The Fictionals: Build Your Own Adventure

Host: Daniel Chai

Event Number: 20
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

The Fictionals: Build Your Own Adventure

Wednesday, Oct 23
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

Watch new stories unfold in front of your eyes during this creative, side-splitting mashup of books and laughter, as three warm, imaginative YA authors team up with improv comedy group The Fictionals. Audience members will enjoy readings from Aviaq Johnston’s adventure story based on Indigenous mythology, Those Who Dwell Below, spoken word poems from Taran Kootenhayoo, and anecdotes from Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me author, Mariko Tamaki. Then, The Fictionals will create brand new stories for students to enjoy—all the while learning how to use their imagination in new and powerful ways to create ideas right on the spot!

Event Participants:

The Fictionals Comedy Co.

British Columbia

The Fictionals Comedy Co. have been performing in Vancouver and beyond since 2010. Their trademark brand of improv pushes the boundaries of comedy, including collaborations with comic book artists, slam poets, and a Chinese String Orchestra. The Fictionals perform weekly at Cafe Deux Soleils, monthly at the Rio Theatre, regularly at Yuk Yuks Vancouver, and at conventions and special events all over town. Come see where the improvisers and authors’s imaginations take you this year!, @TheFictionals

Aviaq Johnston


Aviaq Johnston‘s debut novel, Those Who Run in the Sky, won the Indigenous Voices Award for Most Significant Work of Prose in English by an Emerging Indigenous Writer in 2018, was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature, and a 2017 Honour Book for the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling picture book, What’s My Superpower?


Taran Kootenhayoo

British Columbia

Taran Kootenhayoo, a Denesułįné and Nakoda Sioux actor, playwright, spoken-word poet, is from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. Taran currently pays rent in Vancouver on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. He has written and co-written over 6 plays since graduating from Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen program in 2015. He signed with Premiere Talent Management and is a member of Full Circle’s First Nation Performance Ensemble. He is honoured to be a part of this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest. 

Mariko Tamaki


Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator with Jillian Tamaki of Skim and of Caldecott and Printz Honor book This One Summer. Mariko also writes about superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Oakland, California.