Schedule

Schedule information will be announced during the summer prior to the festival.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

A 20th-anniversay celebration!

The Emerald

555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver

7:00 pm Poetry in Transit 20th–Anniversary Celebration
Presented by the ABPBC. Hosted by Sandy Shreve.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Enjoy a presentation and book signing at Banyen Books & Sound as well as readings and an open mic session at The Cottage Bistro.

Banyen Books & Sound

3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm Mark L. Winston (Presentation & Book Signing)
Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Harvard University Press $24.95)
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 Henry Beissel, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Jennifer Zilm. Hosted by Bonnie Nish.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Enjoy more author readings and presentations at Christianne’s Lyceum and Historic Joy Kogawa House.

Christianne’s Lyceum

3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

6:30 pm An Evening of Faerie Magic
Presented by Christianne’s Lyceum. With Tiffany Stone, Kallie George, Danika Dinsmore, and Christianne Hayward.
Read more about this event on the Christianne’s Lyceum website

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

7:30 pm Sober Second Thoughts with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Presented by Historic Joy Kogawa House with the support of the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council.
Read more about this event on the Historic Joy Kogawa House website

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Free professional development sessions on a variety of literary topics and the Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala!

The HiVE

210 – 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

11:00 am Get It Out: A Writer’s Guide to the Submissions of Literary Works for Publication with Jami Macarty (sign up here)
2:30 pm Exoticizing the Domestic with Carmen Ostrander (sign up here)

Carnegie Community Centre

401 Main Street, Vancouver

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Type Up!
Presented by Carnegie Community Centre.

CBC Studio 700

700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

7:30 pm Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala
Presented by Pandora’s Collective. Hosted by Sean Cranbury.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

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 and book and magazine exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age.

Port of View | Perspective Point | In the Atrium | Community Garden | The Lions | Suspension Bridge | Imagination Island | The Quay | The Dock | Around the Square | Sunrise Suite | The Underground | CUPE Stage

Port of View

Professional development workshops.
*Port of View will now be located on level 3 of the library*

WORKSHOPS
11:00 am Writing Close to Home with Naomi Beth Wakan
12:15 pm Family as Inspiration: A Fiction Workshop with Simon Choa-Johnston
Presented by Hapa-palooza.
1:30 pm Invitation to English Tanka with Kozue Uzawa
2:45 pm Starting Your Story with Marion Crook
Presented by Self-Counsel Press.
4:00 pm Animating the Inanimate with Joan Flood
Presented by SFU’s The Writer’s Studio.

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Perspective Point

Comics presentations, author readings, and writing workshops.
*Perspective Point will now be located on level 3 of the library*

COMICS ARTISTS PRESENT (Hosts: Robyn Hanson and Trevor Battye)
11:00 am Chalk Talk with Lynn Johnston (Adopted by: Liesl Jauk)
12:05 pm Faith Erin Hicks (Adopted by: Fernanda Viveiros)
The Nameless City (First Second $17.50)
12:30 pm Tony Cliff (Adopted by: Fernanda Viveiros)
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling (First Second $20.50)
12:55 pm Sean Karemaker
The Ghosts We Know (Conundrum Press $20.00)

AUTHOR PRESENTATION (Host: Trevor Battye)
1:20 pm Erik Bjarnason
Surviving Logan (Rocky Mountain Books $28.00)

WORKSHOPS
1:50 pm The Hustle with JJ Lee
3:00 pm Taking Control of Your Own Marketing with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman
Presented by Publishing@SFU.
4:00 pm Creating an Excellent Book with Craig Shemilt
Presented by Canadian Authors Vancouver.

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In the Atrium

Bookmaking demos, lettering demos, and writing consultations.

UPSTAIRS IN THE PROMENADE

Bookmaking Demos Presented by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
11:00 am Gina Page, concertina fold books
12:00 pm Jack Page, artists’ books
1:00 pm Jessica Tremblay, star books
2:00 pm Diane Gillespie, art journalling
3:00 pm Suzan Lee, European bookbinding
4:00 pm Suzan Lee, non-European bookbinding

Lettering and Bookmarks Presented by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society
ALL DAY

The Annual Silent Auction
11:00 am to 4:45 pm

Magazine Lounge in Blenz
ALL DAY

DOWNSTAIRS IN THE MOAT
*These sessions will now be located on level 3 of the library*

Mini–Manuscript Consults (Presented by SFU’s The Writer’s Studio)
ALL DAY (sign up here)

Blue Pencil Sessions (Presented by Editors BC)
ALL DAY (sign up here)

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Community Garden

Eco-fiction, memoir, and a variety of non-fiction presentations.

ECO-FICTION (Host: Mary Woodbury)
11:00 am Eco-fiction: Blowing Your Mind with Wild Words and Worlds
With Claudia Casper, Michael Donoghue, Stephen Collis, Katie Welch, and Anneliese Schultz.

OUR PLANET (Host: Hal Wake)
12:40 pm Mark Leiren-Young (Adopted by: Writers Guild of Canada)
The Killer Whale Who Changed the World (Greystone Books $29.95)
1:00 pm Darcy Matheson
Greening Your Pet Care: Reduce Your Animal’s Environmental Paw Print (Self-Counsel Press $14.95)

LIFE STORIES (Host: Scott Steedman)
1:30 pm Joy Kogawa (Adopted by: Historic Joy Kogawa House)
Gently to Nagasaki (Caitlin Press $24.95)
1:50 pm Ujjal Dosanjh (Adopted by: Eponymous)
Journey After Midnight: India, Canada and the Road Beyond (Figure 1 Publishing $34.95)
2:10 pm Betsy Warland (Adopted by: ZG Communications)
Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas (Caitlin Press $21.95)

PANEL DISCUSSION
2:40 pm Writing From Within: Memoir and Identity
Presented by Hapa-palooza. With Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Betsy Warland, Naomi Wakan, and Brandy Lien-Worrall. Moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.

STUDIES IN HUMANITY (Host: Simon Choa-Johnston)
3:50 pm Peter Babiak (Adopted by: Anvil Press)
Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction (Anvil Press $20.00)
4:10 pm Deborah Campbell (Adopted by: Kumon Capilano Mall)
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War (Knopf Canada $32.00)
4:30 pm Carmen Aguirre (Adopted by: Fernanda Viveiros)
Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution (Random House Canada $29.95)

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The Lions

From fiction to biographies, essays to a panel on inclusive magazine publishing, and more

AN ARRAY OF FICTION (Host: S.R. Duncan)
11:10 am Flash Fiction Contest Winner (contest details)
11:20 am Paul Yee (Adopted by: CUPE Local 391)
A Superior Man (Arsenal Pulp Press $ 21.95)
Appearance courtesy of LiterASIAN.
11:40 am Anosh Irani
The Parcel (Knopf Canada $32.00)
12:00 pm Clea Young (Adopted by: ZG Communications)
Teardown (Freehand Books $19.95)

DISTINGUISHED CANADIANS (Host: Dennis E. Bolen)
12:30 pm Christian Fink-Jensen and Randolph Eustace-Walden
Aloha Wanderwell: The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer (Goose Lane Editions $24.95)
12:50 pm David McNeil (Adopted by: Midtown Press)
In the Pressure of the Moment: Remembering Gerry McNeil (Midtown Press $24.95)

PONDERING POP CULTURE (Host: Carellin Brooks)
1:20 pm Jennifer Croll
Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga (Annick Press $16.95)
1:40 pm Brett Josef Grubisic
From Up River and for One Night Only (Now or Never Publishing $24.95)
2:00 pm Bif Naked (Adopted by: Ken Paquette)
I, Bificus (HarperCollins Publishers $32.99)

VPL WRITER IN RESIDENCE (Host: Kyla Epstein)
2:30 pm Sam Wiebe
Invisible Dead (Random House Canada $24.95)

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION (Host: Renae Morriseau)
2:50 pm Carol Shaben and Kamala Todd
In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (Brindle & Glass $ 19.95)

PANEL DISCUSSION
3:40 pm Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers
Presented by the Magazine Association of BC. With Jónína Kirton, Chelene Knight, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner. Moderated by Jen Sookfong Lee.

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Suspension Bridge

Fiction, magazine presentations, and humour.

PANEL DISCUSSION
11:00 am Demystifying the Submission Process
With Jen Arbo, Shashi Bhat, Christopher Evans, Anna Ling Kaye, and Chelene Knight.

UNCOVERING THE PAST (Host: Margaret Gallagher)
12:10 pm Yasuko Thanh (Adopted by: Laura Yazedjian)
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton $ 24.95)
12:30 pm Billie Livingston (Adopted by: Fernanda Viveiros)
The Crooked Heart of Mercy (Random House Canada $29.95)
12:50 pm Jen Sookfong Lee
The Conjoined (ECW Press $18.95)

PANEL DISCUSSION
1:20 pm Fresh Blood
Presented by Crime Writers of Canada. With Marty Allen, Allan J. Emerson, S.M. Freedman, Katherine Prairie, and Elle Wild. Moderated by Sam Wiebe.

