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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
The main festival day takes place at Library Square, located at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Enjoy free readings, panel discussions, and live performances. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors will also gather to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!
Alma VanDusen Room| The Community Writers Stage |The CUPE Stage |The Speakers Salon (Blenz) | Sunrise Suite (South Plaza) |Suspension Bridge | Imagination Island | The Quay | Workshops, Panels and Demos
Alma VanDusen Room
11:00 am The Collective Voice Personal and Cultural Heritage
Andrea Warner – Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography (Greystone Books), Darrel J. McLeod – Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre), Daniel Marshall – Claiming the Land (Ronsdale Press)
12:10 pm The Journey
Vikram Vij – Vij: A Chef’s One-Way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in His Suitcase (Penguin Random House), Henry Tanaka – Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and Their Families (Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre)
1:20 pm The Planet Earth and Everything on It
Ian Hanington – Just Cool It: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do (Greystone
Books), Renée Sarojini Saklikar and Mark L. Winston – Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions), Geoff Dembicki – Are We Screwed?: How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change (Raincoast Books)
2:30 pm Stories of Murder and Beyond
Lorimer Shenher – That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away (Greystone Books), Carys Cragg – Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the
Man Who Murdered My Father (Arsenal Pulp Press), Claire Sicherman – Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation (Caitlin Press)
3:40 pm The Collective Voice
Sara Graefe – Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories (Caitlin Press), Renée Sarojini Saklikar – Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), Jianna Faner & Abeer Yusuf – Whenever I Find Myself, Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women (Caitlin Press)
The Community Writers Stage
Pandora’s Collective: Daniela Elza – milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press), Heidi Greco – Practical Anxiety (Inanna Publications), Heidi Greco (Editor) – Heart of it All: Ten Years of Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Otter Press), contributors to present
The Federation of BC Writers: Cynthia Sharp – Rainforest in Russet (Silver Bow Publishing), Rob Taylor – “Oh Not So Great”: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press), Trevor Carolan – New World Dharma (SUNY Press) and Marlowe Ferris (Guitar and Vocals) – University of the Fraser Valley College of Arts
Writing Group from Kwantlen University: Geoffrey Nilson – in my ear continuously like a stream (above/ground press), Angela Rebec, Winston Le
The Maynard: Online Poetry Journal Celebrating 10th Year with Leena Niemela, Ram Randhawa, Annie Ross, Surya Govender
Dead Poets Reading Series: Rob Taylor – “Oh Not So Great”: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press), Diane Tucker – Bonsai Love (Harbour Publishing), Isabella Wang
Royal City Literary Arts Society: Alan Hill – The Narrow Road to the Far West (Silver Bow Publishing), Nasreen Pejvack – Paradise of the Downcasts (Rutherford Press), Lozan Yamolky –Counting Waves (Silver Bow Publishing)
The CUPE Stage
The Speakers Salon (Blenz)
The Georgia Straight: Freelancing Tips or What Catches Our Eye with Charlie
Presented by Georgia Straight
What is a Literary Makerspace: Text and Art with Candie Tanaka
Presented by ICOAAT (International Centre of Arts and Technology)
North Shore News with Peter Kvarnstrom
Presented by North Shore News
Panel: Young Adult Novels, Blurring the Lines: Complex Women in Young Adult Fiction with Eileen Cook – With Malice, Hanging Girl (Raincoast Books), Lianne Oelke – Nice Try, Jane Sinner (Raincoast Books), Arushi Raina – When Morning Comes (Tradewind Books)
Back to Print: Ricepaper’s Journey to the Digital Age and Back Again with William
Tham, Senior Editor
Presented by Ricepaper Magazine
BeatRoute: Why We Have an Obligation to Keep Print Alive with Yasmine
Presented by BeatRoute Magazine
Editing an Online Poetry Journal with Jami Macarty, Co-Founder & Editor of The Maynard
Presented by The Maynard
Sunrise Suite (South Plaza)
Sponsored by Yosef Wosk
Traditional Blessing by Christie Charles
Al Rempel – Undiscovered Country (Mothertongue Publishing), Jude Neale – Cantata in Two Voices (Ekstasis Editions), Sita Gala, Leanne Boschman – Precipitous Signs: A Rain Journal (Leaf
Produced by Poet and Novelist Roger R. Blenman and !Kona: World Poetry Presents: Other/Self Images: A Black lens on masculinity and femininity.
Presented by World Poetry
2:20 pm Poetry in Transit
Susan Alexander – The Dance Floor Tilts (Thistledown Press), Aidan Chafe – Short History of Light (McGill-Queen’s University Press), Linda Crosfield – Refugium (Caitlin Press), Leef Evans – Sustenance (Anvil Press), Emily Nilsen – Otolith (Goose Lane Editions), David Zieroth – the bridge from day to night (Harbour Publishing)
4:30 pm Poetry Youth Slam
Colin Brodt and Anjalica Solomon
12:10 pm Questions of Identity
Ethel Whitty – The Light A Body Radiates (Caitlin Press), Carissa Halton – Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighborhood (The University of Alberta Press)
1:20 pm Another Taste of Poetry
Barbara Pelman – Narrow Bridge (Ronsdale Press), Edward Byrne – Duets (Talonbooks), Rob Taylor – “Oh Not So Great”: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press)
3:45 pm When Things Fall Apart
Maureen Medved – Black Star(Anvil Press), Brett Josef Grubisic – Oldness, Or The Last-Ditch Efforts of Marcus O (Now or Never Publishing), Gillian Wigmore – Glory (Invisible Publishing)
Join the staff and volunteers of Christianne’s Lyceum (Vancouver’s amazing community-based literature and art centre) to enjoy some word activities for the entire family. Create your own mini books (we provide the pictures, you provide the words), participate in our literary ring toss or play a game of Zip-It’s to win fabulous prizes, or leave your wish on our wishing wall. Books and art projects? Our two favourite things!
