2019 Festival Events

Date: Genre:
Monday, Oct 21

7:30pm

Event 01

Between the Pages: An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists

Delve into the creativity of some of the biggest names in CanLit with an intimate discussion with the finalists of the biggest prize in the country.

The Vancouver Playhouse

600 Hamilton Street

Tuesday, Oct 22

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 02

Pen to Power –For Youth

We all have power. These writers demonstrate that knowing who we are—and celebrating that—is the first step to unleashing it.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Alicia Tobin
Humble The Poet (Kanwer Singh)
Ivan Coyote
Tuesday, Oct 22

10:15am - 11:30am

Event 03

Comics & Comedy –For Youth

Two acclaimed graphic novelists celebrate art and reading in an endlessly entertaining, adventurous event for young audiences.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aron Nels Steinke
Ashley Spires
Tuesday, Oct 22

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 04

Love Sucks –For Youth

Three beloved YA novelists speak frankly to the ins and outs of teenage romance and relationships, uncovering the unexpected, hard-won lessons of heartbreak.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Brian Francis
Mariko Tamaki
Sabina Khan
Tuesday, Oct 22

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 05

Word! (1) –For Youth

A favourite every year, Word! offers students and teachers the opportunity to be captivated by spoken word artists from Canada and beyond.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Emma Field
Taran Kootenhayoo
Vuyo Mgoduka
Tuesday, Oct 22

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 06

Shamans, Warriors & Tricksters –For Youth

Curated by Tanya Talaga, three skilled storytellers reflect on their craft as they reimagine ancient myths and lore into thrilling modern adventures.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aviaq Johnston
Karen McBride
Richard Van Camp
Tuesday, Oct 22

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 07

Animal Kingdom –For Youth

Science, Gitxsan language and bewildering puzzles come together in this delightful afternoon that introduces young readers to new approaches to understanding the natural world.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Brett Huson
Rachel Poliquin
Tuesday, Oct 22

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 08

Under Pressure –For Youth

An illuminating, stigma-busting conversation on why anxiety is a natural part of life, teaching youth how to manage and speak openly about the stress we all experience.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Tuesday, Oct 22

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 09

Truth-Telling

Tackling systemic prejudice, mental illness and gender transition, three authors speak to the rewards and challenges of writing honestly and authentically to tough issues.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Anna Mehler Paperny
Annahid Dashtgard
Lorimer Shenher
Tuesday, Oct 22

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 10

Hope Matters

Literary legend Lee Maracle is joined by her daughters, speaking to their joint collection of poetry in a heartwarming, family affair.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Columpa Bobb
Lee Maracle
Tania Carter
Tuesday, Oct 22

8:00pm

Event 11

An Evening with Emma Donoghue

An intimate evening with the prolific Emma Donoghue, best known for penning the novel and screenplay for Room, speaking about her new book, Akin, and the impacts of Hollywood success.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Emma Donoghue
Tuesday, Oct 22

8:00pm

Event 12

International Showcase

Acclaimed international authors delve into global issues of immigration, poverty and classism, sharing three pertinent modern masterpieces.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Chigozie Obioma
Joanne Ramos
Tash Aw
Tuesday, Oct 22

8:30pm

Event 13

The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Tanya Talaga in Conversation with Jael Richardson

Groundbreaking and award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga reflects on her landmark investigations on Canada’s inhumane treatment on Indigenous peoples and the work that lies ahead to create lasting change.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Jael Richardson
Tanya Talaga
Tuesday, Oct 22

8:30pm

Event 14

CanLit Fiction Showcase

Explore expansive fiction worlds as three Canadian masters, emerging and established, tease out the innumerable ways we are influenced by place and create community.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Michael Christie
Richard Van Camp
Sarah Henstra
Wednesday, Oct 23

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 15

Word! (2) –For Youth

A favourite every year, Word! offers students and teachers the opportunity to be captivated by spoken word artists from Canada and beyond.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Emma Field
Taran Kootenhayoo
Vuyo Mgoduka
Wednesday, Oct 23

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 16

The Four Questions –For Youth

These esteemed authors lead a crucial conversation on The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s four questions, empowering audiences of all ages and heritages with a deeper sense of belonging.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Cherie Dimaline
Humble The Poet (Kanwer Singh)
Jael Richardson
Tanya Boteju
Wednesday, Oct 23

10:15am - 11:30am

Event 17

Fairies, Unicorns & Woodland Creatures –For Youth

A magical morning of thinking outside the box and the power of play with three beloved picture book authors.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Ashley Spires
Cale Atkinson
Dallas Hunt
Wednesday, Oct 23

