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The Vancouver fest

The 19th annual Vancouver International Writers Festival ran from October 17-22, 2006, bringing almost 100 Canadian and international authors to Lotusland. (Photos by Chris Cameron.)

Canadian spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan sees the light.

Former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson with Hal Wake, artistic director of the VIWF.

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose latest book is Half of a Yellow Sun.

 Galsan Tschinag, who was born in western Mongolia and later settled in Germany, and has written 30 books of fiction and poetry.

Canadian Inuit writer Michael Kusugak (The Curse of the Shaman).