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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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China Institute presents "We All Live in the Forbidden City"

  • October 18 - October 18
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • 350 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Andrea Christian
  • Phone: 604-910-0479
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Judy McFarlane presents Writing with Grace

  • October 09 - October 09
  • Book Warehouse
  • 4118 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Shannon
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Noir at the Bar

  • November 04 - November 04
  • Shebeen Whisk(e)y House
  • 212 Carrall Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Dietrich Kalteis
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Vancouver Art / Book Fair

  • October 04 - October 05
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Free
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Whistler Readers and Writers Festival 2014

  • October 17 - October 19
  • Varies
  • Admission: Varies
  • Contact: Stella Harvey
  • Phone: 604-932-4518
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