Rob Taylor Literary Pub Quiz at Vancouver Writers Fest

October 21, 2021 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Join Rob Taylor as he hosts a first-for-the-Fest literary pub quiz, inspired by a growing online quiz trend: identifying book titles by emoji representations! This fast-paced evening will feature book-related emoji quizzes (Would you guess that a bunny tail and two skyscrapers represents a Dickens classic?) and “Mad-Lib Readings,” in which authors give readings from their work with sections blanked out for audience participation. There will even be a Wrong Answers Only round with author Rhea Tregebov choosing her favourite incorrect guesses … perfect for anyone who has never placed first in a pub quiz. Don’t miss this effervescent evening of escapades!

This in-person event will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 9PM PDT (11PM EDT). Location TBA.

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In Strangers, Rob Taylor makes new the epiphany poem: the short lyric ending with a moment of recognition or arrival. In his hands, the form becomes not simply a revelation in words but, in Wallace Stevens’ phrase, “a revelation in words by means of the words.” The epiphany here is not only the poet’s. It’s ours. A book about the songlines of memory and language and the ways in which they connect us to other human beings, to read Strangers is to become part of the lineages (literary, artistic, familial) that it braids together—to become, as Richard Outram puts it, an “unspoken / Stranger no longer.”


Rob Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, including The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He is also the editor of What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018). In 2015 Rob received a City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for the Literary Arts. He lives in Port Moody, BC with his wife and son.


Order your copy of Strangers from Biblioasis here!