Big Stories, Small Packages

Moderator: Caroline Adderson

Event Number: 52
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Big Stories, Small Packages

Friday, Oct 25
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Capturing an entire world, a pivotal journey or a startling emotional truth in just a few thousand words is no small feat—but these four authors prove that, in the world of fiction, less can be more. Whether speaking to diaspora, fraught family ties or even the hilarity of the holiday season, Philip Huynh (The Forbidden Purple City), Anosh Irani (Translated from the Gibberish), Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain) and riotous Festival veteran Bill Richardson (I Saw Three Ships) consider the challenges and advantages that come with keeping it brief. Prepare to be dazzled.

Event Participants:

Philip Huynh

British Columbia

Philip Huynh was born in Vancouver, B.C., where his parents met after fleeing Vietnam during the war.  A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Huynh is also a practicing lawyer. Huynh’s stories have been widely published in literary journals. His fiction have also been published in two editions of the Journey Prize anthology and cited for distinction in The Best American Stories. He lives in Richmond, B.C., with his wife and twin daughters.

Anosh Irani

British Columbia

Anosh Irani‘s most recent novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.  His plays The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black and The Men in White were both finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Zalika Reid-Benta


Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose first book Frying Plantain has been recently published. In 2011, George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch.” She received an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University in 2014 and is an alumnus of the 2017 Banff Writing Studio. She is currently working on a young-adult fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jamaican folklore and Akan spirituality., @Literati167

Bill Richardson

British Columbia

Bill Richardson lives in southwestern Manitoba, in the rural municipality of Louise, and in Vancouver’s West End, which is where the eight linked stories in his new collection, I Saw Three Ships (Talonbooks) are set. This fall, he’s the writer in residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.