It’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed since the
early days of the Vancouver International Writers & Readers
Festival. Many people have kept this Festival going—
federal, provincial and municipal governments, corporate
sponsors, publishers, individual donors and Festival
members. All of these supporters have one thing in
common—they not only sustain us financially, they attend
events and sit in the audience, extending to us the
greatest avenue of support. It is you, the audience, that
has helped to make this one of the most respected literary events in the world.
Without you the Festival would not be the exciting event that it has become.
Many audience members also make up our amazing and formidable volunteer
force and for that I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Our wonderful volunteers
make the Festival a smooth and well-run machine. And, believe me, the writers
notice all the details that make their lives a pleasure when they participate in
the Festival. Our volunteer Board of Directors is a powerhouse that helps keep
the Festival on track—I extend thanks to all Board members for the tireless
work they do.
I’m proud to be the founder of this cultural event, but even more I am honoured
to be able to bring to you some of the world’s most interesting and engaging
literary talent. As always, some of the writers in this year’s program will be
known to you, others less known or about to become well known! I have tried
once more to program events that provide opportunities for you to hear and
engage with talented writers from around the world, and trust that you will go
away from Festival events this year enlightened, entertained and with some
good books to see you through the winter months.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to send feedback and wish lists.
Alma Lee, Artistic Director