Free Saturday

The Vancouver Writers Fest is happy to announce a full day of Festival events absolutely free of charge.

FB Live Events

Every hour on the hour we’ll be sitting down with your favourite Writers Fest authors for 15 minutes of questions. Click here for the full schedule.

Youth Programming

Vancouver Writers Fest has a stunning lineup of over 30+ events for youth this year. Click to see the full schedule.


Now is the time to get your hands on our limited edition merchandise for the 2018 Festival.

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.


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

Upcoming Festival Events

  • A Couple of Writers

    The Grady-Simonds household is a productive one. These married novelists, between them, have written more than thirty books and countless articles and essays. During a congenial conversation with former Artistic Director Hal Wake, they discuss their...

  • Big Stories, Small Packages

    If a novel immerses you in a world, a short story offers a tantalizing glimpse of it through the window of a few pages. These intricate, complete packages are some of the hardest to construct. All the more reason to delve into the works of revered storytellers

  • Can’t Look Away

    For thriller fans, the biggest secret is often how the genre’s seasoned storytellers create their page-turning late-night tales. Three award-winning mystery writers share their approach to the craft… and some of the scenes in their anticipated new titles.

  • Sisonke Msimang in Conversation with Minelle Mahtani

    One of the most exciting contemporary female voices, Sisonke Msimang, joins us with her internationally lauded book Always Another Country, a memoir of a nomadic childhood in exile and a beautiful and uncompromising story of her political a...

  • Star Treatment

    “Now a major motion picture.” It’s an increasingly-common phrase seen on bestselling book covers—including, most recently, those of Patrick deWitt and Iain Reid, and in 2012 Craig Davidson saw his novel ...

  • An Intimate Evening with Gary Shteyngart

    To laugh or to cry? The question is asked with increased frequency at news of our absurd modern world. Gary Shteyngart’s hilarious, piercing writing balances on the knife’s edge between humour and pathos in today’s culture. Described as a lumi...

From the Blog

Tuesday Interview Roundup

The Festival is off to a strong start, our programming well under way with our first day of events almost finished.

Today we had the pleasure of conducting a few not-too-formal interviews, as part of our live interview series, with stellar authors Kate Harris, Ondjaki, Lisa Moore, Iain Reid and Kenneth Oppel, as well as our own wonderful Artistic Director, Leslie Hurtig. 

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Subscription Friday: Make the Most of Your Friday at the Festival

The Festival will host more than 80 events this month, and we want to make it easy for you to attend as many as possible.

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Vancouver Writers Fest Facebook Live Author Interviews

The Vancouver Writers Fest is thrilled to announce our series of Facebook Live Author Interviews.

Every hour on the hour, between 10AM-5PM (with a few special exceptions), we’ll sit down with your favourite Writers Fest authors in the wonderful Iron Dog Books mobile bookstore for 15 minutes of questions.

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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