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library square, 350 w georgia street, vancouver

word vancouver 2019

sunday, september 29

More events around town: Tuesday, September 24 - Saturday, September 28

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Adopt an Author

Make a meaningful connection to Vancouver’s writing community. Your name will be associated with a lively cultural event aimed at promoting literacy, and you will receive a signed copy of your author’s book. An author can only be adopted by two people at most, so act fast!


2019 Festival Schedule

Save the date - the full programming details and dates are now available! Check out the amazing talent and publishers we’ll have during the festival week and plan your schedule ahead of time.


Talent (Sneak Peek!)

Would you like to get a sneak peek on who will be at the festival this year? We have confirmed some exciting and inspiring talent for September, take a look!



Word Vancouver

This is Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held during the week leading up to the last Sunday of September at various venues throughout the city, our festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

WORD VANCOUVER 2019 | Tuesday, September 24 to Sunday, September 29, 2019.

traditional welcome by Les george

Les George will open our festival with a traditional indigenous welcome.

My name is Les George from Tsleil-Waututh, great grand son of Late Chief Dan George. My mother is from Tsleil-Waututh my father is from Squamish I am honored to be part of both Nations. I have knowledge and teachings from both nations. I am a story teller/ drummer/ singer/ and dancer for TWN. I have worked with youth for last 23 years for NVSD #44. I also work with TWN local tour group Takaya Tours as a skipper or a cultural guide. I am proud to share our ways of the Inlet.

Our festival was founded to celebrate book lovers of all ages and backgrounds bringing established authors together with readers, and publishers with emerging writers.
— Bonnie Nish, Executive Director
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The main festival day takes place at Library Square, located at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Enjoy free readings, panel discussions, and live performances. Activities include writing workshops as well as a variety of literacy activities. Canadian authors and book and magazine exhibitors will also gather to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age.

We acknowledge that our festival takes place on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.