Love & Obsession

Moderator: Shaena Lambert

Event Number: 71

Free (pay what you can)
Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.

Love & Obsession

Saturday, Oct 26
5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

What happens when the lines are crossed between care and control? Few authors explore the murkiness of the human heart with the skill and aplomb of these three, each an experts at teasing out the nuances between love and power. In Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady’s twisted and intoxicating Watching You Without Me, a woman’s intense relationship with her sister’s support worker slowly becomes devastating. Award-winning author Adam FouldsDream Sequence is a dark and modern interrogation of the lengths one is willing to for fame and attention, while cult-favourite Andrew Kaufman returns with a surreal, tender story of a detective whose heart has been replaced with a bomb.

About the moderator:
Shaena Lambert is the award-winning author of Oh, My Darling, Radiance, and The Falling Woman, all of which were Globe and Mail top books of the year. Oh, My Darling was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award; Radiance was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Award and the BC Book Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Walrus, Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All Story and four times in Best Canadian Stories. Her new novel, Petra, is forthcoming from Random House Canada.  She is delighted to be a friend of The Vancouver Writers Fest. 

Event Participants:

Lynn Coady


Lynn Coady is the author of six works of fiction, the most recent of which is a novel called Watching You without Me.  Her novel The Antagonist was nominated for the Giller Prize for fiction in 2011 and her collection of short stories, Hellgoing, won the award in 2013. She lives in Toronto where she writes and watches TV.

Adam Foulds


Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London, England, now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the European Union Prize for Literature and the E. M. Forster Award. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010.  He was named as one of Granta Magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 and of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014.


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.