Community Events: May and June 2019

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

CBC’s Booked at VPL: Esi Edugyan
Saturday, June 1 at 2pm

Love books, authors and radio? Be part of the audience for a live recording as New York Times best-selling author and two-time winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Esi Edugyan joins CBC Radio host Sheryl MacKay in conversation. Free. Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Saturday, June 1 at 4:45pm

When Ursula K. Le Guin passed away last January at the age of 88 we lost one of our foremost novelists. Le Guin, mostly known for her science fiction and fantasy novels such as A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness, defiantly held her ground on the margin of American letters until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Ten years in the making, this documentary is an inspiring portrait of a fiercely curious mind. $9-$13. VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver.

A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Canadian Literature
Saturday, June 1 at 5:30pm

Come celebrate the 60th anniversary of Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review with a public reading by innovative poets who are shaping the literary landscape in Vancouver and beyond. Emceed by our poetry editor, Phinder Dulai, the reading will include Jordan Abel, Sonnet L’Abbé, Daphne Marlatt, Cecily Nicholson, and Shazia Hafiz Ramji. Free. Green College Coach House, 6201-6202 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver.

Stories and Snagging: Urban Medicine
Sunday, June 2 at 6:30pm

Join Massy Books for Stories and Snagging: Urban Medicine, an evening of poetry with Tenille Campbell, Smokii Sumac, and Joshua Whitehead. Moderated by Jessica Johns. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Indigenous Voices Awards 2019 Gala
Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm

The Indigenous Voices Awards (IVAs), in their second year, 2018-19 will be honouring “Emerging” Indigenous writers, with a number of awards for unpublished works and for published works. Free but an RSVP is required. UBC First Nations House of Learning Longhouse, located at 1985 West Mall, Vancouver.

Ciné Roman
Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm

Screening of Sleeping Car Murderers (film subtitled in English) a film by Coasta-Gavras (1965) adapted from the novel by Sebastien Japrisot (1962) followed by a debate about the novel and its screen adaptation with Thierry Garrel (producer) and Laurent Sagalovitsch (author) + light refreshments –
First Costa-Gavras feature film with Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli, Catherine Allegret etc. Great casting and fun movie from the 60’s…. The movie is subtitled in English, the debate is in French and the buffet is bilingual! $7 + $2 membership. Studio 16, 1555 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Book Launch for Salt and Ashes by Adrienne Drobnies and Put Your Hand in Mine by Elaine Woo
Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm

Please join Book Warehouse for an exciting evening with refreshments to celebrate the launch of Elaine Woo’s second book of poetry and Adrienne Drobnies’ debut collection, both from Signature Editions. We’ll have a Q and A after the readings and books for sale at the event. Free. Book Warehouse, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver.

Book Launch for On This Patch of Grass: City Parks on Occupied Land
Wednesday, June 5 at 2pm

Join authors Sadie Couture and Selena Couture as they launch their book On This Patch of Grass: City Parks on Occupied Land. Free. UBC Bookstore, 6200 University Boulevard, Vancouver.

Emerge Festival: Writers Read
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm

Celebrate Downtown Eastside (DTES) Small Arts Grants Recipients with an evening of readings. Talented DTES writers reveal their new works from a variety of genres including: Jan Tse Rtwtg, Jessica Wadsworth, Karen Schauber, Karen Stelfox, Mark McLeod, Raziel Reid, Rudolf Penner and Shelley Cox. Free. Vancouver Library Strathcona Branch, 730 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Libby Davies at Massy Book
Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm

Join Massy Books for a reading and signing with former MP Libby Davies, to celebrate the release of Outside In: A Political Memoir. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Anakana Schofield – Author Reading
Thursday, June 6 at 7pm

Join the City of Langley Library for a special author event with Anakana Schofield, an acclaimed Irish-Canadian writer. Bina has been called an unforgettable tour de force in the voice of an ordinary-extraordinary woman who has simply had enough. Through the character of Bina, who is writing out her story on the backs of discarded envelopes, Schofield filters a complex moral universe filled with humour and sadness, love and rage, and the consolations, obligations and mysteries of lifelong friendship. Free. City of Langley Library, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley.

Book launch of Saltwater Spirits
Friday, June 7 at 7pm

Syahidah Ismail’s debut novel, Saltwater Spirits, is a coming of age story set in a mysterious village by the sea. Inspired by midcentury Malay movies, mystery novels and classic fairytales, this is a timeless story examining themes of belonging, displacement, and personal and community resilience. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Alexander Laidlaw in conversation with Philip Huynh
Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm

Join authors Alexander Laidlaw (Dead Flowers) and Phlip Huynh (The Forbidden Purple City) for a evening of readings, celebrating the launch of Laidlaw’s debut collection. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

The Things We Carry: Storytelling at Joy Kogawa House
Saturday, June 15 at 1:30pm

The third set of “The Things We Carry’’ storytelling circles will feature three published authors: Joy Kogawa (from Ontario), Victoria Kuttainen (from Australia) and May Q. Wong (from Victoria, BC). Each author will share her family migration story and reflections on migration. The size of the circles is designed to enable participants to interact with the featured storytellers in an intimate environment in the historic Joy Kogawa House, where acclaimed writer Joy Kogawa grew up. After the presentation by each author/storyteller, there will be time for questions and sharing among members of the circle. $10-$15. Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver.

A Night of Storytelling @ QAF 2019
Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm

Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts Festival. Featuring Kai Cheng Thom, Mey Rude, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti and Michael V. Smith as well as a surprise guest sharing personal stories followed by a conversation about queer identity and the writing process. Free but membership to QAF required ($3 online/$2-$5 at door). Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky