Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with VPL presents: Incite

Mind-altering, metamorphic, twice-monthly. Free readings, interviews and discussions with authors who will change how you see the world.

"Inspiring, thought provoking, entertaining and informative.  I have thoroughly enjoyed each event.  Thank you for offering such a high quality series at no charge.  I look forward to next year’s Incite!" - 2016 Incite attendee  

Line-up of events:

MARCH 29:Rebecca Rosenblum (So Much Love), Lori McNulty (Life on Mars) and Janet Rogers (Totem Poles & Railroads) present their new books and discuss human connections—how they form, and how they break down. Rosenblum details the lives of members of a small community after a young woman is abducted; McNulty’s “raw, moving, [and] strange” stories explore the absurdities of human (and nonhuman) relationships; and Rogers’ latest poetry collection illustrates the dynamics of colonialism in Canada. Learn more.

APRIL 12: Hit the ‘pause’ button on your frantic life and settle back as three acclaimed non-fiction writers share their moving, contemplative works of nonfiction. Sharon Butala tells of reinventing herself after the sudden death of her husband in Where I Live Now; Michael Harris makes an argument for spending more time alone in Solitude; and Robert Moor takes us on a hike across the globe’s trails—and into the human psyche—in On Trails. Learn more.

APRIL 26: Join us as three acclaimed authors share globe-trotting tales of family, loss and adventure. Lisa See’s latest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, is about the bond of a mother and daughter separated by an ocean; The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan was inspired by the diaries of his father and tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive during the second Sino-Japanese War; and Carys Davies’ second fiction features stories set in Australia, Siberia, and more. Learn more.

MAY 10 - Take a trip to faraway eras and places with two richly imagined historical novels. Roberta Rich returns with A Trial in Venice, her third novel set during the Italian Renaissance. Alisa Smith dives into the world of World War II espionage in her debut novel. And Mary Burns imagines life as a young woman in Chicago, 1919, as the city is overtaken by social unrest in The Reason for Time. Learn more.

MAY 24 - Two accomplished graphic novelists help us close out Incite 2017 with readings from their highly anticipated new books. Jillian Tamaki, cartoonist of This One Summer and Supermutant Magic Academy, returns with a collection of short comics about the vanishing boundary between the virtual and ‘real’ world. And Guy Delisle tells the true and harrowing story of Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 3 months in 1997. Learn more.


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Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.  Incite is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Courier.



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