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Lindsay Wong at Vancouver Writers Fest: "Would You Rather?"

Vancouver, BC Oct 18 08:00 pm

Lindsay Wong, author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest event "Would You Rather?"

Would you rather spend your Saturday night with Netflix or in the company of six of the funniest young writers Canada has to offer? We know what our answer is. Poet, Can’t Lit podcast host and widely applauded author of Don’t Tell Me What to Do Dina Del Bucchia delves into the inner lives of Uzma Jalaluddin (Ayesha At Last), Carrianne Leung (That Time I Loved You), Shazia Hafiz Ramji (Port of Being), Lindsay Wong (The Woo-Woo) and Beni Xiao (Bad Egg) during a fizzing, intimate evening that smacks more of your favourite cocktail hour than a traditional reading. A delightful cacophony of recent works, anecdotes and opinions, this evening will go faster than you can say “six hilarious writers.”

Presented in collaboration with Real Vancouver Writers’ Series.

Thursday, October 18, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Granville Island Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St, Vancouver

Kevin Chong at Vancouver Writers Fest: "Three Degrees from Normal"

Vancouver, BC Oct 19 10:00 am

Kevin Chong, author of the novel The Plague, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 19 at an event entitled "Three Degrees from Normal."

A North American metropolis held quarantine at gunpoint. A small town in the fields with cult-like behaviour. A remote Anishinaabe community faced with urban refugees. An adjacent land full of misfits. These places three-degrees-from-normal press us to ask questions of our own environment, zero in on the fragility of society, and probe what it means to be a good person in the face of isolation and disintegration. Kevin Chong (The Plague), Claudia Dey (Heartbreaker), Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow) and Rabindranath Maharaj (Adjacentland) are four deeply imaginative authors who can answer these fascinating queries—and how building fictional worlds can hold a mirror to our own.

Friday, October 19, 201810:00 AM - 11:30 AMWaterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, VancouverTickets: $20For more information, see the VWF website.

Amber Dawn at Vancouver Writers Fest: "Crossing Genres"

Vancouver, BC Oct 19 08:00 pm

Amber Dawn, Lambda Literary and Vancouver Book Award winner whose most recent novel is Sodom Road Exit, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 19 at an event entitled "Crossing Genres."

Some writers’ talents traverse form. Four of these unusual polymaths engage in a discussion about their work. Amber Dawn (Sodom Road Exit) is an award-winning writer and the co-artistic director of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Claudia Dey (Heartbreaker) wins accolades for her play- and novel-writing alike. Jaap Robben (You Have Me to Love) is a multidisciplinary author and artist revered in Europe. Jordan Tannahill is described by the Toronto Star as “one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, filmmakers and all-round multidisciplinary artists.” Do their stories always manifest in a particular medium, or does deciding how to use an idea come later? How does the evolution of their work in one area impact the others? Do they ever feel hindered by their cross-industry approach? Creativity runneth over during this intelligent conversation. Moderated by Shaena Lambert.

Friday, October 19, 2018
8:00 PM
Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
Tickets: $20

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Lindsay Wong at Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Things We Inherit"

Vancouver, BC Oct 20 10:30 am

Lindsay Wong, author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, appears at a Vancouver Writers Fest event entitled "The Things We Inherit."

The lives of our parents are an inextricable stream running through our own, whether we like it or not. This brook of memories may include psychological trauma or complex interactions or the physical burden of unwell aging. Most often, it includes profound love. Four writers from varied backgrounds share the insights offered in their beautifully balanced, and intricate yet raw, memoirs that speak to family history and the lifelong task of unburdening ourselves from a yoke of family secrets or grief. Peter Gajdics (The Inheritance of Shame), Elizabeth Hay (All Things Consoled), Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant) and Lindsay Wong (The Woo-Woo) speak to the catalyst of some of the deepest joy and deepest grief we know: our parents.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston St., Vancouver

Amber Dawn at Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Interviews with Amber Dawn"

Vancouver, BC Oct 20 02:00 pm

Amber Dawn, author of Sodom Road Exit, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest in an event entitled "The Interviews with Amber Dawn."

