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

"Loved the stories and storytellers. Great combo of articulate, dedicated and sincere writers. Different perspectives added interest." – Danelle, 2015 Incite attendee 

Incite 2016

Wednesday, February 17Join us for a smorgasbord of great non-fiction about food: Jenna Butler (A Profession of Hope), Stephen Le (100 Million Years of Food), and Susan Musgrave (A Taste of Haida Gwaii)


Wednesday, March 2: An evening of new literary voices: Jess Taylor (Pauls), Kevin Hardcastle (Debris), Kris Bertin (Bad Things Happen).  


Wednesday, March 16: Journey to faraway places with these novelists: Yann Martel (The High Mountains of Portugal) and Claudia Casper (The Mercy Journals).  


Wednesday, March 30: Celebrations for National Poetry Month start a few days early with an enchanting evening of verse. Hosted by Rachel Rose and featuring Alexandra Oliver (Let the Empire Down), Gary Gottfriedson (Deaf Heaven), and John Pass (Forecast).


Wednesday, April 13: Resource extraction, shrinking water supplies and the future of democracy. Writers Marq de Villiers (Back to the Well), Andrew Nikiforuk (Slick Water), and Micah White (The End of Protest) weave compelling tales to investigate these themes in their crucial works of non-fiction.


Wednesday, April 27: Anne and Nicholas Giardini share writing wisdom from their close kin, Carol Shields, in Startle and Illuminate. Joining them for a discussion of craft are two authors of short fiction, Elizabeth McLean ( The Swallows Uncaged ) and Laura Trunkey (Double Dutch).


Wednesday, May 4: Confronting identity, art and politics in their memoirs, three outspoken female writers connect during an animated discussion. Featuring Canadian singer-song writer Bif Naked (I, Bificus), poet and writer Betsy Warland (Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas) and writer and actress Carmen Aguirre (Mexican Hooker # 1).


Wednesday, May 18: The finale of Incite 2016 features three renowned writers who immerse readers in the fascinating worlds of their novels: Yasuko Thanh (Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains), Alissa York (The Naturalist) and Chris Cleave (Everyone Brave is Forgiven).



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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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