BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
The Funk Hunters Distil A Decade of Festival Flavours into Debut Album

The Funk Hunters Distil A Decade of Festival Flavours into Debut Album

By Prachi Kamble VANCOUVER – Christmas is hardly the time to retire your turn-up gear. British Columbia’s world class EDM…

Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Beatroute had the chance to catch up with singer xvromarhellip
  • The December 2017 issue of BeatRoute featuring vicmensa and ourhellip
  • Meet Rudolf Penner Vancouverite artist activist musician and person whoshellip
  • Forever riding that wave of mutilation BeatRoute editor Johnny Papanhellip
  • PREMIERE! We are excited to present the brand new Peachhellip
  • A Steve Louie With A View brasstronaut
  • Vic Mensa is currently on tour with JAYZ in supporthellip
  • Don we now our cowboy apparel! Fa la la lahellip
  • Looking forward to our Christmas party that we are hostinghellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

High-profile authors make this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest a creative feast

Tuesday 18th, October 2016 / 10:58
By Prachi Kamble
Photo: Abhi Sharma

Photo: Abhi Sharma

VANCOUVER — Every year, Hal Wake and his hard-working, literature-loving team bring the crème de la crème of the publishing world to the Vancouver Writers Fest. This Autumnal culture staple has nourished the city’s literary community for 29 wonderful years. This year, from October 17 to the 23, on Granville Island and at the Playhouse, prepare to attend a scintillating series of events that will curate some of the most creative names in the industry including M.G. Vassanji, Sharon Olds, Yann Martel and Yaa Gyasi. “There is something for everybody this year,” artistic director Wake assures. “There is politics, humour, non-fiction, fiction, poetry and graphic novels!”

Sharon Olds. Photo: Brett Hall Jones

Sharon Olds.
Photo: Brett Hall Jones

The Writers Fest is getting quite the reputation among writers around the world, as is evident in its list of participating authors, which gets increasingly more glamorous and longer with every year. “When I talk to writers from other countries about why they decide to come to our festival, it’s often because they talked to other writers who had participated earlier, and who told them that ‘if you’re going somewhere, you should go to Vancouver!’” says Wake. “It could be because of our volunteers who look after every need the writers have. Or because of our audiences who have so much enthusiasm and energy. Who read the books and ask smart questions. That means an incredible lot to writers who have put their heart and soul into their books.” It’s no secret — writers love Vancouver and not just for its mountains and ocean.

Wake’s team spends a good year getting amazing writers to attend through via busy publicists. They then plan events and readings around the writers’ availabilities which finally precipitates into rich and topical themes for discussion. This year, there happens to be a lot of dystopian novels that look at how our present social systems might not serve us well into the near future. “The six Giller Prize shortlisted writers will open the festival on October the 17th, which will be a big event,” reveals Wake. “One of those writers will walk away with a prize that will change their writing career forever.” Among them is Madeleine Thien who is also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Carnegie Medal in the US for her book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Another interesting participant is University of Victoria professor Genevieve von Petzinger, who will discuss her studies on consistent symbols she found at cave painting sites in the remotest parts of the world.

Madeleine Thien. Photo: Babak Salari

Madeleine Thien.
Photo: Babak Salari

Another Canadian writer who has been creating immense buzz, especially in the Australian and New Zealand literary circuit, is Ivan Coyote. His new work, Tomboy Survival Guide, deals with struggling with questions of identity whilst growing up in the Yukon. Coyote will be performing with a live band to keep things interesting, as will all the writers performing at the Literary Cabaret (all sold out, not surprisingly). More musical performances are on the menu after the festival is over, including none other than Elvis Costello himself, and The Band songwriter and guitarist, Robbie Robertson.

With so much gorgeous literary goodness at the Writers Fest, how are we to make our decisions about which events to attend? Well, Wake has some smart tips for the savvy festival-goer. “I would recommend consulting the program guide which is physically available all over town, as well as online,” he says. “Look at the issues and subjects you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid if you don’t recognize any names. All the writers are going to be thoughtful, articulate, and entertaining. Go with the ideas that interest you and you won’t go wrong!”

The Vancouver Writers Fest runs from October 17 – 23 at various locations.

, , , , , , , , , , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Ad

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Check out the review of OCSs Memory of A Cuthellip
  • Our beautiful December issue is on the streets now! Ourhellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 23  Were throwing our first ever Edmontonhellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 33  Our annual holiday party at ThePalominohellip
  • A lot of inspiration was taken from vintage hotography withhellip
  • Were the kids in America woahoh! Hey are you athellip
  • Check out our review of Femme Wave Fest up onhellip
  • The amazing Ellen Doty is partnering with Monogram Coffee tohellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 13  Crystal Eyes Child Actress and WITShellip
Ad
Ad