Artists’ Books Week

Artists’ Books Week is a city-wide celebration of artist publishing in Vancouver that takes place from Monday, September 29 to Sunday, October 5, 2014.

ABW complements VA/BF, highlighting the artists, curators, collectives, artist-run centres and institutions across the city that are actively creating and presenting work in this medium.

Taking its inspiration from ABW in London, England, the open source–style festival is an open call for events and presentations around artist publishing, and is free and open to the public. To register your event, please contact

Tuesday, Sept 30

Wednesday, Oct 1

Launch of
Double Dot Issue 5:
Vancouver & Los Angeles
The Paper Hound
344 W Pender St.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series hosts the launch of Un/inhabited by Jordan Abel and Double Dot Issue 5: Vancouver and Los Angeles. Featuring readings by Jordan Abel, Chelsea Rooney and Ben Rawluk.

Thursday, Oct 2

Print Ready: Fall Release
Preview Night & Presale
Dynamo Arts Association
30 E 6th Ave.

Print Ready presents selected publications by local independent zine artists, available for sale prior to their official release at this year’s Vancouver Art/Book Fair.

Unsuitable as an Institution:
The Tenacity of Access Gallery,
Book Launch
Access Gallery
222 E Georgia St.

Unsuitable as an Institution: The Tenacity of Access Gallery, 1992–2014 chronicles Access’ twenty-three year history through the voices of thirty-five instrumental figures—exhibiting artists, curators, directors, board members and supporters—from the organization’s past and present.



Friday, Oct 3

Members Only Preview
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St.

An exclusive preview of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair for Members of Project Space and the Vancouver Art Gallery.


VA/BF Reception
& ISSUE Launch
UNIT/PITT Projects
236 E Pender St.

Join VA/BF and ISSUE magazine at a social event for exhibitors and the public the night before the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, at which ISSUE will launch their third issue.



Saturday, Oct 4

VA/BF Afterparty &
SAD Mag Suburbia Issue
Launch Party
Make Gallery
257 East 7th Ave.

Join VA/BF and SAD Mag to celebrate the end of day one of the fair and the release of SAD‘s Suburbia issue. Free for Members of Project Space.


HWY issue #1
Moniker Press: Ends
Book Launch
Field Contemporary
17 West Broadway

Field Contemporary hosts the official launch of HWY‘s first print issue, with sound performances curated by Soledad Muñoz, founder of feminist record label Genero. Concurrently, Moniker Press presents its newest publication Ends, a limited-edition zine complied by Vancouver artist, Erica Wilk. This event will also issue in Field Contemporary‘s book store.


Bartleby Review: Issue 1–20
Book Launch & Readings
Publication Studio
222 East Georgia St.

Publication Studio presents the launch of Bartleby Review: Issue 1-20, an anthology of the first twenty issues of Bartleby Review, an art leaflet published in Vancouver (but not only a leaflet of Vancouver art). Please join us at the launch for readings by past contributors Tiziana La Melia, Steffanie Ling, Kalli Niedoba and Ellis Sam.

Sunday, Oct 5

Same Paper
Book Launch
Project Space
2 – 236 E Pender St.

Based in Beijing & Shanghai, Same Paper was founded by Same Studio (Xiaopeng Yuan & YJ Wang) in 2013. Curated by Vancouver-based Yu Su, this multimedia book launch event presents four books published by Same Studio and one other self-publisher who is also a photographer, Shen Li.


Yes, But Is It Edible?
with Will Holder and
Alex Waterman
Western Front
303 8th Ave.

New Documents and the Western Front present a performative reading by editors Will Holder and Alex Waterman in conjunction with the release of Yes, But Is It Edible?, a scored biography of American composer Robert Ashley for two or more voices.