Mini Incite: Voices of Place

Tickets

(price does not include service charge)

FREE

Monday, April 27
7pm PST
Facebook Live
@vanwritersfest

Did you miss the live stream? Watch the video now.

Voices of Place: Short Fiction for a New Decade

In this incredible line-up of propulsive short story collections, David Bergen (Here the Dark, Biblioasis), Maria Reva (Good Citizens Need Not Fear, Knopf Canada) and Souvankham Thammavongsa (How to Pronounce Knife, McClelland & Stewart) explore the physical and emotional spaces we inhabit. From childhood homes and barbershops to the Canadian Prairies, Vietnam, the islands of Honduras and a small town known as Kirovka, these short fictions celebrate and witness the mundane in its beauty, its intimacy and oftentimes, its trauma. Moderated by Journey Prize-nominated author and editor, Anna Ling Kaye.

This event is taking place live on our Facebook page. Tune in here at 7pm PST on Monday, April 27.

RSVP and submit a question here.

About the moderator:

Anna Ling Kaye is a fiction writer and freelance editor based in Vancouver. A former editor at PRISM international and Ricepaper magazines, she is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival and sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. Her fiction has been short-listed for the Journey Prize. 

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

Event Participants:

David Bergen is an award-winning author of eight previous novels and a collection of short stories. Among his acclaimed works are The Time in Between, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, the winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Age of Hope which was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads; and Stranger, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Bergen lives in Winnipeg.

Maria Reva was born in Ukraine and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has an MFA in fiction from the Michener Center at the University of Texas. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories (2017 and 2019), McSweeny’s and Granta. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, and also works as an opera librettist.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. The title story of her forthcoming debut collection of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel.