Five local writers to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Vancouver writer Del Bucchia appears at True Confessions and Tall Tales, along with Hera Lindsay Bird and Leanne Dunic (Oct 20 at 8:30 p.m., Revue Stage).

This year’s Vancouver Writers Festival features dozens of guests, from essayists to memoirists to poets. Included amongst the national and international talent are many local pencil-pushers (though perhaps “laptop-luggers” or “café-dwellers” might be more accurate). Here are a few worth checking out, along with their events.

The 30th Vancouver Writers Festival runs Oct. 16-22. All events listed below take place on Granville Island. For tickets, visit writersfest.bc.ca, or click on event title.

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Five local writers to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

Katherine Collins will talk about her groundbreaking Canadian comics creation, Neil the Horse, at this year’s Word Vancouver.

From the 1900 salmon strike to the 2017 women’s march, Vancouver boasts a long history of activism. This history is the subject of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes, a new book by Kate Bird.

Bird is one of many authors featured at this year’s Word Vancouver Festival. The festival gets underway today (Tues. Sept 19) and features (free!) readings and events throughout the week.

But the whole thing culminates on Sunday, Sept 24 with a full, multi-author day of activities in and around the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Events include readings, presentations, workshops, kids books, and even poetry (poetry! in this day and age!). Below, we’ve listed a few of Sunday’s authors and presentations we think might be worth checking out.

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Literary thrillers, song-and-dance cartoons, East Van gangs at this weekend’s Word Vancouver

New Books by Queer Vancouver Writers Coming in Fall 2017

By Casey Stepaniuk

Whether you’re into photography, science fiction, magical realism, or historical fiction, Vancouver’s queer writers have a great book in store for you this fall! You can read great books and support local authors at the same time: what more could you want?

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New Books by Queer Vancouver Writers Coming in Fall 2017

5 Books by Vancouver Authors Who Address Gender Politics

By Casey Stepaniuk

Enjoy this diverse list of books by Vancouver authors—including fiction, poetry, and memoir—that are all about gender politics and feminism.

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5 Books by Vancouver Authors Who Address Gender Politics

Talking Queer Vancouver Writers, Bisexuality, and Community with Vancouver Author Leigh Matthews

By Casey Stepaniuk

Recently I sat down with local queer author Leigh Matthews. I asked her about her modern-day lesbian pulp series All Out Vancouver, bisexual and polyamorous characters, and more!

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Talking Queer Vancouver Writers, Bisexuality, and Community with Vancouver Author Leigh Matthews

Poetry – and doughnuts – on the menu at this weekend’s feminist literary festival in Vancouver

Vancouver poet Elizabeth Bachinsky takes part in this year’s Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival.

This weekend, more than 40 local writers and artists will share their words and work during Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival.

Presented by the Vancouver-based magazine Room, the two-day event (March 11-12) features both established writers as well as up-and-coming authors taking part in panels, readings, workshops, special events and unapologetic doughnut consumption. See below for some highlights.

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Poetry – and doughnuts – on the menu at this weekend’s feminist literary festival in Vancouver

Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

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By Casey Stepaniuk

Some people might insist LGBTQ+ books are only for LGBTQ+ readers, to which I would reply, no way! It’s not that I don’t love LGBTQ+ books that are written with LGBTQ+ readers in mind, but that certainly doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy them. With that in mind, here are some solid holiday book gift options for the people on your list, LGBTQ+ or not.

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Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List