#NVCLReads: North Shore Writers Festival

If you’ve never been to the North Shore Writer’s Festival, you’re missing out.  Each year, the three North Shore Libraries (West Vancouver, North Van City and North Van District) and the North Shore Writers Association join together to host this free community literary festival which has something for every aspiring writer or avid reader to enjoy. Here we present a sample from some of our headliners from year’s past. Make sure you don’t miss this year’s Festival! Dates to be announced this fall…. stay tuned

John Valliant  jaguarschildren

The Golden Spruce, Valliant’s first book was an instant BC classic and continues to be one of my favourite and most recommended titles. His second book, The Tiger made me almost quit my life and travel to Russia. Meanwhile he also writes complex and compelling fiction! As a bonus, Valliant is from North Vancouver. Check out his latest novel, The Jaguar’s Children from the Library today!

Camilla Gibb

thisishappyI had the pleasure of meeting Camilla Gibb at last year’s Festival when she read from her new memoir This is Happy, a beautifully told story about the author’s experience going through heartbreak and becoming a new mother. She first gained notoriety with her smash-hit novel Sweetness in the Belly.  Whenever I read Gibb’s writing I’m stuck by her thoughtful and insightful prose and her ability to craft a tangible sense of place.

Heather O’Neil 

Heather O’Neil’s 2006 novel Lullabies for Little Criminals devastated me with it’s sharp lullabiesforlittlehumour, and piercing imagery of a young girl trying to survive in a rough urban environment. Since then, O’Neil has written other classics such as The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (which was nominated for both the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Bailey’s Prize) as well as the Lonely Hearts Hotel. If you like dark comedy,k and even darker plot lines then O’Neil is for you!


Adventures_in_Solitude_book_coverGrant Lawrence

CBC personality, Indie Rock band lead-man, goalie, writer, GRant Lawrence is a local force to be reckoned with. He also happens to host the North Shore writer’s Festival’s Literary Trivia Contest which makes him a personal favourite! I loved his book Adventures in Solitude; What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound both for his hilarious storytelling and the way he truly captures life in some of BC’s more “rustic” coastal communities. If you’d like to see Grant in person, come check out this year’s Literary Trivia contest!

Remember this is just a small sliver of the incredible talent we’ve hosted at the Festival! To learn more about the festival and our talented alumni, visit the Festival website! 


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