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Word Vancouver Returns in 2 Weeks!

September 9, 2014

Word Vancouver returns for it’s 20th annual festival this month, and we’re very excited about it! Join us at Library Square on Sunday, September 28 for the main festival day you know and love, as well as at the other venues hosting awesome events throughout Vancouver from September 24-27.

northerndancer_hcOur main festival day will once again host our bustling exhibitor marketplace and be jam packed with a huge variety of presentations, activities, and entertainment. Author readings will include Ashley Spires (The Most Magnificent Thing) and Sarah Ellis (Outside In) in Kids Words; Janet Rogers (Peace in Duress), Billeh Nickerson (Artificial Cherry), and Renée Sarojini Saklikar (children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections) in Poetry On The Bus; Nancy Lee (The Age), Grant Lawrence (The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie), and Kevin Chong (Northern Dancer) in Canada Writes.

Prism Mag CoverIn addition to all the awesome author readings, we will also have a number of presentations from local literary magazines, including subTerrainEVENT, and PRISM international, in Magazine Words. If you love panel discussions, be sure to check out Word Talks. You’ll learn from the experts about “Getting Started and Staying Motivated as a Published Children’s Book Author or Illustrator,” “The Importance of Diversity in the Publishing Industry,” and “Creating Outside the Box.” As always, there will also be a wonderful variety of workshops in Writing Talks, including “Have You Started Writing Your Memoirs Yet?” with Naomi Beth Wakan and “Book Design for Self-Publishers” with Peter Cocking. Many more workshops will take place at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on Saturday, September 27 as well.

Fiddlin' FrenzyReturning to this year’s festival will be our beloved Mainstage hosted by comedian David C. Jones. Here you will find performances by Kai and Lia Gronberg of Fiddlin’ Frenzy, Barbara Adler and Ten Thousand Wolves, and Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu and Rick “Big Love” Kumar in “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of.”

A new addition to this year’s festival is the Words On Chapbooks venue. Here you will find chapbook exhibitors, readings, and a panel discussion. For another great chapbook event, register for Heidi Greco and S.R. Duncan’s chapbook-making workshop entitled “Chapbooks: From Inspiration to Marketing,” which will take place at SFU Harbour Centre on Saturday, September 27.

secret life of babies rgbIn addition to our main festival day and the workshops taking place on Saturday, September 27, there will also be readings and events held at The Paper Hound and Banyen Books & Sound on Wednesday, September 24; Banyen Books & Sound and The Cottage Bistro on Thursday, September 25; and Christianne’s Lyceum and Historic Joy Kogawa House on Friday, September 26.

For the full schedule of events, you can view the official program guide online or visit the Schedule page on our website for the most up-to-date information.

This year’s festival boasts 20 workshops, 100 readings, and 150 authors; and everything is FREE! Here at Word Vancouver, we believe this is one of the best things about our festival, and we really want to keep it that way. But we need your help. Our Keeping it Free campaign on Indiegogo runs from September 8-29, and any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated!

We can’t wait to see you all at the festival!

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