The Word On The Street Returns This Month!

September 7, 2012

In just 3 weeks, Western Canada’s largest celebration of words and reading returns for its 18th year! Join us for a weekend jam-packed with FREE readings, workshops, entertainment, and more from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30. As the festival draws near, we will be sharing all kinds of details about it here on the blog, so be sure to stay tuned!

On Friday, September 28, join us at Banyen Books & Sound for a talk and book signing with Peter Zuckerman & Amanda Padoan, authors of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day, or at Historic Joy Kogawa House for an evening with playwright Marcus Youssef as he previews two of his upcoming premieres – Winners and Losers and How Has My Love Affected You?

On Saturday, September 29, we will return to Carnegie Centre for a day full of workshops and readings. Create your own chapbook with Mercedes Eng, learn how to do your best live reading with Hal Wake, join the DTES Poets for Open-Mic Poetry Night, and more! There will also be a workshop on writing, translation, and copyright held in the Alma VanDusen Room of the VPL Central Branch.

We will be back at Library Square and CBC Plaza on Sunday, September 30, for the main festival day you all know and love! Explore the extensive Exhibitor Marketplace, where you will find a variety of writing and publishing related vendors located at tables and tents all over the festival grounds, including inside the library in the promenade and downstairs in The Word Under The Street. From publishers and literacy organizations to magazines and independent comic book artists, you will find freebies, merchandise, great info, and more in the bustling Marketplace!

Take in a reading at one of our many author tents, and be sure to bring or purchase a book to have signed by your favourite author! Here are just a few of the authors appearing at this year’s festival: Annabel Lyon, VPL Writer-in Residence Meredith Quartermain, Chris Gudgeon, Arthur Black, George Bowering, WP Kinsella, Daniel Zomparelli, and Billeh Nickerson. There are many more booked, so be sure to visit our website or pick up a copy of the official program guide from your local library, bookstore, or coffee shop for a full list.

In addition to readings, you can also join an author for a workshop in Word Talks or Writing Talks. Learn to write your memoir with Naomi Beth Wakan, how to compose a love letter with Ricepaper‘s Ray Hsu, the practice of prolific poetry with Madeline Sonik, and more!

There is also plenty of magazine programming at this year’s festival. As always, the Magazine Life Tent will feature a wide variety of informative presentations, including “How To Make Your Home Magazine Beautiful” with Western Living‘s Nicole Sjostedt and “Cheap Eats: Healthy Eating on a Budget” with Health Action Magazine contributor Sondi Bruner, as well as panels and other magazine-related discussions and presentations. You will also find literary magazine contributors reading in the Poetry and Authors Tents.

For the comic, zine, and graphic novel enthusiast, be sure to check out The Word Under The Street, inside the library and downstairs in the Alice MacKay Room. In addition to visiting with the awesome exhibitors, you will also have the chance to learn from the experts! Peter Bagge, Robin Thompson, and Gord Hill will each give a one-hour workshop, so be sure to arrive early to ensure your spot!

In addition to all the fantastic literary events at The Word On The Street, you will also find some great entertainment on the Mainstage. With the Carnival Band, Ukesters, Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team, Upbeats, and more, there will be plenty of fun performances for the whole family to enjoy!

Speaking of families, there is definitely plenty of programming and activities perfect for you and your kids! Visit the Kids Tent for author readings, the Family Stage for more performances, and the Family Literacy Tent for your chance to make a collage button and to try your hand at soapstone carving. There are also young adult readings in the Authors Tent!

Check out our What’s On page for a full listing of venues and programming for the 2012 festival.  You can also view the full festival program online.


One comment

  1. I may have to pick up Buried in the Sky. After reading Into Thin Air, I had an immense respect for the sherpas and would love to know more.

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