The first events of Incite, a free reading series at VPL, have been announced! Join us January 24th for a night of poetry, and February 14th for a literary look at marriage.


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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.


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Upcoming Events

  • Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

    Incite: Adèle Barclay, Aislinn Hunter, Richard Harrison, Cecily Nicholson

    Wednesday, January 24

    For the first event of Incite’s 2018 season, we’ll hear from four award-winning poets, each reading from and discussing critically-acclaimed collections. Adèle Barclay’s If I Were In A Cage I’d Reach Out For You (Nightwood Editions...

  • Incite: Mandy Len Catron, Kevin Chong, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jane Silcott

    Incite: Mandy Len Catron, Kevin Chong, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Jane Silcott

    Wednesday, February 14

    What could be better than spending your Valentine’s Day with talented writers discussing the triumphs—and pitfalls—of modern marriage? On February 14, Incite will feature work from the forthcoming anthology, Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, ...

  • The Dram

    The Dram

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Explore Whiskies | Craft Spirits | Craft Beer
    Join us for an evening of discovery and sophistication at The Dram.

    Sample unlimited drams of scotch, gin and other spirits from distilleries from across the globe including Scotland, Ja...

From the Blog

Nominate a Poet to become Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate!

Do you know an accomplished, local Indigenous poet who has engaged with the Vancouver literary community? Does that description fit you?

Until December 15th, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library are seeking nominations for the 2018 Poet Laureate of Vancouver.

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Introducing our Education Coordinator: Nafiza Azad.

In January 2018, the Vancouver Writers Fest is thrilled to welcome our new Education Coordinator, Nafiza Azad. Nafiza takes over for long-time Festival staffer Ilona Beiks, who held the position for more than 15 years.

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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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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.