Cartoonists, novelists, poets, and readers converge at Word Vancouver!

Singer/memoirist Bif Naked appears at this year's Word Vancouver festival.

Singer/memoirist Bif Naked appears at this year’s Word Vancouver festival.

A ton of free events makes Word Vancouver a not-to-be-missed event for readers.

The festival takes place between Sept. 21-25, culminating with a grab-bag of outdoor and indoor festivities on Sunday, Sept. 25, in and around the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St.) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Throughout the festival, Word Vancouver will host over 100 readings, 150 authors, and 20 workshops, as well as panel discussions, an exhibitor marketplace, colouring stations, and more.

Some of highlights include appearances by cartoonist Lynn Johnston(For Better or Worse), graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), author Joy Kogawa (Obasan), musician/memoirist Bif Naked (I, Bificus), and poet bill bissett. For entertainment, visitors can enjoy the antics of Circus Lab and En Route: All Bodies Dance Project, along with LARP, cosplay, and sword fighting demonstrations.

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Cartoonists, novelists, poets, and readers converge at Word Vancouver!

Three New Queer Vancouver Writers

photo: Hasan Namir / Image via thisisblueprint.com

photo: Hasan Namir / Image via thisisblueprint.com

By Casey Stepaniuk

Vancouver has a vibrant writing community as well as a queer community, so it’s not surprising that the intersection of those two groups is such a diverse, talented bunch. Here are a few newcomers to the scene that you should probably know about. When they become super famous authors, you can say that you’ve been following them since the beginning.

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Three New Queer Vancouver Writers

Vancouver writers take home B.C. Book Prizes

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A history of one of Vancouver’s liveliest venues took home a top prize in this year’s B.C. Book Prizes. Prizes were awarded for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. The winners were announced on Saturday night in Vancouver.

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Vancouver writers take home B.C. Book Prizes

10 notable 2014 Vancouver books

Detail - cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

Detail – cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

After careful scouring of the Internet and hours of contemplation, we’ve come up with a list of 10 noteworthy Vancouver books. All are by Vancouver authors, but not all are about Vancouver itself. Most if not all have received positive reviews and/or awards. And most if not all would make great last-minute Christmas gifts, or holiday reading for the dedicated Vancouverite in your life… even if that means you.

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10 notable 2014 Vancouver books

Vancouver Flexes its Literary Muscle

Vancouver isn’t just a pretty face.  Beneath the glamorous exterior of snow-capped mountains and glittering highrises is a burgeoning literary scene made up of some of Canada’s most promising young authors.  Proof came this month when Vancouver’s own John Vaillant took home British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his new book The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.

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Vancouver Flexes its Literary Muscle

Vancouver Special Book Giveaway


In Vancouver Special, writer, performer, and activist Charles Demers examines the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Vancouver, shedding light on the various strategies and influences that have made the city what it is today (as well as what it should be). From a history of anti-Asian racism to a deconstruction of the city’s urban sprawl; from an examination of local food trends to a survey of the city’s politically radical past, Vancouver Special is a love letter to the city, taking a no-holds-barred look at Lotusland with verve, wit, and insight.

We have some copies of this beautiful book to give away. You can enter by posting a comment about what makes Vancouver special below, or by re-tweeting a link to this post (be sure to include @myvancouver in your tweet). The winners will be notified by email or Twitter. If we do not receive a response a different winner will be chosen at random.

You can order the book here:  http://www.vancouverspecialbook.com/

UPDATE: Here are the randomly chosen winners:
– Cheryl G
– Que B
– Amy K

Thanks to everyone who entered, and be sure to keep checking back for more contests!

The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver

Walking Vancouver, by Vancouver travel writer John Lee

I’ve been enjoying Christina Wallaert’s Olympic Diary on this site and it occurred to me that she–and the gazillion other people who are planning to descend on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games–would do well to add local boy John Lee’s new book, Walking Vancouver, to their holiday wishlist.

John’s an internationally published travel writer–a transplanted Brit with a sharp eye, quick wit and good shoes.

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The perfect gift book for Olympic visitors: John Lee’s Walking Vancouver