5 must-see events at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct 22 – 27)

Night Film author Marisha Pessl. Photo credit: Deborah Lopez.

Night Film author Marisha Pessl. Photo credit: Deborah Lopez.

The day after the Oct 10 announcement of Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize for Literature win, it seems appropriate to take a look at writers and writing and, especially, the Vancouver Writers Festival.

This year, the fest takes place as it always does at various locations around Granville Island. There are day-time events suitable for different age groups, some night-time fun for the adults and lots to interest book lovers and book readers. And while Alice Munro – the first Canadian woman to win the prize – won’t be there in the flesh, she will no doubt be there in spirt.

Grand Openings: The Alma Lee Opening Night Event (Oct 22, 8 p.m. at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.) – Authors include Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden (The Orenda), New Zealander Eleanor Catton, Iranian author Sahar Delijani and Italy’s Viola Di Grado. Also appearing: American writer Rachel Kushner, whose novel The Flamethrowers is receiving rave reviews, and thriller author Andrew Pyper. His latest is The Demonologist. TIckets: $26.

Freedom Lost, Purpose Found (Oct 23, 8 p.m. at the Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St.)- In 2008, Canadian Amanda Lindhout was abducted by Somalian soldiers. She survived rape, torture and 460 days in captivity. She’ll talk about these events, and how she transformed them into her memoir A House in the Sky, in a conversation with the Vancouver Sun’s Denise Ryan. Tickets: $19.

Up All Night (Oct 23, 9 p.m. at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.) – The power of story comes under analysis in this panel featuring legal thriller writer Scott Turow and Marisha Pessl. The latter is the author of a new novel, Night Film, which has been billed as “a literary mystery that’s also a page-turner.” Tickets: $19.

In Performance (Oct. 23, 9 p.m. at Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St.) – Two local musicians with a literary bent share music and stories. For his show Allegheny, BC, Rodney DeCroo mines his childhood in Pennsylvania, while Corin Raymond presents Bookworm, his meditation on childhood, his father and the joys of reading. Tickets: $26.

An Hour With Douglas Coupland (Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St.) – Vancouver writer/artist/designer Douglas Coupland’s literary career was launched with the publication, in 1991, of Generation X. His latest novel, Worst. Person. Ever., might also be his most controversial. Tickets: $19.

For tickets to events visit vancouvertix.com

For more info on VWF visit writersfest.bc.ca

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