"Vancouver Writers Fest is the best of the large festivals, with a busy combo of panels, readings, one-to-one interviews as well as poetry jams and a mix of invitees from all over the world. What really makes it splendid is its setting on Granville Island. Attendees spill out of literary events into a bustling, joyful mix of theatres, art galleries, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and one of the loveliest markets in the country that is at its height in October, when the festival takes place—all set by False Creek with its splendid view of the city’s downtown towers and the Coast Mountain range."
Noah Richler, Canadian Tourism Commission, 2010
"The Vancouver Writers Fest is a terrific, energetic, sophisticated and marvelous Festival. The audiences were responsive and enthusiastic, with large crowds of book loving readers all over Granville Island at all times, it seemed; the staff and volunteers were fabulous and helpful, going above and beyond any call of duty to ensure that everything was perfect."
Alice Kuipers, 2010 Festival author
"The Vancouver Writers Fest strikes that happy balance: big and international enough to be thoroughly worthwhile, but friendly enough not to feel that you're a barely-noticed cog in an automatic machine. The logistics were smooth, the audiences are on the writer's side and the location (Granville Island) is just ideal. Truly one of my favorite ever festivals."
David Mitchell, 2010 Festival author
"I have the feeling that through the years you've cultivated an audience with high expectations. They came in numbers, listened intently, laughed easily, and were prepared to engage with writers in a serious way."
Joan Thomas, 2010 Festival author
"Having the privilege of reading at the VWF was one of the highlights of my year! the crowds were plentiful and energetic, the staff were accommodating and hospitable, the readers were thought-provoking and brilliant! What a gem this Festival is!"
Jon Paul Fiorentino, 2010 Festival author
"The audiences [were] large, friendly and curious, the kind you want to bring back home in your pocket. I sincerely hope to return to the VWF."
Yann Martel, 2010 Festival author
"I absolutely loved being part of the VWF this year. The audiences are smart, thoughtful and engaged, and the events are organized with so much care that I felt a true sense of ease before I stepped on stage. Granville Island is a beautiful hub of art and food and the natural world, the perfect place to meet inspiration. Thank you for inviting me!"
Sarah Selecky, 2010 Festival author
"We had a great day at the Vancouver Writers Fest . . . I asked [VWF] Education Coordinator, Ilona Belks, for her suggestion and she chose well. We had a great morning with Kevin Sylvester, Richard Newsome and Richard Scrimger. I have always loved Kevin Sylvester's sense of humour on CBC, but his two co-panelists were even more hilarious, especially Richard Scrimger, they were also wonderful with the kids and had lots of great writing tips."
Meredyth Kezar, teacher and the Later Literacy Consultant for the VSB
"A highlight of our year is to meet and listen to fine authors. The Writers Fest never disappoints. The tip of the iceberg is getting to meet some of these brilliant authors.
Joan Tweedie, audience member
"A really good mix of authors on the panels: humorous and historical, poetry and prose, east and west. I'm a librarian so I appreciate this. Being from the East Coast originally, I especially appreciate that the festival always brings in several East Coasters! Keep up the good work!"
Mary Duffy, audience member
"I love this Festival! It is so diverse in author choice and introduces me to so many new perspectives."
Gail McBride, audience member