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September 21 - September 24Free - $20
Being Jim Wong-Chu’s final masterpiece, this year’s LiterASIAN festival program consists of powerhouse authors launching new books and speaking on the theme of storytelling and the art of the novel. The festival is particularly special as the winner of the newly-renamed Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers award will be announced at a reception by previous winner, Catherine Hernandez.
Launched in 2013, LiterASIAN is an annual festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writing and a community-building initiative of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop (ACWW). The first of its kind within Canada, the festival’s purpose is to promote and celebrate the works of Asian Canadian writers and artists through author readings, panel discussions, and workshop events, creating important and unique networking opportunities between professional and emerging writers, students, and members of the broader public to learn and discuss topics of importance to Asian Canadian writing.
Tickets to the reception are $10, and a Festival Pass (which includes access to all workshops and the panel discussion) is $20. Both can be purchased through Eventbrite. Book launches are free to attend.
September 21 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Free
Book Launches @ Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. Launching Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang, The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee, and Shadows of the Crimson Sun by Julia Lin.
September 22 | 6:30-8:30 pm | $10
Reception + Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers award. $10 ticketed event. Held at Thai Town.
September 23 | 1:30-3:00 pm | Free
Book Launches @ Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. Free event. Launching The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada, To Love The Coming End by Leanne Dunic, Stumbling through Paradise by Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell, and After the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara.
September 23 | 5:30-6:30 pm | $20
Discussion Panel @ UBC Learning Exchange. Janie Chang, Leanne Dunic, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell speak about the delicate line between fiction and reality.
September 24 | 11:00 am – 4:30 pm | $20
Workshops: Terry Watada—Writing Tips & Publishing Secrets; Leslie Shimotakahara—Autobiographical Fiction; Julia Lin—Finding the Emotional Core of a Story.