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Reading: Gail Anderson-Dargatz • The Spawning GroundsSee more
Tuesday, February 14th
12:00 pm at GVPL Central Branch
735 Broughton St.
Free to attend

Please join two-time Giller-shortlisted author Gail Anderson-Dargatz as she reads from her long-awaited new novel, The Spawning Grounds.  An intimate family saga rooted in the Thompson-Shuswap region of BC, The Spawning Grounds is saturated with the history of the region and is a bold new story that bridges Native and white cultures across a bend in a river where the salmon run.

The novel hovers beautifully in the fluid boundary between past and present, between the ordinary world and the world of the spirit, all disordered by the human and environmental crises that have knit the white and Native worlds together in love, and hate, and tragedy for 150 years.

Come hear Gail read from her new novel and stick around for a Q&A and book signing!


Book Launch: Deborah Willis • The Dark and Other Love StoriesSee more
Tuesday, February 21st
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00) at Munro's Books
Free to attend

Join us for a very special book launch for Governor General's Award-nominee (and former Munro's staff member) Deborah Willis!  Deborah's debut collection Vanishing and Other Stories was nominated for the the 2009 Governor General's Award for fiction as well as the BC Book Prize and the Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best Books of 2009.  As the great Alice Munro said, "The emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and the deftness, is astonishing."

The Dark and Other Love Stories  is Deborah's highly anticipated second collection of stories.  It features stories about girls at summer camp, a young man and his pet crow, and a drug dealer who applies to be on the first manned mission to Mars. A master at inhabiting the minds of outsiders, of immigrants, transplants, and refugees, Willis moves deftly between stories that span entire lifetimes and others that detail tiny moments: a summer, two weeks in Russia, one Halloween night. The book explores love in its flawed guises, never relying on easy clichés, and—despite its darkness—always allowing a light, feathery hope to sing through at the end.

Joining Deborah will be special guest Clea YoungShe will be reading from Teardown, her debut collection of stories from Freehand Books.

Poetry Launch: Julie Paul • The Rules of the KingdomSee more
Tuesday, February 28th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00) at Munro's Books
Free to attend

A lapsed religion still emits / faint signals; God, / in his satellite dish, / groans / moving on.

Home, family, meaning, belonging…the cornerstones of the human experience have never seemed so fragile. In The Rules of the Kingdom, local author Julie Paul turns her keen eye to the many warring kingdoms we all inhabit. Winking and profound, her poems take on the universal struggles that play out in our homes—sex, religion, identity—with all the intimate wisdom that characterizes her short fiction.

Come watch Julie read from her debut collection of poetry, then stick around for a Q&A period, refreshments, and a signing!

An Evening with GEORGE SAUNDERSSee more
Saturday, April 8th
7:30 pm at Ambrosia Centre
638 Fisgard St
Tickets $10 | $50 for 2 tickets + book

(doors at 7 pm) • cash bar

If you aren't familiar with George Saunders, now is your chance! The author of the bestselling The Tenth of December, Saunders is an absurdist, humanist, satirical master of both the essay and the short story. His long-awaited first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is garnering huge acclaim, and we are delighted to present an evening with one of our very favourite writers!

A moving and original father-son story Lincoln in the Bardo features none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. It is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?


See some of our past events below:
Jack Knox • Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of CanadaSee more
Wednesday, October 26th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00)
Free to attend

Please help us celebrate the launch of Hard Knox: Musings From the Edge of Canada, a treasure trove of west-coast wit and wisdom from veteran Times Colonist columnist Jack Knox. 

Whether you’re a born-and-bred Islander, a transplanted Albertan in the throes of culture shock, or a confused tourist, we all have something to learn from the school of Hard Knox.

Steven Price • By Gaslight Book LaunchSee more
Tuesday, September 13th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00)
Free to attend

Please join us for the launch of one of the most anticipated books of the year--By Gaslight by the award winning poet and novelist Steven Price.

A magnificent literary historical-suspense novel in the tradition of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, and Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the WhiteBy Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

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