Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Stories are the result of what happens in a writing workshop environment, learning to discover one’s inner voice. Attend this FREE creative writing group!

Join Una Bruhns and Deborah Kelly in a Creative Writing Adventure. Encourage your creativity through prompts, stories, vignettes, poems, musings and haiku. Learn to translate your inner voice into the printed word by writing from slices of your lives and everyday life experiences.  All levels welcome.

Bring paper, pen and any creative work you would like to share.

This is a drop-in program.

Location:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into his father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.

Location:
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

The story of a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one-and that exception becomes the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: mother and dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons.

Please join us for a discussion on this riviting atypical family drama by Karen Joy Fowler.

Location:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a cup of tea and a lively discussion! Next Meeting: Thursday June 8th from 2:30pm–3:30pm All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. This month we’re reading Hag-seed, by Margaret Atwood. At this meeting, we’ll select our next book!

Whether you are well-seasoned in Book Clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our new Afternoon Tea Book Club at Parkgate Library. We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to show up ready for a good discussion.

Free, no registration required. For more information contact Carys (brownc@nvdpl.ca) 

Location:
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Heralded internationally as the Sherlock Holmes of Canada, John F.C.B. Vance was Vancouver’s first forensic investigator. During his 40-year career (1907-1949) Vance was constantly called upon to use his skills in serology, toxicology, firearms, trace evidence and autopsy to solve hit-and-run, robberies, and some of the most sensational murder cases of the twentieth century. His skills and analytic abilities were so effective that there were seven attempts on his life, and for a time, he and his family were under constant police guard. In 1932 Vance’s pioneering work in forensics was recognized when he was given the honorary title of Inspector and put in charge of the newly formed Police Bureau of Science. Eve Lazarus is a North Vancouver-based writer who has a passion for unconventional history and a fascination with murder. Her books include the BC bestsellers Cold Case Vancouver: the city’s most baffling unsolved murders and Sensational Vancouver. Her latest book Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver’s first forensic investigator came out in May. Eve blogs obsessively at Every Place has a Story (evelazarus.com) and curates a Facebook page under the same name.

Location:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for an interesting book club discussion on The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma:

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, this is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river, they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact--both tragic and redemptive--will transcend the lives and imaginations of the book's characters and readers. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Call 604-987-4471 ext. 8175 for more information.

Location:
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for an interesting book club discussion on H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald:

As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H. White’s tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White’s struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. 

Learn More about our Drop In Book Clubs.

Call 604-987-4471 ext. 8175 for more information.

Location:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm