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Word Vancouver Free Festival of Reading and Writing

Monday, September 21st, 2015 — 6:44am PDT
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Western Canada’s largest celebration of reading and writing is taking over the city this month with 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops all being a part of the Word Vancouver festival between September 23rd and September 27th, 2015.


Word Vancouver

From Wednesday to Friday, experience author readings at these venues: SFU Harbour Centre, The Cottage Bistro, Christianne’s Lyceum, Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House, and CBC Studio 700. On Saturday, September 26th, take part in free professional development workshops at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch.

Wednesday, September 23rd @ 5:45pm
SFU Harbour Centre (515 W Hastings St)
Launch of The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (SFU Public Square and Anvil Press)

Thursday, September 24th @ 7:00pm
The Cottage Bistro (4468 Main St)
Pandora’s Collective Presents Twisted Poets Literary Salon – Kate Braid & Elizabeth Bachinsky

Friday, September 25th @ 6:00pm
Christianne’s Lyceum (3696 W 8th Ave)
Adventure Awaits! – readings by Tiffany Stone, Elisa Gutierrez, Kathy Beliveau, and Lee Edward Födi

Friday, September 25th @ 6:30pm
Banyen Books & Sound (3608 W 4th Ave)
Kemila Zsange, Past Life Regression: A Manual for Hypnotherapists to Conduct Effective Past Life Regression Sessions (Journey Beyond Production)

Friday, September 25th @ 7:30pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Ave)
Adventures in Song and Story with Grant Lawrence

Friday, September 25th @ 7:30pm
Studio 700, CBC (at 700 Hamilton St)
Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala

Saturday, September 26th from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Central Branch, VPL (350 W Georgia St)
A day of professional development workshops for writers and publishers

Sunday, September 27th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Library Square (in and around VPL Central Branch, 350 W Georgia St)
Festival day

Festival Day on Sunday September 27th

The big festival day happens on September 27th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, between Robson and Georgia and Hamilton and Homer). Come hear musical performances, free readings and panel discussions, and take part in free writing workshops. Canadian authors and book, magazine, and comics exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age.

Check out the Family Stage, family-friendly activities all day long; and Underground Words + Art, comics and chapbooks programming and exhibitors.

Other weekend events, in and around Library Square:
Canada Writes, Authors’ Words, Family Stage, dances, poetry vending machines, typewriter stations, Kids Lit, Poetry On The Bus, Magazine Words, Writing Talks, Word Talks, and more. A crowd favourite, The Book Bag Treasure Hunt, will also return! Purchase a festival book bag for just $20, already filled with treasure. Set out on your literary journey and add to your collection as you come across participating exhibitors.

The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society produced the former The Word On The Street Vancouver festival between 1995 and 2012, which was rebranded as Word Vancouver in 2013. Over the span of two decades, the festival has expanded from a single day event to a five-day event, attracting thousands of local, Canadian, and international festival-goers to its events.

Word Vancouver is part of Culture Days. Admission is FREE to all events. Download the full program here. Follow Word Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win a Book Prize Pack

I have a hardcover book prize pack to give away that includes:
Melvis and Elvis by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

Sing a Worried Song by William Deverell

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @WORD_Vancouver hardcover prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/StFMk

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. The winner must be able to pick up the prize from the Word Vancouver office.

Current contests on Miss604.com


  1. Kat says:

    Cool book prize!

  2. Lisa says:

    Jeremy Tankard is one of my favourite kids illustrators!

  3. Mary says:

    I’m such a bookworm! I’d love to win this prize and read ALL of these treasures <3

  4. Sarah says:

    Love the Word Vancouver festival! And what a great selection for the give away!

  5. Jason says:

    Always looking for more books to add to my collection!

  6. Mary says:

    Would love to take some time to read more!!

  7. Mimis says:

    My morning commute would be so much shorter again with these books 🙂

  8. Sunshine H says:

    What a great selection of books, it looks like there is a little something for everyone.

  9. Kay says:

    perfect prize for a bookworm!

  10. Jason says:

    Do people still read books…great prize.

  11. Lisa A. says:

    Would love to have some new books for that last few off-the-grid cottage weekends left for us! Thanks for the chance!

  12. Kam says:

    Nice! Books are a must have in every household!

  13. Taryn says:

    I love WORD!

  14. Erica says:

    What a great selection!

  15. Sanaz says:

    I’d love to win and read one of these books!

  16. Tammy H says:

    What lovely books : ) Sure would love to win this !

  17. Tammy H says:

    Wonderful books! Would be lovely to win!!

  18. KittyPride says:

    I would love to read these books!

  19. Jennifer K says:

    Would love to win!

  20. maria says:

    Looks like some good books!

  21. brianne sheppard says:

    Oh Books! The prize there is! This looks like an amazing selection!

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