Building New Worlds

Cherie Dimaline, Susin Nielsen, Kenneth Oppel

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Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye

Event Number: 17
Tickets: $20.00

$9.50 for student groups

Building New Worlds

Cherie Dimaline, Susin Nielsen, Kenneth Oppel

Wednesday, October 17
10:15am - 11:45am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

The worlds depicted in fiction for children are often rich and deeply imaginative, suspending traditional rules of politics, environment… and even physics. In these worlds, despite their hardships, young protagonists grow during their quests for adventure and justice. Three of the most recognizable names in Canadian children’s fiction—Cherie Dimaline (The Marrow Thieves), Susin Nielsen (No Fixed Address) and Kenneth Oppel (Inkling)share how they write these worlds. Each author will read briefly from their latest work before discussing the tools they use to create sustainable places for beloved storytelling, from present-day Canada to dystopian futures. Cherie Dimaline also envisioned this event, and three others, as the Festival’s inaugural Guest Curator.

Anna Ling Kaye is a fiction writer who has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, former editor at PRISM International and Ricepaper magazines and co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival.

Grades 5 – 7.

Event Participants:

Cherie Dimaline

Ontario

The Vancouver Writers Fest is pleased to announce Cherie Dimaline as our first annual Guest Curator, programming four events throughout festival week. A Métis writer, editor and coordinator of the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering, Dimaline’s fiction has been anthologized internationally. Her latest YA novel, The Marrow Thieves, won a 2017 Governor General’s Award, the American Kirkus Prize, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was also a selection for CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads.

@cherie_dimaline

Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen

British Columbia

Susin Nielsen got her start writing for the hit television series, Degrassi Junior High. She is the award-winning author of six novels, including Word NerdThe Reluctant Journal of Henry K. LarsenWe Are All Made of Molecules and most recently, No Fixed Address. She’s been called the John Green of Canada, and had a dream once that John Green was called the Susin Nielsen of the USA. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats. 

susinnielsen.com, @susinnielsen

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel

Ontario

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Airborn, which won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, and the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. His other books include The BoundlessThe Nest, and Half Brother, winner of the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children. His latest novel is Inkling.

kennethoppel.ca, @kennethoppel