13 Oct 2020

Emma Donoghue + VWF

The show must go on. Well, if it can. And, thankfully – despite all that 2020 has to ‘offer’ – the Vancouver Writers Festival will go on. The VWF was launched in 1988 by Founding Artistic Director Alma Lee, and declared the Best Large Canadian Literary Festival by the Canadian

16 Aug 2020

Jane Friedman: The Writer’s Life

The Guardian asked 15,000 Brits to identify their dream jobs. Which job came in as most desirable of all?  ‘Author’, said 60% of respondents.  ~ The imagined literary life is an appealing one indeed. Sitting about in one’s pyjamas (check!), dreaming up new worlds, raking in Rowling money, then resting immortal

28 Jul 2020

Amartei Armar +

i. I work as a film director currently working in the Ghanaian film industry. I create various multimedia works such as short narrative films, corporate documentaries, music videos, and commercials. ii. I do this creative work because: I’ve always been drawn towards stories and storytelling. Stories are impactful. They shape

21 Jun 2020

The Girl And The Wolf

‘Everything got quiet and dark. The girl felt cold and scared. She didn’t know what to do.’ ‘Out from between the trees, a tall grey wolf with big white teeth appeared. The girl was very still. “What are you doing out here by yourself?” asked the wolf. “I lost my

05 Jun 2020

Joella Daniela

i. I work as a: I am an Artist, Writer, Instructor & Entrepreneur. ii. I do this creative work because: I have to. To not create means to endure my thoughts alone; to not be true to myself. I find that through art, writing, and teaching I’m able to make

15 Mar 2020

Chelene Knight

i. I work as a writer, editor, publishing consultant, and creative writing teacher. ii. I do this creative work because: I have always felt a pull toward the publishing industry. I also believe strongly in finding new ways to help writers build community and sustain long-term careers in the arts. iii.

26 Jan 2020

Books We Borrowed

What do a lollipop-loving caterpillar, a Goldfinch, a wimpy kid, and Michelle Obama have in common? All four of these protagonists sit atop the Vancouver Public Library’s latest ‘Most Borrowed’ lists. It is Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar who wins the crown, with more than 10,000 checkouts over the past 16

17 Sep 2019

R.J. Palacio

‘I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an XBox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make

21 Apr 2019

Lowry’s Last Lap to the Sea

Malcolm Lowry was an oft heard name on our phone lines. When Dad was a twenty-something writer, he met Lowry – twenty years his senior – at Earle Birney’s Deep Cove hut. Biographers would call, asking Dad to talk about his ensuing friendship with the brilliant, hard-living author of Under The

26 Mar 2019

Daniel Kalla

It’s launch day! Today, We All Fall Down – the new suspense novel from bestselling author and Vancouverite, Daniel Kalla – comes out. This is the tenth novel from Kalla, who also works locally as an ER physician at a busy downtown hospital. ‘What might happen,’ Kalla asks with We