2011 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

Welcome to the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island

The continued strength and growth of Canadian literature has been recognized here and abroad for years. If any further evidence were required, the Canadian contingent at this year’s Festival would prove it. Prominent past prize-winners Elizabeth Hay, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Miriam Toews, David Adams Richards, David Gilmour and Peter Behrens are all returning to the Festival. Our line-up of authors from British Columbia is a testament to the vitality of the writing scene in our province, with Zsuzsi Gartner, Timothy Taylor, Angie Abdou, Jan Zwicky and Michael V. Smith, amongst many others, all sharing their exciting new work.

We have a distinguished list of international writers coming to the Festival, including Booker shortlisted authors Lloyd Jones from New Zealand and Linda Grant from the UK, as well as Commonwealth Prize winner Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), who will provide some interesting perspectives on Africa with fellow authors Helen Oyeyemi (Nigeria) and Alexandra Fuller (Zimbabwe).

For all you crime fiction fanatics, Scottish crime master Ian Rankin returns to the festival with the thrilling follow-up to The Complaints. He is joined by award-winners Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks series and Stuart MacBride, best-known for his Logan McRae series, as well as up-and-comers Wayne Arthurson and Denise Mina.

As we looked over this year’s list of available writers, it became clear that there are a lot of compelling and provocative non-fiction titles coming out this year. Not to be missed is an evening with renowned BBC journalist and leading authority on global organized crime, Misha Glenny, who uncovers the dark underworld of global cyber crime.

One last thing to look forward to: the final event of the Festival, our celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s Award. We hope you will take the opportunity to join four previous GG award winners as they share personal stories about receiving the award, the effect it has had on their careers and the writing life. Please join us on Granville Island from October 18-23 and enjoy the many delights on offer.

Hal Wake

Artistic Director

P.S. Check out our fabulous lineup of special events this fall, featuring literary luminaries Michael Ondaatje, Wade Davis, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris and Anthony Bourdain. Our free reading series Incite will kick off the season, starting on September 14.