2020 Line-up - Authors, Moderators, Writing Week Facilitator

Caroline Adderson

The Writing Week Facilitator and Moderator Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You) as well as fifteen books for young readers.  She is also the editor and co-contributor of a non-fiction book  of essays and photographs, Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival.  Her work has received numerous award nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.  Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She lives in Vancouver.

(photo credit Rafal Gerszak)

Caroline Adderson Canadian Author

Libby Davies

Libby Davies has been a social activist for 45 plus years and began as a community organizer in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 1972.  She was elected to Vancouver City Council for 5 consecutive terms, 1982-1993.  As the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East for 6 consecutive terms, 1997-2015, she became NDP House Leader (2003-2011), and Deputy Leader (2007-2015).  Libby continues to be an outspoken advocate for human rights, housing, peace, and social justice.  She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016.

Libby was appointed to the board of governors of Vancouver Community College in 2018, and serves as Vice Chair.  She is also a board member and Vice Chair of the Portland Hotel Community Services Society.  She is author of Outide In:  A Political Memoir (May 2015, published by Between the Lines, Toronto) and is a frequent public speaker on progressive transformative change and its relationship to politics. Libby is currently writing a new book.

Libby Davies Canadian Author

Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman is a physician who thinks like a patient.  He is an ER at the Schwartz Reisman Emergency Centre at Sinai Health System in Toronto.  Since 2007 he has hosted White Coat, Black Art, an award-winning show on CBC Radio One about the patient experience in the culture of modern medicine.  His TED talk - Doctors Make Mistakes.  Can We Talk About That? - has been viewed by more than 1.5 million people.  His latest bestselling book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life, was published in 2018.

Peggy Herring

Peggy Herring is the author of two novels:  Anna, Like Thunder and This Innocent Corner.  He essays and short fiction have appeared in literary journals such as Grain, The Antigonish Review, Prism International and others.  Prior to turning to fiction, she worked in international development in Bangladesh and Nepal, and spent another six years living in India.  Prior to that, she was a journalist with CBC Radio in British Columbia and Newfoundland.

She has recently been writer-in-residence at Hypatia-in-the-Woods in Shelton, Washington.  She is also a professional editor working mostly in the social sciences.

She lives in Victoria, BC, where she likes to get dirty in her much-too-big garden and on west coast hiking trails.

Peggy Herring Canadian Author

Tetsuro Shigematsu

 Described by The Georgia Straight "one of the city's best artists", Tetsuro Shigematsu tells stories across an array of media.  He is an author, playwright, actor, scholar, broadcaster, and filmmaker.  A former writer for CBC Television's This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio.  His most recent theatre work, 1 Hour Photo, garnered five Jessie nominations, winning for Significant Artistic Achievement, and was recently named as a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Award for Drama.  He completed his PhD studies as a Vanier Scholar.  His thesis play, Empire of the Son, has played in 18 cities to over 20,000 people, and was described by Colin Thomas as, "one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver.  Ever."  He recently signed a book deal with Penguin Random House to write a memoir.  Support his work at

Tetsuro Shigematsu Canadian Author