Community Events: January and February 2020

Jungle Perspectives: Learning from the Work of Jane Goodall
Thursday, January 30 at 7pm

Dr. John Crocker spent eight months as a student studying families of wild chimpanzees with Jane Goodall in Tanzania and shared the lessons he learned there in his book, Following Fifi. He will recount how the experience influenced him as a family doctor and father. Free. West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

Literature Alive
Thursday, February 6 at 7pm

The Douglas College Creative Writing Department presents Literature Alive, an evening with three distinguished guest authors: Chelene Knight, Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Ian Williams. Free. Douglas College Studio Theatre, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster.

35th Annual JCC Jewish Book Festival
February 8 – February 13, various times

Set aside the second week of February for an extended literary treat! Warm up your winter nights with an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the US, Israel and South Africa. 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 subjects and two onsite bookstores new and used, open throughout the week. Free to $24. Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series 10th Anniversary Showcase
Thursday, February 13 at 7pm

It’s been 10 whole years! Come celebrate with us at the Russian Hall with a beautiful roster of readers, prizes, prizes, prizes, and warm hearts. Starring: Cassandra Blanchard, Mercedes Eng, Michael Melgaard, Mallory Tater, Fred Wah and Yilin Wang. Hosted by Sean Cranbury and Dina Del Bucchia. Free. Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver.

Best Canadian Stories 2019 at Book Warehouse
Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm

Join the launch of Best Canadian Stories 2019! From the intersection of young love and old traditions, to the epic lives of plants, to the intricacies of family stories, the writers in Best Canadian Stories 2019 use the art of storytelling to explore and wrestle, in rich, diverse, and arresting ways, with the issues and concerns of contemporary Canadians. Featuring: Shashi Bhat, Zsuzsi Gartner, Cathy Stonehouse, and editor Caroline Adderson! Free. Book Warehouse, 4118 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. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light fare will be provided. Tickets: $22. Christianne’s Lyceum, 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky