Word Vancouver


Reading and writing excitement will abound at various free events between September 23 and 27, all part of Word Vancouver; the big festival day happens on the 27th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Come hear musical performances, free readings and panel discussions, and take part in free writing workshops. Canadian authors and book, magazine, and comics exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!

This year, look forward to 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops. Festival day on Sunday will include 10 venues! New this year: the Family Stage, family-friendly activities all day long; Underground Words + Art, comics and chapbooks programming and exhibitors; and, a partnership between Word Vancouver and the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala, which will take place at CBC Studio 700 Friday, September 25.

From Wednesday to Friday, experience author readings at these venues: SFU Harbour Centre, The Cottage Bistro, Christianne’s Lyceum, Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House, and CBC Studio 700. On Saturday, take part in free professional development workshops at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. On Sunday, activities are in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, between Robson and Georgia and Hamilton and Homer). This year’s programming includes readings, panel discussions, professional development workshops, entertainment, site performers, and the exhibitor marketplace.

Word Vancouver is thrilled to have authors of all genres joining us: John Vaillant, Aislinn Hunter, Arthur Black, Charles Demers, Emily Urquhart, Amber Dawn, Rachel Hartman, Ian Weir, Andrea Warner, William Deverell, Evelyn Lau, George Bowering, Grant Lawrence, Stan Persky, Heather Haley, Robert Wiersema, Carellin Brooks, Ashley Little, Alix Hawley, and more; for children: Julie Flett, Robin Stevenson, Deborah Hodge, Robert Heidbreder, Robert “Lucky” Budd, Kallie George, and more; comic creators: David Lasky, David Boswell, Julian Lawrence, Michael Kluckner, and more!