Incite: Hope in the Face of Loss


(price does not include service charge)

Free but registration is required

Wednesday May 12, 2021
7:00pm PT

How do we find hope at the end of life? Facing death, or the death of a loved one, is undoubtedly one of the loneliest and frightening periods we as humans face. And yet, death and dying are an ever-present and ever-avoided topic in our lives. In a special Incite event, the Vancouver Writers Fest brings these topics to the fore, bracing the dark with the lights of hope, love and acceptance with authors Liz Levine and Janie Brown.

Liz Levine’s Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But The End (Simon and Schuster) is a powerful, Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize-nominated memoir on deep personal loss, exposing the “raw truths about grief and mourning that we often shy away from.” Hailed by the Globe and Mail  as “an honest and calm look at the chaos of life,” Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But The End is poignant, revealing not only Levine’s own journey, but “uncovering a path we can all follow in our own lives” (Tegan Quin).

A veteran oncology nurse and community organizer, Janie Brown’s Radical Acts of Love: How We Find Hope at the End of Life (Penguin Random House Canada) is a profound collection of twenty conversations with people nearing the end of their lives. Stephen Fry has called Brown’s work transformative, “turn[ing] death into life, despair into hope, sorrow into joy, and pain into love with these astonishing encounters.”

Join us Wednesday, May 12 for this special Incite, moderated by France Perras, friend of the Festival and award-winning voice, film and stage actor.

Incite is a free event series, and is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library.

This event is also available through the TELUS Optik network.

Click here to watch the event recording.

Event Participants:

Janie Brown was born in Epsom, England, raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and emigrated in 1984 to become a nurse at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. She has a Master’s in Psychology from St. Andrews University and a Master’s in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as an oncology nurse and counsellor for over thirty years and in 1995 founded the Vancouver-based Callanish Society, a grassroots non- profit organization for people living with, and dying from, cancer. She presents nationally and internationally, has published in professional journals and writes a widely-read blog. In 2016, Janie received a Lloyd Symington Foundation grant to write Radical Acts of Love: How We Find Hope at the End of Life.

Liz Levine is an award-winning producer whose credits include Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut, Story of a Girl, and Douglas Coupland’s television series jPod. She completed her master of journalism degree at the University of British Columbia and has written for the National Post, The Walrus, Playback magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She divides her time between Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @TheLizLevine.