Events this Week | November 27 – December 3, 2017

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!

Whale in the Door by Pauline Le Bel | Bowen Island

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.

City on Edge by Kate Bird | Surrey

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.

Dead Reckoning: Carys Cragg In Conversation with Wayde Compton

Islanders will have two chances to meet Ron Norman as he reads from his debut novel in Courtenay on Tuesday, November 28, and in Parksville on Wednesday, November 29.

Slouching Towards Innocence by Ron Norman | Courtenay launch

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!

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Sarah Schulman in Vancouver

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.

Crimetown: Vancouver

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 HolbrookFred Wah, Rita WongColin BrowneCatriona Strang, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, and Roy Miki.

Intertidal: The Collected Earlier Poems of Daphne Marlatt launch

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.

Celebrating Sustenance at the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch

Have you read our Q&A with Jack Knox? Pretty funny guy eh? You’ll definitely want to meet Jack in person, which you’ll have the opportunity to do on Saturday, December 2 at Bolen Books in Victoria.

Jack Knox signs Opportunity Knox

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.

Fighting for Space by Travis Lupick | Vancouver

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