New Event with 2013 Booker Prize Winner Added to Writers Fest

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Eleanor Catton, named yesterday as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, will be in Vancouver next week as part of the Vancouver Writers Fest. In special recognition of her achievement, the Festival is adding another event to its lineup—An Hour With Eleanor Catton. The event will take place on the final day of the Festival, Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 am. Tickets go on sale today.

The 28-year-old New Zealander is the youngest writer ever to win the prestigious award. Her novel The Luminaries is her second book. Born in Canada, Catton is also nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award this year.

"This is a huge achievement for Ellie, and we are especially delighted that she has generously agreed to be in an additional event at the Writers Fest,” says Hal Wake, artistic director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

This year’s Writers Fest will feature a large number of authors who are winners or nominees for major writing awards. Named today as finalists for the US-based National Book Award are George Packer for non-fiction and Rachel Kushner for fiction. Canadian writer Lisa Moore is on the Giller prize short list, and her compatriots Joseph Boyden, Wayne Grady, Wayne Johnston and Michael Winter were on the Giller prize longlist.

On the Governor General’s Literary Awards longlist are Joseph Boyden for fiction, Priscila Uppal for non-fiction, and Teresa Toten for children’s text.  The Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction shortlist includes Priscila Uppal, and JB MacKinnon, who was featured in a Writers Fest special event earlier this month. The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist includes Cary Fagan and Lisa Moore. And the City of Vancouver Book Award has named Brad Cran and Amber Dawn to its longlist.

“We're also excited about the nominated writers coming to the Festival and to have them joined by two writers from the Granta Best Young Novelist list, Xaiolu Guo and Joanna Kavenna," says Wake.

This year’s Vancouver Writers Fest is the largest in the Festival’s 26-year history, with more than 80 events which are expected to attract more than 16,000 readers.

Tickets for the Festival, which runs from Oct. 22 to 27, are on sale now through or by calling 604-629-8849. Tickets are also available at the Writers Fest box office, 1398 Cartwright Street.

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