2020 BC Writers Series presents Mark Leiren-Young

Updated 2020/03/04

2020/02/28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Powell River Public Library
2020 BC Writers Series presents Mark Leiren-Young @ Powell River Public Library

Mark Leiren-Young is an acclaimed author and Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour winner of titles including The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, Orcas Everywhere and Free Magic Secrets Revealed: A Memoir.

This event is funded in part by the Powell River Friends of the Public Library, the Writers’ Union of Canada’s National Public Readings Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Powell River Public Library is thrilled to announce the second year of the BC Writers Series. The writers series is focused on highlighting the talent of authors that call British Columbia home. Mark Leiren-Young, Kathy Page, Chelene Knight and Monique Gray Smith will be part of this exciting series being offered in partnership by the Powell River Public Library and the Powell River Friends of the Public Library.

Mark Leiren-Young bio:

MARK LEIREN-YOUNG is the author of a new all-ages book about orcas, Orcas Everywhere. He directed and wrote The Hundred-Year-Old Whale, a documentary about the matriarch of the southern resident orcas that won the 2018 Writers Guild of Canada Award for Documentary. He also hosts the popular environmental podcast Skaana.

Mark directed, wrote and produced the award-winning feature film, The Green Chain, starring Tricia Helfer, August Schellenberg, Scott McNeil and Brendan Fletcher  He wrote and co-starred in the EarthVision award-winning TV special Greenpieces: The World’s First Eco-Comedy, featuring his comedy duo Local Anxiety.

He has written over a hundred hours of television –  include recent episode of the Netflix live action/animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code and the recent TV movie/thriller, The Perfect Match.

Mark’s book about Moby Doll: The Killer Whale Who Changed the World won the 2016 Science Writers and Communicators Award and was published by Greystone in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

His radio documentary for CBC’s Ideas Moby Doll: The Killer Whale that Changed the World received a Webster Award for “Best Radio Documentary.” He is in post-production on a feature documentary he’s writing and directing about Moby for Middle Child Films.

Mark is the author of two comic memoirs Free Magic Secrets Revealed (Harbour, 2013) and Never Shoot a Stampede Queen — A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo (Heritage), which won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. A stage version of Stampede Queen (adapted by Mark) premiered at Western Canada Theatre and starred Ryan Beil.

Mark’s other books include The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clear Cut (Heritage), a collection of interviews dealing with the future of our forests and This Crazy Time (Knopf) written with/about controversial environmentalist Tzeporah Berman.

As a playwright Mark’s latest comedy, Bar Mitzvah Boy, debuted in 2018 at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver. The US premiere was at the Chester Theatre in Mass. The play has also been produced in Toronto and Los Angeles. A Czech translation of his play, Shylock (starring Milan Knazko), just finished a three year run in repertory in Prague.

His plays have been produced throughout North America and also staged in Europe and Australia. Shylock has been translated into French, Czech and Dutch. Shylock and Articles of Faith are published by Anvil Press.

As a journalist Mark has written for TIME, Maclean’s, The Hollywood Reporter, The Walrus and most of Canada’s daily newspapers. Mark has interviewed hundreds of celebrities ranging from William Shatner to Salman Rushdie.

More about the BC Writers Series:
From poetry to memoir and historical fiction, the BC Writers Series aims to showcase the wide variety of work being published in the province.


The BC Writers Series includes readings and presentations as well as school visits for children and teens.

The Powell River Public Library is excited to add these four wonderful authors to the list of the many we’ve been fortunate to host in the past, including Grant Lawrence, Mike McCardell, John Vaillant and Kyo Maclear.

These engaging and fun Library events are open to people of all ages, and are free. Because author readings and workshops are often popular, we recommend that anyone interested arrive early to ensure that they get a seat.

For more information about all the events offered at the Library, visit our website at prpl.ca.