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The Venues

Word Vancouver is an annual celebration of reading and writing. Enjoy readings by emerging and established authors, professional development workshops and panels, a diverse range of exhibitors, and fun, hands-on activities for kids.


Readings & Presentations


Sunday Schedule at a Glance




Kids’ Readings & Activities



Workshops, Panels & Demos

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm to 9 pm

STAFF Executive Director: Bryan Pike General Manager: Val Mason Communications Director: Karen Green Project Coordinator: Kristie Poole Programming Team: Karen Green, Val Mason, Bryan Pike, and Kristie Poole

Thursday, September 21, 7 pm to 9 pm Friday, September 22, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Saturday, September 23, 11 am to 4 pm Sunday, September 24, 11 am to 5 pm WHERE: Various venues throughout Vancouver from Tuesday to Saturday. Library Square on Sunday.

Production Manager: Roy Blyan Volunteer Coordinators: Diane Sutherland and Amy Van Wyk Fundraising Coordinator: Amy Van Wyk Design and Illustrations: Kristen Johnson Program Guide: Kristie Poole Proofreader: Maggie Clark

BOARD President: Mary-Ann Yazedjian

WHO WILL BE THERE: The festival brings book lovers of all ages together with authors, publishers, and other industry professionals. WHY: Admission is free, and the festival is fun for the whole family! MORE INFO: www.wordvancouver.ca

Vice-President: Laura Farina Secretary/Treasurer: Monica Miller At-Large: Louis Anctil, Samantha Fraenkel, Kallie George, Zoe Grams, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Robin Rivers, and Tiffany Stone

SOCIAL MEDIA: www.facebook.com/WORDvancouver


VPL Liaison: Anne O’Shea www.instagram.com/wordvancouver



a Message from Gregor Robertson mayor of vancouver On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver and my colleagues on City Council, I wish to extend my warmest greetings to The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society’s Word Vancouver Literary Festival on September 19-24, 2017. Word Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. The festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests. Vancouverites are lucky to have such a strong literacy and literary community. This Festival is attracting numbers of visitors from around British Columbia and across Canada. I would like to wish the Society success in the future. Sincerely, Gregor Robertson Mayor of Vancouver

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ a Message from the Honourable Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, welcome to Word Vancouver, Western Canada’s largest celebration of literature and reading. The printed word has the ability to connect people across cultures, backgrounds, and geographic distances. It can inspire, entertain, expand perspectives, spur conversations, and become a relaxing escape from everyday life. This year Word Vancouver will once again bring together established and emerging writers to inspire, educate, and share their works with reading enthusiasts in Vancouver. Word Vancouver is a testament to the dedication of its organizers and volunteers. This event inspires emerging artists while contributing to BC’s growing creative economy. As one of the largest literary events in Western Canada, Word Vancouver will showcase literary artists and the communities who bring the written word to individuals, families, and children. The event promotes the importance of BC’s creative economy and highlights our beautiful province as a great place to live, work, and play. Congratulations to the staff, volunteers, participants, sponsors, and partners for organizing yet another successful event. Sincerely, Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture

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WELCOME Word Vancouver could not happen without the generous and enthusiastic support of our festival partners:












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We want to give a big thank you to all the sponsors, funders, members, exhibitors, organizations, institutions, individuals, and volunteers for their support and commitment to the festival. It happens because of them. Word Vancouver also gratefully acknowledges the support of 32 Books & Gallery, ArtStarts, Banyen Books & Sound, the Carnegie Community Centre, Christianne’s Lyceum, the Cottage Bistro, Historic Joy Kogawa House, INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine, Literary Press Group, Panago, Pandora’s Collective, and the Vancouver Public Library. Word Vancouver is made possible with the support of many individuals, businesses, and organizations, including Polly Argo, the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, Wendy Barron, Tanya Bartel, Trevor Battye, Meghan Bell, Barbara Bernath, Shashi Bhat, Selina Boan, Andrew Chesham, Joyce Chong, Christianne’s Lyceum’s Community Art Summer Camp Kids, Rod Clarke, Doug Climie, CWILL BC, Jonathon Dalton, Emilie Dierking Joyce, Editors British Columbia, Jeffrey Ellis, EVENT Magazine, Barbara Fairbrother, Christianne Hayward, Landon Hoyt, Brian Kaufman, Anna Ling Kaye, Kim Koch, TeLeni Koochin, Stephanie Kripps, Jason Lee, the Magazine Association of BC, Deb McVittie, Ann-Marie Metten, Laura Moore, Bonnie Nish, Anne Phelps, Natalie Porter, PRISM international, Monique Renaud, Merrilee Robson, Natasha Sanders-Kay, Byron Sheardown, Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Kathryn Shoemaker, Simon Fraser University, Sylvia Skene, Kevin Spenst, Jodi Sprackman, Jacob Steele, Joe Stewart, Alicia Tallack, Chris Trittenbass, Carol Tulpar, Urban Source, Andrea Vance, Heidi Waechtler, Yilin Wang, Leonard Wong, and all our donors.



