Word Vancouver has free events taking place over five days at Carnegie Community Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, Historic Joy Kogawa House, and Library Square.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Launching the Automated Poetry Project with a special edition of Vancouver’s most casual and eclectic reading series.

The Paper Hound Bookshop

344 West Pender Street, Vancouver

12:30 pm By the Book Reading Series. Hosted by Kevin Spenst. Readings by Pam Bentley, host of Co-op Radio’s Wax Poetic poetry show and Vancouver poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau.

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Free workshops, readings, and more at Carnegie Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, and The Cottage Bistro.

Carnegie Centre

401 Main Street, Vancouver

Carnegie Learning Centre
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Need your Handwritten Work typed? Come to the Type-Up!
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Chapbook-Making Workshop with Heidi Greco
Carnegie Theatre
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm DTES Poets Open Mic Poetry night with host Diane Wood
Please note that workshops at Carnegie Centre will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Registration sheets will be available in the office at Carnegie Community Centre starting September 1, 2013.

CANCELLEDBanyen Books & Sound

3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Moreka Jolar & Heidi Scheifley (Demo & Book Signing)
Hollyhock: Garden to Table (New Society Publishers $24.95)
Read more about this event on Banyen’s website

The Cottage Bistro

4468 Main Street, Vancouver

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Presented by Pandora’s Collective with support from the BC Arts Council
With hosts Bonnie Nish and Amanda Wardrop of Pandora’s Collective

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Enjoy the ambiance of Historic Joy Kogawa House and a playwright’s words

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Genesis of Play and Screenwriting with Dennis Foon
Limited space available. RSVP to

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Free professional development workshops for writers and publishers

Vancouver Public Library

350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

Alma Van Dusen Room
11:00 am An Introduction to Story with Nancy Lee
Presented by UBC Creative Writing
1:15 pm Poetry and Relevance with Heather Duff
Presented by Vancouver Youth Theatre
3:30 pm Honing the Craft of Writing through Story Contests with Annie Daylon
Peter Kaye Room
11:00 am Creating Content for Social Sharing with Lisa Manfield
1:15 pm Finding Work: First Steps—Next Steps:
A Workshop for Freelance Writers with Colin Moorhouse

3:30 pm A Literary Agent’s take on Book Publishing Today
From an Author’s Perspective with Robert Mackwood

Presented by Canadian Authors Vancouver

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The main festival day takes place at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Come hear musical performances, free readings, and panel discussions. Activities include writing, comic and cartooning workshops as well as collage button making. Canadian authors, book and magazine exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age.

Mainstage | Kids Words | Around Library Square | CUPE Stage | Poetry Tent | Magazine Words | Canada Writes Tent | Word Talks | Writing Talks | Visual Exhibits


Presented by The Rosedale on Robson. Hosted all day by David C. Jones

11:00 am The Federation of BC Writers Celebrates the Present and the Past
Hosted by Ben Nuttal-Smith
12:00 pm UBC Creative Writing Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary
Presented by UBC Creative Writing. Hosted by Steven Galloway with Linda Svendsen, Andreas Schroeder, and Keith Maillard
12:40 pm Vancouver Youth Theatre
1:15 pm Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam team with Victoria Fraser, Jacob Gebrewold, Mariah Dear, Floyd VB, and Andrew Warner
2:00 pm Mascall Dance with The Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club
Dancers: Darcy McMurray, Justine Chambers, and Billy Marchenski.
2:15 pm Barbara Adler with FANG
joined by Gavin Youngash and the Company B Singers
3:00 pm Color Magazine’s Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Chad Dickson
3:15 pm Dead City Scandal
3:45 pm Dragon Dance: Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dragon Boat Team.
With “Toddish McWong,” and ukelele accompaniment from Daphne Roubini and Guido Heistek.
4:30 pm Spoken Word Poetry with Jillian Christmas and Chelsea D.E. Johnson
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Family Literacy Tent

Fun, interactive family activities all day

11:15 am Storytelling
12:00 pm Ruffle Redbird with Peter G-G
1:00 pm Stories on Wheels
Presented by Pangaea Arts
11 am – 5 pm Never-ending Stories and Poems
Presented by the Writers’ Exchange
11 am – 5 pm Face Painting
Presented by the Kidsafe Project Society
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Kids Words

Readings from kids’ books, most appropriate for kids under age 8 from 11:00–2:00, then ages 6+ for the rest of the day

