Michael Ondaatje in Conversation with David Chariandy

From the author of The English Patient comes Warlight. Join Michael Ondaatje in conversation with local author David Chariandy on June 4.

Beverley McLachlin

This event is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support!

Spreading the Word

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is now open! Students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories.


Incite is in full swing! This March, join local authors as they read from heart-wrenching memoirs of living in BC, thrill with new crime fiction, and discuss success in writing.


The Vancouver Writers Fest relies on individual donors like you to present world-class authors in events all year-round. Donate today!


The Vancouver Writers Fest now has a blog! Join us for sneak peeks of events, book recommendations, our favourite Granville Island hideaways, interviews with volunteers, and more.

Contact Us

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Upcoming 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.

From the Blog

Nominate a Poet to become Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate!

Do you know an accomplished, local Indigenous poet who has engaged with the Vancouver literary community? Does that description fit you?

Until December 15th, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library are seeking nominations for the 2018 Poet Laureate of Vancouver.

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Introducing our Education Coordinator: Nafiza Azad.

In January 2018, the Vancouver Writers Fest is thrilled to welcome our new Education Coordinator, Nafiza Azad. Nafiza takes over for long-time Festival staffer Ilona Beiks, who held the position for more than 15 years.

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Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: An Excerpt

In anticipation of our inspiring evening with General Romeo Dallaire on Thursday, November 16, we are honoured to share this excerpt from Dallaire’s highly-acclaimed new memoir, Waiting For First Light.

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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.