On Wednesday 29 February 2012 Spread the Word is bringing together four teams of writers and editors in London, Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, and Vancouver, to create a unique novel.

The project is an experiment in collaborative writing, using digital technology.

The book, which will be written by multiple authors, operating in different time zones and countries, will be launched at noon on World Book Day, Thursday 1 March 2012.

How to get involved

Facebook: ‘like’ our page: www.facebook.com/pages/24hourbook, post your inspirational ideas before the day, and pop in on the 29th to see how things are going, respond to our writing challenges, and support our writers across the globe.

Twitter: Follow us @STWevents using the hashtag #24hourbook. We’ll be asking questions throughout the day, and we’d love you to tweet us your answers.

About the Vancouver Team:

Arley McNeney is the author of two widely acclaimed novels. Her first book, Post, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Novel, Canada, and the Caribbean. The writing in her second novel, The Time We All Went Marching, was likened to Michael Ondaatje’s by Michelle Berry in the Globe and Mail. Arley is a former Paralympian in the sport of wheelchair basketball and won two World Championship gold medals and a Paralympic bronze at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. She lives in Vancouver.

Alyx Dellamonica is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons. Her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, “A Key to the Illuminated Heretic,” was shortlisted for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Alyx lives in East Vancouver.

Alex Leslie’s chapbook of microfictions Twenty Objects for the New World was published by Nomados Press in 2011. Alex’s writing has been published in many Canadian literary journals and the Best Canadian Stories anthology series from Oberon Press. She has won a Gold National Magazine Award for personal journalism and a CBC Literary Award for fiction. Alex is from Vancouver.

McKinley Hellenes can’t seem to stop writing about Vancouver. Her stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines of questionable repute, including Broken Pencil, Kiss Machine, and the Journey Prize Stories. In 2010, her novella won second place in the 32nd International 3-Day Novel contest. She is currently working on a novel for which she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jenn Farrell is the author of two collections of short stories: The Devil You Know (Anvil Press, 2010), and Sugar Bush & Other Stories (Anvil Press, 2006). Her stories have previously appeared in Prism, subTerrain, West Coast Line and Forget magazine. Jenn was born and raised in the “Golden Horseshoe” of Ontario. She is a graduate of the Langara College Publishing program and Douglas College Print Futures: Professional Writing program. She currently resides in Vancouver where she works as a freelance writer, editor, and teacher.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner directs Thursdays Writing Collective in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a poet and the editor and publisher of five chapbooks. A frequent collaborator, she leads workshops on creativity and social writing.

Sean Cranbury is a writer, internet tinkerer, and event programmer living in East Vancouver. He is the host and regulator of the radio show, Books on the Radio, the curator of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, creator of the Advent Book Blog, and an organizer of the books/technology unconference, Bookcamp Vancouver. Sean is a member of the Board of Directors of W2 Community Media Arts Society.