Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys.

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Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Would you like to learn to make your own comics and graphic novels?

Comic artist, Janice Liu, will guide you through the entire process of creating a one-page comic story, from brainstorming to scriptwriting to artwork. Artists will learn new skills, develop their stories, and finish the series with their very own comic! 

This Comic Making Workshop series is best suited for kids and tweens aged 10-14. For more info, email Kaley at YoungK@nvdpl.ca or Jessie at HawkesJ@nvdpl.ca.

Janice Liu is the owner & instructor at Young Artists' Place. She graduated from the University of Toronto, and has been teaching art since 2013. Janice is the comic artist of Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, a bilingual graphic novel published in 2019. She was also one of the contributors to Shuster Award-winning, Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Location:
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Test out new recipes and Cook the Books with us!  

Bring your comfortable folding chair (library chairs will also be available) and share your recipe experiences with other fellow food-enthusiasts. During this time of COVID-19, we will be practicing social distancing, hand sanitizer will be available, and no food please!

We will meet outside under the Parkgate Library awning overlooking the courtyard.

This month’s pick:  Cookbooks by Gordon Ramsay OR pick a cookbook from your personal home library!

All ages, seasoned or beginners are welcome to drop in for a savoury conversation!

We look forward to seeing you but ask that you:

  • Refrain from visiting if you, or someone you’ve been in contact with, is experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Postpone your visit if you have travelled internationally within the last 14 days.

Follow all posted guidelines for visiting the library during this time.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 and ask for Jean for more information. 

Location:
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

There’s so much in this life that is a mystery, but we suspect that reading mystery books is really fun! Join the Armchair Detectives to chat about your recent mystery reads and get suggestions from others about what – or what not – to read next. To miss this meeting would be a crime!

This month, we'll be discussing the novels of Peter James; specifically, the Roy Grace series.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

This meeting will be held on Zoom. Session will open at 2:45pm for attendees to test their connections and devices.

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Thank you for your interest in attending this event with Bob Joseph. This event is now full. 

Join us for an important North-Shore wide community conversation as we discuss 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality, by Bob Joseph.

Based on a viral article, “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act” is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

This discussion will deepen our collective learning following the November 17 event, An Evening with Bob Joseph. NVDPL has 12 copies of the book. Place a hold through the online catalogue or look for a Speed Read copy at your local branch! 

If you have any questions, call your local library

For this virtual program, we’ll be using Zoom. What you will need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet.

Registration required. Register here with your email. We will send you a Zoom link in advance of the program. 

This event is presented in partnership with North Vancouver City Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library. 

Location:
Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country.

Russian-American Andrei moves from Brooklyn to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother during the height of Putin’s consolidation of power. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei's politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Would you like to learn to make your own comics and graphic novels?

Comic artist, Janice Liu, will guide you through the entire process of creating a one-page comic story, from brainstorming to scriptwriting to artwork. Artists will learn new skills, develop their stories, and finish the series with their very own comic! 

This Comic Making Workshop series is best suited for kids and tweens aged 10-14. For more info, email Kaley at YoungK@nvdpl.ca or Jessie at HawkesJ@nvdpl.ca.

Janice Liu is the owner & instructor at Young Artists' Place. She graduated from the University of Toronto, and has been teaching art since 2013. Janice is the comic artist of Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, a bilingual graphic novel published in 2019. She was also one of the contributors to Shuster Award-winning, Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Location:
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Anne Griffin’s When All Is Said.

This is the story of Irishman Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each, he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves, and triumphs.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 7:30pm

Looking for a new book club with a digital twist? Join us for our new Libby Book Club!

We’ll be picking some top reads from the Libby app by OverDrive and discussing them every month! Read or listen to the book before the meeting and drop in via Zoom for a good discussion.

This month, we are reading Anne Tyler's Redhead by the Side of the Road.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Please read or listen to the book before the meeting. Registration required to receive Zoom invitation. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Not your average book club!

Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. At the Teen Advance Readers’ club, you’ll have the chance to read and review brand new teen books that haven’t even hit the shelves!

You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished teen fiction, then choose a book to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books and pick our read for the coming month!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

ARC Book Club is available for teens grade 7-12.

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

Get cozy, grab a book, and enjoy a night in!

We might be staying closer to home these days, but have you read everything on your to-be-read pile?! Carve out some time for yourself, get into your comfy clothes, grab your favourite hot beverage, and settle in for a cozy night of reading in the comfort of your own home. We’re calling on you to read at home in tandem others in your community.

We’re sharing a theme each month but feel free to read whatever interests you!

This month's theme is Holidays, Storytelling, and Family Traditions.

Register online for a digital reminder to start reading!

Connect with us on social media @nvdpl to show us what you’re reading when you Stay Home and Read!

This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Register for all of them for the optimal experience!

This meeting will NOT take place on Zoom. Put away your microphone and webcam, close your computer, and simply enjoy an evening offline reading!

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

Would you like to learn to make your own comics and graphic novels?

Comic artist, Janice Liu, will guide you through the entire process of creating a one-page comic story, from brainstorming to scriptwriting to artwork. Artists will learn new skills, develop their stories, and finish the series with their very own comic! 

This Comic Making Workshop series is best suited for kids and tweens aged 10-14. For more info, email Kaley at YoungK@nvdpl.ca or Jessie at HawkesJ@nvdpl.ca.

Janice Liu is the owner & instructor at Young Artists' Place. She graduated from the University of Toronto, and has been teaching art since 2013. Janice is the comic artist of Chicken Soup & Goji Berries 中药鸡汤, a bilingual graphic novel published in 2019. She was also one of the contributors to Shuster Award-winning, Wayward Sisters: An Anthology of Monstrous Women.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Location:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Calling all aspiring novelists, poets, screenwriters, and journalists!

