Community Stage

BMO Community Program Room #916, Home of the Community Stage


Dhahan Prize & Bressani Prize

11:30am - 12:00pm

Punjabi-Canadian Dhahan Prize: Harpreet Sekha, Chronicles of a Taxi Driver

Association of Italian-Canadian Writers Francesco Giuseppe Bressani Literary Prize: Monica Meneghetti, What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging (Caitlin Press)


poetic justine/poetry new west & pandora’s collective

12:05 - 12:35pm

Poetic Justice/Poetry New West: Idrian Burgos, Lilija Valis

Pandora’s Collective: Natasha Boskic, Alana Clohessy


dead poets & royal city

12:40 - 1:10pm

Dead Poets: Diane Tucker and Raoul Fernandes

Royal City: Alan Hill and Carol Johnson


comic talk: the margaret atwood connection

1:15 - 2:15pm

Ken Steacy, War Bears

Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird

Renee Nault, The Handmaid's Tale


SPiEL & Poets Corner

2:20 - 2:40pm

SPiEL Reading Series: Kirsten Wiltshire, Felix Wong, Dianne Carruthers Wood

Poets Corner: Kieran Egan, John Swanson


Asian Canadian Writers Workshop

2:45 - 3:45pm

Presented by the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop: Remembering and Honouring Wayson Choy, Our Memories and Reflections of Mentors Along the Way

Moderator: Todd Wong

Panelists: Evelyn Lau, Yasuko Thanh, Rita Wong, Lindsay Wong


The Federation of BC Writers & Burnaby Writers

3:50 - 4:20pm

The Federation of BC Writers: Cynthia Sharp and Isabella Wang

Burnaby Writers: Rose Padeft and Sheilagh MacDonald


World Poetry

4:30 - 5:00pm

Dr. Diego Bastianutti and Kagan Goh