Readers all across British Columbia are busy scanning programs and buying tickets, brushing up on old books and devouring new ones. What’s all this preparation for you ask? Why it’s the season of Writers Festivals of course!
Book festivals are the ultimate night out for the reader. Imagine a chance to see several notable authors, peer under the fictional hood and maybe even exchange a word or two with someone you’ve only encountered on the back side of a dust jacket.
Now, imagine that book festival taking place in Sechelt, along the Sunshine Coast or nestled in the Rockies at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. British Columbia has an unparalleled line up of literary festivals ranging from intimate to international. To get you ready for the Fall, and maybe even start planning for next year here is a list in chronological order of BC’s amazing writers’ festivals:
- Galiano Literary Festival takes place on Galiano Island in February
- Word on the Lake is in Salmon Arm in May
- Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is nestled in the mountains of Nelson in July
- Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival is held on Denman Island in July
- Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is in Sechelt in August
- Word Festival takes place downtown Vancouver in September
- Sidney Literary Festival is held in Sidney-by-the-Sea in October
- Victoria Writers Festival takes over bustling Victoria in October
- Whistler Readers and Writers Festival is held in beautiful Whistler in October
- Vancouver International Writers Festival comes to Granville Island in October and Incite events take place all year
- Cherie Smith JCCGV Jewish Book Festival takes place at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver in November
Or if you’d like something off the beaten track why not take a trip to the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in late October? Or check out the Cinematheque’s Visible Verse Festival in Vancouver in October for a twist on the regular festival experience.
We’d love for you to weigh in, which festivals have you been to? Which ones are missing from this list? Can you share a favourite literary festival memory?