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Community Events: July

Looking to escape the heat on this warm summer days? Check out these fabulous literary events coming up this month. Remember to submit your own event here.

TWS Reading Series Featuring Eileen Cook
Thursday, July 4 at 8pm

Award-winning novelist Eileen Cook heads a great line-up of TWS alumni and new and emerging local authors who will be sharing published and unpublished works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit the website to see the full playbill. Free. Hood 29 (Cottage Bistro), 4470 Main Street, Vancouver.

Make Believe: The Secret Library Of M. Prud’homme
Friday, July 5 at 10am to Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm

Explore a remarkable collection of fakes and forgeries in this display from the recently-discovered Prud’homme Library, ranging from rare vases to space exploration logs, false obituaries to oil paintings. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the creativity of the ages – and question what you know – during this temporary exhibition of new national treasures. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver.  Call (306) 654-2221 for more info.

CBC’s Booked @VPL: Shelley Wood
Saturday, July 6 at 11am

Be part of the audience for a live recording as Globe & Mail best-selling, award-winning author Shelley Wood joins CBC Radio host Sheryl MacKay in conversation. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver.

Amitav Ghosh on ‘The Great Derangement’
Tuesday, July 9 at 8pm

Join acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh speaks in a special presentation where he charts the complicity of fiction in shaping the priorities and consumer choices of the world we have created. He will get audiences to think of our current moment on earth as the “time of the Great Derangement”. Tickets $15-$50. SFU Woodward’s Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Vancouver Story Slam
Tuesday, July 9 at 8pm

Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorites. Storytellers are Afnan Ali, Darcy Bandeen, Fiona Hanington, Frank Talaber, Jeff Rotin, Jon Beasley-Murray, Liv, Mike Funergy, Ruth de la Giroday, and Soo Jeong. $5. Hood 29 (Cottage Bistro), 4470 Main Street, Vancouver.

Make Believe: Art Opening and Literary Reading
Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30pm

Join us for the opening of the latest art exhibit in the new 8th floor gallery space at the Central Branch: Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme – A Rare Collection of Fakes. Free Exhibition Area and Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8 Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

The Beats in India with Deborah Baker
Wednesday, July 10 at 6pm

Join Pulitzer Prize nominee Deborah Baker as she takes us back to the moment when America’s edgiest writers, Allen Ginsberg and his companions, looked to India for answers as India looked to the West. On July 10th at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Baker will explore the fifteen months that Ginsberg spent in India and the lasting influence it had on both himself, and on American counterculture. Tickets $15-$20. SFU Woodward’s Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Make Believe: Teen Gala Art Opening
Thursday, July 11 at 7pm

Join curators Heather Jessup and Claire Battershill for a tour of the latest art exhibit in the new 8th floor gallery space at the Central Branch: Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme – A Rare Collection of Fakes. Free. Exhibition Area and Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8 Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Infusion-YA Book Festival
Saturday, July 13 at 10am

Welcome to the INFUSION-YA Book Festival, British Columbia’s first ever literature festival for the young adult genre! Featuring authors the likes of Sabina Khan (The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali), Nafiza Azad (The Candle and the Flame), Jennifer Sommersby (Sleight), Rachel Lynn Soloman (You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone), and many more; this is a day you do not want to miss. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Poets Corner Reading Series
Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm

Poets Corner showcases talented poets on the third Wednesday of each month. July’s reading features two out-of-towners and a local. Surrey’s Poet Laureate Emerita, Renée Sarojini Saklikar joins Clea Roberts from Whitehorse and Kerry Gilbert from Vernon. Admission by donation. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia St, Vancouver. 

Make Believe: All-Ages Family Art Opening and Concert
Saturday, July 20 at 11am

Join curators Heather Jessup and Claire Battershill (with their own children and families!) for a hands-on exploration of the latest art exhibit in the new 8th floor gallery space at the Central Branch: Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme – A Rare Collection of Fakes. Free. Exhibition Area and Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8 Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Make Believe: Creative Writing Workshop – History, Forgery, and Fiction
Saturday, July 20 at 2pm

As a writer how do you create historical fiction or poetry that feels authentic? Writing together we will create lively and unusual characters and settings from other times, and figure out how to tell truthful lies about the past. Free. BMO Community Program Room, Level 9 Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

See for Yourself: Walk and Workshop with Artist and Accessibility Advocate, Carmen Papalia
Thursday, July 25 at 6:30pm

See for Yourself is a one-on-one tour experience where participants take turns subjectively describing art objects, architectural details, and other museum visitors to a participant who is shutting their eyes. Free. Exhibition Area and Creative Residency Offices, Level 8 Central Branch VPL, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens at the Spiral Cafe!
Friday, July 26 at 7pm

Join YA author Tanya Boteju and a small group of young LGBTQ+ writers and performers for an evening of readings, discussion, food, and fun! Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens has been named a Top 10 YA/kids book for the summer by the American Booksellers Association. Free. Spiral Café, 418 Craigflower Rd, Victoria.

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Lauren Dembicky