23rd Vancouver International Writers Festival

As one of North America’s premier literary events, running October 19th to 24th, the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival aims to:

  • advance literacy by introducing young readers to the wonder of books.
  • deliver the world’s best writers to Festival audiences.
  • promote new and undiscovered British Columbian, Canadian and international writers.This is accomplished through a variety of literary events/readings held throughout the year, Spreading The Word; the festival’s in-school programs for children and the Festival itself.Under the eye of artistic director Hal Wake, the Festival attracts an impressive array of local, national and international writers.  Over the years renowned names such as: Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, John Irving, P.D. James, Rohinton Mistry, Frank McCourt, Alice Munro, JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Carol Shields have mingled among the thousands of readers who decend upon Granville Island each year.

    This year over 100 writers will participate in readings, seminars and lectures over six days in various venues at the Festival’s home grounds on Granville Island. Tickets have already sold out for a number of events so visit the Festival website now to experience the World Of Words!

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