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VIWF #23: Hal Wakes Talks Gibb, Selecky, Wiersema & More
VIWF #23: Bringing 100 Writers from all over the World to Vancouver this week!

Click here to listen to the Hal Wake Interview for VIWF #23.

Here’s the official word on the festival from the people on the inside:

Festival bringing 100 international and Canadian authors to Vancouver tomorrow

(October 18, 2010, Vancouver, BC)—The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival opens tomorrow (Tuesday, October 19), and brings to Vancouver some of the biggest names in writing in the world. Over six days, from October 19 to 24, 100 authors from Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, France, Ireland, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines will join thousands of readers at the annual festival on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Among the featured authors are four who have been nominated for this year’s Governor-General’s award – Sandra Birdsell, Emma Donoghue, Drew Hayden Taylor and Kathleen Winter – and two who have been shortlisted for this year’s Giller Prize – Sarah Selecky and Kathleen Winter.

Also attending are this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding, the most read French author in the world, Marc Levy, and past nominees for the Booker Prize Ali Smith, Andrea Levy, David Mitchell, Andrew O’Hagan and Yann Martel, who won the Booker Prize in 2002.

The Festival concludes after six days and 67 events with a tribute to Penguin on its 75th anniversary, publisher of pocketbook classics that brought the world’s best literature affordably to readers. In addition, the first four days of the Festival feature 34 events especially for grades K – 12 students in both French and English that will bring more than 7,000 young readers to Granville Island.

Following the Festival week, Sara Gruen, whose novel Water for Elephants was an international best-seller, will appear on Nov. 4, and on Nov. 21, the Festival presents Gary Shteyngart, a The New Yorker magazine’s pick for the best 20 under 40 luminary fiction writers.

Tickets are available through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849), or at the Writers Festival box office, 1398 Cartwright Street. Complete program details are available at


Vancouver Book Renaissance: Update from a Literary Outpost (@seancranbury)
October 13, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Monique Trottier with iPad.


If the joy of literature lies in the new ideas it offers readers, the interactive, curatorial nature of the web makes it a perfect place for books to flourish.

For all of the BookMadam readers who don’t get the free Vancouver weekly arts magazine, the Georgia Straight, here’s an update on what’s happening out here in Lotusland books-wise.

The ongoing death spiral is being beaten back. Books, readers, publishers and writers are finding new veins of opportunity and enthusiasm in our city.

From the arrival of Amazon and Chindigo in the mid-90’s to mass closing of local independent bookstores in the past 10 years to the closure of Raincoast’s publishing arm just after the boy prince finished with his magic in 2008 to the last Duthie store and Sophia Books shuttering earlier this year, it’s been about 15 years of bad news.

But no longer… there’s new optimism in Vancouver as a result of hard work, persistence and… what’s this?… building online communities via social media and activating them with gatherings and events IRL!

Shocking, I know.

The article is written by Jackie Wong. I met Jackie during the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series that was curated during the Winter Olympics this year and we met again during the Joyland Vancouver Summit later in the spring.

Both times she was excited by the great crowds attending both events and the enthusiasm with which the audience supported the writers. It was something new to her in her experience of literary events in Vancouver.

This piece is very satisfying on many levels and I hope that people will continue to see Vancouver as a place that produces and supports some of the best creative literary talents in the world.

To read the whole piece go here: Vancouver Book Scene Reshaped by Online Communities.

Literary Death Match Vancouver: Conversation w Todd Zuniga


Literary Death Match Vancouver: W2 Storyeum. Friday Oct 8th @ 8PM.


Click here to listen to me and Todd Zuniga discuss Literary Death Match.

It’s happening!

The Canadian debut of the international performance/literary/comedic sensation Literary Death Match happens this Friday!

Hosted by Opium Magazine founder and LDM creator, Todd Zuniga, at the W2 Storyeum151 West Cordova between Cambie and Abbott – space and featuring the talents of writers Nikki Reimer, Charlie Demers, Steve Burgess and Sara Bynoe, it should be a hilarious good time.

Those 4 writers will be reading some of their original work to a rapt audience and will be ruthlessly scrutinized by the judges: Talent Time’s Paul Anthony, Vancouver is Awesome‘s Bob Kronbauer and Diana Frances from various CBC incarnations.

Tickets are $10 in advance AND $10 at the door and you should totally come out because it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Drinks will be served, books and magazines will be sold, good times will be had.

You should check out this excellent piece from our friends at Granville Magazine about Charlie’s book and the amazingness of Vancouver.

If you want some more info about the glory of Literary Death Match you can check out this piece published today in the Courier Newspaper and this cool little interview with Todd in the SFist.

Holler at me 778-987-8774 if you have any questions or seanATbooksontheradioDOTca.