Three compelling authors showcase their new non-fiction works that, in different ways, focus on the need for acceptance and empathy in consecutive on-stage interviews with local author and teacher, Amber Dawn. Rupi Kaur writes, “it is a gift to dive into Vivek Shraya’s heart and mind.” The multidisciplinary trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy -- and how it continues to haunt her as a woman in I’m Afraid of Men. Daemon Fairless investigates the fear of men further with Mad Blood Stirring: an examination of where men’s violent impulses stem from. CBC White Coat, Black Art host, Dr. Brian Goldman, travelled the world to find the origins of kindness, as shared in The Power of Empathy.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Amber Dawn at Vancouver Writers Fest's "Literary Cabaret"

Vancouver, BC Oct 20 06:00 pm

Amber Dawn, Lambda Literary and Vancouver Book Award winner whose latest book is the novel Sodom Road Exit, appears at the Vancouver Writers Festival's "Literary Cabaret" on October 20.

It’s the first event to sell out each year, and for good reason. Acclaimed writers from across the globe collaborate live with some of the best jazz musicians in Vancouver, Sal Ferreras’s Poetic License. We’re repeating this favourite recipe in 2018—with a twist. Working with a local DJ, Fererras’s band will bring even more originality to each piece. Candlelit tables and wine service will add to your glow while listening to writers Amber Dawn (Sodom Road Exit), Aminatta Forna (Happiness), Emma Hooper (Our Homesick Songs), Sabrina Mahfouz (How You Might Know Me), Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow) and Vivek Shraya (I’m Afraid of Men). Multimedia collaborations of this quality don’t happen often. Come see what the fuss is about.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 PM
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets: $40

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Kevin Chong at the Vancouver Writers Fest: "The Sunday Brunch"

Vancouver, BC Oct 21 11:00 am

Kevin Chong, author of the novel The Plague, appears at the Vancouver Writers Fest at an event entitled "The Sunday Brunch."

What could be a more blissful way to spend a Sunday morning than sipping mimosas and eating freshly baked pastries with good friends? Why, listening to internationally acclaimed authors read to you live, of course. This year we offer another all-star collection of authors to provide musings with your muffins, including CanLit favourite Kevin Chong (The Plague), entrepreneur and food writer Jackie Kai Ellis (The Measure of My Powers), novelist Uzma Jalaluddin (Ayesha At Last), Booker nominee Deborah Levy (The Cost of Living), acerbic wit Maureen Medved (Black Star) and adventurous author Joanna Streetly (Wild Fierce Life). This year we introduce a new selection of light breakfast treats that include a vegetarian option.

Sunday, November 21, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets: $38

For more information, see the Vancouver Writers Fest website.

Vancouver launch of Gord Hill's The Antifa Comic Book

Vancouver, BC Oct 22 07:00 pm

Gord Hill launches his much anticipated new graphic title The Antifa Comic Book in Vancouver at Massy Books on October 22.

This is the third book by Gord, following the highly successful 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book and The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book. The new book, his first in full colour, documents the history of fascism and antifa movements over the past 100 years.

Monday, October 22, 2018
7:00pm
Massy Books
229 East Georgia St., Vancouver
A FREE EVENT
Books available for purchase and signing by the author

 

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Schulman at William Way LGBT Center

Philadelphia, PA Oct 24 07:00 pm

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from her new novel Sketchtasy at the William Way LGBT Center in Philadelphia on October 24. Mattilda will be joined by Sarah Schulman (Conflict Is Not Abuse), who will be reading from her new novel Maggie Terry (published by The Feminist Press).

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 PM
William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia
A FREE EVENT
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

 

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Schulman read at Politics and Prose

Washington, DC Oct 28 05:00 pm

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from her new novel Sketchtasy at Politics and Prose at Union Market in Washington, DC on October 28 alongside Sarah Schulman, author of Conflict Is Not Abuse, who is launching her new novel Maggie Terry (published by The Feminist Press).

Sketchtasy has received wide praise in advance of its publication, including from Sarah herself, who writes: "If Sketchtasy doesn't become a classic, we're doomed."

Sunday, October 28, 2018
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 5th St NE, Washington, DC
Books available for purchase and signing by the authors

For more information, see the Politics and Prose website.