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There’s Something for Everyone

July 17, 2012

From race horses to politics, to stories of the hippie days, suffragettes to road trips, squeezeboxes to love letters, and much more, Vancouver’s The Word On The Street is back for its 18th year with three days (September 28-30) of reading and writing excitement!

The main festival day is Sunday, September 30, where word lovers will find author readings, writing and publishing exhibits, musical entertainment, roving performers, children’s activities, workshops, panels, books and magazines, and more in and around Library Square and CBC Plaza, Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia.

Friday night programming (September 28) will take place at Banyen Books and Historic Joy Kogawa House, and Saturday programming (September 29) takes place at Carnegie Centre (Main and Hastings).

Highlights include readings by (among approximately 100 authors!) Annabel Lyon, WP Kinsella, Yasuko Thanh, Billie Livingston, Arthur Black, George Bowering, Brian Calvert & Chris Cannon (the Canada Party), Anakana Schofield, Kevin Chong, and George Murray (direct from Newfoundland!). Readers for children include Robert Heidbreder, Sylvia Olsen, Susin Nielsen, and Caroline Adderson.

David C. Jones will be the host of the Mainstage entertainment on the 30th featuring accordions, ukuleles, drumming, a poetry slam, and more.

The Word Under The Street (September 30), located in the downstairs of the library, features local alternative comic book artists and illustrated zine producers. Check out great comic sessions with comic book artists such as Gord Hill and Sam Bradd. Also downstairs in the library, there’ll be many panels and workshops such as a “love letter” workshop with Ricepaper Magazine and a memoir writing workshop with Naomi Beth Waken.

At Carnegie Centre, take part in a chapbook making workshop, a session on “how to do your best live reading” with Hal Wake, an open mic poetry night, and more!

FREE, accessible, and fun for all ages, Vancouver’s annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with our vibrant writing and publishing community. Check out our website for more details.

The Word On The Street is Canada’s favourite annual book and magazine extravaganza, taking place in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Halifax.

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