Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival—including a tribute to Stephen King!

Author Tanya Talaga is a guest curator at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

This year’s Vancouver Writers Festival takes place Oct. 21-27. The week-long festival welcomes over a hundred authors, many taking part in panels and special events in various venues on Granville Island. Here are a few that stand out.

A Tribute to Stephen King (Thurs., Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St.)—More than 14 authors from across the globe discuss the influence of the horror writer on their work.

Buzzworthy Books (Fri., Oct. 25 at 10:15 a.m., Performance Works)—A showcase of new books looks at Translated from the Gibberish (Anosh Irani), Attraction by New Zealand author Ruby Porter, The Difference by Marina Endicott, and Lampedusa by Steven Price.

Voices for Change (Fri, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m., Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St.)—Authors discuss the role literature can play in Indigenous justice and resurgence and how to write for change. Authors include Daniel Heath Justice (Why Indigenous Literature Matters), Harold R. Johnson (Peace and Good Order), Carey Newman (Picking Up the Pieces) and Tanya Talaga (Seven Fallen Feathers, All Our Relations).

American Women (Fri., Oct. 25 at 8:30 p.m., Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St.)-Three female authors offer their views on defining oneself in the face of contentious political divides, while addressing issues such as gender roles and bodily autonomy. Authors include Pulitzer Prize finalist and essayist Elif Batuman (The Idiot), comics writer and novelist G. Willow Wilson (Wonder Woman, The Bird King) and Joanne Ramos (The Farm).

An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space (Sat., Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. FREE  EVENT, Granville Island Stage)—CBC’s Bob McDonald takes the audience answers questions about life Earth and intergalactic phenomena. He’ll share facts about the space station, how to become an astronaut, what dark matter really is, how an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, and more. An all-ages event.

CBC’s Bob McDonald answers your questions about Dark Matter at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

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