The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

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      The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival is under way, bringing together authors from across town and around the world–and, more importantly, putting them in contact with the readers who make the whole thing worthwhile. Tickets remain for several promising events–if you can't find something to bestir you, you just aren't trying. Starting with the biggest profile, CBC broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel (pictured here) presents the annual Bill Duthie Memorial Lecture on Sunday (October 21) at the Stanley Theatre, beginning at 8 p.m. Backing up, Friday (October 19) kicks off at 10 a.m. with Gift of the Gab, an unlikely but loquacious meeting of Nuala O'Faolain, Ray Robertson, and Michael Winter, all spun to the conversation stylings of moderator Vicki Gabereau at the Arts Club Theatre. In between, on Saturday (October 20), you can choose between evening ceilidhs with a panoply of poets (The Poetry Bash, Performance Works) and a feast of fictioneers (Polyphony, Waterfront Theatre). My pick? Alistair MacLeod–in conversation with Barry Callaghan, Patricia Robertson, and Seán Virgo–at the Waterfront on Saturday at 2 p.m., with Three Masters, One Mistress of Short Fiction. For tickets and details,




      Oct 21, 2007 at 4:18pm

      Hey, come check my new book out! (the refuse salon)

      "Leon Kaplan's faux-memoir does for hookers what Portnoy's Complaint did for Jewish mothers." –Allan Novak, Loving Spoonfuls

      "Leon Kaplan's comic look at the life of a lustful nomad is both perceptive and thoroughly entertaining. A new talent to watch." –Kerry Doole,

      I Married a Terrorist
      Saturday, October 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
      Location: Chapters Granville & Broadway

      John Burns

      Oct 21, 2007 at 5:24pm

      Hey -

      I never realized how easy it could be. Here I've been struggling to craft clever little Choices of the Week when I all I had to do was open the pipes for self-promotion. Easy Street--here I come!

      Oh, and apparently we're all hanging at Chapters next Saturday. Bring it on!

      PS. Congratulations on your book.