Community Events: February and March 2020

Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Thursday, February 27 at 7pm

Features Cornelia Hoogland, Adrienne Drobnies & Natasha Boskic + Open Mic. Sign up for open mic begins at 7pm. Host Daniela Elza. Suggested donation of $5.  HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

Meet the Author with Alexander Tilney
Thursday, February 27 at 7pm

Embark upon an evening of discussion with Alexander Tilney, author of The Expectations. The Expectations follows Ben Weeks, a multi-generational legacy student and squash champion, and Ahmed Al-Khaled, the son of a fabulously wealthy Dubai sheik, as both boys try to survive their first year at an elite but stumbling boarding school. The book looks directly at class, whiteness, love, legacy, squash, physical bliss/agony, Dubai, money, and self-doubt. Above all, it is a tender, sharp, and evocative debut about the pain and treachery of adolescence, and the difficulty–wherever one finds oneself–of truly belonging. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light fare will be provided. Tickets: $22. Christianne’s Lyceum, 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

A Talk with Aaron Chapman
Friday, February 28 at 8pm

Join Aaron Chapman for a fascinating talk on the history of Vancouver nightclubs as described in the bestselling book, Vancouver After Dark.  Copies of Vancouver After Dark will be available ($32.95) for Aaron to sign following the talk. Free. Vinyl Records, 319 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Book Launch: The Guardians of Zoone
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm

Celebrate with author Lee Edward Födi as he launches The Guardians of Zoone, the sequel to The Secret of Zoone! There will be some goodies and giveaways. Free. Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver.

Aaron Chan Book Launch: This City Is a Minefield
Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm

Join debut author Aaron Chan for the launch of his memoir This City Is a Minefield, a collection of reflective memoir and personal essays about growing up and coming of age as a young gay Chinese man in Vancouver. With special guests Hiromi Goto and Candie Tanaka! Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Vancouver Story Slam – March
Tuesday, March 10 at 8pm

Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorites. Featuring storytellers Avneet Johal, Clark Antonich, Danielle Benzon, Eloise Eaton, Erin Meehakopp, Jodi Alanda, Karen Spears, Torsten Schoeneberg, Trish Irvin, and Tyler Gooden. The evening will open with a story from special guest, three-time Storytelling Championship finalist Mike Funergy. Tickets: $5. HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival
March 11-15, various times

Growing Room is Room magazine’s annual literary and arts 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). The festival started in 2017 by Room collective member Arielle Spence, was continued in 2018 and 2019 with Chelene Knight, and is now directed by current managing editor Jessica Johns. The festival is made possible through all the love, labour, and vision of the Room staff and volunteers and the community of which the organization hopes to represent and reflect.

Room is committed to deepening our learning about inclusion and accessibility, both within the systemic structures of the festival and the creative curation. Growing Room is a celebration, a protest, a reflection, a re-visioning, a gathering, a question, and a dream. Various locations.

An Evening With North Shore Authors – Readings and Book Sale
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm

Celebrate and enjoy literature from authors on the North Shore! Join local authors as they read from their diverse works, which are all part of the North Shore Authors Collection at the three North Shore library systems. Book sales begin at 6:30pm and author readings at 7pm. Free. West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky