North Shore Writers Festival

Where readers and writers meet


Join us for another fantastic North Shore Writers Festival.

All events are FREE and no registration is required. Arrive early to secure a space – seating is first-come, first-served!


FRIDAY, APRIL 7 | 2017

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

  • Acclaimed author Grant Lawrence hosts the 5th annual Literary Trivia night. Test your mental mettle and compete for prizes and glory!  Register teams of six (or fewer) by emailing Doors at 7:00pm. Quiz starts at 7:30. Cash bar.


Setting & Character in Creative Writing: A North Shore Writers Association Panel
10-11:30am | City Hall Atrium

  • Are you an aspiring novelist who wants to learn more about how characters and setting function as part of the overall story? Or are you an avid reader who would like to know how novelists create and maintain tension and reader interest? This event is for both of you.Come and listen to our panel of local, award-winning novelists discuss some of the tools of their craft, and leave with a deeper understanding of how novels are constructed.  Then join us at the Writers Café at 1:00pm to get a chance to speak with our three panellists on a more personal level.Featuring: Jackie Bateman, Alexander Boldizar, Lawrence Verigin
    With: Cathy ScrimshawPresented by the North Shore Writers Association

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

  • Meet the award-winning journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed memoir A Disappearance in Damascus. Listen to her inspiring story of friendship and a gripping account of her journey in 2007 as an undercover journalist in Syria’s war zones.

Lunch Break Lounge & NEW: Writers Café
1:00pm-2:15pm | 3rd Floor Program Room

  • Join us for conversations and a free light lunch at Lunch Break Lounge.NEW for 2017, relax and enjoy lunch in the Writers Café with Lawrence Verigin, Jackie Bateman and Alexander Boldizar, the award-winning novelists from the morning panel on Setting & Character in Novel Writing. Come with questions or for a chance to just chat with these published authors; writers, bring a one or two page sample of your own writing (double-spaced please) – if they have the time, they’ll read it and offer some insights.

Local Author Book Fair
2-5:00pm | City Hall Atrium

  • Looking for a new author to try? Want to explore some of the rich, local literary talent that is abundant here on the North Shore and in Vancouver? Then don’t miss the 2017 Local Authors Book Fair!Memoirs, local history, adult fiction, poetry, fiction for children – it’s all here for you to discover and enjoy. This is a great opportunity to chat with a local writer and learn more about what your local literary professionals have to offer. 

The Power of Redemption in Anosh Irani’s The Parcel
2:30-3:30pm | City Hall Atrium

  • Join Anosh Irani as he discusses his enlightening exploration of India’s transgender issues, as well as the inspiration and writing experience behind his compelling new novel The Parcel.

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

  • Join Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Zoe Whittall in conversation with Canadian novelist Shaena Lambert. Whittall will discuss not only the writing experience behind her highly acclaimed novel The Best Kind of People, but also the compelling themes and characters that are embedded within her story.

    What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

    George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

    With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.


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

  • Join us for refreshments and mingle with fellow festival-goers. Featuring music, door prizes and the announcement of the winner of the North Shore Writers’ Association’s writing contest. Hosted by the acclaimed and charming CBC radio personality and writer, JJ Lee.

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