Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with VPL presents

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

7:30 pm  Free*
Doors open at 7pm

Alice MacKay Room
VPL Central Library*
350 West Georgia Street

Excellent! I enjoyed all the stories and the discussion at the end was very interesting. Looking forward to more Incite events. This was my first.
– Nicole, 2014 Incite audience member

Incite 2015

Wednesday, February 25: Susan Juby reads from her new novel The Republic of Dirt, a follow-up to her Stephen Leacock nominated book The Woefield Poultry Collective, and Julie Paul and Marguerite Pigeon read from their new short story collections.


Wednesday, March 11: An evening of award-winning Canadian fiction. Two Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominees read from their new novels: Fred Stenson (Who By Fire) and Kim Echlin (Under the Visible Life). They’re joined by debut novelist Chelsea Rooney  (Pedal).


Wednesday, March 25: An exploration of memoir with three new Canadian voices. Cathie Borrie reads from The Long Hello, Lynette Loeppky reads from Cease and Kara Stanley reads from Fallen.


Wednesday, April 8: Deni Béchard reads from Bonobo, Inc., an exploration of the dissapearing Bonobos and the rainforest they call home. Activist Lisa J. Shannon reads from Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen, which tells the emotional story of an expatriate's return to the Congo, and Michael Wuitchik's My Heart Is Not My Own is a fictional look at a Sierra Leonean nurse/midwife who disappears at the hands of rebels, and the Canadian doctor who returns to Sierra Leone to find her. 


Wednesday, April 22: A rare Incite event featuring mother and daughter. Beloved Canadian author Jane Urquhart reads from her new novelThe Night Stages. She's joined by Emily Urquhart who reads from her debut non-fiction book, Beyond the Pale, inspired by her daughter who has albinism.


Wednesday, May 6: Three modern voices take the stage for an evening of dark humour with a hint of the supernatural. Globe & Mail columnist Russell Smith reads from his new story collection Confidence, Adam Lewis Schroeder reads from All-Day Breakfast and Kristi Charish reads from her "kick-ass" supernatural thriller Owl and the Japanese Circus.


Wednesday, May 20: Three seasoned voices of CanLit: Guy Vanderhaeghe (Daddy Lenin and Other Stories), Mark Anthony Jarman (Knife Party at the Hotel Europa) and Joan Thomas (The Opening Sky).

Click here for information on past Incite events.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.  Incite is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and supported by the R.J. Nelson Family Foundation.


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