Festival Program Guide Announced

Reimagine your World at the 30th annual Vancouver Writers Fest, October 16-22. Our Festival Program, featuring 110+ authors and 95+ events, is now available to view online.

Fall Special Events

This fall, the Vancouver Writers Fest brings 6 world-class authors to town for a series of extraordinary discussions. Purchase your tickets to see Louise Penny (Aug 28), Salman Rushdie (Sep 19), Jennifer Egan (Oct 25), Roméo Dallaire (Nov 16) or Alan Doyle (Nov 20).


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.

Contact Us

Have a question? Want to share some feedback? Get in touch! Our emails, phone number and mailing address is just a click away.

Upcoming Events

  • An Evening with Louise Penny

    An Evening with Louise Penny

    Monday, August 28

    In her latest, gripping book, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny shatters the conventions of the crime novel to explore what Gandhi called ‘the court of conscience.’ Join Penny to hear about the latest installment in her award...

  • Salman Rushdie in Conversation with Hal Wake

    Salman Rushdie in Conversation with Hal Wake

    Tuesday, September 19

    A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event Presented in Association with:

    One of the m...

  • Jennifer Egan in Conversation with Bill Richardson

    Jennifer Egan in Conversation with Bill Richardson

    Wednesday, October 25

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad discusses her long-awaited first historical novel, Manhattan Beach, in this special event. Egan’s widely acclaimed books include The Invisible Circus, which was adapted i...

  • Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire

    Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire

    Thursday, November 16

    In this candid, electric evening, Roméo Dallaire – bestselling author, retired general and senator, leading humanitarian – discusses his struggle with PTSD following his missions around the world including assisting the UN during the Rwandan ...

  • A Newfoundlander in Canada: Alan Doyle in Conversation

    A Newfoundlander in Canada: Alan Doyle in Conversation

    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...

From the Blog

5 Writers to Watch at the 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest

The 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest features 110+ authors from Canada and around the world. While it may be impossible to see them all in the span of the week, we encourage you to go outside of your comfort zone, and take a chance on some writers you may not have heard of before in addition to your favourites.

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8 Hidden Gems of Granville Island to explore during the 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest

Granville Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada – and no wonder: with the bustling Public Market, stunning views of False Creek, hundreds of unique artisans and studios, a bevy of theatres and performances spaces, and dozens of restaurants and cafes, there’s so much to discover.

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Volunteer Lounge: An Interview with Anita Salchert

Welcome to the Volunteer Lounge, where we get to learn a bit more about some of the 350 volunteers who help make the Vancouver Writers Fest possible each year.

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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.