Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

Acclaimed author Gary Shteyngart is one of the headliners at the 35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival. The festival takes place Feb. 8-13 at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver and other Lower Mainland venues.

The roster includes writers from across Canada, the US, Israel, and South Africa. Events include meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness subjects and two onsite bookstores new and used, open throughout the week. See below for highlights.

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Annual Jewish Book Festival hosts acclaimed novelist Gary Shteyngart, daughter of Leonard Bernstein and more

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.

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

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

Tommy Orange’s There There, about the Native American experience in the U.S., is one of the year’s hot books. He’s coming to the Vancouver Writers Festival Oct. 15-21.

The Vancouver Writers Festival runs Oct. 15-21. During the festival, more than 100 others from here and around the world will talk about their books, topics of the day, and how rainy (or not) it is in Vancouver. In all, these author types will take part in over 80 events (almost all on Granville Island). Tickets are still available for many of them. Here’s a look at a few.

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

Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Tom Perrotta. Ben King photo courtesy HBO.

The 30th Annual Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 16-22) is less than two weeks away, and some events are already sold out.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of events left that still have tickets available. Here are five we think are worth checking out, including a discussion about satire, another about what it’s like to be strangers in a strange (and getting stranger by the minute) land, and a chat about the art of memoir. (Note: most Vancouver Writers Festival events take place on Granville Island.)

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Satire, memoir, and afternoon tea—five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Atwood, Gowdy, Egan and more at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Barbara Gowdy’s latest novel Little Sister is “intelligent and enthralling,” according to the Globe & Mail. The Canadian author is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

Esteemed Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Barbara Gowdy are among this year’s guests at the 30th annual Vancouver Writers Fest (Oct. 16-22). There are a number of notable authors appearing at the festival, as well as in stand-alone events beginning at the end of this month. Here are a few to watch for.

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Atwood, Gowdy, Egan and more at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival

Vancouver writers come out fighting!

Sara Bynoe is one of the judges of Literary Death Match, a contest that pits local writers against each other. Literary Death Match takes place this Friday night (Nov. 4) at the Fox Cabaret.

Sara Bynoe is one of the judges of Literary Death Match, a contest that pits local writers against each other. Literary Death Match takes place this Friday night (Nov. 4) at the Fox Cabaret.

In the international phenomenon Literary Death Match, writers are pitted against each other and judged according literary merit, performance and “intangibles.” The competition is returning to Vancouver to present four local wordsmiths, who will read from their works and vie for the crown of… well, Literary Death Match champ.

The latest Vancouver iteration takes place this Friday, Nov. 4 at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.). Let’s take a look at the competitors.

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Vancouver writers come out fighting!

Vancouver author joins with Victoria illusionist for an evening of words and magic

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Vancouver author Steven Galloway.

Steven Galloway‘s fourth novel, The Confabulist, is about the life of famed 20th century illusionist Harry Houdini.  So it’s only fitting that, for his upcoming entry in the Chan Centre’s popular Beyond Words series, the B.C. author is teaming up with a modern-day practitioner of the illusory arts.

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Vancouver author joins with Victoria illusionist for an evening of words and magic