sponsored by Weyerhaeuser.

 

Fleur 29

Une soirée-rencontre avec Faïza Guène :

Française, musulmane et romancière à 20 ans

Faïza Guène
Animatrice : Sylvia L'Écuyer
8:00 PM
Tap Room at the Granville Island Brewery
$15

Faïza Guène est née en 1985, dans la banlieue parisienne, de parents algériens. C'est la banlieue qu'on veut fuir, mais elle a choisi d'y rester, même après l'immense succès en 2004 de son premier roman, Kiffe Kiffe Demain publié dans 22 pays, même après les émeutes. Avec un deuxième roman, une poignée de courts documentaires, des chroniques radiophoniques, elle témoigne de la vie des jeunes de sa génération. Le tableau n'est pas rose, mais la langue est colorée, teintée d'humour, et Faïza apporte une lueur d'optimisme. « L'avenir des banlieues  », dit-elle, « est entre les mains des femmes. »

Pour les gens 19 ans et plus