Community Events: July and August 2019

Check out these exciting literary events coming up. Remember to submit your own event here.

Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Thursday, July 25 at 7pm

This edition of the Twisted Poets Literary Salon features Daniel G Scott, Bill Arnott, Jude Neale & Bonnie Nish, hosted by Bonnie Nish. Sign up for open mic begins at 7pm. Suggested donation: $5. Hood 29 (formerly the Cottage Bistro), 4470 Main, Vancouver.

In-Person with Eve Lazarus
Friday, July 26 at 12pm

Meet author Eve Lazarus in-person. She will be in store signing and talking to guests about her books including Murder by Milkshake. Coles Bentall Centre, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

Summer of Inclusion Open Mic
Saturday, July 27 at 1pm

Join Artists Helping Artists and the BC Writer’s Guild for a special Poetry Open Mic. The featured poets will be sharing their poetry and prose inspired by the summer season and the concept of “Inclusion” followed by an open mic for the audience to share their own works. Free. Artists Helping Artists, 7724 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby.

In Memory: Wayson Choy
Saturday, July 27 at 2pm

Join the VPL for a special tribute event to celebrate and remember Vancouver-born author Wayson Choy (1939-2019). Features readings from local writers who have been inspired by Choy’s legacy and his many remarkable contributions to the literary community. In partnership with the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, Asian Canadian & Asian Migration Studies UBC and UBC Creative Writing Program. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
Sunday, July 28 at 8pm

Travel back in time to remember the good, bad, and awkward parts of growing up. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is a live, open-mic storytelling event where courageous adults share their childhood and teenage writing on stage. Tickets: $17.85. The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Spartacus Book Club: I’m Afraid of Men
Monday, July 29 at 7pm

This July, the Spartacus Book Club will be discussing I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya. The Spartacus Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome! There are some regular attendees, and others come for just one book. It’s okay to attend even if you haven’t read the book or haven’t finished it yet. Free. Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver.

fine. an evening of storytelling and otherwise
Monday, July 29 at 8:33pm

On July 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 Carleigh Baker, Emily Davidson, Ola Dada, Taran J. Kootenhayoo, Aidan Chafe and music by Mr Merlot, hosted by Cole Nowicki. 19+. Free. The Lido, 518 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2019
August 9-11, various times

The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 9-11, 2019, and includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend. Various prices. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.

CBC’s Booked @VPL: Janie Chang
Saturday, August 10 at 11am

Be part of the audience for a live recording of Globe & Mail best-selling, critically acclaimed author Janie Chang speaking to CBC Radio host Jason D’Souza. Free. Montalbano Family Theatre, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Comics for Comics
Sunday, August 11 at 12pm

Visit Cloudscape Comics this August to make comics, and be rewarded with comics! For every strip, page or jam you make, you’ll be allowed to take one comic home, either from our selected public library, or from the stash of Cloudscape books! This is a great way to encourage reading and drawing, and is suitable for people of all ages and all walks of life. Free. Cloudscape Comics, 5955 Ross Street, Vancouver.

Author Talk: The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood
Monday, August 12 at 7pm

Former West Vancouverite Shelley Wood will talk about her best-selling debut novel, The Quintland Sisters, a fictional coming-of-age story bound up in one of Canada’s strangest true tales: the ‘miracle’ birth of the Dionne quintuplets in Northern Ontario in 1934. Free. West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

In Search of the Sasquatch with John Zada
Tuesday, August 13 at 7pm

Join respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Zada for a night of storytelling, photography, prizes and readings from In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch, a haunting foray into the BC-origins of North America’s favourite cryptoid. Free. Massy Books, 229 E Georgia Street, Vancouver. For more info contact

Vancouver Story Slam
Tuesday, August 13 at 8pm

Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorites. Storytellers are Al Tee, Ashwika Alexander, Burcu Ozdemir, Cassandra Brien, Christopher Taylor, Jo Dworschak, Karen Spears, Marylee Stephenson, Torsten Schoeneberg, and Zed Payne. Tickets: $5. Hood 29 (formerly the Cottage Bistro), 4470 Main, Vancouver.

Make Believe: A Creative Writing Workshop for Teens
Wednesday, August 14 at 4pm

How do you make up a person? How do you create a world that readers want to explore too? Sharing tricks from professional writers, we will make mind-altering characters, fascinating stories, and weird places that feel real but are entirely made-up. Free but registration required. Vancouver Public Library Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky