Announcing February Incite Events: Must Reads & Captivating Lives

Featuring Éric Dupont, Jen Neale, Ian Williams, Samra Zafar and Darrel J. McLeod

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, because the 2019 Incite reading series season is officially in full swing! On every second and fourth Wednesday until May, the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library will offer free evening events in the Alice MacKay Room at VPL’s downtown branch – recently remodeled with a stunning rooftop garden to lounge in with friends before attending Incite when the weather turns to Spring.

This February, Vancouver Writers Fest is delighted to offer events featuring highly-acclaimed authors Éric Dupont, Jen Neale and Ian Williams on Wednesday, February 6 and Samra Zafar and Darrel J. McLeod on Wednesday, February 20. 

Interested? It helps us immensely if you tell us you’re coming so we can make sure to fit in enough seats for each evening!

Wednesday, February 6
Hot Reads for Chilly Nights

Lists of recommended books abound at the beginning of the year—perfect for whiling away the season’s evenings. Join us to discover your next three top reads. Éric Dupont (Songs for the Cold of Heart), 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee, Jen Neale (Land Mammals and Sea Creatures), local debut novelist shortlisted for the 2018 Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award, and Ian Williams (Reproduction), winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and a Creative Writing Professor at UBC, will read from their works and delve into stories behind their character-rich family sagas with host, author Shaena Lambert.

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Wednesday, February 20
Resilience in Storytelling

At what point in a person’s life do they feel compelled to tell their story? What is the emotional toll of sharing one’s potentially-harrowing experiences? What is the reward? Darrel J. McLeod won a 2018 Governor General’s Award and has been shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize for his bold retelling of intergenerational trauma, and the ageless force of familial love, in Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age. Two-time TEDx presenter, human rights activist, and social entrepreneur Samra Zafar’s story of escaping an abusive arranged marriage is one of “epic grit” and hope. Her memoir, A Good Wife, tells the harrowing and inspiring story of a young girl with big dreams who found strength in the face of oppression and battled through to empowerment. Join these authors for a conversation about their groundbreaking, lauded memoirs.

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Lauren Dembicky