Vancouver

Vancouver Writers Fest

  • 202 - 1398 Cartwright Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3P4
  • Phone: 604.681.6330

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.

For the past 28 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.

The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.

Through Spreading the Word, the Festival can reignite a teacher’s passion for teaching, mesmerize a teenager who rarely looks up from her phone or engage a child who is a reluctant reader. Festival events can encourage discussion and reflection, and connect old friends and introduce new ones.

Ideas create books, but people create the Festival. The Writers Fest brings people of all backgrounds together—writers, children, adults, staff and hundreds of volunteers—all of whom love to read. They also love what reading represents: the stirring of ideas, the sparks of recognition, and the realization that we are all connected

October 17, 2016

One of the authors at this anticipated event will win the richest literary prize in Canada on November 7. Being nominated for, let alone winning, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has a history of changing a writer’s life and career forever. Come meet and hear Canada’s stellar literary talents on opening… more

October 18, 2016

Lisa Charleyboy loved two things when she was growing up: fashion and books. After graduation, she moved to Toronto to study fashion communication. “At York,” says Charleyboy, “I was encouraged to explore my heritage through writing and assignments … and be more critical about aboriginal issues in… more

October 18, 2016

Lisa Charleyboy loved two things when she was growing up: fashion and books. After graduation, she moved to Toronto to study fashion communication. “At York,” says Charleyboy, “I was encouraged to explore my heritage through writing and assignments … and be more critical about aboriginal issues in… more

October 18, 2016

A walk in the woods will never be the same once you have heard Peter Wohlleben ,author of The Hidden Life of Trees.The professional forester from Germany has already sold millions of books in Europe, sharing revelatory information about our forests. Trees can count, learn, remember, nurse sick… more

October 18, 2016

Faith Erin Hicks worked in the animation industry for several years before altering the path of her career to write and draw comics full time in 2008. Frank Viva is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children. His art also appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine and on the… more

October 18, 2016

Settle in for storytime spanning fantasy, whimsy and legend. In Alice Kuipers ’ book, twins Violet and Victor work together, sometimes grudgingly, to write an extraordinary tale starring an evil witch on the loose in a fairytale kingdom. In Vikki VanSickle ’s If I Had a Gryphon, Sam longs for a more… more

October 18, 2016

We all have to grow up, but it’s not often easy. Four authors present their views on the challenges teens face. Ann Y.K. Choi’ s novel tackles the struggles of being caught between two cultures: from the protagonist’s Korean mother’s traditional expectations to learning what it means to be Canadian. more

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