Literary Soiree – A Write! Vancouver Event

Friday, May 24, 2013
Come for 7:00 p.m. Panel starts at 7:15. Reception to follow.
Tapestry UBC, 3338 Wesbroook Mall (in the new UBC village), Vancouver, BC
Moderator: Lesley Bentley
In many circles, sometimes especially religious ones, the pursuit of excellence is condemned as elitist, proud, and self-indulgent. Drawing on a range of religious scriptures as well as eastern and western philosophers, John Stackhouse will provide an unapologetic and invigorating theology of excellence while Marc Côtè draws on his background as an editor and publisher of major award (Governor General and Giller) nominated books to discuss the necessity for writers to excel.
A reception will follow. This is an optional conference session, and we expect it to sell out. Please register early so that you’re not disappointed. (You don't have to attend the full conference in order to come to this event.) Cost for this event is $45.00.
 *As this session might run late, those living outside Vancouver might consider taking a room for the night. UBC houses provides basic rooms from $33 as well as luxurious ones for $200. Check out the possibilities – This is Alumni Weekend at UBC, so rooms may be in high demand. An early reservation, should you decide to stay over, is probably essential.


Marc is the owner and publisher of Cormorant Books which is committed to publishing the best new work in the area of literary fiction and creative non-fiction for the adult market. Publishing books is an adventure; it’s an intellectual pursuit without parallel. When a new book arrives from the printer, when an author receives her first glowing review, the hardest of times are forgot. We all live for these moments.

Marc has served on committees or juries for Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes and has edited or published works which have won many awards such as the Governor General’s and Giller.

Marc is also part of the Permission to Write panel during Write! Vancouver conference on Saturday, May 25.



John Stackhouse serves as the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of seven books (his eighth will be off to the Oxford University Press this summer), editor of four more, and author of more than 500 articles and reviews, he has been featured by media as diverse as ABC TV News, CBC National Radio, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Time, and the Globe and Mail and National Post. He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Edinburgh, and Fudan universities, among dozens of others, he has received over a dozen research grants, and his writing has been recognized by multiple awards.