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An Evening with GEORGE SAUNDERSSee more
Saturday, April 8th
7:30 pm at Ambrosia Centre
638 Fisgard St
Tickets $10 | $50 for 2 tickets + book

(doors at 7 pm) • cash bar

If you aren't familiar with George Saunders, now is your chance! The author of the bestselling The Tenth of December, Saunders is an absurdist, humanist, satirical master of both the essay and the short story. His long-awaited first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is garnering huge acclaim, and we are delighted to present an evening with one of our very favourite writers!

A moving and original father-son story Lincoln in the Bardo features none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. It is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

Poetry Launch: Lorna Crozier • Rhonda GanzSee more
Tuesday, May 30th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00) at Munro's Books
Free to Attend

Join us for the launch of two exciting collections of poetry from award-winning poet Lorna Crozier and debut Victoria poet Rhonda Ganz!

In her newest collection, What the Soul Doesn't Want, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. At the same time, she revels in the quirkiness and whimsy of the natural world: the vision of a fly, the naming of an eggplant, and a woman who - not unhappily - finds that cockroaches are drawn to her.

In her debut collection, Frequent, Small Loads of Laundry, poet Rhonda Ganz brazenly mixes darks with lights and dares to peg out the quirky and bizarre, both real and imagined, with all seams showing. From spontaneous combustion to suicide, from pterodactyls to pumpkin pie, Ganz is obsessed with the way people behave in moments of intimacy and domesticity. With her sharp wit and painterly abstractions, she pairs the banal with the absurd to expose the flaws of love –the frayed edges of belief and despair. Strung up, these poems are an authentic clothesline of hearsay, fabrication, doomsaying and half-truths. Ganz takes the ordinary, gives it a poke and a spin and snaps it out to dry.

See some of our past events below:
Book Launch: Deborah Willis • The Dark and Other Love StoriesSee more
Tuesday, February 21st
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00) at Munro's Books
Free to attend

Join us for a very special book launch for Governor General's Award-nominee (and former Munro's staff member) Deborah Willis!  Deborah's debut collection Vanishing and Other Stories was nominated for the the 2009 Governor General's Award for fiction as well as the BC Book Prize and the Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best Books of 2009.  As the great Alice Munro said, "The emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and the deftness, is astonishing."

The Dark and Other Love Stories  is Deborah's highly anticipated second collection of stories.  It features stories about girls at summer camp, a young man and his pet crow, and a drug dealer who applies to be on the first manned mission to Mars. A master at inhabiting the minds of outsiders, of immigrants, transplants, and refugees, Willis moves deftly between stories that span entire lifetimes and others that detail tiny moments: a summer, two weeks in Russia, one Halloween night. The book explores love in its flawed guises, never relying on easy clichés, and—despite its darkness—always allowing a light, feathery hope to sing through at the end.

Joining Deborah will be special guest Clea YoungShe will be reading from Teardown, her debut collection of stories from Freehand Books.

Jack Knox • Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of CanadaSee more
Wednesday, October 26th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00)
Free to attend

Please help us celebrate the launch of Hard Knox: Musings From the Edge of Canada, a treasure trove of west-coast wit and wisdom from veteran Times Colonist columnist Jack Knox. 

Whether you’re a born-and-bred Islander, a transplanted Albertan in the throes of culture shock, or a confused tourist, we all have something to learn from the school of Hard Knox.

Steven Price • By Gaslight Book LaunchSee more
Tuesday, September 13th
7:30 pm (doors at 7:00)
Free to attend

Please join us for the launch of one of the most anticipated books of the year--By Gaslight by the award winning poet and novelist Steven Price.

A magnificent literary historical-suspense novel in the tradition of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries, Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers, and Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the WhiteBy Gaslight is a riveting, atmospheric portrait of two men on the brink. Moving from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, the novel is a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

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