Prefaces & Afterwords

Five Interesting Facts: Christos Tsiolkas

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.

Tsiolkas appears at the Festival in Event 14: The Good Life, Event 71: The Interviews and Event 73: Rules of Engagement.

Aislinn Hunter: Five Interesting Facts

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.

Hunter appears at the Festival in Event 46: The Hook, Event 81: The Sunday Brunch and Event 82: The Al Purdy Show.

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Dinaw Mengestu: Five Interesting Facts

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.

Mengestu appears at the Festival in Event 77: Who I Really Am and Event 79: A Conversation with Dinaw Mengestu.

Cristina Henriquez: Five Interesting Facts

Writer Cristina Henriquez is one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries.” Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the author of three books, and her latest, The Book of Unknown Americans, tells the interwoven stories of Latino immigrants in America. It is a “passionate, powerful novel [that] will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.”

Henriquez appears at the Festival in Event 11: Waking from the American Dream and Event 25: A Community of Characters.

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:


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