Passage of Time

Bill Gaston, Elizabeth Hay

Passage of Time

Moderator: Hal Wake

Event Number: 77
Tickets: $20.00

Passage of Time

Bill Gaston, Elizabeth Hay

Sunday, October 21
10:30am - 12:00pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Caring for aging parents is an almost-inescapable rite and a labour of love. Despite its inevitability, rarely do we feel ready to see our life’s giants weakened by time. It takes a resilient heart and penetrating mind to delve into the intricacies involved. Both Giller-nominated Bill Gaston and Giller-winning Elizabeth Hay do just this in their intimate portraits of family life, as shared with moderator Hal Wake. Just Let Me Look at You is an achingly truthful ode to a father-son relationship marred by drinking and to Gaston’s later realization of his father’s complexity. All Things Consoled offers a portrait of Hay’s life from difficult child to understanding caretaker. It takes grace and empathy to write about aging loved ones. Authors like Gaston and Hay do so with beauty and insight.

Hal Wake is the former Artistic Director for the Vancouver Writers Festival.

Event Participants:

Bill Gaston

British Columbia

Bill Gaston is the author of the memoir Just Let Me Look at You as well seven novels, seven collections of short fiction, a book of poems and a first memoir, Midnight Hockey. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and twice for the Governor General’s Award. His most recent novel, The World, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay

Ontario

Elizabeth Hay is the Giller Prize-winning author of ten books, including five novels. Her latest work, All Things Consoled: a daughter’s memoir, is a portrait of her mother and father as they reach the end of their lives. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa. 

elizabethhay.com