Word Vancouver kicks off today! Tons of book-related events, performances and more

Word Vancouver is a free event running until Sept 29. Many of the events take place this coming weekend in and around the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch at 350 W. Georgia St.

Western Canada’s largest literary festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this week.

From Sept 24- Sept 29, Word Vancouver takes place at various venues throughout Vancouver, although most of the action happens Sunday, Sept 29 in and around the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia St.). The festival remains 100 percent free.

Find out more below.

Word Vancouver (formerly Word on the Street) promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests. The final day of the festival Sunday, September 29th at the central Vancouver public library (350 West Georgia St.) is the largest event of the festival and attracts over 20,000 book lovers to seven stages and 90 exhibitors.

This year, changes to the Sunday event at the VPL include the transfer of many of the presentation stages to inside the library. In the Atrium and on the 8th and 9th floors, festival-goers will find the Indigenous Stage (new this year), Fiction Stage, Non-Fiction Stage, Poetry Stage, Community Stage, and Magazine Stage, along with panels and workshops. Over 100 authors will be onsite at the Vancouver Public Library from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Outside on the plaza, the festival is adding a covered family picnic area with a children’s stage, games, children’s book exhibitors and the Poetry in Transit Bus.

Other events include:

Sept 24: Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Library Present: Poetic Pairings 
(Britannia Library, 1661 Napier St.)

Sept 25: Books and Biscotti Meet Word Vancouver with authors Monica Meneghetti, Anna Foschi (Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St.)

Her first book, What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging (Dagger Editions) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Bi Book Award winner.

Sept 26: Joel Kroeker – Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings (Banyen Books and Sound, 3608 W. 4th Ave.)

Sept 26: Pandora’s Collective’s presents Twisted Poets featuring Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Kate Braid & Onjana Yawnghweat (Hood 29, 4470 Main St.)

Sept 27: Joy’s Historic Joy Kagawa House and Pocket Book Publishing invite Vancouver’s Francophone community to launch a new edition of the classic Obasan novel by Joy Kagawa (1450 W. 64th Ave.)

Sept 28: Pandora’s Collective and Word Vancouver Present Still/ed Here – A Transmedia Poetry Project 
(Britannia Library, 1661 Napier St.)

For more info on these and other events, visit wordvancouver.ca.

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