The Vancouver Writers Fest starts today and Raincoast has FOUR authors attending this year.
Annie Barrows, beloved author of the fabulously successful Ivy + Bean books, will be introducing the latest installment in the series, Ivy + Bean Take the Case, on Thursday October 24 at Performance Works, between 10am and 11am.
Tickets for the event, suitable for grades 1-4, are $17 or $8.50 for school groups.
For one night only, author and New Yorker staff writer George Packer will be talking about his critically acclaimed new book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
Described by the New York Times as "something close to a nonfiction masterpiece," The Unwinding is surely one of the 'must-read' books of 2013. Packer's sole Canadian appearance this year is not to be missed.
The event starts at 8pm on Thursday October 24th at the Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC. Tickets are $19.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon—whose most recent collection of poem is called The Word on the Street—is involved in a number of events during the festival.
On Friday, October 25, he will be taking part in Found in Translation, a panel with translator Susanna Basso and author/translator Wayne Grady in Studio 1398. The event starts at 1:00pm, and tickets are $17.
On Saturday October 26, Paul will be in conversation with John Freeman in the Waterfront Theatre. The event starts at 2pm, and tickets are $17.
Later on that evening, Muldoon will be joining Anne Carson, Brad Cran, Michael Crummey, Mathew Henderson, and Anne Michaels for the sold-out Poetry Bash, starting at 8pm at Performance Works.
In addition to his conversation with Paul Muldoon on Saturday, writer and critic John Freeman will be discussing his illuminating new book, How to Read a Novelist, with festival director Hal Wake on Sunday, October 27 at the Improv Centre.
The one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta, Freeman has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed scores of writers. In How to Read a Novelist, he pulls together his best profiles, and shares what he's learned.
The event begins at 2:00pm, and tickets are $17.
If you can't make it to Oakville this evening, novelist, blogger and activist (and all-round nice guy) Cory Doctorow has a string of other Canadian events to promote Pirate Cinema and Rapture of the Nerds (co-authored with Charlie Stross) this fall.
Tomorrow night he will be at Bakka Books in Toronto. Then he's off to the US for a few weeks, but he's back in Canada in mid-October for events in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto (again!). The man just does not stop working!
Here's a list of Cory's upcoming Canada appearances:
- Sep 27 Bakka Books, Toronto at 7pm
- Oct 19 Pages Workshop, Edmonton Public Library (registration required)
- Oct 20 In Conversation with William Gibson, Vancouver International Writers Festival 2pm (Tickets available from VIWF)
- Oct 20 "What if?" panel with Margaret Atwood and Pasha Malla, Vancouver International Festival 5pm (Tickets available from VIWF)
- Oct 21 Reading at West Point Grey United Church with Vancouver Kidsbooks, 7pm
- Oct 22 Reading at Bolen Books, Victoria, 7pm
- Oct 25 Reading, International Festival of Authors, Toronto, 8pm (Tickets available from IFOA)
- Oct 26 In conversation with China Miéville, International Festival of Authors, 8pm (Tickets available from IFOA)
Who is your favourite Vancouver author?
Bill Richardson. His Waiting for Gertrude was given to me by my wife on our first date, and I adore it. I recently saw him at the Vancouver International Writers Festival where he interviewed Sarah Waters—so charming and witty!!
Where's the best place for coffee?
There is so much great coffee in Vancouver! If I'm right downtown, I always try to hit Caffe Artigiano. If I'm on Main, I stop in at Bean Around the World—amazing coffee and some scrumptious carrot cake!!!
What's your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary recently at the new Pourhouse in Gastown. We went on a week night, so it wasn't super crowded. The atmosphere is quite intimate and the food is amazing. I can see on the weekend how it might get a little rowdier, but our time there was very romantic.
What's your favourite bar?
Well, I am currently reading a great book on forgotten cocktails, so I've been seeking out bars that make drinks from forgotten recipes and ingredients. I've been spending some time at Voya recently, enjoying their unusual potables.
Where do you plan to watch the Olympics?
I live across the street from False Creek where the Athlete's Village, Sochi 2014 House, Molson Hockey House, several provincial pavilions and BC Place are all located. So, I'll be able to do some amazing people watching from my balcony. For sporting events, I'll either be relying on the big screen at home, or wandering to one of the free venues downtown where they will have screens - maybe for the bigger games (like if we make the gold medal round
in hockey!) There is a great list of free events and venues at City Caucus.
In what promises to be one of the highlights of this year's Vancouver International Writers Festival, Canadian cartoonist Seth will be in conversation with author Douglas Coupland on Friday, October 23 8:00 pm at the Waterfront Theatre.
Tickets, which go sale Friday, September 11, 2009, are $18 and are available from the VIWF box office.
I would get your in there early if I were you!
In the meantime, The Daily Cross Hatch have posted a great 3-part chat with Seth.
I wanted George to be someone who was in the public eye, but obviously not a genuine celebrity, because then you'd have to deal with the problems of real celebrity in the story. It's not a story about fame, because that's too easy. But George's limited fame is an essential ingredient. It's a story about things falling away with time. That minor fame of his simply gave me another element of his life to fall away.