Incite: Forged in Fire

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library

Incite: Forged in Fire

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Wednesday, April 3
7:30 pm
Performance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews

Often it is in the stories of individuals who have transformed their lives that we find a greater sense of possibility for ourselves—and an increased understanding of the often-fraught worlds of others. This Incite promises a fascinating, warm evening with three talents who share their turbulent yet inspiring journeys. Yasuko Thanh documents life from a Victoria slum to teen years as a sex worker to, finally, her emergence as an award-winning author in Mistakes to Run With. Acclaimed public speaker and author of The Lonely Section of Hell, Lorimer Shenher now shares his journey of gender transition in This One Looks Like a Boy. Catherine Porter shares the poignant story of A Girl Named Lovely: a young Haitian caught in the 2010 earthquake—and the fraught, messy realities of international aid that follows. These are stories you don’t want to miss. This event will be moderated by author and creative facilitator Amber Dawn.

*PLEASE NOTE: This event takes place at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, NOT Vancouver Public Library.*

Free – RSVP to let us know you’re coming

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library and support from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

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Incite: Forged in Fire

Catherine Porter is the Canada bureau chief for The New York Times, based in Toronto. She joined the paper in February 2017 from Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper, where she was a columnist and feature writer. Catherine has received two National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the Landsberg Award for her feminist columns, and a Queen’s Jubliee Medal for grassroots community work. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids. Visit her at PorterWrites.ca or on Twitter @PortertheReport.

Incite: Forged in Fire

Lorimer Shenher is an acclaimed author and public speaker. His first book, That Lonely Section of Hell, detailed his assignment as the first detective on Vancouver’s missing women investigation. It was nominated for several literary prizes and selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2015. He lives in Greater Vancouver, BC.

Incite: Forged in Fire

Yasuko Thanh’s story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. One of its stories won an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. The title story won the Journey Prize for the best story published in Canada in 2009. Quill & Quire named Floating Like the Dead a Best Book of the Year. CBC hailed Yasuko Thanh one of ten writers to watch in 2013. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her two children. In her spare time she plays in a punk band called 12 Gauge Facial, for which she writes all the songs and music.