Special Events

  • Marlon James

    Marlon James

    Sunday, February 17

    “Sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzingly complex.” —The New York Times

    Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James captivates the literary world with his unique style, most recently showcased in the internationally-lau...

  • Incite: Resilience in Storytelling

    Incite: Resilience in Storytelling

    Wednesday, February 20

    At what point in a person’s life do they feel compelled to tell their story? What is the emotional toll of sharing one’s potentially-harrowing experiences? What is the reward? Darrel J. McLeod won a 2018 Governor General’s Award and has been s...

  • Zadie Smith in Conversation

    Zadie Smith in Conversation

    Thursday, February 28

    Upon the publication of her debut novel, White Teeth, in 2000, Zadie Smith quickly became literary royalty—as cutting edge as she is decorated; as observational as she is prolific.

  • Incite: Susan Orlean on “The Library Book”

    Incite: Susan Orlean on “The Library Book”

    Wednesday, March 6

    “Everybody who loves books should read this book,” says The Washington Post of New Yorker reporter and New York Times-bestselling author Susan Orlean’s latest work. Fest supporters won’t want to miss this interview...

  • Whisky & Words Masterclasses

    Whisky & Words Masterclasses

    Friday, March 8

    We’re excited to announce a new addition to our Whisky & Words line-up: Masterclasses. We’ve assembled six tailored opportunities across Granville Island where experts will guide you through your favourite whiskies (and soon-to-be favourites) along with ...

  • Whisky & Words

    Whisky & Words

    Friday, March 8

    Please join us at the 19th annual Whisky & Words (formerly The Dram) in support of the Vancouver Writers Fest’s youth education outreach programs. Enjoy unlimited drams of whisky from distilleries around the world, including Scotland, Canada and Japan, as well...

  • Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

    Incite: Short Stories; Bigger Perspectives

    Wednesday, March 20

    It’s the year of the short story. No, wait. That’s every year! Four masters of the form share tastes from their most recent collections in this evening of insights into the often-underrated genre. David Bezmozgis, Catherine Leroux

  • Barry Lopez

    Barry Lopez

    Monday, March 25

    From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters—human, animal, and natural—that have shaped an extraordinary life.