Caroline Adderson

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels
(A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

News and Events

Satellite(s)/Vancouver Vanishes

It’s a real thrill when something you create inspires another creation.  “Solo Collective tackles the ever challenging Vancouver housing landscape with its play inspired by author Caroline Adderson’s book Vancouver Vanishes.”  Information about and tickets for Aaron Bushkowsky’s play Satellite(s) can be found here.  For more about Vancouver Vanishes click here.


Writer in Residence, Whistler Writers Festival

I’m delighted to be taking up residence on Alta Lake as the 2018 Writer in Residence for the Whistler Writers Festival.  In addition to working one-on-one with local authors, I’ll hosting events at the festival itself.  See the the full festival line-up here.


Writing Week on Denman Island 10-14 July

I’m so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, this time as Writer in Residence.  Click here for the full festival schedule.

2017 YWCA Women of Distinction — Arts, Culture and Design

Here is the line up for the 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees for Arts, Culture and Design.  Congratulations to Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, who won the award, and to all the nominees.



Authors for Indies, 29 April

Please come out and support your hard-working local bookstores at the 3rd annual Authors for Indies!  This year I’ll be recommending books at 32 Books in North Vancouver.  See you there!



2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Award

It’s a huge honour to receive this nomination in the category of Arts, Culture and Design, especially along side such an amazing group of women in the arts community.  Read the entire list of nominees here.

Booked in Fernie!

Thrilled to be going to Fernie for the first time!  Come out for music, readings and conversation at the Fernie Heritage Library, Friday March 10th at 7:00pm.

Urbanarium City Debate

Should zoning laws be rewritten to protect character homes?  I think so and will be arguing for this with the brilliant heritage activist Michael Kluckner.  Wednesday March 8th, 6:30 pm, UBC Robson Square.  For more information to and reserve a seat, click here.

Vancouver Island University Reading

Plotting is the subject of this combined reading and talk.  It takes place at the Nanaimo Campus of Vancouver Island University, Thursday March 2, 1:00-2:15.  Click here for full details.   Thanks to Kathy Page for this invitation.

VIU reading

On Edge

Thanks to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for inviting me to read in their On Edge series.  I’ll be on stage with Kevin Spenst on 23 February and 6:30 pm. Emily Carr University Library, 1400 Johnston St., Granville Island
Vancouver, BC.