The Vancouver Writers Fest 2014

The Vancouver Writers Fest 2014

The Vancouver Writers Fest is an annual event which brings together literary notables from around the globe for five days of book readings, lectures and other events. For the past 27 years, it has provided a platform for authors and readers to meet, engage in discussion, and exchange inspiration and ideas. The Writers Fest events is based in the cultural sanctuary of Granville Island.

The U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver is proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an enriching cultural initiative. This year, we offered grants to five American authors from various literary backgrounds to attend the Writers Fest.

Jane Smiley, author of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award winning A Thousand Acres, spoke about her most recent novel, Some Luck at the Writers Fest.

Booker Prize nominee Joshua Ferris, who was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”writers in 2010, is the bestselling author of three novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

Young adult dystopian fiction author of the New York Times bestsellingLegend trilogy, Marie Lu, talked about the challenges of writing a series.

Lebanese-American painter and writer Rabih Alameddine was also at the festival and spoke passionately about his most recent novel titled, An Unnecessary Woman. John Freeman, a literary critic and writer whose works appear in almost 200 publications, was a moderator at this year’s Writers Fest.

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