Explore a World of Ideas on Granville Island…


The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival gratefully acknowledges Dockside Restaurant and the Granville Island Hotel for their generous contributions to this year's Festival.

Granville Island Photo

The 20th Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island offers a world of ideas to explore. We invite you to immerse yourself in the excitement that enlivens Granville Island for the six days of the Festival. This is your opportunity to attend readings, discussions, debates and poetry bashes, and to meet an eclectic array of authors from around the world. You can rely on several things—that Festival events will get you thinking, introduce you to new authors and, if your aspirations are to write, you are sure to be inspired.

Before and after the Festival there are three special events that you won’t want to miss. On October 4 Canadian journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein casts a critical eye on global profiteering and talks about her new book, The Shock Doctrine, at the Frederick Wood Theatre. On November 15 former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien will appear at the Granville Island Stage to talk about his years at 24 Sussex Drive and his new memoir, A Passion for Politics. And on December 4 join us for an evening with author Yann Martel and the illustrated edition of his acclaimed Life of Pi. Tickets for all of these events are available at the Writers Festival box office or through Ticketmaster.

Festival events (with the exception of the Duthie Lecture) take place on Granville Island. The island, in the heart of Vancouver, is an ideal, easily navigable location for the Writers Festival—we recommend the water taxis as the ultimate way to get here!

Granville Island is managed on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The Vancouver International Writers Festival is a proud cultural partner of CMHC Granville Island and is honoured to be a resident of this vibrant community, which was recently named North America’s best neighbourhood. On the island you will find shops, galleries, artist studios, cafés, restaurants, the wonderful public market and much more. Make all of Granville Island part of your Festival experience. Enjoy.



To East India Carpets, Northwest Bungalow and David Hunter Garden Centers for making our Festival stages beautiful.