David Mitchell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen


(price does not include service charge)

Ticket price (includes book + shipping): $45.00

Sunday, July 26
4:00pm PDT / 7:00pm EDT

The Vancouver Writers Fest and Toronto International Festival of Authors present David Mitchell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen

Sunday, July 26 at 4:00pm PDT / 7:00pm EDT
Ticket price includes access to exclusive online event, a copy of Utopia Avenue and shipping. The first 300 people to order will also receive a signed bookplate.

Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and previously named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time MagazineDavid Mitchell has provided the world—time and again—with compelling stories on pages and on the screen. The bestselling author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks and Number9Dream and one of the acclaimed screenwriters behind Sense8 and the upcoming film The Matrix 4, Mitchell is known for expansive and deeply inventive storytelling that fundamentally shifts our cultural landscapes.

On July 26, Mitchell will share his much-anticipated new fiction release, Utopia Avenue, the “untold story” of a relatively unknown British band from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967. Fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the Top 10; to Amsterdam, Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968.

The novel, Mitchell’s first in five years, is the story of the band, its music—and its age. Full of riots in the street and revolutions in the head; drugs, schizophrenia, love, sex, grief, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder.

Join the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime discussion on Sunday, July 26 at 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT. Your ticket includes a copy of Utopia Avenue (shipping included).

Prior to the event, ticket holders will have an opportunity to submit their questions to David Mitchell for the Q&A.

Event Participants:

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of Slade House, The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell translated from the Japanese the internationally bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Lisa Christiansen is a Vancouver broadcaster who manages traffic and music weekdays on CBC Radio’s On the Coast, as well as a music panelist on q. She is the co-host of the feminism and pop culture podcast Pop This!, a two time Polaris Music Prize grand juror and a three-time Juno Awards’ judge for Heavy Metal Album of the Year.