North Shore Writers Festival

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Getting Started and Getting Published – A Writers’ Panel

Have you dreamed of publishing a piece of writing but can’t quite figure out how to get past the blank page? If the answer is yes, the North Shore Writers Association’s session on Getting Started and Getting Published at this year’s festival is for you. Local published authors will share their own writing and publishing experiences, and help you to get that project started, finished and out to the public.

Panelists include arts reporter and poet Fran Bourassa; Lynn Crymble, who published her first novel, It Can Happen to You, in 2009; poet Bernice Lever, who has published several volumes of poetry; Sylvia Taylor, an award-winning freelance writer and editor; and Gerhard Winkler, whose essays and short stories have been published in several chapbooks and anthologies.

The panel runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Welsh Hall West at the North Shore Writers Festival on April 21st.


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Calling all Kids and Families

 Also new at the Festival this year is a literary event for children.  Vancouver author and Simply Read Books editor, Kallie George will read from her latest book, The Melancholic Mermaid at a special storytime and will lead children aged 5 – 8 in a  creative activity.

The Melancholic Mermaid is an original and whimsical fairy tale about two young misfits:  Maude, a mermaid with two tails is befriended by Tony, a circus boy with webbed fingers.  This book has a modern sensibility and the themes of young outcasts bonding together in friendship to overcome adversity are timeless.  Catch Kallie George in the Storyhouse at West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive)  from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m on Saturday April 21 – festival day!

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Here come the bloggers!

This year, the North Shore Writers Festival is offering its first-ever blogging panel with some of the region’s most prominent bloggers. The following six panelists will discuss trends, best practices and the future of blogging at the festival from 2 to 3:30 in the Welsh Hall.

Rebecca Bollwitt, one of BC’s Top 100 Women of Influence according to the Vancouver Sun, has run the Miss604 blog since 2004. Focusing on life in Vancouver and its environs, it was voted Best Vancouver Blog by the Georgia Straight for the past three years.


Vancouver-based Sean Cranbury is a literary renaissance man: writer, book blogger and literary event programmer. He operates the book-focused Books on the Radio blog, as well as the successful Advent Book Blog, which solicits Canadian book recommendations from the country’s literati every day leading up to Christmas in December.

Kelsey Dundon’s The Anthology blog chronicles all things fashion-forward and stylish. She is also the founder of Northill Creative, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in writing and communications strategy.



When local author Jenn Farrell is not writing books or teaching creative writing classes, she dishes about beauty and fashion on her blog, Canada Fancy. The lovely and beguiling Ms. Farrell will bring her sharp wit and probing questions to the festival as this panel’s moderator.


Jeannette Ordas is a self-described food-obsessed web designer who writes about cooking and baking on her blog, Everybody Likes Sandwiches.


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Kalla, Badami & Endicott at the Festival

I am so pleased to present the authors who will be giving talks at the North Shore Writers Festival this year.

First up we have Vancouverite Daniel Kalla who will speak about his latest novel The Far Side of the Sky  The story opens in 1938 with the Adlers, a prominent Austrian family seeking refuge in an embattled Shanghai ghetto.  Historical intrigue, medical drama, and romance enliven this grand, fast-paced tale of courage, hope and the importance of family amidst a world in turmoil.

From Asia we return home to a small town in northern BC, the setting of Anita Rau Badami’s Tell It to the Trees, a suspenseful saga about the secrets of the Dharma family.  It is ultimately a mystery with many layers where:  “Truth was a shifting, shy thing, like sunlight changing from moment to moment, unknowable even if you spent your life in the heart of it.”

Moving back in time to the beginning of the twentieth century, Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows is an intricately crafted tale of three sisters in their teens who are thrust into the spotlight of Canada’s vaudeville scene after their father’s sudden death.  Endicott draws upon her past as an actress and playwright  in the construction of this Giller longlisted novel as a play complete with humour, sorrow and melodrama.

Come for one event or stay for the day on Saturday April 21st in the Welsh Hall – West Vancouver Memorial Library (1950 Marine Drive).  Daniel Kalla (4:00 – 5:00), Anita Rau Badami (6:00 – 7:00) and Marina Endicott (7:15 – 8:15).

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Welcome to the official website of the North Shore Writers Festival!

North Shore Writers Festival LogoThe North Shore Writers Festival is an annual festival of writers and readers brought to you by your three North Shore Libraries: North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library.

This year’s festival takes place all day on Saturday, April 21 at West Vancouver Memorial Library. And do we have a fantastic line-up for you!

With headlining authors Marina Endicott, Anita Rau Badami and Daniel Kalla, a storytime and activity for children with author Kallie George, a panel of six local bloggers sharing their blogging secrets, a workshop for writers, and a writers and readers reception (complete with a grand prize draw), there is something for everyone at this year’s festival. How could we fit all of these fantastic events into just one day? You’ll have to stop by to find out!

So please, snoop around our new website to find out what is happening and what we have got planned for you. Don’t forget to check back as well — we’ll be posting festival updates and highlighting various aspects of the festival as the big day draws nearer.

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