Barry Lopez in Conversation with Ian Gill

Join us for an evening in conversation with Barry Lopez, the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams. The acclaimed writer will discuss his latest work, Horizon, with writer and social entrepreneur Ian Gill.

Incite April 3

Join us for an Incite event that promises a fascinating, warm evening with three talents—Catherine Porter, Lorimer Shenher and Yasuko Thanhwho share their turbulent yet inspiring journeys with moderator Amber Dawn.

Incite April 17

Join us on April 17 for an Incite event presented in partnership with the Crime Writers of Canada as we celebrate an evening of authors who know how to quench our fascination with crime writing. Featuring Daniel Kalla, Eve Lazarus and Kim Moritsugu in conversation with Lonnie Propas.

Incite May 1

We are thrilled to welcome you to this Incite event featuring the beloved cartoonist of Palookaville, Seth, in conversation with Ken Boesem, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival.

Ian McEwan

Join us on May 8 for an intriguing special event with the award-winning author of Atonement, Ian McEwan, in conversation with The Globe and Mail‘s Marsha Lederman.

Incite May 15

Join us on May 15 for an intimate on-stage chat between two masters of imagination—André Alexis and Anakana Schofieldas they discuss their craft and latest works.

Thank you

The conversations held on and off our stages truly reflected our belief that books and ideas can inspire pivotal discussions, and changes, in the modern world. Our authors’ commitment to providing heartfelt, riveting perspectives was palpable. And these conversations will no doubt continue.


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Great Writing from BC & Yukon to the World: An Interview with ED Sean Cranbury

This year’s finalists of the BC Book Prizes were revealed on Wednesday, sharing a glimpse of the diverse, expansive talent in the province and territory.

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A Short History of the Book Cover – Part 1

The Alcuin Awards, which celebrate the finest book design in the country, take place on April 4. They got us thinking: when did the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover” begin—and what is the history of such an important part of the industry today?

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Thank You for Supporting Whisky & Words

We are overwhelmed by the support we received at this year’s Whisky & Words, our annual fundraiser.

With more than 350 people filling  Performance Works in support of the Vancouver Writers Fest’s youth education programming, this was our very first sold-out year!

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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

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