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Love books? You'll love the Sushine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.
Photos by Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

Just a quick ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, the Sunshine Coast offers stunning views of the Strait of Georgia and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. As one of the staples in the community, the festival’s 2016 edition running Aug. 17-20, promises to take attendees on a literary journey during the entire weekend and beyond. 

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As Canada’s longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, the event continues to connect well-known authors with their audiences, while also giving up-and-coming scribes a chance to showcase their work in front of a literary-friendly crowd. 

Read Rebecca Coleman's preview of the festivities here.

2017 Schedule of events TBD, here is last year's schedule

Thursday, August 11

  • 8 p.m.  Opening Night: Charles Demers, Zarqa Nawaz and Bill Richardson SOLD OUT

Friday, August 12

  • 9 a.m. Alissa York
  • 10:30 a.m. Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer
  • 1 p.m. Zarqa Nawaz
  • 2:30 p.m. Theresa Kishkan
  • 4 p.m. From Novel to Network: Lawrence Hill with Ian Weir
  • 7 p.m. Anakana Schofield
  • 8:30 p.m. Guy Gavriel Kay


Saturday, August 13

  • 9 a.m. Caroline Woodward
  • 10:30 a.m. Charles Demers
  • 1 p.m. Boobs (Lorna Crozier, Ruth Daniell, Rebecca Hendry, Janine Alyson Young)
  • 2:30 p.m. Marina Endicott
  • 4 p.m. The Meter's Running IV (Janet Rogers, Jordan Abel, Ronnie Dean Harris)
  • 7 p.m. Shilpi Somaya Gowda SOLD OUT
  • 8:30 p.m. Lawrence Hill — Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture SOLD OUT

Attendees will get to meet acclaimed authors and other book lovers. 

Sunday, August 14

  • 9 a.m. Mark Winston
  • 10:30 a.m. Lorna Crozier and Ian McAllister
  • 1 p.m. Madeleine Thien
  • 2:30 p.m. New Voices: Carol Daniels and Karim Alrawi with Sheryl MacKay
  • 4 p.m. George Elliott Clarke
  • 5:30 p.m. Pebbles Restaurant Salmon Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Kinnie Starr


The festival is intimate enough to let people meet authors and get their books signed.

Featured events

In a digital age that still relishes the success of literary works, connecting the two worlds has never been trickier or more fascinating to understand. Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) will be joined by Ian Weir (novelist, creator and screenwriter of CBC’s Arctic Air) Friday afternoon for a discussion on working between both worlds. 

Want to hear some recognizable names for new authors? Come to the New Voices segment Sunday afternoon, set to be moderated by Sheryl MacKay, who hosts CBC Radio’s North by Northwest. Newly-published authors Carol Daniels and Karim Alrawi will discuss their first novels after accomplished careers in media and social activism.

Meet and mingle with authors.

Ticket information

Tickets for the event are still available with a weekend pass costing $250. Day passes for Friday and Saturday are sold out, but a day pass for Sunday is available at the cost of $85. Individual events cost $16 to attend and Sunday’s Salmon Dinner Pebbles Restaurant costs $22. 

You can purchase tickets over the phone by calling 604-885-9631 and 1-800-565-9631. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.share-there.com/writersfestival with a small fee charged for online orders. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Festival office starting May 26, with ticket pickup beginning June 15. The office is located at 5511 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt, B.C.

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