Community Events: November and December 2019

Escape the frosty air and discover one (or all) of the many exciting literary events coming up in Vancouver. Remember to submit your own events here.

North Shore Authors Collection Celebration
Thursday, November 21 at 7pm

Celebrate with the West Van Library as they proudly present this year’s North Shore Authors Collection, a new collection to showcase the gifted writers in our midst. Meet and mingle with our talented local authors while exploring their diverse works and ideas. Presented in partnership by North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver District Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library. Free. 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

Indigenous Brilliance Autumn 2019
Friday, November 22 at 7pm

Indigenous Brilliance returns for its final event of the year! Indigenous Brilliance is Room Magazine and Massy Books’ quarterly series dedicated to raising the voices of Indigenous women, Two-Spirit and queer writers, artists and storytellers. Free. Massy Books, 229 East Georgia Street, Vancouver.

CBC’s Booked @VPL: Anosh Irani
Saturday, November 23 at 11am

Be part of the audience for a live recording as award winning author Anosh Irani joins CBC Radio host Sheryl MacKay in conversation about Irani’s newest book, Translated from the Gibberish: Seven Stories and One Half Truth. Free. Montalbano Family Theatre, Level 8 of the Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.

Vancouver for Beginners by Alex Leslie Book Launch
Monday, November 25 at 6:30pm

Book*hug and Book Warehouse Main Street invite you to celebrate the hometown launch of Vancouver for Beginners by Alex Leslie! Join Alex, and special guest readers Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Estlin McPhee and Amal Rana on Monday, November 25, 2019. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and readings will get underway at 7pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Free. Book Warehouse Main Street, 4118 Main Street, Vancouver.

Meet the Author: Anosh Irani
Thursday, November 28 at 7pm

Join Christianne’s Lyceum for their 2019-2020 Meet the Author Series to read the incredible works of literature being created in our own backyards. Embark upon an evening of discussion with the authors themselves. It’s a 100 Mile Diet for the mind! Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light fare will be provided.

Their guest this November is Anosh Irani, author of The Parcel. “As engrossing as any thriller, Anosh Irani’s fourth novel offers readers so much more. An aggregate of storytelling accomplishments, The Parcel captivates with its vividly rendered characters and commands the reader’s attention by way of unnerving – and at times profoundly disturbing – portraiture of an abject group at the bottom of an already denigrated community at the heart of India’s booming financial hub, Mumbai, itself an impossibly complex and rapidly changing metropolis of some 12 million souls.” – Quill and Quire 

Twisted Poets Literary Salon
Friday, November 29 at 6pm

Features Linda King, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Renee Norman + Open Mic. Suggested donation of 5$. No one turned away. Everything goes to the features of the night. HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

TWS Reading Series with Stella Harvey
Thursday, December 5 at 8pm

Novelist and short story author Stella Harvey headlines this monthly reading series. Hosted by SFU’s The Writers’ Studio, the night’s line-up features local fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writers. Free. HOOD 29 (previously known as The Cottage Bistro), 4468 Main Street, Vancouver.

Vancouver Story Slam Storytelling Championship
Tuesday, December 10 at 8pm

The grand finale of a year-long live storytelling competition. Ten of Vancouver’s best writers and performers tell original stories and compete for the title of 2019 Story Slam Champion. Tickets: $14 in advance, $17 at the door. The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver.


Lauren Dembicky