Wordfest Presents Bill Richardson (I Saw Three Ships)
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud event with one of Canada’s great humourists, Bill Richardson. His newest book, I Saw Three Ships takes us back to a time when Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood was affordable, and before being queer was “brandable.” The book has been regarded as a love letter to a dwindling community of West Enders who have been gradually forced out by gentrification and displacement. The event will consist of an on-stage interview with Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
About I Saw Three Ships
I Saw Three Ships consists of eight linked stories, all set around Christmastime in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. These tales capture a West End community vanishing under pressure from development and skyrocketing real-estate prices, giving shelter to characters from various walks of life, whose experiences of transcendence leaves them more alienated than consoled.
As arch as they are elegiac, as funny as they are melancholy, these stories honour a cherished period in the history of the West End. Sometimes twisted, sometimes tender, I Saw Three Ships will speak to all who have ever been stuck spinning their wheels at the corner of Heathen and Holy.
“Richardson’s prose is dense for a dense neighbourhood. He stuffs jokes and memories into each paragraph, just as his characters stuff treasured stuff into their apartments ... It’s an elegiac holiday read as characters ache and reminisce while the beloved landmarks of the West End are claimed in the background by ‘cranes, backhoes, diggers.’” – The Tyee
About Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson writes for children and others. His books for young readers include The Alphabet Thief, and The Promise Basket, both published by Groundwood Books. He worked for many years for the CBC and won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1994. He lives in Vancouver and in southwest Manitoba, in the rural municipality of Louise.
- “Humourist Bill Richardson revisits Vancouver’s West End in latest book” — Vancouver Is Awesome
- “The Last Bohemians of Vancouver’s West End” — The Tyee
- “Bill Richardson’s West End Stories deliver a rare blend of whimsy and compassion” — Vancouver Sun
- “These are the best B.C. books of 2019” — Vancouver Courier
Books will be available for purchase at the event by local bookseller, Owl's Nest Books.
If you want to purchase the book in advance: