Bookish Festivals & Events

Spotlight: The Vancouver Writer’s Fest 2013


October 22-27 is the Vancouver Writer’s Fest featuring over 100 writers from around the world all coming together to share their stories. Six days of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s stories, this event is open to readers of all ages. With over 36 events featuring distinguished authors including Douglas Coupland (author of 9 novels including his newly released Worst. Person. Ever), Margaret Atwood (author of more than 40 short stories and poems with her recent book MaddAdam), David Sedaris (humorist and bestselling author of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls), and Joseph Boyden (known for his Scotiabank Award winning novel Through Black Spruce). This fest is a booklovers paradise with live readings and book signings, and it’ all happening on Granville Island this year.

There’s more! The Festival Bookstore near the Granville Island Hotel will be open following each event. Selling both current and backlist titles of each writer at the fest, this bookstore is an ideal spot for browsing in-between events.

The 15th Annual Vancouver’s Writers Fest Poetry and Short Story Contest is also held again this year, where all writers are invited to submit their best poems and short stories to win cash prizes for each category. For rules and submission information, visit to enter online. The deadline for this contest is on October 27 at 5pm. Winners announced on January 15, 2014.

Advanced festival tickets are already on sale starting September 9 and sales end on October 21 at 4pm. For more information on where to buy your tickets, visit Festival members, seniors, and students receive a special discount online and at the door, but since there is limited seating for many of these events make sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the festival including scheduling, author bios and their workshops, visit to view the program guide.


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