Thursday, October 22

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School EventTitans

Gordon Korman
Tim Wynne-Jones

10 – 11:30 am
Granville Island Stage
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Two titans of young adult writing come together this morning to talk about their characters, their storylines and the fun they have putting words on paper. Tim Wynne-Jones’s Rex Zero series, with its cast of sarcastic characters, closely reflects his own Canadian boyhood. Gordon Korman’s huge output of more than 60 novels shows very clearly that this award-winning novelist loves what he does, and does it very well. A rare chance for young readers and aspiring writers to see two of the masters together on stage.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 4 to 8  *Study Guide


 

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School EventKaren Connelly in conversation with Merilyn Simonds

Karen Connelly

10 – 11:30 am
Revue Theatre
$16 / $8 for student groups

Karen Connelly won a Governor General’s Literary Award for her journal Touch the Dragon, written when she was still a teenager traveling and living in Thailand. She has since lived in Spain, France, Greece, Canada and Asia. Now nine books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, and numerous awards later, Connelly turns her gift of words and images to the struggle for political change in Burma. Based on her experiences living in that country, her memoir Burmese Lessons is a love story—for a wounded a beautiful country and for one gifted man who is devoted to making a stand against dictators and a fierce military regime.

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

Suitable for grades 8 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

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School EventSome Words on Film

Don Calame
Robyn Harding
Host: Susin Nielsen
10 – 11:30 am
Performance Works
$16 / $8 for student groups

Cariboo-born novelist Robyn Harding has completed a television pilot, has five novels under her belt, and continues to work both as author and screenwriter. Don Calame has just completed his first novel, after a successful career as a screenwriter whose film projects include Employee of the Month and Hounded and who has worked with Marvel Studios, the Disney Channel, Lionsgate, Universal Studios and Paramount. How do novelists approach writing for the screen, or screenwriters work to create a story without pictures? This is your chance to ask two successful storytellers who work with both forms.

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

Suitable for grades 9 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

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School EventFleur La vraie vie ou l’imaginaire?

Elaine Arsenault
François Barcelo
Animatrice : Anne-Marie McGinn
10 h à 11 h 30
Waterfront Theatre
16 $ / 8 $ pour les groupes d’étudiants

Le monde décrit par Elaine Arsenault comporte une étrange prophétie, un sorcier affreux, de dangereux pirates, un cheval au grand coeur—et de solides amitiés. Le monde dont François Barcelo parle—familles, grands-parents, ados—peut ressembler plus concrètement à nos propres vies. Est-ce qu’une histoire fantastique est plus imaginaire qu’une « histoire vraie »? Puisque les personnages des livres des deux auteurs sont remplis de courage, de curiosité et d’imagination, peut-être que les deux genres sont simplement deux façons différentes d’explorer la vie. Une belle occasion d’échanger avec deux auteurs primés sur les livres qu’ils écrivent et sur les diverses façons dont ils le font.

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

Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième année  *Guide d'étude


Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les écrivains.

 

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School EventHome Town Hero

Paul Yee

10 – 11:30 am
PTC Studio
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Multi-award winning author Paul Yee has written for all ages—picture books, young adult books, adult non-fiction—and most of his stories are set and grounded in the Vancouver he knows and loves so well. Commercial Drive, neighbourhood parks, the Chinese deli and Ethiopian coffee shops. Young readers will feel right at home in the multi-cultural worlds that he describes so faithfully, populated by delightful characters like Shu-Li, Diego and Tamara whose friendships far outweigh their cultural differences.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 2 to 4  *Study Guide


 

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School EventWord! (2)

C.R. Avery
Billeh Nickerson
Hilary Peach
Host: Vanessa Richards
1 – 2:30 pm
Granville Island Stage
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Three BC writers—sometimes musicians, sometimes poets, sometimes welders, sometimes McJobbers, always entertaining—get together this afternoon to take the art of writing to new places. Spoken word iconoclast and musician C.R. Avery joins Vancouver favourite Billeh Nickerson onstage with audio poet and arts activist Hilary Peach. This is spoken word, poetry and storytelling on the fly. Spread the word!

(This event is repeated on Wednesday morning.)

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 10 to 12 and adults  *Study Guide


 

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School EventFleur Du 13e siècle à aujourd’hui —en 90 minutes

François Barcelo
Sylvain Hotte
Animateur : France Perras
13 h à 14 h 30
Revue Theatre
16 $ / 8 $ pour les groupes d’étudiants

Il y a de nombreuses façons d’être courageux : faire quelque chose que vous n’avez jamais fait auparavant; assumer la responsabilité de quelqu’un d’autre; jouer le rôle de chef lorsque le premier chef n’est plus là; faire preuve d’audace; prendre le risque d’avoir l’air ridicule. Les personnages des livres de Barcelo et de Hotte, dont l’histoire se déroule au 13e siècle en Mongolie et au 21e siècle au Canada, sont courageux de diverses autres façons. C’est une occasion de se joindre aux auteurs pour explorer les expériences de leurs personnages, l’écriture de ces histoires et comment ces expériences peuvent se rapporter ou non à nos propres vies.

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

Pour les élèves de la huitième à la douzième année  *Guide d'étude


Cet événement se tiendra exclusivement en français; il y aura beaucoup de possibilités d’interaction entre les élèves et les auteurs.

 

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School EventHide and Seek

Gordon Korman
Matthew Skelton
Host: John Burns
1 – 2:30 pm
Performance Works
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

Adventures around the world and through time join together these two skilled authors. A phoenix-like bird in a nest guarded by crows, a daring hot-air balloon ride, a skillful heist of animals from a floating zoo, a speedboat chase through the canals of Venice, modern Europe and 18th century Antarctica and 16th century England—all find their way into the books of Gordon Korman and Matthew Skelton. Novels can take you to places you’ve never been and times that you’ll never see. Come and play hide and seek with two of the best children's authors writing today.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


 

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School EventScience Fact and Science Fiction

Jude Isabella
Rochelle Strauss

1 – 2:30 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

A science journalist and a science educator come together this afternoon to present both the relevance of science to us all, and the jokes of science through the ages. Rochelle Strauss' One Well: The Story of Water on Earth demands that we treat water, which has the power to change everything, with the respect it deserves. Jude Isabella’s Hoaxed! tells 17 brilliantly bogus stories from the history of science: crop circles, “lost” tribes and other fakes and mistakes that scientists have taken seriously—at first. That science makes a difference in our lives is very clear. That science can play jokes will keep science interesting for young readers.

This event is sold out.

Suitable for grades 4 to 7  *Study Guide


This event is supported by the Rix Family Foundation.

 

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School EventWanting Mor

Rukhsana Khan

1 – 2:30 pm
PTC Studio
$16 / $8 for student groups
This event is sold out.

“When countries to go war, it is always civilians, especially children, who suffer the most,” says Rukhsana Khan, who has written a fictionalized account of a child in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Based on a true incident of a young girl, abandoned by her father after her mother’s death, and who grew up in one of the largest orphanages in Kabul, Wanting Mor is part of Khan’s continuing effort to create bridges of understanding between people of different cultures. Born in Pakistan, Khan lives in Toronto and writes stories of India, Persia and the Middle East.

Suitable for grades 5 to 8  *Study Guide


 

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Fleur Vous m’en lirez tant

Marie-Claire Blais
Ying Chen
Dany Laferrière
Hadrien Laroche
*Marc Levy
Monique Proulx
Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Michèle Smolkin
Animatrice : Lorraine Pintal
19 h
Studio 1 de Radio-Canada
Free

*The programming details of this event have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We regret that Marc Levy will not be appearing at this event.

Le grand magazine littéraire de la Première Chaîne de Radio-Canada se déplace à Vancouver pour une édition spéciale devant public. Animé par Lorraine Pintal, l’événement présentera une table ronde composée d’écrivains célèbres des 2 côtés de l’Atlantique et de ce côté-ci du Pacifique. Venez assister à des discussions passionnantes avec des auteurs tout aussi passionnants. L’enregistrement de cette émission aura lieu le jeudi 22 octobre à 19 h au Studio 1 de Radio-Canada.

Réservez vos places en téléphonant au 604-662-6135 ou par courrier au concertvancouver@radio-canada.ca


Cet événement est une présentation de Radio-Canada

 

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An Evening with John Irving

John Irving

8:00 pm
Performance Works
$18
This event is sold out.

“The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long.” So begins Last Night in Twisted River, John Irving’s 12th novel. Famous for writing the last sentence of his novels first, and crafting his stories with historical accuracy and emotional veracity, Irving is one of the best loved and most famous authors living and working in English today. His characters, from Garp to Owen Meany, are seared into the memories of his readers. But it’s Irving’s unmistakable voice—the voice of an accomplished and surefooted storyteller—that continues to delight. Overflow crowds flocked to Irving’s last appearance at the Writers Festival, so book early for this one.

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.


This event is sponsored by Random House of Canada Ltd.

 

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The Look of The Book

Robert Bringhurst
Audrey Niffenegger
Anik See
Seth
Host: Jerry Wasserman
8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre
$18
This event is sold out.

For centuries book lovers have known that books are more than words on paper. If you are one of those people then you won’t want to miss these masters exploring the art of the book. For these four, every element that contributes to the book as object—the look, the feel, the paper, the design—is integral to what the book is about. Robert Bringhurst wrote the bible on typographic style; Audrey Niffenegger has taught bookmaking for two decades; Anik See designs, makes and restores books; and Seth is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and book designer. At a time when book production threatens to move to pixels on screens, it is important to hear from people who care deeply about books as physical objects.


 

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An Intimate Evening with Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore

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

Lorrie Moore’s first collection of short stories, published when she was 26, heralded an original new voice in fiction, sparkling with wit and extraordinary depth of feeling. Moore has since published four collections of stories and three novels, most recently A Gate at the Stairs. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker; she has won three O. Henry awards and received six Best American Short Story awards; and one of her stories appeared in Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. For those of you who gasped upon seeing Moore would be appearing at the Festival this year, this is your only chance. Get your tickets early!

This event is sold out.


 

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Singing Home the Bones

Gregory Scofield

8:00 pm
Emily Carr University Theatre
$18
This event is sold out.

Poet, non-fiction writer, activist and community worker Gregory Scofield has striven all his life to piece together his fractured identity. Brought up by Métis relatives after being separated from his mother at age five, Scofield much later in life is astounded to discover his paternal ancestry. His ethnicity, his sexuality, his sense of family have all informed his award-winning poetry. “Scofield is our country’s Aboriginal Leonard Cohen,” says Joseph Boyden. Singing Home the Bones is an hour-long film that chronicles his journey to personal and cultural understanding. Join Scofield for an evening of poems and pictures as he reads from his work and shows the documentary.


This event is presented in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design.