Prefaces & Afterwords

#Discovery Contest

What did you discover at the 2014 Vancouver Writers Fest? A new author? A new friend? Or perhaps your new favourite book (of the moment).

We want to know about your Festival week discoveries. Write a tweet or post a photo or vine of something you discovered at the 2014 Festival to Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags #vwf2014 and #discovery. There is no limit to the number of times you can post (or enter the contest), so whether you made one discovery, or one hundred, let us know! As with our last contest, there is no right or wrong: get creative. And don't forget to tell your friends or tweet at your favourite (or newly discovered) Festival authors to get them in on the action.

Five Interesting Facts: Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee is a short story writer and novelist. Her first book of short fiction, Dead Girls, was a finalist of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Currently, Lee teaches at both Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia. She’ll be at the Festival with her debut novel The Age, “daring, ambitious and original novel.”

Lee appears at the Festival in Event 68: The Germ of an Idea and Event 83:The Tie That Binds.

Five Interesting Facts: Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas has spent the last seven years of his life teaching English at a New York City high school, while writing his debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, in his spare time. Thomas infuses his Irish heritage into the novel, which has been dubbed by some as an epic, to explore an Irish-American family’s pursuit of the American dream.

Thomas appears at the Festival in Event 11: Waking from the American Dream and Event 14: The Good Life.

Five Interesting Facts: Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger is an award-winning novelist who works with both print and digital mediums. Her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and her digital fiction projects, Inanimate Alice and  Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world.

Pullinger appears at the Festival in Event 25: A Community of Characters and Event 56: The Tangled Web.

Five Interesting Facts: Eimear McBride

Irish writer Eimear McBride is the definition of perseverance, waiting nine long years to have her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, published. McBride has received praise for her experimental writing, winning the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize.

McBride appears at the Festival in Event 10: An Intimate Evening with Eimear McBride and Event 13: My Way.

Five Interesting Facts: Carrie Snyder

Carrie Snyder returns to the Vancouver Writers Fest with her debut novel, Girl Runner, "a thougtful homage to those forgotten women who stepped outside the boundaries of what was allotted to them." She's also the author of two acclaimed short story collections, including The Juliet Stories, a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, a candid and thoughtful blogger over at Obscure CanLit Mama, and a mother to four children (and two dogs!).

Snyder appears at the Festival in Event 49: Not a Mystery and Event 74: The Ventriloquists.

Five Interesting Facts: Herman Koch

Herman Koch is the author of eight novels and three story collections. His sixth book, The Dinner, is the most translated Dutch novel of all time and will be premiering on the big screen as actress Cate Blanchett’s directorial debut. Get to know this 2014 Festival author and discover his writing methods, where he gets his inspiration and his (slightly) warped sense of humour.

Koch appears at the Festival in Event 30: The Toast(s) of Europe, Event 49: Not a Mystery and Event 71: The Interviews.

Five Interesting Facts: Christos Tsiolkas

Known his ability to tackle controversial subjects like sex, drugs and violence Christos Tsiolkas has captivated readers with his sharp and gritty style. Since his breakthrough novel, The Slap, Tsiolkas has embarked on numerous endeavors including adapting his 2006 Age Book of the Year Fiction Award winner, Dead Europe, into a film.

Tsiolkas appears at the Festival in Event 14: The Good Life, Event 71: The Interviews and Event 73: Rules of Engagement.

Aislinn Hunter: Five Interesting Facts

If you've attended the Vancouver Writers Fest, you've probably met Aislinn Hunter. She's hosted, moderated and participated in events as an author, and, of course, also attends every year as an audience member. When not teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University or working on her PhD, Aislinn writes poetry, fiction and essays. She'll be at the 2014 Festival with The World Before Us, her first book of fiction in twelve years.

Hunter appears at the Festival in Event 46: The Hook, Event 81: The Sunday Brunch and Event 82: The Al Purdy Show.

#Shelfie Contest

Calling all Book Lovers!

Are you an avid reader who can't wait for the 2014 Vancouver Writers Fest? Have you already delved into your pile of Festival books? Show our Festival authors how much you are looking forward to seeing them in Vancouver this fall, show your friends how much you love to read AND be entered to win $50 to Book Warehouse (to buy more books!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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