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Past Events

Spring Reading Series: Sea to Sky Discovery

Spring Reading Series: Sea to Sky Discovery

Whistler, BC
Sea to Sky Discovery invites four established Canadian and Indigenous authors to share the stage with local Sea to Sky Corridor writers and musicians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. Authors Joan Haggerty (The Dancehall Years), Susan Juby (The Fashion Committee), Bev Sellars (Price Paid: T...
Friday, June 30 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction

Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction

Whistler, BC
Ride back into the recent and distant past in the Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction reading event with authors Janie Chang, Kate Quinn, Roberta Rich and Jennifer Robson. History is anything but ho-hum in their latest novels, set in times and places of shocking upheaval. We visit China, fr...
Thursday, June 29 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Spring Reading Series: Open Lives

Spring Reading Series: Open Lives

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
The door is opening, and four authors are beckoning you in to hear tales of extraordinary times in their lives: traveling the world as lead singer in the notorious Vancouver band The Smugglers; chucking the secure life and ski-bumming through nine countries in a never-ending winter; confronting t...
Friday, May 5 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Reading Event 14: Marsha Lederman in Conversation

Reading Event 14: Marsha Lederman in Conversation

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Ronald Wright and Deborah Campbell. How do we make sense of a complex world, and why should we try to understand other cultures? Join the Globe and Mail’s Western Arts Correspondent Marsha Lederman as she asks these questions and more of historian, novelist and essayist Ronald Wright, and aw...
Sunday, October 16 2016 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Reading Event 13: Bill Richardson in Conversation

Reading Event 13: Bill Richardson in Conversation

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Satisfy your literary cravings with a conversation between Bill Richardson and Emma Donoghue (Room), Gary Geddes (Falsework), Affinity Konar (The Illustrated Version of Things), Cea Sunrise Person (North of Normal), Anosh Irani (The Parcel) and Madeline Thien (Dogs at the Perimeter).  This sessi...
Sunday, October 16 2016 11:00 AM 1:00 PM

Reading Event 12: Fiction vs Non-Fiction? Really?

Reading Event 12: Fiction vs Non-Fiction? Really?

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Richard Van Camp, Jennifer Manuel, Craig Davidson, Endre Farkas, C.S. Reardon. It won’t exactly be arm-wrestling, but more like watching these two meta-genres go head-to-head in a lively pas de deux highlighting writing’s essential dichotomy. What drives a writer into either camp? When do you cho...
Sunday, October 16 2016 9:30 AM 10:45 AM

Reading Event 11: Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart

Reading Event 11: Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
The festival’s feature presentation sees Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart, the award-winning author of seven internationally acclaimed novels: The Whirlpool, which received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France; Changing Heaven; Away, winner of t...
Saturday, October 15 2016 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Workshop 12: The Lives of Writers: Carol Shields, A Legacy

Workshop 12: The Lives of Writers: Carol Shields, A Legacy

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Anne Giardini and Nicholas Giardini. In the course of her extraordinary career, which included the novels The Stone Diaries, Larry’s Party, The Republic of Love and Unless, as well as poetry, short stories, biography and plays, Carol Shields was unfailingly encouraging of other writers. Auth...
Saturday, October 15 2016 4:30 PM 6:00 PM

Reading Event 10: Writers of Fiction

Reading Event 10: Writers of Fiction

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Join award-winning author, and moderator Genni Gunn as she traverses the diverse themes and subjects of the guest authors’ books, including: a collision of mental illness and the death of a killer whale; the reunion of an estranged family during a sailboat race; the delicate dynamic between First...
Saturday, October 15 2016 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

Workshop 10: Character Bootcamp

Workshop 10: Character Bootcamp

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Susan Juby. Does your character have what it takes to star in your full-length novel? This workshop will help you find out. We will review the elements that unforgettable characters have in common and learn a series of exercises and techniques that can take under- performing characters and m...
Saturday, October 15 2016 2:30 PM 4:30 PM
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