Cory Doctorow just taught me more about copyright issues than I've probably learned over much of my lifetime.

It came during a Vancouver Writers Fest talk that he gave today at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

I was moderating the presentation by Doctorow, the Toronto-born author of science fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

This week as part of David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan delivered a powerful video on the importance of saving the planet from climate change.

"Shoulders" features lyrics by Koyczan and music by him and The Short Story Long, all directed by Johnny Jansen and Amazing Factory Productions.

Yes, that's the same Shane Koyczan who's on the cover of this week's Georgia Straight for writing the libretto for Vancouver Opera's new work on bullying, Stickboy.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair opens October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and continues on October 4 and 5 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the only international art and book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. The public event attracts over 1,500 visitors from across Greater Vancouver.

The festival presented by Project Space features nearly 100 local, national, and international publishers that produce books, magazines, zines, and printed ephemera, as well as digital and experimental forms of publication. Also included at the event are a diverse lineup of programs, performances, and installations.

The 20th annual Word Vancouver reading and writing festival returns September 24 to 28. Free events take place at various Vancouver venues including the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch and Library Square, SFU Harbour Centre, Banyen Books & Sound, The Paper Hound, The Cottage Bistro, and the Historic Joy Kogawa House.

This year, over 100 readings and 20 workshops that feature 150 authors are included.

The Vancouver Writers Fest and Random House Canada present An Evening with David Mitchell at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on Saturday (September 27) at 7:30 p.m.

The English author best known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas, which was adapted into a film in 2012, will read from his new book, The Bone Clocks. His sixth novel was published on September 2 and has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Are you skeptical of the self-serving, techno-utopian rhetoric of corporate execs? You might enjoy Canadian-born writer Astra Taylor's book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Random House Canada).

This morning the good people at city hall announced the shortlist for this year’s City of Vancouver Book Award. The five nominees, spanning fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, were selected by a jury made up of Ricepaper editor Anna Ling Kaye, Thursdays Writing Collective director Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Poetry Is Dead editor Jordan Abel. Writers Fest founder Alma Lee chaired the jury.

And the nominees are:

If you picked up a copy of the latest issue of the Georgia Straight, you might have read a profile of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

The piece was written by Mark Leiren-Young, a long-time Straight contributor. A journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and comedian, Leiren-Young has just been named the City of Richmond’s third annual writer-in-residence.

People with good taste generally wish the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon would just go away; not because there is anything inherently wrong with erotic fiction in general or BDSM themes in particular, but because E.L. James's writing is so painfully—one might even say torturously, but not in a hot way—awful.

It's not going anywhere, though. The Hollywood adaptation is scheduled for release next February. If nothing else, it should be fun spotting all the Vancouver locations in the movie, which was shot locally (although the story is actually set in that other Vancouver).

HarperCollins has tweeted the image of the jacket cover of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's upcoming book.

It's called Common Ground: My Past, Our Present and Canada's Future and it's due in stores in October.

Politicians often write books in advance of election campaigns.

One recent example was Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.

Lesser known is former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.