North Shore Writers Festival

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2018 Lineup


Pat Carney

In April of 2017, Pat Carney’s On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers debuted at #15 on the BC Bestsellers List and quickly made its way to #1. For the past 44 weeks it has occupied a spot on that list, and spent 36 weeks in the top five.*

Well-known across Canada for her illustrious political career, Pat Carney is a former Member of Parliament, senior cabinet minister, and senator. She was the first woman appointed as Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of International Trade, and President of Treasury Board in the cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. She has worked tirelessly to protect and preserve Canada’s lighthouses and maritime history, and has been an advocate for arthritis research in Canada for more than two decades.

But in her life before politics, Carney was a prize winning journalist. Writing for the Province, the Vancouver Sun, and various national and international newspapers including the New York Times, hers was a familiar byline for more than twenty years, and since her retirement from politics in 2008, she has returned to her lifelong passion for writing. In her debut short story collection, On Island, Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal bc by featuring a revolving cast of archetypal small-community characters. Her witty and perceptive voice describes how the islanders weather the storms of coastal life while navigating everyday dramas.

Drawing from her observations of the personalities and problems she’s encountered over five decades of living on island, Carney simultaneously evokes the romantic landscape of the British Columbia coast and addresses the less-idyllic moments: power outages, winter storms, and isolation.

*Based on data from the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia


William Deverell

While working his way through two degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, Bill Deverell was a journalist for seven years, graduating in law in 1963. He was a member of the bars of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon, his criminal practice involved work for both prosecution and defence, and he worked in civil rights, labour, and environmental law. He is a founding director, former president, now honourary director of the B. C. Civil Liberties Association.

His first novel, Needles, won the $50,000 Seal Prize in l979 and the Book of the Year Award in l98l.  His subsequent novels include High Crimes, Mecca, The Dance of Shiva, Platinum Blues, Mindfield, Kill All the Lawyers, Street Legal, Trial of Passion, Slander, The Laughing Falcon, Mind Games, April Fool, Kill All the Judges, Snow Job, I’ll See You in My Dreams, Sing a Worried Song, and, his latest, Whipped. He is author of the true crime book A Life on Trial – the Case of Robert Frisbee, based on a celebrated murder trial which he defended. His novels have been translated into fourteen languages and sold worldwide. All but two continue in print.

Trial of Passion  won the 1997 Dashiell Hammett award, for literary excellence in crime writing in North America, as well as the Arthur Ellis prize in crime writing in Canada. It featured the classically trained, self-doubting Arthur Beauchamp, a trial lawyer who became Deverell’s first series protagonist, in April Fool (also an Ellis winner), Kill All the Judges (shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Prize in humour), and Snow Job, a political novel set in Ottawa, which has been similarly shortlisted. He has been referred to as a national Treasurer by the Toronto Star and received the Best Canadian Crime Writer award at the Scene of the Crime Festival in Ontario. In October, 2011, he was awarded an honourary doctor of letters from Simon Fraser University.

He wrote the screenplay “Shellgame” for CBC-TV drama, which served as the pilot for CBC’s long-running series “Street Legal”, and he is the creator of that series, which has run internationally in more than 50 countries. In 1991-92, he served as Visiting Professor in the Creative Writing Department, University of Victoria. In 1994 he served as Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, and again in 1999. He lives on Pender Island, British Columbia, and in Costa Rica.


Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor is a Canadian novelist, journalist and creative writing professor.

Unlike many such profs, Taylor didn’t start out in the creative writing field. Look for the blog post “NYC vs. MFA vs. MBA vs. RCN”. Yes, that’s right, he studied economics and business while serving as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserves first with HMCS Nonsuch and later with HMCS Cataraqui. He has an MBA from the Queens University’s Smith School of Business and a BA Economics from the University of Alberta. He spent time with the Toronto Dominion bank and later as a management consultant before becoming a freelance journalist and novelist in the late 1990s. In 2013 Taylor took a position with the UBC Creative Writing Program where is now an Associate Professor with tenure.

