School Events

Tuesday, October 16

1

From Your Backyard to Antarctica

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Évelyne Daigle
Margriet Ruurs
Moderator: Eve Savory
10–11:30 AM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Close up or far away, the nature of animals is a constant source of amazement. Spend a morning with two science writers discovering that, when you take the time to look closely, the animals in your own backyard—from bats and mice to skunks and hummingbirds—are as extraordinary as the dozen or more species of penguins that live in Antarctica.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


This event may be taped for future broadcast.

 

Fleur 2

Il était une fois

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Sylvain Meunier
Animatrice : Trilby Jeeves
10 h à 11 h
PTC Studio
12 $ / 6 $ for student groups
This event is sold out.

Graindsel et sa soeur, Bretelle, aimaient beaucoup les bonbons. Ils faisaient des cauchemars lorsqu’ils surprenaient une conversation entre leurs parents qui parlaient de la fermeture possible du magasin de bonbons. Joignez-vous à l’auteur Sylvain Meunier qui récite l’aventure de Graindsel et Bretelle alors qu’ils tentent d’éviter la fermeture du magasin—et qui raconte également d’autres histoires en chantant.

Pour les élèves de la maternelle à 3e année

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


 

3

Stand Up for Change

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Tim Harvey
D. Simon Jackson
Lyndsay Poaps
Moderator: Severn Cullis-Suzuki
1–2:30 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

When Severn Cullis-Suzuki was 12, she addressed the UN’s Earth Summit, asking decision-makers to consider their children. She and other young people have fascinating stories to tell about how to make a difference on this planet. Pushing for change, while encouraging others to speak out about what they know and care about, three young activists will share their experiences and their wisdom.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12, and adults interested in change activism  *Study Guide


This event is sponsored by BC Hydro.

This event may be taped for future broadcast.

 

Fleur 4

Quelle est ma place?

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Michel Noël
Animatrice : Anne-Marie McGinn
13 h à 14 h 30
PTC Studio
12 $ / 6 $ for student groups
Buy tickets online at Vancouver Tix.

Un trop grand nombre d’adolescents ont entendu des remarques comme : « Tu es bon à rien! ». Ou encore « Crois-moi, tu vas finir en prison! ». Les adultes, tout comme les adolescents, cherchent la réponse à ces questions : « Qui suis-je vraiment? Quelle est ma place? ». Peut-être Nipishish, et ses amis, ou le pilote de brousse qui tente de survivre à l’écrasement de son avion—tous les personnages des livres de Michel Noël—peuvent fournir des indices sur nos propres vies. Où trouvent-ils leur courage? Puisque ces livres sont, au moins en partie, autobiographiques, cet événement suscitera assurément une conversation fascinante entre l’auteur et les participants.

Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième 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.

 

Wednesday, October 17

5

The Cynthia Woodward Young Readers Legacy

It's a Jungle Out There

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David Jones
Carrie Mac
Moderator: Alma Lee
10–11:30 AM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Two BC authors have created dark, imaginary worlds that challenge their characters to survive in the face of the unexpected. David Jones puts a 14-year-old boy in the body of a baboon, and in the midst of a baboon troop, and makes him face the question of what it means to be human. Carrie Mac's hero, a Droughtlander, encounters adventure after adventure with an army of street boys, in times of war, rebellion and retribution, in a land of fantasy that just might be recognizable after all.

Suitable for grades 8 to 10  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 6

Aventures vraies ou fausses

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Sylvain Meunier
Michel Noël
Animatrice : Lyne Barnabé
10 h à 11 h 30
Revue Theatre
12 $ + 1.50 $ facility surcharge / 6 $ for student groups
This event is sold out.

Il est vrai que Michel Noël a survécu à un ou trois écrasements d'avion; il est peut-être vrai que Sylvain Meunier est venu en aide à un garçon qui, en raison de la maladie, était incapable de quitter sa maison ou qui a tenté, avec ses amis, de retrouver une bicyclette volée. Est-ce important de savoir si cela est vraiment arrivé aux auteurs ou non? Ce qui importe, c'est que leurs livres racontent des aventures excitantes qui demandent du courage, de la curiosité, de l'intelligence et de l'imagination.

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.

