August 6: Writer’s Festival featuring Lawrence Hill


Saturday, August 6

Writers Festival – all day at Hornby Hall (moved from Orchard House) – a children’s and adult event


New this year, the Hornby Festival will include a full-day writers festival  (The Adult readings are not appropriate for all ages, Kids attending the children’s events must be accompanied by an adult) Books will be signed by authors throughout the day.

There will be a fascinating writer’s panel to wrap up the day and as a fantastic finale to this year’s festival, the writer’s festival will be topped off with an evening reading at the Hall by this year’s Canada Reads winner, Lawrence Hill.

Support the Festival, support our authors and read up in time for the Writers Festival. The Hornby Festival will be selling the books of our festival authors leading up to and during the festival.

Tickets are available for children and adults and include all the daytime events at Orchard House.

Adult complete tickets are available and include the daytime and evening event with Lawrence Hill

Enjoy a picnic in the orchard, the Cardboard House Bakery will make a healthy, delicious lunch and deliver it to the Writers Festival so you can stay all day. Order in advance by July 31, available with your pass purchase.

Writer’s Festival Schedule at Orchard House

Michael Kusugak – children’s author/storyteller–10am

Rae Maté – children’s illustrator  – 11:15am

Claudia Casper – author – 11:15am

Lunch – 12:15pm

Michael Christie – author – 1pm

Amanda Hale – author – 2:15pm

Cornelia Hoogland – author – 2:15pm

Kim June Johnson – author – 2:15pm

Anakana Schofield – author – 3:30pm

Writer’s Panel  –  4:45pm – 5:30pm

There will be a fascinating writer’s panel to wrap up the day and as a fantastic finale to the 2016 Hornby Festival, the writers festival will be topped off with an evening at the Hall with this year’s Canada Reads winner, Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill – author

Reading at the Hornby Community Hall – 8:00pm

Winner of the 2016 CBC Canada Reads for his newest book, The Illegal, Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes (also published as Someone Knows My Name and Aminata) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres. In 2013, Hill wrote the non-fiction books Blood: the Stuff of Life, which formed the basis of his 2013 Massey Lectures, and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. His fourth novel The Illegal was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015.

Hill has received five honorary doctorates from Canadian universities. In 2015, he received the Governor General’s History Award, was appointed to the Order of Canada and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. The Book of Negroes miniseries, aired on CBC TV and on BET in the USA, won eleven Canadian Screen Awards, including an award shared with Clement Virgo for best writing of a dramatic program or limited series.

The son of American immigrants—a black father and a white mother, who came to Canada the day after they married—Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.

“Probably the Most Anticipated Canadian Novel of the Year” —headline for The Illegal in The Globe and Mail

“I could not put the book down…Read it, you must.” — The Globe and Mail  – The Illegal

“A superb saga to get lost in… A deeply moving book of great finesse and nuance, impossible to put down.” —The Sunday Telegraph

The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history.” —The Globe and Mail

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Michael Kusugak – children’s author/storyteller – 10 am at Orchard House

Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now known as Naujaat, Nunavut). In his childhood, he traveled with his family by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He brings his experiences and his grandmother’s tales into his books and stories. Michael has 16 books published, including Northern Lights: The Soccer Kusugak_MichaelTrails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award; Hide and Seek; My Arctic 1, 2, 3; and Baseball Bats for Christmas. He and Robert Munsch co-wrote A Promise Is a Promise. Michael won the 2008 Vicky Metcalf Award which honours Canadian authors of children’s literature whose body of work demonstrates the highest literary standards.

Michael continues to write and travel across Canada and around the world telling stories. Michael now lives on Vancouver Island with his wife Geraldine, where he continues to write and tell stories. Michael has lots of stories to tell and he will share some with you.  (Ages 5 years and up. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.)


Rae Maté – children’s illustrator – 11:15 at Orchard HouseRae

When local Artist Rae Maté heard The Lord’s Prayer recited in first grade, she believed the phrase, “Our Father who ‘art’ in heaven” referred to the Creator indulging His passion for drawing and painting! Now she is known for her expressive oil and acrylic portraits of animals, people and flowers, as well as handmade art cards.

About the Workshop:

Besides being a long-time art educator to young children at Vancouver Arts Umbrella, Rae has illustrated five critically acclaimed picture books for children. She first appeared at the Hornby Festival in 2012 for a family workshop featuring her illustrations for Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?, written by Dan-Bar-el.

Rae is thrilled to be back with a brand new picture book, Crocs at Work, the third title in her popular Crocodile Book series with award-winning author Robert Heidbreder. When these colourful characters jump into the work-a-day world, kids and adults of all ages will laugh out loud as the hilarious Crocs toss silliness, surprise and pandemonium into everyday jobs.

Come to hear Rae read the story, see the original art, and learn the secrets of the illustrator’s job: how to get pictures to stories, from rough sketches to finished paintings. We will end the hour with a fun, easy art activity—about Crocodiles, of course! (Ages 3 years and up. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.)