TUESDAY TO SATURDAY, AROUND TOWN Tuesday, September 19 Banyen Books & Sound (6:30 pm) 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Talk and signing with Shahla and Peter Nygaard

VPL Britannia Branch (6:30 pm) 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver Poetic Pairings

Wednesday, September 20 Banyen Books & Sound (6:30 pm) 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Talk and signing with Eric Bowers

The Cottage Bistro (7 pm) 4468 Main Street, Vancouver Twisted Poets Literary Salon

Thursday, September 21 Banyen Books & Sound (7 pm)

3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver Talk and signing with Azmina Kassam and Meharoona Ghani

VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch (7 pm) 730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver How to Find, Hire, and Work with an Editor

Friday, September 22 Christianne’s Lyceum (6:30 pm) 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver Heroics and Heart

Historic Joy Kogawa House (7:30 pm)

1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver An Evening of Japanese Poetic Forms: From the Tokaido Road to the World Stage

Saturday, September 23 ArtStarts Gallery (11 am) 808 Richards Street, Vancouver ArtStarts Explores: Words

Carnegie Community Centre (11 am)

401 Main Street, Vancouver Write a Book and Get Published, Type Up!, Note to Self: Therapeutic Writing for Writers


THE VENUES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, LIBRARY SQUARE 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Around the Square (Library Square) Entertainment around the festival site.

Community Garden (Alma VanDusen Room) Vancouver history, murder and mystery titles, and comics presentations.

The CUPE Stage (Homer Street) Readings, swag, and more!

Imagination Island (South Plaza) Fun, interactive family activities all day long.

The Moat (Downstairs In the Atrium) One-on-one writing consultations.

Perspective Point (Peter Kaye Room) Panel discussions on a variety of topics.

Port of View (Alice MacKay Room) Professional development and writing workshops.

The Promenade (In the Atrium) Bookmaking and lettering demos.

The Quay (South Plaza) Readings by children’s authors and illustrators.

Sunrise Suite (South Plaza) Readings by established and emerging poets.

Suspension Bridge (Homer Street) A variety of fiction, lifestyle presentations, and YA readings.


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READINGS & PRESENTATIONS Dirty Windshields by Grant Lawrence 12:30 pm, Sunday, Community Garden “Funny and poignant”—Georgia Straight; “Another winner for [Grant Lawrence]”—Vancouver Sun; “A lively read”—The Globe and Mail. Dirty Windshields is the longawaited memoir from esteemed author and radio personality Grant Lawrence, uncovering the hilarious (and salacious) details from 16 years of touring as the lead singer of Vancouver-born rock and roll band The Smugglers. Grant Lawrence is the author of The Lonely End of the Rink and Adventures in Solitude. Host of the award-winning CBC Radio 3 Podcast, he lives in Vancouver, BC.

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TUESDAY Banyen Books & Sound 6:30 pm Decade of Discovery (self-published) Shahla and Peter Nygaard

The Cottage Bistro 7 pm Twisted Poets Literary Salon (readings) Theresa Kishkan, Dan MacIsaac, and Arleen Paré Presented by Pandora’s Collective

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6:30 pm Poetic Pairings (readings) Jónína Kirton, Sho Wiley, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, RC Weslowski, Bonnie Nish, Angela Rebrec, Cynthia Sharp, Timothy Shay, Chelsea Comeau, and Lara Varesi

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7 pm The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth (Mawenzi House Publishers)

Azmina Kassam and Meharoona Ghani



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Community Garden

6:30 pm Meet Me In Hard-to-Love Places

11 am Blood, Sweat, and Fear (Arsenal Pulp Press) Eve Lazarus


Eric Bowers

Presented by Banyen Books & Sound

Adopted by Laura Yazedjian

11:20 am The Last Gang in Town (Arsenal Pulp Press) Aaron Chapman Adopted by Bryan Pike


www.wordvancouver.ca 11:45 am City on Edge (Greystone Books) Kate Bird Adopted by the Vancouver Sun

