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Literary

When it's raining outside - and it often is - Vancouverites turn to a good book. The city is a veritable literary hotspot. More than 1,500 authors live in British Columbia, and the province boasts the highest number of book readers anywhere in the country.  Local literary lions include Douglas Coupland, who topped bestseller lists with his iconic novel Generation X, and science fiction writer William Gibson, credited with coining the term cyberspace. 

Multiple festivals throughout the year celebrate the city's literary scene.  Every October, the Vancouver International Writers Festival - one of North America's premier literary events - brings together internationally renowned authors and more than 14,000 avid readers for six days of readings and interactive workshops.  Meanwhile, the Word on the Street festival, held one weekend each September, showcases Canadian talent, with hundreds of authors, an array of workshops and a marketplace dedicated to Canadian books and magazines. 

Finally, among the best places to dip into the city's literary heritage any time of year is the Vancouver Public Library.  The unmistakable, coliseum-shaped building, opened in 1995 and surrounded by cafes, is a convivial spot for an afternoon of gentle browsing.  While you're there, look out for some of the following titles from Vancouver authors:


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2014 Vancouver Book Fair

  • October 04 - October 05
  • UBC Robson Square
  • 800 Robson Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Contact: Vancouver Book Fair
  • Venue: UBC Robson Square
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Long Story Short

  • April 29 - April 29
  • Founder's Lounge, The Cultch
  • 1895 Venables st
    Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Tara Murphy
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The 24 Hour Shakespeare Project

  • April 23 - April 24
  • Blake Snyder Theatre at GO Studios
  • #210-112 East 3rd Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8
  • Admission: Suggested donation: $15 adult / $5 child
  • Contact: John Emmet Tracy
  • Phone: 778-886-6952
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The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with VPL presents Incite: An Exploration of Books & Ideas

  • May 07 - May 07
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • 360 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Venue: Vancouver Public Library
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