2018 Reading List

See this guide for details of the most recent work from authors, poets and thinkers from across the globe who are appearing at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest.

2018 Festival Dates

Are you as excited as us about the 2018 Vancouver Writers Fest? The full lineup is now available, and tickets go on sale in September, but for now we recommend you add these dates to your calendar.

2018 Author Lineup

This year we welcome 100 plus authors to the 2018 Festival, taking place from October 15-21 on Granville Island and across Vancouver. Under the curatorship of our Artistic Director Leslie Hurtig, this year’s lineup is a collection of voices that explore some of the most pressing topics of our time.

Miriam Toews in Conversation with Jen Sookfong Lee

Join internationally celebrated, award-winning author Miriam Toews, in conversation with author Jen Sookfong Lee on September 17.

Kate Atkinson in Conversation with Alix Ohlin

Come spend an evening with award-winning Kate Atkinson and hear her speak with UBC’s Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Alix Ohlin, about her latest work, Transcription, her inspiration and her career to date.

Jodi Picoult in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

From #1 New York Times  bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, comes her latest novel, A Spark of Light. Join the beloved author in conversation with Marsha Lederman on October 19.

Ian Rankin in Conversation with Jerry Wasserman

An audience favourite known for his humour and charm, the iconic Ian Rankin is sure to delight as he returns to Vancouver for this candid conversation with Jerry Wasserman about his latest crime fiction novel, In a House of Lies.

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Upcoming Events

  • Miriam Toews

    Miriam Toews

    Monday, September 17

    Spend an evening with internationally celebrated, award-winning author Miriam Toews, in conversation with author Jen Sookfong Lee about her inspiration, the power of the past and her latest novel, Women Talking.

  • Kate Atkinson

    Kate Atkinson

    Saturday, September 29

    From the international bestselling and award-winning Kate Atkinson comes her latest work, Transcription. She will speak with UBC’s Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Alix Ohlin, about her latest work, her inspiration and her career to date.

  • Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult

    Friday, October 19

    Join beloved novelist and the bestselling author of twenty-four books, Jodi Picoult, for an evening in conversation with Globe and Mail journalist, Marsha Lederman, about her latest release, A Spark of Light.

  • Ian Rankin

    Ian Rankin

    Saturday, October 27

    Join us for an evening with the witty and visionary Ian Rankin who captivates readers with his bestselling Detective John Rebus novels. In conversation with crime aficionado Jerry Wasserman, Rankin will discuss his works to date—and this latest novel, In a House of Lies.

From the Blog

Tickets on Sale for Miriam Toews, Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin Special Events

The Vancouver Writers Fest announces three Special Events this fall featuring some of the biggest names in fiction: Miriam Toews, Kate Atkinson and Ian Rankin

Spend an evening with internationally celebrated, award-winning author Miriam Toews, in conversation with author Jen Sookfong Lee about her inspiration, the power of the past and her latest novel, Women Talking.

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Meet the Interns!

Every office needs an intern, but what if there are three? The Vancouver Writers Fest is excited to welcome Negin Nia, Trenton Galozo and Jaiden Dembo as our summer interns, who will be working to support our programming, marketing and operations in the coming months.

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Explore the 2018 Festival Reading List

The 2018 Vancouver Writers Fest Author Lineup Focuses on Bold, Empathetic Examinations of Equality, Migration, Reconciliation

Some of this year’s biggest names include Patrick deWitt, Deborah Levy, Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart, Sisonke Msimang, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kenneth Oppel, Jodi Picoult, Katherena Vermette and more.

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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.

Media, Government Support, Festival Supporter

  • BC Arts Council
  • Canadian Council for the Arts
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • City of Vancouver Cultural Services
  • BC Government