Buzzworthy Books

Moderator: Jerry Wasserman

Event Number: 47
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Buzzworthy Books

Friday, Oct 25
10:15am - 11:45am
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Praised by Quill and Quire as one of “CanLit’s most innovative chameleons,” bestselling author Anosh Irani (Translated from the Gibberish) joins three dazzling talents to share their new work. Winner of New Zealand’s 2018 Michael Gifkins Prize, Ruby Porter’s atmospheric debut, Attraction, follows three women on a road trip, navigating the North Island and their relationships with one another. Marina Endicott’s The Difference, a breathtaking sea voyage across the South Pacific in 1912, explores the notion of this word—between people, continents, cultures and species, while bestselling author Steven Price pulls readers into the mind of Giuseppe Tomasi, a dying prince, in the exquisite Lampedusa. This intimate showcase of must-reads delves into the transformative power of art, and how it shapes authors and readers alike.

About the Moderator:
Jerry Wasserman
 is Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre at UBC, where he taught for 44 years. Editor of Modern Canadian Plays, he has published widely on theatre history, modern fiction and blues music. He currently reviews theatre for the Vancouver Sun and his website, As an actor, Jerry has over 200 professional credits for stage, film and television, and is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Event Participants:

Marina Endicott


Marina Endicott’s novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, Canada and the Caribbean, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her next, The Little Shadows, was short-listed for the Governor General’s award and long-listed for the Giller Prize, as was her last book, Close to Hugh. Endicott lives in Alberta most of the time.

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.

Ruby Porter

New Zealand

Ruby Porter is a prose-writer, poet and artist. She tutors creative writing at the University of Auckland, and in high schools. She was the winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award in 2017, and the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, with her debut novel Attraction. Attraction was written during her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, and published in May by Melbourne-based Text Publishing.

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

Steven Price

British Columbia

Steven Price‘s most recent novel, By Gaslight 2016, was a #1 bestseller, longlisted for the Giller Prize, and named a Book of the Year by the Globe & Mail, CBC, the Writer’s Trust of Canada, and NPR. His other books include a novel, Into that Darkness 2011, and two poetry collections: Anatomy of Keys 2006, and Omens in the Year of the Ox 2012. He lives in Victoria.