10:15am - 11:30am

Event 18

Canadian Biographies –For Youth

The world’s first female aeronautical engineer and other incredible Canadians come to life in this presentation with Elizabeth MacLeod, author of bright and empowering The Canadian Biography picture book series.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Elizabeth MacLeod
Wednesday, Oct 23

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 19

New Series to Sink Your Teeth Into –For Youth

The adventures never end in this showcase of the best and most beloved fictional series, which will introduce young readers to their next favourite read.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Aviaq Johnston
Kevin Sylvester
Michael Hutchinson
Wednesday, Oct 23

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 20

The Fictionals: Build Your Own Adventure –For Youth

Watch new stories unfold in front of your eyes during this creative mashup of books and laughter, as three imaginative YA authors team up with improv comedy group The Fictionals.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aviaq Johnston
Mariko Tamaki
Taran Kootenhayoo
The Fictionals Comedy Co.
Wednesday, Oct 23

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 21

Goodreads: YA Edition –For Youth

YA superstars entertain and empower in a celebratory conversation about writing with fearless authenticity.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Brian Francis
Sarah Henstra
Tanya Boteju
Wednesday, Oct 23

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 22

Art Alive –For Youth

A series of dynamic presentations demonstrate the many diverse ways artwork enriches storytelling.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aron Nels Steinke
Cale Atkinson
Holman Wang
Wednesday, Oct 23

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 23

Birds, Bannock & Bears –For Youth

A lively journey of language and learning from three Indigenous authors, capturing the diversity of ways we can learn from the environment and one another.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Brett Huson
Dallas Hunt
Julie Flett
Wednesday, Oct 23

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 24

Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

An essential conversation with preeminent water and climate activists and academics on how we can protect this crucial resource.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Candis Callison
Maude Barlow
Sarah Cox
Wednesday, Oct 23

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 25

Lee Maracle: A Life’s Work

One of today’s most beloved and influential Indigenous authors and activists, Lee Maracle discusses her prolific work to-date and her inspiring vision for the future.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Lee Maracle
Wednesday, Oct 23

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 26

Masters of Creative Non-Fiction

Two legends of journalism and creative non-fiction delve into their craft and unique strategies for capturing historical events with accuracy, suspense and creative flair.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Charlotte Gray
Linden MacIntyre
Wednesday, Oct 23

7:30pm

Event 27

Tash Aw in Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

A penetrating look inside the tumultuous social and economic upheaval defining contemporary Asia from Man Booker Prize nominated Malaysian author Tash Aw.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Tash Aw
Wednesday, Oct 23

8:30pm

Event 28

The Lives of Girls & Women

Relationships between are affirming, complex and life-giving. Four exceptional female storytellers explore and celebrate just that in this must-see event.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Alix Ohlin
Laisha Rosnau
Mona Awad
Nazanine Hozar
Wednesday, Oct 23

8:30pm

Event 29

Writing the Edge of the World

Two decorated Canadian authors test the limits of humanity in riveting new books on survival and the revelations that develop out of extreme circumstances.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Joan Thomas
Marina Endicott
Michael Crummey
Wednesday, Oct 23

8:30pm

Event 30

The Fictionals: Improv x Literature

Improv comedy meets literature in this side-splitting mashup of acting, comedy and readings with The Fictionals and celebrated Canadian authors.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Alicia Tobin
Andrew Kaufman
Dina Del Bucchia
Tanya Boteju
The Fictionals Comedy Co.
Thursday, Oct 24

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 31

All Roads Lead to Writing –For Youth

Candid and refreshing reflections from five authors on their surprising career paths and the innumerable, inspiring ways we follow our passions.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

G. Willow Wilson
Jesse Thistle
Karen McBride
Michael Christie
Robyn Harding
Thursday, Oct 24

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 32

Graphic Novels Galore –For Youth

Learn first-hand tips and tricks from acclaimed graphic novel authors, each pushing the boundaries across multiple mediums to tell diverse stories in bold new ways.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Faith Erin Hicks
Mariko Tamaki
Sean Harris Oliver
Thursday, Oct 24

10:15am - 11:30am

Event 33

Witness Blanket –For Youth

Revered Indigenous artist Carey Newman and co-author Kirstie Hudson share a personal, powerful and educational masterpiece, paying tribute to the legacy of residential schools and the strength required for healing.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Carey Newman
Kirstie Hudson
Thursday, Oct 24

