July 6, 2019

LiterASIAN Festival 2019: Celebrating Asian Canadian Writing

As part of the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop (ACWW) and Ricepaper Magazine, LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing will take place on Friday September 27, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019. LiterASIAN is a spotlight on Asian Canadian literature, history, and culture. This year’s festival theme - Genesis: Writing Art Into Life - invites everyone to think about the various origins of creative and cultural inspiration.

“For the past three decades ACWW has helped writers get published, this is the only festival in Canada that highlights how the Pan-Asian literary voice has added to Canadian literary culture, ” says Allan Cho, festival director. “This is more than just a literary event, this is a celebration that brings together Asian Canadian authors from a range of genres like fiction, autobiography, theatre, and poetry to enjoy and share their ideas and stories that challenges our perception and realities of writing and publishing.”

LiterASIAN: A Festival of Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing will take place in historic Vancouver Chinatown’s Sun Wah Centre and Chinatown House. The festival will include an opening reception at Chinatown House. Writing workshops and book talks will be held at the Sun Wah Centre.

Featured authors at the festival will be award-winning writers Rita Wong, Fred Wah, C.E. Gatchalian, May Q. Wong, Philip Huynh, and Sally Ito.

LiterASIAN’s Opening Reception at Chinatown House will feature the presentation of the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award. The newly renamed Emerging Writers Award originated in 1999 to help authors of Pacific Rim Asian heritage be published with an established publishing house.

Festival passes to LiterASIAN are $25 each, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award. One pass will include entry to all launches, readings, workshops, and other events. Individual workshop tickets are also available at $10 each.

Program schedule and tickets are available online at http://literasian.com

For interviews and photos, please contact info@literasian.com

With much gratitude, we acknowledge that our festival will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples