North Shore Writers Festival

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Tanis Rideout: “Above All Things”

Author Tanis Rideout kicks off this year’s festival with some beautiful readings from her novel “Above All Things”.  She reminisced to the crowed about the way that she became completely consumed with George Mallory’s life and his exhibitions up Mount Everest.  These interests lead her to write the novel about his failed attempt to ascend Mount Everest.  Her seven year journey writing the novel lead her everywhere from archives containing letters between George and his partner Ruth in Cambridge to digging up newspapers detailing climbing news from that time.  Rideout wants to believe that he made it to the summit as a photo of Ruth was not found on his body and he had promised to leave her photo there but there is no evidence to confirm that.

Through a slide show of photos she takes the audience through the route that George took ending with the location of his body found approximately 90 years after his failed exhibition.  She recounts the moment that brought her to the edge of tears was when she was passed the papers that were found on George’s body and it clicked that she was writing about real people.  Finally, she hints at a new project she is starting that may be set in the current day.

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– Tanis Rideout with a photo of Mount Everest behind her as she talks about the writing of the novel “Above All Things”


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Helen Humphreys Joins the 2013 Festival Lineup

Humphreys_HelenThe North Shore Writers Festival is thrilled to announce that Canadian literary superstar, Helen Humphreys, will be joining this year’s festival on April 20th.

Helen is the award-winning author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. At the festival, she will speak about writing her newest memoir, Nocturne, about the life and death of her brother, Martin, set to be published in March.

Nocturne was named by The National Post as one of its 13 most anticipated books of (the first half) of 2013. The Post’s Afterword blog described the book by saying:

“Get your Kleenex ready. Humphreys, whose last book, The Reinvention of Love, only came out in late 2011, delivers her second book of non-fiction, a memoir about the death of her beloved younger brother, an accomplished pianist who died of cancer in his forties. For those left behind.”

Humphreys’ past books include:

Stay tuned for the full festival schedule, to be announced in the next few days!

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Where to Check Out Festival Titles

With just under two weeks before the festival, now would be a fabulous time to brush up on our fantastic headlining authors’ books. Whether you want to power through all of them or get a group together to read one and discuss before the festival, the North Shore Writers Fest authors offer something for everyone. The following provides a list of the headlining authors’ most popular titles with links into each of the sponsoring librarys’ catalogues (where you can find descriptions and holdings info):

North Vancouver City Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows , Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

North Vancouver District Public Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

West Vancouver Memorial Library:

Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows, Good to a Fault and Open Arms

Anita Rau Badami’s Tell it to the Trees, The Hero’s Walk and Tamarind Mem

Daniel Kalla’s The Far Side of the Sky, Pandemic and Resistance

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Getting Started and Getting Published – A Writers’ Panel

Have you dreamed of publishing a piece of writing but can’t quite figure out how to get past the blank page? If the answer is yes, the North Shore Writers Association’s session on Getting Started and Getting Published at this year’s festival is for you. Local published authors will share their own writing and publishing experiences, and help you to get that project started, finished and out to the public.

Panelists include arts reporter and poet Fran Bourassa; Lynn Crymble, who published her first novel, It Can Happen to You, in 2009; poet Bernice Lever, who has published several volumes of poetry; Sylvia Taylor, an award-winning freelance writer and editor; and Gerhard Winkler, whose essays and short stories have been published in several chapbooks and anthologies.

The panel runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Welsh Hall West at the North Shore Writers Festival on April 21st.

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Here come the bloggers!

This year, the North Shore Writers Festival is offering its first-ever blogging panel with some of the region’s most prominent bloggers. The following six panelists will discuss trends, best practices and the future of blogging at the festival from 2 to 3:30 in the Welsh Hall.

Rebecca Bollwitt, one of BC’s Top 100 Women of Influence according to the Vancouver Sun, has run the Miss604 blog since 2004. Focusing on life in Vancouver and its environs, it was voted Best Vancouver Blog by the Georgia Straight for the past three years.


Vancouver-based Sean Cranbury is a literary renaissance man: writer, book blogger and literary event programmer. He operates the book-focused Books on the Radio blog, as well as the successful Advent Book Blog, which solicits Canadian book recommendations from the country’s literati every day leading up to Christmas in December.

Kelsey Dundon’s The Anthology blog chronicles all things fashion-forward and stylish. She is also the founder of Northill Creative, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in writing and communications strategy.



When local author Jenn Farrell is not writing books or teaching creative writing classes, she dishes about beauty and fashion on her blog, Canada Fancy. The lovely and beguiling Ms. Farrell will bring her sharp wit and probing questions to the festival as this panel’s moderator.


Jeannette Ordas is a self-described food-obsessed web designer who writes about cooking and baking on her blog, Everybody Likes Sandwiches.