What Not To Miss At The 2015 Vancouver Writers Fest


The Vancouver Writers Fest started 27 years ago, and each year it has not only grown in size, but it has also continued to inspire all of those attending. Authors reaching readers, offering a forum to exchange ideas and promote conversation, is what the festival is all about, and this year’s event, running from October 20 – 25, is no exception.

Opening day has a spectacular line-up, with author Lawrence Hill being one of the highlights when he takes the stage in the evening. The Book of Negroes and The Illegal author is scheduled for an intimate evening on the 20th at the Waterfront Theatre. We spoke with Lawrence in the latest issue of Real Style Magazine about his work, and he was very vocal on advice he gives to young authors. (Hint, it has a lot to do with getting yourself in a chair and just doing it.)

Award winning author Patrick DeWitt takes the stage on Friday night at the Revue where he is sure to talk about his latest novel Undermajordomo Minor, and his previous hit The Sisters Brothers. His genres spanning novels always have a flare of dark comedy about them, and each of his novels have attracted international attention. Undermajordomo Minor has all ready been longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The Girl on the Train is one of the top thrillers of the year, and its author Paula Hawkins will be on hand on Saturday morning to discuss the novel with acclaimed gossip columnist Elaine Lui. Dawkins was a journalist for 15 years before trying her hand at fiction, and after trying her hand at a romance novelist while using a pseudonym she found herself wondering if fiction was the right career for her. Like several writer’s, hers is an inspiring story about keeping at it until something clicks.

Also attending on the Saturday is fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, who wrote the best-selling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). He’s a three time World-Fantasy Award winner who has also been nominated for several other awards. He’s also written non-fiction for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and the Los Angeles Times.

The authors themselves aren’t the only highlights of the festival. You can also attend several different forums that discuss everything from horror and fantasy to romance and more. You can get to know more about the books you enjoy reading, and perhaps even find inspiration for the ideas going around in your own head. That is after all what the festival is all about.

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