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 34

Empowered Kids –For Youth

Sharing bold stories that amplify and inspire the ambitions of the next generation, these dynamic presentations showcase the power kids have to change the world.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Michael Hutchinson
Sara Cassidy
Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Thursday, Oct 24

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 35

Van Slam –For Youth

Immersive performances with some of the city’s top spoken word performers, before they tour across North America as ambassadors of Vancouver’s vital slam scene.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Thursday, Oct 24

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 36

The Fiction of Belonging –For Youth

Straddling communities and identities, three rising literary stars powerfully capture contemporary realities and the difficult journey of finding acceptance and belonging.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Derek Mascarenhas
Hassan Ghedi Santur
Zalika Reid-Benta
Thursday, Oct 24

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 37

Redpatch –For Youth

Capturing the under-represented realities of Indigenous soldiers in WWI, this dynamic multimedia presentation takes audiences into the unique creative process behind a moving play and graphic novel.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Raes Calvert
Sean Harris Oliver
Thursday, Oct 24

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 38

Pirates & Pudding –For Youth

Travel through time and sail the high seas in these humorous, imaginative presentations from beloved children’s authors, satisfying any child’s love of adventure and exploration.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Caroline Adderson
Sara Cassidy
Thursday, Oct 24

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Event 39

Epic Squad –For Youth

An uproarious introduction to a whole new generation of off-the-wall heroes with two hilarious authors of beloved, smash-hit Scholastic series The Almost Epic Squad.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Kevin Sylvester
Ted Staunton
Thursday, Oct 24

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 40

Prose Under Pressure

These acclaimed Canadian writers turn restrictions into revelations in this startling conversation on the benefits of constraining and challenging your characters.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Laisha Rosnau
Michael Crummey
Steven Price
Thursday, Oct 24

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 41

Night Class: Brief Craft Lessons from UBC Creative Writing

A rapid fire evening of craft and creativity as stellar UBC professors teach key writing concepts in 5 minutes or less.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Thursday, Oct 24

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 42

Thrills & Chills

Masters of shock and suspense share their secrets for creating “unputdownable” thrillers and spine-tinglers, a conversation that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Nathan Ripley
Robyn Harding
Stephen Chbosky
Thursday, Oct 24

8:00pm

Event 43

A Tribute to Stephen King

A ranging, heart-filling celebration of the inimitable author, told through stories from other celebrated authors from across the globe.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Andrew Kaufman
Armando Lucas Correa
Charlotte Gray
Cherie Dimaline
David Moscrop
Jenny Heijun Wills
Lorimer Shenher
Michael Hutchinson
Nathan Ripley
Rosetta Allan
Sara Peters
Stephen Chbosky
Tanya Boteju
Tanya Talaga
Thursday, Oct 24

8:30pm

Event 44

Bina, Bunny & The Idiot

Three groundbreaking, hilarious and unapologetically audacious bestselling authors discuss their latest works.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Anakana Schofield
Elif Batuman
Mona Awad
Thursday, Oct 24

8:30pm

Event 45

Politics & Prose

In a world of increasing threats, what possibilities do these urgent crises present to fiction—and what is the author’s responsibility in addressing inequity? Three bestsellers discuss.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Joanne Ramos
Michael Christie
Nazanine Hozar
Friday, Oct 25

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 46

Democracy in Flux –For Youth

Three esteemed political commentators and essayists address the urgent crises in modern democracy and whether we can overcome the ever-present emergencies in our governments.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Adam Gopnik
David Moscrop
Harold R. Johnson
Friday, Oct 25

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 47

Buzzworthy Books –For Youth

An intimate showcase of exciting new must-reads that delve into the transformative power of art, and how it shapes authors and readers alike.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Anosh Irani
Marina Endicott
Ruby Porter
Steven Price
Friday, Oct 25

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 48

Educating with the Witness Blanket –For Youth

Revered Indigenous artist Carey Newman and co-author Kirstie Hudson educate on acknowledging the trauma inflicted on Indigenous peoples by the residential school system, and pay tribute to stories of loss, strength and resistance required for healing.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Carey Newman
Kirstie Hudson
Friday, Oct 25

10:15am - 11:30am

Event 49

Linden MacIntyre in Conversation –For Youth

Former CBC Fifth Estate co-host and multi-genre master Linden MacIntyre shares his new, sweeping history of how a tsunami irrevocably altered the fate of an entire province.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Linden MacIntyre
Friday, Oct 25

