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Literary

When it's raining outside - and it often is - Vancouverites turn to a good book. The city is a veritable literary hotspot. More than 1,500 authors live in British Columbia, and the province boasts the highest number of book readers anywhere in the country.  Local literary lions include Douglas Coupland, who topped bestseller lists with his iconic novel Generation X, and science fiction writer William Gibson, credited with coining the term cyberspace. 

Multiple festivals throughout the year celebrate the city's literary scene.  Every October, the Vancouver International Writers Festival - one of North America's premier literary events - brings together internationally renowned authors and more than 14,000 avid readers for six days of readings and interactive workshops.

Finally, among the best places to dip into the city's literary heritage any time of year is the Vancouver Public Library.  The unmistakable, coliseum-shaped building, opened in 1995 and surrounded by cafes, is a convivial spot for an afternoon of gentle browsing.  While you're there, look out for some of the following titles from Vancouver authors:


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FASS Canada 150 Speaker Series Summer 2017

  • May 17 - June 28
  • 8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
  • Admission: FREE
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