Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with VPL presents: Incite

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

"Inspiring, thought provoking, entertaining and informative.  I have thoroughly enjoyed each event.  Thank you for offering such a high quality series at no charge.  I look forward to next year’s Incite!" - 2016 Incite attendee  

Incite is returning on January 18, 2017!
Please note venue changes for 2017. See individual event pages for details.

JANUARY 18: Did you resolve to read more poetry in 2017? Start the year off right with readings from four fine poets. Journey into the tangled world of love and addiction in Rachel Rose’s Marry & Burn; look behind the headlines with Rob Taylor’s The News; reflect on the personal impacts of climate change with Jan Zwicky; and explore subjects as varied as veganism, sex and gun violence with Patricia Young. Learn more.


**JANUARY 19** - Special Incite:  Novelist, essayist, playwright and distinguished scholar Sarah Schulman offers an eye-opening and original perspective on the cultural phenomenon of blame and scapegoating, as explored in her acclaimed work, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair. Learn more.


FEBRUARY 1: Join Glenn Dixon (Juliet’s Answer), Zoey Leigh Peterson (Next Year, For Sure) and Jowita Bydlowska (Guy) for an evening of readings exploring the gamut of romantic relationships: from the guileless passion of Shakespeare’s young Juliet, to a couple experimenting with polyamory, to the exploits of your “misogynist next door.” Learn more.


FEBRUARY 22: Three award-winning authors come together to compelling stories of family, heartbreak and finding your place in the world. Deborah Willis will enchant you with the eerie stories in her collection The Dark and Other Love Stories; Monia Mazigh writes of reunions and revolutions in Hope has Two Daughters; and Eden Robinson takes us inside the mind of Jared, a highschool dropout who’s more than meets the eye, in Son of a Trickster. Learn more.


MARCH 1: Explore the many identities, cultures, sights, scents and smells of the West Coast with readings from three of its most promising young authors: Jen Sookfong Lee’s acclaimed novel The Conjoined explores the disappearance of two sisters in Vancouver’s Chinatown; Victoria’s Kevin A. Couture reimagines what it means to be human in stories from Lost Animal Club; and Carleigh Baker illuminates life's witty, awkward and sorrowful moments in Bad Endings, a short story collection set in Vancouver that sparkles with magic realism. Learn more.

 
MARCH 15: In this highly anticipated Incite event, hear from three celebrated non-fiction authors including Kevin Donovan, The Toronto Star's award-winning journalist, whose new book, Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation, has been called “a high point in the history of modern Canadian journalism” by The Walrus. Alexandra Shimo’s Invisible North explores the journalist’s search for answers on a troubled northern Ontario reserve. Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Watson weaves together the epic story of the 1845 Lost Franklin Expedition with the modern discovery of the wreck in Ice Ghosts. Learn more.

Full Incite 2017 line-up to be posted soon!

 

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Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library.  Incite is sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and the Vancouver Courier.

 

                             

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