September 23, 2021

Vancouver Writers Fest (October 18-24, 2021)

The Vancouver Writers Fest is again presenting a stellar list of authors in dozens of virtual, in-person and hybrid events. While many BC readers have been able to partake in the VWF over its 30+ years, virtual events have now opened up possibilities for young readers across Canada to enjoy these same events.  I encourage teachers and parents to check out the plethora of author events at this year's VWF, to be held from October 18-24, knowing that there is something for everyone here.
To help get you interested, let me tell you about the events featuring Canadian authors of books for young readers. Then you can head to the festival website, check out this year's Program Guide, look into all their youth events, or book a visiting author as part of their Writers in the Classroom.
Scheduled Events  
(of Canadian authors for youth)

Monday, October 18, 2021
9:30 AM

Caroline Adderson
Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories
11:00 AM

Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson
When You Get the Chance
2:00 PM

Wab Kinew
Walking in Two Worlds
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
9:30 AM

David A. Robertson
On the Trapline
Illustrated by Julie Flett 

11:00 AM

Jen Sookfong Lee
Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees


Lois Peterson
Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

9:30 AM

Ashley Spires
Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!

11:00 AM

Sarah Raughley
The Bones of Ruin


Xiran Jay Zhao
Iron Widow

Thursday, October 21, 2021

9:30 AM

David A. Robertson
The Great Bear (The Misewa Saga, Book 2)

11:00 AM

Susin Nielsen
Tremendous Things


Peyton Thomas
Both Sides Now

2:00 PM

Gordon Korman

Writers in the Classroom
The Vancouver Writers Fest also organizes a program called Writers in the Classroom which provides opportunities for young readers to connect with authors. This year, sixteen authors offer virtual presentations for classes from Grades 1-12. Deadline to apply for an author visit is September 30, 2021 and are booked on a first come, first serve basis, so teachers are encouraged not to delay. Details may be found at
Hope young readers get to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to listen to some Canadian authors of books for young people read and speak about their books. 
It's sure to be a great author event.