2014 Vancouver Writers Festival guests announced

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year's guests at the Vancouver Writers' Festival.

Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, is one of this year’s guests at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival.

The lineup for this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct 21-26 at various locations on Granville Island) has been announced. As usual, there’s a handful of heavy-hitters among the usual roster of Canadian nonfiction, crime and kids’ lit authors. Here are some highlights.

Emma Donoghue – Now living in Ontario, Donoghue is an Irish writer who gained traction for her suspenseful 2010 novel Room. Her historical fiction includes her latest, Frog Music.

James Ellroy – Known for his clipped, matter-of-fact writing style and dark, dark subject matter, Ellroy has seen a few of his crime thrillers adopted for the big screen (the most famous of which is L.A. Confidential). His latest is called Perfidia.

Joshua Ferris – Now on his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, American author Ferris made a big splash with his acclaimed debut, Then We Came to the End. His latest is about a dentist.

Herman Koch – In The Dinner, Netherlands author Koch wrung suspense from an unreliable narrator, the mysterious doings of his son and a dinner at a fancy restaurant. His latest to be translated into English is called Summer House with Swimming Pool.

Karl Ove Nausgaard – In literary circles, few writers have gained as much international attention in the last couple of years as Naugaard. His ongoing, multi-volume memoir My Struggle has been called a Remembrance of Things Past for our time.

Jame Smiley – Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Thousand Acres, Smiley’s latest is Some Luck. It’s a generational farm saga about an Iowa family.

Colm Toibin – Irish writer Toibin has written two novels that were finalists for the Man Booker Prize, including last year’s The Testament of Mary. His 2009 novel Brooklyn is soon to be a major motion picture. Nora Webster, his 10th novel, will be published in October.

For a full list of writers and events, visit writersfest.bc.ca. The festival box office is located at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.

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