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  

Line-up of events:

FEBRUARY 22: Three award-winning authors come together to tell 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, and scents 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. Janie Chang’s second novel follows a Eurasian orphan’s search for her mother in early 20th century China. 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.

**Special Incite** MARCH 20: Award-winning screenwriter Elan Mastai presents his first novel, All Our Wrong Todays. Set in an alternate version of 2016 where humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise, it follows the story of Tom, as a time-travel mishap strands him in our version of 2016, which seems like a dystopian wasteland in comparison. It’s a story of friendship, family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and love in its multitude forms. Learn more.

MARCH 29: Rebecca Rosenblum (So Much Love), Lori McNulty (Life on Mars) and Janet Rogers (Totem Poles & Railroads) present their new books and discuss human connections—how they form, and how they break down. Rosenblum details the lives of members of a small community after a young woman is abducted; McNulty’s “raw, moving, [and] strange” stories explore the absurdities of human (and nonhuman) relationships; and Rogers’ latest poetry collection illustrates the dynamics of colonialism in Canada. Learn more.

APRIL 12: Hit the ‘pause’ button on your frantic life and settle back as three acclaimed non-fiction writers share their moving, contemplative works of nonfiction. Sharon Butala tells of reinventing herself after the sudden death of her husband in Where I Live Now; Michael Harris makes an argument for spending more time alone in Solitude; and Robert Moor takes us on a hike across the globe’s trails—and into the human psyche—in On Trails. Learn more.

APRIL 26: Join us as three acclaimed authors share globe-trotting tales of family, loss and adventure. Lisa See’s latest book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, is about the bond of a mother and daughter separated by an ocean; The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan was inspired by the diaries of his father and tells of a young boy’s struggle to survive during the second Sino-Japanese War; and Carys Davies’ second fiction features stories set in Australia, Siberia, and more. Learn more.

MAY 10 - Take a trip to faraway eras and places with two richly imagined historical novels. Roberta Rich returns with A Trial in Venice, her third novel set during the Italian Renaissance. Alisa Smith dives into the world of World War II espionage in her debut novel. And Mary Burns imagines life as a young woman in Chicago, 1919, as the city is overtaken by social unrest in The Reason for Time. Learn more.

MAY 24 - Two accomplished graphic novelists help us close out Incite 2017 with readings from their highly anticipated new books. Jillian Tamaki, cartoonist of This One Summer and Supermutant Magic Academy, returns with a collection of short comics about the vanishing boundary between the virtual and ‘real’ world. And Guy Delisle tells the true and harrowing story of Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 3 months in 1997. Learn more.

 

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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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