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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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Beijing Women

  • August 06 - August 06
  • Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
  • 360 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Contact: VPL
  • Phone: 604-331-3603
  • Venue: Vancouver Public Library
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Book Signing: MY HOMETOWN, MY FURUSATO by Chuck Tasaka

  • August 23 - August 23
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • 6688 Southoaks Crescent
    Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Phone: 604-777-7000
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I Sing the Body Electric: Walt Whitman and the Beat Generation

  • August 01 - August 01
  • Performance Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $30.00 General Admission / $15.00 Youth/Seniors/Underemployed
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Kickstart REVERB

  • August 06 - August 06
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By donation
  • Contact: Theo Jakob
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms

  • July 26 - August 02
  • Room C Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By Donation
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Wu School Art Association's Second Annual Exhibition

  • July 19 - August 02
  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver Museum
  • 555 Columbia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 4H5
  • Admission: $3.00/adult, $2.00/senior or student. Tuesdays are by donation.
  • Contact: Toni
  • Phone: 604-658-8880
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