Hal Wake, the artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival previews what to expect beginning tomorrow and running until Sunday on Granville Island, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
Joining me again is Hal Wake, the artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. The 24th annual event, which runs at various venues on Granville Island begins next Tuesday, the 18th goes until the 24th. Over the six days, there will be 69 events, culminating in the tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Governor General’s prize featuring Nino Ricci, John Pass, Joan MacLeod, and John Valliant. Another event features a former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson. And some of the other authors appearing include Elizabeth Hay, Miriam Toews, David Adams Richards, Ian Rankin, and Russell Bank, among many, many others. There are events in French, as well as many events for young readers. We’ll get Hal to tell us more. Hal Wake is a former broadcaster and journalist, and has been at the helm of the festival since 2006. The website for more is at www.writersfest.bc.ca. They do great work not just this time of year, but year round. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Hal Wake; Good morning, Mr. Wake.