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.







The third annual Pacific Festival of the Book is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet!

This year Festival events will take place all over town including locations like St. John the Divine Church, Intrepid Studio Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Libraries, the Community Arts Council Gallery, Centennial Square and other venues (to be announced). There will be free readings at the libraries with outstanding Canadian writers, during the lead up to the big weekend May 8 - 10.

On that weekend we'll be welcoming some truly stellar literary visitors from far and wide.
Here's a taste of the eclectic buffet of word magic you can sample at this year's festival.

The Beat Thing: A Tribute to the Beats

The literary movement that defined several generations is celebrated as PFB welcomes American Beat poets David Meltzer and Michael Rothenberg.... two influential writers who were an integral part of the San Francisco Renaissance, fellow-travellers of everyone from Kerouac, Ginsburg, Snyder to Janis Joplin and Big Brother. They'll be speaking about 'The Beats' and their influence at a panel Saturday afternoon, and will also do a full reading during the weekend. Check out their biographies in the 'Presenters' section. You'll be impressed!!!

The Graphic Novel: what it is, how it got here, and where it’s going.

One of the hottest trends of the past decade, graphic novels have really come of age. Noted author/illustrators Ken and Joan Steacy focus a panel, workshop and display on this very hot art form that has found a real place in literature. The participants include Paul Chadwick, Gareth Gaudin, Martin Springett and Ken Steacy. You'll find more information here.

Emerging Voices: A Celebration of Youth Writing

On Monday, May 4 the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria and the Pacific Festival of the Book presents a reading of young writers from schools in the Victoria region.

The Writer and Responsibility

A panel on the writer and responsibility moderated by Trevor Carolan and featuring Gary Geddes, Stephen Henighan, Walter Hildebrandt, Rhona McAdam and Janet Marie Rogers.

Heartbeat: Words and Music for Mother's Day

The interface of words and music is celebrated in a joyous outdoor offering featuring local and visiting musicians, poets, dancers hosted by Victoria's poet laureate, Linda Rogers. Sunday, May 10 at Centennial Square.

Other delights include special readings for youth with writer/songwriter Robert Priest; spoken word free for all; writing, publishing workshops; blue pencil editing... literary marketplace exhibition and sale.... panels, workshops, readings....

Keep watching this site for the latest news! And if you'd like to be a part of making this year's Festival happen, we'd like to hear from you!


Following two very successful Festivals, we are thrilled to announce the one for 2009. Not only does it have new dates - May 4-15. 2009, but the festival will once again be city-wide and promises to entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Victoria Poet Laureate, Linda RogersVictoria's own Poet Laureate, Linda Rogers, is this year honouring us all as the Festival's champion! An important advocate in the community, Linda is helping the PFB organizers to develop innovative programmes. Her belief that storytelling can help engineer social change led Linda to her writing vocation; sponsoring literacy and the rights of children. Her interest in the human story is Linda's driving force.

In addition to her life as a novelist, poet and journalist, she has served in many volunteer capacities. International awards are hers and her work has been translated into Welsh, Hindi, Persian, French, German ,Spanish, Hebrew and Chinese.

This spring Rogers will be launching the second book in her Empress trilogy, The Third Day Book, a collection of poems called Muscle Memory, Ruin and Beauty, an album of songs co-written with Chris Trygg and performed by Light, Sweet, Crude, and will be presenting a show of collage and poetry with artist Carol Rae and Victoria children at the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria Gallery during the 10th anniversary of BC Arts Week April 19-25, 2009.

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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