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Irish icon set to chat in Vancouver Writers Fest online event

In Roddy Doyle’s latest novel, Love, two old friends spend a summer’s night drinking and soul searching. They begin the journey over dinner in a restaurant but soon hit the pavement and pubs of Dublin. With each pint there are further nods to nostalgia and discussions of current concerns. The pair has a four-decade history of which they don’t always agree upon. But with each barstool sat upon they get closer to the truth and each other.

Vancouver Writers Fest announces lineup for its newly digital 2020 edition

Today, the Vancouver Writers Fest revealed a roster of more than 65 authors, poets, and spoken-word artists slated to appear at this year’s COVID-modified edition of the city’s biggest annual literary event.

Vancouver Writers Fest looks to create intimacy at a smaller fall festival

The Vancouver Writers Fest might look a little different this fall as it moves online, but artistic director Leslie Hurtig and her programming team hope to retain some of the intimate energy that comes from sharing a physical space with visiting authors and literary fans.

Vancouver Writers Fest moves to online for fall event

It seems these days we should call this section of the newspaper the festival update list.

This time out it is the Vancouver Writers Fest that has officially announced it is moving online for its Oct. 19-25 event.

Vancouver Writers Fest announces it will go digital this fall

Like other local arts festivals—indeed, like any other gathering of humans anywhere in the world right now—the Vancouver Writers Fest has been busy reimagining itself in response to COVID-19.

The father of cyberpunk shares insights on 2020 and what he thinks about his predictions from decades ago

Author William Gibson speaks with Stephen Quinn about his new book Agency and how human nature continues on its path regardless of alternative realities.

Imagining the Future with William Gibson

Agency, released in December, is the second in a planned trilogy that began with The Peripheral.

It’s classic Gibson, a twinned tale of the recent past and the far-distant future, filled to the rafters with arcana of every stripe — cool gizmos, armoured drones, sexbots — as well as things more immediately recognizable, like failed relationships and parental guilt.

Why Not Hang Out with William Gibson This Weekend?

We guess the Vancouver Writers Fest organizers were having too much fun at their annual hoopla to keep the reading and writing and mingling contained to one week in October, because the calendar this year has been peppered with VWF-hosted events.

Desmond Cole’s new book The Skin We’re In exposes Canadian complacency about racist violence

Canada likes to think it’s past the whole nasty business of race, and takes some satisfaction in tut-tutting quietly to itself when the subject of racism in other parts of the world comes up. But Desmond Cole’s piercing new book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, wants to show this complacency to be a mask for fundamental patterns of racist abuse throughout the country.

I Don’t Care if You’re Racist. I Care if You’re Hurting Me.

Desmond Cole’s The Skin We’re In tracks one year of injustice against Black Canadians and the white supremacist system that made it possible. A Tyee Q&A.

Lindy West comes north for Vancouver Writers Fest event

Lindy West will join podcaster Hannah McGregor, an assistant professor of publishing at Simon Fraser University and host of the Secret Feminist Agenda podcast, for a Vancouver Writers Fest event Dec. 3 at the Vogue Theatre.

Tanya Talaga Speaks with a Collective Voice

Tanya Talaga is generous: with her time, with her words, and with her breakfast. “Seriously, please take them. I am so not a potato person,” she says, holding out her plate at Vancouver’s Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island. It’s a big morning for the Toronto-based Anishinaabe reporter and author—it’s the day of the federal election and she has a story to file for the Toronto Star on Jody Wilson-Raybould; it is also the first day of the Vancouver Writers Fest, for which she is guest curator this year.

Author Wu Ming-Yi explores many facets of Taiwanese identity in The Stolen Bicycle

A search for a stolen bicycle may simply be a hunt for a lost object, or it could be seen as an allegory of the 400-year history of colonialism in Taiwan. The author of The Stolen Bicycle, which was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2018, tells the Straight by phone from his home in Taipei that he wants readers to make up their own mind. Wu Ming-Yi is not interested in controlling how they interpret his book.

Seven Fallen Feathers author Tanya Talaga shares her 6 favourite books

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Toronto. All Our Relationsthe book companion to her 2018 CBC Massey Lectures, is an eye-opening look at the suicide epidemic in Indigenous communities. It’s one of five books nominated for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The winner will be announced on Nov. 5, 2019.

Of course Bob McDonald wanted to be an astronaut

If you are a CBC Radio listener you will surely recognize the name and the voice of Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald. The host of the show since 1992, McDonald is also the go to science guy for CBC News Network and The National. He’s won awards and has an asteroid named after him. And now he has a new book.

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book looks at how we talk to strangers

Thanks to the circus-like atmosphere of American politics, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell admits he pines a little for his old job as a Washington Post reporter.

B.C. Author’s Ode to Italian Masterpiece Nominated for Giller Prize

There probably isn’t a major artist who doesn’t know this story: you’re, at best, appreciated during the struggle of life, and then loved and hailed a genius after the cold embrace of death.

Maude Barlow on Taking Back Our Right to Water

More than a decade ago, Maude Barlow sounded the warning bell on the war over water. When Blue Gold: World Water Wars screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2008, I remember being stunned by the scale of the crisis documented in the film. A lot has changed in the previous decade, a great deal of it for the worse.

Emma Donoghue shares her favourite books

Emma Donoghue is one of Canada’s most successful writers. The film version of her novel Room was a regular on the awards circuit, with an Academy Award win for actress Brie Larson and an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay for Emma Donoghue.

4 Vancouver Writers Fest 2019 Events that Literature Lovers Should Not Miss

Founded in 1988, the Vancouver Writers Fest (October 21 to 27, 2019) offers a way into the world of contemporary writing in Canada. Located on Granville Island and thoughtfully put together each fall, the festival features authors from Canada and abroad. This event is a way for literature lovers of all kinds to get close to innovative writing and keep up with what’s hip.