Whether rigorous journalism or expansive fiction, literature can be a crucial tool in thinking through complicated political realities – and imagining new ones. The 100+ authors attending the Vancouver Writers Fest this from October 21-27, 2019, do just that. Here are five events for anyone interested in nuanced and unapologetically feminist conversations on today’s most pertinent stories.

Reading Room

Kim Dhillon

“Dazzle Camouflage” is the honourable mention for Room's Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2019. Here's what the judge, Terese Marie Mailhot, has to say about the essay: “‘Dazzle Camouflage’ was full of beautiful language and the depth of the work was wonderful to sit with. It was personal and cerebral and the voice within the work felt poetic and full. What does it mean to inhabit an identity or be part of a larger community and shared history? It’s a beautiful essay looking closely at the self.”

/let it out/
they tear
through my
rawing throat,
saliva & blood
bubbling out

Ladies and gentlemen, please.
Thank you, thank you—yes, the magic
tonight was real.

A gargoyle sits at the end of my garden, a plastic resin Mother’s Day present, wrapped with charms of love and my children’s perspicacity. Her name is Marthe and her job is protection. Most of all, she is to guard me and mine from the dragon.

“Pieces of Me” is the honourable mention of Room’s 2019 Fiction Contest as selected by judge Catherine Hernandez.

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Interview Room

Marika Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki will be coming to the Vancouver Writers Fest to talk love, do improv, and offer insights on the graphic novel-writing process. In the following interview, Jane Shi asks her about her influences, the importance of intergenerational conversations in the queer community, and tips she would give to new and likeminded creators.

Alison Acheson

In this episode Mica and Alison tackle questions like: is it possible to maintain romance in a relationship where one partner is dying? What's it like to re-fall in love with your spouse? What is a soul? And is there anything to glean from cliches like "live in the moment"?

Chandler Levack

Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Chandler is here to talk about how being a film critic has helped her create better art, what it felt like to be a young female music critic (as in, a novelty) in the 90s, and the pros and cons of Twitter as a platform for cultural criticism.

Reviews

Whatever, Iceberg book cover a mostly-submerged iceberg

Whatever, Iceberg chronicles an all-too-familiar queer romance interwoven with polyamory, single parenting, chronic pain, poverty, and aging. Despite the specificity of Ziniuk’s writing, the collection remains relatable for anyone who has ever been in a badly timed romance or burned by a lover.

I'm Not Here book cover

While reading GG’s new graphic novel, I’m Not Here, I was reminded of a short story by Delmore Schwartz, in which the narrator goes into a cinema and, much to their amazement and dismay, f

Don't Tell Me What To Do book cover

Each of the fifteen stories, mostly populated by female protagonists at less-than-perfect moments in their lives, show the work of a generous writer committed to creating characters unapologetically being themselves in all their flawed, misguided glory.

Room with a View

Black and white image of two persons sitting opposite one another and discussing a piece of writing

Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2019: The Winners!

Congratulations to the following three writers, whose essays have been selected by our esteembed judge, Terese Marie Mailhot, as the winners and honourable mention for our 2019 Creative Non-Fiction Contest!

Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2019: The Longlisted Essays

You've waited long enough. Here are the thirteen longlisted essays from our 2019 Creative Non-Fiction Contest!