Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Update: please note the start time of this program is 2:00pm. Our e-newsletter incorrectly stated this program takes place at 6:00pm. 

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, March 2, 2021 - 2:00pm

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 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 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, March 2, 2021 - 2:30pm

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every Tuesday on Zoom to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award. The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more—nominated authors will be joining in virtually for special presentations!Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring. Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca.

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!

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8152.

Location:
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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 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, March 3, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

2021 Red Cedar Book Award nominee Tanya Lloyd Kyi will present on her book, Mya’s Strategy to Save the World.

Tanya is the author of more than twenty-five books for children and young adults, both fiction and non-fiction.  In Mya’s Strategy to Save the World, Mya, who aspires to be a U.N. representative, launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving of a phone.

Join us as Tanya shares how her real life experiences inform her writing!

The presentation is suited to children in grades 4-7.

Individuals may register online. Classes from North Vancouver District Elementary Schools are also invited to attend.

For more information, contact Danielle at [email protected] or 604-984-0286 ext. 8184

Location:
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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 Caroline Criado Perez's Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men.

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, March 4, 2021 - 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 [email protected] 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, March 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you! Bring the book you are reading and get together with other Super Kids for half an hour filled with book-related activities. 

Attend all 3 sessions for the most SUPER experience!

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!

Registration required. Register online or call Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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 International Women's Day.

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 to receive a reminder and let us know you're participating - this will help us learn how many people in our community are joining together to Stay Home and Read!

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, March 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

Hey, kids in grades 4-7! This Book Club’s for YOU! We’re meeting every Tuesday on Zoom to discuss nominated titles for the Red Cedar Book Awards!

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join the Red Cedar Book Club and choose who wins British Columbia’s Red Cedar Book Award. The Club will discuss the nominated titles, do fun activities, write reviews and more—nominated authors will be joining in virtually for special presentations!Choose what books you want to read from the nominees list, and vote for your favourite in the spring. Find more info and this year’s nominated titles at www.redcedaraward.ca.

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!

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8152.

Location:
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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 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, March 10, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Settle in with a cuppa home brew and chat with other book folk!

We’ll supply the books; you just have to read the book and join us via Zoom ready for a good discussion! 

All are welcome to the Afternoon Tea Book Club. Whether you are well-seasoned in book clubs or have never been in one, we invite you to participate in our Afternoon Tea Book Club live via Zoom.

This month, we're reading Where Do Lost Dogs Go by Susannah Charleson. NOTE: this book is only available as an audiobook through Libby/Overdrive. If you need help locating a copy of the book, please call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Registration required to receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. 

We’re hosting this virtual program on Zoom. An email address is required for registration. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the program.

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

Location:
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you! Bring the book you are reading and get together with other Super Kids for half an hour filled with book-related activities. 

Attend all 3 sessions for the most SUPER experience!

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!

Registration required. Register online or call Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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 [email protected] 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, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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 Susan Orlean’s The Library Book.

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the devastating 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times’ bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a never-before-done way. Along the way, you will meet some of the colourful real-life personalities of the LAPL all the way back in the 1880s, including a teenager, an adventurer, and a fruit farmer.

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:
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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 Man in the Red Coat  by Julian Barnes. 

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 [email protected].

Location:
Monday, March 15, 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 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 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, March 18, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Are you in Grade 3 and would like to join a Book Club?

If your answer is yes, then Super Kids Book Club is for you! Bring the book you are reading and get together with other Super Kids for half an hour filled with book-related activities. 

Attend all 3 sessions for the most SUPER experience!

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!

Registration required. Register online or call Jean at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

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 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 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, March 23, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Get together (virtually) with fellow food-enthusiasts and put a cookbook to the test!

Every month we’ll select a new cookbook or cookbook author from the NVDPL collection and you pick recipes you’d like to try out. At the meeting, you’ll share your experience with the recipe!

March is for Martha!

We'll be cooking recipes from the cookbooks of Martha Stewart. You can try any of the recipes in her cookbooks or visit www.marthastewart.com for more recipes!

A copy of the book will be available at Capilano Library. Come have a look and pick out a recipe to try!

Remember to tag @nvdpl when you post your delicious creations on social media! 

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:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Kids! Get your hands on the newest book and read it first!
 
Advance Reading Copies are books that haven’t even been published yet. In this club, you will have the chance to read and review brand new books that haven’t even hit the shelves! You’ll get an exclusive sneak peek at unpublished books and choose one to take home and review. At each meeting, we’ll discuss the books we’ve read. 
 
A selection of books will be available for members to pick up at the Lynn Valley Library. Recommended for ages 9-12. 

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. 

Registration required. Register online or call Danielle at 604-984-0286 ext. 8184If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Location:
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
 
Grief over the death of a loved one is a universal experience. The complex grief over the death of one’s child can only be fully understood by someone who has experienced such a loss. 
 
Here in North Vancouver is a chapter of an international peer-support group for bereaved parents called The Compassionate Friends (TCF). The chapter leaders, Jan Bryant and Cathy Sosnowsky, will share their personal grief journeys and how The Compassionate Friends continues to support parents whose children have died at whatever age and from whatever cause. They will also offer hints for how to help parents in grief.
 
 
About Cathy and Jan 
 
Cathy Sosnowsky’s teenage son died in a freak accident over 20 years ago.  Besides playing a leadership role in North Shore’s TCF chapter, she gives writing towards healing workshops and has authored three books based on her grief journey: Holding On: Poems for Alex; Snapshots: A Story of Loss, Love and Life; and Finding Heartstone: A Taste of Wilderness. Learn more about Cathy: www.cathysosnowsky.com 
 
Jan Bryant joined TCF after her ten-year-old daughter, Lindsay, died from a fall. Jan is a semi-retired Counsellor and Educator, parent and grandmother, birder, singer, artist, knitter, and all-around creative handy person. Learn more about Jan: www.janbryant.ca   
 

This meeting will be held on Zoom. What you’ll need to attend: a computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam, or your smartphone/tablet.

Registration required. Register online or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.

Location:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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 [email protected] 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, April 1, 2021 - 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 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 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, April 6, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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 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:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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