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.

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.


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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.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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.

From the Blog

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