Tuesday, Apr 9 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Roxy

Carleigh Baker, Charlie Demers, and Roger Farr

If you listen closely, the hum of Vancity can be heard at night from certain parts of the island, reminding us that we are never really outside The Metropolis. Join these three contemporary writers for a literary report on what’s going on “over there.”

Carleigh Baker is a Métis/Icelandic writer. She won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award for Bad Endings, which was also a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, the BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and the Emerging Indigenous Voices Award for fiction. She was awarded a 2012 subTerrain Magazine Lush Triumphant Award for her short fiction. Her work has appeared in PRISM International, Joyland, and This Magazine. Her book reviews and critical writing have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Malahat Review, The Goose, and EVENT magazine, and she contributed to the anthologies In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Real Reconciliation, Vancouver Noir (2018), Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018), Best Canadian Essays (2016), and The Journey Prize Anthology (2016). Baker lives in Vancouver.

Baker was named one of CBC’s 17 Writers To Watch in 2017. She will be a Berton House writer-in-residence from January to March 2019. She is working on a novel about unprepared do-gooders facing the Canadian wilderness in an attempt to save the environment, surviving only due to the generosity of the local Indigenous community.

Click here to read a 49th Shelf interview with Carleigh Baker.

Click here to listen to Carleigh Baker in conversation with Shelagh Rogers.


Charles Demers is a comedian, writer, playwright, and activist, and the author of the novels Property Values and The Prescription Errors, and the non-fiction books The Horrors, Vancouver Special (nominated for a Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize), and (with George Bowering) The Dad Dialogues. He’s a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and is the voice of Walter the Slug on the Emmy-winning Netflix cartoon Beat Bugs. He is also the editor of Robin’s Egg Books, a humour imprint of Arsenal Pulp Press.

In 2005, he was the judges’ choice for Vancouver’s funniest new comic; since then he has been featured on national radio, in print, as well as in festivals and live venues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. His sketch duo “Bucket” with Paul Bae is the act Robin Williams called “the future of comedy.” In 2018 his album “Fatherland” was nominated for a Juno Comedy Award.

A long-time political activist, he lives in East Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

Click here to listen to Charlie Demer’s interview with Shelagh Rogers.


Described as “a poet of great heart and aesthetic/political commitment”, Roger Farr is the author Surplus (2006), Means (2012), and IKMQ (2012), a finalist for the BC Book Prize in Poetry in 2013. His most recent book is I Am a City Still But Soon I Shan’t Be (2019).

A former member of the artist–run Kootenay School of Writing collective, Roger Farr’s critical writing on avant–garde poetics and radical social movements has appeared in Anarchist Studies, Armed Cell, Fifth Estate, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, The Poetic Front, West Coast Line, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. He edited the three–volume anthology Open Text: Canadian Poetry and Poetics in the 21st Century (2008–2013), and was Critical Editor for Alice Becker–Ho’s The Essence of Jargon: Argot & the Language of the Dangerous Classes (2015). Currently he is editing The Amourous Comrade, a collection of writing on anarchist sexual politics. Armand. A book of variations based on the writing of 15th century poet Francois Villon is also forthcoming. His work has been broadcast on the airwaves of several pirate radio stations on the West Coast of North America. He teaches in the Creative Writing and English programs at Capilano University, Vancouver.

$20 | All Ages