Festival

Exceptional Books & Ideas in 25+ Events
October 19-25, 2020

Fest will host 35+ events with 60+ authors throughout Fall, including more than 25 during October Festival week.

The Vancouver Writers Fest is pleased to share the plans for our 2020 Festival, reimagined to account for the current Covid-19 reality. Loyal audience members will recognize many of the flagship events and features of the annual Festival—albeit with some key changes.

We will present our week-long Festival from October 19 to 25, 2020, in addition to 10 events throughout the Fall, running from September to December. In total, the Fest will present more than 65 authors in a variety of online formats.

“The pandemic has necessitated a series of adaptations to how we share our events. It has also underscored the deep importance of storytelling, community, and listening to new voices and perspectives. The ways in which we can share compelling conversations may have changed, but the thought and passion we put into curating them has not,” explained Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director.

Events will include individual author presentations, conversations, interviews, multidisciplinary collaborations and more, primarily presented in digital formats, ranging from live online video events to podcasts. Select, key events with local authors will be pre-recorded with small, physically distanced live audiences in theatres.

“As with many live event Festivals, we are reimagining how we can ignite interest and enthusiasm in our audience members through our offerings. For us, this is an opportunity to conceive of creative new ways to bring our inspiring conversations to audiences in our city—and far beyond,” said Hurtig.

The outstanding lineup of authors from Canada and across the globe—including some of the most recognized names in fiction and non-fiction today—and the name of the 2020 Guest Curator, will be released on Monday, July 13.

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Rediscover or learn about programming from previous Festival events through our program guides, available below. Simply click the cover to access its accompanying PDF.

In 2018, the Festival also began curating an annual Reading List of books highlighted during its October programming. These carefully-curated collections  provide a window into the most buzz-worthy and anticipated works of their respective season, and are also available in PDF form below.