Reading & Literary

Explore book clubs, author readings & more.

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Looking to join a new book club? The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) North Vancouver is hosting a monthly drop in book club at Lynn Valley Library. Join them to discuss books and meet new people!  See below for what they're reading next.

  • September: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
    Tuesday, September 25 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • October: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    Tuesday, October 30 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • November: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    Tuesday, November 27 | 11:30am—1:30pm

Anyone and everyone is invited to join the discussion!Simply read the book before each meeting and drop in. Forfurther information, contact Alison Campbell at acampbell@nvdpl.ca or 604-990-5800, ext. 8118.

Location:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join five local authors and host John Belshaw for a night of vice to discover the dark and seedy side of society.

  • Jackie Bateman, Straight Circles (Anvil Press)
  • Eve Lazarus, Murder by Milkshake (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Amanda Siebert, The Little Book of Cannabis (Greystone Books)
  • W.D. Valgardson, In Valhalla’s Shadows (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Iona Whishaw, A Sorrowful Sanctuary (TouchWood Editions)
  • Host: John Belshaw, author of Vancouver Noir

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Jackie Bateman lives with her family in North Vancouver. Her first novel Nondescript Rambunctious won a national first book competition in Canada, and grew into a trilogy of psychological thrillers. The second novel in the series, Savour, was shortlisted for the 2015 Relit Awards. Straight Circles ties up all of the disturbing threads in a grand psychotic finale. The trilogy has been optioned for a multi-episode TV series. She can be found at www.jacbateman.com.

Straight Circles

http://www.anvilpress.com/Books/straight-circles

Domestic satire meets gripping suspense in Straight Circles, the final, explosive chapter of Jackie Bateman’s Lizzy Trilogy. The original and eccentric cast of characters return in this genre-bending thriller, but not everyone’s getting out alive.

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Eve Lazarus is a Vancouver writer with an Aussie accent and a passion for true crime stories, cold cases, and non-traditional history. She is the author of three Arsenal titles: Cold Case Vancouver: The City's Most Baffling Unsolved Murders (2015), a BC bestseller and 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award at the BC Book Prizes; Blood, Sweat, and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, Vancouver's First Forensic Investigator (2017); and Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer. She is also the author of Sensational Vancouver (2014),Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens (2012), and her book At Home with History: The Untold Secrets of Greater Vancouver's Heritage Houses was a 2008 City of Vancouver book award finalist. 

Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer

http://arsenalpulp.com/bookinfo.php?index=487

When forty-year-old Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death in Vancouver in 1965, the official cause was at first undetermined. The day after Esther's funeral, her husband, Rene, packed up his girlfriend, Lolly; his daughter, Jeannine; and Lolly's son, Don, in the company car and took off for Disneyland. If not for the doggedness of the doctor who treated Esther, Rene (then a charismatic and handsome CKNW radio personality) would have been free to marry Lolly, who was the station's pretty twentysomething receptionist. Instead, Rene was charged with capital murder for poisoning his wife with arsenic-laced milkshakes in one of British Columbia's most sensational criminal cases of the century. Rigorously researched, and based on dozens of interviews with family, friends, and co-workers, Murder by Milkshake documents the sensational case that kept Vancouver spellbound, while providing a snapshot of the city's Mad Men-esque social and political realities in the 1960s.

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Amanda Siebert is an award-winning journalist and photographer best known for her work as the first-ever cannabis editor at the Georgia Straight. When she’s not writing, making photographs, or indulging in the herb, she enjoys road trips, practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and taking her dog, Honey, to the beach.

The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your Life

https://greystonebooks.com/collections/all/products/little-book-of-cannabis

Cannabis. Weed. Bud. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s been a health aid, comfort, and life-enhancer for humankind for more than three thousand years. But while cannabis is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, more than a century of prohibition has resulted in confusion about its status. In this fun, illuminating book, cannabis journalist Amanda Siebert delves deep into the latest research to separate marijuana fact from fiction, revealing ten evidence-based ways this potent little plant can improve your life. She speaks with some of the world’s top researchers, medical professionals, and consultants to answer your burning questions. The Little Book of Cannabis is pragmatic and informative look at better living through cannabis.

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W.D. Valgardson is an Icelandic-Canadian writer. He taught creative writing at the University of Victoria for thirty years. He has won several awards, including the Books in Canada First Novel Award for Gentle Sinners (Oberon Press, 1980) and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for The Girl with the Botticelli Face (Douglas & McIntyre, 1993). Born and raised in Gimli, MB, Valgardson now lives in Victoria, BC.

In Valhalla's Shadows

http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/in-valhalla-s-shadows

A timely and compelling Canadian Gothic crime novel from esteemed Icelandic-Canadian writer W.D. Valgardson. Ex-cop Tom Parsons’s life has been crumbling around him: his marriage and career have fallen apart, his grown children barely speak to him, and he can’t escape the dark thoughts plaguing his mind. Leaving the urban misery of Winnipeg, he tries to remake himself in the small lakeside town of Valhalla, with its picturesque winter landscape and the locals who make it clear that newcomers, especially ex-RCMP, are less than entirely welcome. Tom has barely settled in the town when he finds the body of a fifteen-year-old Indigenous girl on the beach, not far from his home. The police write off Angel’s death as just another case of teenagers partying too hard. But the death haunts Tom, and he can’t leave the case closed—something just doesn’t add up.

