Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver presents events on a variety of topics, all to do with aspects of writing. The public is welcome. Regular gatherings are held the second Wednesday of the month from January to June and September to November. A summer social takes place in mid-August. The AGM/holiday social is held in early December.

Location: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 938 Howe Street, Suite 100, Vancouver BC V6Z 1N9
Time: 7-9 p.m., (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Cost: Members no charge; Guests $10; Students with ID $5. Pay at the door.

2018 Events

Mon Apr 30, 2018

Submission Deadline for the  WIBAs – the Whistler Independent Book Awards

The prestigious literary award recognizing excellence in Canadian independent publishing returns for a third year. The Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBAs) are open to Canadian authors or permanent residents who have self-published a book or books in the last six years. The competition invites entries in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, and the winner of each will be announced at the 17th Whistler Writers Festival, Thu Oct 11 to Sun Oct 1, 2018.

Eligible authors can submit their entries to the Whistler Independent Book Awards until April 30, 2018. Submissions can be made via, with information about the Whistler Writers Festival at All entries will be evaluated and authors not shortlisted will receive a written assessment from the nomination committee. Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver members will select the finalists from the shortlist. Finalists will receive a significant prize package, including national book distribution, and will be invited to attend several Festival events, with free tickets to the popular Literary Cabaret, where the winners will be announced.

Returning judges for the fiction category are Gail Anderson-Dargatz and Darcie Friesen Hossack, with JJ Lee and Susan Oakey-Baker selecting the winner in the non-fiction category.

Jointly produced by the Whistler Writing Society and Vivalogue Publishing, the Whistler Independent Book Awards are the only juried Canadian awards for self-published authors.

Next Literary Event

Wed May 9 from 7 pm to 9 pm: Columnist Douglas Todd will discuss how he tackles his columns on some of the contentious issues our communities face today

Todd, a highly decorated journalist and author based in Canada, specializes in migration, ethics, diversity, spirituality and psychology, while remaining curious about most everything else.

Writing mostly for The Vancouver Sun, PostmediaNews and Religion News Service(Washington, D.C.), he has won a book prize and 32 journalism awards, while being shortlisted for 38 additional honours. Vancouver Magazine referred to him as “arguably Vancouver’s most thoughtful journalist.” He frequently gives talks in Canada and around the world.

Todd is the author or editor of three successful books, the most recent being Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia – Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest. He has been awarded with several educational scholarships, including the eight-month Jack Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. Read more …


Save these dates:

Regular Meetings are set for the second Wednesday of the month. The Metro Vancouver branch takes a summer break in July. We hold our annual  Summer Social in mid-August, and our AGM and Seasonal Social in the first week of December.

Wed Jun 13 from 7 to 9 pm: Annual Open Mic Night
Location: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

July — Summer Break

Wed Aug 15 from 6 to 9 pm: Annual Summer Social
CA Metro Vancouver branch members and their guests catch up before the busy writing season is upon us.
Location: Firefighters Public House, Burnaby
Invitations will be sent to CAMV members in mid-July. Dinner is available off the regular menu. RSVP required.

Wed Sep 12 from 6 to 9 pm: The remarkable author and broadcaster, JJ Lee

Autumn events: Wed Oct 10 TBC; Wed Nov 14 Russ Froese — Diary of a Disaster; Mon Dec 3 — AGM and Holiday Social


Past Meetings & Events 2018
Past Meetings & Events 2017
Past Meetings & Events 2016
Past Meetings & Events 2015

Branch Contact: Kathleen Schmitt, President: VANpresident(at) | 788-680-3374

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