Bookish Festivals & Events

Spotlight: Word Vancouver


I kick myself for not blogging about this earlier, especially since it’s one of Vancouver’s largest writing and reading festival. Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street Vancouver), is a free festival of reading and writing which began on September 26 at the Carnegie Centre (so you can see why I’m kicking myself now), but the big finale is tomorrow at the Vancouver Public Library where BC writers are coming together to introduce their books, and if you get lucky, will be signing them for readers. But wait, there’s more…

Hosted by the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society, Word Vancouver became Western Canada’s largest festival promoting literacy for book lovers across the country. With 60 exhibitors and attracting hundreds of Vancouverites and British Columbians, Word Vancouver is the city’s primary event for the literacy community. Tomorrow’s schedule includes exciting workshops on magazine publishing, and writer’s tents featuring Canadian writers. For families children will enjoy a series of storytelling and poetry reading in the Family Literary Tent.

Or, if you’re looking for tips and tricks in the industry, there are a series of professional development workshops for writers and publishers (free admission!) From finding freelance work to creating content for the web, and learning the fundamentals of reading and writing poetry, there’s a workshop for everyone. Just remember to bring a set of HB pencils and loose-leaf papers for the “hands-on” events.

And of course, there will be loads of exciting entertainment on the Mainstage from dragon dancing to a live rock n’ roll concert performed by Dead City Scandal. And did I forget to mention that all this is FREE? So if you have no plans for tomorrow, stop by a the Vancouver Public Library for this FREE and fun event! And as a bonus all this is taking place indoors so you don’t have to worry about being drenched in buckets of rain tomorrow (this is Vancouver after all).

To find out more or to take a peek at the schedule, visit Word Vancouver at


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