12:10 pm All the World’s a Stage (Heritage House Publishing)

Jayne Seagrave Adopted by Eponymous

12:30 pm Dirty Windshields (Douglas & McIntyre) Grant Lawrence Adopted by ZG Communications

12:50 pm The Georgia Straight (Rocky Mountain Books) Doug Sarti Adopted by Liesl Jauk

1:15 pm The White Angel (Douglas & McIntyre) John MacLachlan Gray Adopted by Elizabeth Ball

1:35 pm Zero Avenue (ECW Press) Dietrich Kalteis 1:55 pm The Lost Ones (HarperCollins Canada) Sheena Kamal 2:15 pm Whipped (ECW Press) William Deverell Adopted by Pender Litigation

3:50 pm The Collected Neil the Horse (Conundrum Press)

Katherine Collins Adopted by Ken Paquette

4:30 pm VPL Writer in Residence (reading) Miriam Libicki Presented by the Vancouver Public Library Adopted by CUPE 391

The CUPE Stage 12:30 pm Danielle LaFrance Presented by CUPE 391

1:30 pm Chelene Knight Presented by CUPE 391


Sunrise Suite (Poetry) 11 am World Poetry Celebrates Established Immigrant Women Poets (readings) Koyali Berman, Ariadne Sawyer, and Anita Aguirre Nieveras 11:35 am Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press) Aidan Chafe 11:45 am Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press) Jami Macarty 11:55 am Manmade Clouds (Frog Hollow Press) Shaun Robinson 12:10 pm Flightpaths (Caitlin Press) Heidi Greco Adopted by book’mark, The Library Store

12:25 pm Next Door to the Butcher Shop (Nightwood Editions)

Rodney DeCroo Adopted by International Web exPress

12:40 pm The Book of Sensations (University of Calgary Press)

Sheri-D Wilson Adopted by Elizabeth Ball

1 pm Vancouver Poetry House Presents Emma Field and Spillious 1:35 pm Poetry in Transit (readings) Adèle Barclay, Wendy Donawa, Rhonda Ganz, Ulrike Narwani, Jeff Steudel, and Onjana Yawnghwe Presented by the ABPBC Rhonda Ganz adopted by Elizabeth Ball

2:40 pm A Temporary Stranger (Anvil Press) Jamie Reid: A Celebration of Poetry with Carol Reid, Renee Rodin, George Stanley, Joanne Arnott, Heather Haley, and Dennis E. Bolen Adopted by Anvil Press

3:15 pm What I’m Wearing Now (Alfred Gustav Press) Marguerite Pigeon Adopted by Anvil Press

READINGS & PRESENTATIONS 3:25 pm First Sketch of a Poem I Will Not Have Written (above/ground press) Stephen Collis Adopted by CUPE 391

3:35 pm Prosopopoeia (Anstruther Press) Shazia Hafiz Ramji Adopted by Publishing @ SFU

3:50 pm To Love the Coming End (BookThug) Leanne Dunic 4:05 pm An Honest Woman (Talonbooks) Jónína Kirton Adopted by Massy Books

4:20 pm Bad Ideas (Nightwood Editions) Michael V. Smith Adopted by Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium

4:35 pm Into the Open (Inanna Publications) Susan McCaslin Adopted by CUPE 391

Suspension Bridge

12:45 pm Someone You Love Is Gone (Viking) Gurjinder Basran Adopted by Anne Giardini

1:10 pm In Our Own Teen Voice Contest Winners (readings)

Lucy Dabbs, Frank Goudie, Ace Hillyer, Tyler Lynch, and Catherine Shrubshall Presented by In Our Own Teen Voice contest and book anthology Adopted by Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency

1:40 pm Munro vs. the Coyote (Orca Book Publishers) Darren Groth 2:05 pm The Party (Simon & Schuster Canada) Robyn Harding Adopted by the Writers Guild of Canada

2:25 pm The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (Breakwater Books)

Bridget Canning 2:45 pm The Heavy Bear (Wolsak & Wynn) Tim Bowling Adopted by Humber College

