Vancouver Writers Fest Oct. 22-27: Who you'll see, what you'll hear

J.B. MacKinnon says we are now living in a '10 percent world’—a planet with just one-tenth of its former abundance—but believes we can begin to restore the planet to what it once was. Mackinnon appears in a pre-Festival event on October 3.

By now, most book-lovers in Vancouver have heard about the 2013 Vancouver Writers Fest's all-star literary line-up: Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Tomson Highway, funny man Colin Mochrie and Quebecois icon Michel Tremblay. The VWF has just announced that Norwegian crime fiction star Jo Nesbo has been added to Festival event #27 "Up All Night". Tickets for that event are still available, but likely not for long...

Here are some other writers appearing at this year's Writers Fest who're worth checking out; some from near, some far, some working in fiction, non-fiction or poetry. There's something for everyone.

Amber Dawn's festival events cover a lot of terrain – queer identity, memoir, craft and storytelling.


Festival favourite Joseph Boyden returns with his eagerly awaited new book The Orenda.


Spoken word Tanya Evanson appears in The Great Black North, a celebration of contemporary African Canadian poetry.

Former Granta editor John Freeman provides an idiosyncratic guide to literary culture with profiles of everyone from Doris Lessing to David Foster Wallace.

Literary sensation Rachel Kushner’s new novel The Flamethrower has received glowing reviews.


Vancouver-based writer Shaena Lambert Oh , My Darling looks at the lengths we will go for love.


Amanda Lindhout survived a harrowing experience in Somalia and found her life’s purpose.


Irish poet Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize-winner, “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War”.


 Sahar Delijani's Children of the Jacaranda Tree takes us to post-revolutionary Iran with her chilling fictionalized account of her family’s struggles and the brutalities they endured.

The National Post called George Packer’s latest book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America “brilliant propaganda on behalf of the distressed”.


Eric Schlosser’s latest book, Command and Control, is an eye-opening look at the dangers of America’s nuclear age.

Alan Weisman is part of the VWF’s non-fiction series. He’ll talk to CBC journalist Stephen Quinn about the immediate and constant threat of nuclear weapons disaster.


Catch these writers and many, many more at the 2013 Vancouver Writers Fest from Oct. 22-27.

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