Morning Keynote, details to come.
READING EVENT 10: Writers of Non-Fiction
A festival favourite, this event showcases the diversity that is non-fiction writing, from memoir to biography, investigative reporting to creative non-fiction. Panel and audience discussion will centre around readings, and the process and approach to bringing particular subject matter and experiences to life. Featuring: Shelley O’Callaghan (How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake), Teva Harrison (In-Between Days), Briony Penn (The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan) and Yvonne Blomer (Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur) and the non-fiction winner of the Whistler Independent Book Prize.
Moderator: Leslie Anthony
Named by Globe and Mail's Toronto's Top 16 to Watch, artist, writer, and cartoonist, Teva Harrison, discusses her critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days, which documents her personal journey of living with breast cancer through comic illustration and short personal essays. Q&A and book signing to follow.
The Reuben Brainin Fund of the JPL presents
Reading Between the Wines
with Teva Harrison
“In-Between Days: A Memoir about Living with Cancer” by Teva Harrison
Teva Harrison is an artist, writer and cartoonist. She will be leading a discussion on her critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days. Teva was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at age 37. The book was listed in The Globe’s 16 Canadian reads for the first half of 2016, the CBC’s Spring Book Preview and 49th Shelf’s Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2016 Non-Fiction Preview.
Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Teva was the Director of Marketing at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and before that, she worked in visual art, film, publishing and music, as part of the show or behind the scenes in Canada and the U.S. She was born in rural Oregon, and currently lives in Toronto with her wonderful husband.
In collaboration with Drawn & Quarterly comic book store.
Mariko Tamaki & Teva Harrison: In Conversation with Diana Tamblyn
Writer and graphic artist Teva Harrison was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at the age of 37. She started to draw comics as one way to fight back against the disease, and find the humour and absurdity in it. She added short personal essays, and In-Between Days was born. In it she balances the sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. Joseph Boyden calls her book “sly and brutal and funny and crushing.” Since the book was published in April, she’s been touring Canada, expanding the breast cancer conversation and helping others living with cancer feel less alone. It’s working. Spend an afternoon with an inspiring, honest and funny woman who really knows the difference between surviving and living.
Tom Robbins once said, “People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.” But sometimes telling the truth is just as creative as fiction. Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide is the personal tale of the triumphs and terrors of a “young butch”—told with the heartfelt wit that only Coyote can deliver. Craig Davidson opens up about his year of driving a school bus for a group of disabled children, changing his life and teaching him lessons he didn’t know he needed to learn.Teva Harrison’s comic illustrations and personal essays chronicle how she lives with terminal breast cancer, and finds that sharing the hard parts of her life makes it easier. And Noah Richler recounts his time on the campaign trail. Turns out running for office can be devastatingly funny.
Hosted/moderated by Jane Harris
Featuring Jowita Bydlowska, Lynn Coady, Taras Grescoe, Anosh Irani, Teva Harrison, John Metcalf, Andrew F. Sullivan, Sherwin Tjia, Zoe Whittall & Clea Young
From the creator and host of Wordfest’s Adult Spelling Bee comes a riotous, titillating cabaret-style event. Authors from the Wordfest lineup read salacious passages from their favourite books in the Calgary premier of Sherwin Tjia’s Naughty Bits Read-a-Thon. Cash bar available.
Featuring Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Teva Harrison, Jay Hosking, Affinity Konar & Andrew F. Sullivan
This showcase is custom-made for early adopters of literary talent! An inspirational roster of rising North American stars read from their innovative, engrossing new novels and share the challenges they’ve encountered, on and off the page, breaking through in a crowded industry.
Featuring Lynn Coady, Teva Harrison, Lisa Moore & Andi Zeisler
Because it’s 2016 — and these four books are the bomb — Wordfest presents a showcase of powerful, provocative women authors who write strong, smart and with no fear. Together they tackle everything from breast cancer and sexual assault, to pop culture and the future of the feminist movement.
Patients Are a Virtue: Reflections on Living with Cancer
Two authors diagnosed with cancer at very different times in their lives – 37 and nearly 60 – respond to the devastating news through their art. Teva Harrison has turned her experience with cancer into a moving memoir in graphic novel format. Kenneth Sherman, a poet, has documented his experiences within the health care system through eloquent prose. Both delve into the deep connection between illness and creativity. This talk is essential for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.