11 am The Clothesline Swing (Nightwood Editions) Ahmad Danny Ramadan

3:10 pm Big Fit Girl (Greystone Books) Louise Green

Adopted by ZG Communications

Adopted by Witness the Fitness

11:20 am Dragon Springs Road (HarperCollins Canada) Janie Chang

3:30 pm Green Mama-to-Be (Dundurn Press) Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Adopted by Fernanda Viveiros

Adopted by Adriane Carr

11:40 am Shadows of the Crimson Sun (Mawenzi House

3:55 pm An Extraordinary Destiny (Brindle & Glass) Shekhar Paleja


Julia Lin

12:05 pm Life on Mars (Goose Lane Editions) Lori McNulty 12:25 pm Bad Endings (Anvil Press) Carleigh Baker Adopted by Book Warehouse Main Street

Adopted by Bryan Pike

4:15 pm Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp Press) Daniel Zomparelli Adopted by The Paper Hound

4:35 pm Don’t Tell Me What to Do (Arsenal Pulp Press) Dina Del Bucchia Adopted by Richard Hopkins

Visit www.wordvancouver.ca for full descriptions and further information about programming. See pages 6-7 for descriptions of each venue.


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FRI SEP 29 2017 / 7:30pm I Telus Studio Theatre Graphic novelist and activist Kate Evans’ visual reportage from the Calais refugee camp in France, accompanied by live music.


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Around the Square

Community Garden


Circus Lab (roving)

Eve Lazarus

Aaron Chapman

Jayne Seagrave

Kate Bird

Grant Lawrence

John MacLachlan Gray

Doug Sarti

Danielle LaFrance

The CUPE Stage

Imagination Island

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ALL-DAY ACTIVITIES: BAZOOF! Magazine, Christianne’s Lyceum, CWILL BC and Reading L

The Moat


Establishing a Digital Footprint with Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman (workshop)

Port of View

Playwriting Explorat with Hiro Kanagawa a Ryon Holmedal (workshop)

Indigenous Writers in BC (panel)

Mixed Voices Raised (readings and panel)

Perspective Point

Feeling a Little Mixed— Have a Story to Te with Jónína Kirt (workshop)

The Art of the Response with Shazia Hafiz Ramji (workshop)

The Promenade


Getting Started: Children’s Writers and Illustrators Discuss Getting Published (panel)

The Quay

World Poetry Celebrates Established Immigrant Women Poets

Sunrise Suite

Suspension Bridge

Ahmad Danny Ramadan


Aidan Chafe

Janie Chang


READ LOCAL READINGS: Nicola I. Campbell, Jen Sookfong Lee, David Starr, Irene Watts, and Kathryn Shoemaker

Jami Shaun Macarty Robinson

Julia Lin

Heidi Greco

Lori McNulty


Rodney DeCroo

Carleigh Baker


Sheri-D Wilson

Mahtab Narsimhan

Vancouver Poetry House Presents Emma Field and Spillious

Gurjinder Basran

In Our Own Teen Voic Contest Winners


Program guide accurate at time of printing. Check our website for more details: www.wordvancouver.ca.


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a Board Installation & Vancouver Youth Theatre—Storytelling Improv (roving)

Sheena Kamal

Dietrich Kalteis

William Deverell

Vancouver Comics History (panel)

Miriam Libicki (VPL Writer in Residence)

Katherine Collins

helene Knight

Lights, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Frontier College, Kids’ Lit Quiz, WestCoast Families Magazine

anuscript Consults & Blue Pencil Sessions

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Writers Reading Writers: A PRISM Panel on Influence, Space, and Resources (panel)

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Embracing Change: The Evolution of Room Magazine (panel)

Adventures in Elder Land with Carollyne Haynes and Janet Dunnett (workshop)

Local Authors, Local Settings— Mysteries Set in BC (panel)

Writing Killer Crime Fiction with Dietrich Kalteis (workshop)

How to Build a Story with John Mavin (workshop)

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Julie Flett

Paula Ayer

Tanya Lloyd Kyi

POETRY IN TRANSIT READINGS: Adèle Barclay, Wendy Donawa, Rhonda Ganz, Ulrike Narwani, Jeff Steudel, and Onjana Yawnghwe

Darren Groth


Robyn Harding

Dan Bar-el

Jamie Reid: A Celebration of Poetry

Bridget Canning


Tim Bowling


Ashley Spires

Bree Galbraith

Marguerite Stephen Pigeon Collis

Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Manda Aufochs Gillespie

Louise Green


Writers’ Chat (panel)

