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All Giller Prize nominees coming to Vancouver Writers Fest

(October 5, 2015, Vancouver, BC)—All five of the authors nominated for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize will appear at the Vancouver Writers Fest, set for six days this month from Oct. 20 to 25.

Nominated today for the richest literary prize in Canada are André Alexis, Heather O’Neill, Samuel Archibald, Rachel Cusk and Anakana Schofield. All will appear at a special event at the Writers Fest, on Wednesday evening, Oct. 21, at The Vancouver Playhouse.

Archibald and Schofield are also appearing at other events in the Festival lineup, the largest ever mounted in the Vancouver Writers Fest 28-year history. However, the Giller Prize organizers chose the Vancouver Festival as one of three venues in Canada to present a special evening with all the finalists. Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists promises to take readers inside the minds and creative lives of the writers on the 2015 shortlist.

Also nominated for major literary prizes are John Vaillant and Elizabeth Hay, up for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Australia’s Hannah Kent, who was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and American/Haitian author Marlon James, shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize, the winner of which will be announced next week.

"The Writers Fest is a great chance for audiences to see and hear some of the best authors writing today," says Hal Wake, Vancouver Writers Fest Artistic Director. "And we are delighted to have the rare opportunity to present all five on the Giller shortlist to readers."

Tickets for this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest are on sale now through or by calling 604-629-8849. Tickets are also available at the Writers Fest box office, 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.


For more information on the Festival, contact:
Judith Walker
Media Relations Manager
Cell 604.921.4029

Images of all Festival authors can be downloaded here.