North Shore Writers Festival at the Lynn Valley Library

Event Details

Lynn Valley Library

Back for its 17th year, the North Shore Writers Festival returns to the Lynn Valley Library on April 15 and 16.

A Literary Trivia Quiz, Author Talks, Workshops, and more!

With headliners: local author Jordan Abel, best-selling author of “This is Happy” Camilla Gibb, and local comic artist Lynn Johnston. Additional authors include Martin Crosbie, Amazon best-selling author, JJ Lee, Grant Lawrence, and a talented line up of local authors at the Book Fair!


FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
4th Annual Literary Trivia Quiz Night with Host Grant Lawrence
7:30-9:30pm, Community Room

Acclaimed author Grant Lawrence hosts the 4th annual Literary Trivia night. Test your mental mettle and compete for prizes and glory! Register teams of six (or fewer) by emailing Doors at 7:00pm. Quiz starts at 7:30. Cash bar.

How to Become A Successful Indie Author
10-11:30am, Community Room

Written a novel, memoir or non-fiction book that’s now sitting in the closet? Would you love to see it professionally published and out to paying readers? Come learn about the exciting opportunities available for indie authors. Martin Crosbie, Amazon bestselling author of five novels, including a Kindle Scout winner, and the non-fiction “How I sold 30,000 e-books on Amazon’s Kindle“, is bringing his popular workshop on self-publishing to the North Shore Writers Festival. Martin will outline the publishing method and marketing strategies he and other top self-published authors have used to become successful writers. Get the inside scoop on Kindle Scout, an Amazon program that can be a huge asset to indie authors. He will be joined by NSWA members and self-published authors Rod Baker and Diana Stevan. This is an event not-to-be missed by anyone who wants to become a professional writer in our contemporary, highly competitive publishing world.
Local Author Book Fair
11am-2pm, Library Lobby

Looking for a new author to try? Want to explore some of the rich, local literary talent that is abundant here on the North Shore and in Vancouver? Then don’t miss the 2016 Local Authors Book Fair! A new addition to the North Shore Writers Festival in 2015, the Book Fair is back this year, with more local authors to meet and new books to peruse and curl up with back home. Memoir, children’s books, adult fiction – it’s all here for you to discover and enjoy. Come and join us! Take this opportunity to chat with a talented professional writer, and find out what some of your local authors have to offer.
For Better or for Worse: Lynn Johnston’s Comic Art
11:45am-1pm, Community Room

Meet the award-winning and beloved creator of For Better or For Worse, Lynn Johnston. Hear about her storied career and her retirement adventures here in North Vancouver.
Lunch Break Lounge
1:15pm-2:30pm, Community Room

Join us for conversations, snacks, and a literary fortune teller.
The Power of Poetics: Jordan Abel
2:45-3:45pm, Community Room

Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel will give a performance and a discussion of his poetics. Abel’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of indigenous peoples in anthropology and popular culture.
The Art of Turning Personal Stories into Universal Truths:
Camilla Gibb in Conversation with JJ Lee
4-5:15pm, Community Room

Join acclaimed and bestselling novelist Camilla Gibb in conversation with memoirist JJ Lee. Gibb will discuss writing, life, her profoundly moving memoir This Is Happy, her motivations for turning to write memoir after authoring four novels.
Writers + Readers Reception Hosted by JJ Lee
5:30-7:00pm, Library Lobby

Join us for refreshments and mingle with fellow festival-goers. Featuring music, door prizes and the announcement of the winner of the North Shore Writers’ Association’s writing contest. Hosted by the acclaimed and charming CBC radio personality and writer, JJ Lee.

This is a truly local celebration of readers and writers! For more details please check out our website at



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