Hal Wake, the artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival talks to Joseph Planta about the 22nd annual edition, what to expect the week of the 18th to 25th of October 2009, the writers who’ll be appearing, as well he discusses his former career in broadcasting and more.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
The 22nd Annual Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival runs between the 18th to the 25th of October 2009. The line up of writers appearing this year has already been described as ‘first-class.’ At various venues on Granville Island, there’s nearly something for everyone. Amongst the headlining events include a tribute to Alice Munro, with the legendary author in attendance, and Peter Mansbridge will close the festival with a lecture at the Stanley Theatre on the 18th. Also making appearances this year are Joseph Boyden, Alistair Macleod, Bonnie Burnard, Brian Brett, Annabel Lyon, William Deverell, Douglas Coupland, Lorna Crozier, Audrey Niffenegger, and John Irving, amongst others. There are also French language events. Joining me now is the artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, Hal Wake. The former broadcaster was a long time host of the CBC Radio program the Early Edition. For more information on the festival, check out their website www.writersfest.bc.ca or call 604 629 8849. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Hal Wake; Good morning, Mr. Wake.