Wednesday, October 21

10
School EventWord! (1)

C.R. Avery
Billeh Nickerson
Hilary Peach
Host: Vanessa Richards
10 – 11:30 am
Granville Island Stage
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Three BC writers—sometimes musicians, sometimes poets, sometimes welders, sometimes McJobbers, but always entertaining—get together this morning to take the art of writing to new places. Spoken word iconoclast and musician C.R. Avery joins Vancouver favourite Billeh Nickerson onstage with audio poet and arts activist Hilary Peach. This is spoken word, poetry and storytelling on the fly. Spread the word!

(This event is repeated on Thursday afternoon.)

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 10 to 12, and adults  *Study Guide


 

11
School EventFleur Suis-je obligé? Mais je le veux

François Barcelo
Sylvain Hotte
Animatrice: Trilby Jeeves
10 h à 11 h 30
Revue Theatre
16 $ / 8 $ pour les groupes d’étudiants
This event is sold out.

Une jeune étoile du hockey midget au futur prometteur est en amour. Une adolescente est supposée passer la journée avec son grand-père : elle trouve qu’il est nul, il la voit comme une chipie. Un garçon accepte de garder son demi-frère, bien qu’il n’ait jamais fait ça avant. Un ado fainéant, dans l’espoir de faire de l’argent, offre d’aider un voisin. Diverses histoires nous invitent à explorer les défis et la richesse des relations humaines.

This event is sold out.

Pour les élèves de la quatrième à la huitième 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
School EventG-Man

Gordon Korman

10 – 11:30 am
Performance Works
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

A superstar of children’s literature, Gordon Korman has published more than 60 books that have delighted young readers for the last three decades. Korman published his first book at the age of 14 and stories continue to pour out of him at an astounding rate. From adventure and comedy, mystery and suspense, to everyday life and relationships, Korman’s novels appeal to a wide range of reading tastes. This is a rare opportunity to meet up with the G-man face-to-face.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

13
School EventFright Night

Hiromi Goto
Tim Wynne-Jones
Host: Brenda Berck
10 – 11:30 am
Waterfront Theatre
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Two Canadian authors have deliberately set out to write tales that leave readers on the edge of their chairs, send shivers down their spines and take their imaginations to the edge of reason. These multi-award winning authors share goosebump moments with their readers; they will also discuss why being frightened is fascinating to us, the borders between fright and horror, the fear of the known and the unknown and how they make the unimaginable real enough to keep us turning pages.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 9 to 12, and adults  *Study Guide


 

14
School EventBy Pen and Brush: Native Stories

C.J. Taylor

10 – 11:30 am
PTC Studio
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Established visual artist and author of a dozen books, C.J. Taylor wants to help make the rich culture of Native history come alive for young people. Drawing from her own Mohawk heritage, as well as the Mi’kmaq, Iroquois and other First Nations, Taylor has collected, retold and illustrated with bright colours and sweeping lines haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. Taylor shares her insights and experience about the marriage of words and illustration that bring to life stories from an oral culture.

Suitable for grades 5 to 8  *Study Guide


 

15
School EventWord Play

Rukhsana Khan
William New
Tim Wynne-Jones

1 – 2:00 pm
Revue Theatre
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Spend the afternoon with a silly chicken, llamas in the laundry, a cat named Zoom and three fabulous storytellers who show that at the root of all good stories is a delight in the words themselves. Little ones will be tapping their toes to the rhythm and the rhyme as these stories and poems take eager listeners from Pakistan to the North Pole.

Suitable for grades K to 3  *Study Guide


 

16
School EventHumour and Hormones

Don Calame
Robyn Harding
Host: Claudia Casper
1 – 2:30 pm
Performance Works
$16 / $8 for student groups

No clichéd teen tales here. Screenwriter Don Calame perfectly channels the adolescent male’s obsession with the female. Robyn Harding draws from her own experiences as a teenager and the utter embarrassment at even having parents, let alone parents who have sex. Harding’s My Parents Are Sex Maniacs and Calame’s Swim the Fly face the topics of burgeoning adolescent sexuality and awareness with hilarity, tenderness and understanding.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 8 to 10  *Study Guide


 

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School EventFleur Le bien l’emporte sur le mal

Elaine Arsenault
Sylvain Hotte
Animatrice: France Perras
13 h à 14 h 30
Waterfront Theatre
16 $ / 8 $ pour les groupes d’étudiants

Des mondes imaginaires et intemporels donnant lieu à des prophéties, des quêtes et des luttes pour vaincre les forces du mal s’articulent autour des deux séries de livres. La série Darhan écrite par Sylvain Hotte met en vedette le jeune berger Darhan dans la Mongolie du 13e siècle. Darhan et ses compagnons font face à de nombreux défis dont des créatures obscures et des êtres fantastiques. La saga d’Arsenault, L’or des Gitans, raconte l’histoire de trois amis qui sont confrontés au danger et qui le surmontent—dans un cas, au fond de la mer. D’où viennent les idées pour la science-fiction et l’imaginaire? Explorez avec les auteurs les mondes qu’ils ont créés.

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.

 

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School EventWater in the Well

Rochelle Strauss

1 – 2:30 pm
PTC Studio
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well that makes life on earth possible. Yet every day, the equivalent of more than 15,000 boxcars worth of garbage is dumped into the Earth’s water. With a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a passion for writing, Rochelle Strauss ignites in young readers the desire to take action to conserve and protect our global well, and the knowledge that they have the power to make a change for the better.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

19
But Who’s Counting?

*Marc Levy
Audrey Niffenegger
Kathy Reichs
*Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Host: Vicki Gabereau
8:00 pm
Performance Works
$18
This event is sold out.

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Marc Levy will not be appearing at this event.
We are pleased to announce that Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt will now be appearing at this event.

Every author starts out as an unknown, but sometimes fame strikes like a hot iron, changing a quiet life into something the author never dreamed. Three authors, who have each sold millions of copies of their works, tell stories of their lives, both before and after fame and discuss how, or whether, success has changed them. In a little more than a decade, they have become household names not only in France and North America, but also around the world through translation. Is fame a burden to the creative process or does it allow them to pursue their own paths? When does “author” become a defining title? How much satisfaction comes from copies sold? With the wise and witty Vicki Gabereau as their host, Niffenegger, Reichs and Schmitt will tackle these questions and more.


This event is sponsored by Simon & Schuster Canada.

 

20
Living with Death

Debra Adelaide
Bonnie Burnard
Lisa Moore
Host: Hal Wake
8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$18

Difficult not to over-dramatize or sentimentalize, death is a subject eschewed by many authors. While Lisa Moore’s novel deals with cauterizing grief to move on with life, Debra Adelaide and Bonnie Burnard look at preparing others so that their characters can accept death. In the hands of these three skillful authors, death, dying and life after death is fertile ground for exploring relationships, love, truth, acceptance and the necessity of embracing the one sure thing in life.


 

21
An Intimate Evening with Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland

8:00 pm
PTC Studio
$23
This event is sold out.

No matter what subject he tackles, Douglas Coupland brings an incisive and ironic view of the world and technology. His new novel Generation A “champions the act of reading and storytelling as one of the few defenses we still have against the constant bombardment of the senses in a digital world.” He has published 13 novels and six non-fiction books, as well as dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Extraordinarily sensitive to contemporary cultural vibrations, Coupland is sure to provoke thought and reflection.

This event is sold out.