Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tommy Orange’s There There, about the Native American experience in the U.S., is one of the year’s hot books. He’s coming to the Vancouver Writers Festival Oct. 15-21.

The Vancouver Writers Festival runs Oct. 15-21. During the festival, more than 100 others from here and around the world will talk about their books, topics of the day, and how rainy (or not) it is in Vancouver. In all, these author types will take part in over 80 events (almost all on Granville Island). Tickets are still available for many of them. Here’s a look at a few.

This is America (6-7:15 p.m., Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St., Oct. 16)—Guests Elaine Castillo, Amitava Kumar, Rachel Kushner, and Tommy Orange discuss what-all is going on with our neighbour to the south. Both Kushner and Orange had hot books out this year—The Mars Room and There There, respectively. Kushner is also In Conversation with Mark Medley at the Waterfront Oct. 17.

An Intimate Evening with Gary Shteyngart (6-7:15 p.m., Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St., Oct. 17)—The celebrated American author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story talks about his latest, Lake Success.

Good Weeds (8:30 p.m., Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Oct. 17)—A number of local and international authors salute the day that marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

Wickedly Good Crime (1-2:30 p.m., Revue Stage, Oct. 19)—Just about everyone loves a good crime thriller. In Wickedly Good Crime, three masters of the craft discuss their new books; Paul Cleave’s A Killer Harvest, Joe Ide’s Wrecked, and Michael Robotham’s The Secrets She Keeps.

Cartoons & Neanderthals (10:30-11:30 a.m., Revue Stage, Oct. 20)—This YOUTH-targetted vent features cartoonist Jeffrey Brown. Brown’s books include Cats Are Weird, Clumsy, and Vader’s Little Princess.

From Cats Are Weird and Other Observations by Jeffrey Brown.

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