North Shore Writers Festival

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in and supported the 13th  Annual North Shore Writers Festival.

The Festival’s organizing committee thanks our headlining authors for giving fantastic talks: Marina Endicott, Anita Rau Badami and Daniel Kalla as well as our first-ever picture book author Kallie George.

Many thanks to the “Secrets of Successful Bloggers” panellists;  Rebecca BollwittSean Cranbury,  Kelsey Dundon Jenn Farrell, Jeannette Ordas, and the “Getting Started, Getting Published” panellists from the North Shore Writers’ Association; Karen Bower, Fran Bourassa, Lynn Crymble, Bernice Lever, Sylvia Taylor and Gerhard Winkler.

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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Festival Day is Saturday, April 21st!

 The 2012 North Shore Writers Festival will take place this Saturday!  Your festival organizers – the North Vancouver City, North Vancouver District and West Vancouver Memorial Libraries – are looking forward to the 13th annual gathering of writers and readers on the North Shore.

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Which event is labelled “must attend” on your social calendar?  

All events are held at the West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive.  Parking and transit details here.


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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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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).