SiWC and Iron Dog Books present a FREE book talk! July 3rd, 7 pm

On The Edge: Genre-Defying Fiction with Lisa Brideau, Frances Peck, and Robin Yeatman

Wednesday July 3rd, 2024 @ 7:00PM – 9:00PM


“What are your comps?” It’s a question all book writers have to answer in the early stages of seeking publication. What titles are out there on the shelves, published, and ideally selling by the cartful, that are comparable to yours? The answer determines everything from the book’s categorization (is it suspense, literary fiction, romance, mystery, satire?) to its sales pitches, from its back jacket description to its cover. What happens when you can’t easily answer that question?

The novels by these authors teeter on the edge of categorization. Lisa Brideau’s Adrift: is it suspense or cli-fi, literary fiction or speculative fiction, entertainment or a sustainability fable? Frances Peck’s Uncontrolled Flight is tagged as literary fiction and as a thriller; it can be read as a procedural, mystery, tragedy, or love story. Robin Yeatman’s Bookworm delivers the humour and romance that its cover promises, yet the comedy is edged in black and the story skews to satire, not sweetness.

These three Vancouver authors will discuss and read from their gripping, genre-defying novels, and will reveal both the difficulties and the fun that they’ve experienced in putting forward edgy stories that cross categories.

Doors at 6:30 pm.

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Lisa Brideau’s debut novel, Adrift, is a near-future story of amnesia and friendship set against the backdrop of a world struggling with climate change impacts. It was nominated for the 2024 Evergreen Award and is a 2024 Crime Writers of Canada Best First Novel finalist. Lisa works professionally as a municipal climate policy specialist.

Frances Peck’s debut novel, The Broken Places, blends disaster fiction and literary styling. It was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2022 and a finalist for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Her second novel, Uncontrolled Flight, about the death of an aerial firefighter, was named a 2023 Book of the Year (Fiction) by 49th Shelf.

Robin Yeatman is a shameless bookworm who was born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver. Educated in British Columbia and England, she studied literature, trained as a broadcast journalist, and worked in radio as a morning show producer. After a dozen years in Montreal, she lives in Vancouver. Bookworm, a tale of obsessive attraction, repulsion, and reading, is her first book.