Word Vancouver 2019

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest literary festival! The festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Word Vancouver 2019

Word Vancouver 2019

When: Tuesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 29, 2019
Where: Various venues throughout Vancouver
Admission: Free

Festival Highlights

  • September 24, 2019: Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Library Present: Poetic Pairings
  • September 25, 2019: Italian Cultural Centre: Books and Biscotti Meet Word Vancouver with authors Monica Meneghetti, Anna Foschi.
  • September 26, 2019: Joel Kroeker – Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings at Banyen Books and Sound
  • September 26, 2019: Pandora’s Collective’s presents Twisted Poets featuring Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Kate Braid & Onjana Yawnghweat at Hood 29.
  • September 27, 2019: Christianne’s Lyceum features local illustrators Aidan Cassie, Karen Holman, Karen Hibbard, Scott Ritchie and Jami Gigot.
  • September 27, 2019: Joy’s Historic Joy Kagawa House and Pocket Book Publishing invite Vancouver’s Francophone community to launch a new edition of the classic Obasan novel by Joy Kagawa.
  • September 28, 2019: Carnegie Centre – Various Workshops plus an Opec Mic
  • September 28, 2019: SFU Harbour Centre – Various Workshops
  • September 28, 2019: Pandora’s Collective and Word Vancouver Present Still/ed Here – A Transmedia Poetry Project.
  • September 29, 2019: Main VPL Library 11:00am to 5:00pm multiple stages, exhibitors, workshops, panels, one on one talks, and more.

The final day of the festival at the central Vancouver Public Library is by far the largest event of the festival attracting over twenty thousand book lovers to seven stages and eighty exhibitors.

This year the organizers have made some changes to the Sunday event at the VPL by adding an Indigenous Stage (curated by Russell Wallace) and by bringing many of the presentation stages inside the library.

Outside on the library plaza the festival has added a covered family picnic area with a children’s stage, games, children’s book exhibitors and the Poetry in Transit Bus. Inside the library in the Atrium and 8th and 9th floors, festival goers will find the Indigenous Stage, Fiction Stage, Non-Fiction Stage, Poetry Stage, Community Stage, Magazine Stage along with panels and workshops.

For more information and a full list of locations follow Word Vancouver on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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