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writers fest

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26. A Big Difference

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Presented by
 
The Vancouver Writers Fest

Margriet Ruurs

Margriet Ruurs wants to help children make a difference. Ruurs, author of more than 30 books, has shared her work with children around the world and seen firsthand how it’s often young people who initiate positive change. In The Elephant Keeper, Ruurs tells the true story of Aaron, a boy who rescues a baby elephant from drowning despite being raised to think of the animals as dangerous to humans and their crops. Kids will be inspired by this tale of environmental stewardship, and eager for tips on how they can help endangered wildlife. Ruurs will also share the story behind Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, her altruistic picture book for all ages. Join Ruurs for a ranging discussion on how you can make a difference.

SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3-6

*Note: Programming details have changed since the Program Guide was printed. Katie Smith Milway will no longer be appearing in this event.*

Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St.

School Groups: $9.50 (available only to educators)
Regular
: $17
Senior
: $15
Youth Under 30
: $15
Member: $15

Ticket price includes GST but not service fees ($3.75/$.50 school groups).

We're sorry - no refunds or exchanges, please double-check your purchase before checking out. 

10/18/2017 1:00 PM
68. Our Home and Adopted Land

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Presented by
 
The Vancouver Writers Fest

Adam Gopnik, Sayed Kashua
Moderator: John Freeman

Adam Gopnik left Montreal at 24 for the wonders of New  York, and he’s made a brilliant life there and in Paris as a New Yorker staff writer, and is well-known known for his quirky personal narratives. But the lure, especially these days, of returning to Canada has been on his mind. Sayed Kashua, given the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize in 2005 for his often satirical writing, finally found it impossible for his family to live as Arabs in the Jewish state, and moved with his wife and two kids to…Illinois! In Native, he offers humorous and at times painful anecdotes about his own life as a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian in Jerusalem, and as a Muslim Arab in today’s American Midwest. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street

Regular: $20
Senior
: $18
Youth Under 30
: $15
Member: $18

Ticket price includes GST but not service fees ($3.75).

We're sorry - no refunds or exchanges, please double-check your purchase before checking out.

10/20/2017 8:30 PM
Festival Pop-Up: A Triptych

Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest

Caroline Adderson, John Freeman, Jon McGregor, Eliza Robertson

NOTE: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Jeff Lemire has had to cancel his appearance at the Festival.

However, we’ve arranged for a multi-faceted, splendiferous pop-up event to replace An Evening with Jeff Lemire.

In our first set, novelists Caroline Adderson and Jon McGregor discuss their mutual affection for the handwritten letter. Four years ago McGregor invited strangers to send him letters. Scribbled notes and love letters are still arriving at his door and his experiment has resulted in two collections and an ongoing project involving dozens of students. Says Adderson: “I find the letters much more intimate than emails. As difficult as it is to write letters by hand, the joy I feel receiving a letter more than makes up for it.” Celebrate the joy of letters with Jon and Caroline.

Next up is Festival favourite John Freeman, best known for his witty and revealing moderation of panels, and for his eponymous magazine Freeman’s. But this man of many talents is also a poet. In his first collection, Maps, he maps the present by way of the past, drawing upon memories of childhood, family, and former loves. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith writes: “John Freeman’s exquisite and robust poetry debut…is a consolation and a delight.”

And finally, travel back to the West Coast of the 50s and 60s with Eliza Robertson, the young and ferociously talented author who is dazzling readers with her first novel, Demi-Gods, following her acclaimed short story collection, Wallflowers.

Revue Stage
1601 Johnston Street

All tickets: $10

Ticket price includes GST but not service fees ($3.75).

We're sorry - no refunds or exchanges, please double-check your purchase before checking out.

10/21/2017 5:00 PM