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City on Edge: Panel Reading & Discussion
October 5 | 7:00 PM - 9:30 PMFree
Join celebrated local authors Kate Bird, Charles Demers, Wayde Compton, and Aaron Chapman for an evening of dynamic readings and presentations exploring the ever-changing city we call home.
Free event. Alice MacKay Room (Lower Level) at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch.
Books will be available for purchase.
Kate Bird helped manage the photograph collection at the Vancouver Sun and the Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of the bestselling Vancouver in the Seventies and has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun, which won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award at the 2013 BC Book Prizes. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
Charles Demers is a comedian, writer, and playwright, and the author of such books as The Horrors, Vancouver Special, and (with George Bowering) The Dad Dialogues. He’s a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and is the voice of Walter the Slug on the Emmy-winning Netflix cartoon Beat Bugs. He is also the editor of Robin’s Egg Books, a humour imprint of Arsenal Pulp Press. A longtime political activist, he lives in East Vancouver with his wife and daughter.
Wayde Compton writes poetry, fiction, and essays. Three of his books — The Outer Harbour, After Canaan, and The Revolving City — were finalists for the City of Vancouver Book Award, and the former won in 2015. His book 49th Parallel Psalm was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2002, Compton co-founded the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to the public memory of Vancouver’s historical black community. Compton is the program director of Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies, where he administrates the Writer’s Studio and the Southbank Writer’s Program.
Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician with a special interest in Vancouver’s entertainment history. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town, the story of Vancouver’s Clark Park Gang; Liquor, Lust, and the Law, the story of Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub, now available in a second edition; and Live at the Commodore, a history of the Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015. He lives in Vancouver.