Book festivals are in season

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      If you love books, you know that the local lit-fest season is now in full effect, rolling along on momentum from the annual late-September returns of Word Vancouver and LiterAsian. Still ahead are celebrations as various as the Vancouver Art Book Fair (October 18 to 20 at Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and, of course, the weeklong, high-profile program of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

      Running from October 21 to 27 at venues clustered on Granville Island and scattered around town, the VWF’s latest edition brings a signature mix of fast-emerging and big-name authors (several of them profiled in this issue of the Straight). The list of local luminaries includes Michael Christie, Anakana Schofield, Alix Ohlin, Steven Price, and Ian Williams—the last three of whom are set to join Ontario’s David Bezmozgis, Quebec’s Megan Gail Coles, and Newfoundland’s Michael Crummey for an opening-evening celebration of this year’s Giller Prize finalists.

      Also in the running for an award—in this case, an obscure matter called the Booker—is American novelist Chigozie Obioma, who appears in conversation with Sirish Rao and then again with fellow international stars Tash Aw and Joanne Ramos on the fest’s first two days. In the wake of these comes a packed program of readings, workshops, and performances, including a full menu geared to young readers, not to mention a series of hope-oriented events on some of the biggest issues in the news.

      Head to the Vancouver Writers Fest's website for complete details on the event's 80-plus events and 100-plus authors.