Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library

Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

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Wednesday, March 20
7:30 pm
Alice MacKay Room - Vancouver Public Library
350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

It’s the year of the short story. No, wait. That’s every year! Four masters of the form share tastes from their most recent collections in this evening of insights into the often-underrated genre. David Bezmozgis, Catherine LerouxK.D. Miller and Nilofar Shidmehr write exquisitely crafted stories for which they have won and been shortlisted for countless awards. Of course, writers aren’t thinking of awards when they write, they are immersed in character and story, the worlds they’re creating. Step into some of these worlds this evening and emerge with a better understating of the one you inhabit today.

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Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest with support from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

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Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is the author of Natasha and Other StoriesThe Free World, and The Betrayers. His writing has appeared in many publications, including The New YorkerHarper’sZoetrope: All-Story, and Best American Short Stories. He has been twice nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award, and his debut story collection, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and a Radcliffe Fellow. He is the Director of the Humber School for Writers. Born in Riga, Latvia, he lives in Toronto.

Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

Catherine Leroux was born in 1979 in the Northern suburbs of Montreal. After holding various jobs she became a journalist and devoted herself to writing. Her first novel, Marche en forêt, was published in 2011 by Éditions Alto. The Party Wall, her English-language debut published with Biblioasis in 2016, was selected for Indies Introduce for Summer/Fall 2016, shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Translation.

Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

K.D. Miller’s first collection of short stories, A Litany in Time of Plague, was published in 1994. Her second collection, Give Me Your Answer, published in 1999, was short-listed for the inaugural Upper Canada Brewing Company’s Writer’s Craft Award.  Holy Writ, a series of personal essays which explore the link between creativity and spirituality, was published in 2001. Her first novel, Brown Dwarf, was published by Biblioasis in 2010. Stonebunny Press published her third collection of stories, The Other Voice, in 2011. Her fourth collection, All Saints, published by Biblioasis in 2014, was short-listed for the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award.  Late Breaking, her latest collection of linked stories inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville, was published by Biblioasis in September, 2018. It was listed by both Quill & Quire and the Globe and Mail as among the best books of 2018.

Nilofar Shidmehr is a poet, essayist, and scholar, and the author of six books in English and Farsi, including Between Lives and Shirin and Salt Man, a BC Book Prize finalist. She writes and delivers lectures on women’s rights, migration and diaspora, and social and political issues in Iran. A specialist in literature and cinema of modern Iran, she teaches in the Continuing Studies program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she lives with her husband.