Non 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.

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Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell’s most recent book, A Disappearance in Damascus, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and has been optioned for screen. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times and The Guardian.

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Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is a writer, historian, and musician with a special interest in Vancouver's entertainment history. He is the author of The Last Gang in Town, the story of Vancouver's Clark Park Gang; Liquor, Lust, and the Law, the story of Vancouver's Penthouse Nightclub, now available in a second edition; and Live at the Commodore, a history of the Commodore Ballroom that won the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes) in 2015. He lives in Vancouver.


Erin Davis

Erin Davis was the longtime co-host of 98.1 CHFI’s morning show, most recently alongside Darren B. Lamb, until her retirement on December 15, 2016. She has also appeared regularly as an emcee or keynote speaker for many local organizations andevents in Toronto. Mourning Has Broken is her first book.

Eve Lazarus

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Eve Lazarus is an author, blogger and podcaster. Her passion for history and fascination with murder has led to seven books of non-fiction including her latest BC bestseller Murder by Milkshake.

About Murder by Milkshake: In 1965, Rene Castellani a radio personality with CKNW, murdered his wife Esther with arsenic flavoured milkshakes so that he could marry Lolly, the station’s 20-something receptionist. The Castellani’s had a daughter named Jeannine aged 11 at the time of her mother’s murder, and who clung to her father’s innocence, even committing perjury during his trial. The book tells the story from Jeannine’s perspective, set within the social, legal and political confines of Vancouver in the 1960s.


becky livingston

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Becky Livingston’s The Suitcase and the Jar made the BC Bestseller list in its first week. A graduate of Vancouver Manuscript Intensive her work appears on CBC & other media.

About Becky’s latest book: The Suitcase and the Jar is a profoundly moving story of a mother’s courage and resilience. For 26 months Livingston travels the globe— untethered and alone. In her suitcase: her daughter’s ashes, heavy but compact. A poignant memoir, The Suitcase and the Jar explores how one finds the strength to reconfigure a new life by necessity. As the desire for ‘slow living’ increases—especially in North America—it offers a unique perspective on why travel can be so life affirming.

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Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre, the co-founder and now retired publisher and CEO of Douglas & McIntyre. Current boards include the BC Achievment Foundation, Green College (UBC), the Global Reporting Centre (UBC), the Museum of Anthropology (UBC) and PEN Canada, for which he also serves as its west coast representative. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, and holds an Honorary Degree from SFU.


Carolyn Parks Mintz

Carolyn Parks Mintz is an author, freelance journalist and public speaker and was twice nominated as a Woman of Distinction. She was the content specialist of the 1997 video I Will Walk This Road With You, the producer, writer and host of the radio talk show Ontario’s West Coast Today in 2008 and authored The Eye of the Dragon: Women, Cancer and Courage (EbbTide Publishing, 2004), for which she received the Global Calgary Woman of Vision award.


jenell parsons

Jenell Parsons is the founder of the The Pie Hole. She spends countless hours in the kitchen baking, creating new recipes and delivering pies to Vancouver. Flavours are her palette, and she creates new and exciting pies - pushing the boundaries of where pie crust can take you.Her forthcoming cookbook, You Want a Piece of Me?, will be published in 2020.



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Curt Petrovich is an investigative journalist with more than three decades of experience in Canada and abroad. His work has garnered national and international recognition including the Michener Award.

About Curt’s latest work: Images of Robert Dziekanski convulsing after being shocked by a Mountie’s Taser went viral in 2007. International outrage and domestic shame followed the release of the painful video. It had taken just twenty-six seconds for four Mounties to surround and stun the Polish immigrant at Vancouver International Airport. More than a decade later, after millions of dollars spent on an inquiry and relentless prosecutions, the story you thought you knew is at last revealed.



Carol Shaben is author of two award-winning books, Into the Abyss, a national bestseller, and The Marriott Cell, written with journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and named one of The Globe & Mail’s 100 Best Books of the Year. She’s won two National Magazine Awards including a Gold Medal for Investigative Journalism.


Lorimer Shenher

Lorimer Shenher is a Canadian writer living and working in Greater Vancouver, BC. This One Looks Like a Boy is Lorimer’s second book, to be published March 2019 by Greystone Books. It tells the story of his life as a transgender man coming to terms with his fear of transitioning to male.


Jean Teillet is an Indigenous-rights lawyer who lives in Vancouver. Her work has had a profound effect on Indigenous people. Well known in the Indigenous community, she is highly respected and has received numerous awards for her achievements.



Yasuko Thanh's story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. One of its stories won an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. The title story won the Journey Prize for the best story published in Canada in 2009. Quill & Quire named Floating Like the Dead a Best Book of the Year. CBC hailed Yasuko Thanh one of ten writers to watch in 2013. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Rogers Writers' Trust for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the First Novel Award. She lives in Victoria, B.C., with her two children. In her spare time she plays in a punk band called 12 Gauge Facial, for which she writes all the songs and music.


John Vaillant

John Vaillant is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and The Walrus, among others.  His first book,  The Golden Spruce (Knopf, 2005), was a bestseller and won several awards, including the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction (Canada).  His second nonfiction book, The Tiger (Knopf, 2010), is also an award-winning bestseller. A novel, The Jaguar's Children (Knopf, 2015) was a finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about fire.


Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong is the author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family which won the Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction. She holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an MFA in literary non-fiction from Columbia University in New York. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in No Tokens, The Fiddlehead, Ricepaper, andApogee Journal. She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including from The Studios of Key West, Caldera Arts, and the Historic Joy Kogawa House. She lives in Vancouver.