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2011 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

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DH Vancouver Staff Sep 12, 2011 10:44 am

Photo Credit: Chris Cameron. The photo shows author Justin Cronin performing with a live band at the very popular Friday night event called The Literary Cabaret. The Cabaret will be held this year as well, and authors read from their books accompanied by a jazz band that picks up the theme and atmosphere as the reading happens.

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival will bring together the finest writers for a 6-day event from October 18 to 23 on Granville Island. Authors hailing from Canada, the US, England, Scotland, Ireland, Sierra Leone, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Jamaica will come together for the festival’s 24th year.

Photo Credit: Chris Cameron. American author Lynda Barry enthralled audiences with her performance last year.

Headlining the 24th Vancouver International Writers Festival are top-sellers like Elizabeth Hay, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Miriam Toews, David Adams Richards, David Gilmour, Peter Behrens, Nino Ricci and Peter Robinson, all from Canada. They join Scotland`s Ian Rankin and Booker shortlisted authors Lloyd Jones from New Zealand and Linda Grant from the UK.

A total of 69 events will take places over six days with events for both young and mature readers. Two special events will whet readers’ appetites for the Festival. Michael Moore, filmmaker and author of the soon-to-be-published memoir Here Comes Trouble, presents his new book on Sept. 18 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, and Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje presents his highly anticipated new novel The Cat`s Table to Vancouver audiences at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church on Sept. 21.


Following the Festival, four more special events will feature chef Anthony Bourdain, humorist David Sedaris, scientist Wade Davis and Chuck Palahniuk, author of the award-winning novel Fight Club.

Tickets for the Festival go on sale to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 7, through VancouverTix.com or by calling 604-629-VTIX (604.629.8849). Tickets will also be available at the Writers Festival box office, 1398 Cartwright Street. Complete program details are available at www.writersfest.bc.ca.


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DH Vancouver Staff
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