Calling all Kits literati: Vancouver Writers Fest returns to Granville Island October 16-21. Tickets for the series of talks, interviews, debates and performances by international authors are on sale now. This year, the celebration of authors and readers turns 25 and some big names are turning up to help celebrate.
Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis, Michael Chabon, Chris Cleave, Graeme Gibson and Vancouver’s own Douglas Coupland are participating. Browse the full list of Vancouver Writers Fest authors here. This Inside Vancouver post has some useful advice on what to read before you attend.
Writers Fest tickets are available online, by phone or in person. Prices hover around $21, with a $2 discount offered to seniors, students and festival members. Event venues are scattered around nearby Granville Island.
Writers Fest was my first foray into community volunteering, when I moved to Vancouver a few years ago. If you’ve never been, it’s undoubtedly magical to sit in the audience on a rainy October night listening to one of your favourite authors chat about how what’s swimming around their brain turns into the text that makes us laugh, cry, sweat, pray and, most importantly, keep flipping pages.
Last modified: October 9, 2012
I always wanted to see Martin Amis and Margaret Atwood in the flesh. It was my first writers festival and it was a great experience. And the place is just magical. This Granville Island photo essayis a proof of it. If you are a bookworm like I am, you definitely shouldn’t miss it next year.