Festival Pop-Up: A Triptych

Caroline Adderson, John Freeman, Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson

Festival Pop-Up: A Triptych
Event Number: 82
Tickets: $10.00

Festival Pop-Up: A Triptych

Caroline Adderson, John Freeman, Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson

Saturday, October 21
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

NOTE: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeff Lemire has had to cancel his appearance at the Festival.

However, we’ve arranged for a multi-faceted, splendiferous pop-up event to replace An Evening with Jeff Lemire.

In our first set, novelists Caroline Adderson and Jon McGregor discuss their mutual affection for the handwritten letter. Four years ago McGregor invited strangers to send him letters. Scribbled notes and love letters are still arriving at his door and his experiment has resulted in two collections and an ongoing project involving dozens of students. Says Adderson: “I find the letters much more intimate than emails. As difficult as it is to write letters by hand, the joy I feel receiving a letter more than makes up for it.” Celebrate the joy of letters with Jon and Caroline.

Next up is Festival favourite John Freeman, best known for his witty and revealing moderation of panels, and for his eponymous magazine Freeman’s. But this man of many talents is also a poet. In his first collection, Maps, he maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith writes: “John Freeman’s exquisite and robust poetry debut…is a consolation and a delight.”

And finally, travel back to the West Coast of the 50s and 60s with Eliza Robertson, the young and ferociously talented author who is dazzling readers with her first novel, Demi-Gods, following her acclaimed short story collection, Wallflowers.

Event Participants:

Caroline Adderson

British Columbia

Caroline Adderson is the award-winning author of four novels, two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival. Her work has received numerous award nominations including the YWCA Women of Distinction in Culture and Design, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver.

John Freeman

United States

John Freeman is a literary critic and writer. He was the editor of Granta and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Paris Review. His writing has appeared in almost 200 English-language publications around the world and has been translated into more than twenty languages. He also served as the president of the National Book Critics Circle. This fall, Freeman has a new book coming out, Tales of Two Americas Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation; a debut poetry collection, Maps and an issue of Freemans regarding “The Future of New Writing”.


Jon McGregor

United Kingdom

Jon McGregor wrote his first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, while living on a narrowboat. The book was so well received that he was chosen as the youngest contender and only debut novelist on the 2003 Man-Booker Prize longlist. His work is often described as experimental as he takes on different forms and styles. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He is the author of four novels and a story collection and his newest work, Reservoir 13 tells the stories of the many lives affected by one family’s loss.


Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book award and selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In 2015, she was named as one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal.