Meet the Writers

Ticket sales open Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 8am.

2018 Writers confirmed so far:

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell is the author of A Disappearance in Damascus and This Heated Place. A Disappearance in Damascus won the 2016 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the Hubert Evans Prize (BC Book Prizes). Deborah Campbell will deliver the 2018 Hutchison Lecture and will address the relationship between journalism and democracy.

David Chariandy

David Chariandy was with us in 2008 with his first book, Soucouyant. His latest novel, Brother, was longlisted for the Giller and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.  Chariandy contemplates how to discuss race with his children in I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A letter to my daughter, a Spring 2018 release.

Dawn Dumont

Dawn Dumont is a Plains Cree comic, actor, author and journalist. Glass Beads, a collection of 20 short stories, is her most recent book. Earlier books are Nobody Cries at Bingo and Rose’s Run, winner of the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction.

Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal’s work and activism around the issue of homelessness inform her debut suspense thriller, The Lost Ones, that takes place in Vancouver and other BC locales. The protagonist, Nora Watts, is fearless, chaotic, and deeply flawed and returns in the sequel, It All Falls Down (July 2018).

Linden MacIntyre

Journalist, broadcaster, author and Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner Linden MacIntyre returns to the Festival with his fourth novel,  The Only Café, “a timely and gripping novel in which a son tries to solve the mystery of his father’s death–a man who tried but could not forget a troubled past in his native Lebanon.”

Clem Martini and Olivier Martini

The Unravelling by brothers Clem Martini and Olivier Martini is a graphic memoir of a family’s journey through mental illness, dementia, caregiving, and the health care system. Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Olivier Martini is a visual artist whose first book, Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, a collaboration with his brother, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

James Maskalyk

James Maskalyk’s Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine won the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. It is currently on the shortlists for the 2017 BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. He divides his time between Toronto and Addis Ababa where he practices and teaches emergency medicine.

Carol Off

Carol Off is an award-winning journalist and the host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens. Her fourth book, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others landed on the shortlist for the top three Canadian non-fiction prize lists. It is the story of Asad Aryubwal who was forced to flee Afghanistan with his family after a CBC documentary exposed him as her source.

Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill just won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Bellevue Square. Earlier work includes Consolation, longlisted for the Man Booker, and Martin Sloane, a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize.

Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson is the bestselling author of four books of historical fiction. In Jennifer’s words: “An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history geek, I am lucky enough to now call myself a full-time writer.” Her latest book is Goodnight from London.

Edward Struzik

Scientist, journalist and author Edward Struzik has been writing about environmental issues for over 30 years with a focus on the effects of climate change on the Canadian Arctic. His latest book is Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape our Future.

Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette’s 2016 novel, The Break, was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. A Girl Called Echo, a graphic novel, has just been published by Portage & Main Press.

Tom Wilson

Writer, musician and songwriter Tom Wilson is a three-time Juno Award-winner (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond). His memoir, Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home is an astonishing story about deep family secrets and Wilson’s search for truth.

Mark Winston & Renee Saklikar

Mark Winston’s Bee Time, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. Renee Saklikar is the City of Surrey’s inaugural Poet Laureate. She won the Canadian Authors Award for best book of poetry for children of air india and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes). Their book, Listening to the Bees: Field Notes and Poems will be published by Nightwood Editions in the spring.