Sunday, October 25

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Trauma Farm

Brian Brett in conversation with Mark Forsythe
10:30 am – 12 noon
PTC Studio
$16

If you’ve ever thought about creating a kitchen garden, raising chickens in your back yard, or adopting a 100-mile diet, you’ll want to be up early this morning. Author and poet Brian Brett has, for more than two decades, also tended a small mixed farm on Salt Spring Island. His experiences with the egg, cows on the lam, a murderous hen and his place in the agri-world have, with Brett’s irreverent and illuminating sensibilities, led him naturally in Trauma Farm to broader meditations on the miracles of life and death, and a convincing argument against soulless industrial food production. In the company of Mark Forsythe, Brett serves up good stories, good thoughts, good food… for thought.

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


 

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The Sunday Brunch

Robert Arthur Alexie
Annabel Lyon
Ashok Mathur
Maile Meloy
Monique Proulx
Michael Turner
Host: Sheryl MacKay
11 am – 12:30 pm
Performance Works
$31
This event is sold out.

Those who wake up in the early hours of the weekend to the voice of Sheryl MacKay on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest don’t have to get up with the birds this morning. MacKay, in person, will serve up a literary repast that is sure to satisfy your appetites in more ways than one. With lots of good readings and large helpings of merriment, your morning cup of coffee won’t be the only hot thing on the go. Come with a friend or make a new one over croissants and champagne. Be forewarned, this event is very popular and tables fill early.


 

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Out There, Right Here

Anne DeGrace
Leon Rooke
Ian Weir

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$16

Bare-knuckled bouts with the devil, psychic UFO-chasers, negotiations with J.D. Salinger for a bag of his garbage… When you need a taste of the outrageous, there’s none better than Canada’s Leon Rooke, Anne DeGrace and Ian Weir to supply the words and images that will delight and provoke your thoughts. Rooke writes like a jazz musician, improvising his short stories with both style and imagination. DeGrace’s Sounding Line is based on Canada’s “most significant” UFO incident. Weir has turned his award-winning screen- and playwriting talents to a charismatic prizefighting evangelist. Get out there, the Canadian way.

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


 

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Unless the Eye Catch Fire

Joy Coghill
François Houle

1:30 – 3:00 pm
PTC Studio
$16

Canadian poet PK Page’s work is among the most admired and important writing in Canadian literature. Her stunning poetic narrative, Unless the Eye Catch Fire, paints a frightening and prescient picture of a world tipping toward destruction, surprisingly written in the 1970s, long before “global warming” was a household phrase. In this theatrical adaptation, the celebrated Canadian actor Joy Coghill and award-winning Canadian clarinetist and improviser Francois Houle bring to life the actions and thoughts of an elderly woman living in a quiet garden suburb during the final few months when the Earth warms up beyond redemption. This is an opportunity to experience the collaboration of three of this country’s most accomplished artists.

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

A portion of the proceeds of this events will go to the Institute for Cross-Cultural Exchange which provides books for at-risk children.


 

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The Afternoon Tea

John Bemrose
Terry Griggs
June Hutton
Colin McAdam
James W. Nichol
Daria Salamon
Host: Paul Grant
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Performance Works
$31

Tea and scones included

What could be more pleasant and relaxing than joining host Paul Grant for a thought-provoking afternoon of tea and tales from a diverse selection of Festival authors? This event is freshly baked to warm your senses and stimulate your soul.

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


 

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Emerge

Jeanette Ashley
Lindsay Bradford-Ewart
Adrienne Drobnies
Robin Evans
Raoul Fernandes
Berenice Freedome
Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Christine Grimard
Helen Heffernan
Mauretia Holloway
Anne Hopkinson
Harry Karlinsky
Tanyss Knowles
Sam Legge
Toni Levi
Brian Luneza
Fainne Martin
Louis Morin
Amalia Pistilli
Caroline Purchase
Renee Saklikar
Jane Sayers
 

4 – 5:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$11

This afternoon is the launch of emerge, the annual anthology from Simon Fraser University’s Writers’ Studio. It also provides a tantalizing taste of new work from those who have participated this year in the Writers’ Studio. Come and hear from new voices in our midst— 22 new writers who span three generations and write in the genres of non-fiction, poetry, fiction and lyric prose.

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


 

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The Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture: PETER MANSBRIDGE

Peter Mansbridge

8:00 pm
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
$27

We end the Festival this year the way millions of Canadians end their day—with CBC’s Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge. In Mansbridge’s first book, One on One, he has collected the most illuminating and timely interviews from the past 10 years of his weekly interview show, book-ending each with his own behind-the-scenes recollections and anecdotes. Come and hear inside stories about the people who shape our world, told by the man who shapes our impressions of them, from world leaders like Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu to music legends like Brian Wilson and Diana Krall to sports figures like Sidney Crosby.

Please note that there will not be a book signing following this event. However, pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event.

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 Scotia Private Client Group.

The speaker honorarium is generously provided by Duthie Books Fourth Avenue.