Word Vancouver hits the street

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      Let’s face it, summer is pretty brainless as seasons go, what with all the margaritas and sunstroke. Now that the weather is turning, what better way to get the neurons firing again than with the five-day, multivenue book-quake that is the Word Vancouver festival?

      As always, the main event will take over Library Square on a Sunday (September 27) and feature dozens of panel discussions, professional-development workshops, exhibits, demos—and, of course, readings and signings by a huge range of authors. This year’s contingent includes John Vaillant, Andrea Warner, Evelyn Lau, Alix Hawley, Charles Demers, Amber Dawn, Robert Wiersema, and newly announced Vancouver Public Library writer in residence Ashley Little, to point out just a few.

      Poetry, underground comics, kids’ lit, magazines—you name it, Word Vancouver has it covered, and you won’t have to pay a dime to attend any of the 100-plus offerings.

      The run-up begins next Wednesday (September 23) with a poetry launch at SFU Harbour Centre and continues with events at venues around town, from Historic Joy Kogawa House and Banyen Books to CBC’s Studio 700, which will host the inaugural Pandora’s Collective Literary Awards Gala next Friday (September 25).

      Check out the massive program at the Word Vancouver website.