ADVENTURES IN HISTORY (Host: Robin Rivers)
2:30 pm Peter Darbyshire (writing as Peter Roman)
The Apocalypse Ark (ChiZine Publications $19.99)
2:50 pm Ronald Wright (Adopted by: Anne Giardini)
The Gold Eaters (Hamish Hamilton $32.00)

MAGAZINE PRESENTATION (Host: Curtis LeBlanc)
3:20 pm PRISM international Showcase
Presented by PRISM international. With Laura Farina, Tom Wayman, Taryn Pearcey, Geoffrey Nilson, and ryan fitzpatrick.

WITTICISMS (Host: Mark Leiren-Young)
4:20 pm Andrew Struthers
The Sacred Herb / The Devil’s Weed (New Star Books $19.00)
4:40 pm Charles Demers (Adopted by: CUPE Local 391)
The Dad Dialogues: A Correspondence on Fatherhood (and the Universe) (Arsenal Pulp Press $17.95)

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Imagination Island

Fun, interactive family activities all day long.

ALL DAY Christianne’s Lyceum
ALL DAY CWILL BC and Reading Lights Literary Art Making
ALL DAY Decoda Literacy Solutions
ALL DAY Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
ALL DAY FortisBC Street Team
ALL DAY Frontier College
ALL DAY Kids’ Lit Quiz
ALL DAY Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable
ALL DAY WestCoast Families

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The Quay

Readings from children’s authors as well as drawing workshops!

LIFE’S HOBBIES (Host: Dina Del Bucchia)
11:20 am Flash Fiction Contest Winner (contest details)
11:30 am Kathy Beliveau
The Yoga Game in the Garden (Simply Read Books $18.95)
11:50 am Ellen Schwartz (Adopted by: Emory, Jewell, and Kaslo Easton for Joan Ford and Gail Roberts)
Heart of a Champion (Tundra Books $19.99)
12:10 pm Stacey Matson (Adopted by: Robert Bittner)
Notes from the Life of a Total Genius (Scholastic Canada $16.99)

CLEVER AND COURAGEOUS (Host: Marion Crook)
12:40 pm Uma Krishnaswami
Book Uncle and Me (Groundwood Books $14.95)
1:00 pm Jordan Stratford (Adopted by: Kidsbooks)
The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 2) (Knopf Books for Young Readers $25.99)
1:20 pm Caroline Adderson (Adopted by: Humber School For Writers)
Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1 (Kids Can Press $16.95)

WORKSHOP
1:50 pm Dumb and Stoopid: A Drawing Workshop with Lynn Johnston

SAIL AWAY (Host: Kathryn E. Shoemaker)
2:30 pm Norma Charles (Adopted by: Kidsbooks)
Last Chance Island (Ronsdale Press $11.95)
2:50 pm Laura Bifano (Adopted by: Rene Groulx)
In the Red Canoe (Orca Book Publishers $19.95)
3:10 pm Sara Gillingham (Adopted by: Bryan Pike)
Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes (Phaidon Press $22.95)

CREATURES AND COMFORTS (Host: Chris Dallin)
3:40 pm Michelle Gilman
What Grandma Built (Harbour Publishing $14.95)
4:00 pm Lorelei Bachman
Margo Madagascar & Cosmo the Ring-Tailed Lemur: An Earth Ranger Story (Quarry Press $15.95)

WORKSHOP
4:30 pm Dumb and Stoopid: A Drawing Workshop with Lynn Johnston

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The Dock

Family-friendly entertainment all day long.

(Host: Norma Charles)
11:15 am Renae Morriseau and M’Girl
11:35 am Dixie Star Storytelling
12:00 pm FortisBC’s Supernovas

(Host: Tiffany Stone)
12:20 pm Fiddlin’ Frenzy
1:00 pm Dixie Star Storytelling
1:20 pm Renae Morriseau and M’Girl
1:45 pm Vancouver Youth Theatre—Improv for All Ages!

(Host: Charles Demers)
2:05 pm Renae Morriseau and M’Girl
2:25 pm FortisBC’s Supernovas
2:40 pm Children’s Book Reading with Aimee Edmonds
3:00 pm Vancouver Youth Theatre—Improv for All Ages!