Taylor’s first novel Stanley Park was published in 2001. It was an immediate bestseller and a critical success. He’s since published a prize-winning collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise, and two further bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, Story House and The Blue Light Project, which was award the CBC Bookie Award in the literary fiction category. He is also the winner of the Journey Prize, and has been finalist or runner-up for six other major national fiction prizes in Canada, including the prestigious Giller Prize. His work has also been chosen as the ‘One Book One City’ selection for Vancouver and named a finalist for Canada Reads.

Taylor’s most recent nonfiction title is Foodville, a tongue-in-cheek account of his life as a food writer and self-identified non-foodie who is nevertheless a passionate eater. And his newest book, with Doubleday Canada, is the novel The Rule of Stephens.

Taylor has also been widely published and recognized for his non-fiction magazine and newspaper work. He wrote ‘The Explainer’ column for BC Business Magazine and was previously the Big Ideas columnist for the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. He has been winner or finalist in over twenty separate magazine awards, including numerous nominations and medals for National and Western Magazine Awards in Canada.

Taylor has been a contributing editor at Vancouver Magazine and a regular contributor at EnRoute Magazine, Walrus, and Eighteen Bridges. He has also written for Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Western Living, The Vancouver Review, Toro Magazine, Saturday Night, Adbusters, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and many others.



Bernice Lever

Bernice Lever is a professional editor, educator, poet and activist. She has read her work on 5 continents, published 10 books of poetry, the most recent being “Small Acts”, and is now working on book #11. Bernice is an active member of local and national writing organizations, as she gets inspiration and friendship from worldwide writers, and is a determined Peace Poet.

Sonia Garrett

Sonia Garrett is a mom, Montessori teacher, storyteller, and writer. She lives in the gentle chaos of books, film and outdoor paraphernalia, cooking ingredients and gardening equipment in her adopted home of Deep Cove. Her debut middle-grade reader, “Maddie Makes a Movie” is released this year. It is a must for young readers with big ideas.

Sanford Osler

Historian, avid outdoorsman and past Chair of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, Sanford Osler’s lifelong interest in the canoe culminated in his book Canoe Crossings: Understand the Craft that Helped Shape British Columbia.  With warmth and wit, he writes about the length, width and depth of the relationship people in British Columbia have had with various types of paddlecraft.


Grant Lawrence

Grant Lawrence has long been a leading voice in Canadian arts and entertainment. He is a host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a frequent columnist on CBC Radio One. In 2014 he won a Canadian Screen Award for his work with CBC Music presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Session. Lawrence is the author of three bestselling and award-winning books, Adventures in Solitude, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie and Dirty Windshields: The Best and Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries. 

JJ Lee

JJ Lee hosted this summer’s CBC Radio One program, Head to Toe. He writes about menswear for the National Post and writes essays for the fashion magazine, ELLE Canada. He wrote the critically-acclaimed memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, which was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Prize for Nonfiction in 2011.


Local Author Book Fair

Saturday, April 21 | 12:00-4:00pm | Main Hall

Carol M. Cram

Carol M. Cram is the award-winning historical novelist of The Towers of Tuscany ( 2014), A Woman of Note (2015), both from Lake Union Publishing, and The Muse of Fire (2018). She is also the author of 50+ college textbooks, and a former instructor at Capilano University.

Arshia Sorourian

Arshia Sorourian is a 10 year old author of 2 books inspired by his parents successful businesses. He made a goal of writing one a year. He says “I am no genius, and I want to tell the world that you can do anything, anytime.”

Michael Bryan Kerr

Local librarian Michael Bryan Kerr has always imagined himself as a writer and has experimented with various forms and styles. His book The Nervous Prince and other Stories grew out of a chance assignment in a children’s storytelling class.