Sarah Ellis

Leanne Dunic

Shekhar Paleja


Jónína Kirton

Michael V. Susan Smith McCaslin

Daniel Zomparelli


Dina Del Bucchia


See page 6 for details about events happening Tuesday to Saturday.


www.wordvancouver.ca AllLitUp.ca/Literary Press Group T7a–b

Friends of the Vancouver Public Library P2

Anvil Press T7c

Frontier College T2

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia T7d

Gloria Gurden V9

battery opera books V26

Harbour Publishing/Douglas & McIntyre/Nightwood Editions T7f

BAZOOF! Magazine T2

Granville Island Publishing P9

BC Association of SpeechLanguage Pathologists and Audiologists V13

hindsight magazine T5c

Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute V15

Humber School for Writers V4

book’mark, The Library Store P1 Braille Literacy Canada T9e Caitlin Press T7e Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver P19

Historic Joy Kogawa House T5d

ICOAAT (International Centre of Arts and Technology) V2 INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine t5h Jack Quinn T9f James Brandi V22

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, BC Lower Mainland Chapter P17–18

Jonathon Dalton V18

Christianne’s Lyceum T2

kgros V22

Cloudscape Comics Society V19

Kids’ Lit Quiz Canada T2

CNA Canada V17

Knowledge First Financial V14

Colin Upton Comics V23

Leaf Press T5g

Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund V21

Magazine Association of BC T5g

Crime Writers of Canada P20

Orca Book Publishers T5a–b

Crystal Fish Tales V8 CUPE 391 T6

Pacific Rim Magazine and Langara Journalism Review V5–6


Pajama Press T9d

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association V7

Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society T9g

Editors British Columbia V1

PRISM international V3

EVENT Magazine T5f

Public Library InterLINK P7

Kevin Spenst V25

Midtown Press T9c

Rahila’s Ghost Press T5g


EXHIBITORS Ricepaper Magazine T5d

University of Calgary Press V2

Ronsdale Press T7g

Vancouver Ballet Society – Dance International Magazine T5c

Room Magazine T5e RoundFire Legends V24

Vancouver Comicon V20

Royal BC Museum P8

Vancouver Community College P10

SFU Continuing Studies – Creative Writing Program P11–13

Vancouver Poetry House T9h

Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC V12 subTerrain Magazine T7c Sunlight Ink Publishing V11 Surrey International Writers’ Conference T9b Talonbooks T7h Tara Canada/Share International V16 Two Read Books V10

Vancouver Public Library P4–6 Vancouver Public Library (Carnegie Branch)/Carnegie Newsletter P16 Vancouver Public Library Foundation V3 Vancouver Writers Fest T9a Westcoast Calligraphy Society P14-15 WestCoast Families Magazine T2 Wilderness Committee T9e

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Imagination Island

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All day Hands-on activities BAZOOF! Magazine

6:30 pm Heroics and Heart (readings & craft activity) Rachelle Delaney, Kallie George, and Tanya Lloyd Kyi Presented by Christianne’s Lyceum

SATURDAY ArtStarts Gallery 11 am ArtStarts Explores: Words (workshop)

All day Word activities, ring toss, and wishing wall Christianne’s Lyceum All day Make frameable literary art CWILL BC and Reading Lights All day Photo wall and bubble station Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

Presented by ArtStarts

All day Bookmark making and a book coin toss Frontier College


All day Trivia Kids’ Lit Quiz

Around the Square

All day Crafts and magazines WestCoast Families Magazine

All day Vancouver Youth Theatre—Storytelling Improv (roving performances) 12 pm to 2 pm Circus Lab (roving performances)

Visit www.wordvancouver.ca for full descriptions and further information about programming. See pages 6–7 for descriptions of each venue.



Imagination Island at the 2016 Festival photo by Monica Miller

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KIDS’ READINGS & ACTIVITIES The Quay 12 pm A Day With Yayah (Tradewind Books) Nicola I. Campbell Presented by Read Local Adopted by Vi Hughes

12:15 pm Chinese New Year (Orca Book Publishers) Jen Sookfong Lee Presented by Read Local Adopted by Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency

12:30 pm The Nor’Wester (Ronsdale Press) David Starr Presented by Read Local

1:45 pm Black Bear Red Fox (Native Northwest) Julie Flett Adopted by Rob Bittner

2:10 pm Eat Up! (Annick Press) Paula Ayer Adopted by Tiffany Stone

2:30 pm Eyes and Spies (Annick Press) Tanya Lloyd Kyi Adopted by Kidsbooks

2:50 pm Dog Night at the Story Zoo (Tundra Books) Dan Bar-el Adopted by Kathryn Shoemaker