(Host: Jordan Stratford)
3:20 pm Dixie Star Storytelling
3:40 pm FortisBC’s Supernovas
3:55 pm Children’s Book Reading with Aimee Edmonds

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Around the Square

Entertainment all over the festival site.

ON THE NORTH PLAZA

ALL DAY LARP and Cosplay
ALL DAY Academie Duello Demonstrations
3:30 pm and 4:15 pm En Route: All Bodies Dance Project
Presented by Dance International.

ROVING THE SITE

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Circus Lab
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Dragon Dance

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Sunrise Suite

Readings by established and emerging poets.

WORLD POETRY (Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Bong Ja Ahn)
11:00 am World Poetry Celebrates Korea
With Hae Young Kim and Ryan Kyungrae Kim.

EXPLORATIONS IN STYLE (Host: Bonnie Nish)
11:35 am Anahita Jamali Rad
for love and autonomy (Talonbooks $16.95)
11:50 am Kim Fu
How Festive the Ambulance (Nightwood Editions $18.95)
12:05 pm Kevin Spenst (Adopted by: The Paper Hound Bookshop)
Ignite (Anvil Press $18.00)

ELEMENTS (Host: Jen Currin)
12:25 pm Garry Gottfriedson
Deaf Heaven (Ronsdale Press $15.95)
12:40 pm Timothy Shay
The Dirty Knees of Prayer (Caitlin Press $18.00)
12:55 pm Adrienne Gruber
Buoyancy Control (BookThug $18.00)
1:10 pm Elee Kraljii Gardiner (Adopted by: Anvil Press)
Serpentine Loop (Anvil Press $18.00)

OUR WORLD (Host: Michael Despotovic)
1:30 pm Christopher Levenson
Night Vision (Quattro Books $18.00)
1:45 pm Carla Funk
Gloryland (Turnstone Press $17.00)
2:00 pm Rob Taylor
The News (Gaspereau Press $18.95)
2:15 pm Juliane Okot Bitek
100 Days (University of Alberta Press $19.95)

DEAD POETS READING SERIES (Host: Rob Taylor)
2:35 pm Daphne Marlatt reading Sveva Caetani
2:45 pm Wayde Compton reading Jamie Reid
2:55 pm Raoul Fernandes reading James Schuyler

FORM AND IMPACT (Host: Kevin Chong)
3:10 pm Jordan Scott
Night & Ox (Coach House Books $18.95)
3:25 pm Jordan Abel (Adopted by: CUPE Local 391)
Injun (Talonbooks $16.95)
3:40 pm bill bissett (Adopted by: Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine)
th book (Talonbooks $ 19.95)
Presented with the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

POETRY IN TRANSIT (Host: Evelyn Lau)
4:00 pm Poetry in Transit
Presented by the ABPBC.

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The Underground

Comics and chapbook readings, panels, and workshops.
*The Underground will now be located outside the library in tents on the Georgia and Homer side of Library Square*

LEAF PRESS READINGS (Host: Heidi Greco)
11:45 am Adrienne Gruber
Mimic (Leaf Press $10.00)
11:50 am Chelsea Comeau
What You Leave Behind (Leaf Press $ 10.00)
11:55 am Joanne Thorwaldson
thirteen poems for releasing love (Leaf Press $10.00)

PANEL DISCUSSION
12:15 pm Comics and the Creative Process
Presented by Cloudscape Comics. With Jonathon Dalton, Bevan Thomas, and Hannah Meyers. Moderated by Jeffrey Ellis.

WORKSHOP
1:00 pm Chapbook Races with Kevin Spenst

PANEL DISCUSSION
2:00 pm The Long Poem, Chapbooks, and Sustenance: Keeping the Journey
With Stephen Collis, Marguerite Pigeon, and Jordan Scott. Moderated by Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

WORKSHOP
3:00 pm Drawing Autobiographical Comics with Sean Karemaker

ABOVE/GROUND PRESS READINGS (Host: Heidi Greco)
4:15 pm Stephen Collis (Adopted by: book’mark, The Library Store)
New Life (above/ground press $4.00)
4:20 pm Renée Sarojini Saklikar (Adopted by: Hager Books)
After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees (above/ground press $4.00)
4:25 pm lary timewell
Odds Are (above/ground press $4.00)

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CUPE Stage

Author readings on the CUPE Stage.

11:30 am Carol Shaben
12:30 pm Andrew MacLeod
1:30 pm Anakana Schofield

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Inspiring words.