Top Authors Coming for Vancouver Writers Fest 2012, Oct. 16-21

Vancouver Writers Fest was my first foray into the Vancouver community when I moved to town. As a volunteer and spectator, the festival holds a special place in my heart, next to gooey, emotive moments from all of my favourite fiction. If you haven’t attended, this is the year to get tix.

The fun is rapidly approaching, October 16-21, and tickets are already on sale. This year, Writers Fest turns 25 and the big names in attendance pay homage to the celebration.

VIP authors appearing in 2012 include über rockstars of the literary world: Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood and Alistair MacLeod. I’m also stoked to hear Chris Cleave will be in attendance. More on these talents and their latest works after the jump.

As the festival’s artistic director Hal Wake told the Vancouver Sun, readers who attend are invariably surprised in the most wonderful ways. “There are many moments that crop up during events when you realize that a writer is saying something they have never said or thought of before, like giving birth to a whole new idea or perspective and if you weren’t there, you will have missed it.” I agree. It’s goose bump-worthy spectatorship. Read the full Sun story here.

As for ticket prices, they remain reasonable, usually ranging from $17-19 per talk with a $2 discount for students and seniors. The events take place on Granville Island.

About the Authors

Just to flesh out my shout outs above, Martin Amis is one of the best British authors post 1945 and son of the crusty old Kingsley Amis. He’s provocative, absurd, surly and, in my opinion, entertaining. Hit up the VPL and check out London Fields for a good advance read.  His newest novel is the satire Lionel Asbo: State of England.

Margaret Atwood, our Canadian grand literary dame, has published over 50 volumes including The Edible Woman and The Blind Assassin. If you’ve read her fiction, try non-fiction for a change like Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. Alistair MacLeod is known for his short stories, and he’s written one especially for Vancouver Writers Fest’s 25th anni.

The last name I’ll drop is Chris Cleave. The former Guardian columnist caught my attention with his novel Little Bee. I wasn’t alone. It was a a New York Times #1 bestseller. His newest work is (called) Gold. Check out the full list of authors here.

Vancouver Writers Fest takes place October 16-21. Get tix here. More to come on panels from Inside Vancouver’s Shawn Conner in the days ahead. 

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