Started in 2005, Booktopia is an annual literary arts festival intended to promote literacy, celebrate language arts and cultivate creative thought amongst youth and families in West Vancouver.

Booktopia is a partnership between the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation and West Vancouver Schools.

Thanks to the WVML Foundation's generous support, over 1500 West Vancouver students hear from the best and brightest speakers every year. West Vancouver Schools generously provides theatre space and technical support at the Kay Meek Centre.


Held in early May, Booktopia offers a series of events for preschool, elementary and secondary school students at two venues: the Kay Meek Centre and the West Vancouver Memorial Library. Events include author visits, workshops, a youth art exhibit, a puppet show and more. Past speakers have included Jacqueline Woodson, Kazu Kibuishi, Shane Koyczan and many other internationally-renowned authors and illustrators.


Booktopia 2018 will run May 3-10. We will be announcing our 2018 line-up soon! 

Our 2017 line-up:

cale atkinson

Cale will present to Grade 2 students on Tuesday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. He will also be offering an Illustrator's Workshop at 4 p.m.




steve sheinkin

Steve will present to secondary school students on Wednesday, May 10 at 10:10 a.m. He will also be presenting at an All Ages Event at 7:30 p.m. 




 Faith Erin HIcks

Faith will present to Grade 5 students on Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. She will also be offering a Comics Workshop at 4 p.m.




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