Community Events: January and February 2019

Check out these fabulous literary events happening around the Lower Mainland in January and February. Submit your own events here.

Book Launch for Reproduction by Ian Williams
Thursday, January 24 at 6pm

Random House Canada invites you to celebrate the publication of Reproduction, a debut novel by Ian Williams. Please join us for refreshments and an on-stage conversation with Ian and Aaron Rabinowitz. Books will be available for purchase from Massy Books. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Free. VFS Café, 390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Twisted Poets: Alex Leslie, Shazia Hafiz Ramji & Stephen Collis
Thursday, January 24 at 7pm

Join Pandora’s Collective Outreach Society for a literary salon featuring Alex Leslie, Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Stephen Collis. Sign up for open mic begins at 7pm, reading begins at 7:30pm. By donation. HOOD 29 (formerly Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

Robbie Burns Day Celebration
Friday, January 25 at 11:30am

Please join SFU Surrey, and the community as we celebrate the birthday of Robbie Burns. If you’ve never heard Robbie Burns poetry, participated in a bagpipe procession or tasted haggis (or quite simply you can’t get enough), this will be a real treat! To get into the spirit of the occasion, feel free to dress in traditional Scottish attire, or sport your favourite tartan colours! Free. SFU Surrey Campus, 250-13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey.

Indigenous Storyteller in Residence: Launch Event
Wednesday, January 30 at 7pm

Celebrate and get to know the 2019 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, Joseph A. Dandurand! Discover how he will support cross-cultural communication and honour storytelling in its many forms through exciting events, workshops and more. Free. Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Literary Workshop hosted by pulp MAG
Monday, February 4 at 3pm

A call to all writers aspiring publication: do you have a piece of writing you’re thinking about submitting but not quite sure if it’s ready? Bring it by our office! Our literary editors would love to take a look and help you get your work to its highest potential! Free. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey.

Best of Cap Readers’ Choice Awards
Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30pm

The third annual Best of Capilano Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by the Capilano Courier, will honour the best of the University’s ever exciting community, as voted by the student body. All are welcome! Free. Capilano Courier, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver.

34th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival
Saturday, February 9 to Thursday, February 14 (various times)

New timeline, new energy: set aside the second week of February for an extended literary treat! The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival will warm up your winter nights with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, Israel and New Zealand. This popular cultural extravaganza attracts sought-after authors and a wide audience from across the Lower Mainland. The six days of the Festival are packed with inspiring and entertaining literary events including unique meet-the-author opportunities, readings and panel discussions, the annual book club event, children’s and youth authors, wellness and food subjects and two onsite bookstores – new and used, open throughout the week. There is something of interest for every age group and literary taste. Tickets: FREE-$24. Various locations.

Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories
Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm

In Swelling With Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories, creative non-fiction writers celebrate LGBTQ2 families and the myriad of pathways to parenthood. Join editor Sara Graefe and contributors for an evening of honest, heartfelt, unabashedly queer stories covering a gamut of issues and experiences. Free. Montalbano Family Theatre, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Ninth Anniversary Showcase
Saturday, February 16 at 7pm

Come celebrate nine years of fierce, independent, and inclusive literary programming with us. This event will feature six amazing writers reading their work + a fundraiser for writers from across the country who are in need of support + the usual conviviality and good times you’ve come to expect from a RVWS event. Featuring: Ian Williams, Farzana Doctor, Eve Lazarus, Alex Leslie, Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Brandi Bird. Free. Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver.

Poets Corner Reading Series
Wednesday, February 20 at 7pm

Poets Corner operates on the third Wednesday of every month at our fabulous host venue, Massy Books, in Chinatown. This month’s reading features Leslie Timmins, Susan Gillis, Randall Maggs. Come and hear the latest from these talented poets as they read from their just-launched publications. By donation. 229 E. Georgia St, Vancouver.

Book Launch: Andrea Loewen’s Feeling Better: A Field Guide to Liking Yourself
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7pm

Attend the feel-good launch of Andrea Loewen’s Feeling Better: A Field Guide to Liking Yourself – A guide to healing from someone who’s been there. Featuring a reading, signing, and Q&A with Loewen. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

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.

In Conversation: Angie Thomas
Thursday, February 21 at 7pm

Join New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Angie Thomas as she discusses her new novel, On the Come Up, a story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free. $26. Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard Street, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky