North Shore Writers Festival

Where readers and writers meet


Festival 2013 – A Grand Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in, volunteered at and supported the 14th annual North Shore Writers Festival. The Festival was a fantastic literary celebration on the North Shore with attentive and enthusiastic full houses at the author readings, panels, trivia event and reception.

The Festival’s organizing committee would like to extend our appreciation to our headlining authors for giving superb talks to attentive and engaged audiences: Tanis Rideout, Evelyn Lau, Terry Fallis and Helen Humphreys.

The “Art of Food Writing” panel was moderated by Barbara-Jo McIntosh and panellists Stephanie Yuen, Diana Chen, Mijune Pak and Andrew Morrison expressed their candid opinions. The North Shore Writers’ Association panelists Lynn Crymble, Maggie Bolitho, Sonia Haynes, Martin Crosbie and Sylvia Taylor generously shared their experience and advice as they addressed the topic “So you’re Finally Published! Now What?” moderated by Cathy Scrimshaw.

Julie Backer produced the literary trivia quiz, Grant Lawrence was our quiz master and Sean Cranbury hosted the reception with live jazz from the Prescott Jazz Trio. Danielle Wing, Michelle Yule and Ehlam Zaminpaima provided updates during the Festival via social media. The North Vancouver City Library Friends group provided wine sales.
We appreciate the generous donations from Browns Public House and Posy as well as our partnership with our local booksellers, Black Bond Books.

The Festival was brought to you by the North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library and the West Vancouver Memorial Library, was supported by the Friends of all three North Shore Libraries, sponsored by the North Shore News and benefited from financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

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Literary Trivia Quiz Night

Do you love books? We do!

Test your knowledge of “who wrote what” and other bookish factoids, at the Festival’s first ever quiz night!

Grant-Lawrence-hires-shockedHosted by quiz master Grant Lawrence, the gregarious and encyclopedic CBC radio 3 personality and award-winning author of Adventures in Solitude.



The quiz was crafted by quiz mistress Julie Backer, librarian & former Jeopardy! contestant.

Collect your friends and play three rounds of questions to win a deluxe prize package. The event is free and all are welcome.

Cash bar with wine, beer, water and juice. Snacks will be served.

Register your team of six (or fewer) with Heidi Schiller ( or come as an individual and form a spontaneous team at the event!

The event will start at 8:30 p.m. sharp on Friday April 19th and the rounds of questions will conclude by 10 pm. Arrive at 8:00 to acquire a beverage and find your team.

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Evelyn Lau at NSWF 2013

EvelynLau We announce with pleasure that Vancouver’s award-winning Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau will read at this year’s Festival. Lau has written five previous volumes of poetry, two short story collection, a novel and two works of non-fiction.

Her newest collection of poetry, A Grain of Rice, honours family, attends to loss and celebrates the transformational.

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Tanis Rideout Joins North Shore Writers Festival 2013

We are delighted that Tanis Rideout will be part of the 2013 North Shore Writers Festival.  Rideout’s stunning debut novel Above All Things traces George Mallory’s epic and ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition and a day in the life of his wife and family who await his return in England.

Tanis has been a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Awards. In 2006, she was named Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Tanis read a read a commissioned poem on Sarah Harmer’s I Love the Escarpment Tour and has been called the unofficial Poet Laureate of CanRock. She was born in Belgium, grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.


Terry Fallis at the 2013 Festival

We are very pleased to announce that Terry Fallis will read from his  third novel Up and Down (to be published in September) at the 14th annual North Shore Writers Festival at the Lynn Valley Main Library.  You can listen to audio chapters over at his website.  Fallis is a public relations insider who self-published his debut satirical novel, The Best Laid Plans, which went on to win the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and CBC’s Canada Reads contest. He has since published a sequel,  The High Road which was a national bestseller.

Stay tuned for more author announcements!