Inside the Children’s Library, Harvey Southam Room
11:00 am Paola Opal
Pippy (Simply Read Books $8.95)
11:20 am Holman Wang
Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice (Simply Read Books $9.95)
11:40 am Julie Flett
Little You (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)
12:00 pm Kallie George  *Note: New Time
Spark (Simply Read Books $12.95)
12:20 pm Julie Morstad
How To (Simply Read Books $18.95)
12:40 pm Dan Bar-El
Not Your Typical Dragon (Viking Press $18.00)
1:00 pm Loretta Seto
Mooncakes (Orca Book Publishers $19.95)
1:20 pm Robert Heidbreder
Black and Bittern Was Night (Kids Can Press $18.95).
1:40 pm Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd  *Note: New Time
Raven Brings the Light (Harbour Publishing $19.95)
2:00 pm Gary Kent
Gubby Builds A Boat (Harbour Publishing $19.95)
2:20 pm Ainslie Manson
Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World (Greystone Books $12.95)
2:40 pm Caroline Adderson
Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind (Kids Can Press $16.95)
3:00 pm Victoria Miles
Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What (Tradewind Books $12.95)
3:20 pm Sara Leach
Count Me In (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)
3:40 pm Rachelle Delaney
The Metro Dogs of Moscow (Puffin Canada $17.00)
4:00 pm Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
Dirty Science (Scholastic Canada $7.99)
4:20 pm Sa Boothroyd
Before the World Was Ready (Annick Press $14.95)
4:40 pm Ari Goelman
The Path of Names (Scholastic Canada $18.99)
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Around Library Square

Fun, interactive family activities all day

11:30 am to 2:00 pm Mascall dance by the Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club
Dancers: Darcy McMurray, Justine Chambers, and Billy Marchenski
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Letters
Presented by Radix Theatre
11:00 am to 5:00 pm Peace Poem
Presented by the Powell River Live Poets’ Guild
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CUPE Stage

11:15 am Henry Doyle and My Name Is Scot
V6Aa: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
12:30 pm Geoff Berner
Festival Man
1:30 pm Stephen Collis
The Red Album and To The Barricades
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Poetry Tent

Established and emerging poets; witty, evocative, tender, cerebral, political, and funny

11:00 am Mark Cochrane
Cat (above/ground press $3.00)
11:15 am Christine Leclerc
Oilywood (Nomados $10.00)
11:30 am Jen Currin
The Ends (Nomados $10.00)
11:45 am Amber Dawn
How Poetry Saved My Life (Arsenal Pulp Press $15.95)
12:00 pm Mariner Janes
The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks $16.95)
12:15 pm George Stanley
After Desire (New Star Books $18.00)
12:30 pm Peter Culley
Parkway (New Star Books $18.00)
12:45 pm Wanda John-Kehewin
In The Dog House (Talonbooks $16.95)
1:00 pm bill bissett
hungree throat (Talonbooks $17.95)
1:15 pm Catherine Greenwood
The Lost Letters (Brick Books $20)
1:30 pm Pamela Porter
Late Moon (Ronsdale Press $15.95)
1:45 pm Kim Minkus
Tuft (BookThug $18.00)
2:00 pm Kevan “Scruffmouth” Cameron, Adelene da Soul, and Nicardo “Charlie Bobus” Murray
The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House $21.95)
2:30 pm Dennis E. Bolen
Black Liquor: Poems (Caitlin Press $ $16.95)
2:45 pm klipschutz
This Drawn & Quartered Moon (Anvil Press $18.00)
3:00 pm Poetry in Transit
Stephen Collis, Dina Del Bucchia, Patrick Friesen, Al Rempel, Russell Thornton, and Tiffany Stone. Hosted by Evelyn Lau.
P.S. Don’t forget to hop on the bus. The Poetry in Transit Bus will be on the corner of Homer and Georgia this year.
4:00 pm Evelyn Lau
A Grain of Rice (Oolichan Books $17.95)
4:15 pm Brad Cran
Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
4:30 pm World Poetry Reading Series
Hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Bong Ja Ahn. Featured poets Kagan Goh, Una Bruhns. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual segments by Tommy Tao (Cantonese), Una Bruhns (Afrikaner), Kagan Goh (English), Winnie Cheung (Mandarin), Bong Ja Ahn (Korean), and Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog).
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Magazine Words

A showcase of activities by Canadian magazines; demonstrations, panel discussions, and readings. Presented by The letter Shop and with the assistance of the government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund

11:00 am G Adventures with Cynthia Connell
11:30 am Ricepaper Haiku Death Match with Kim Fu and Elaine Woo
Hosted by Kristin Cheung and Anna Ling Kaye
12:00 pm BC Living with Catherine Roscoe Barr
12:30 pm PRISM international with Shana Myara and Andrea Bennett
Hosted by Andrea Hoff
1:00 pm This Must Be The Place: The Evolution of Vancouver’s Cultural Landscape
Presented by Sad Mag in collaboration with the Vancouver Archives, Red Fox Healthy Living Society, Michael de Courcy, Jesse Donaldson, Caroline Adderson, and Sean Cranbury
2:00 pm Redefining the Skater
Presented by Color Magazine with Dan Post
2:30 pm A Non-Fiction Edition with Anne Fleming and Billeh Nickerson
Presented by EVENT Magazine. Hosted by Gillian Jerome
3:15 pm Showcase of Many Possibilities of Sound in Poetry
Presented by Poetry is Dead with Andrew McEwan, Karen Correia Da Silva, Jake Kennedy, and Kevin McPherson Eckhoff. Hosted by Jordan Abel.
3:30 pm Room Magazine with Bren Simmers, Lenore Rowntree, and Kyeren Regehr
Hosted by Lorrie Miller
3:45 pm From Zine to Tablet: A Quarter Century Journey
Presented by subTerrain Magazine with Heidi Greco, Dennis E. Bolen, George Fetherling, and hosted by Brian Kaufman.
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Canada Writes Tent

Readings by fresh new faces and well-known voices. Experience a wide array of stories that range from comedy to tragedy, are about near and far, the real and the imagined, and love and adventure. Presented by The Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

11:00 am Cynthia Flood
Red Girl Rat Boy (Biblioasis $19.95)
11:15 am Théodora Armstrong
Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility (House of Anansi Press $22.95)
11:30 am Julia Lin
Miah (TSAR Publications $20.95)
11:45 am Rawi Hage
Vancouver Public library Writer-in-residence
12:00 pm Daniel Canty and Oana Avasilichioaei
Wigrum (Talonbooks $14.95)
12:30 pm Irene Watts
Touched by Fire (Tundra Books $19.99)
12:45 pm Elsie Chapman
Dualed (Random House Canada $19.99)
1:00 pm Peter Darbyshire (writing as Peter Roman)
The Mona Lisa Sacrifice (ChiZine Publications $16.95)
1:15 pm Cathy Ace
The Corpse with the Golden Nose (TouchWood Editions $14.95)
1:30 pm Adam Hart
The Power of Food (Whitecap Books $24.95)
1:45 pm Giles Slade *Note: New Event!
American Exodus: Climate Change and Coming Flight for Survival (New Society Publishers, $19.95)
1:45 pm Ian Parsons *Note: Cancelled
No Easy Ride: Reflections on My Life in the RCMP (Heritage House Publishing $19.95)
2:00 pm Charles Wilkins
Little Ship of Fools (Greystone Books $21.95)
2:15 pm Arno Kopecky
The Oil Man and the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre $26.95)
2:30 pm George Szanto
Bog Tender: Coming Home to Nature and Memory (Brindle & Glass Publishing $24.95)
2:45 pm Mary Novik
Muse (Doubleday Canada $22.95)
3:00 pm Stella Harvey
Nicolai’s Daughters (Signature Editions $22.95)
3:15 pm Daniel Kalla
Rising Sun, Falling Shadow (HarperCollins $24.99)
3:30 pm Sexy Sick Chick Lit with Kim Clark and Robyn Michele Levy
4:00 pm Mark Leiren-Young
Free Magic Secrets Revealed: A Memoir (Harbour Publishing $26.95)
4:15 pm Carellin Brooks
Fresh Hell (Demeter Press $14.95)
4:30 pm Shaena Lambert
Oh, My Darling (HarperCollins Canada $24.99)
4:45 pm Janie Chang
Three Souls (HarperCollins Canada $19.99)
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Word Talks

Readings and panel discussions, poetry, theatre, romance and crime. Inside, downstairs in the Alma VanDusen Room

11:00 am Pauline Johnson: A Vancouver Legend with Sheila Johnston
11:30 am Cameron Macdonald
The Endangered Species Road Trip (Greystone Books $19.95)
12:00 pm Adapting Classics for the Stage
Presented by Rumble Productions. Panelists Stephen Drover, Hiro Kanagawa, and Peter Boychuk
12:30 pm Page to Stage or Screen
Moderated by Maegan Thomas with panelists Dennis Foon, Aaron Bushkowsky, Mina Shum, and Ian Weir
1:40 pm New Directions in Creative Writing
Presented by UBC Creative Writing. Moderated by Annabel Lyon with panelists Bryan Wade, Maureen Medved, Andrew Gray, and Timothy Taylor.
2:50 pm The Scene of the Crime
Presented by the Crime Writers of Canada. Moderated by Cathy Ace with panelists Debra Purdy Kong, David Russell, Robin Spano, Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock.
4:00 pm Dishing on Romance
Presented by Greater Vancouver Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Panelists Eileen Cook, Susan Lyons, Lee McKenzie, Nora Snowdon, and Roxanne Snopek.
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Writing Talks

Editing, Publishing and Writing explored from different angles. Inside, downstairs in the Peter Kaye Room. Presented by subTerrain

11:00 am Writing from the Body with Ingrid Rose
12:10 pm Get Published with Janet Love Morrison
1:20 pm Editing: Both Sides of the Fence with Susan Safyan
2:00 pm Finding, Hiring, and Working with a Freelance Editor with Shelagh Jamieson
Presented by Editors Association of Canada
3:10 pm 300 years of Publishing in 30 Minutes with Leanne Johnson
4:00 pm To Be Announced
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Visual Exhibits

Upstairs in the Promenade

Book-Making Demos presented by The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
11:00 am Gina Page, Mini Tunnel Books
12:00 pm Joanne Ursino, Ode to the Pamphlet Stitch
1:00 pm Sue Andrews, Making a One-Sheet Book
2:00 pm Suzan Lee, Coptic Binding
3:00 pm Suzan Lee, Medieval Binding
4:00 pm Suzan Lee, Bookbinding Tools

Downstairs in the Moat
This Must Be the Place Photo Project
Presented by Sad Mag in collaboration with the Vancouver Archives and Red Fox Healthy Living Society
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Inspiring words.