The Literary Cabaret

Host: Sal Ferreras

Event Number: 72
Tickets: $45.00

Youth under 30: $15.00


The Literary Cabaret

Saturday, Oct 26
Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street

One of the first events on the Writers Fest roster to sell out every year, The Literary Cabaret is a highly original coalescence of author readings and improvised jazz. There’s no better time to savour the heady atmosphere of the LitCab than now, as Poetic License and their multi-talented, extraordinary bandleader Sal Ferreras take to the stage with six celebrated authors for their final gig at the Vancouver Writers Fest. Hear their interpretations of works by Ivan Coyote (Rebent Sinner), Cherie Dimaline (Empire of Wild), Tom Lanoye (Slaves to Fortune), Sean Michaels (The Wagers), Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain), and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots).

Event Participants:

Ivan Coyote

British Columbia

Ivan Coyote is the author, co-author or co-editor of twelve books, including Tomboy Survival Guide, shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book and longlisted for Canada Reads in 2018. They are also the creator of four short films, three albums that combine storytelling with music, and six full-length theatre productions. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Ivan lives in Vancouver, and Whitehorse, Yukon. Their new book, Rebent Sinner, is out from Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2019.

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.

Tom Lanoye


Tom Lanoye is an award-winning Belgian novelist, poet, playwright and stage performer. He is the author of more than fifty works of poetry, drama, and fiction, and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. His bestseller Speechless was awarded several major awards and has been adapted for screen in 2017. Lanoye has won many prestigious European literary prizes. When not on stage, Lanoye lives in Antwerp and Cape Town.,@TomLanoye

Sean Michaels


Sean Michaels is a novelist, short story writer and critic. Born in Stirling, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, he eventually settled in Montreal, where he founded the pioneering music blog Said the Gramophone in 2003. In 2014, Michaels received the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel, Us Conductors. His second book, a heist novel called The Wagers, will be published in September. He enjoys cold water, warm madeleines, and songs with colours in their titles., @stgramophone


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

Bindu Suresh


Bindu Suresh, a former journalist and current paediatrician, is the author of short stories that have appeared in various literary publications. She studied literature at Columbia University and medicine at McGill University. Born in Wales, she grew up in Canada and has spent equal parts of her life in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal.