Hipsters, Zombies, and Thieves (at the Library?)

Three Canadian authors with a penchant for the dark side come to the VPL.

Twice each month, the Incite series brings acclaimed authors to the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch to read from and discuss their work, often in support of a recently published book. A co-presentation between the library and the Vancouver Writers Fest, tomorrow’s (May 6) edition of Incite boasts as its guests a triumvirate of Canadian talents both new and veteran. Russell Smith is known across the country for his provocative, darkly comic columns in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and more. His new short-story collection, Confidence, was described by Maclean’s as a “poisonously funny portrait of the so-hip-it-hurts fashion, food, and bar scene.” Vernon native Adam Lewis Schroeder’s latest novel, All-Day Breakfast, has drawn widespread praise for its audacious plotline about a plastics-factory employee who begins experiencing bizarre symptoms following a workplace accident (including detachable limbs and a ceaseless craving for bacon—the latter being especially troubling given his vegetarianism). Vancouver’s own Kristi Charish is the envy of many an established and would-be author: her debut novel, the supernatural fantasy Owl and the Japanese Circus, was sold to publishing giant Simon and Schuster, and a second series was eagerly snapped up by Random House.Admission is free, but please register your attendance here. (Note: Seating is first come, first served.)Wednesday, May 6, 7:30pmVancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia St.), Alice MacKay RoomInfo: writersfest.ca