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Hapa-palooza @ Word Vancouver

Hapa-palooza teams up with Word Vancouver in the largest celebration of literacy and reading.  Two events held at VPL Central Branch co-hosted by the Hapa-palooza Festival. 


VPL Central Branch from 12:15 to 1:15pm

The inspiration for author Simon Choa-Johnston’s latest novel House of Wives comes from his Jewish and Chinese heritage. Join Choa-Johnston in a workshop on how to pursue family heritage as inspiration for fiction, and resources and exercises to get authors started on their personal journeys of discovery. For more information please visit

WRITING FROM WITHIN: Memoir and Identity - Panel Discussion

VPL Central Branch from 2:40 to 3:40pm

Join four authors as they discuss their experiences and choices when writing from life, and share key lessons they have learned on their professional journeys. With journalist and author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, writer and teacher Betsy Warland, Nanaimo poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan, and mixed Vietnamese-American editor and writer Brandy Lien-Worrall. Moderated by Hapa-palooza festival founder and author Anna Ling Kaye.

Earlier Event: September 25
Hapa-palooza @ ArtStarts