10:15am - 11:45am

Event 50

Reinventing the Novel –For Youth

Rules were made to be broken in this conversation between visionary authors, each dismantling the conventional novel, and delighting audiences with fiction unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Anakana Schofield
Bindu Suresh
Sara Peters
Friday, Oct 25

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 51

Voices for Change –For Youth

Incisive conversation on the role literature plays in Indigenous justice and resurgence and how to write powerfully for change, guest curated by Tanya Talaga and moderated by Shelagh Rogers.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Carey Newman
Daniel Heath Justice
Harold R. Johnson
Tanya Talaga
Friday, Oct 25

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 52

Big Stories, Small Packages –For Youth

Four deft short story authors consider the challenges and advantages that come with keeping it brief in a dazzling discussion on craft.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Anosh Irani
Bill Richardson
Philip Huynh
Zalika Reid-Benta
Friday, Oct 25

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 53

Rooted in the Past –For Youth

Travel through time with three master storytellers, delving into the responsibilities and freedoms of bringing the past to life.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Armando Lucas Correa
Joan Thomas
Rosetta Allan
Friday, Oct 25

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Event 54

Poetry Four Ways –For Youth

Play with tradition in this afternoon of boundary-defying performances with four bold and dynamic poets.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Deborah Landau
Dina Del Bucchia
Kaie Kellough
Sara Peters
Friday, Oct 25

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 55

The Art of Building Suspense

Esteemed mystery, thriller and horror writers discuss their approach to craft and how they create page-turning suspense.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Iona Whishaw
Rosetta Allan
Stephen Chbosky
Friday, Oct 25

6:00pm - 7:15pm

Event 56

The Fascinating World(s) of Wu Ming-Yi

A stirring evening with one of Taiwan’s most influential contemporary authors and his nuanced, multidisciplinary approach to literature.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Darryl Sterk
Wu Ming-Yi
Friday, Oct 25

8:00pm

Event 57

The Poetry Bash

A Festival favourite featuring electrifying performances from six acclaimed and inventive poets, including two winners of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Billy-Ray Belcourt
Deborah Landau
Eve Joseph
Kaie Kellough
Kayla Czaga
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Friday, Oct 25

8:00pm

Event 58

European Showcase

Discover the extraordinary works and inspirations of three international talents taking the literary scene by storm in this sampling of Europe’s finest contemporary authors.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Helena Janeczek
Tom Lanoye
Wilfried N’Sondé
Friday, Oct 25

8:30pm

Event 59

American Women

Addressing issues including gender roles and bodily autonomy, three female authors offer keen perceptions on boldly defining oneself in the face of contentious political divides.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Elif Batuman
G. Willow Wilson
Joanne Ramos
Friday, Oct 25

8:30pm

Event 60

Freeman’s

Two riveting perspectives on the contemporary immigrant experience, hosted by beloved author and critic John Freeman.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aleksandar Hemon
John Freeman
John Freeman
Lauren Markham
Saturday, Oct 26

10:30am - 12:00pm

Event 61

An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space –For Youth

One of CBC’s most beloved personalities offers a mind-expanding, imagination-popping exploration of the universe, answering some of the biggest questions we have about life on our big blue planet.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Bob McDonald
Saturday, Oct 26

11:00am - 12:30pm

Event 62

The Interviews with Marsha Lederman

The Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail has a talent for bringing out revealing truths behind remarkable work. She does the same for three of the Festival’s most buzzed-about authors.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Aleksandar Hemon
David Moscrop
Jenny Heijun Wills
Saturday, Oct 26

11:00am - 12:30pm

Event 63

Mystery Three Ways

Three mystery masters untangle topics relating to the genre including the influence of true crime and how they keep readers guessing… right til the very end.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Iona Whishaw
Nathan Ripley
Sarah Leavitt
Saturday, Oct 26

10:30am - 11:45am

Event 64

A Morning of Cozy Classics –For Youth

Felt artist, author and lawyer Holman Wang shares how he discovered his passion for creating children’s books and juggles careers of art and words. Bring your little ones—and your creative ambitions!

