Vancouver Writers Festival 2019

A Tribute to Stephen King
Rooted in the Past
The Art of Building Suspense

Rosetta is a guest speaker at three events during the 2019 Vancouver Writers Festival:

A Tribute to Stephen King. The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower Series, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and hundreds of other works: Stephen King is as influential as he is prolific. What better way to celebrate him than with storytelling from other celebrated authors? We may not be hosting King himself, but this evening offers readers and aspiring writers a perfect opportunity to revel and reflect on his singular storytelling. This is our third event from Guest Curator Tanya Talaga. 

Rosetta will join authors from across the globe including: Tanya Boteju, Stephen Chbosky, Armando Lucas Correa, 
Cherie Dimaline, Charlotte Gray, Michael Hutchinson, Andrew Kaufman, David Moscrop, Sara Peters, Nathan Ripley, Lorimer Shenher, Tanya Talaga, Jenny Heijun Wills.

Rooted in the Past. “What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” These words from the eminent Victor Hugo are reflected in three deeply affecting novels rooted in the past. Rosetta Allan’s The Unreliable People is a moving, relevant story of intergenerational trauma following displacement of the Koryo-Saram people from Russia—and Antonina, a third generation ethnic Korean, searching for her identity. Author of the runaway bestseller The German Girl, Armando Lucas Correa explores the loss of home in The Daughter’s Tale: a sweeping family saga from 1939 Berlin to 2015 New York. Meanwhile, Joan ThomasFive Wives imagines the fate of Christian missionaries whose husbands were killed in the rainforest of Ecuador in the 1950s.

About the moderator: Tara Henley is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Over the past two decades, her work has appeared on the CBC, and in The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Globe and Mail and The Walrus, as well as dozens of other publications across the country and around the world. Currently a producer at CBC Radio and a books columnist for The Toronto Star, her debut book, The Madness of Modern Life, is out on Appetite (Penguin Random House) in the spring of 2020.

The Art of Building Suspense. How do you keep the pages turning? Three experts of compelling, heart-stopping plots discuss their approach to the craft and how they create suspense. Iona Whishaw shares A Deceptive Devotion, the latest novel in the beloved and addictive Lane Winslow Mystery Series, and how she keeps delivering new mysteries and surprises. The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky returns with another modern classic, Imaginary Friend, a high-stakes horror driven by vivid characters. Rosetta Allan grounds her masterful thriller The Unreliable People in compelling, atmospheric historical details. Spanning the genres, these authors demonstrate different strategies for keeping readers hooked and provide a rare opportunity to learn from formidable specialists of twists and tension.

About the moderator: Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is the author of four books and the editor of three anthologies, all of which are published with

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