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Iona Whishaw is a former educator and social worker whose mother and grandfather were both spies during their respective wars. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband. Visit her at ionawhishaw.com

A Sorrowful Sanctuary: A Lane Winslow Mystery (book 5)

https://49thshelf.com/Books/A/A-Sorrowful-Sanctuary

In the fifth book of the series that the Globe and Mail calls “terrific,” Lane Winslow Lane Winslow is enjoying a perfect, sunny day at the lake when she spots a gravely injured young man drifting in a sinking rowboat. Hypothermic, bleeding, and soaked in icy, bloody water, he is unable to speak, leaving Lane at a loss. What series of events brought him to this grisly fate?

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Host: John Belshaw

John Belshaw is a writer, professor, consultant, and an award-winning historian. He is the author of several books, including Becoming British Columbia: A Population History, and articles in subTerrain and The Walrus. He is also the co-author of Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960 (Anvil Press, 2011), and Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in BC (Anvil Press, 2009). He is the editor of the anthology Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press, 2014), a collaborative project involving more than a dozen writers, filmmakers, and artists. He is currently writing an OpenText on Canadian history.

Location:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

For centuries, the wolf has appeared in legend and lore in many forms: supernatural being, apex predator, ruthless killer and protector. In recent years, the habitats of humans and wolves have continued to overlap, and safe coexistence has become of greater concern. Through remarkable images, startling facts and incredible stories, Paula Wild dispels the myths surrounding this icon of the wilderness and reveals the real wolf.

Register online or at 604-984-0286, ext. 8144. 

Paula Wild is the author of seven books including The Cougar (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013), which was a gold winner in the Foreword Reviews IndieFab Awards nature category. She’s feasted on fresh oolichan grease in the Bella Coola Valley, paddled the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon River and lived off the grid in the rainforest of northern Vancouver Island. She currently calls Courtenay, BC, home.

Location:
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Advance Readers' Club. Please note that this program is now full. 

 

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 the next meeting, we’ll discuss the books, with snacks of course, and do it all over again!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

Location:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to read the book and show up ready for a good discussion! 

November 8: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

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 at Parkgate Library.

No registration required. Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.  

Location:
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm

Looking to join a new book club? The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) North Vancouver is hosting a monthly drop in book club at Lynn Valley Library. Join them to discuss books and meet new people!  See below for what they're reading next.

  • September: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
    Tuesday, September 25 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • October: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    Tuesday, October 30 | 11:30am—1:30pm
     
  • November: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
    Tuesday, November 27 | 11:30am—1:30pm

Anyone and everyone is invited to join the discussion!Simply read the book before each meeting and drop in. Forfurther information, contact Alison Campbell at acampbell@nvdpl.ca or 604-990-5800, ext. 8118.

Location:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Paws 4 Stories is a St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Community Service that is designed to assist in helping to improve reading skills of children. In this program, children have the opportunity to read to a friendly, certified therapy dog. Reading to a therapy dog can be motivating and especially beneficial for children who are hesitant or anxious about reading.

Ages 6 -12. Sessions are 20 minutes in length -  children can sign up for a maximum of three sessions each.

Registration required. Call 604-984-0286, ext. 8141 or visit the Lynn Valley Children’s Desk. Registration is first-come, first-served, though priority will be given to those who have not participated before. 

Location:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you enjoy talking about the book you are reading with other awesome readers? 

If your answer is yes and you are in Grade 3 or 4, join Page Turners, a kid’s book discussion group at the Parkgate Library. We will participate in book game activities, crafts and discussions. Don’t forget to bring the book you are reading!

For kids in Grade 3 & 4.

Space is limited. Register online or at 604-929-3727, ext. 8166.  PLEASE NOTE:  if registering online, please indicate name of child, and, whether child is in grade 3 or grade 4.  

Location:
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Thank you for your interest in the Teen Advance Readers' Club. Please note that this program is now full. 

 

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 the next meeting, we’ll discuss the books, with snacks of course, and do it all over again!

Don’t miss your chance to READ IT FIRST!

Location:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to read the book and show up ready for a good discussion! 

November 8: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

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 at Parkgate Library.

No registration required. Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.  

Location:
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to read the book and show up ready for a good discussion! 

November 8: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

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 at Parkgate Library.

No registration required. Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.  

Location:
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Do you love to talk about what you’re reading? Want to try something new or read outside your comfort zone? Join the Books to Talk About Book Club to talk about books that spark discussion, curiosity and debate. If you’ve read the book...drop into a discussion! No registration is required. 
 
2018-2019 Schedule for the Parkgate Afternoon Book Club
 
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin Tuesday, October2  2:30pm 
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson  Tuesday, November 6  2:30pm 
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Tuesday, December 4  2:30pm 
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  Tuesday, February 5  2:30pm 
Brother by David Chariandy Tuesday, March 5     2:30pm 
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome  Tuesday, April 2  2:30pm 
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde Tuesday, May 7    2:30pm 
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  Tuesday, June 4  2:30pm 

Copies of the first book will be available starting August 23. After that, books will be available after book club meetings in print format. All books are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the books are also available in other formats, such as print, ebook, audiobooks, and more. Ask staff to help you find a copy!

Want to receive meeting reminders and information about the books via email?

CLICK REGISTER above or call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 to provide your email. 

A full schedule for all branches is available here. 

Location:
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

We’ll supply the books and the tea; you just have to read the book and show up ready for a good discussion! 

November 8: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

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 at Parkgate Library.

No registration required. Drop in! Call 604-929-3727, ext. 8166 for more information.  

Location:
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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