Lisa Robertson gives the keynote for the 2019 Vancouver Art Book Fair followed by a reception in the bookstore adjacent the Libby Leshgold Gallery with Kathy Slade and READ Books.
Watch new stories unfold in front of your eyes during this creative, side-splitting mashup of books and comedy. Known for their hilarity, Tanya Boteju (Kings, Queens and In- Betweens), Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!) and Andrew Kaufman (The Ticking Heart) will read from their latest works before improv comedy group The Fictionals create a skit inspired by each story. Then, enjoy a reading from Retail Nightmares host Alicia Tobin’s So You’re A Little Sad, So What? before an unscripted, long-form comedy jam sure to keep you roaring.
The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower Series, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and hundreds of other works: Stephen King is as influential as he is prolific. What better way to celebrate him than with storytelling from other celebrated authors from across the globe? We may not be hosting King himself, but this evening offers readers and aspiring writers a perfect opportunity to revel and reflect on his singular storytelling. This is our third event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga.
What happens when the lines are crossed between care and control? Few authors explore the murkiness of the human heart with the skill and aplomb of these three, each an experts at teasing out the nuances between love and power. In Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady’s twisted and intoxicating Watching You Without Me, a woman’s intense relationship with her sister’s support worker slowly becomes devastating. Award-winning author Adam Foulds’ Dream Sequence is a dark and modern interrogation of the lengths one is willing to for fame and attention, while cult-favourite Andrew Kaufman returns with a surreal, tender story of a detective whose heart has been replaced with a bomb.
Settle in for this unique and rare interview with the prolific German author Frido Mann about life, literature and the legacy of his grandfather, Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann. Although the legacy has been a lifelong burden to the younger Mann, as his autobiography Achterbahn attests, he still followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and became a writer. In intimate dialogue led by author André Alexis, learn how Mann’s experiences as a psychologist have shaped his literary work, and how he continues to come to terms with his own family history. Mann will be interviewed by André Alexis. Hosted by Bert Archer.
What could be a more blissful way to spend a Sunday morning than sipping mimosas and eating freshly baked pastries with good friends? Why, listening to internationally acclaimed authors read to you live from their most recent works, of course. Authors offering musings alongside your muffins include Adam Foulds (Dream Sequence), Andrew Kaufman (All My Friends are Superheroes, now presenting his new book The Ticking Heart), Derek Mascarenhas (Coconut Dreams), Ruby Porter (Attraction), Bindu Suresh (26 Knots) and Alicia Tobin (So You’re A Little Sad, So What?).