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

Michael Christie

Michael Christie is the author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Kirkus Prize, was selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice Pick, and was on numerous best-of 2015 lists.  His linked collection of stories, The Beggar's Garden, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Writers' Trust Prize for Fiction, and won the Vancouver Book Award.  His essays and books reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe and Mail.  Greenwood, his most recent novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  Rights have been sold in seven countries.

A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria and Galiano Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.



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 Outside 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

Libby Davies

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.

Kate Harris

Kate Harris  is a writer with a knack for getting lost.  Her debut memoir, Lands of Lost Borders, about cycling the Silk Road, was a number one national bestseller in Canada and the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, among others.  The book has been translated into several languages.  Harris has degrees in science from MIT and the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, and in the history of science from Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.  She lives off-grid in a log cabin in northernmost British Columbia.  

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

Anosh Irani

Anosh Irani's novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.  It was listed as one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail, the Quill and Quire, the National Post, The Walrus, and CBC Books.  His play, Bombay Black, won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including for Outstanding New Play.  His anthology, The Bombay Plays:  The Matka King & Bombay Black, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama as was his most recent play, The Men in White.  His latest book, Translated from the Gibberish, has been released by Knopf in 2019.  He lives in Vancouver.  

Mark Jaccard

Mark is a professor since 1986 in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, interrupted in 1992-97 when he served as Chair and CEO of the British Columbia Utilities Commission.  His PhD is in energy economics from the University of Grenoble, and his research focus is the design and application of energy-economy models for assessing climate policies.  Internationally, Mark has served on the IPCC, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Global Energy Assessment, and domestically on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the CD Howe Institute, and in 2009 was named British Columbia Academic of the Year.  He is one of eight professors at Simon Fraser University awarded the title, Distinguished Professor.  He has published over 100 academic papers.  In 2006, his Sustainable Fossil Fuels won the Donner Prize for top policy book in Canada.  His latest book, released in February 2020, is The Citizen's Guide for Climate Success.  

Jónína Kirton

Jónína Kirton, a Red River Métis/Icelandic poet, facilitator and manuscript consultant, was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Treaty One).  She currently lives in the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.  Her interest in the stories of her Métis and Icelandic ancestors is the common thread throughout much of her writing.  Jónína graduated from Simon Fraser University's Writer's Studio in 2007 where she now teaches and is their Indigenous Advisor.

Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, was released with Talonbooks in 2015.  Joanne Arnott described this collection as "restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moments breath."  Her second collection, An Honest Woman, was released in 2018, again with Talonbooks.  It was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.  Betsy Warland had this to say about An Honest Woman:  "Kirton picks over how she was raised familially and culturally like a crime scene." A late-blooming poet, she was sixty-one when she received the 2016 City of Vancouver's Mayor's Art Award for an Emerging Artist in the Literary Arts category.

An active member of the Vancouver literary scene she was one of the founders of Indigenous Brilliance, a reading series that is a partnership between Room Magazine, where she was once an editorial board member, Massy Books and the Indigenous Brilliance team.  While with Room Magazine she developed and curated Turtle Island Responds, an online news related poetry series.

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