Claudia Casper – author – 11:15 am at Orchard House

Claudia CasperClaudia Casper is the author of the novels The Reconstruction and The Continuation of Love by Other Means, which was short-listed for the Ethel Wilson BC Book Prize, and most recently, The Mercy Journals. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Geist, Event, Best Canadian Short Stories (Oberon), the anthology Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (Vintage), edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson, and Canadian Content. She is writing the screenplay for a 3D feature film France/Canada coproduction of The Reconstruction. Her work has been published in Canada, the US, the UK, and Germany. With Anne Giardini, Casper conceived the Carol Shields Labyrinth, an interactive online labyrinth honouring Shields’s life. She has taught writing for the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Casper was born in Toronto, attended SEED Alternative School and received a BA from the University of Toronto. She lives in Vancouver.

The Mercy Journals work on two levels: as a cautionary tale and as an examination of one man’s struggle to find meaning in life. The two levels work beautifully together…Casper has created a complex and unforgettable character in Quincy.” The Vancouver Sun

The Reconstruction is a probing book that avoids many of the clichés of female self-discovery…”—The New York Times


Michael Christie – author – 1 pm  at Orchard HouseMike-Christie

Michael Christie’s book If I Fall, If I Die was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, won the Northern Lit Award, and was selected as a New York Times Editors Choice. His short story collection The Beggar’s Garden was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, and won the Vancouver Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Globe and Mail. He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and prior to his MFA, Michael was a sponsored skateboarder, travelling throughout the world, skateboarding and writing for skateboard magazines. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he now lives on Galiano Island with his wife and two sons.

“Brims with a fierce poignancy that makes the book very difficult to put down.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Dark, threatening, dislocating and altogether brilliant.” —Kirkus Reviews


Amanda Hale – author – 2:15 at Orchard House  Amanda Hale

Amanda Hale has been writing for over 30 years. A novelist and poet, she has also written for theatre and worked in journalism, publishing articles on theatre, film, literature and various cultural and political events. She has an MA in Creative Writing Drama from Concordia University, Montreal, and has taught creative writing at university level and in continuing education. Amanda has published three acclaimed novels and a collection of short fictions set in Cuba. Her first novel Sounding the Blood was published by Raincoast Books in 2001. It was a finalist for the BC Relit Awards and was voted one of the Top Ten novels of 2001 by Toronto’s Now Magazine. Sounding the Blood has been on reading lists for literature courses at University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Western Washington and University of Victoria. Her second novel The Reddening Path was published by Thistledown Press in 2007. Her third novel My Sweet Curiosity was long-listed for the 2010 Relit award for fiction. Over the past 20 years, her poetry and short stories have appeared in Canadian and US magazines; she was the winner of the Prism International award for creative non-fiction in 2009, and a finalist for the Malahat Review fiction prize in 2010. Amanda is the librettist for Pomegranate, an opera in development, set in ancient Pompeii and 1980s Toronto.

She will read from a new novel – Mad Hatter – set in WWII and postwar England.


Cornelia Hoogland – author – 2:15 at Orchard HouseCorneliaHoogland

Cornelia Hoogland has published six books of poetry. Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn) was a finalist for the National Relit Best Poetry Book Award. Sea Level (Baseline Press) was short-listed for the CBC Literary Awards. She has served on international and national literary boards, and was the founder and artistic director of Poetry London. Cornelia’s contribution to Articulate Ground, at the Community Hall as part of the Hornby Festival, is a poetic collaboration with Ted Goodden’s sculptural figures. The poems’ haiku-like brevity aim to bring the ancient Chinese oracle, The Book of Changes, into relationship with our contemporary world’s urgent and collective need to change. Cornelia will read from The Book of Changes and from her forthcoming book My Life in Red.


KimJuneJohnson_highres1Kim June Johnson – author – 2:15 at Orchard House

Kim June Johnson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and poet. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Room Magazine, Ok Magpieliterary mama and Damselfly Press. Her most recent album, Canvas & Clay, produced by Hornby’s own Marc Atkinson, was nominated for two 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards and won Kim Vocalist of the Year. She performs live shows that combine songs, poems and storytelling and she recently received a FACTOR grant to record some new music with a string ensemble. She is currently at work on a gallery show entitled Blur, a series of fine art photographs and mounted poems on the theme of how we digest our lives, which will be presented by Hornby Island Arts Council. Kim is a contributing artist in our 2016 Festival Art Show Articulate Ground.


Anakana Schofield – author – 3:30 at Orchard Houseanakana-schofield

Anakana Schofield is the author of the 2015 Giller Prize short-listed novel Martin John and the award-winning novel Malarky
(2012).  Martin John received the New York Times Editor’s Choice and 5 stars from the UK Sunday Telegraph. It was Number 3 on the National Post 99 Best Books of the Year, Number 1 Fiction Pick in Toronto Star’s Top 5 Fiction of 2015, and the Globe & Mail’s Globe 100,  Wall Street Journal‘s Year’s Best Fiction. It’s included on the Vancouver Sun’s Top 20 Books of the Year, CBC Books Best Books of 2015, Toronto’s NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2015, Edmonton Journal’s 5 Most Memorable Reads of 2015, and more. Malarky won the 2012 First Novel Award and the 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in the United States and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was named on 16 Best Books of 2012 lists and was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Schofield has appeared at writers festivals all over Canada, the US and Europe. She has written many reviews for The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and also contributes to the London Review of Books blog.

“. . . serious literary gumption…” —New York Times

“The novel all your favourite novelists will be reading.” —The Globe and Mail