Marlon James

Join Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James as he speaks with author and UBC Creative Writing Instructor, Ian Williams, about his anticipated new epic novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, just days after its official launch.

Incite February 20

Join Darrel J. McLeod and Samra Zafar for a conversation about their groundbreaking, lauded memoirs as they speak about the challenges and triumphs of personal writing.

Incite March 6

Join us on March 6 for an anticipated interview with internationally acclaimed author Susan Orlean as she discusses the power and necessity of libraries with author and journalist Carol Shaben.

Incite March 20

Are you a lover of the short story? Than this Incite event is for you. Join us on March 20 to hear from three masters of the form: David Bezmozgis, Catherine Leroux and K.D. Miller.

Barry Lopez in Conversation with Wade Davis

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 professor and award-winning author Wade Davis.

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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From the Blog

Community Events: January and February 2019

Check out these fabulous literary events happening around the Lower Mainland in January and February. Submit your own events here.

Book Launch for Reproduction by Ian Williams
Thursday, January 24 at 6pm

Random House Canada invites you to celebrate the publication of Reproduction, a debut novel by Ian Williams.

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Our favourite literary Instagram accounts

If your week suddenly became too busy to
pore over the NYT’s Book Review or Electric Lit, these Instagram accounts will
help you discover another title to
add to your (precarious?) stack of must-reads, all while encouraging you to
embrace hyggeduring these dreary winter nights.

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New February Event: Marlon James in Conversation

On Sunday,
February 17
, just days after the official launch of his new epic, Black
Leopard, Red Wolf
, Marlon James will be right here in Vancouver, sitting
down with author and UBC Creative Writing Instructor Ian Williams to discuss
his highly anticipated novel and career-to-date.

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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