Festival

Exceptional Books & Ideas in 80+ Events
October 19-25, 2020

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s flagship Festival welcomes local and international writers to stages on and around Granville Island for a week of literary events and immersive conversations for all ages.

“The Festival’s week of events entertain and inspire hungry minds—from playful school-group forays into spoken word and graphic novels to in-depth conversations with some of today’s best writers and thinkers. The Vancouver Writers Fest has something for everyone,” says Artistic Director Leslie Hurtig.

Dates for our 2020 Festival are now live! Please join us from October 19–25, 2020 for more award-winning programming.

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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.