Natalia García Freire and Pierre Jarawan at the Vancouver Writers Fest, October 2022

Natalia García Freire, author of  This World Does Not Belong to Us, and Pierre Jarawan, author of The Storyteller and Song for the Missing, will be appearing at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest in October.


Natalia will be participating in two events on the 19th and on the 20th:

Event 29: Latin American Brilliance

“One of the debut novels that most stood out this year in Latin America,” said the New York Times of Natalia García Freire’s This World Does Not Belong to UsClaudia Castro Luna—an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate fellow, Washington State Poet Laureate, and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet—joins us with Cipota under the Moon: a series of poems as an ode to the Salvadoran immigrant experience in the United States. Both speak to hope in unlikely places, and celebrate those who choose, every day, to redefine home. Join us for a dialogue between these writers exploring craft, overcoming challenges against all odds, and sharing what other exciting voices in Latin American literature we should be reading. Moderated by Carmen Rodríguez.



Event 42: Don’t You Want Me, Baby?: Authors Do 80s Lyrics

If you’re feeling Footloose on Thursday evening and wondering “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” then the answer is definitely Walk This Way for a Once In A Lifetime event to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. Authors will perform lyrics from popular 80s songs, but in the style of serious poetry. Ever wondered what song your favourite novelist lip-synced to in their early teens? Or which ballad a particular awardwinning journalist chooses every time for karaoke? Expect an evening of hilarity and surprises, Time After Time. This is going to be a party, With or Without You.

Hosted by Buzzfeed culture writer, author, and CBC podcast host, Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Featuring Heather O’Neill, Omar El Akkad, João Reis, Brendan McLeod, Kevin Sylvester, Marsha Lederman, Iain Reid, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Kern Carter,  David A. Robertson, Tess Gunty, and Natalia García Freire!


Pierre Jarawan will be particpating in two events on the 21st and 22nd

Event  54: Eleanor Wachtel Interviews Pierre Jarawan

Every year, CBC host Eleanor Wachtel interviews one of world literature’s most exciting voices for CBC’s Writers & Company. This year is no different, with Lebanese-German author Pierre Jarawan joining us to discuss Song for the Missing, named one of 24 must-read 2022 Books in Translation by BookRiot. Critically lauded by European and North American press alike, this poetic novel links events of the Middle East, including the Lebanese Civil War and the Arab Spring. Discover a deeply personal lens on the complex, tumultuous history of this region—and a literary voice as mysterious as it is moving.



Event 68: The Literary Cabaret

Where else can you hear six acclaimed authors—three of them Booker-listed and all of them award-winning—read their work accompanied by professional musicians?

Atmospheric and entirely unique, there’s really no other experience like the Literary Cabaret. Join Musical Director Sally Zori and their band Sally Zori & The Allegories for an evening of creative delights. The band will accompany must-read Lebanese-German author Pierre Jarawan, Booker-longlisted Gabriel Krauze, beloved and award-winning Heather O’Neill, Booker-finalist Nadifa Mohamed, 2022 Booker-nominee Graeme Macrae Burnet, and transcendent poet, memoirist, and novelist Joshua Whitehead.