Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

By Casey Stepaniuk

This is a bittersweet post for me to write, as it’s about the last installment of one of my absolute favourite Vancouver events. Reverb is a queer reading series that has been running for 4 ½ years and this spring’s event is their final one! Hosted and curated by two local queer writers Leah Horlick and Esther McPhee, Reverb is obviously a labour of love. In its own words, Reverb is “an anti-oppressive, reading series for queer writers on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land in Vancouver.” Over the years Reverb has featured a plethora of amazing local and visiting writers, some emerging and others well-established, such as Listen Chen, Amber Dawn, Daniel Heath Justice, RJ Edwards, Hasan Namir, Cecily Nicholson, Vivek Shraya, Jen Sung, Hiromi Goto, Pragya Esh, Lucas Crawford, Antonette Rea, Christina Cooke, Larissa Lai, and SO MANY MORE.

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Don’t Miss the Last Installment of Reverb, a Queer Reading Series in Vancouver

Five LGBTQ+ Vancouver Fiction Authors You Should Know

Ivan Coyote / Image via cbc.ca

Ivan Coyote / Image via cbc.ca

By Casey Stepaniuk

A few weeks ago we brought you Three New Queer Vancouver Writers. The five Vancouver authors featured in this post are well-established pros from here in Vancouver who have made their mark across Canada and internationally.

The title says it all: these are writers whose work you can’t miss.

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Five LGBTQ+ Vancouver Fiction Authors You Should Know

2015 Vancouver Writers Fest Preview: Lawrence Hill, Graphic Novels, Memoir and More

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Image sourced from http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/

Some of the biggest names in letters are coming to Vancouver. More than 100 award-winning novelists, poets, journalists and playwrights are set to converge on the city for the 28th instalment of the Vancouver Writers Fest, this Oct. 20-25.

The six-day festival, held on Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, features nearly 100 readings, panel discussions, interviews, literary brunches and cabarets, and other events. More than 16,000 book lovers from around the world are expected to turn up to meet leading writers from Canada, the U.S. and as far away as Denmark and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This year’s festival is heating up to be one of the best in years, with a full lineup of marquee writers, as well as up-and-coming scribes who deserve a place on your reading list. Many of the talks and presentations dovetail with breaking world news and events, from religious tensions to the plight of refugees.   Continue reading:
2015 Vancouver Writers Fest Preview: Lawrence Hill, Graphic Novels, Memoir and More

The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year's Vancouver Writers Festival.

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, is one of the guests with this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

It seems that you can’t get on a plane (or a train, for that matter) without seeing someone clutching a copy of the latest bestseller from one of the guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

In fact the festival, now in its 28th year, has scored one of its biggest literary fish yet. Paula Hawkins, author of the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train – basically, the Gone Girl of 2015 – has been announced for the annual celebration of all things literary.

But there are many other authors to get excited about. Here are just a few writers whose panels and readings you’ll want to check out at the festival, which takes place on Granville Island Oct. 20 to 25.

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The Girl On the Train author and other guests announced for Vancouver Writers Festival