Community Events: April and May 2019

There are a variety of exciting book launches and other literary events coming up. Remember to submit your own literary event here!

Verses Festival of Words
April 25 – May 4

Canada’s largest alternative literary arts festival, Verses Festival of Words offers up dynamic programming celebrating a broad definition of literary arts, including spoken word poetry, storytelling, page-based poetry, singer-songwriters, improvisers, and more. Come be swept away in a wave of word-bending wonder, where activism and art take centre stage. Experience the transformative power of words, written, spoken, and sung. Various costs, various locations in Vancouver.

Book Launch: Maddie Makes Money
Friday, April 26 at 5:30pm

Maddie Makes Money marks the return of cheeky, fearsome Maddie, and is sure to delight mischievous kids. Come along, meet the author, Sonia Garrett, hear her read and share with fellow book enthusiasts. Free. Lynn Valley Community Room, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.

LitFest New West – 2019
Friday, April 26 – Saturday, April 27

LitFest New West’s aim is to bring together a variety of programming through readings, storytelling, workshops, and discussions. Attend events featuring a variety of writers including Jónína Kirton and Rob Taylor. Register online. Free. Various venues, New Westminster.

Book Launch: Doublespeak
Saturday, April 27 at 7pm

Join award-winning author Alisa Smith for the launch of Doublespeak, the highly anticipated sequel to Speakeasy, a Walter Scott Prize Academy recommended book of 2018. Richly detailed and with a twisting plot, Doublespeak is an entrancing post-WII noir set in opulent and dangerous Siam. Books available to purchase. Free. Red Truck Beer Company, Mezzanine area, 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Death Threat by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee
Sunday, April 28 at 7pm

A showcase of resistance, resilience and empowerment – and the Vancouver launch of Vivek Shraya and Ness Lees new book! Death Threat perfectly expresses the feeling of being exposed to the hurtful and threatening presumptions of strangers, transforming a hideous and constrictive mindset into beauty and love. Features performances from Vancouver Poet Laureate Christie Lee Charles and local favourite Tawahum, as well as highlighting the emerging power of local youth artists. $18 – $20. York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

fine. an evening of storytelling and otherwise
Monday, April 29 at 8:31pm

On April 29th, a mix of five talented writers and comedians will get onto a stage and share work that, if you like, you can come and listen to. Featuring: Alain Williams, Wanda John-Kehewin, Kyla Jamieson, DJ On and Angelica Poversky. Music by Maneater. Hosted by Cole Nowicki. Free. The Lido, 518 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Rue des Rosiers, by Rhea Tregebov
Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30pm (doors 6:30)

Join us in celebration of the release of Rue des Rosiers, by Rhea Tregebov, award-winning author of The Knife Sharpener’s Bell. In Tregebov’s stunning new novel, a young Canadian woman’s search for her own identity brings her to Paris in 1982, and face to face with the terror of an age-old enemy. Includes a reading, Q & A, and book signing. Free. Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver.

Paseka Book Launch with Ruth James and Kent Laforme
Thursday, May 2 at 7pm

Come join author and lifelong educator Ruth James for a charming reading of Paseka: A Little Elephant, Brave. Joining her will be master stone sculptor Kent Laforme of Studiostone Creative for an hour of finger puppet and diorama creation, as well as a special photo station with a life-size Paseka illustration. Books available for sale and signing. Generously supported by kidsbooks, Raincoast Books and Page Two. Free. Kidsbooks, 2557 West Broadway, Vancouver.

Friends of the VPL: Spring Used Book Sale
Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4

Bargains galore on gently used children’s and adult books, DVDs, CDs and more! Everything is half price on Saturday. Please bring your own bags. Proceeds support special library projects and programs. Various prices. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Spring Writes Festival 2019
Thursday, May 2 to Sunday, May 5

The Federation of BC Writers celebrates BC writers at our 3rd annual Spring Writes Festival in Nanaimo. Author readings, skill-building workshops, a publishing industry panel, open mic, meet and greet, write-ins and blue pencil editing sessions will inspire writers of all skill levels. Free to $73. Various venues in Nanaimo.

Book Warehouse Main Street 5th Birthday
Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5

Book Warehouse will be toasting their five years as a store in style, all weekend, with prize giveaways and treats! Stop in and say hi and share your favourite book(s) of the last 5 years, while finding your next fave. Free. Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver.

Poets Corner
Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm

Poets Corner showcases talented poets on the third Wednesday of each month. May’s reading is a special posthumous launch of Governor-General Award Winner E.D. Blodgett’s Apostrophes VIII. Ten readers will pay tribute to Ted and his poetry and read their favourite poems from this volume. Admission by donation. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Hasan Namir’s War / Torn
Thursday, May 16 at 7pm

Book*hug and Vancouver Public Library are pleased to present  Hasan Namir, Lambda Literary Award winning author, in celebration of his poetry debut with War / Torn. Namir will be joined by Dina Del Bucchia, David Ly, Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Jordan Scott. Free. Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

CanWrite! 2019
Thursday, May 16 at 5 pm to Sunday, May 19 noon

Canadian Authors National Conference, hosted by Canadian Authors–Metro Vancouver Branch. Please see website for registration options and prices. Gage Residence, 5959 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Sea Trial by Brian Harvey
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm

In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight excruciating accusations. Free. Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver.

VanCAF’s Comics Classroom
Friday, May 17 at 11am

Comics Classroom is a free workshop series focused around comics creation. Each hour-long workshop is taught by a comics professional working in the industry today. Space is limited so register today. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

In Conversation: Nafiza Azad
Saturday, May 18 at 1pm

Join local author Nafiza Azad as she launches The Candle and the Flame, her debut fantasy novel! Free. Chapters Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby.

Ziya Tong in Conversation with Elizabeth May
Thursday, May 23 at 8pm

An Emmy-nominated broadcaster and co-host of Daily Planet, Ziya Tong’s forthcoming book, The Reality Bubble, presents her formidable understanding of the urgent problems confronting our world. $10/$12. Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver.

Real Vancouver Spring 2019 Literary Showcase Explosion!
Friday, May 24 at 7pm

The second event of the year for Real Vancouver Writers’ Series sees us returning to the grunt gallery (the Accessible Amenity Space beside the gallery, actually) for an evening of incredible readings by writers from Vancouver and Toronto. Free. grunt gallery, 116-350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky