North Shore Writers Festival

Where readers and writers meet

2017 Lineup

Headlining Authors

Deborah Campbell

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In 2007, award-winning writer Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Syria to report for Harper’s on the exodus of Iraqis. There she hires Ahlam, a remarkable Iraqi woman who is working as a “fixer,” helping international journalists find sources. After Ahlam is arrested by Syrian secret police, Campbell must stay to search for her guide and friend. Winner of the 2016 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, Canada’s largest literary award for nonfiction, A Disappearance in Damascus is described by the jury as “a riveting tale of courage, loss, love, and friendship.” The National Post calls the book “at once an engrossing mystery and a portal into the Syrian civil war.” Campbell will take us behind the scenes into the worlds of conflict reporting, cross-cultural friendship, and the wars in Iraq and Syria.

Visit Deborah on Twitter!

  • Love, Friendship and Loss in Damascus with Deborah Campbell  
    Saturday, April 8 | 11:45am-1pm | City Hall Atrium

    Learn more!

Anosh Irani

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Anosh Irani has published three critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play “Bombay Black” won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His work has been translated into eleven languages.

His new novel, The Parcel, was recently chosen as one of the “Books of the Year” by the Quill and Quire, and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.  Irani will be reading from his novel and will answer questions from the audience.

  • The Power of Redemption in Anosh Irani’s The Parcel
    Saturday, April 8 | 2:30-3:30pm | City Hall Atrium
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Zoe Whittall

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Zoe Whittall is the award-winning author of The Best Kind of People (2016), which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and selected as Indigo’s Number One Book of the Year. She is also the author of The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (2001), The Emily Valentine Poems(2006), and Precordial Thump (2008), and the editor of Geeks, Misfits, & Outlaws (2003). Her debut novel Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) made the Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year and CBC Canada Reads’ Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade. Her second novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009) won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the Believer, the Globe and Mail, the National PostFashion, and more. She has also worked as a writer and story editor on the TV shows DegrassiSchitt’s Creek, and the Baroness Von Sketch Show. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, she has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto. (Photo credit to Vivek Shraya)

Visit Zoe on Facebook or Twitter!

  • The Best Kind of People with Zoe Whittall and Shaena Lambert
    Saturday, April 8 | 3:45-5:00pm | City Hall Atrium
    Learn more!

 

Panellists

Jackie Bateman

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Jackie Bateman’s first novel, Nondescript Rambunctious, won a national First Book competition in Canada, and grew into a trilogy of psychological thrillers. The second novel in the series, Savour, was shortlisted for the 2015 Relit Awards. The third, Straight Circles, will be published in Spring 2017. All three books are being translated into Dutch and French, and have been optioned by Calypso 35 Films for a multi-episode TV series.

Visit Jackie on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Setting & Character in Creative Writing: A North Shore Writers Association Panel
    Saturday, April 8 | 10-11:30am | City Hall Atrium
    Learn more!
  • Lunch Break Lounge & NEW: Writers Café
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:00pm-2:15pm | 3rd Floor Program Room
    Learn more!

Alexander Boldizar

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Alexander Boldizar was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a JD from Harvard Law School. His writing has won the PEN/Nob Hill prize and was the Bread Loaf nominee for Best New American Voices. His novel, The Ugly, was named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Entropy Magazine and by Book Scrolling.

Visit Alexander on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Setting & Character in Creative Writing: A North Shore Writers Association Panel
    Learn more!
    Saturday, April 8 | 10-11:30am | City Hall Atrium
  • Lunch Break Lounge & NEW: Writers Café
    Learn more!

    Saturday, April 8 | 1:00pm-2:15pm | 3rd Floor Program Room

 

Lawrence Verigin

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Lawrence Verigin is the author of two eco-thrillers. The first, Dark Seed, was the winner of the  2014 Chanticleer CLUE Thriller Award for International Intrigue/World Events and a finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award Montaigne Medal for Thought-Provoking Books that Illuminate, Progress, and Redirect Thought. His 2nd novel, Seed of Control, has just been released; his goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects.

Visit Lawrence on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Setting & Character in Creative Writing: A North Shore Writers Association Panel
    Saturday, April 8 | 10-11:30am | City Hall Atrium
    Learn more!
  • Lunch Break Lounge & NEW: Writers Café
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:00pm-2:15pm | 3rd Floor Program Room
    Learn more!

 

Hosts

Grant Lawrence

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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 two bestselling and award-winning books, Adventures in Solitude and The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie.

Visit Grant on Facebook or Twitter!

  • 5th Annual Literary Trivia Quiz Night with Host Grant Lawrence
    Friday, April 7 | 7:30-9:30pm | City Hall Atrium

    Learn more!

Shaena Lambert

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Shaena Lambert’s latest book of stories, Oh, My Darling, was selected as a top book of the year by  The Globe and Mail and National Post, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award. Her novel Radiance was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award, the BC Book Prize and the Evergreen Award. Her first book, The Falling Woman, was published to critical acclaim in Canada, the UK and Germany. Her stories have appeared four times in Best Canadian Stories, and been published in The Walrus, Zoetrope: All Story, Canadian Notes & Queries, Ploughshares (selected by Colm Toibin), The Journey Prize Anthology, The Toronto Life Summer Fiction issue and many other publications.  She lives in Vancouver with her partner, a dog and two cats.  www.shaenalambert.com

Visit Shaena on Facebook or Twitter!

  • The Best Kind of People with Zoe Whittall and Shaena Lambert
    Saturday, April 8 | 3:45-5:00pm | City Hall Atrium

    Learn more!

 

JJ Lee

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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.

Visit JJ on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Writers + Readers Reception Hosted by JJ Lee
    Saturday, April 8 | 5:15-7:00pm | 3rd Floor Program Room

    Learn more!

 

 

Local Author Book Fair

Kate BirdKate Bird 

Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. She was the researcher for the BC Book Prize-winning Making Headlines, and is the author of the local bestseller Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade That Changed the City. Kate’s forthcoming book is City On Edge: a rebellious century of Vancouver protests, riots, and strikes (Sept 2017).

Find out more information at katebird.ca

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

 Aaron ChapmanAaron Chapman, author Rebecca Blissett Photography

Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician. He is the author of Liquor, Lust, and the Law a history of the Penthouse Nightclub, and Live at the Commodore, a history of the
Commodore Ballroom. His new book The Last Gang in Town, a crime history about Police and east Vancouver street gangs in the 1970s, has spent months on the BC Best Seller list, and has been nominated or a BC Book Prize.

Find out more information at www.aaronchapman.net

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

Marlene ChengRichmond Cheung

Marlene Cheng has written: The Many Layered Skirt—subtitled Man Sheung’s Story—a biography; The Tuareg Ladies—subtitled Abandoned by God—a novel; and Found, Lost and Forever—a novel. And, the sequel to an untitled work which is still being published.

Find out more information at marlenecheng.wordpress.com

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

 

 

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Claudia Cornwall has written six books. Her most recent is Battling Melanoma: One Couple’s Struggle from Diagnosis to Cure. In 2013, her book, Catching Cancer, was picked by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2013. Claudia lives in North Vancouver and teaches in the Writer’s Studio at SFU.

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

 

Cindy GravesView More: http://backyardlace.pass.us/wrinkle-touch-ups

Cindy Graves has always enjoyed writing, and after studying the craft and honing her skills, she decided to finally tell this story about a tumultuous phase in her family’s life.
When she is not raising funds for the Canadian Red Cross, Graves can be found leading workshops for writers who have compelling stories to tell. A recent empty-nester, she lives with her husband in a 1921year-old heritage house overlooking Vancouver harbour. CareyOn is her first book.

Find out more information on Twitter.

  • Local Author Book Fair 
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

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Patrick Hill sailed 15,000 miles in 14 months with family to South Seas & Alaska in 42’ self-built boat. He is a Professional Engineer and Director working in South America, South East Asia, Europe, South Africa, and more.
Hill has two adventure books published—one self-published—about his experiences on the South Coast of Alaska.
Find out more information at www.patrickhillcruising.com

  • Local Author Book Fair 
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

Bernice LeverBernice

Bernice Lever, who read on 5 continents, has her 1
0th poetry book , “Small Acts”, Black Moss Press, 2016. A retired College English teacher, who lives on Bowen Island, is active in Peace Poet & other festivals.

Find out more information at www.colourofwords.com

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

Shelley O’CallaghanOCallaghanShelley-e1479321633784

Shelley O’Callaghan has been recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent environmental lawyers. She is a member of the North Shore Writers Association and the Canadian Creative Non-Fiction Collective. “How Deep is the Lake” is her first book.

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

 

Marie SadroMarie Sadro (2)

Marie Sadro is the author of Erika, a memoir of her childhood in Berlin; In Her Light, a collection of philosophical reflections; and Sheba’s Treasure, a children’s story. She is currently editing a collection of stories of Kaslo, B.C., where she lived for many years.

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

Mary TasiWade Baker and Mary Tasi (2)

Mary Tasi was born in Hampshire, England. She has an honours degree in urban planning from the University of Waterloo. The Hidden Journals is her second book. She spent 20 years in indigenous communities and focuses on authentic oral stories.

Find out more information at www.skyspiritstudio.com/books

  • Local Author Book Fair 
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

 

Michael WilsonMichael Wilson photo - headshot

Bio: Michael Wilson lives on the BC coast with his family and dog, Meg. When not writing, he likes to sail his Flying Junior in the waters of Howe Sound. Adventure on Whalebone Island is his first book for children.

Find out more information at www.rainybaypress.ca.

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

 

Ray WoodRAYWODDPIC

Ray Wood is a writer, inventor and entrepreneur, living in a heritage building in West Vancouver. Ray’s mystery/adventure novel Stalking Geraldine was researched as he and his wife Robyn drove their elderly Land Rover up the spine of Africa.

Find out more information at www.stalkinggeraldine.com

  • Local Author Book Fair
    Saturday, April 8 | 1:30pm-5:15pm | City Hall Atrium

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