If you are interesting in exhibiting at the Pacific Festival of the Book, you can register by downloading the Registration Flyer: here

Or you can book a table here

SCHEDULE (Specifics subject to change)
Note the change in schedule of Downbeat back to Friday evening, May 15!
Sorry for any confusion. A potential scheduling conflict at the location of the event has been cleared up.

You can find a PDF version of this schedule here.

Monday, May 4

Emerging Voices: Youth Writing
Victoria Community Arts Council Gallery
G6 1001 Douglas Street (at Broughton)
7:00 pm

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria and the Pacific Festival of the Book present a reading of young writers from schools in the Victoria region.

Wednesday, May 6

Poetry and Nature
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
527 Fraser Street, Esquimalt
7:00 pm
Open to the public

Join prize-winning Canadian poet Maleea Acker for an evening of poetry and discussion at the May meeting of the Victoria Writers’ Society.

Friday, May 8

Open Book
Victoria Public Library, Main Branch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

Noon hour reading hosted by Linda Rogers with M.A.C Farrant, Pauline Holdstock, Harold Rhenisch, student Victoria poets and Ontario poet and songwriting sensation Robert Priest.

Saturday, May 9

Festival Extravaganza and Literary Marketplace
St. John Hall, Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, enter on Balmoral Road
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5.00 at the door.

A Workshop with Ken Steacy and friends on the Present and Future of the Graphic Novel, The Writing of the Beats, an Open Mic, Words for the Young at Heart with Robert Priest, an Editing Workshop and much much more. Check here for a list of Festival exhibitors.

lower hall
10:00 - 1:00 The Graphic Novel: Past, Present and Future with Ken Steacy and friends
1:00 - 2:00 The Writer/editor Relationship with Mavis Andrews
2:00 - 4:00 The Graphic Novel continued

rectory lounge
10:00 - 11:00 Words amd songs for the young at heart with Robert Priest
11:00 - 12:30 Panel on the Writer and Responsibility
1:00 - 2:30 Panel on the Writing of the Beats
2:30 - 3:00 The Picture Book: Author, Editor and Illustrator
3:00 - 4:00 Featured readers: Stephen Scobie, Gary Geddes, Stephen Henighan, Rhonda Batchelor

main hall
10:00 - 11:00 Open Mic
11:00 - 12:00 Featured Readers: Yvonne Blomer, Jordan Zinovich, Hans Plomp
12:00 - 1:00 Dynamic Trio
1:00 - 2:00 Open Mic
2:00 - 3:00 Featured Readers: Janet Rogers, Rhona McAdam, Walter Hildebrandt
3:00 - 4:00 Open Mic

The Beat Thing: A Tribute to the Beats
Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street
Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm-10pm

Gala concert including performances by San Francisco beat poets Michael Rothenberg, David Meltzer, with Jim Christy, Holland’s Hans Plomp, and Victoria’s Speakeasy.

Sunday, May 10

Heartbeat: Words and Music for Mother's Day
Centennial Square

Poetry and music by poet Robert Priest, Victoria’s Slam Poets, Carol Ann Sokoloff, Miles Lowry, and the band Light Sweet Crude playing songs based on poetry. This is a Poet-Laureate-sponsored Mother’s Day concert and families are welcome to enjoy free music, poetry and refreshments. Bring a chair or blanket. Free gifts for mothers!

Paradise Now
Camas Bookstore, 2590 Quadra St

The Pacfic Festival of the Book presents the world premiere of a remastered film by Marty Topp produced by Ira Cohen: Paradise Now.

Monday, May 11

The Last Anarchists
Victoria Community Arts Council Gallery
G6 1001 Douglas Street (at Broughton)
7:00 pm - 9:00pm

Authors Jim Christy discusses Jack Kerouac, Hans Plomp discusses activism in Holland and both read from new works.

Tuesday, May 12

Four Voices: David Watmough, Miles Lowry, Mike Doyle and Brian Brett
Martin Batchelor Gallery
712 Cormorant Street

A reading featuring performances by novelist and poet David Watmough, artist/poet Miles Lowry, Mike Doyle and Brian Brett.

Write, Publish and Market Your Book: An Overview
Intrepid Studio
1609 Blanshard Street

Publishers and authors Richard Olafson and Carol Ann Sokoloff take you on a journey through the life of your book.

Wednesday, May 13

Editing Your Work
Intrepid Studio
1609 Blanshard Street

Playwright's Cabaret
Theatre Inconnu
Fernwood Little Hall
1923 Fernwood Rd , Victoria, BC
Admission by donation to Theatre Inconnu: $5.00 donation suggested

Performances by playwrights Ellen Arrand, Charles Tidler and puppeteer Tim Gosley. All proceeds from this event go to supporting Theatre Inconnu.

Thursday, May 14

Self-Publishing: How to Make a Book
Intrepid Studio
1609 Blanshard Street

This workshop will provide you with the insight needed to maintain ownership and control of your book; understand the digital printing process; determine what areas are best left to a designer or a desktop publisher; what areas you can handle yourself, and how to avoid extra costs and unnecessary delays along the way.

Friday, May 15

Intrepid Studio
1609 Blanshard Street

Downbeat - the wrap, featuring music by Sweet Papa Lowdown and a hot lineup of poets.

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Book a table (exhibitors)

PFB Media Room

City of Victoria

Community Ars Council of Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria Public Library

Intrepid Studio Theatre



The Pacfic Festival of the Book needs volunteers. if you would like to participate in a community celebration of writers and the book please e-mail Shayndelynne Zeldin at pacificbookfestival

Or come to our office in the Maynard Building at 733 Johnson Street, Suite 220, Victoria, BC.
There is more information on the volunteers page.