Prefaces & Afterwords

Esther Freud: Five Interesting Facts

Some would say Esther Freud was destined for success, coming from a family which boasts famous painter Lucien Freud and pioneer of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. But from acting to writing, Esther has established herself as a success in her own right. Her new novel, Mr. Mac and Me, a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, is set to be released September 11, 2014.

Esther Freud appears at the Festival in Event 71: The Interviews and Event 81: The Sunday Brunch.

Karl Ove Knausgaard: Five Interesting Facts

Already a success in his home country Norway, Karl Ove Knausgaard has risen to the world stage with the release of his six volume autobiography, My Struggle. Risking family relationships to write something unique, Knausgaard has let readers into his inner-most thoughts and feelings, leaving no rock unturned.

Knausgaard appears at the Festival in Event 13: My Way, Event 24: Karl Ove Knausgaard in Conversation with John Freeman and Event 30: The Toast(s) of Europe.

Rebecca Mead: Five Interesting Facts

Rebecca Mead is a staff writer for the New Yorker and novelist. Her first novel, One Perfect Day, mixes investigative journalism and social commentary to explore the inner workings of the American wedding industry. Mead's most recent novel, My Life in Middlemarch, takes a more personal approach. In this wise and revealing work of biography, reporting, and memoir, Mead leads the reader into the life that her favorite book made for her and offers an uncanny portrait of the ways in which her life echoes that of Eliot's.

Rebecca Mead will take part in the Festival in Event 43: My Life in Middlemarch and Event 52: Better Living Through Books?. Click here for event details and to purchase tickets.

William Gibson: Five Interesting Facts

The work of William Gibson, dubbed the “noir prophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre, has never been more relevant. With his debut novel Neuromancer, published in 1984, he created an iconography for the information age that stands strong today.

Gibson appears at the Festival in Event 33: Local Legends and Event 64: Probables and Impossibles.

Cory Doctorow: Five Interesting Facts

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger—a true 21st century writer. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK) and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing.

He’ll be appearing at the Festival in Event 20: Playing for Gold and Event 53: Turning the Page. Get to know Cory Doctorow with these five facts:

David Mitchell: Five Interesting Facts

English novelist David Mitchell is renowned for combining epic scale with an intimate understanding of humanity. Famous for his sprawling 2004 novel-turned-film Cloud Atlas, he is back in Vancouver this year with his sixth novel, The Bone Clocks. Mitchell will be reading from his new work as part of a Vancouver Writers Fest’s special event on September 27th. Until then, here are five insights into David Mitchell to hold you over.

Shane Koyczan: Five Interesting Facts

Internationally recognized spoken word performer Shane Koyczan has emerged in a new wave of twenty-first century poets. Since his performance of “We Are More” at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the world has taken notice of Koycan. His anti-bullying “To This Day” video has reached over 14 million viewers and has led to a collaboration with TED Education.

On October 7th, Koyczan will be in Vancouver to discuss the process of transforming his book Stickboy into a contemporary opera. He will be in conversation with James Wright, the General Director of Vancouver Opera. Until then, get to know Koyczan.

Bruce Cockburn: Five Interesting Facts

Bruce Cockburn: Canadian Music Icon, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada inductee, winner of 13 Juno Awards and most recently, Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award honouree during Canadian Music Week 2014. He boasts a truly extensive career, garnering praise from fellow musicians, activists and academic institutions. With 30 albums, Cockburn has earned high praise as an exceptional songwriter and pioneering guitarist, whose career has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, blues, rock, and worldbeat styles.

Bruce Cockburn will be in Vancouver on November 10th to talk about his about his long-awaited memoir, Rumours of Glory—a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is also a lively cultural and musical tour through the late twentieth century. Until then, get to know Bruce Cockburn.

Alan Doyle: Five Interesting Facts

Canadian musician and actor Alan Doyle enters the literary world with his new memoir, titled Where I Belong. Doyle has described his work as a “rowdy journey through the cod tongues, altars, girls and guitars of my young life in Petty Harbour.” Already a lyrical storyteller as front man of the band Great Big Sea, he describes his transition from writing music to writing a book as “natural and enlightening.”

Doyle will be joining us for an intimate evening on Granville Island on November 13th. In anticipation, get to know a bit more about him with these five interesting facts.

Louise Penny: Five Interesting Facts

Louise Penny is best known for spinning her mysteries with sustained suspense and psychological drama, all while weaving in the unique flavours of the region in which her stories are set. Born and raised in Toronto, Penny worked as a journalist and a radio host for CBC before settling in Montreal, where she began dabbling in the mystery genre. Quebec is an important place for Penny; many of her novels are set in the small villages of the Eastern Townships, which combine New England charm with a Quebecoise flair.

Her forthcoming novel, The Long Way Home, returns to the mythical village of Three Pines, the setting for her Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries. You’ll hear Penny’s own insights on her latest book at our special event on September 3rd. Until then, get to know a little more about Penny, Three Pines and Chief Inspector Gamache.

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