Mary Tasi

Born in England, Mary Tasi moved to Canada after university. Her interest is in indigenous and ancestral knowledge and oral storytelling traditions. Recognized in the Victoria Legislature for her work, she has co-authored two books, Spirit Memory and The Hidden Journals, with Squamish Nation artist Wade Baker.

Marie Sadro

Writer and educator Marie Sadro spent several years in Europe and the United States and often visits Australia. Her books include Erika, Sheba’s Treasure, and To Canada With Love. She has been a member of NSWA for over ten years.

Maryse Cardin

Maryse Cardin is an author, workshop leader,  award winning communications practitioner, and university instructor  who lives in West Vancouver. She is the author of Speaking to Yourself with Love: Transform Your Self-Talk. Visit Maryse at

Patrick Hill

Retired engineer Patrick Hill has worked in South America and Southeast Asia as a Director of Business Development. With a love of adventure and learning, he and his family have travelled to many other different countries, exploring new areas. His belief, “Do it Soon – Do it Now”.

Gerhard Winkler

Gerhard Winkler, born in Berlin, Germany, described his experiences from birth to 1957 in a book titled: ‘My First Life.’ The last sixty years, as a new member of the Canadian society, are told in his book: ‘LANDED.’ He says “Coming to Canada was the best decision of my life.”

Rod Baker

At age 16, Rod joined the British merchant navy as a deckhand. He migrated to Canada when he was 21 and worked as a tugboat mate, shipwright, businessman, psychotherapist, and executive director for mental health organizations. Rod lives in Lions Bay, BC with Anna and their dog, Fargo.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson is the author of two middle-grade mystery books. His first, Adventure on Whalebone Island, was shortlisted for the BC Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Award. He lives with his family in Gibsons, British Columbia.

Mary Ann Clarke Scott

Mary Ann Clarke Scott lives with a small menagerie of large men and small mammals on the West Coast of B.C. When not writing, she can be found painting, cooking, cycling, hiking trails, doing Pilates and yoga and getting lost between the pages of good books.

Gregory Patrick Travers

Gregory Patrick Travers, novelist and short-story writer, takes his subject matter from both the inner light and the inner darkness of the human condition.  He is the creator of RoundFire Legends, a small publisher that creates gritty urban fiction, often dealing with issues affecting the dispossessed of the inner-city.


11 thoughts on “2018 Lineup

  1. My book is finally out and arrived in hard cover last week! I would like to attend and promote my book “It Takes A Sense Of Humour -a twinless twin’s journey of loss, love and triumph over hidden handicaps. Patty chose to live life with gusto despite 22 operations and daily medical treatments. She writes a lighthearted view of navigating through, will I live times, will I make love to a man one day, to Oh, My God, I am so glad to be alive times! A book of positive hope and amazing stories and building a foundation of strength and love for living.

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  4. I am a West Vancouver resident and author with two Createspace published titles (Blue Saltwater and Teeth, Lies & Consequences) to my name which are stocked in the West Vancouver library. I am currently working on a screenplay adaptation of my first novel,Blue Saltwater, and am also playing with two recreational rock bands to refine and record several pop songs that I have written.
    I would be interested in participating in the festival in any way that I can be of assistance.
    My website is but I do not have a URL as far as I know.

  5. Interested in either doing a reading, blue pencil cafe or presentation, if you are still looking.

    • Hi Frank, Thank you for your interest in participating at the North Shore Writers Festival. Our Festival line-up and schedule are finalized for this year. Please get in touch with us this summer via the email on our homepage to submit an application for 2019. Thank you again for your comment!

      • Hi Meghan: I am replying to your response to Frank’s query since even though I made my first volunteer query on Nov 17, 2017 followed by two more on March 30, 2018, I still have not received a reply as my Comments are “still under consideration” which I find very disconcerting as a longtime West Van library member and donor.

  6. Hi Dan, Thank you for your comment. We replied to your comment this morning on the other thread: Sorry for the confusion!

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