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Stage Might

Outgoing Vancouver Writers Fest artistic director Hal Wake is celebrated for his authors-first philosophy


HAL WAKE stands outside the Vancouver Writers Fest office on Granville Island, watching a parade of Canada geese saunter by the front door. As a group of tourists point their phones toward the charming scene, Wake points out two adult geese acting as babysitters, keeping the goslings in tight formation en route to the pond behind the office. After 17 years as artistic director at one of the country’s largest literary festivals, Wake – who has announced he will be stepping down from the role after this year’s event in October – knows all the workings of the island, even the social behaviour of its feathered inhabitants.

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