 

7

Imaginary Greats, Great Imaginations

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Kit Pearson
Edeet Ravel
Moderator: Brenda Berck
10–11:30 AM
Performance Works
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Funny things happen when it's hard to tell the difference between imagination and delusion. Edeet Ravel's Pauline dreams of being an author and has discovered the thesaurus along with the dramatic worlds of Madame Bovary, Lucia di Lammermoor and now Siddhartha. In Kit Pearson's new novel, Corrie's family pretend that they are Knights of the Round Table, but Corrie worries when her brother lets the game stray too far from reality.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

8

Mean Streets

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John Burns
Brian Doyle

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

Sometimes teens have to grow up very fast and make their way in worlds that aren't hospitable or even caring. How individual characters cope—by escaping into fantasy worlds or worlds of dishonesty and discontent—makes for great teen reading. Two authors talk about their novels of strength, resilience and endurance and about the difficult choices teens can face.

Suitable for grades 8 to 10  *Study Guide


 

9

Penguin Party

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Évelyne Daigle

10–11:30 AM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups

Renowned biologist Évelyne Daigle spent time on an icebreaker in Antarctica to observe close up the world of penguins. She's brought back amazing facts, such as how penguins desalinate seawater in their beaks, and why penguins and fur seals can live together on land but not in the water. You'll love these fascinating seabirds even more when you hear the real life experiences of this wildlife biologist.

Suitable for grades 4 to 6  *Study Guide


 

10

Shout It Out

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Linda Bailey
Dennis Lee
Margriet Ruurs

1–2:00 PM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

It's afternoon storytime, and three writers and poets will keep you delighted and entertained with their tales. Linda Bailey, creator of that charming dog Stanley, introduces a team of hockey-loving farm animals. Canadian rhyming favourite Dennis Lee is sure to delight new audiences with well-loved poems from his books, Alligator Pie and Garbage Delight. Margriet Ruurs's backyard tales will capture young imaginations.

Suitable for grades K to 3  *Study Guide


 

Fleur 11

Nouveaux Endroits, Nouvelles Vies

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Faïza Guène
Sylvain Meunier
Animatrice : France Perras
13 h à 14 h 30
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $ .50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Les livres de Faïza Guène ont trait à la vie des gens aux prises avec deux cultures dans les banlieues de Paris. Le livre de Sylvain Meunier, Lovelie D'Haïti raconte l'histoire d'une fille arrachée à son domicile en Haïti pour vivre avec une famille haïtienne de Montréal, où la bataille culturelle est peut-être le dernier de ses soucis. Les deux auteurs décrivent de façon précise la vie des gens tout en respectant fidèlement le Canada d'aujourd'hui.

Pour les élèves de la 8e à la 12e 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.

 

12

Zines, Flicks and Tunes (1)

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Hal Niedzviecki

1–2:30 PM
PTC Studio
$12 / $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.

Suitable for grades 8 to 12  *Study Guide


(This event is repeated on Thursday morning.)

 

62

Pump It Up 2

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*Barbara Adler
*Catherine Kidd
*Morgan Lewis (Morganics)
*Brendan McLeod
Host: Vanessa Richards
1–2:30 PM
Performance Works
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups - Event added to meet demand.
This event is sold out.

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that this event has been added to festival.

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


*This event has been added due to overwhelming demand.

 

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


 

Friday, October 19

30

Gift of the Gab

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Nuala O'Faolain
Ray Robertson
Michael Winter
Moderator: Vicki Gabereau
10–11:30 AM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

The Festival is thrilled to welcome the witty and wonderful Vicki Gabereau back to the stage as she engages three lively writers who live in the world of words—well-researched non-fiction, a touch of autobiography and a good dollop of imagination. Ireland’s Nuala O’Faolain brings to life another daughter of Ireland, notorious criminal Chicago May. Ray Robertson takes to the highway in pursuit of Kerouac’s On the Road. And Newfoundland’s Michael Winter, no stranger to Festival audiences, spins a tale of mythic proportion in his novel, The Architects Are Here.


 

31

The Hungarian Schindler

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Anna Porter in conversation with Hal Wake
10–11:30 AM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

In the summer of 1944, Hungarian Rezso Kasztner met with Adolf Eichmann to strike a deal. His act may have saved as many as 40,000 Hungarian Jews. In the hands of former Canadian publisher Anna Porter, Kasztner’s Train is part political thriller, part love story and part legal drama, a compelling non-fiction account of a man who was later judged to have “sold his soul to the devil.” Hungarian-born Porter explores in intriguing detail a hero and proud Zionist who believed that promises, even to diehard Nazis, had to be kept.


 

32

The Mini Poetry Bash

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George Bowering
Tim Bowling
Janice Kulyk Keefer
Richard Siken
Priscila Uppal
Benjamin Zephaniah
Host: Billeh Nickerson
10–11:30 AM
Performance Works
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

The Mini Poetry Bash is an annual favourite with students, teachers and poetry fans alike. This year, the Festival has gathered exceptional and award-winning poets from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada to strut their stuff. Poetry is ordinary language raised to distilled and powerful forms, so come and delight in this world of words—in all its different forms.


 

33

Let the Imagination Reign

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A.L. Kennedy
Louise Penny
Edward O. Phillips
Neil Smith
Moderator: John Burns
10–11:30 AM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Flaubert claimed that he became Emma Bovary when he wrote Madame Bovary. The audacity and skill it takes to adopt a different perspective or a different gender when creating characters unites these four writers. A.L. Kennedy’s Day takes the viewpoint of an raf tailgunner during WWII. Louise Penny’s Detective Chief Inspector Armand Gamache reappears as the main character in her latest mystery, Dead Cold. Edward O. Phillips’s main character is a widow beginning a new life in Montréal. And Neil Smith creates a love story starring a pair of pink leather gloves and a severed foot. Long live the imagination!


 

34

Indian Tapestry: From Bollywood to Bombay

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David Davidar
Ameen Merchant
Moderator: Paul Grant
10–11:30 AM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups

For centuries, India has been providing readers with extraordinary tales and inspiring writers. Ameen Merchant’s story is of two sisters in a traditional Brahmin family, one of whom runs off with a Muslim Bollywood star. In musical prose, he captures the world of Brahmin women, restricted by caste and rules but teeming with colour and music. David Davidar’s unflinching novel is set among the Bombay riots of the 1990s. The Solitude of Emperors is about what drives fundamentalist beliefs and what makes someone driven, bold or mad enough to make a stand.


 

35

Sleuths and Scoundrels

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Jakob Arjouni
Jasper Fforde
Elizabeth George
Peter Robinson
Moderator: Louise Penny
1–2:30 PM
Granville Island Stage
$12 + $2 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Former CBC broadcaster turned mystery writer Louise Penny will lead a stellar and diverse group of mystery writers in a discussion about making characters come alive in the realm of the mystery novel. Assembling a cast of characters that is believable enough to keep a mystery on track, yet extraordinary enough to keep readers riveted, takes great skill, and these writers are masters of their craft.


 

36

Landscapes: Inside and Out

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Jacqueline Baker
Ian Holding
Carrie Tiffany
Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Moderator: Anne Giardini
1–2:30 PM
Revue Theatre
$12 + $1.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

How does physical landscape shape, mirror or stand in conflict with character? Four authors from very different landscapes—Alberta, Zimbabwe, Australia and Tahiti—gather to talk about the inspiration of the lands they write about and the lands that make their stories possible, from the windborn grit of the Canadian prairie to the fragrant frangipani of Tahiti, to the vast farms of rural Australia and Zimbabwe.


 

37

The Fresh Face of Fiction

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David Chariandy
Jen Sookfong Lee
Ameen Merchant
Neil Smith
Moderator: Denise Ryan
1–2:30 PM
Waterfront Theatre
$12 + $.50 facility surcharge / $6 for student groups

Four writers, four firsts—first novels and first short story collections. With fresh perspectives and fresh enthusiasm for their craft, these writers discuss the paths that have brought them to this stage, the moments (or years) of doubt and exhilaration. You’ll enjoy knowing more about these writers, who will make you fall in love with fiction all over again.


This event is sponsored by the UBC Writing Centre.

 

38

Fruits of the Earth

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Rudy Wiebe in conversation with Andreas Schroeder
1–2:30 PM
PTC Studio
$12 / $6 for student groups
This event is sold out.

The winner of this year’s Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction, Rudy Wiebe has written an evocative and moving memoir of his childhood in rural Saskatchewan, bearing witness of a way of life that has since disappeared. In Of This Earth, the two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction recalls his childhood with his immigrant parents in the isolated, mostly Mennonite community of Speedwell, Saskatchewan, and the experiences of a young boy whose love of words delivered the world to him.