An Update on our Events during COVID-19: We at the Vancouver Writers Fest consider ourselves very lucky to work with such an incredible team of staff, volunteers, publishers and authors. Our aim is to connect people to exceptional books, ideas and dialogue, and we hope we can do so even when faced with cancelling our Spring events. We encourage you to subscribe to our Books & Ideas newsletter, currently produced on a weekly basis, using the link at the top of our website.Learn more here.

Books & Ideas weekly

We are temporarily turning our monthly e-newsletter, Books & Ideas, into a weekly digest to promote not only books and authors but literary organizations that are improvising, adapting and overcoming these precarious times. Subscribe now.

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Booksellers unit

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall stay these book lovers from delivering stories to the hands of readers. (Never mind a pandemic!)

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Youth Writing Contest

Our Outreach Coordinator Leena Desai recommends a wee stab at creative writing for high school students stuck at home and looking for creative ways to use their time.

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Audio Journeys: Tara Henley

Discover Tara Henley’s latest work,  Lean Out, on ahead of her Instagram Live chat with Mandy Len Catron on Monday, April 6 at 5pm.

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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 thousands 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; Youth Education Outreach programs for schools across British Columbia; and a youth writing contest.

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Government Support

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