Words Alive Kamloops, formerly known as the Kamloops Writers’ Festival, will return this fall with a lineup of six author panelists.
Sheena Kamal, Kevin Chong, Yasuko Thanh, Grant Lawrence, Monique Gray Smith and the still-to-be-selected TNRL writer in residence will lead the festival’s events and workshops for readers and writers alike.
Monique Gray Smith wrote Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, her first novel and the winner of the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Metis and Inuit Literature. Her other works include Lucy and Lola, Speaking Our Truth, You Hold Me Up and Till and the Crazy Eights.
Grant Lawrence is a CBC Radio host, columnist and author, behind best-selling books Adventures in Solitude (2010), The Lonely End of the Rink (2013) and Dirty Windshields (2017). He is the only author in BC Book Prizes history to win the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice award twice.
Yasuko Thanh published her memoir Mistakes to Run With this year. She is also a novelist and short story writer, the singer in punk band 12 Gauge Facial and has lived all over the world.
Kevin Chong’s most recent novel is The Plague. He writes both fiction and non-fiction. His titles have been named books of the year by The Globe and Mail, National Post and Amazon and he has written creative non-fiction and works of journalism for outlets like The Guardian, Time Literary Supplement, The Rumpus and South China Morning Post.
Sheena Kamal’s The Lost Ones won the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. It was her debut novel, but it’s not all Kamal has written. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Bustle, The Irish Times, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly. Kamal has also written a sequel to her novel, It All Falls Down.
On Friday, Sept. 20, Alicia Ashcroft will host a free event open to the public, featuring all six panelists. The location is still to be determined.
Saturday will feature a variety night event, with guest authors and local performers doing mixture of readings, music and comedy. This event is also free and open to the public and registration is recommended.
Both Saturday and Sunday will host writing workshops, with registration required.
An early bird full festival pass costs $120 plus fees, available until Aug. 20. After that, the price will increase to $150 plus fees. Single-day passes are available for $80.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to wordsalivekamloops.com.