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.

Books & Brunch with Shelley Wood

Join us at Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island on Saturday, May 11 for the first event in our new series, Books & Brunch, featuring Shelley Wood, lauded author of The Quintland Sisters.

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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From the Blog

Meet Our New Outreach Coordinator, Leena Desai

We are thrilled to welcome Leena Desai, our new Outreach Coordinator, to the Vancouver Writers Fest team! With a background in publishing and editorial, Leena will be leading community and school outreach to program youth education events and connect with our community partners.

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Announcing the Spring 2019 Writers in the Classroom

We are thrilled to announce our Spring 2019 Writers in the Classroom! Each spring and fall, Festival authors visit schools throughout the Lower Mainland to talk with students about reading and writing.

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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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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