12:45 pm Seeking Refuge (Tradewind Books) Irene Watts and Kathryn Shoemaker Presented by Read Local Adopted by Ellen Schwartz and Deborah Hodge

1:05 pm Mission Mumbai (Scholastic Canada) Mahtab Narsimhan 1:25 pm Chester Gets a Pet! (McKellar & Martin) Judson Beaumont Adopted by Kidsbooks

3:15 pm The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do (Kids Can Press) Ashley Spires Adopted by Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable

3:35 pm Milo and Georgie (Owlkids Books) Bree Galbraith Adopted by Renee Groulx

3:55 pm Waiting for Sophie (Pajama Press) Sarah Ellis Adopted by Pajama Press

Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt Ten fairy tale characters are hiding within the festival site. Find them and win a prize! Pick up your clue sheet at the Info Tent (T4) on the South Plaza or the BAZOOF! magazine activity table in Imagination Island. Find the characters, fill out the clue sheet, and return it to the Info Tent to collect your prize. Fun for the entire family!


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The Writer’s Studio 2018 Apply by October 31

sfu.ca/creative-writing FREE mini-manuscript consultations at WORD Vancouver Register: wordvancouver.ca

WORKSHOPS, PANELS & DEMOS Playwriting Exploration Hiro Kanagawa and Ryon Holmedal

12:50 pm, Sunday, Perspective Point Join Jessie Award–winning playwright Hiro Kanagawa as he reads selections from several of his plays, revealing how the theme of displacement has been an important focus throughout his career, and Ryon Holmedal who will read from his multimedia, musical storytelling presentation “Tethers,” which centres on the uniqueness of our human experience and the threads of the soul that connect us: love, loss, desire, imagination, longing, curiosity, failure, and triumph.

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THURSDAY VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch 7 pm How to Find, Hire, and Work with an Editor (panel) Presented by Editors British Columbia and VPL nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch

FRIDAY Historic Joy Kogawa House 7:30 pm An Evening of Japanese Poetic Forms: From the Tokaido Road to the World Stage

12 pm Type Up! Presented by Carnegie Community Centre

2:30 pm Note to Self: Therapeutic Writing for Writers (workshop) Carmen Ostrander Presented by Carnegie Community Centre

SUNDAY Around the Square All day WORD UP! (interactive Buddha Board installation) Presented by Buddha Board and Barbara Bernath

(readings, discussion & workshop)

Community Garden

Presented by the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society with support from the Frank H. Hori Foundation

2:40 pm Vancouver Comics History (panel) Bevan Thomas, Colin Upton, and Jonathon Dalton

Terry Ann Carter, Rachel Enomoto, and Kozue Uzawa

Presented by Cloudscape Comics


The Moat

Carnegie Community Centre

All day by appointment Mini–Manuscript Consults (workshop)*

11 am Write a Book and Get Published (workshop) Megan Williams

Presented by SFU’s The Writer’s Studio

Presented by The Self Publishing Agency


Web Express Celebrates Blood, Sweat & Twenty Years! SUPPORTING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS FOR TWO DECADES. Starting in 1997 and growing continuously, we have become one of British Columbia’s largest Newspaper and Commercial Printers




Think INFLUENCE Become the heart of great writing

Editing Certificate • Study online • Learn from industry professionals • Register for an information session


1-1455 Brigantine Drive Coquitlam, BC V3K 7C2 Tel: 604-526-8557 Fax: 604-526-8004 www.intwebexpress.com

WORKSHOPS, PANELS & DEMOS All day by appointment Blue Pencil Sessions (workshop)*

Port of View

Presented by Editors British Columbia

11 am Establishing a Digital Footprint (workshop) Trevor Battye and Suzanne Norman

*Take advantage of these wonderful professional development opportunities! Go to www.wordvancouver.ca, click on the sign-up button in the middle of the home page, and select the workshop(s) you want to attend.

