WORD Vancouver: A free festival of reading and writing

word_vancouver_headerWord Vancouver
Inspiring Words. A free festival of reading and writing.

Words, words, and more words will abound at various free events between September 21 and 25, all part of Word Vancouver; the big festival day happens on the 25th in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Canadian authors and book, magazine, and comics exhibitors are all gathered to share their love for the written word. This year, look forward to 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age!

On Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, activities are in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St.). This year’s programming includes readings, panel discussions, professional development workshops, entertainment, site performers, the exhibitor marketplace, colouring stations, and more.

Word Vancouver is thrilled to have authors of all genres joining us: Lynn Johnston, Joy Kogawa, Anosh Irani, Ujjal Dosanjh, Paul Yee, Ronald Wright, Yasuko Thanh, Jen Sookfong Lee, Bif Naked, Carmen Aguirre, bill bissett, Daphne Marlatt, Wayde Compton, Caroline Adderson, Lorelei Bachman, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Faith Erin Hicks, and many more!

From Wednesday to Friday, experience author readings and events at these venues: Banyen Books & Sound, CBC Studio 700, Christianne’s Lyceum, The Cottage Bistro, The Emerald, and, Historic Joy Kogawa House. On Saturday, take part in free professional development workshops at The HiVE and Carnegie Centre.

Festival day on Sunday will include 10 venues, many of which are rebranded this year:

Family activities, entertainment, and reading venues can be found outside on the Robson St. side of the library — Imagination Island, The Quay, and The Dock. Also for families, a scavenger hunt, colouring stations, and lots of hands on activities for kids.

Check out our in-the-library downstairs venues — Port of View, Perspective Point, and The Underground — for workshops, comics and chapbooks presentations and exhibitors, and more! Also, in the Moat (downstairs too), writing consultations will take place (more details on the wordvancouver.ca website!).

Stroll venues on Homer Street — Community Garden, The Lions, and Suspension Bridge — for fiction and non-fiction readings, magazine presentations, panels, and more! Poetry readings will take place in the Sunrise Suite on Homer St.

And, festival-goers will be treated to fabulous roving site entertainment throughout the day, e.g. Circus Lab, En Route: All Bodies Dance Project, LARP and Cosplay, sword fighting demonstrations, new Poetry in Transit poems, and more!

For a little relaxation, visit our new magazine lounge in the Blenz coffee shop in the library promenade where readers can browse locally-published magazines.

And, new this year! — the Word Vancouver writing contests (for all ages). Look for details at wordvancouver.ca/word-vancouver-2016-writing-contest. Deadline is Sept. 15, 2016.

Daily events breakdown:

Wednesday Sept. 21, 7:00 pm: The Emerald (555 Gore Ave.)
20th anniversary celebration of Poetry in Transit

Thursday Sept. 22, 6:30 pm: Banyen Books & Sound (3608 W 4th Ave.)
Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive with Governor General’s Award-Winning Author Mark Winston (Harvard University Press)

Thursday Sept. 22, 7:00 pm: The Cottage Bistro (4468 Main St.)
Pandora’s Collective Presents Twisted Poets Literary Salon – Henry Beissel, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Jennifer Zilm

Friday Sept. 23, 6:30 pm: Christianne’s Lyceum (3696 W 8th Ave.)
An Evening of Faerie Magic Presented by Christianne’s Lyceum – Tiffany Stone, Kallie George, Danika Dinsmore, and Christianne Hayward

Friday Sept. 23, 7:30 pm: Historic Joy Kogawa House (1450 West 64th Ave.)
Reading and discussion with author and journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

Saturday Sept. 24, 11:00 am and 2:30 pm: The HiVE (210-128 West Hastings St.)
Professional development workshops for writers and publishers; scheduled presenters include Jami Macarty and Carmen Ostrander

Saturday Sept. 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Carnegie Centre (401 Main St.)
Type Up: Do you have handwritten poems, stories, and letters you would like to have typed up, but you don’t have a way to do that? Volunteers will be on hand to take your writing materials, help you edit them, and turn them into a typed file.

Saturday Sept. 24, 7:30 pm: Studio 700, CBC (at 700 Hamilton St.)
Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala

Sunday Sept. 25, 11 am – 5 pm: Library Square
(in and around VPL Central Branch, 350 W Georgia St.)
Festival day! Readings, panel discussions, workshops, entertainment, a marketplace, and more!

Festival info: www.wordvancouver.ca

Admission: Free

— Media release from Karen Green, Rebus Creative

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Bungee Jump


bungeejumpcover-e1463536663970Pam Withers has a new middle-grade book, Bungee Jump, from Orca:

Thirteen-year-old Chris and his family are setting up a bungee jump in his backyard. It’s a real large-scale bungee jump off a bridge that connects his backyard to a small island owned by his family. Not only is it going to be the coolest attraction around, but it also provides Chris with an opportunity to watch a real engineer in action. Chris would be excited about it if things didn’t keep going wrong. The rumors of hauntings on the island, once the site of a hospital for children with leprosy, are getting out of control. And there are mysterious mishaps on the bridge. Chris worries that all of these problems will keep customers away. And if the bungee jump isn’t a success, his family will lose everything.

— Pam Withers

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The Summer We Saved the Bees


Robin Stevenson’s novel, The Summer We Saved the Bees, is a finalist for the Bolen Book Prize, part of the Victoria Book Prizes. It is also currently shortlisted for the Red Cedar Awards, the Chocolate Lily Awards, and the Rocky Mountain Book Awards.

— Robin Stevenson

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DNA Detective


Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s DNA Detective has been nominated for the Red Cedar, B.C.’s young readers’ choice award. The book explains the basics of genetics in simple, clear language, and reveals the fascinating and frequently entertaining stories of the researchers who discovered pieces of the DNA puzzle. As they explore the science of genes, readers will apply what they learn in an engaging challenge: helping a young detective eliminate suspects to solve a major crime, based on a real-world case.

DNA Detective has also been shortlisted for the Information Book Award by the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada and for the Science in Society Book Award by the Canadian Science Writers’ Association.

— Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Crystal Fish Tales at WORD Vancouver


Visit Crystal Fish Tales’ booth at WORD Vancouver! Celebrate The Perfect Gift, written and illustrated by Cynthia Shuyu Pann:

Have you had trouble thinking of what to get for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Let this story of a young immigrant couple’s love and devotion for each other be your inspiration. This is a story about true love, to be told on this special day that lovers celebrate.


Meet Matea Kulić and Gordana Zikić, the author and illustrator of Bird Song:

Little Bird has a big problem. Not only has she fallen from her nest, she’s forgotten her song! Come along as she finds her way through the forest with its new friends and new songs.

Bird Song is a companion for all children (and adults) who have experienced losing home and, consequently, a sense of self.  Little Bird teaches us how to adapt while remaining faithful to the past.

— Cynthia Shuyu Pann

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CWILL at WORD Vancouver 2016 – Update!


Gear up for the 22nd annual WORD Vancouver festival! It starts Wednesday, September 21st and runs through to the main festival day, Sunday, September 25, at venues around Vancouver!

UPDATE! On Sunday, September 25, look for CWILL BC in Imagination Island in the plaza in front of the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch. Create magnet poetry, Todd Parr portrait poetry, blackout poetry, and found poetry! Meet BC children’s authors and get the lowdown on their newest books, on Reading Lights, and on the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC. And don’t forget to enter our book draw!

Everything you need to know! WORD Vancouver’s 2016 program

— Janet M. Whyte



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