|Canada 2003 archived tour details|
October 2003: CANADA! Short tour of festivals in Canada to support The Well of Lost Plots launch. Rough details are below.
WORDFEST BANFF/CALGARY INTERNATIONAL WRITER'S FESTIVAL
Wordfest Website List of Fforde events:
Wednesday October 15
Opening Gala 7:00pm, Uptown Stage, Calgary
(w/ Joan London, Melanie Little, Monique Proulx and MG Vassanji)
The Festival's kick-off event -- the first of a trio of evening "showcase" events in Calgary.
Thursday October 16th
Lights, Camera... Write!
12 noon, Glenbow Auditorium, Calgary
(w/ Russell Banks and Monique Proulx)
A panel discussion about the interface between writing and film, featuring writers who have worked with different aspects of the industry.
Friday October 17th
Calling All Nations
2 pm, Mount Royal College, Calgary
(w/ CK Stead, Isabel Huggan, and Alberto Ruy-Sanchez)
A panel discussion on the notion of "national literatures" -- how they work, what they are and how useful the concept is.
VANCOUVER WRITER'S FESTIVAL
Tuesday October 21
Daytime - Drop in signings to Victoria bookstores (including Munro's).
7:00 p.m. - "Entering a Different Fictional World" event with Canadian writer Fred Stenson. Each author will have approximately 25 minutes to chat to the crowd about their book(s) or the writing of them and read a passage or two.
Location: 1644 Hillside Avenue
Friday October 24
10 to 11:30 a.m. - THE PERFECT CRIME
WILLIAM DEVERELL, SARAH DUNANT, JASPER FFORDE
MODERATOR: ANNA PORTER
Location: ARTS CLUB GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE
Description: Crime fiction has risen above the formulaic. Highly accomplished writers are adopting the form to produce works that are valuable as literature and entertainment. Why does this form work so well? What attracts such a wide range of readers to the genre? And how have plots and characters changed to accommodate current issues? Anna Porter, publisher of Key Porter Books and crime writer in her own right, talks with three of the best.
Saturday October 25
8:00 p.m. - INTO THE TWILIGHT ZONE
JASPER FFORDE, WILLIAM GIBSON, PAUL MCAULEY, SPIDER ROBINSON
MODERATOR: DON DEBRANDT
Location: WATERFRONT THEATRE
Description: As evening falls on Vancouver, anything can happen, especially in the other worlds created by these four writers. Fertile imaginations spawn worlds that crawl with bizarre characters, time travellers, techno-possibilities and freakish futures. To call these four artists ³science fiction writers² is to limit their scope. This is a great opportunity to stretch your mind on a Saturday night.
HARBOURFRONT - TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS.
Preliminary list of events:
Oct. 28 - Mainstage Reading: Premiere Dance Theatre, 8:00 PM
Oct. 29 - On-Stage Interview, Lakeside Terrace, 9:00 PM
Oct 29 - (also) McArthur & Company Harbourfront party