Upcoming events & programs

E.g., 2017-09-20
Friday, October 6
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

What is love? How do we define it? Join us for a lively panel discussion with three Vancouver authors who challenge our perceptions and understanding of romantic love.

The panelists:

Mandy Len CatronMandy Len Catron, originally from Appalachian Virgina, now lives in Vancouver where she teaches English and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her first book, How to Fall in Love with Anyone, is a series of personal essays that explore what it means to love someone, to be loved, to fall in love and how we present that love to the world. Her article "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This" was one of the most popular articles published by the New York Times in 2015.

Carrie JenkinsCarrie Jenkins is a writer and award-winning public philosopher based in Vancouver. Her book What Love Is and What It Could Be presents her new theory on the nature of romantic love that brings together its humanistic and scientific components and explains how our acceptance of non-traditional relationships - including homosexual, interracial and non-monogamous ones - will continue to evolve in the future. She is Canada Research Chair in philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Principal Investigator on the multi-year inter-disciplinary Metaphysics of Love project, and the host of a new podcast, "Labels of Love."

Zoey Leigh PetersonZoey Leigh Peterson's fiction has appeared in the Journey Prize anthology and Best Canadian Stories. Zoey's first novel, Next Year, For Sure is the story of a relationship that stumbles into the world of polyamory forcing both partners to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love. Zoey calls Vancouver home, but is currently living in Austin, Texas.

Program is free but space is limited. Please register online or by calling 604-436-5410.

Tuesday, October 17
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join bestselling author Chris Czajkowski and her gregarious and lovable pack dog Harry for a presentation based on her new book, Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, which provides a fascinating and sometimes humourous depiction of living in the wilderness - from a dog's eye view.  

Books will be available for purchase ($22.95), cash only.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 25
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join Eve Lazarus for a romp through Vancouver's criminal past as she draws on cases from her latest book Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's first forensic investigator.

Heralded internationally as the Sherlock Holmes of Canada, during his four-decade long career (1907-1949) Vance was constantly called upon to use his skills in serology, toxicology, firearms, trace evidence and autopsy to solve some of the most sensational murder cases of the 20th 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.

Eve is the author of many titles including: "Cold Case Vancouver: the City's most baffling unsolved murders", "Sensational Vancouver", "Sensational Victoria : bright lights, red lights, murders, ghosts & gardens", "At Home With History : the untold secrets of Greater Vancouver's heritage homes" and more.

Books will be available for purchase ($20), cash only.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Free, but seating is limited. Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled, so please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Saturday, October 28
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it's between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulness, the practice of nonjudgmental awareness can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others.  In this workshop, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and the author of The Five Keys to Mindful Communication explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, as a result enhancing our relationships and helping us reach our goals.

Chapman highlights five key elements of mindful communication—silence, mirroring, encouraging, discerning, and responding—that make it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. Other topics include: 

  • Identifying your communication patterns and habits
  • Uncovering the hidden fears that often sabotage communication
  • Staying open in the midst of difficult conversations so that we can repond wisely and skillfully
  • Learning how mindful communication can help us to become more truthful, compassionate and flexible in our relationships 

Free but seating is limited. Please register online, by calling 604-299-8955 or in person at the Library.

Thursday, November 2
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A passionate and powerful collection of photographs that proves that, for better or worse, Vancouver knows how to make its voice heard.

Vancouver has long been a city on edge. From the 1907 Asian race riots to the Amchitka protests, from Doukhobor demonstrations to the Stanley Cup riots, Vancouver has a long and rich history of making its opinions and passions known, and in some cases, felt.

In City on Edge, Kate Bird presents striking images of the moments when the city stood up, took to the streets, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. Whether planned or spontaneous, revolutionary or reactionary, peaceful or destructive, these moments caught on camera are proof of the unique restless energy and constant appetite for change in this wildest of cities.

Books available for purchase.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-522-3971, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.

Thursday, November 2
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meet author Sebastien de Castell as he shares secrets about his new YA fantasy series Spellslinger! Shadowblack, the second book in the series, is coming soon. De Castell has published over five titles both locally and abroad.

Spellslinger is the first in a fantasy series featuring protagonists Kellen and Ferius Parafax. When Kellen's magic disappears prior to his first mage's duel, he relies on his skills of deception to dodge disgrace – That is until Ferius Parfax arrives on the scene offering another path.

The program will be held in the Cameron Recreation Centre's (9523 Cameron Street) Willow Room, near the Cameron branch. This program is free and open to all ages, but space is limited. Be sure to register online.

Tuesday, November 7
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

A passionate and powerful collection of photographs that proves that, for better or worse, Vancouver knows how to make its voice heard.

Vancouver has long been a city on edge. From the 1907 Asian race riots to the Amchitka protests, from Doukhobor demonstrations to the Stanley Cup riots, Vancouver has a long and rich history of making its opinions and passions known, and in some cases, felt.

In City on Edge, Kate Bird presents striking images of the moments when the city stood up, took to the streets, and rallied for change—or exploded in anger. Whether planned or spontaneous, revolutionary or reactionary, peaceful or destructive, these moments caught on camera are proof of the unique restless energy and constant appetite for change in this wildest of cities.

Books available for purchase.

Free, but seating is limited. Please register by phone at: 604-299-8955, or online.

If you cannot attend the program, please contact the Library so someone else can have your spot. Thank you.