Word Vancouver Free Festival of Reading and Writing

Comments 21 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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:

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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.

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21 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. KatMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 8:02am PDT

    Cool book prize!

  2. LisaMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 8:09am PDT

    Jeremy Tankard is one of my favourite kids illustrators!

  3. MaryMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 8:47am PDT

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

  4. SarahMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 9:56am PDT

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

  5. JasonMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 10:22am PDT

    Always looking for more books to add to my collection!

  6. MaryMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 10:56am PDT

    Would love to take some time to read more!!

  7. MimisMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 11:33am PDT

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

  8. Sunshine HMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 12:24pm PDT

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

  9. KayMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 12:40pm PDT

    perfect prize for a bookworm!

  10. JasonMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 1:32pm PDT

    Do people still read books…great prize.

  11. Lisa A.Monday, September 21st, 2015 — 6:38pm PDT

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

  12. KamMonday, September 21st, 2015 — 11:55pm PDT

    Nice! Books are a must have in every household!

  13. TarynTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 3:00pm PDT

    I love WORD!

  14. EricaTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 3:49pm PDT

    What a great selection!

  15. SanazTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 4:09pm PDT

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

  16. Tammy HTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 4:46pm PDT

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

  17. Tammy HTuesday, September 22nd, 2015 — 4:46pm PDT

    Wonderful books! Would be lovely to win!!

  18. KittyPrideWednesday, September 23rd, 2015 — 10:05am PDT

    I would love to read these books!

  19. Jennifer KWednesday, September 23rd, 2015 — 10:43am PDT

    Would love to win!

  20. mariaWednesday, September 23rd, 2015 — 8:41pm PDT

    Looks like some good books!

  21. brianne sheppardThursday, September 24th, 2015 — 1:03pm PDT

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

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