With media being overtaken with messages of Black Friday, shopping, and pre-holiday deals, we need some respite. The perfect antidote? A gathering of bookish people for stories and discussion. Plus, any consumerism (aka book purchases) at these events will benefit local authors, publishers, and booksellers.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Pauline Le Bel speak about her new book, Whale in the Door, you’ll have another chance on Monday, November 27 on Bowen Island. Bonus treat: she sings too!
Another not-to-be-missed author, Kate Bird, will be presenting her fantastic talk and slideshow in Surrey on Monday, November 27. Learn all about our history of protests, rallies, and riots.
In Vancouver on Monday, November 27, join Carys Cragg, presenting her memoir Dead Reckoning: How I Came To Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, in conversation with author and community advocate Wayde Compton. Cragg will share her experience meeting her father’s killer and what she hopes the future will hold for offenders and victims of crime.
American novelist, playwright, historian and lesbian rights activist Sarah Schulman will be presenting from her award-winning book, Conflict Is Not Abuse on Wednesday, November 29 in Vancouver. This event is sure to draw a big crowd!
Join two eminent local historians for a romp through Vancouver’s sordid past in Crimetown: Vancouver on Thursday, November 30. Award-winning authors Aaron Chapman and Eve Lazarus will join forces for this intriguing event of debauchery and corruption.
There’s been a certain shortfall in the poetic department this week, so we are glad to see the launch of Daphne Marlatt‘s Intertidal collection on Thursday, November 30 in Vancouver. A incredible gaggle of poets will read from Marlatt’s work, including Susan Holbrook, Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Colin Browne, Catriona Strang, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Roy Miki.
If you’re in Vancouver on Saturday, December 2, you will not want to miss Sustenance, a truly fresh serving of writing and community activism from poet laureate Rachel Rose. Contributors to Sustenance have donated their honoraria to the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program and a portion of sales from every book will go towards providing a refugee or low-income family with fresh, locally grown produce, and at the same time will support B.C. farmers, fishers, and gardeners.
On Saturday, December 2 at the Carnegie Community Centre, journalist Travis Lupick will be reading from his new book and discussing the ongoing fentanyl crisis. The Carnegie is in the heart of the DTES, the community most impacted by this crisis, so it’s really the perfect venue for the event.