Rob Taylor at Vancouver Writers Fest
Oct 22 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 12:30 am
Rob Taylor at Vancouver Writers Fest

The Poetry Bash

Rob Taylor (Strangers) will be appearing alongside Canada’s most talked-about poets today at the Vancouver Writers Fest Poetry Bash! Rob will be joined on stage by Bertrand Bickersteth (The Response of Weeds); Métis writer and Room Magazine editor Molly Cross-Blanchard (Exhibitionist); prolific poet and Kwantlen First Nations member, Joseph Dandurand (Sh:lam); artist, poet, and writer Chantal Gibson (with/holding); and writer, poet, and producer Billeh Nickerson (Duct-Taped Roses). The event will be hosted by Aislinn Hunter, and will take place on Friday, October 22 at 11PM EDT.

Tickets are $25 and are available to purchase here!



In Strangers, Rob Taylor makes new the epiphany poem: the short lyric ending with a moment of recognition or arrival. In his hands, the form becomes not simply a revelation in words but, in Wallace Stevens’ phrase, “a revelation in words by means of the words.” The epiphany here is not only the poet’s. It’s ours. A book about the songlines of memory and language and the ways in which they connect us to other human beings, to read Strangers is to become part of the lineages (literary, artistic, familial) that it braids together—to become, as Richard Outram puts it, an “unspoken / Stranger no longer.”


Rob Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, including The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is also the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018). In 2015 Rob received a City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts. He lives in Port Moody, BC with his wife and son.


Order your copy of Strangers from Biblioasis here!

Marcello Di Cintio at Vancouver Writers Fest
Oct 23 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 12:30 am
Marcello Di Cintio at Vancouver Writers Fest

The Literary Cabaret

Don’t miss this exciting night of author readings and improvised songs at Vancouver Writers Fest! Marcello Di Cintio (Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers) will be joined in this literary panel by Mona Awad (All’s Well); writer, composer, and poet Gary Barwin (Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted); bestseller and award-winner Omar El Akkad (What Strange Paradise), lauded memoirist Christa Couture (How To Lose Everything); and award-winning, inspirational voice, Darrel McLeod (Peyakow). The event will take place on Saturday, October 23 at PM EDT.

Tickets are $45 and are available to purchase here!



“The taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Occupying the space between public and private, a cab brings together people who might otherwise never have met—yet most of us sit in the back and stare at our phones. Nowhere else do people occupy such intimate quarters and share so little. In a series of interviews with drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country with nothing but a suitcase, Driven seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the unknown stories that surround us.

Travelling across borders of all kinds, from battlefields and occupied lands to midnight fares and Tim Hortons parking lots, Di Cintio chronicles the many journeys each driver made merely for the privilege to turn on their rooflight. Yet these lives aren’t defined by tragedy or frustration but by ingenuity and generosity, hope and indomitable hard work. From night school and sixteen-hour shifts to schemes for athletic careers and the secret Shakespeare of Dylan’s lyrics, Di Cintio’s subjects share the passions and triumphs that drive them.

Like the people encountered in its pages, Driven is an unexpected delight, and that most wondrous of all things: a book that will change the way you see the world around you. A paean to the power of personality and perseverance, it’s a compassionate and joyful tribute to the men and women who take us where we want to go.


Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, and Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense – also a W. O. Mitchell Prize winner. Di Cintio’s magazine writing has appeared in publications such as The International New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic and Afar. Di Cintio has served as a writer-in-residence at the Calgary Public Library, the University of Calgary, and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and he teaches nonfiction writing at the annual WordsWorth youth writing residency.


Get your copy of Driven from Biblioasis here!