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Holman Wang
Saturday, Oct 26

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event 65

Best Canadian Poetry

A stellar snapshot of contemporary Canadian poetry, this event and its associated anthology is an electrifying showcase of wordplay to become immersed in.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Billy-Ray Belcourt
Dallas Hunt
Kayla Czaga
Souvankham Thammavongsa
Saturday, Oct 26

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event 66

YA Rising –For Youth

Let’s be honest: everyone loves YA. In this enchanting afternoon, cherished writers share their latest YA works and their insights into why the genre transcends boundaries of age.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Kit Pearson
Nafiza Azad
Sabina Khan
Saturday, Oct 26

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event 67

The Pictures of Adult Life

How can we use the boundary defying form of graphic novels to discuss some of the most challenging events of adult life—such as homicide and mental illness? Two engaging artists discuss.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Sarah Leavitt
Teresa Wong
Saturday, Oct 26

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event 68

Naomi Klein in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

The internationally bestselling author and activist speaks to the most pressing issue of our time: how climate action is essential for both our environment and a just society.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

6265 Crescent Road

Authors

Naomi Klein
Saturday, Oct 26

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Event 69

On Belonging: Indigenous Strength and Hope in the Wake of Genocide

Three exceptional writers explore how Indigenous women and girls can move forward in a country that has allowed race-based genocide—and the ways of belonging in spite of it. This is a special event of remembrance, honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

SFU Woodward’s
149 West Hastings Street

Authors

Alicia Elliott
Cassandra Blanchard
Tanya Talaga
Saturday, Oct 26

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Event 70

Difficult Inheritances

How do we confront painful inheritances? Bold, poignant memoirists explore the courageous act of facing one’s past in order to create more promising futures

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Ayelet Tsabari
Jenny Heijun Wills
Jesse Thistle
Saturday, Oct 26

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Event 71

Love & Obsession

Three award-winning authors explore what happens when lines are crossed between care and control, teasing out the nuances between love and power.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Adam Foulds
Andrew Kaufman
Lynn Coady
Saturday, Oct 26

8:00pm

Event 72

The Literary Cabaret

A highly original coalescence of author readings and improvised jazz, with band Poetic License and maestro Sal Fererras.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Bindu Suresh
Cherie Dimaline
Ivan Coyote
Sean Michaels
Tom Lanoye
Zalika Reid-Benta
Saturday, Oct 26

8:30pm

Event 73

Adam Gopnik in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

Interrogating why liberalism has come under attack from the left and the right, the New Yorker writer and bestselling author discusses the future of democracy.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Adam Gopnik
Saturday, Oct 26

8:30pm

Event 74

The Essay: Political Fuel

Three preeminent essayists investigate the possibilities of words to empower and fuel political action—at a moment when it’s most urgently needed.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Alicia Elliott
John Freeman
John Freeman
Lauren Markham
Sunday, Oct 27

10:30am - 12:00pm

Event 75

Finding Home

This conversation of strength and resilience shares how we rediscover ourselves in the face of seemingly insurmountable opposition.

The NEST

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Authors

Annahid Dashtgard
Ayelet Tsabari
Sunday, Oct 27

11:00am - 12:30pm

Event 76

The Sunday Brunch

What could be a more blissful way to spend a Sunday morning than sipping mimosas and eating freshly baked pastries while internationally acclaimed authors read to you?

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Adam Foulds
Alicia Tobin
Andrew Kaufman
Bindu Suresh
Derek Mascarenhas
Ruby Porter
Sunday, Oct 27

11:00am - 12:30pm

Event 77

All About Oliver: Lawrence Weschler in Conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman

Sure to be as charming as it is cerebral, this event explores the incredible work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and countless others, as told by his confidant and former New Yorker staff writer.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Lawrence Weschler
Sunday, Oct 27

11:30am - 1:00pm

Event 78

Good Reads

Be prepared to increase your reading list by three after this captivating event with Canadian literary favourites, established and emerging.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Authors

Hassan Ghedi Santur
Lynn Coady
Sean Michaels
Sunday, Oct 27

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Event 79

Poets Talking

Two Griffin Poetry Prize winning poets discuss their approach to craft, read from their work, and share the inspiration behind their words.

Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Authors

Billy-Ray Belcourt
Eve Joseph
Sunday, Oct 27

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Event 80

Emerge

This free event will give you a tantalizing taste of emerge 2019: the annual anthology from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio.

The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Sunday, Oct 27

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Event 81

The Afternoon Tea

Scones, sandwiches, cakes, tea and sherry alongside a delectable lineup of Canadian and international authors reading from their latest works.

Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Authors

Armando Lucas Correa
Bill Richardson
Cherie Dimaline
Marina Endicott
Philip Huynh
Rhea Tregebov
Sunday, Oct 27

7:30pm

Event 82

Beverley McLachlin in Conversation with Laura Lynch

The former Chief Justice of Canada and first woman to hold the position, Beverley McLachlin discusses her new memoir, Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law.

Granville Island Stage (Arts Club)

1585 Johnston Street

Authors

Beverley McLachlin