Saturday, October 24

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Thriller

William Deverell
James W. Nichol
Edmundo Paz-Soldán
Host: Stephen E. Miller
10:30 am – 12 noon
Revue Theatre
$16

An offshoot of the crime novel, the “thriller” allows for many different approaches to a classic form. These three novelists are in great form with their new works, ranging from historical thriller to political thriller to cyber-punk crime thriller. By turns literary, funny, gripping, informative and thought-provoking, Snow Job, Death Spiral and Turing’s Delirium—and their authors—will keep you entertained and wide-eyed on a Saturday morning.

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

50
Almost Fatal Attraction

Chelsea Cain
Lisa Foad
Joan London
Colin McAdam
Host: Denise Ryan
10:30 am – 12 noon
Performance Works
$16

We long for passion, even in the face of danger, fascinated by those who take the risk. The realm of intense attraction, wavering between excitement and obsession, provides writers with a rich vein of possibilities for exploring this complex, often dark, side of human nature. The damage, the inevitable repercussions, and the loss of autonomy in the face of erotic thralldom are often not warning enough to make us stop. Four authors using different literary expressions and forms explore the thin line between adoration and ownership, excitement and danger. A great way to begin your weekend.

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

51
Dig Deep

Tash Aw
David Hewson
June Hutton
Rhea Tregebov
Host: Kirk Lapointe
10:30 am – 12 noon
Waterfront Theatre
$16

Writing stories based in historical times or in particular settings often demands considerable research. Some authors absorb the details from the stones around them, while others comb through the British Museum for years before setting pen to paper. Tash Aw found that some South Asians wouldn’t talk about earlier difficult times, and David Hewson walked the back streets of Rome searching for geographical accuracy. Research can delve into personal family stories, oral recounting, dusty volumes about military battles and dated books on household hints—but the aim is always to get the details right. When does a writer know when to give research a rest and put imagination to work?

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


This event is sponsored by The Vancouver Sun.

 

52
Adventures in Film

Andrea De Carlo
*Shandi Mitchell
Monique Proulx
*Ian Weir

10:30 am – 12 noon
PTC Studio
$16

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that Ian Weir will now be appearing at this event.
We regret that Shandi Mitchell will not be appearing at this event.

Writers are at heart storytellers, and stories aren’t only found between the covers. Three authors who also tell stories on film share their adventures this morning as screenwriters, directors, assistant directors, producers and even actors. As a screenwriter, Monique Proulx has even turned her own novels into film. Andrea De Carlo directed a feature film based on his first novel. Shandi Mitchell began her long career in film as an assistant director and has now published her first novel. Get behind the scenes with three natural storytellers.

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

53
Crime, Not Punishment

Chelsea Cain
William Deverell
Terry Griggs
David Hewson
Host: Lonnie Propas
2 – 3:30 pm
Revue Theatre
$16

Crime fiction is a welcome and intriguing escape for many, and can take readers through twists and turns of plot and psychological and political secrets. While William Deverell and David Hewson are old hands at this genre, Chelsea Cain and Terry Griggs take new approaches as they lead their readers on the trail. Whether you’re captivated by the main detective character, the loops and bends of plot, the distinct setting or the emotional ride, it’s certainly no punishment to spend an afternoon with these fine crime fiction authors.

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

54
Still Waters

Sarah Waters In Conversation With Bill Richardson
2 – 3:30 pm
Performance Works
$16
This event is sold out.

The Little Stranger is British author Sarah Waters’ fifth novel, and her four previous novels have been nominated for awards and literary prizes, including the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. Ghosts, gothic horror, lesbians, poltergeists, female hysteria…. There are hidden depths to Waters who, surprisingly, began writing her first novel while waiting for news about an academic grant after she had earned her PhD. For a long time, she says, she “felt like an academic who had stumbled into something else.” That something else has earned her fans and readers in the hundreds of thousands, who love a gripping read coupled with an intellectual exploration of class, history, style and love.


 

55
The Road Maps of Life

Debra Adelaide
Gayle Friesen
Karen McLaughlin
Daria Salamon
Host: Shaena Lambert
2 – 3:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$16

There is no road map for the journey of self-discovery. But novels often show us how others make the trek. Four authors, whose protagonists take journeys real and metaphorical to find truths about themselves and their pasts, talk about why these important journeys are such fertile soil for plot and character. These are characters who, each in her own way, revisit their pasts to plot a course for the future, even if the future, as in Debra Adelaide’s novel, is imminent death. This is sure to be a discussion illuminating for anyone—male or female—who is seeking answers to life’s big questions, “Who am I?” and “How did I get to be who I am?”

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

56
True North

Robert Arthur Alexie
Cathleen With
Host: Joseph Boyden
2 – 3:30 pm
PTC Studio
$16
This event is sold out.

In the 1990s, Robert Arthur Alexie was Chief of the Teetl’it Gwich’in in the Northwest Territories. Cathleen With served as a teacher in Inuvik. Those memories and, in the case of Alexie, personal heritage serve as catalysts for two compelling novels that paint dark and realistic portraits of damaged people in Canada’s North. With admits “that this was sometimes difficult to write…and there are people trying their damndest to change the cycle of abuse and addiction.” Tough, realistic but with a glimmer of redemption, these are novels—and novelists—to whom we should pay attention. Celebrated Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden brings his understanding and passion for the native experience in Canada to this discussion.

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

57
The Poetry Bash

Elizabeth Bachinsky
Robert Bringhurst
Xi Chuan
Carol Ann Duffy
Heather McHugh
Gregory Scofield
Host: Clea Young
8:00 pm
Performance Works
$23
This event is sold out.

Always a Festival favourite event, The Poetry Bash brings to Vancouver’s stage this year six poets who are titans in this field. England’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy joins Pulitzer Prize nominee Heather McHugh, Canadian Robert Bringhurst, winner of the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and China’s Xi Chuan, widely translated and recognized as one of the most dynamic poets living in China today. Rounding out the team is relative newcomer Elizabeth Bachinsky, herself nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry, and Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner, Gregory Scofield. This is a formidable line-up, sure to please the ear of word and image lovers everywhere!


 

58
Polyphony

John Bemrose
Andrea De Carlo
Cynthia Flood
Karen McLaughlin
Maile Meloy
Anik See
Thomas Trofimuk
Host: Paul Grant
8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$18

Settle back this evening to hear seven fine writers read from their new works. There’s definitely more than enough in store here to introduce you to some riveting and entertaining fi ction and poetry that you will want to explore further. Italian author Andrea De Carlo, who has 13 novels to his credit, joins American Maile Meloy, chosen as one of Granta’s 21 Best Young American Novelists. Five Canadian writers round out the slate and you’ll be sure to discover some voices that you’ll want to return to. Come and sample some great reads!

Advance ticket sales have now ended for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door one hour before the event starts.


 

59
An Intimate Evening with Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey

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

A gifted storyteller with a poet’s ear for language, Michael Crummey has been nominated for awards for almost every word he has put on paper. Since first winning accolades for poetry in 1986, the Newfoundland native has gone on to nominations for the Journey Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Books in Canada First Novel award and twice for the IMPAC Award. Novels such as The River Thieves and Wreckage draw deeply on the history, landscape and language of Newfoundland and Labrador. His new novel Galore is again alive with unique characters and Crummey’s uncommon insight—and he’ll share some of his stories with us tonight.