fiction stage talent

On this page, you can find more information about the exciting talent at this year’s Word Vancouver. There is also a chance for you to adopt an author and receive a signed copy of their book! To check out the stage’s schedule on Sunday, September 29, click the button below.


Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novel The Plague. Those titles have been named books of the year by Globe and Mail, National Post, and, listed for a CBC prize, a BC Book Prize, and a National Magazine Award, optioned for film and TV, and published in he US, Europe, and Australia. His creative nonfiction and journalism have recently appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, and the South China Morning Post. He lives in Vancouver with his family and teaches at UBC and the Writers Studio at Simon Fraser University.


Lorraine Davies

Lorraine Davies has published short stories in Room, Event, The New Orphic Review, and Grain. She lives in Vancouver.


Dora Dueck

Dora Dueck is the award-winning author of numerous books, articles, and short stories. Her novel, This Hidden Thing, won the 2010 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and What You Get At Home (Turnstone Press, 2012) won the High Plains Award for Short Stories. Dora grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta, lived for many years in Winnipeg, but currently makes her home in Delta, BC.


Erin frances fisher

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Erin Frances Fisher is from Victoria BC. THAT TINY LIFE, published by House of Anansi Press, was a finalist the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

About THAT TINY LIFE: In settings that range from the old American West to pre-revolutionary France, from a present-day dig site in the high tablelands of South America to deep space, That Tiny Life is a wide-ranging and utterly original collection of short fiction and a novella that examines the idea of progress — humanity’s never-ending cycle of creation and destruction.

THAT TINY LIFE was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

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Ken Hegan

An accomplished screenwriter, Ken has written/directed over six short comedy films that have screened at 90+ film festivals. As a TV writer, he has credits on 20+ TV series and specials broadcast on CTV, TSN, Discovery, CBC, CNBC/Slice. He co-wrote the Opening Essay for the Vancouver Winter Olympics (narrated by Donald Sutherland) which aired to a record 13 million viewers on CTV and TSN. He also wrote the Gemini Award-winning Superbodies series for the Olympics in both London and Vancouver. A globe-trotting writer published in Rolling Stone and GQ, Ken has written popular travel columns for MSN and The National Post, and a relationship column for men’s magazine Toro. Plus his Grade 2 teacher said it was a pleasure to have Ken in her class.

Ken’s articles/scripts have been awarded three gold National Magazine Awards for Best Humour Article, a Gemini Award for excellence in Canadian television, and won/nominated for over 25 film/TV/print awards. Ken was a screenwriting instructor at the Vancouver Film School for six years, hosted the Celluloid Social Club film screenings & interviews for 10 years, and hosted the Crazy 8s gala screenings for 3 years. He has tens and tens of fans.

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philip huynh

Philip Huynh was born in Vancouver to parents who had fled Vietnam during the civil war. His stories have been published in the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, Event, and the Journey Prize Anthology and cited in The Best American Stories. He is the winner of the Open Season Award from the Malahat Review, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop Emerging Writers Award. A practicing lawyer, he lives in Richmond, BC.

alex leslie

@notherstories |

Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the author of two previous short story collections, including We All Need to Eat (2018), a finalist for the 2019 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

We All Need to Eat is a collection of linked stories that revolves around Soma, a young Queer woman in Vancouver. Through thoughtful and probing narratives, each story chronicles a sea change in Soma’s life, slipstreaming through her first three decades, and surfacing at moments of knowing and intensity Lyrical, gritty, and atmospheric, Soma’s stories refuse to shy away from the contradictions inherent to human experience, exploring one young person’s journey through mourning, escapism, and the search for nourishment.


jonas saul

@jonassaul |

Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has written and published over thirty thrillers. After selling more than two million books, he signed with the Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management. His recent releases are, THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN and THE IMMORTAL GENE.

PLAYING GOD HAS CONSEQUENCES: Jake Wood has it made. He is a tough homicide detective with a partner who's like a brother, and he's about to marry the girl of his dreams. Then Jake learns a close friend is missing and travels to South America in search of him. After a freak accident in the Amazon Rainforest, Jake wakes up in the hospital—eighteen months later. Long presumed dead, he discovers his fiancée is married and pregnant, his house was sold, his job is gone, and his partner transferred to another city to become lead detective on a serial killer case. Jake buys a cabin in the woods and tries to leave the world behind, until his home is broken into and he discovers he was targeted—but why? Now they intend to destroy their only error—Jake Wood—who has become something more than human.



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David Starr is the prize-winning author of six previous books, including Like Joyful Tears and The Nor’Wester. He is a high school principal in Coquitlam, B.C. Visit David at

Like Joyful Tears is a timely and gripping novel about two women forced to navigate a broken refugee system in a human crisis the world has forgotten. Victoria Deng was sixteen when her school was attacked during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Twenty years later in a refugee camp, Victoria meets Abena Walker—a restless UBC student teaching in the camp and looking to rediscover her African roots—who resolves to defy camp rules and help Victoria immigrate to Canada.

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Hal Wake

Hal Wake worked for CBC Radio for almost 20 years. He was the Urban Affairs Correspondent for Early Edition CBC's morning show in Vancouver, before moving to Toronto to become a producer at Morningside with Peter Gzowski. After returning to Vancouver he hosted The Early Edition for three years. He has interviewed hundreds of writers at literary festivals in Canada and around the world.


cathy stonehouse

Cathy Stonehouse lives in East Vancouver and teaches creative writing and interdisciplinary expressive arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The Causes (Pedlar Press 2019) is her first novel.

About Cathy’s latest book: This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist,The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.

Note: Cathy has been adopted by Kerrie Manderscheid.