From a regional, national and international perspective, the literary and written arts are thriving in Vancouver. It is home to many acclaimed and award-winning writers as well as a number of established book and magazine publishers; it also plays host to several popular annual literary events such as the Vancouver Writers Fest, Word Vancouver, and Verses Festival of Words. But there has never been a public space to showcase the city’s extraordinary practitioners in the written arts until now.
The proposed literary arts centre for Vancouver will be the first of its kind in the city: a dynamic home for the city’s vibrant publishing and writing communities, and a lively public venue for author readings, book and magazine launches, and other literary-related activities. A literary arts centre promises to be a diverse and vibrant literary hub that will raise the profile of the city’s publishing, writing, and spoken word communities while providing them with affordable office space; encouraging the importance of literacy and orality among young people; offering a performance space for homegrown and visiting authors; and acting as a gathering place for the general public to enjoy all that the written and spoken word has to offer.
If you would like to participate in the development of this unique literary space, please help by filling in the survey HERE.
If you would like to be added to an email list to receive updates and notices as a working group develops the notion of a literary arts centre for Vancouver, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with “literary arts centre mailing list” in the subject line. By doing so, you give them permission to keep you abreast of their activities by email.
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