Community Events: February and March 2019

Looking for a literary escape? There are many fabulous events happening in February and March. Submit your own events here.

Galiano Literary Festival
February 22-24, various times

26 authors from BC and across Canada converge on Galiano for three days of writing workshops and readings. Held at the gorgeous Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. Prices vary. 76 Madrona, Galiano Island BC V0N 1P0

Friends of the Richmond Library : Mini Book Sale
Saturday, February 23 at 11:30am – 4pm

“Friends of the Richmond Library” – a non-profit charitable organization is organizing a mini book sale of children’s books and adult fiction at Richmond Public Library, Cambie Branch on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 11:30 am – 4 pm. All proceeds will benefit Richmond libraries. All books $2. Unit 150- 11590 Cambie Road, Richmond

Book Launch: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui
Sunday, February 24 at 2pm

Join Toronto author and Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui in conversation about family secrets, the surprising history of ginger beef, and the brave ingenuity with which people across the country get by in a celebration to launch her new book, Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants. Free. Chinatown House, 188 East Pender Street, Vancouver.

Fine. (an evening of storytelling and otherwise)
Monday, February 25 at 8:33pm

On February 25th, a mix of four talented writers and comedians will get onto a stage and share work that, if you like, you can come and listen to. (Really, only if you want. No pressure. It’ll be nice, though.) Featuring Dina Del Bucchia, Beni Xiao, Autumn Schnell and Emmett Hall with music by Only A Visitor. 19+. Free. The Lido, 518 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins
Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins is a free event at the Central Library that brings writers and thinkers together to address the changing face of CanLit with a focus on what it means to refuse the status quo and imagine new possibilities. Moderated by Hannah McGregor. Panelists include Jessica Johns, Keith Maillard, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Erika Thorkelson. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Meet the Author: Travis Lupick
Thursday, February 28 at 7pm

Join Christianne’s Lyceum on February 28th to meet Travis Lupick and discuss his book Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction. $22. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Thursday, February 28 at 7pm

Features Rob Taylor, Elee Kraljii Gardiner & Bonnie Nish + Open Mic. Sign up for open mic begins at 7, readings begin at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Twisted Poets Literary Salon runs every fourth Thursday of the month. By donation. HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

Book Launch: The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari
Saturday, March 2 at 7pm

Join Massy Books and Room magazine for the Vancouver launch of Ayelet Tsabari’s The Art of Leaving, in conversation with Gurjinder Basran. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Divided Loyalties by Nilofar Shidmehr
Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm

Celebrate the launch of Nilofar Shidmehr’s short story collection Divided Loyalties, an unflinching look at the lives of women in post-revolutionary Iran and the contemporary diaspora in Canada. Free. Banyen Books & Sound, 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm

Now chronicled in a stunning new book by acclaimed biographer Grant Hayter-Menzies, Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr is a compassionate and thoughtful look into Woo, the politics that surrounded (and still surround) the keeping of wild animals, and a celebration of the wondrous, but tragically short, life of Woo herself. Please join the author at Massy Books on Thursday, March 7 for an intimate reading and discussion, followed by a book signing. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival
March 8-17, various times

Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists which takes place every March on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia). Prices vary. Various locations in Vancouver.

Poets Theatre Workshop with TCR & GAP
March 9-10, various times

The Capilano Review and Griffin Art Projects are collaborating to bring you a two-day poetry & theatre workshop, hosted by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian! Come join us on March 9 & 10 to write, direct, and perform entire short plays. $50. Various locations.

Vancouver Story Slam – March 2019
Tuesday, March 12 at 8pm

Ten storytellers share original stories! $5. Hood 29, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver.

A Night of Poetry
Thursday, March 21 at 6pm

Celebrate UNESCO World Poetry Day at Moberly! Experience poetry recital, music and dance in a multicultural event. If you would like to read poetry during our monthly gatherings at Moberly’s Arts and Cultural Centre or like to participate as a featured poet on UNSECO World Poetry Day, contact Ashok Bhargava at 604-327-6040. Free. Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky