Word Vancouver has free events taking place over five days at The Paper Hound, Banyen Books & Sound, The Cottage Bistro, Christianne’s Lyceum, Historic Joy Kogawa House, SFU Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, and Library Square.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


Free readings at The Paper Hound and Banyen Books & Sound.

The Paper Hound Bookshop

344 West Pender Street, Vancouver

12:30 pm Afternoons at the Paper Hound
With Andrew McEwan. Hosted by Kevin Spenst.

Banyen Books & Sound

3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm Bruce Grierson (Talk & Signing)
What Makes Olga Run? (Random House Canada $29.95)
Read more about this event on the Banyen Books & Sound website

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A book launch, readings, and an open mic session at Banyen Books & Sound and The Cottage Bistro.

Banyen Books & Sound

3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm Mia Kalef (Book Launch)
The Secret Life of Babies (North Atlantic Books $19.95)
Read more about this event on the Banyen Books & Sound website

The Cottage Bistro

4470 Main Street, Vancouver

7:00 pm Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Presented by Pandora’s Collective with support from the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. With Rita Wong, Jami Macarty, Lilija Valis, and Kevin Spenst. Hosted by Bonnie Nish.

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Join the celebration of one of Vancouver’s great children’s writers at Christianne’s Lyceum, and enjoy insights on producing theatre at Historic Joy Kogawa House.

Christianne’s Lyceum

3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm Shake a Paw: An Evening of Dog Stories in Memory of Joan Betty Stuchner
Presented by Christianne’s Lyceum. With Caroline Adderson, Jacquie Pearce, Linda Bailey, and Cindy Heinrichs.

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

7:30 pm Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
Presented by Historic Joy Kogawa House. With Donna Yamamoto, Andrea Yu, and Tetsuro Shigematsu.

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Free professional development workshops for writers and publishers

SFU Harbour Centre (Room 3000)

515 W Hastings St, Vancouver

1:30 pm Chapbooks: From Inspiration to Marketing
With Heidi Greco and S.R. Duncan
**Please email to register for this workshop, as space is limited.**

Vancouver Public Library

350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

Alma Van Dusen Room

11:00 am Writing for Children with Janet Love Morrison 
1:15 pm Creating an Author Profile with Monique Sherrett
Presented by SFU Publishing and Simon & Schuster Canada
2:30 pm Finding Revenue in a Digital World of Books and Magazines with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
Presented by SFU Publishing and Simon & Schuster Canada

Peter Kaye Room

11:00 am Confessions of a Freelance Writer—Strategies for Finding Better-Paying Work with Colin Moorhouse
1:00 pm Create Your Publishing Road Map with Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White
3:00 pm Walking the Line—How Strong Lines Make Strong Poems with George Murray

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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 workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. 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 Lit | Kids Words | Around Library Square | CUPE Stage | Poetry On The Bus | Words On Chapbooks | Magazine Words | Canada Writes | Word Talks | Writing Talks | Visual Exhibits


11:00 am Dixie Star Storytelling
11:30 am Too Tall Terry **NEW TIME**
11:40 am Fiddlin’ Frenzy — Kai and Lia Gronberg
12:10 pm Stories on Wheels **NEW TIME**
12:20 pm Jillian Christmas and Chelsea D. E. Johnson
12:50 pm Mascall Dance
1:00 pm Barbara Adler and Ten Thousand Wolves
1:30 pm Dragon Dance
1:45 pm The Ukesters
2:30 pm Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team
3:10 pm The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of
Presented by Coca Cola
3:50 pm Vancouver Youth Theatre
4:30 pm Van City Soul Quartet

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Kids Lit

Fun, interactive family activities all day long.

11:15 am Too Tall Terry **NEW TIME**
11:45 am Stories on Wheels **NEW TIME**
Presented by Pangaea Arts
ALL DAY Listen Sketch Stretch
Presented by Frontier College
ALL DAY Beanbag Toss Carnival Game
Presented by KidSafe
ALL DAY Literacy Activities
Presented by Decoda Literacy Solutions

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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 Victoria Miles 
Sea Otter Pup (Orca Book Publishers $9.95)
11:20 am Roy Miki and Slavia Miki
Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books $17.95)
11:40 am Linda Bailey
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Tundra Books $19.99)
12:00 pm George Murray
Wow-Wow and Haw-Haw (Breakwater Books $19.95)
12:20 pm Dan Bar-el
A Fish Named Glub (Kids Can Press $16.95)
12:40 pm Bree Galbraith
Once Upon A Balloon (Orca Book Publishers $19.95)
1:00 pm Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent Thing (Kids Can Press $16.95)
1:20 pm Kathy Beliveau
The Yoga Game by the Sea (Simply Read Books $18.95)
1:40 pm Willie Sellars
Dipnetting with Dad (Caitlin Press $16.95)
2:00 pm Caroline Adderson
Norman, Speak! (Groundwood Books $17.95)
2:20 pm Lori Sherritt-Fleming
Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On (Fitzhenry & Whiteside $18.95)
2:40 pm Sheri Radford
Not Just Another Princess Story (Simply Read Books $18.95)
3:00 pm Danielle S. Marcotte
Mon chien sourit tout le temps (est-il bête?) / Why Does My Dog Smile?
(Midtown Press 7,95 $ / $5.95)
3:20 pm David J. Smith
If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers (Kids Can Press $19.95)
3:40 pm William New
Sam Swallow and the Riddleworld League (Tradewind Books $12.95)
4:00 pm Stacey Matson
A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius (Scholastic Canada $14.99)
4:20 pm Sarah Ellis
Outside In (Groundwood Books $16.95)
4:40 pm Rebecca Chaperon
Eerie Dearies (Simply Read Books $19.95)

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Around Library Square

Roving entertainment all over the festival site.

11:30 am to 2:00 pm Mascall Dance
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Dragon Dance

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CUPE Stage

Author readings on the CUPE Stage.

11:30 am Brett Josef Grubisic
12:30 pm TBA
1:30 pm TBA

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Poetry On The Bus

Established and emerging poets reading funny, tender, evocative, and political poetry.

11:00 am The World Poetry Reading Series presents A Taste of China
Hosts Elaine Woo, Yilin Wang. Featured poets Laifong Leung, Synn Kune Loh. The World Poetry Woven Word Tapestry multilingual segments introduced by Tommy Tao and presented by Ariadne Sawyer (English), Anita Aguirre Nieveras (Tagalog), Jaz Gill (Punjabi), and Bong Ja Ahn (Korean).
11:30 am Elaine Woo
Cycling with the Dragon (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
11:45 am Henry Rappaport
Loose to the World (Ronsdale Press $15.95)
12:00 pm Jane Munro
Blue Sonoma (Brick Books $20.00)
12:15 pm Diane Tucker
Bonsai Love (Harbour Publishing $18.95)
12:30 pm Nilofar Shidmehr
Between Lives (Oolichan Books $17.95)
12:45 pm Catherine Owen
Designated Mourner (ECW Press $18.95)
1:00 pm Phinder Dulai
dream/arteries (Talonbooks $16.95)
1:15 pm Yvonne Blomer
As If A Raven (Palimpsest Press $18.95)
1:30 pm Michael Kenyon
Astatine (Brick Books $20.00)
1:45 pm Derrick Stacey Denholm
Dead Salmon Dialectics (Caitlin Press $16.95)
2:00 pm Janet Rogers
Peace in Duress (Talonbooks $16.95)
2:15 pm andrea bennett 
Canoodlers (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
2:30 pm Laura Farina
Some Talk Of Being Human (Mansfield Press $17.00)
2:45 pm Dina Del Bucchia
Blind Items (Insomniac Press $16.95)
3:00 pm Billeh Nickerson
Artificial Cherry (Arsenal Pulp Press $14.95)
3:15 pm Donato Mancini
Loitersack (New Star Books $18.00)
3:30 pm Jen Currin
School (Coach House Books $17.95)
3:45 pm Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
4:00 pm Poetry in Transit
With Jennica Harper, Gabrielle Prendergast, Diane Tucker, Henry Rappaport, Jane Byers, and Danny Peart. Hosted by Evelyn Lau.
P.S. The poetry readings will take place on The Poetry in Transit Bus, which will be on Homer Street this year.

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Words On Chapbooks

All things chapbook! Enjoy readings, discover exhibitors, and listen in on a panel of experts.

12:00 pm Jennifer Zilm **NEW**
1:00 pm Leah Horlick
2:00 pm Warren Dean Fulton
3:00 pm Kevin Spenst
4:00 pm Chat About Chapbooks
With Leah Horlick, Warren Dean Fulton, Kevin Spenst, and Jennifer Zilm. Moderated by Heidi Greco.

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Magazine Words

Canadian literary magazine presentations, readings, and panel discussions. Presented by Blenz Coffee and with the assistance of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund.

11:00 am Inside the Magazine
Presented by Magazine Association of BC. With Dan Post, Sandro Grison, and Jane Hope. Hosted by Sylvia Skene.
11:40 am Connor Doyle and Juliane Okot Bitek
Presented by subTerrain. Hosted by Peter Babiak.
12:20 pm Ruth Daniell and Lucas Crawford
Presented by Room. Hosted by Taryn Hubbard.
1:00 pm EVENT Magazine with Joanne Arnott and Russell Thornton
Presented by Douglas College. Hosted by Shashi Bhat.
1:40 pm The Capilano Review with Colin Browne and Marie-Hélène Tessier
Presented by Capilano University. Hosted by Brook Houglum.
2:20 pm Karen J. Lee and Rachel Rose
Presented by PRISM international. Hosted by Jennifer Macdonald.
3:00 pm Two Great Writers, Two Great Magazines—TNQ & Pulp Magazine
With Lori McNulty and Angela Rebrec. Hosted by Stephanie Peters.
3:40 pm Lying to Try It—The Liar Editorial Collective
Presented by Capilano University. With Alex Wetter, Tremaine Friske, Allie Quelch, Iain Angus, and Bryan Wood. Hosted by Lauren Gargiulo.
4:15 pm The Inside Dirt on Literary Publications
Presented by Langara Publishing Program. With Ian Cockfield, Todd Nickel, Carrie Schmidt, Rob Taylor, and Leanne Johnson. Moderated by Frances Bula.

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Canada Writes

Readings by fresh new faces and well-known voices. Experience a wide array of stories that range from comedy to tragedy and 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 Doretta Lau
How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (Nightwood Editions $19.95)
11:15 am C.P. Boyko
Novelists (Biblioasis $19.95)
11:30 am Wayde Compton
The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press $16.95)
11:45 am Nancy Lee
The Age (McClelland & Stewart $22.95)
12:00 pm Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris
(HarperCollins Canada $33.50)
12:15 pm Ian Weir
Will Starling (Goose Lane Editions $29.95)
12:30 pm Robin Esrock
The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences (Dundurn $19.99)
12:45 pm Mike McCardell
Cardboard Ocean: A Memoir (Harbour Publishing $32.95)
1:00 pm Grant Lawrence
The Lonely End of The Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie (Douglas & McIntyre $26.95)
1:15 pm Ann Walsh
Whatever (Ronsdale Press $11.95)
1:30 pm Maggie de Vries
Rabbit Ears (HarperCollins Canada $14.99)
1:45 pm Gabrielle Prendergast 
Vancouver Public Library Writer-in-Residence
2:00 pm Grant Buday
The Delusionist (Anvil Press $20.00)
2:15 pm Audrey Thomas **CANCELLED**
Local Customs

2:15 pm Margaret Thompson **NEW**
The Cuckoo’s Child
2:30 pm Brian Payton
The Wind is Not a River (HarperCollins Canada $18.99)
2:45 pm C.C. Humphreys
Plague (Doubleday Canada $24.95)
3:00 pm Kevin Chong
Northern Dancer (Viking Canada $30.00)
3:15 pm W.N. Marach **CANCELLED**
A Gillnet’s Drift: Tales of Fish and Freedom on the BC Coast (Heritage House $17.95)
3:30 pm Susan Oakey-Baker
Finding Jim (Rocky Mountain Books $25.00)
3:45 pm Hugh J.M. Johnston
The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar
(UBC Press $29.95)
4:00 pm Kim Fu
For Today I Am a Boy (HarperCollins Canada $19.99)
4:15 pm Caroline Adderson
Ellen in Pieces (Patrick Crean Editions $22.99)
4:30 pm Geoff Berner
Festival Man (Dundurn $17.99)
4:45 pm Aaron Bushkowsky **CANCELLED**
Curtains for Roy (Cormorant Books $21.00)
4:45 pm Nathaniel G. Moore **NEW**
Savage 1986-2011 (Anvil Press $20.00)

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Word Talks

Writing workshops, author readings, and panel discussions. Inside, downstairs in the Alma VanDusen Room. Presented by subTerrain.

11:00 am Getting Started and Staying Motivated as a Published Children’s Book Author or Illustrator
Presented by CWILL BC. With Norma Charles, Dan Bar-el, Cynthia Nugent, Jeremy Tankard, and Raymond Nakamura. Moderated by Kathryn Shoemaker.
12:15 pm Have Kobo, Will Travel! with Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Presented by SFU Publishing and Kobo
1:25 pm Eve Lazarus
Sensational Vancouver (Anvil Press $24.00)
1:50 pm Dianne Whelan
Base Camp: 40 Days on Everest (Caitlin Press $24.95)
2:15 pm Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson
From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War
(Harbour Publishing $26.95)
2:40 pm Jerry Kruz
The Afterthought: West Coast Rock Posters and Recollections from the Sixties
(Rocky Mountain Books $40.00)
3:15 pm The Importance of Diversity in the Publishing Industry
With Jordan Abel, Anna Ling Kaye, Raymond Nakamura, Jane Eaton Hamilton, and Sirish Rao. Moderated by Andrea Routley.
4:15 pm Creating Outside the Box
With Barbara Adler, Rick “Big Love” Kumar, Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu, Sebastien Wen, and Andrew Warner. Moderated by R.C. Weslowski.

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Writing Talks

Professional development sessions about publishing and writing. Inside, downstairs in the Peter Kaye Room.

11:00 am Selling Your Book to a Publisher? Do Your Homework and Keep It Simple with Taryn Boyd
Presented by the Canadian Authors Association
12:10 pm Freelance Writing for Magazines with Michelle van der Merwe
Presented by the Editors’ Association of Canada
1:10 pm Have You Started Writing Your Memoirs Yet? with Naomi Beth Wakan
2:20 pm Digital Publishing with John Maxwell and Pablo Alperin
Presented by SFU Publishing and Simon & Schuster Canada
3:45 pm Book Design for Self-Publishers with Peter Cocking
Presented by SFU Publishing and Simon & Schuster Canada

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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 Kathy Nash, Four-Needle Coptic Stitch
2:00 pm Diane Gillespie, Letterpress Tools
3:00 pm Suzan Lee, Bookbinding Tools
4:00 pm Suzan Lee, Medieval Style Binding

Lettering and Bookmarks presented by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society

Downstairs in the Moat

Suburbia Exhibitions
Presented by Sad Mag

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Inspiring words.