2024 Festival:
October 21–27

58: Bestseller to Blockbuster

58: Bestseller to Blockbuster

So you’ve written an internationally bestselling, acclaimed novel. What happens next to turn it into a major motion picture? We’re asking two of the biggest names in fiction today. Media from People to The New Yorker agree that Tom Perrotta’s Tracy Flick Can’t Win is a sensational, satirical novel about coming of age in adulthood, featuring the eponymous character played by Reese Witherspoon in the Hollywood-produced Election. Iain Reid’s Foe (in production) and I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix) have been the talk of every bibliophile in the country (and beyond), while his latest work, We Spread, is being adapted by Reid and Hala director, Minhal Baig. Go behind the silver screen in a discussion between these two authors who have captured our imaginations. Moderated by Marsha Lederman.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Film School.

Event Participants:

Marsha Lederman

MARSHA LEDERMAN is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed. She is the Western Arts Correspondent for the Globe and Mail, and previously worked for CBC Radio, where she held a variety of positions, including National Arts Reporter. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Presented thanks to the generous support of Sam Znaimer in memory of Nancy Richler.

Tom Perrotta

TOM PERROTTA is the bestselling author of ten works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and Mrs. Fletcher, which was adapted into an HBO series. Tracy Flick Can’t Win continues the story of his most iconic character. (UNITED STATES)

Iain Reid

IAIN REID is the author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a New York Times bestselling debut novel. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman adapted the book for Netflix. His second novel, Foe, is being adapted for film, with Reid co-writing the screenplay. We Spread is his genre-defying third novel. (ONTARIO)