2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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2023 Festival

Discover the 2023 Festival Lineup!

Our 36th annual Festival takes place October 16–22, on Granville Island and beyond, with all youth events available both in-person and online.

Festival Week will feature 125+ authors in 85 events, including five curated by our 2023 Guest Curator, CBC Commotion host Elamin Abdelmahmoud. In addition, we’re thrilled to welcome our returning Spoken Word Curator, Jillian Christmas; and our new Musical Director, Benjamin Millman, who will lead our signature Literary Cabaret event alongside his band, Benjamin Millman and the Oxymorons!

Gather with us at the Festival to revel in the words of Naomi Klein, Cherie Dimaline, Esi Edugyan, Michael Crummey, Kai Thomas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Patrick deWitt, John Vaillant, Rebecca Solnit, Celeste Ng, Paul Harding, Michelle Good, Kevin Chong, Aisha Harris, Lauren Groff, and many more.

Tickets on sale September 18 to the public — September 11 to VWF Members.