Special Events

  • Zadie Smith in Conversation

    Zadie Smith in Conversation

    Thursday, February 28

    Upon the publication of her debut novel, White Teeth, in 2000, Zadie Smith quickly became literary royalty—as cutting edge as she is decorated; as observational as she is prolific.

  • Incite: Susan Orlean on “The Library Book”

    Incite: Susan Orlean on “The Library Book”

    Wednesday, March 6

    “Everybody who loves books should read this book,” says The Washington Post of New Yorker reporter and New York Times-bestselling author Susan Orlean’s latest work. Fest supporters won’t want to miss this interview...

  • Whisky & Words Masterclasses

    Whisky & Words Masterclasses

    Friday, March 8

    We’re excited to announce a new addition to our Whisky & Words line-up: Masterclasses. We’ve assembled six tailored opportunities at pop-up locations across Granville Island where experts will guide you through your favourite whiskies (and soon-to-be fav...

  • Whisky & Words

    Whisky & Words

    Friday, March 8

    Please join us at the 19th annual Whisky & Words (formerly The Dram) in support of the Vancouver Writers Fest’s youth education outreach programs. Enjoy unlimited drams of whisky from distilleries around the world.

  • Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

    Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

    Wednesday, March 20

    It’s the year of the short story. No, wait. That’s every year! Four masters of the form share tastes from their most recent collections in this evening of insights into the often-underrated genre.

  • Barry Lopez

    Barry Lopez

    Monday, March 25

    From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters—human, animal, and natural—that have shaped an extraordinary life.

  • Incite: Forged in Fire

    Incite: Forged in Fire

    Wednesday, April 3

    Often it is in the stories of individuals who have transformed their lives that we find a greater sense of possibility for ourselves—and an increased understanding of the often-fraught worlds of others.

  • Incite: Riveting Crime Tales

    Incite: Riveting Crime Tales

    Wednesday, April 17

    Our cultural fascination with crime continues—and so does the incredible array of books and stories to quench the most eager of readers. Partnering with the Crime Writers of Canada, we present an evening of authors as varied as the genre itself.

  • Incite: Seth in Conversation

    Incite: Seth in Conversation

    Wednesday, May 1

    Filled with wit, this Incite event celebrates the long-awaited graphic novel, Clyde Fans, an epic twenty-years-in-the-making tale of the Matchcard brothers and the decline of an industry. For those who know him, Seth is a conversationalist ...

  • Incite: The Conversation

    Incite: The Conversation

    Wednesday, May 15

    Pull up a chair to a conversation of endless curiosity: two of the hottest names in Canadian fiction discuss their craft with each other, after first bonding during the 2015 Giller tour. Anakana Schofield’s extraordinary debut Malarky was...