Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival—including a tribute to Stephen King!

Author Tanya Talaga is a guest curator at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

This year’s Vancouver Writers Festival takes place Oct. 21-27. The week-long festival welcomes over a hundred authors, many taking part in panels and special events in various venues on Granville Island. Here are a few that stand out.

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Five events to check out at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival—including a tribute to Stephen King!

2018 Writers’ Fest lineup includes Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart and Jodi Picoult

Rachel Kushner comes to Vancouver with this year’s Writers Festival.

Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart, and Jodi Picoult are among the boldfaced names coming to this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival (Oct. 15-21 at various locations on Granville Island).

The lineup also includes singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and author Patrick deWitt (The Sisters Brothers). All told, the festival features over 100 authors from all over the world.

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2018 Writers’ Fest lineup includes Rachel Kushner, Gary Shteyngart and Jodi Picoult

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

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

Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

For those whose livers, not to mention pocketbooks, are still recovering from the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, there’s some bad news: A Dram Come True gives appreciators of fine elixirs a chance to do it all over again, albeit in one night and with whiskey rather than wine.

At the 15th annual event, local and international booze producers offer unlimited samples of their products – not only bourbon, scotch, and rye, but also craft beer, wine and specialty libations, such as vodka and amaretto (from local company Sons of Vancouver). And of course, there will be food, including delectable morsels of delight courtesy of local food artistes Hawksworth, Savoury City and Gyoza Bar.

A Dram Come True raises funds for the non-profit Vancouver Writers Festival (no word on whether any writers will actually be in attendance) and takes place March 10 from 8-10 p.m. at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. See below for the official tasting menu.

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Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

Elvis Costello in a rare, exclusive Vancouver appearance this Wednesday night!

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Elvis Costello makes a rare non-concert appearance this Wednesday in Vancouver. Mary McCartney photo.

Besides being one of the most respected bespectacled songwriters of his generation, Elvis Costello is also a part-time Vancouverite. The British singer/songwriter lives here at least part of each year with his wife, Vancouver Island native/jazz singer Diana Krall, and their two sons.

Perhaps proximity is why the city is lucky enough to host Costello in a rare non-concert appearance; on Nov. 23, the Vancouver Writers Festival presents Elvis Costello in Conversation with Stephen Quinn, an exclusive event at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., University of British Columbia).

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Elvis Costello in a rare, exclusive Vancouver appearance this Wednesday night!