A Tribute to Stephen King

Host: Lisa Christiansen

Event Number: 43
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

A Tribute to Stephen King

Thursday, Oct 24
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower Series, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and hundreds of other works: Stephen King is as influential as he is prolific. What better way to celebrate him than with storytelling from other celebrated authors from across the globe? We may not be hosting King himself, but this evening offers readers and aspiring writers a perfect opportunity to revel and reflect on his singular storytelling. This is our third event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster.









About the host:
Lisa Christiansen
is a Vancouver broadcaster who manages traffic and music weekdays on CBC Radio’s On the Coast, as well as a music panelist on q. She is the co-host of the feminism and pop culture podcast Pop This!, a two time Polaris Music Prize grand juror and a three-time Juno Awards’ judge for Heavy Metal Album of the Year.

Event Participants:

Rosetta Allan

New Zealand

Rosetta Allan completed the Masters of Creative Writing at The University of Auckland with First Class Honours in 2017 and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Her bestseller, debut novel, Purgatory, was published in (2014). Allan was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel The Unreliable People was released in May (2019) by Penguin Books. Currently, she is the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.


Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand.

Tanya Boteju

British Columbia

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC). She spends much of her life in a classroom, teaching English to clever and sassy young people. When Boteju isn’t teaching or writing, she’s biking, reading, or drinking tea from unicorn mugs. Boteju is grateful for her extroverted wife who builds her bookshelves while also encouraging her to be social. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is her first novel.


Stephen Chbosky


Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. He also directed the acclaimed 2017 film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky’s long-awaited second novel.

Armando Lucas Correa

Cuba / USA

Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children.


Cherie Dimaline

British Columbia

Cherie Dimaline’s young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017, and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favourite in the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It was also a Book of Year on numerous lists including the National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire and the CBC. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014, and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.

Charlotte Gray


Charlotte Gray‘s ten previous non-fiction bestsellers include most recently The Massey Murder and The Promise of Canada, both of which won major awards. The Discovery Channel miniseries Klondike was based on Gold Diggers, her book about the Yukon Gold Rush. Gray lives in Ottawa and is a Member of the Order of Canada and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University.

Michael Hutchinson


Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg. Hutchinson ‘s career has taken him from Director of Communications for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to host of APTN’s National News television show. He currently works in communications for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa. Spring 2020 will see the publication of his new Mighty Muskrats mystery, The Case of the Missing Auntie. His greatest accomplishments are his two lovely daughters.



Andrew Kaufman


Andrew Kaufman was born in Wingham Ontario, hometown of Alice Munro, which makes him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. His novel The Tiny Wife won the ReLit Award. Born Weird was Globe and Mail best book of the year. His work has been published in thirteen countries and translated into eleven languages. He currently lives in Toronto.


David Moscrop


David Moscrop is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, a writer with Maclean’s Magazine, and a political commentator for radio, print, and television. Too Dumb for Democracy? is his first book. He’s now working on his second — a book about the end of the world.



Sara Peters


Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and lives in Toronto. She completed at MFA at Boston University, and was a Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Poetry magazine. Her first book is 1996.


Nathan Ripley


Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Toronto resident and Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum. Find You in the Dark, Ripley’s first thriller, was an instant bestseller and an Arthur Ellis Awards finalist for Best First Novel. As Naben Ruthnum, he is the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race.


Lorimer Shenher

British Columbia

Lorimer Shenher is a writer and former police officer currently working in television development. His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man, was released March 31st of this year and was a Quill and Quire star reviewed selection.  His first book, the acclaimed That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, tells of his previous incarnation as a female police detective working in vain to solve the mystery of Vancouver’s missing women.

lorimershenher.com, @ShenherLorimer

Tanya Talaga


Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. Talaga was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

talaga.ca, @TanyaTalaga

Appearance generously supported by Tourism Vancouver.

Jenny Heijun Wills


Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted and raised in a white family in Southern-Ontario, Canada. In 2008 she reunited with her family in Asia. She’s lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Seoul. She teaches in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg.

jennyheijunwills.com, @JennyHeijun