Special Events

  • Incite: The Boy on the Beach

    Incite: The Boy on the Beach

    Wednesday, April 25

    In September 2015, a photo of a little boy’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea went viral. The boy’s name was Alan Kurdi, nephew of author and refugee advocate Tima Kurdi. In discussion with journalist Kathryn Gretsinger, Kurdi describes a family’s flight from war-torn Syria to Vancouver.

  • Beverley McLachlin

    Beverley McLachlin

    Friday, May 4

    Join former Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, for a riveting evening of intrigue as she chats about her first novel with journalist and former Crown Prosecutor, Sandy Garossino.

  • Incite: New Fiction to Fall For

    Incite: New Fiction to Fall For

    Wednesday, May 9

    Take a sneak peek at some of this season’s most buzzed about fiction. Discover Kerri Sakamoto’s Floating City, Kim Thúy’s Vi, and Leni Zumas’s dystopian, feminist novel, Red Clocks. Join us and you’re bound to find your next great read!

  • David Sedaris: A Special Event

    David Sedaris: A Special Event

    Sunday, May 13 and Monday, May 14

    The Vancouver Writers Fest presents a unique opportunity to see best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris in an intimate setting. Sedaris will present all-new readings and recollections, as well as host a Q & A session and post-show book signing.

  • Incite: Celebrating Arsenal Pulp

    Incite: Celebrating Arsenal Pulp

    Wednesday, May 23

    For almost four decades, Arsenal Pulp Press has been at the heart of alternative publishing in Vancouver. Join Amber Dawn (Sodom Road Exit) Casey Plett, (Little Fish) and Joshua Whitehead (Johnny Appleseed) for a night in celebration of Arsenal Pulp.

  • Michael Ondaatje

    Michael Ondaatje

    Monday, June 4

    From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient comes Warlight, Michael Ondaatje’s mesmerizing new novel. Join one of the great writers of our time for a conversation about Warlight and his writing career to date.