2017 Festival

More than 100 authors from across the globe participating in more than 90 events: the 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest celebrated our 30th anniversary through size and scope, with audience enthusiasm ensuring that many events sold out, so much so that we added additional events with beloved authors prior to the Festival commencing.

Event highlights are as tricky to choose as a favourite book, but included a magnetic on-stage conversation between Margaret Atwood and Andrew O’Hagan; esteemed critic Adam Gopnik intrigued readers at numerous sold0out events; Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckerman captivated her audience and fellow panelists each time with humour and honesty; hockey legend Ken Dryden spoke of safety in the sport; and keen readers sampled the thinking of international authors such as Tom Perotta, Ed O’Loughlin, Witi Ihimaera and Diego Enrique Osorno. As in previous years, the Festival was also privileged to showcase the talents of local Vancouver, BC and Canadian writers receiving growing acclaim, including Mandy Len Catron, Dina Del Bucchia, Geoff Dembicki, Cherie Dimaline and Ahmad Danny Ramadan.

View our full list of 2017 participating authors here:

  • A
  • Caroline Adderson
  • Angie Abdou
  • Jordan Abel
  • Kim Addonizio
  • S.K. Ali
  • Dean Atta
  • Margaret Atwood
  • B
  • Gurjinder Basran
  • Mark Billingham
  • Hera Lindsay Bird
  • Camille Bordas
  • John Boyne
  • Fanny Britt
  • Chris Brookmyre
  • Sigmund Brouwer
  • Carol Bruneau
  • C
  • Claire Cameron
  • Maia Caron
  • Cecil Castellucci
  • Mandy Len Catron
  • David Chariandy
  • Durga Chew-Bose
  • Ann Cleeves
  • Karen Connelly
  • D
  • Peter Darbyshire
  • Dina Del Bucchia
  • Sarah de Leeuw
  • Geoff Dembicki
  • Matthew Dickman
  • Cherie Dimaline
  • Ken Dryden
  • Dawn Dumont
  • Sarah Dunant
  • Leanne Dunic
  • E
  • Ali Cobby Eckermann
  • Omar El Akkad
  • Nathan Englander
  • Jenny Erpenbeck
  • F
  • Cary Fagan
  • Cynthia Flood
  • John Freeman
  • G
  • Mary Gaitskill
  • Bill Gaston
  • Marie-Louise Gay
  • Elee Kraljii Gardiner
  • Ari Goelman
  • Adam Gopnik
  • Barbara Gowdy
  • H
  • Hart Hanson
  • Kevin Hardcastle
  • Robyn Harding
  • Kate Hilton
  • Polly Horvath
  • Helen Humphreys
  • I
  • Witi Ihimaera
  • J
  • Sheniz Janmohamed
  • Carrie Jenkins
  • Wayne Johnston
  • Andy Jones
  • K
  • !Kona
  • Sayed Kashua
  • Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • Jónína Kirton
  • Ahmed Knowmadic
  • Gordon Korman
  • Nicole Krauss
  • Lydia Kwa
  • L
  • Nicola Lagioia
  • Fiona Tinwei Lam
  • Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Dennis Lee
  • Jeff Lemire
  • M
  • Jami Macarty
  • Linden MacIntyre
  • Kyo Maclear
  • James Maskalyk
  • Suzette Mayr
  • Ken McGoogan
  • Jon McGregor
  • Maile Meloy
  • Jordan Mounteer
  • Eileen Myles
  • N
  • Mahtab Narsimhan
  • Cecily Nicholson
  • O
  • Grace O’Connell
  • Andrew O’Hagan
  • Ed O’Loughlin
  • Heather O’Neill
  • Pola Oloixarac
  • Diego Enrique Osorno
  • P
  • Sandra Perron
  • Tom Perrotta
  • Zoey Leigh Peterson
  • Alison Pick
  • Sylvian Prudhomme
  • R
  • Arushi Raina
  • Ahmad Danny Ramadan
  • Shazia Hafiz Ramji
  • Michael Redhill
  • Barbara Reid
  • Eliza Robertson
  • Eden Robinson
  • Jennifer Robson
  • Deanna Rodger
  • Margriet Ruurs
  • S
  • Doug Saunders
  • Akhil Sharma
  • Tetsuro Shigematsu
  • Karen Shklanka
  • Kathryn E. Shoemaker
  • Merilyn Simonds
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  • Sydney Smith
  • Katie Smith Milway
  • Linda Spalding
  • Esta Spalding
  • Kevin Spenst
  • Allan Stratton
  • T
  • Ayelet Tsabari
  • Chris Turner
  • W
  • Johanna Wagstaffe
  • Ruth Ware
  • Paul Watson
  • Irene N. Watts
  • Jessica Westhead
  • Deborah Willis
  • Kathleen Winter
  • Michelle Winters
  • Britt Wray
  • Z
  • Jan Zwicky