Featured Speakers

Author Sarah Leavitt

Image of Sarah LeavittSarah Leavitt is the author of the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany, France, and Korea. Tangles was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2010, and is currently in development as a feature-length animation. Her new book, Agnes, Murderess, is horror/historical fiction set in 19th-century British Columbia. Leavitt teaches comics classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.



Author Shelley Wood

Image of Shelley WoodShelley Wood’s short stories have appeared in a range of Canadian and international journals and have won her the Frank McCourt prize for Creative Nonfiction, Freefall Magazine’s fiction prize, and the Okanagan Short Story Prize. Born and raised in Vancouver, she divides her time between her role as Editorial Director at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in New York City and her home in Kelowna, Canada. The Quintland Sisters, which debuted at the top of the Canadian bestsellers list, is her first novel.


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