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2023 Digital Festival Release

The deadline to purchase a Digital Festival Pass is midnight on Wednesday, January 24.

Presented in partnership with SFU Continuing Studies.

Our flagship Festival this October brought together award-winning and emerging writers, along with record numbers of audience members, for an exhilarating week of celebrating books through conversations that were entertaining, thought-provoking, and galvanizing. We’re excited to now share a curated selection of 25 recorded events in this Digital Festival Release. Featuring a wide range of genres and formats, these events represent some of the most outstanding offerings from our 2023 Festival. Watch and rewatch them from wherever you are, from December 15 through January 31.  

We hope these events, many of which were previously sold out prior to Festival Week, will reach people far and wide. We’ve allocated significant resources toward recording high quality videos of our events as part of our ongoing commitment to accessibility for our community. For those unable to attend in person (or who couldn’t be in two places at once!), we’re proud to provide this online offering.

The Digital Festival pass is available as pay-what-you-can. Featuring 25 events (the average cost to attend each in-person being $25), we value the Digital Festival pass at $100. We invite you to consider how much you’ll watch, as well as your ability to support our investment in accessibility efforts, when selecting a payment option. If the options provided present a barrier to you, please reach out to us at info@writersfest.bc.ca

25 fully-captioned, full-length events from the 2023 Festival are included in this all-access pass:

(Click on an event title to read the full description from our October Festival program.)

#01. The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Page-Turning Thrills
featuring Louise Candlish, Shari Lapena, Liz Nugent, with moderator André Picard

#02. Roaming
featuring Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, with moderator Sarah Leavitt 

#03. Inheriting Truth
featuring Janika Oza, katherena vermette, Ada Zhang, with moderator Elamin Abdelmahmoud

#04. Word!
featuring fanny kearse, Em Nimetz, D Fretter, with host Jillian Christmas

#05. Bestselling Teen Fiction for a Reason
featuring Cherie Dimaline and Jen Ferguson, with moderator Molly Cross-Blanchard

#06. The Company We Keep
featuring Patrick DeWitt, Catherine Hernandez, Sean Michaels, with moderator Robert J. Wiersema

#07. She’s A Scream
featuring Ashley Audrain, Mona Awad, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, with moderator Jael Richardson

#08. Blackness as a Portal, Blackness as the Frame
featuring Suzette Mayr, Christina Sharpe, Aisha Harris, with moderator Jasmine Sealy

#09. Anne Berest in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

#10. Season of the Witch
featuring Cherie Dimaline, Anna Maxymiw, Zalika Reid-Benta, with moderator Elamin Abdelmahmoud

#11. Celeste Ng in Conversation with Jael Richardson 

#12. Smells Like… 90s Lyrics Night
featuring Omar El Akkad, Chelsea Wakelyn, John Freeman, Jen Sookfong Lee, Kevin Chong, Mona Awad, Aisha Harris, Emma Healey, Sean Michaels, Michael V. Smith, Claudia Dey, Sam Shelstad, William Ping, with host Elamin Abdelmahmoud

#13. The Best of History
featuring Emma Donoghue, Paul Harding, Janika Oza, Kai Thomas, with moderator Aislinn Hunter

#14. Book Banning in a Precarious Age
featuring Aden Polydoros, Jen Ferguson, and Casey Plett, with moderator Marsha Lederman

#15. Lauren Groff in Conversation with Alix Ohlin

#16. Landbridge
in tribute to Y-Dang Troeung — featuring Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Madeleine Thien, Christopher B. Patterson, with moderator Doretta Lau 

#17. Rebecca Solnit in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

#18. Chinatown: Past and Future
featuring Daniel Innes, Christina Wong, Fae Myenne Ng, Henry Tsang, with moderator Kevin Chong

#19. Novel Ideas
featuring Michael Crummey, Emma Donoghue, Elizabeth Hay, with moderator Marsha Lederman

#20. Michelle Good in Conversation with Carleigh Baker 

#21. Poets on Family and Time
featuring Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave, with moderator Hal Wake

#22. The Literary Cabaret
featuring Patrick deWitt, Jenny Erpenbeck, Elaine Feeney, Paul Harding, Kai Thomas, Tania James, with musical accompaniment by Benjamin Millman and the Oxymorons

#23. The Conversations: Jenny Erpenbeck, Elaine Feeney
with moderator Marsha Lederman

#24. Pictures on the Wall: The Power of Art
featuring Jeannie Marshall, Max Wyman, Michael Audain, with moderator Sirish Rao

#25. Not Too Late: The Climate Conversation 
featuring Rebecca Solnit, Chris Turner, John Vaillant, with moderator Matt Galloway