The Literary Cabaret

Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Sarah Dunant, Omar El Akkad, Grace O'Connell, Sylvain Prudhomme,

The Literary Cabaret

Host: Tom Keenlyside

Event Number: 67
Tickets: $38.00

The Literary Cabaret

Camille Bordas, John Boyne, Sarah Dunant, Omar El Akkad, Grace O'Connell, Sylvain Prudhomme,

Friday, October 20
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St.

Even if you’re a “Lit Cab” regular, you might not know that the chameleonic band Poetic License—an informal collection of some of the best jazz musicians that Vancouver has to offer—has only half an hour on the Friday afternoon of the cabaret to rehearse with each of the authors who will collaborate on stage with them just a few hours later. What happens during those 30 minutes is alchemy. Later that evening, those same six authors take the spotlight to “perform” alongside the band, with music that fits each reading like a warm glove over a guiding hand. Audiences are guaranteed a sensory spectacle they won’t soon forget. Don’t miss out on the fun—get your tickets early because they will go quickly.

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Event Participants:

Camille Bordas


Camille Bordas grew up in Paris and Mexico City and now lives in Chicago. Her transitory life is reflected in her sensitive and thoughtful writing. Her previous novels Les treize desserts and Partie commune were published in French. Her fiction has also appeared in The New Yorker. Bordas’ first English novel, How to Behave in a Crowd, has been described by George Saunders as “an utterly charming book.” It is an immersive coming of age story that brilliantly captures the difficulties of being a teenager and the realization that adulthood is just as confusing.

Camille Bordas’ appearance is supported by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada.

John Boyne


John Boyne has written several adult novels, young adult novels and a short story collection. He has been published in 51 languages. His novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sold nine million copies worldwide, and was made into a film. He was awarded the Hennessy Literary Hall of Fame Award for his body of work and many other literary awards. He is a regular book reviewer for The Irish Times. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is the story of one man’s life in post-war Ireland as he struggles to discover an identity, a home and his place in the world.


Sarah Dunant

United Kingdom

Sarah Dunant is an internationally-acclaimed author and bestseller of historical fiction. She writes reviews for The New York Times, The Guardian and The Times and sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine. She teaches a Renaissance studies course at Washington University and is a creative writing fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her thorough research is reflected in the vivid historical periods she delves into and the believable and interesting women she writes. In the Name of the Family, Dunant’s latest, focuses on the strong ties of one of the most notorious families of Renaissance Italy: the Borgias.

Omar El Akkad

Ontario/United States

Omar El Akkad is a revered journalist and author. His reporting has taken him all over the world where he has covered some of the most important news stories including the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the NATO-led war in Afghanistan and the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt. His investigation of the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests lead to his National Newspaper Award. American War is his first piece of fiction set during the Second American Civil War and follows a family as they experience the devastation and consequences of America’s deadly weapons and policies.


Grace O’Connell


Grace O’Connell is an editor, author of the national bestseller Magnified World and a Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award winner. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, ELLE Canada and The Journey Prize anthology. She writes for This Magazine, is the Senior Editor of Open Book, and teaches creative writing at University of Toronto. Be Ready for the Lightning is her new page-turning novel told through the eyes of a young woman who is trapped on a hijacked bus.


Sylvian Prudhomme


Sylvain Prudhomme spent his childhood in Cameroon, Burundi, Niger and Mauritius. He moved to study literature in Paris, but left to become a full-time writer. He has written several novels, and is one of the founders of the Geste magazine, which publishes interviews with contemporary writers and artists. He was also one of the founders of Le Tigre magazine. His French novel, Les Grands (The Greats), has been translated by Jessica Moore to be released this year. It tells the story of a country that falls under a dictatorship that challenges their ideals and hope.

Sylvain Prudhomme’s appearance is supported by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada.