49 episodes

Exhilarating conversations and ideas from the world’s greatest storytellers and luminaries. From the esteemed vaults of the Vancouver Writers Fest, located in beautiful British Columbia.

Books & Ideas Audio Vancouver Writers Fest

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Exhilarating conversations and ideas from the world’s greatest storytellers and luminaries. From the esteemed vaults of the Vancouver Writers Fest, located in beautiful British Columbia.

    Wade Davis: Beneath the Surface of Things

    Wade Davis: Beneath the Surface of Things

    Travel into the heart of humanity with one of the foremost thinkers of our time. Wade Davis’s awe-inspiring career includes being the renowned author of 24 books, Professor of Anthropology, Member of the Order of Canada, and former Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He joins the Vancouver Writers Fest with Beneath the Surface of Things, a new collection that dives into a timely and eclectic array of topics from across the planet. He speaks with award-winning journalist Laura Lynch, host of CBC’s What On Earth.

    • 58 min
    Michelle Good: Truth Telling

    Michelle Good: Truth Telling

    Michelle Good has moved and inspired millions of people with Five Little Indians, the Canada Reads-winning novel that tells the story of a group of residential school survivors coming to terms with their past and finding a way forward. She joined us at the Vancouver Writers Fest on October 21st, 2023, in partnership with Talking Stick Festival, HarperCollins Canada Ltd, and the Peter A. Allard Law School at UBC, in conversation with author Carleigh Baker. Her latest work of non-fiction, Truth Telling, is a collection of essays about the contemporary Indigenous experience in Canada—from resistance and reconciliation to the resurgence and reclamation of Indigenous power.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Celeste Ng: Our Missing Hearts

    Celeste Ng: Our Missing Hearts

    Where does one start when listing the accolades and praise for Celeste Ng’s deeply felt, intelligent body of work? Little Fires Everywhere sold millions of copies worldwide and was adapted to a highly acclaimed series on Hulu. Of her latest, Our Missing Hearts, Stephen King shared that “it’s impossible not to be moved,” while TIME, NPR, People, The Globe and Mail, and more, listed it as a book of the year. Celeste Ng joined us at the Festival for a conversation with Jael Richardson.

    • 50 min
    The Poetry Bash

    The Poetry Bash

    Our annual Poetry Bash is a gateway to discovering exceptional poets from across the globe. In this release from our 2023 flagship Festival, hear readings from Victoria Adukwei Bulley (Quiet), Lorna Crozier (After That), Patrick Friesen (Reckoning), Susan Musgrave (Exculpatory Lilies) Michael V. Smith (Queers Like Me), and Matthew James Weigel (Whitemud Walking).

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Sheila Heti: Alphabetical Diaries

    Sheila Heti: Alphabetical Diaries

    Acclaimed Canadian writer Sheila Heti speaks with Molly Cross-Blanchard in this conversation from our 2024 Incite series, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. Her latest book, Alphabetical Diaries, collects lines from a decade's worth of her journals—rearranged in alphabetical order to create something entirely fresh and sublime.

    Heti is the author of ten previous books, including experimental and philosophical works such as Motherhood, Pure Colour, and How Should a Person Be?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Zadie Smith in Conversation with Madeleine Thien

    Zadie Smith in Conversation with Madeleine Thien

    Widely recognized as one of the finest and most influential authors writing in English today, Zadie Smith speaks about her acclaimed latest novel, The Fraud, with her internationally-renowned Canadian contemporary, Madeleine Thien.



    This event was presented in 2023 in partnership with UBC School of Creative Writing and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and with the support of Penguin Random House Canada.

    • 48 min

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