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. This program was created as a way of fundraising for Word Vancouver; we need your help to ensure the festival is a success!

You get to choose an author at the festival to “adopt,” and you will receive acknowledgment of your adoption on our website, and before your author’s reading. You’ll also get a signed copy of their most recent book. You can pick up your book at the festival to get it personally signed, or delegate us to have it signed on your behalf.

Limit to two adopters maximum per author.

adopt an author for $100.

To adopt an author, email or click the button below.

Check out the list below to find a list of authors you can adopt (ordered alphabetically, by last name).


  • Marilyn Bowering, What is Long Past Occurs in Full Light (Mother Tongue Publishing)

  • Adopted by Celeste Pelc: Robert Budd, One Eagle Soaring (Harbour Publishing)


  • Shirley Camia, Mercy (Turnstone Press)

  • Adopted by Angela Rebrec: Nicola Campbell, A Day with Yayah (Tradewind Books)

  • Andrea Carlson, Burdock & Co: Poetic Recipes Inspired by Ocean, Land & Air (Penguin Random House)

  • Aaron Chapman, Liquor, Lust, and the Law: The Story of Vancouver's Legendary Penthouse Nightclub (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Adopted by Kathy Shoemaker: Norma Charles, Tree Musketeers (Ronsdale Press)

  • The Plague by Kevin Chong (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Johnnie Christmas, Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Books)


  • Lorraine Davies, Jacintha (Dundurn Press)

  • Nhung N. Tran Davies, A Grain of Rice (Tradewind Books)

  • Erin Davis, Mourning has Broken (Harper Collins)

  • Adopted by Connie Linder: Rosie Daykin, Let Me Feed You (Penguin Random House)

  • Adopted by CUPE 391: Charles Demers, Vancouver Special

  • Derek Desierto (Raincoast Books)


  • Adopted by Margaret Shorter: Erin Frances Fisher, That Tiny Life, (House of Anansi Press)

  • Lee Edward Fodi, The Secret of Zoone (Harper Collins)


  • George Garrett, Intrepid Reporter (Harbour Publishing)

  • Kallie George, Anne’s Kindred Spirit (Penguin Random House)


  • Jennica Harper, Bounce House (Anvil Press)

  • Adopted by Kallie George: Faith Erin Hicks, Pumpkinheads (Raincoast)

  • Adopted by LiterASIAN: Philip Huynh, The Forbidden Purple City (Goose Lane Editions)


  • Adopted by Fernanda Viveiros: Eve Joseph, Quarrels (Anvil Press)


  • Sean Karemaker, The Ghosts We Know (Conundrum Press)

  • Adopted by Kathy Shoemaker: Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Mya’s Strategy to Save the World (Penguin Random House)


  • Adopted by Ricepaper: Fiona Tinwei Lam, Odes and Laments (Caitlin Press)

  • Evelyn Lau, Tumour (Oolichan Press)

  • Adopted by Laura Yazedjian: Eve Lazarus, Murder by Milkshake (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Adopted by Cathleen With: Alex Leslie, We All Need to Eat (Book*hug Press)

  • Becky Livingston, The Suitcase and the Jar (Caitlin Press)


  • Laura Matwichuk, Near Miss (Nightwood Editions)

  • Carolyn Parks Mintz, Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community's Will to Heal (Caitlin Press)


  • Hasan Namir, War / Torn, (Book*hug Press)

  • Adopted by Sita Carboni: Mahtab Narsimhan, Embrace the Chicken (Orca Books)

  • Renee Nault, The Handmaid's Tale

  • Jude Neale, A Blooming (Ekstasis Editions)

  • Desiree Nielsen, Eat More Plants (Penguin Random House)


  • Adopted by Maryn Ashdown and Family: Kit Pearson, Be My Love (HarperCollins)

  • Curt Petrovich, Blamed and Broken The Mounties and the Death of Robert Dziekanski (Dundurn Press)

  • Rachel Poliquin, Moles (Superpower Field Guide) (HMH Books for Young Readers)


  • Adopted by Allan Horton: Lorimer Shenher, THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE A BOY: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man (Greystone)

  • David Starr, Like Joyful Tears (Ronsdale Press)

  • Joan Steacy, Aurora Borealice (Conundrum Press)

  • Ken Steacy, War Bears

  • Adopted by Adriane Carr and Gayle Dudych: Tiffany Stone, Tallulah Plays the Tuba (Annick Press)

  • Adopted by Kerrie Manderscheid: Cathy Stonehouse, The Causes (Pedlar Press)


  • Rob Taylor, Editor of What Poets Speak: A Conversation

  • Jean Teillet, The North-West is Our Mother (HarperCollins)

  • Adopted by Todd Wong: Yasuko Thanh, Mistakes to Run With A Memoir (Penguin Random House)


  • Howard White, A Mysterious Humming Noise (Anvil Press)

  • Lindsay Wong, The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family (Arsenal Pulp Press)

  • Adopted by Robin Susanto and ACWW: Rita Wong and Fred Wah, beholden: a poem as long as the river (Talon Books) - note: only Rita will be present at the festival

  • Ian Williams, Reproduction (Penguin Random House Canada)


  • Onjana Yawnghwe, The Small Way, (Caitlin Press)