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People Change: Vivek Shraya in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

Showing on Feb 1

Playing at Performance Works

Vivek Shraya and the Vancouver Writers Fest

Directly following the Tuesday, February 1 one-woman performance of How to Fail as a Popstar at PuSH Festival, acclaimed musician and author Vivek Shraya will join Vancouver Writers Fest for a one-to-one conversation with Marsha Lederman on her new work, People Change, a meditation on change, from its varied manifestations to its inevitability in our lives.

We change our haircuts and our outfits and our minds. We change names, titles, labels. We attempt to blend in or to stand out. We outgrow relationships, we abandon dreams for new ones, we start fresh. We seize control of our stories. We make resolutions. In fact, nobody knows this better than Vivek Shraya, who’s made a career of wearing many hats: artist, performer, musician, writer, model, teacher. In People Change, she reflects on the origins of this impulse, tracing it to childhood influences from Hinduism to Madonna. What emerges is a meditation on change itself: why we fear it, why we’re drawn to it, what motivates us to change, and what traps us in place. At a time when we’re especially contemplating who we want to be, this slim and stylish handbook is an essential companion—a guide to embracing our many selves and the inspiration to discover who we’ll become next. This incredible dialogue will take place in Performance Works from 9:00pm, and will last for approximately 45 minutes, followed by book sales of People Change, as well as How to Fail as a Popstar. Book early—tickets will sell quickly!

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Artist Bio

Vivek Shraya

Singer, actress, author, teacher, visual artist, theatrical performer—the multitalented Vivek Shraya is all these and more. Home runs she has hit include writing bestselling books (I’m Afraid of Men, The Subtweet), founding the publishing imprint VS. Books, serving as Grand Marshal in Toronto’s Pride Parade, and being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Vivek is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.


Performance Works

1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


  • February 1: 9:00PM

This event takes place after the Feb 1 performance of How To Fail As A Popstar


This event is is free for How to Fail As a Popstar attendees, or pay what you can for this event only, on the Vancouver Writers Fest website


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