Vancouver Writers Fest

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Country and Region CanadaBritish Columbia
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Vancouver Writers Fest
202-1398 Cartwright Street
Vancouver BC, V6H 3R8
Phone: +01 604-681-6330
Fax: +01 604-681-8400

Festival Description

The annual Vancouver Writers Fest takes place for six days each October on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC. Seventy plus events for readers of all ages take place at multiple venues in a variety of formats including readings, panel discussions, performances, and interviews. Approximately 100 writers of fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry and spoken word attend by invitation from the Festival’s Artistic Director, Hal Wake. The Festival has presented some of the world’s best writers including Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Peter Carey, Roddy Doyle, Timothy Findley, John Irving, P.D. James, Thomas Keneally, Frank McCourt, Ian McEwan, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Carol Shields.

Spreading the Word, the Festival’s education program, presents events for grades kindergarten to Grade 12, and outreach programs for BC schools.
The Festival also presents events with writers year-round, depending on writers’ availability and publishers’ launch schedules.

The Vancouver Writers Fest began in 1988 as the idea of founding artistic director Alma Lee, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Simon Fraser University and made a Member of the Order of Canada for her work. The Festival operates with a combination of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate support and individual donations. More than 280 volunteers are actively involved, both before and during the Festival.

Festival Dates October 22 - 27, 2013
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Photo credit for Beyond Survival panel photo:
  • Left to Right
    • Emily Schultz
    • Graeme Gibson
    • Dionne Brand
    • Louise Dennys
    • Aritha Van Herk
    • Margaret Atwood
    • Merilyn Simonds


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