Incite: New Voices of CanLit

Sharon Bala, Kim Fu, Djamila Ibrahim, Guillaume Morissette

Incite: New Voices of CanLit


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Wednesday, February 28
7:30 pm
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Craving new stories to read? On February 28, four of the newest voices in CanLit take the stage to read from their anticipated new works. Award-winning authors Kim Fu (The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore) and Guillaume Morissette (The Original Face) join debut authors Sharon Bala (The Boat People) and Djamila Ibrahim (Things Are Good Now) for a riveting evening steeped in stories of migrant experiences, terrorist plots, wilderness survival, and negotiating the gig economy. These evocative new stories highlight some of the finest work from Canada’s emerging talent.

Incite is a FREE event, but registration is required:


Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest with support from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Courier.

Event Authors:

Incite: New Voices of CanLit

Sharon Bala

Bala’s debut novel, The Boat People, is on the Canada Reads 2018 shortlist. The manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award. In 2017, she won the Journey Prize and had a second story long-listed in the accompanying anthology. A three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters award, she has had stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, Room Magazine, Prism International, The New Quarterly, Journey Prize 29, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, 2015).

Incite: New Voices of CanLit

Kim Fu

Kim Fu is the author of the poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance and the novel For Today I Am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award For Debut Fiction and the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award. With For Today I Am a Boy Fu was also a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Lambda Literary Award. For Today I Am a Boy was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Fu’s essays, journalism and reviews have been published in The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Atlantic. Her newest novel is The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore.

Incite: New Voices of CanLit

Djamila Ibrahim

Djamila Ibrahim was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to Canada in 1990. Her stories have been shortlisted for the University of Toronto’s Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, and Briarpatch Magazine’s creative writing contest. She was formerly a senior advisor for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She currently lives in San Francisco, California.

Incite: New Voices of CanLit

Guillaume Morissette

Montreal-based novelist Guillaume Morissette is the author of The Original Face (Vehicule Press, 2017) and New Tab (Vehicule Press, 2014), which was a finalist for both the 2015 First Novel Award and the 2014 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. I Am My Own Betrayal, stories and poems, came out in 2012 with Maison Kasini. His work has appeared in Maisonneuve Magazine, Little Brother, Vice, Electric Literature, Nouveau Projet, Funhouse Magazine, The Quietus, and many other publications.