The Teen Writer’s Group is a place where young writers can develop their skills, set aside dedicated time for writing, and get ideas from other teen authors. Each session will involve learning and practicing a writing skill and time to work on your own writing projects. Please bring something to write on (a notebook, laptop, or tablet work great).

This group is for teens who are in high school (grades 8-12). 

Registration required. Register online or email Jessie at hawkesj@nvdpl.ca for more information.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Who says Monday mornings can’t be fun? Are you looking to join a book club but don’t know where to start? Join us for Monday Morning Book Club! Just have the book read before the meeting and drop in! 

This month, we're reading and discussing The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Registration is required in order to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom.

What you’ll need to attend: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

For more information about Monday Morning Book Club, email David at milnerd@nvdpl.ca.

Location:
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Get cozy, grab a book, and enjoy a night in!

We might be staying closer to home these days, but have you read everything on your to-be-read pile?! Carve out some time for yourself, get into your comfy clothes, grab your favourite hot beverage, and settle in for a cozy night of reading in the comfort of your own home. We’re calling on you to read at home in tandem others in your community.

We’re sharing a theme each month but feel free to read whatever interests you!

This month's theme is New Beginnings, Learning New Skills, and Trying a New Author.

Register online for a digital reminder to start reading!

Connect with us on social media @nvdpl to show us what you’re reading when you Stay Home and Read!

This event takes place on the first Saturday of every month. Register for all of them for the optimal experience!

This meeting will NOT take place on Zoom. Put away your microphone and webcam, close your computer, and simply enjoy an evening offline reading!

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Looking for a new book club with a digital twist? Join us for our new Libby Book Club!

We’ll be picking some top reads from the Libby app by OverDrive and discussing them every month! Read or listen to the book before the meeting and drop in via Zoom for a good discussion.

This month, we are reading Sara Donati's Where the Light Enters.

This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event. We will be using Zoom Meetings, so your mic and video will be turned off when you enter the event.

Please read or listen to the book before the meeting. Registration required to receive Zoom invitation. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.

Location:
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us as we listen to and discuss Wade Davis’ 2009 CBC Massey Lectures series The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World ! Wade Davis will join us for the last session to discuss where we go from here.

In Polynesia, we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific ten centuries before Christ. In the Amazon we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from forty-five years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. Finally, we settle in Borneo, where the last rainforest nomads struggle to survive.

Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy -- a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, and Polynesia to the Arctic.

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.

Location:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 10:45am

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Ann Patchett's The Dutch House.

This family drama spans a half-century and centers around siblings Danny and Maeve’s relationship to each other and the “Dutch House” of the title. After their mother abandons them, and their father dies, their stepmother expels them from their house when they are still youths. This is the story of changing fortunes and family relationships told with compelling psychological and emotional insight.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Lynn Valley Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 2:30pm

Did you recently get a new tablet or smartphone? Eager to see what is available through the Library on your device?

Whether you want to learn how to read ebooks and e-audiobooks using Libby or learn a new language using Mango, this session will help you familiarize yourself with all these applications and more!

Note: these are not in-depth instructional sessions for each app, but rather an overview of  free e-resources available at NVDPL. Some specific instructional programs are offered. Check the Events Calendar on our website for more information!

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.

Location:
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

After a shocking breakup, therapist Lori Gottlieb realizes that she, too, could use a therapist. As she tells the story of her visits to a therapist she calls Wendell, she also explains many of the theories behind how therapy actually works, and how it helps people re-write the narratives they tell about themselves.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from (insert meeting “location”). There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age.

In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award, this book explores race, class, and privilege with lightness and verve.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us as we listen to and discuss Wade Davis’ 2009 CBC Massey Lectures series The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World ! Wade Davis will join us for the last session to discuss where we go from here.

In Polynesia, we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific ten centuries before Christ. In the Amazon we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from forty-five years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. Finally, we settle in Borneo, where the last rainforest nomads struggle to survive.

Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy -- a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.

Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, and Polynesia to the Arctic.

Please note that this session will take place over Zoom. You will need a microphone and speakers, or a headset, in order to take part in the session.

Location:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 10:45am

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow.

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people struggle to battle confusion, panic, and hunger, along with some disruptive outsiders arriving to the community. Fast-paced and without a word out of place, this story shows us how a community can reach to its past to overcome catastrophe.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Capilano Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

There’s so much in this life that is a mystery, but we suspect that reading mystery books is really fun! Join the Armchair Detectives to chat about your recent mystery reads and get suggestions from others about what – or what not – to read next. To miss this meeting would be a crime!

This month, we'll be discussing the novels of Elizabeth George; specifically, the Inspector Lynley mystery series.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-987-4471, ext. 8175.

This meeting will be held on Zoom. Session will open at 2:45pm for attendees to test their connections and devices.

What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Location:
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Join a book club to share your thoughts and hear what others have to say about books that spark discussion, curiosity, and debate!

Join the discussion as we go over Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this novel is set about 100 years after Colson Whitehead’s award-winning book The Underground Railroad. In this novel in the Jim Crow South, teenaged Elroy is sent to a brutal reform school called the Nickel Academy for a crime he did not commit. There, he struggles to hold onto Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s ringing assertion, “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” The trials that Elroy and the other boys go through at the school are reprehensible, but Whitehead leads you through the story with aplomb.

Read the book by the meeting date and register to receive a Zoom link and take part in our virtual book club!

Copies of this book are available to pick-up from Parkgate Library. There are also ebook and e-audiobook versions available online, and copies available through the library catalogue.

This meeting takes place on Zoom. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Registration is required in order to receive an invitation to the session.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone or headset, and a webcam. You can also choose to use your smartphone/tablet.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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