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Word On The Street Book & Magazine Extravaganza September 25

The 17th annual Word on the Street literary festival features well-known writers such as Timothy Taylor, John Vaillant, Gurjinder Basran and Jen Sookfong Lee who will showcase their work in tents around Library Square and autograph books throughout the day.

This annual celebration of reading brings visitors face to face with members of Canada’s vibrant writing and publishing community including illustrators, graphic novelists and spoken-word artists. In fact, Vancouver Public Library’s 2011 Writer-in-Residence Wayde Compton, who is a highly respected spoken-word poet, historian and writer, will appear in the Authors Tent at 4 pm.

At 11 am in the Alma van Dusen room, young writers from the Library’s summer Writing & Book Camp will read selections of work they created at this year’s sold-out camp.

Word on the Street festivals take place simultaneously in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Saskatoon and Halifax on Sunday, September 25. Vancouver’s festival will again be held at Library Square (on Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia Streets). The Central Library will open at 11 a.m., one hour earlier than usual, to mark the celebration. As well as attending the exciting Word on the Street events, do pop into the Central Library to browse the shelves for a great read, use one of our free Internet stations or connect to our free Wireless service and if you don’t have a Library card, Library staff will be pleased to help you obtain a card.

This year’s Word on the Street festival features programming on Friday evening, September 23 at Banyen Books and at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. And on Saturday, September 24, Carnegie Branch staff have created special programming with Word on the Street and Carnegie Centre staff in the historic building at Main and Hastings Streets.

The Word On The Street Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 25
Library Square, 350 W. Georgia St.

(Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia Streets)