Wise Guys

Randy Boyagoda, Patrick deWitt, Gary Shteyngart

Wise Guys

Moderator: Jared Bland

Event Number: 43
Tickets: $20.00

Wise Guys

Randy Boyagoda, Patrick deWitt, Gary Shteyngart

Thursday, October 18
8:00pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Join three award-winning novelists at the height of their wit as they delve into the craft of laugh-inducing writing, often involving absurdist plots, pithy dialogue, intricate wordplay… and the ruthless self-editing required to ensure every punchline hits. Randy Boyagoda is respected by readers and critics alike for his examination of religion, immigration and politics with lyrical liveliness, as showcased in his latest, “richly funny” work, Original Prin. Patrick deWitt’s caper, French Exit, involves a cat inhabited by the spirit of a deceased loved one, living with a mother and son trying to escape scandal on the Upper East Side. Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success also shares how the other (dysfunctional) half live, with a searing examination of a hedge fund manager’s meltdown. It’s a laughing matter.

Jared Bland is the Publisher at McClelland & Stewart and Vice President of Penguin Random House Canada.

Event Participants:

Randy Boyagoda

Ontario

Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada’s funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his earlier novels are Beggar’s Feast, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Governor of the Northern Province, which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four daughters. He is Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College.

Patrick deWitt

Patrick deWitt

United States

A novelist and screenwriter, Patrick deWitt has received multiple accolades and major awards for his work. He is the author of critically acclaimed novel, The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His latest book, French Exit, is a mother/son caper and a riotous send-up of high society.

 

Gary Shteyngart

United States

Gary Shteyngart is The New York Times bestselling author of the memoir, Little Failure (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist) and the novels Super Sad True Love Story (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction). His books regularly appear on best-of lists around the world and have been published in thirty countries. His latest novel is Lake Success.

garyshteyngart.com, @Shteyngart 

Gary Shteyngart is presented in partnership with the US Consulate in Vancouver.