Recent Readings and Events

Take a look at some of our most recent readings and events

What We Do

A little about who we are, what we do, and where we're coming from.

Why We’re  ‘Real Vancouver’ Why We’re ‘Real Vancouver’

We acknowledge that the city of Vancouver is located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We humbly thank our hosts for their generosity in allowing us to build our reading series here and we hope that our work honours their generous spirit. MANY PEOPLE ASK: “Why are you called Real Vancouver Writers’ […]

What We Do What We Do

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is an independent Canadian literary reading series that curates, markets, and produces public events featuring established and emerging writers a minimum of four times a year at locations within the city of Vancouver. We also collaborate with other local and national literary arts and culture organizations to create events and projects […]

A Short History of Real Vancouver A Short History of Real Vancouver

This piece was originally commissioned by the Literary Press Group for Alllitup.ca. The original can be found here. By Sean Cranbury. The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series was born in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside amid the glare and hoopla of the Olympic Winter Games in February 2010. It took us about a month to get organized and […]

News and Updates

Some timely information about Real Vancouver Writers' Series.

20 November

Real Vancouver 2016 Year End Celebration

Real Vancouver 2016 Year End Celebration

We’re going to put 2016 to bed with an evening of literary celebration at the legendary Anza Club in east Vancouver. Please join us for a great night of wonderful people reading their great work. The whole room will be a warm embrace on a cold November night. Entry by donation, nobody turned away. Sponsored by […]

26 January

Real Vancouver Sixth Anniversary Showcase + Freedom to Read Week

Real Vancouver Sixth Anniversary Showcase + Freedom to Read Week

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series returns in 2016 with our annual anniversary showcase on Friday February 26th at Chinatown’s The Playground located at 434 Columbia Street in Vancouver’s DTES. The showcase is also coinciding with Freedom to Read Week and we’re happy to partner with this great organization to reaffirm our commitment to making terrible jokes and slurry […]

31 October

Rachel Rose Book Launch, Marry and Burn. Presented by Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

Saturday November 14th Doors 7PM, entertainments 730PM Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio 1707 Grant Street (at Commercial Drive) www.oceanandcrow.ca Facebook Event Page — Join Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver (2014-2017), as she celebrates the release of her new collection, Marry & Burn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95). The launch, hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del […]

Testimonials

Check out what writers and fans are saying about us.

  • Carleigh Baker, author, book reviewer, forthcoming memoirist

    Since RVWS 5, my career has reached a climax I had previously considered unattainable. Success comes hard and fast, and let me tell you, since my reading, I’ve just been hanging on by my fingernails. It’s a bit of a shock to be hit in the face by so. much. success. Thanks, Sean and Dina.

    - Carleigh Baker, author, book reviewer, forthcoming memoirist
  • Jillian Christmas, is a poet, activist, and Artistic Director of the Verses Festival of the Word

    Remember all those things you said about sleepy literary events? RVWS will make you want to eat your words with a side of hot sauce. Energized and funny, witty and inviting, this event is the kind of cred-worthy gathering that future hipsters will lie about being at. Will you be able to say you were there?

    - Jillian Christmas, is a poet, activist, and Artistic Director of the Verses Festival of the Word
  • Wayde Compton, author of  The Outer Harbour, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, and 49th Parallel Psalm.

    “The Real Vancouver Writer’s Series is holding down the broad base of writing culture in this city. What’s happening in literature in Vancouver? Check out RVWS to find out.”

    - Wayde Compton, author of The Outer Harbour, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, Performance Bond, and 49th Parallel Psalm.
  • Peter Darbyshire, author of The Warhol Gang, AKA Peter Roman

    The Real Vancouver Writers Series is a shot of adrenalin straight to the heart of Vancouver culture. Forget the Catch-22 housing market, the wannabe cartels, and the Starbucksification of, well, everything. This is the Real Vancouver!

    - Peter Darbyshire, author of The Warhol Gang, AKA Peter Roman
  • Aaron Chapman, author of Live at the Commodore, and Liquor, Lust, and the Law.

    A unique evening of varied and fascinating authors with a momentum kept by the terrific hosts: The RVWS is, pardon the pun, too good for words. More than just a literary event, it’s a social occasion perfect for first dates, last dates, or just to take in alone and hear what’s happening. Yes folks, without question, this is Vancouver the good.

    - Aaron Chapman, author of Live at the Commodore, and Liquor, Lust, and the Law.
  • Rachel Rose, Vancouver Poet-Laureate and author of Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit

    RVWS is that rare combination of integrity and awesomeness that makes it irresistible. Gritty and generous at the same time, these readings pulse with the kind of vibrant collaborative energy that fuels artists and audiences alike.

    - Rachel Rose, Vancouver Poet-Laureate and author of Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit
  • Jenn Farrell, author of The Devil You Know, and Sugar Bush and other stories

    I love what’s happening with the Real Vancouver Writers Series. I love that it’s a space for new and more established writers alike, and is deliciously unrestricted by form or genre. I love that the house is always packed with awesome humans, and writers get paid for their work. I love that it’s legit, but never pretentious. I love that there’s always a raffle, and that I frequently win. RVWS events are a guaranteed good time and we are a city in need of good times.

    - Jenn Farrell, author of The Devil You Know, and Sugar Bush and other stories
  • Amber McMillan, author of We Can’t Ever Do This Again

    RVWS is plainly one of the best of its kind in this country. The energy of the hosts, the variety of the readers, and the serious celebration of literature is all over the place at these events. Don’t miss this!

    - Amber McMillan, author of We Can’t Ever Do This Again
  • Elee Kraljii Gardiner, editor of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

    RVWS is a sure bet: every gig is a mix of people you have been dying to hear read, people you don’t know yet, writers who are experimenting with letting literature out to roam. The events are crowded and lively. If you are lucky enough to read on the slate, they treat you well. If you are lucky enough to get to every event, I envy you.

    - Elee Kraljii Gardiner, editor of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
  • Chris Walter, author of I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk, and SNFU: What No One Else Wanted To Say

    I appreciate the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series for giving me a place to spew my venom without being arrested. Previously, I’d been reading in public parks and coffee shops, but it’s nice to finish more than a sentence without being accosted by angry soccer moms or pelted with low fat vanilla lattes. Audiences at the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series are kind enough to let me finish before booing.

    - Chris Walter, author of I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk, and SNFU: What No One Else Wanted To Say