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Two Weeks To Go!

September 11, 2013

Western Canada’s primary literary festival returns in only two short weeks! We’re back with a new name and look and are very excited about the festival we have put together for you this year.

Poetry Vending MachineAlong with the debut of our new name and look, we are also introducing a new poetry initiative in 2013: The Automated Poetry Project. Through this project, Word Vancouver is transforming ordinary vending machines into poetry dispensers that will contain poems of BC and Canadian poets. The machines will be in multiple locations in downtown Vancouver during the month of September, including Bean Around the World at the corner of Hastings and Cambie and book’mark, The Library Store. There will be public readings by Automated Poetry Project poets as well, including one at a venue TBA on Wednesday, September 25. Stay tuned for more details!

hollyhockgardentotableThe popular Chapbook-Making Workshop returns to Carnegie Centre on a new day this year, Thursday, September 26. Also on Thursday is a demo and book signing at Banyen Books & Sound with Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley, authors of Hollyhock: Garden to Table; and Twisted Poets Literary Salon at The Cottage Bistro. Word Vancouver returns to Historic Joy Kogawa House on Friday, September 27, for “Genesis of Play and Screenwriting” with playwright Dennis Foon.

Saturday, September 28, will bring a day full of professional development workshops at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. From “An Introduction to Story” with Nancy Lee to “Creating Content for Social Sharing” with Lisa Manfield, there are several useful workshops for writers of all levels.

Raven_hiresThe main festival day you know and love returns to Library Square on Sunday, September 29. The bustling and vibrant exhibitor marketplace will be located on Library Square and along Homer Street. Check out this year’s site map for full details about the site layout. You will notice on the map that our children’s venue, now called Kids Words, is located inside the library in the Harvey Southam Room (aka the children’s library). With authors such as Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd, Kallie George, and Sara Leach, there is something for children of all ages!

Carnival book coverThere will also be plenty of fantastic readings for adults in our Canada Writes and Poetry Tents. In the Canada Writes Tent you will find VPL Writer-in-Residence Rawi Hage, Peter Darbyshire, Adam Hart, Carellin Brooks, Shaena Lambert, and many more. The Poetry Tent will feature readings from Amber Dawn, bill bissett, klipschutz, and Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau.

Are magazines your thing? Magazine Words will have everything from a “Haiku Death Match” with Ricepaper‘s Kim Fu and Elaine Woo to subTerrain‘s panel “From Zine to Tablet: A Quarter Century Journey.”

If you’re looking for more panels and writing workshops, you won’t be disappointed! Just visit Word Talks and Writing Talks downstairs in the library where you’ll learn about “Adapting Classic for the Stage,” gather tips on how to “Get Published” with Janet Love Morrison, and much more.

Ukesters 2 croppedAnd don’t forget the Mainstage! We have a superb lineup of talent to entertain festival-goers all day long. We are pleased to welcome back some of last year’s acts, including the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam Team and The Ukesters, and also to welcome those new to the festival, including rockers Dead City Scandal and Mascall Dance. There’s a little bit of everything on the Mainstage this year, so be sure to grab a seat on the VPL steps and take it in!

Want more details about this year’s festival? View our official program guide online or visit our website for the most up to date information.

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