2024 Festival:
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Louise Penny in Conversation with Shelagh Rogers

Part of the Vancouver Writers Fest Bestsellers Series

Louise Penny is presented thanks to support from Raincoast Books.

ASL interpretation is provided at this event.

What an occasion: The #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author, Louise Penny, joins the Vancouver Writers Fest for an intimate conversation with her good friend, and host of CBC’s The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers.

In Penny’s 18th book in her acclaimed series, A World of Curiosities, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir come face-to-face with a chilling reappearance; resurfaced memories, buried for decades; and a long-hidden attic room, where they’ll discover puzzles within puzzles, and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge. This page-turner was named one of Washington Post’s best mysteries and thrillers of 2022, one of Barnes and Noble’s best books of 2022, and a number one pick by librarians across Canada.

The conversation will explore this latest work and Penny’s career to date — and celebrate Shelagh Rogers’ 15 year anniversary with The Next Chapter!

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Book Warehouse, a division of Black Bond Books—including books pre-signed by Louise Penny! There will be no signing line.

This event is part of the Vancouver Writers Fest Bestsellers Series, a spring fundraising series bringing some of the biggest names in literature to Vancouver. Buying a ticket not only gives you an opportunity to hear from some of the most celebrated authors in the world; it supports the Vancouver Writers Fest in programming our flagship Festival later this year. Click here to explore the full lineup. 

Standard tickets: $35
Premium tickets: $55
Youth under 25: $20

Participants and Speakers

Louise Penny

LOUISE PENNY is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and coauthor with Hillary Rodham Clinton of the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller State of Terror. She has won numerous awards, including a CWA Dagger and the Agatha Award (eight times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Shelagh Rogers

SHELAGH ROGERS is a veteran broadcast-journalist, currently host and co-producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter. She is an honorary witness to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. She is a member of the Metis Nation of Greater Victoria with family roots in Treaty 1 territory.