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On the Line with Eve Joseph

The distinguished poet and writer Eve Joseph discusses her latest poetry collection, which received the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize, Quarrels (Anvil Press, 2019), writing, as well as her forthcoming appearances at the Vancouver Writers Fest this week, and more, with Joseph Planta.

5 Feminist Events at the Vancouver Writers Festival

Whether rigorous journalism or expansive fiction, literature can be a crucial tool in thinking through complicated political realities – and imagining new ones. The 100+ authors attending the Vancouver Writers Fest this from October 21-27, 2019, do just that. Here are five events for anyone interested in nuanced and unapologetically feminist conversations on today’s most pertinent stories.

Vernon house’s mysterious inhabitants turn out to be great fodder for novelist

As a kid Laisha Rosnau regularly walked by an old house on her way to downtown Vernon. While it wasn’t as scary as the Radley house that gave the Finch kids the shivers in To Kill a Mockingbird the Vernon house, however, was subject to its own rumours, some of them spooky. Many years later the occupants of that North Okanagan house are at the centre of Rosnau’s second novel Little Fortress.

‘Little Fortress’: A Family’s Journey from Noble Life in Rome to Seclusion in Vernon

The idea of women walling themselves away from the world and living in seclusion has deep cultural roots. From Grey Gardens to Miss Havisham, the images are of lonely, grief-stricken figures, often more than a little nutty.

In conversation with “Little Fortress” author Laisha Rosnau

Perhaps the decline of noble life in the early years of the 20th century seems an unusual setting to turn to for answers about our place in the current world, yet this unlikely territory is exactly where Laisha Rosnau’s second novel Little Fortress draws insight from.

Three Under The Radar Gems at this Years Writers Fest

While it’s often the big names that get all the buzz at the Vancouver Writers Festival (Margaret Atwood and Malcolm Gladwell have already made appearances in the past few weeks), the real joy often lies in uncovering a gem in one of the smaller venues where the ideas and proximity take on the life of their own. Here are three we think might fit that bill.

The ups and downs of sisterhood and self-discovery drive novel Dual Citizens

Being chosen as a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award, is an honour as well as a great piece of public relations as Vancouver-based author Alix Ohlin has noticed.

Laisha Rosnau explores the ties that bond in Little Fortress

It took nine years from conception to publication for Rosnau to complete Little Fortress, the author’s second novel, which follows the true story of the Caetanis, a family of Italian nobility who were driven out of their home by the rise of fascism and chose exile in the Okanagan Valley – and would end up living close by Rosnau’s family home even though the author was mainly unaware of this growing up.

Award-Winning Authors to Catch at the 2019 Vancouver Writers Festival

At this time of year, it can feel like there is a festival of one kind or another every weekend. Still, the Vancouver Writers Fest stands out. Thirty-two years in, the festival has retained a sense of continuity. It remains rooted on Granville Island, and Leslie Hurtig, in her second year as artistic director, is only the third to hold that position (after the long tenures of Hal Wake and Alma Lee, the festival’s founder).

The Farm: debut novel brings Filipina story deeper cultural ideas to life

If you haven’t read Joanne Ramos’ The Farm yet, you should. Even though the novel is her debut work, it’s taking the literary world by storm. Verging on dystopian, The Farm imagines a world not too different from our own, where lower class, marginalized women sign away their wombs — and a year of their life — to serve the wealthy upper classes.

Mariko Tamaki: Bleeding Edges of Queer History in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Mariko Tamaki will be coming to the Vancouver Writers Fest to talk love, do improv, and offer insights on the graphic novel-writing process. In the following interview, I ask her about her influences, the importance of intergenerational conversations in the queer community, and tips she would give to new and likeminded creators.

A guide to fall 2019 literary events with CBC

Love books? Love CBC? Here’s a list of literary events CBC journalists and hosts will be involved with this fall, organized by city.

Anna Mehler Paperny’s blunt memoir Hello I Want to Die breaks mental-health stigma

The name Anna Mehler Paperny will ring familiar to Canadian news junkies. She’s a prolific and award-winning journalist who has spent the past decade scooping stories for the Globe and Mail, Global News, and her current employer, Reuters, among others.

6 must-see international authors coming to Vancouver Writers Fest

As one of North America’s largest and most dynamic literary festivals, the Vancouver Writers Fest offers Vancouverites the rare opportunity to hear from today’s most prestigious and innovative writers.

Four Asian authors you won’t want to miss at the Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest brings a diverse group of talented authors from across the globe to Vancouver, where they delight audiences with discussions, readings and performances.

Vancouver Writers Fest dives into narratives about sex work, mental illness, belonging, and economic disparity

For the past 30 years, the Vancouver Writers Fest has been organizing award-winning storytellers, both local and international, to lead discussions on the world around us and the stories within us. This year, the festival will be occurring from October 21–27, with 120 authors speaking in various panels and discussing their written works.

Six VWF Events for the Writer in All of Us

Every year, more than 100 acclaimed authors attend the Vancouver Writers Fest—an electric, week-long whirlwind of today’s most pressing issues and exciting new books. Not only is it an opportunity celebrate talented wordsmiths, the festival holds space for people to learn and be inspired by writers—both emerging and established. For the writer in all of us, here are six events to check out from October 21-27.

Keep the season’s grey days at bay with bold graphic novels by Sarah Leavitt, Peter Ricq, Mariko Tamaki, and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Sometimes the thing you need to get you through a typically overcast autumn day in Vancouver is that perfectly balanced combo of words and images that only a graphic novel can deliver. Here are four suggestions, all written by Canadians (although one of them was drawn by a Brit), and all telling very different stories.

Vancouver Writers Fest celebrates Lee Maracle’s storied efforts to decolonize knowledge

Stories contain all knowledge, according to Sto:lo elder Lee Maracle. The performance artist, author, and activist returns to her hometown for the Vancouver Writers Fest to celebrate a lifetime of reclaiming and exalting Indigenous knowledge through storytelling.

Author and guest curator Tanya Talaga finds strength in storytelling at Vancouver Writers Fest

Tanya Talaga is guest-curating three events at the Vancouver Writers Fest—and one of them is not like the others.