The Quay (South Plaza)
1:20 pm Storytelling with Drag Queens for Kids
Join us for an exciting glamourous daytime event as Drag Performers read from their favourite picture books at Word Vancouver.Featuring the wonderful Gay Sha, Tommi Horror and Maiden China reading to kids. All to support gender diversity and literacy in a fun inclusive environment.
2:30 pm Midgrade 9-14
Brooke Carter – Lucky Break (Orca Press), Melanie Jackson – Medusa’s Scream (Orca Press), Johanna Wagstaffe – Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes (Orca Press)
3:40 pm Young Adult 15+
Shelley Hrdlitschka – Lost Boy (Orca Press), Darren Groth – Infinite Blue (Orca Press), Raziel Reid – Kens (Penguin Random House), Rachel Hartman – Tess of the Road (Penguin Random House)
Workshops, Panels and Demos
Downstairs in the Atrium
All day by appointment
Mini-Manuscript Consults SFU Writers Studio
11:00 am Workshop: Pandora’s Collective Word Whips Writing with Fran Bourassa
Fill in the Blank Poetry: Good for all ages, create your very own poem.
Presented by Pandora’s Collective
11:45 am Workshop: Writing from The Heart with Lara Varesi, president of The Burnaby Writers Association.
Lara will be giving writing prompts for poetic inspiration around the impact of childhood memories on our adult selves.
Presented by The Burnaby Writers Association
12:30 pm Workshop: A Writing Session with Jami Macarty, The Maynard Editor.
In this all-genre, generative writing session, we’ll use questions as prompts to recall fugitive memories.
Presented by The Maynard
1:15 pm Workshop: The Dead Poets with Kevin Spenst
Come and write in response to the poets of the past whose work lives alongside us. Kevin Spenst will be reading from poets who’ve been read at the Dead Poets Reading Series.
Presented by The Dead Poets Reading Series
2:00 pm Workshop: Writing Prompts – Stop Making Sense with Laura Farina
Prompts design to loosen you up, let go and discover the strange and beautiful associations your unique brain makes.
Presented by Community Writers
2:45 pm Workshop: The Federation of BC Writers with Rob Taylor
Associative Leaps: Prompts designed to help you draw surprising connections and create unexpected images in your writing.
Presented by The Federation of BC Writers
3:30 pm Workshop: Humour in Memoir with Shannon Rayne.
A fun and playful workshop designed to explore the humour and absurdity in our lives.
4:30 pm Workshop: The Mysteries of Time with Daniela Elza.
The Mysteries of Time, its passing and what it leaves behind.
Presented by Pandora’s Collective
Peter Kaye Room
11:00 am Panel: Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society on their Successful Journeys and Challenges
Moderator: Linda DeMeulemeester. Lee Edward, Kathryn Shoemaker, Mark David Smith, Suzanne de Montigny, Melanie Jackson, Jane Whittingham, G.R. Ludlow
Presented by CWILL BC
12:05 pm Panel: Crime Writers of Canada: Differences and Similarities Between True Crime and Crime Fiction
Moderator: Cathy Ace. Dave Butler, Eileen Cook, Elizabeth Elwood, Eve Lazarus, Kathy Matak
Presented by Crime Writers of Canada
1:10 pm Panel: Overcoming Writer’s Block
Moderator: JJ Lee. Joanne Arnott, Shashi Bhat, Wayde Compton,
What do you do when you’re stuck in front of a blank page? Aimed at writers of all levels and genres, this panel discussion will provide ideas, anecdotes and exercises to equip writers with strategies to start writing and keep writing.
Presented by EVENT Magazine
2:20 pm Panel: #WriteSocial: The Writing Practice on Social Media
Moderator: Lindsay Kwan. Jennifer Zilm, Taryn Hubbard, Kevin Spenst
Presented by Lindsay Kwan
3:25 pm Talk: Michael Kluckner’s The Agony & The Ecstasy: 35 Years as a BC Author Presented by The Canadian Authors Association
Michael Kluckner’s career as a working author and artist began in the 1980s with robust sales, big royalties, prizes and great reviews, and proceeded into the chain store and Internet era with declining sales, pitiful royalties, and a revolving door of publishers. This entertaining presentation offers both a rueful reflection on the book industry and some solid advice for authors to move forward with their egos intact.
4:30 pm Talk: Graphic Novels: Writing Them with Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules, Raincoast Books)
Presented by Raincoast Books
The Promenade Inside the Building
Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (P20-21)
Lettering and Bookmarks
Westcoast Calligraphy Society (P14)