Good Weeds

Ian Boothby, Julie Bruck, Kevin Chong, Jackie Kai Ellis, Michael Hingston, Andrew Larsen, Dana I.D. Matthews, Liz Nugent, Shazia Hafij Ramji & more

Good Weeds

Host: Lisa Christiansen

Event Number: 29
Tickets: $20.00

Good Weeds

Ian Boothby, Julie Bruck, Kevin Chong, Jackie Kai Ellis, Michael Hingston, Andrew Larsen, Dana I.D. Matthews, Liz Nugent, Shazia Hafij Ramji & more

Wednesday, October 17
8:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

From Oscar Wilde’s nights with the absinthe “green fairy” to Coleridge’s crippling laudanum addiction, writers’ relationships with mind-altering substances have been a source of intrigue for centuries. Here in Canada, our cannabis consumption already rivals that of our wine, with an estimated $6 billion spent on the ubiquitous herb every year. On the first day that marijuana is legal in Canada, favourite local and international authors take to the stage in an open-mic event to share their harrowing, hilarious or downright trippy stories about Mary Jane. We won’t be selling grab bags of chips, but we do guarantee you’ll get the giggles during this playful story swap.

Lisa Christiansen is the traffic and arts reporter on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast, and the co-host of the Pop This! podcast alongside Andrea Warner.

Event Participants:

Ian Boothby

British Columbia

Ian Boothby is an Eisner Award– and Canadian Comedy Award–winning writer who has been creating sketch comedy for television since he was thirteen. Best known for his work on The Simpsons comics, Boothby currently writes cartoons for The New Yorker and MAD Magazine, and co-created ExorSisters for Image Comics with artist Gisèle Lagacé. He also co-created the Scholastic graphic novel Sparks! with artist Nina Matsumoto.

@IanBoothby 

Julie Bruck

United States

Julie Bruck is from Montreal and has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years. Her newest collection is How to Avoid Huge Ships. Recent work has appeared in PlumeThe New YorkerPoetry DailyThe New QuarterlyThe Malahat Review and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. Her third book, Monkey Ranch, received the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

juliebruck.com

Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong

British Columbia

Kevin Chong is the author of six books, including the novel Beauty Plus Pity and the biography Northern Dancer. He has published widely as a journalist with work recently appearing in The Rumpus and The Guardian. He lives in Vancouver with his family and teaches creative writing at UBC and SFU.

thatkevinchong.wordpress.com@KevinChong1975

 

Jackie Kai Ellis

Jackie Kai Ellis

British Columbia

Jackie Kai Ellis is the author of national bestselling memoir The Measure Of My Powers. She is also the founder of Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery, the owner of The Paris Tours, and a travel and lifestyle writer. She lives in Vancouver and Paris.

jackiekaiellis.com, @JackieKaiEllis

 

Michael Hingston

Michael Hingston

Alberta

Michael Hingston is the author of Let’s Go Exploring, a critical and cultural look at the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. His writing has appeared in WiredThe Washington PostThe Atlantic and The Guardian. He is also the co-creator of the Short Story Advent Calendar. Hingston lives in Edmonton.

michaelhingston.com, @mhingston 

 

Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen

Ontario

Andrew Larsen lives in a neighbourhood in Toronto with tall trees and lots of stories. He was inspired to become an author when he became a dad. As his kids grow older he keeps writing. His books include The Imaginary Garden, In the Tree HouseA Squiggly StoryDingus and his latest is The Bagel King. He believes we all have stories to tell and our own ways of telling them. 

andrewlarsen.ca, @larsenesque

Dana Matthews

Dana I.D. Matthews

British Columbia

Dana Matthews, a Haitian born poet & MC, was adopted and raised in Timmins and London, Ontario. Now an independent Vancouver based artist, he has a voice that naturally commands the attention of anyone in the room. His diverse lyricism springs from his unique upbringing & extensive spoken word poetry background.

danaidmatthews.com, @danaidmatthews

 

Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent

Ireland

Liz Nugent is a writer of award-winning psychological suspense novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. Both books topped the Irish bestsellers list for weeks. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. Television rights for Unraveling Oliver have been optioned by Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company in Los Angeles. In October 2017, she won the Irish Woman of the Year Award for Literature. She has also written extensively for radio and television. 

liznugent.ie, @lizzienugent

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

British Columbia

Shazia Hafiz Ramji‘s first book, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Alberta Magazine Awards, and her poetry and fiction are forthcoming in Best Canadian Poetry 2018 and The Humber Literary Review, respectively. Her criticism has appeared in venues such as Canadian Literature and Quill & Quire. She is an editor for Metatron Press.

@Shazia_R

Raziel Reid

Raziel Reid

British Columbia

Raziel Reid‘s debut novel, When Everything Feels like the Movies, won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Young Readers making him, at 24 years old, the youngest ever winner of the award. The book has been optioned for film by Random Bench Productions. Reid lives in Vancouver and has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia. His latest works from Penguin Teen are Kens and Super Rich Kids With Nothing But Fake Friends (forthcoming 2019).

razielreid.com@razielreid

Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham

Australia

Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist and celebrity ghostwriter whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 25 languages and sold more than six million copies worldwide. In 2016, he won the UK Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger for his novel, Life or Death. His latest work is The Other Wife. Michael lives in Sydney, Australia.

michaelrobotham.com, @michaelrobotham

 

Kevin Vallely

British Columbia

Kevin Vallely is a world-class explorer, a leadership mentor and an award-winning architect. He has been undertaking internationally acclaimed expeditions for nearly two decades and in 2009 he and two teammates broke the world record for the fastest team to reach the Geographic South Pole. His first book is Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea.

vallelly.ca, @VallelyKevin