Acclaimed Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation and has been named one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 writers. He is the author of three novels, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, How to Read the Air and All Our Names and his fiction and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including Granta, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.
Writer Cristina Henriquez is one of “Fiction’s New Luminaries.” Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the author of three books, and her latest, The Book of Unknown Americans, tells the interwoven stories of Latino immigrants in America. It is a “passionate, powerful novel [that] will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.”
Some would say Esther Freud was destined for success, coming from a family which boasts famous painter Lucien Freud and pioneer of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. But from acting to writing, Esther has established herself as a success in her own right. Her new novel, Mr. Mac and Me, a vivid portrait of a home front community during the First World War, is set to be released September 11, 2014.
Already a success in his home country Norway, Karl Ove Knausgaard has risen to the world stage with the release of his six volume autobiography, My Struggle. Risking family relationships to write something unique, Knausgaard has let readers into his inner-most thoughts and feelings, leaving no rock unturned.
Knausgaard appears at the Festival in Event 13: My Way, Event 24: Karl Ove Knausgaard in Conversation with John Freeman and Event 30: The Toast(s) of Europe.
Rebecca Mead is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her first book, One Perfect Day, mixes investigative journalism and social commentary to explore the inner workings of the American wedding industry. Mead's most recent novel, My Life in Middlemarch, takes a more personal approach. In this wise and revealing work of biography, reporting, and memoir, Mead leads the reader into the life that her favorite book made for her and offers an uncanny portrait of the ways in which her life echoes that of Eliot's.
The work of William Gibson, dubbed the “noir prophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre, has never been more relevant. With his debut novel Neuromancer, published in 1984, he created an iconography for the information age that stands strong today.
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger—a true 21st century writer. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK) and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing.
English novelist David Mitchell is renowned for combining epic scale with an intimate understanding of humanity. Famous for his sprawling 2004 novel-turned-film Cloud Atlas, he is back in Vancouver this year with his sixth novel, The Bone Clocks. Mitchell will be reading from his new work as part of a Vancouver Writers Fest’s special event on September 27th. Until then, here are five insights into David Mitchell to hold you over.
Internationally recognized spoken word performer Shane Koyczan has emerged in a new wave of twenty-first century poets. Since his performance of “We Are More” at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the world has taken notice of Koycan. His anti-bullying “To This Day” video has reached over 14 million viewers and has led to a collaboration with TED Education.
On October 7th, Koyczan will be in Vancouver to discuss the process of transforming his book Stickboy into a contemporary opera. He will be in conversation with James Wright, the General Director of Vancouver Opera. Until then, get to know Koyczan.
Bruce Cockburn: Canadian Music Icon, Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada inductee, winner of 13 Juno Awards and most recently, Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award honouree during Canadian Music Week 2014. He boasts a truly extensive career, garnering praise from fellow musicians, activists and academic institutions. With 30 albums, Cockburn has earned high praise as an exceptional songwriter and pioneering guitarist, whose career has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, blues, rock, and worldbeat styles.
Bruce Cockburn will be in Vancouver on November 10th to talk about his about his long-awaited memoir, Rumours of Glory—a chronicle of faith, fear, and activism that is also a lively cultural and musical tour through the late twentieth century. Until then, get to know Bruce Cockburn.