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 21st Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival on Granville Island offers a world of ideas to explore, with 100 writers from around the world. This is your opportunity to attend readings, discussions, debates and poetry bashes, and to meet an eclectic array of writers from Canada and 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.

This is just part of the Festival experience. Festival events (with the exception of the Duthie Lecture) take place on Granville Island, which was recently named North America’s best neighbourhood. 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! Be part of the excitement that permeates Granville Island for the six days of the Festival.

Before and after the Festival there are four special events that you won’t want to miss. On September 15 the autumn season kicks off with an evening with Miriam Toews and Joan Barfoot at the Granville Island Stage. Toews will read from her new book, The Flying Troutmans, and Barfoot will read from her new novel, Exit Lines. On October 8, John Ralston Saul will appear at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre to discuss his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada.

The author J.B. MacKinnon and the actor Mia Kirshner have teamed up with awardwinning creative directors Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge, as well as a number of other contributors, to bring four crisis spots in the world into sharp focus with their compilation, I Live Here. Their goal: to shed light on the daily lives of refugees everywhere. Come to the Waterfront Theatre on October 16 to hear more about this amazing project.

Our final event of 2008 will be an evening with Mary Lou Finlay reading from her new book, The As It Happens Files, stories from her years as host of the popular CBC current affairs show, As It Happens (November 26 at the Frederic Wood Theatre).

Tickets for all of these events are available at the Writers Festival Box office or through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849).

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. 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. In the meantime, check out some photos of Granville Island on Flickr.


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