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Tickets for Vancouver Writers Festival on sale today

Audrey Niffenegger and Jerry Wasserman at the 2009 VIWF. Photo taken by Chris Cameron courtesy of VIWF.

Tickets for events at the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival go on sale to the public today (Wednesday, Sept. 8). The Writers Festival is set for Oct. 19 to 24 on Granville Island in Vancouver.

For the first time in Writers Festival history, one event has already sold out to members, who have one week to buy tickets before public sales begin. “We’re delighted with the response to this year’s lineup so far,” says Hal Wake, the Festival’s artistic director. “Due to the overwhelming demand, author David Mitchell has agreed to another appearance and tickets for that will also be available tomorrow for the public.” The additional event, An Intimate Afternoon with David Mitchell, will take place Saturday, Oct. 23, at 5:00 pm at the Waterfront Theatre. Cost is $25.

In all, 68 events will feature more than 100 authors over the six-day period. Two of the writers featured at this year’s Festival were shortlisted today for the Man Booker Prize, awarded to an author from the Commonwealth or Ireland judged to have written the best full-length novel of the year. Canadian Emma Donoghue and British author Andrea Levy made the short list from a group of 13 authors and will be appearing in five events.


Tickets for the public go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 8, through VancouverTix by calling 604-629-VTIX (604-629-8849) or through

Tickets will also be available at the Writers Festival box office, 1398 Cartwright Street. Complete program details are available at

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