2022 Festival
October 17–23

Digital Festival

The Vancouver Writers Fest Digital Festival takes place from December 6, 2022–January 6, 2023.

In the meantime, get excited by perusing the list of events below. All of these videos will be available to watch on-demand during the Digital Festival period.

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30 fully-captioned events from the 2022 Festival are included in this all-access, pay-what-you-can pass:

#01: Educating with the Witness Blanket (High School)
featuring Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson

#02: Sisters in Resistance
Tilar J. Mazzeo in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

#03: What Home Means
featuring Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Omar El Akkad, Dimitri Nasrallah, and Debra Thompson

#04: Ali Hassan in Conversation with Brent Butt

#05: Friendship and Fitting In (Grades 4–7)
featuring Johnnie Christmas, Faith Erin Hicks, and Jonathan Hill

#06: An Evening with Wayne Johnston
hosted by Rob Wiersema

#07: Freeman’s Spotlight
featuring Tess Gunty and John Freeman

#08: Fabulous Historical Fantasy
featuring Guy Gavriel Kay, J.M. Miro (Steven Price), and Rob Wiersema

#09: An Evening with Billy-Ray Belcourt
hosted by Mercedes Eng

#10: Short Story Masters
featuring Caroline Adderson, Jonathan Escoffery, Kim Fu, and Alexander MacLeod

#11: The Power of Story: Live Recording for CBC’s The Next Chapter
featuring Brian Thomas Isaac, Marsha Lederman, David A. Robertson, and Shelagh Rogers

#12: Fiction from Reality
featuring Violaine Huisman, Aislinn Hunter, Gabriel Krauze, and Douglas Stuart

#13: Don’t You Want Me, Baby?: Authors Do 80s Lyrics
featuring Heather O’Neill, Omar El Akkad, João Reis, Brendan McLeod, Kevin Sylvester, Marsha Lederman, Iain Reid, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Kern Carter,  David A. Robertson, and Tess Gunty; hosted by Elamin Abdelmahmoud

#14: A Gallant Day: The Great Coincidence of August 11
featuring Aamina Ahmad, Ivan Coyote, Veda Hille, Bill Richardson, and Marcus Youssef

#15: The Truth Ain’t What It Used To Be: Journalism in the 21st Century
featuring Kamal Al-Solaylee, Omar El Akkad, Brandi Morin, Elizabeth Renzetti, and Andrea Woo

#16: Generational Fiction: Stories of Lineage, History and Things Passed Down
featuring Aamina Ahmad, Tsering Yangzom Lama, Marsha Lederman, and Jasmine Sealy

#17: Douglas Stuart in Conversation with Eddy Boudel Tan

#18: Poems for the Twelfth Hour
featuring Otoniya Okot Bitek, John Freeman, Aislinn Hunter, Gillian Jerome, Brendan McLeod, and Cecily Nicholson

#19: An Evening with Heather O’Neill
hosted by Jen Sookfong Lee

#20: Queer Little Nightmares
featuring jaye simpson, Amber Dawn, Eddy Boudel Tan, Tin Lorica, Ben Rawluk, Jane Shi, Cicely Belle Blain, and beni xiao, with a drag performance by Persephone. Hosted by David Ly and Daniel Zomparelli.

#21: Bestseller to Blockbuster
featuring Marsha Lederman, Tom Perrotta, and Iain Reid

#22: Wildness: Stories for an Unraveling World
featuring Madhur Anand, Omar El Akkad, Kim Fu, and John Elizabeth Stintzi

#23: Building Suspense
featuring Linwood Barclay, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Jerry Wasserman, and Sandra SG Wong

#24: The State of Women
featuring Eliza Reid and Elizabeth Renzetti

#25: American Debuts: Emerging Authors, Exceptional Tales
featuring Aamina Ahmad, Jonathan Escoffery, Shaena Lambert, and Soon Wiley

#26: An Evening with Elif Batuman
hosted by Anakana Schofield

#27: The Literary Cabaret
featuring Graeme Macrae Burnet, Pierre Jarawan, Gabriel Krauze, Nadifa Mohamed, and Heather O’Neill; music accompaniment by Sally Zori and the Allegories

#28: The Crime [Writing] of the Century:
Linwood Barclay and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in Conversation, hosted by Rob Wiersema

#29: The Future is Now, with Bob McDonald

#30: Dr. Gabor Maté in Conversation
hosted by Andrea Woo