The Hot Sheet
It may have been a rainy week down here on Granville Island, but the weather certainly didn’t dampen our spirits—our 27th annual Festival has been fantastic. It’s been a week filled with thoughtful and generous authors, insightful panel discussions and moving readings. And, as always, our Festival authors noticed our warm and engaged audiences—Vancouver’s literary community is second to none.
We have just one day left, and one last event with availability, and what better way to celebrate than with two literary titans!
Sunday, October 26
Event 86: The Fitting Finale | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage | 8:00 pm
Colm Tóibín | Jane Smiley
Two titans on the literary landscape come together in a fitting finale to this year’s Festival. IMPAC Dublin Literary Award-winner Colm Tóibín comes to the Writers Fest with his new book Nora Webster, “a masterful portrait of a grieving woman finding herself.” He’ll appear alongside Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley whose new novel Some Luck has been named one of the best books of the fall.
Tweet or instagram your Festival discovery with hashtags #vwf2014 and #discovery for a chance to win tickets to our events with Bruce Cockburn (November 10) and Alan Doyle (November 13)! Click here for complete contest details, http://writersfest.bc.ca/prefaces/tavia/discovery-contest.
VWF Writing Contests
Today at 5:00 pm is the deadline for online submissions to the VWF Poetry & Short Story Contest for adults (http://writersfest.bc.ca/writingcontest), and the Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest for students in Grades 8-12 from across BC (http://writersfest.bc.ca/youthwritingcontest).
November Special Events
Check out our upcoming special events featuring Bruce Cockburn (November 10) http://writersfest.bc.ca/events/brucecockburn, Alan Doyle (November 13) http://writersfest.bc.ca/events/alandoyle, and Conrad Black (November 13) http://writersfest.bc.ca/events/conradblack.
Support the Vancouver Writers Fest
If you’d like to become more involved with the Vancouver Writers Fest, consider becoming a member, http://writersfest.bc.ca/get-involved/membership. For only $35 you be in the loop, get the first crack at 2015 Festival events (October 20–25), receive a discount on Festival tickets, and get the Festival program guide mailed to you. And if you would like to make a donation to help the Festival bring great writers to Vancouver and support Spreading the Word education programs for BC schools, you can do that online, http://writersfest.bc.ca/donate, or by mail, or by calling our office at 604-681-6330.
Festival Photos of the Day
It's been an amazing week. Writers from around the world have made Granville Island a book lovers paradise for thousands of readers of all ages. Thank you to our friends at CMHC Granville Island, the Granville Island Hotel, Kidsbooks and Granville Island Cultural Society for welcoming the writers and the audiences. Here are some photo highlights (all photos (c) Chris Cameron).