Tom Wilson

Award-winning Canadian musician Tom Wilson shares his search for the truth about his family, December 4 at VPL.


The Vancouver Writers Fest relies on individual donors like you to present world-class authors in events all year-round. Donate before Dec. 31st to receive a tax receipt for 2017.

Madeleine Thien Chapbook

Purchase a signed copy of the limited-edition chapbook of “Hiroshige Takes the SkyTrain,” an original short story by Madeleine Thien, commissioned by the VWF.


The Vancouver Writers Fest now has a blog! Join us for sneak peeks of events, book recommendations, our favourite Granville Island hideaways, interviews with volunteers, and more.

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Upcoming Events

  • A Newfoundlander in Canada

    A Newfoundlander in Canada

    Monday, November 20

    Following the runaway success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle discusses A Newfoundlander in Canada: a hilarious, heartwarming account of discovering Canada through the eyes of the N...

  • Beautiful Scars

    Beautiful Scars

    Monday, December 4

    A special Incite event presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library with support from Vancity.

    From growing up in the ‘rough-and-tumble world’ of Hamilton, ON and battling addiction, to recording multiple gold records and ...

From the Blog

Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: An Excerpt

In anticipation of our inspiring evening with General Romeo Dallaire on Thursday, November 16, we are honoured to share this excerpt from Dallaire’s highly-acclaimed new memoir, Waiting For First Light.

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Vancouver Writers Fest Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Style

The Vancouver Writers Fest concluded its anticipated 30th Festival on Sunday, after six days of 94 events with 112 authors on Granville Island. A year steeped with meaning, pathos and delight, 2017 marked not only the landmark anniversary of one of the world’s most prestigious literary festivals but the final year that Hal Wake, Artistic Director, will be at the helm.

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VWF Facebook Live Interviews: All This Week!

Granville Island is always a bustling place during the week of the Festival. This year, to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re not only arranging interviews with media outlets across the city: we’re doing our own!

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About Us

Words shape our worlds. They can delight, inspire, provoke, comfort and unite—as do the authors, journalists and poets who wield them. At the Vancouver Writers Fest we encourage readers of all ages to explore the power of storytelling, and books, through our dozens of events with local and international writers.

Our activities to achieve this include both year-round programming and our flagship, annual literary festival: one of the largest, and most prestigious, in North America which brings tens of thousand of audience members to see events with local and international authors during one week in October.

Our other programs include Incite: a free, spring reading series in partnership with Vancouver Public Library; Spreading The Word education programs for schools across British Columbia; and writing contests.