Incite: May 18

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Doors open at 7:00pm - Event starts at 7:30pm

Alice MacKay Room - VPL Central Branch - 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

The Writers:

Yasuko Thanh (BC)
Yasuko Thanh's story collection Floating Like the Dead was published in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains is her debut novel inspired by the history of her father's family in French Indochina. In her spare time she plays in a punk band called 12 Gauge Facial, for which she writes all the songs and music.

Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains
It’s 1908 and the French rule Saigon, but uneasily. Each day, more Vietnamese rebels are paraded through the street towards the guillotine. It is a warning that Dr. Nguyen Georges-Minh will not heed. He nurses a secret loathing towards the French and, along with a close-knit group of friends calling themselves the Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, aims to take revenge of the French. However, things do not go according to plan and Georges-Minh is forced to flee for his life into the deep jungles of the outer provinces. 

Chris Cleave (UK)
Chris Cleave is a columnist for The Guardian in London. His first novel, Incendiary, was published in 20 countries, won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His second novel, Little Bee, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Costa Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. His third novel, Gold, was also a bestseller and received wide critical acclaim. 

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Britain has just declared war on Germany and Mary, Tom and Alistair’s lives are about to change forever. Whilst teaching evacuated children, Mary meets Tom, an education administrator. Tom is distraught that his best friend, Alistair, has enlisted in the war, but finds a distraction in Mary. However, when Mary meets Alistair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while the war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a world unlike any they’ve ever known. 

Alissa York (ON)
Alissa York is the co-founder of Cyclops Press, an independent publishing company that specializes in literary multimedia titles. York’s highly acclaimed first novel, Mercy, was published in 2003. Effigy was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She won the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher for her short story collection, Any Given Power. Her stories have also won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and in 2001 she won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. 

The Naturalist
Set in the time when Darwin was reshaping the world and a new breed of explorer-hero possessed the popular imagination, The Naturalist tells the story of Paul Ash, the son of an amateur naturalist. After his father dies, Paul is obliged to take his place and embark on a long-awaited return expedition to the Amazon along with his stepmother and her friend. While the Amazon lays claim to Paul in no uncertain terms, it works a peculiar magic on both his father’s lovely widow and her friend—a quiet little Quaker named Rachel Weaver who proves to be the true naturalist.