Nancy Lee is a short story writer and novelist. Her first book of short fiction, Dead Girls, was a finalist of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Currently, Lee teaches at both Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia. She’ll be at the Festival with her debut novel The Age, “daring, ambitious and original novel.”
Prefaces & Afterwords
Matthew Thomas has spent the last seven years of his life teaching English at a New York City high school, while writing his debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, in his spare time. Thomas infuses his Irish heritage into the novel, which has been dubbed by some as an epic, to explore an Irish-American family’s pursuit of the American dream.
Kate Pullinger is an award-winning novelist who works with both print and digital mediums. Her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and her digital fiction projects, Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world.
Irish writer Eimear McBride is the definition of perseverance, waiting nine long years to have her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, published. McBride has received praise for her experimental writing, winning the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize.
Carrie Snyder returns to the Vancouver Writers Fest with her debut novel, Girl Runner, "a thougtful homage to those forgotten women who stepped outside the boundaries of what was allotted to them." She's also the author of two acclaimed short story collections, including The Juliet Stories, a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, a candid and thoughtful blogger over at Obscure CanLit Mama, and a mother to four children (and two dogs!).
Herman Koch is the author of eight novels and three story collections. His sixth book, The Dinner, is the most translated Dutch novel of all time and will be premiering on the big screen as actress Cate Blanchett’s directorial debut. Get to know this 2014 Festival author and discover his writing methods, where he gets his inspiration and his (slightly) warped sense of humour.
Known his ability to tackle controversial subjects like sex, drugs and violence Christos Tsiolkas has captivated readers with his sharp and gritty style. Since his breakthrough novel, The Slap, Tsiolkas has embarked on numerous endeavors including adapting his 2006 Age Book of the Year Fiction Award winner, Dead Europe, into a film.
If you've attended the Vancouver Writers Fest, you've probably met Aislinn Hunter. She's hosted, moderated and participated in events as an author, and, of course, also attends every year as an audience member. When not teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University or working on her PhD, Aislinn writes poetry, fiction and essays. She'll be at the 2014 Festival with The World Before Us, her first book of fiction in twelve years.
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Acclaimed Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation and has been named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 writers. He is the author of three novels, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, How to Read the Air and All Our Names and his fiction and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.