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 mission is to bring readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world, through story and vibrant dialogue.
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.
In its 30 year history the Festival has presented luminaries such as: Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, Timothy Findley, Thomson Highway, John Irving, Robbie Robertson, Kim Thuy, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie, Tim Winton, Sarah Waters, Frank McCourt, Wab Kinew, Eleanor Catton.
The celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with programs including: our free, Incite reading series at the Vancouver Public Library; special events with leading writers; and Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.
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The Festival was inaugurated in 1988 by founding Artistic Director Alma Lee. In 2010, we received the honour of being named the best large literary festival in Canada by the Canadian Tourism Commission. Originally called the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival, we adopted our current name in 2012.
The Vancouver Writers Fest is a registered non-profit, charitable organization that operates with the support of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate sponsorships and donations.