Bring Your Book: Three Vancouver Authors Share their Favourite Places in the City to Read

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A glass skyline that reflects vibrant summer sunsets, moody forests of damp mist after a winter rainfall, a medley of languages that pass by on city sidewalks, and neighbourhoods of coffee shops, used book stores, produce markets and theatre all just a walk away from the water’s edge; Vancouver has many places that inspire stories. And many authors who have been inspired to write here.

We asked four Vancouver authors from the Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2017 list where their favorite places in the city to read are, and here’s what they said:

 

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Bring Your Book: Three Vancouver Authors Share their Favourite Places in the City to Read

Four Amazing Books by Queer Vancouver Authors That Make Great Holiday Gifts

By Casey Stepaniuk

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, why not let your loved ones delve into imaginative and heartfelt stories by Vancouver queer and/or trans authors? For unique perspectives from this coastal city, here are four great options:

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Four Amazing Books by Queer Vancouver Authors That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tom Perrotta. Ben King photo courtesy HBO.

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 16-22) is less than two weeks away, and some events are already sold out.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of events left that still have tickets available. Here are five we think are worth checking out, including a discussion about satire, another about what it’s like to be strangers in a strange (and getting stranger by the minute) land, and a chat about the art of memoir. (Note: most Vancouver Writers Festival events take place on Granville Island.)

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Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

By Casey Stepaniuk

This is a bittersweet post for me to write, as it’s about the last installment of one of my absolute favourite Vancouver events. Reverb is a queer reading series that has been running for 4 ½ years and this spring’s event is their final one! Hosted and curated by two local queer writers Leah Horlick and Esther McPhee, Reverb is obviously a labour of love. In its own words, Reverb is “an anti-oppressive, reading series for queer writers on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land in Vancouver.” Over the years Reverb has featured a plethora of amazing local and visiting writers, some emerging and others well-established, such as Listen Chen, Amber Dawn, Daniel Heath Justice, RJ Edwards, Hasan Namir, Cecily Nicholson, Vivek Shraya, Jen Sung, Hiromi Goto, Pragya Esh, Lucas Crawford, Antonette Rea, Christina Cooke, Larissa Lai, and SO MANY MORE.

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Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

Five LGBTQ+ Vancouver Fiction Authors You Should Know

Ivan Coyote / Image via cbc.ca

Ivan Coyote / Image via cbc.ca

By Casey Stepaniuk

A few weeks ago we brought you Three New Queer Vancouver Writers. The five Vancouver authors featured in this post are well-established pros from here in Vancouver who have made their mark across Canada and internationally.

The title says it all: these are writers whose work you can’t miss.

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Five LGBTQ+ Vancouver Fiction Authors You Should Know

Man Booker Prize winner makes an additional appearance at Vancouver Writers Festival

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The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, will make an additional appearance at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

Both of the previously-scheduled events with Marlon James have sold out. But yesterday it was announced at the festival’s opening party that the Jamaican-born author of A Brief History of Seven Killings will sign books tomorrow (Thursday) on Granville Island.

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Man Booker Prize winner makes an additional appearance at Vancouver Writers Festival

The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year's Vancouver Writers Festival.

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

It seems that you can’t get on a plane (or a train, for that matter) without seeing someone clutching a copy of the latest bestseller from one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

In fact the festival, now in its 28th year, has scored one of its biggest literary fish yet. Paula Hawkins, author of the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train – basically, the Gone Girl of 2015 – has been announced for the annual celebration of all things literary.

But there are many other authors to get excited about. Here are just a few writers whose panels and readings you’ll want to check out at the festival, which takes place on Granville Island Oct. 20 to 25.

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The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival