Hal Wake has been engaged with the literary community in Canada for more than 30 years. He has conducted on-stage interviews with Alice Munro, Jonathan Safran Foer, Simon Winchester, Sharon Olds, and Anne Michaels, amongst many others.
In the mid 1980s, Hal was the book producer for the most influential public radio program in Canada, Morningside with Peter Gzowski, where, he says, “I was steeped in Canadian books and writing and had the fabulous opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of writers.”
Hal has hosted or moderated hundreds of literary events at Festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, New York, London, Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney, Australia. He has even given a reading or two, and for years, has taught a course for writers on how to give readings.
His reviews have appeared in the Georgia Straight, the Globe and Mail, and the Vancouver Sun. Currently, he is Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, which has been hailed as the best large-scale literary festival in the country.
“What constantly amazes me,” he says, “is how generous writers are in sharing their ideas and insights and how truly appreciative they are to meet their readers.”
Hal is proud to be an honorary member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and delivered a keynote address on Canadian Literature to the 2010 Annual General Meeting. He is undergoing treatment for his addiction to crime fiction.