Tickets on Sale for Miriam Toews, Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin Special Events

The Vancouver Writers Fest announces three Special Events this fall featuring some of the biggest names in fiction: Miriam Toews, Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin

Spend an evening with internationally celebrated, award-winning author Miriam Toews, in conversation with author Jen Sookfong Lee about her inspiration, the power of the past and her latest novel, Women Talking.

The author of five previous bestselling novels, including All My Puny Sorrows, A Boy of Good Breeding, and A Complicated Kindness, Miriam Toews has delighted audiences around the world for more than twenty years with her poignant and personal writing.

In her compelling new novel, eight women make a life-changing decision that will affect all of the women in their small Mennonite community. Acerbic, funny, tender, sorrowful and wise, Women Talking is a transformative and necessary work about women—and men—in our contemporary world that is already on The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail summer reads list.

Come out and hear one of Canada’s most beloved writers speak openly about her new and timely work.


From the international bestselling and award-winning Kate Atkinson comes Transcription, a new novel that explores the repercussions of one young woman’s espionage work during World War II. Kate Atkinson will speak about her latest work, her inspiration and her career to date.

The winner of the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Prize for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, British author Kate Atkinson is a master of many genres. Her detective novels became a BBC television series, Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Heralded as an exceptional writer for her emotional delicacy, Atkinson’s work evokes reflection, passion and intrigue.

Her latest novel, Transcription, tells the story of Juliet Armstrong, who is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the secret service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of her idealism. This is a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance that questions what it means to follow orders

Can’t wait until September? You can read the opening chapter of Transcription online here.


Join us for an evening with the witty and visionary Ian Rankin who captivates readers with his bestselling Detective John Rebus novels. In conversation with crime aficionado Jerry Wasserman, Rankin will discuss his works to date—and this latest novel, In a House of Lies.

A master of the crime-thriller genre, Ian Rankin has gripped readers with his stories for more than thirty years. Since the first Rebus detective novel was published in 1987, the series has been translated into 36 languages and continues to include cross-border bestsellers. A contributor to BBC2’s Newsnight Review, Rankin also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts.

In the latest mystery in the John Rebus series, the ex-DI returns alongside series stalwart Detective Siobhan Clarke in a case that will dredge up the secrets of the past and disrupt an even murkier present.

Always an audience favourite for his humour and charm, Ian Rankin is sure to delight as he returns to Vancouver for this candid conversation.




Lauren Dembicky