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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.


Bianca Bujan

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Bianca Bujan is a travel writer for publications such as the Sun/Province, WestJet magazine, and BC Living. She is also a parenting columnist for Burnaby Now and New West Record newspapers, and the assistant editor for WestCoast Families magazine.

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Derek Desierto

Derek Desierto, illustrator of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is a Vancouver-based illustrator and designer. His animation work has been recognized by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the National Cartoonist Society, and 9 Story Media Group. His next collaboration with Eva Chen, Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure, will be published in October 2019. 

Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes
By Eva Chen and Derek Desierto
Juno Valentine's favorite shoes don't light up. They don't have wheels. They are, to be perfectly honest, the tiniest bit boring. But they're still her favorite muddy-puddle-jumping, everyday-is-an-adventure shoes. One day, when they go missing, Juno discovers something amazing: a magical room filled with every kind of shoe she could possibly imagine!


George Garrett

George Garrett is a retired reporter who spent over forty years with CKNW. He also worked for BCTV, now Global TV. He has received the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation and the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Honorary Life Member of the RCMP Veterans Association and Honorary Constable of the New Westminster Police Department.

About George’s latest book: Reporter George Garrett takes readers to the front lines of news coverage with some of the most memorable stories of the past five decades. In his memoir, Garrett shares harrowing, humorous and occasionally humiliating behind-the-scenes tales of his investigative tactics, from posing as an accident victim to uncover the questionable practices of an insurance claim lawyer, to acting as a tow-truck driver to expose a forgery scheme, to baring it all for the sake of an interview with a local nudist colony. Garrett also delves into the personal details of his life, sharing the hardships and resilience that mark him as an empathetic storyteller. He reveals the heartbreaking loss of his son in a canoeing accident, and his wife’s devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease which inspired him to dedicate his time to supporting the Alzheimer Society. Through it all, George Garrett never lost the insatiable curiosity that, according to radio personality Rafe Mair, made him the “standard by which good reporting is judged.”


Brian Kaufman

Brian Kaufman has worked for years in the Vancouver art scene as a playwright, editor, and publisher. He founded the internationally known literary magazine subTerrain.