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.

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

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

Atwood, Gowdy, Egan and more at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Barbara Gowdy’s latest novel Little Sister is “intelligent and enthralling,” according to the Globe & Mail. The Canadian author is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

Esteemed Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Barbara Gowdy are among this year’s guests at the 30th annual Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct. 16-22). There are a number of notable authors appearing at the festival, as well as in stand-alone events beginning at the end of this month. Here are a few to watch for.

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Atwood, Gowdy, Egan and more at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Vancouver writers come out fighting!

Sara Bynoe is one of the judges of Literary Death Match, a contest that pits local writers against each other. Literary Death Match takes place this Friday night (Nov. 4) at the Fox Cabaret.

Sara Bynoe is one of the judges of Literary Death Match, a contest that pits local writers against each other. Literary Death Match takes place this Friday night (Nov. 4) at the Fox Cabaret.

In the international phenomenon Literary Death Match, writers are pitted against each other and judged according literary merit, performance and “intangibles.” The competition is returning to Vancouver to present four local wordsmiths, who will read from their works and vie for the crown of… well, Literary Death Match champ.

The latest Vancouver iteration takes place this Friday, Nov. 4 at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.). Let’s take a look at the competitors.

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Vancouver writers come out fighting!

Vancouver author joins with Victoria illusionist for an evening of words and magic

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Vancouver author Steven Galloway.

Steven Galloway‘s fourth novel, The Confabulist, is about the life of famed 20th century illusionist Harry Houdini.  So it’s only fitting that, for his upcoming entry in the Chan Centre’s popular Beyond Words series, the B.C. author is teaming up with a modern-day practitioner of the illusory arts.

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Vancouver author joins with Victoria illusionist for an evening of words and magic

Mashed Poetics presents No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom tonight!

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Sarah Jickling of The Oh Wells will do her best Gwen Stefani when she helps cover No Doubt songs Friday night. Here she is performing with her band The Oh Wells at the Cobalt, Vancouver, Nov 26 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson

Is No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom truly a breakthrough album? Is it a classic? Is it deserving of a full-on live tribute?

Although the merits of the record that introduced SoCal pop-ska favourites No Doubt to the world are debatable (remember “Just a Girl”?), a Vancouver collective is taking on the 1995 (!) release with a mix of music and poetry.

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Mashed Poetics presents No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom tonight!

2009 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

One of North America’s premiere  literary events happens every year right here in Vancouver: the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Spanning eight days, from October 18 – 15, 2009, the festival brings internationally acclaimed authors to Granville Island, where readers meet the authors, attend lectures, and discuss industry issues.

For 2009, authors include John Irving and Joan London, Canadian luminaries Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Lisa Moore, and Douglas Coupland, Quebeçois writers Marie-Claire Blais, Monique Proulx and Dany Laferrière, and B.C. authors Michael Turner, Annabel Lyon and Ashok Mathur. There is also a tribute to Alice Monro.

Complete List of 2009 Festival Authors

Many events are already sold out, so move quickly if you want in on the action.

Complete Schedule of Events for the  2009 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival