To celebrate our 25th anniversary, the Vancouver Writers Fest commissioned an original short story by the beloved Alistair Macleod. It was called Remembrance and was published in a limited-edition chapbook form. We are carrying on that tradition in this 30th year, with a story by the celebrated, homegrown literary luminary Madeleine Thien, “Hiroshige Takes the Skytrain.” Every copy of this limited edition chapbook is signed by the author and will be shipped directly to you.
About “Hiroshige Takes the SkyTrain”: In present-day Vancouver, a woman who grew up here but left many years ago steps inside the SkyTrain at the 29th Avenue station – and is transported, not only through the landscape, with its floating mountains and grids of trees and houses, but through time and layers of memory that both cloak and reveal the ever-shifting city. From one of our finest writers comes a gorgeous literary homage to the great Japanese artist, Hiroshige. Here is a haunting glimpse of a mother, a daughter, love lost and perhaps found, and the poignant, astonishing worlds within worlds that exist in each moment and metre of an elusive city’s span.
About the author: Madeleine Thien’s novel Do No Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. She is the co-editor, with Catherine Leroux, of a special edition of Granta magazine focused on contemporary Canadian writing.