Perspective Point 11 am Mixed Voices Raised (readings & panel) Leanne Dunic, Mercedes Eng, Carleigh Baker, and Anna Ling Kaye Presented by Hapa-palooza

11:55 am Indigenous Writers in BC (panel) Joanne Arnott, Gunargie O’Sullivan, Joseph Tony Dandurand, and Larry Nicholson Presented by the Magazine Association of BC

12:50 pm Playwriting Exploration (workshop) Hiro Kanagawa and Ryon Holmedal Presented by the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Play Connect Program of the Canada Council Adopted by Presentation House Theatre

1:50 pm Writers Reading Writers: A PRISM Panel on Influence, Space, and Resources (panel) Elaine Woo, Alex Leslie, Carleigh Baker, and Selina Boan Presented by PRISM international

2:45 pm Embracing Change: The Evolution of Room Magazine (panel) Meghan Bell, Chelene Knight, Evelyn Lau, Jen Sookfong Lee, and Amber Dawn Presented by Room Magazine

4:10 pm Local Authors, Local Settings—Mysteries Set in BC (panel) Trine Bronken, Chris Bullock, William Deverell, Debra Purdy Kong, Iona Whishaw, and Sam Wiebe Presented by Crime Writers of Canada

12 pm The Art of the Response (workshop) Shazia Hafiz Ramji 1 pm Feeling a Little Mixed—or—Do I Have a Story to Tell You? (workshop) Jónína Kirton Presented by Hapa-palooza

2 pm Adventures in Elder Land (workshop) Carollyn Haynes and Janet Dunnett Presented by INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine

3 pm Writing Killer Crime Fiction (workshop) Dietrich Kalteis 4 pm How to Build a Story (workshop) John Mavin Presented by Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver

The Promenade All day Bookmaking Demos (demo) Presented by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild

All day Lettering and Bookmarks (demo) Presented by the Westcoast Calligraphy Society

The Quay 11 am Getting Started: Children’s Writers and Illustrators Discuss Getting Published (panel) Linda DeMeulemeester, Rachelle Delaney, Anita Miettunen, Beryl Young, Lee Edward Födi, and Lori Sherritt-Fleming Presented by CWILL BC

4:25 pm Writers’ Chat (panel) Presented by Ricepaper Magazine and EVENT Magazine Please note that workshops fill up quickly, so lining up early is recommended. Visit www.wordvancouver.ca for full descriptions and further information about programming. See pages 6–7 for descriptions of each venue.


Proud Co-Presenter of

“Adventures in Elder Land” Sunday Sept 24, 2pm Vancouver Public Library




presented by INSPIRED Senior Living Magazine

MAKEOVERS FASHION SHOW EXHIBITS | SEMINARS Whistler Trip for 2 Jim Byrnes Storyteller Singer Actor

Pamela Martin



Pat Nichol

co-presented by Word Vancouver

Develop skills and techniques to confidently communicate your stories in print and online with Langara’s one-year Publishing Diploma. Gain hands-on experience and build a professional portfolio that includes LangaraPRM.com and a new issue of Pacific Rim Magazine. Learn more. www.langara.ca/publishing

SAT., SEPT 23 9AM - 3PM HASTINGS PARK (PNE) www.55pluslifestyle.com Show this for free admission


From Playwriting to Podcasting...

34th annual

April 2018


Cross-train in 12 genres (including TV writing, graphic novel, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playwriting, podcasting and more). Pursue a BFA or MFA at our Vancouver campus, enjoy the flexibility of our online MFA from anywhere in the world, or take your novel from idea to completion with awardwinning faculty in our non-credit edX courses. Join us.

UBC Creative Writing


Seven prize categories for fiction, poetry, children’s, illustrated, non-fiction, regional, and booksellers’ choice. Submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Nominations are also open for the lifetime achievement award, The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Submission deadline is January 31, 2018. For submission details visit www.bcbookprizes.ca

CUPE 391 History of CUPE Local 391


CUPE Local 3

...an d othe ama r zin tale g s

& rosiE thE rEadEr

at word Join us at the CUPE BC Trailer for readings, swag and more! This year we are thrilled to welcome esteemed authors and our own CUPE 391 members

Chelene Knight & Danielle LaFrance

Find out more about our line up, and more about us, at cupe391.ca

Profile for Word Vancouver

Word Vancouver - 2017 Program Guide  

Word Vancouver is Western Canada's largest celebration of literacy and reading. This year's festival takes place September 19-24, 2017.

Word Vancouver - 2017 Program Guide  

Word Vancouver is Western Canada's largest celebration of literacy and reading. This year's festival takes place September 19-24, 2017.