2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Incite: BC and Yukon Book Prizes

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Public Library and BC and Yukon Book Prizes.

We’re closing out this season of Incite with one of our favourite events: an evening of celebrating the finalists of the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. Joining us on-stage are three lauded local authors, each nominated in a different category of this year’s awards: 

  • Henry Tsang, nominated for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award for White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver 
  • Samantha Nock, nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for A Family of Dreamers
  • Brandon Reid, nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for Beautiful Beautiful

White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver is a thought-provoking collection of essays and photographs that documents the anti-Asian riots of 1907 in the context of contemporary anti-Asian sentiment. Samantha Nock redefines where and what “home” is in her debut poetry collection. And Beautiful Beautiful is a coming-of-age story exploring indigeneity, masculinity, and cultural tradition.

The authors will discuss their shortlisted titles, and the importance of place in each of their works, with Megan Cole, the Prize’s Director of Programming and Communications. Their insightful conversation will be rounded out by readings and an audience Q+A. 

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Book Warehouse, a division of Black Bond Books. Can’t make the event time? Register for the livestream option and we’ll send you a link to watch the recording! 

Join us for Incite all season, in-person or online! This readings series offers conversations with celebrated authors and emerging talents every two weeks from January to June. Incite is free and open to all

Participants and Speakers

Megan Cole

MEGAN COLE is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. As a journalist Megan has worked for community newspapers, CBC Radio, and Canadian Press. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Puritan, Invisiblog, untethered, Hungry Zine, Chatelaine, and is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead. Megan is working on her first creative nonfiction book titled Nice Boys Don’t Kiss Like That: Womanhood Explored through ‘90s Rom-Coms, MSN Messenger, and First Loves. When Megan isn’t writing, reading, knitting or cooking, she’s working as the director of programming and communications for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She lives and works on the territory of the Tla’amin Nation in BC.

Brandon Reid

BRANDON REID holds a B.Ed. from UBC with a specialization in Indigenous education, and a journalism diploma from Langara College. His work has been published in the Barely South Review, the Richmond Review and The Province. He is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, with a mix of Indigenous and English ancestry. He resides in Richmond, BC, where he works as a TTOC. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, playing music and listening to comedy podcasts. His debut novel, Beautiful Beautiful, was published with Nightwood Editions in fall 2023.

Samantha Nock

SAMANTHA NOCK is a Cree-Métis writer and poet originally from Treaty 8 Territory in the Peace Region of northeast British Columbia. Her family is originally from sâkitawâhk ᓵᑭᑕᐚᕽ (Île-à-la-Crosse), Saskatchewan. Samantha currently resides on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Lands in so-called Vancouver. She has had works published in Maisonneuve, Vice, Prism International, and Best Canadian Poetry, among others.

Henry Tsang

HENRY TSANG is an artist who explores the spatial politics of history, language, community, food, and cultural translation in relationship to place. His artworks take the form of gallery exhibitions, 360-degree video walking tours, curated dinners, and public art. Henry teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.