Vancouver International Writer’s Festival opens the cover October 15th

The Vancouver International Writers Festival (VIWF) opens in one week, celebrating the written word for the 31st year. The VIWF mission is to bring readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world, through story and vibrant dialogue. After three decades the Writers Festival is proving the written word is still relevant and holding its own in this digital world of 280 character Tweets and instant communication.

The Vancouver Writers Fest encourages readers of all ages to explore the power of storytelling, and books, through our dozens of events with local and international writers. While the Writers Festival holds events all year around, the marquis program runs from October 15th to 21st, 2018. Centred all over Granville Island, the Festival has events for all walks of life and all ages, and all budgets. Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Children, Youth literature and more all take the leap from the page to the stage. More than 100 authors take part in dozens of events each day of the week, including Free Saturday October 20th, making sure everyone in the community can engage the writers. 

This year look for events with writers from near and far including; Buffy Sainte-Marie, Shane Koyczan, Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Hay, Ondjaki, Aminatta Forna and more

Past writers in attendance have included; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Frank McCourt. 

Every year readers are introduces to new writers and genres to bring home or to their book clubs, families and friends. What new discoveries will you find? Tickets are available online at writersfest.bc.ca

Beyond the festival special events continue through the fall, including Ian Rankin in conversation with Jerry Wasserman on October 27th, and Yotam Ottolenghi in conversation with Meeru Dhalwala, October 31st. 

2018 BC Book Prizes Winners Revealed

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront once again hosted the 34th annual BC Book Prizes Gala where the winners of this year’s BC Book Prizes were announced.

The BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. Since 1985, annual awards are presented in seven categories with finalists and winners from all around the province and covering multiple genres children’s, fiction and non-fiction.

The 2018 BC Book Prizes were awarded to:

Brother by David Chariandy (McClelland & Stewart) – Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

 

Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) – Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

 

On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers by Pat Carney (TouchWood Editions) – Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

 

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes by Mercedes Eng (Talonbooks) – Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

 

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson (James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers) – Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

 

The Nameless City: The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second) – Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

 

Changing Tides: Vanishing Voices of Nikkei Fishermen and Their Families by Kotaro Hayashi, Fumio “Frank” Kanno, Henry Tanaka, and Jim Tanaka (editors) (Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre) – Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

To see the finalists and all the nominated authors, illustrators, and publishers visit the BC Book Prizes online 

Food Talks Vol 15 coming November 7th

One of the most interesting food events in the city returns this November, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks.

Themed “From Your Roots”, Food Talks Vol 15 takes place November 7th at Pacific Restaurant Supply. Meet and mingle with other food fans and spend the evening listening to notables from Vancouver’s food scene.

Speakers at Food Talks Vol 15 include;

Jason Gilron – President, Pacific Restaurant Supply
Gilron shares his years of experience in food preparation

Ian Bruce – Founder, Umaluma Gelato
Umaluma brings a healthy alternative to the ice cream scene with their non-dairy gelato

Brian Turko – Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee
Turko uses brings his family’s rich coffee history in his pursuit of the perfect blend

Paul Grunberg – co-owner L’Abbatoir and Osteria Savio Volpe
Restaurateur and host brings his experience at some of the city’s top dining rooms to his own properties.

Caren McSherry – Founder, The Gourmet Warehouse
A fixture in Vancouver’s food scene, McSherry has been instrumental in bringing gourmet food to the general public.

After the speakers talk, host Richard Wolak, Founder of Vancouver Foodster, Tasting Plates and Food Talks will lead the panel for a question and answer session.

Food Talks Vol 15 “From Your Roots” takes place November 7th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, at Pacific Restaurant Supply, 1020 E Cordova St. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite.

30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival

The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (VIWF) opened this week for the 30th edition of the renowned festival of the written word.  In this age of quick and instant media the full house at Performance Works on opening night proved that readers and writers are still going strong.

While the Writer’s Festival holds events all year around, the marquis program runs from October 16th to 22nd, 2017, when more than 110 authors takepart in over 95 events. all over Granville Island.  The Festival has events for all walks of life and all ages.  Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Children, Youth literature and more all take the leap from the page to the stage.

Past writers in attendance have included; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Ian Rankin, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Frank McCourt.  Every year readers find new discoveries to add to their libraries and share with their book clubs, families and friends. Who will you find this year? Find out which events still have tickets online at writersfest.bc.ca

Beyond the festival special events continue through the fall, including Waiting For First Light, an Evening with Romeo Dallaire on November 16th, and A Newfoundlander in Canada, musician and writer Alan Doyle discusses his new book on November 20th.

 

 

BC Book Prizes 2016 Winners Announced

On April 30th, the 2016 winners of the BC Book Prizes were announced at the 32nd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala at Government House in Victoria.

The BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.  This year’s recipients include fiction, children’s, poetry, cookbook, biography, and more.

  • Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox and Stephanie Graegin (Dial Books) – Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

 

 

 

  • A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave and Whitecap Books – Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award

 

 

 

 

  • All True Not a Lie in It by Alix Hawley (Knopf Canada) – Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Truth Commission by Susan Juby (Razorbill) – Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tuco by Brian Brett (Greystone Books) – Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Real Thing by Briony Penn (Rocky Mountain Books) – Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

 

 

 

 

 

  • Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes (Nightwood Editions) – Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

 

 

 

 

 

Also at the Gala,  the Honourable Judith Guichon presented the previously announced 13th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence to writer and BC Bookworld publisher Alan Twigg.

For more information on the 2016 Prize Winners visit BCBookPrizes.ca

Enter a World Of Words at the 2011 Vancouver International Writers Festival

Coming up next week is the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Named Canada’s best large literary festival by the Canadian Tourism Commission in 2010, this year’s event runs October 18-23 in venues throughout Granville Island.  For 24 years the  festival has attracted the best and brightest of the literary world, like:  Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle,  John Irving, P.D. James,  Rohinton Mistry, Frank McCourt, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje,  JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Carol Shields.  This year the festival welcomes, David Gilmour, Ian Rankin, Russell Banks, Adrienne Clarkson and dozens of writers from around the world for discussions, intimate readings and new introductions to their works.
Tickets are fast selling out for many events, get them now from the Writers Festival website, while you still can!

Experience a World Of Words : VIWF

The 2011 Vancouver International Writers Festival is just a month away.
While the fest runs October 18-23 there are a number of other events that celebrate the written word and support the festival.

Starting with this weekend’s sold out appearance by Michael Moore, there are a number of great author events coming up over the next couple months.

Spend the evening with:

Sept 21: “The English Patient” author Michael Ondaatje
Oct 29 : an evening with bad boy chef Anthony Bourdain
Nov 5: share a laugh with humourist David Sedaris
Nov 10: scientist and anthropologist  Wade Davis
Nov 30: “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk

Tickets are available from Vancouver International Writers Festival