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Upcoming Author Events

We're working constantly to line up new and exciting author events for you to enjoy. Check this page regularly to stay up to date with all the latest news..
 

 

Salman Rushdie

September 20th | 7:30 PM (Doors @ 7)
Alix Goolden Performance Hall

(Ticket & Book: $44)(2 Tickets & 1 Book: $54)

The literary event of the year! After more than a decade, Salman Rushdie returns to Victoria!

The Booker Prize winning author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses will read from and discuss The Golden House, his fictional exploration of politics, social status, and culture during the Obama years, with CBC’s Gregor Craigie. A new book by Salman Rushdie is always cause for celebration and excitement; this is an event you won’t want to miss.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Penguin Random House.

(SOLD OUT. SIGNED STOCK WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE STORE THURSDAY SEPT 21)



AUTUMN 2017
(All events listed below are free to attend and in-tore, unless otherwise noted)

Angie Abdou & Kara Stanley

October 3rd | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Get ready for our first double author event of the year! Angie Abdou presents her fifth work of fiction, In Case I Go, a new kind of ghost story following a family escaping the big city for a small town that isn’t as ideal as they remember it. Kara Stanley, author of Fallen, also joins us with her sophomore novel Ghost Warning, a coming of age tale of a young woman who escapes one unravelling world for another, and the small community she builds for herself as she attempts to make sense of it all. Don’t be afraid to escape with us into these books on October 3rd at 7:00.


This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Caitlin Press.



Dawn Green

October 5th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


The winner of last years Bolen Books Children's Book Prize presents her most recent novel, How Samantha Smart Became a Revolutionary, a pre-dystopian page turner set in a world unsettlingly like our own. With a torn society driven by pointed fingers and fear, the only person who can lead the revolution has been labeled a terrorist by the media. One day a regular high school student, the next the leader of a rebellion, Samantha Smart asks the question: will you stand when others won't?


This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Red Deer Press.


 

Ken McGoogan

October 17th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

The Northwest Passage has been a riddle for more than 500 years, one that has shaped the world. With Dead Reckoning, award winning historian Ken McGoogan takes us from the 16th century to the present day, introducing the forgotten heroes of the passage and revealing the truths that underlie our history. Integrating previously untold stories, McGoogan, who has explored the North with Fatal Passage and Lady Franklin's Revenge, brings Arctic exploration into the 21st century.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and HarperCollins Canada.

 



Aaron Williams

October 20th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


When we imagine the beautiful scenery of BC we never imagine the people caught in it's increasingy intense forest fires. Our province's weather and geography make it an incredibly dangerous place to have to combat an out of control wildfire. Aaron Williams takes us inside that blazing hot world in his gritty and unforgettable memoir, Chasing Smoke.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Book and Harbour Publishing.



 



Shannon Sinn

October 23rd | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Halloween is the season for scary stories, ghosts, and mysterious creatures. Join us as Shannon Sinn presents stories from The Haunting of Vancouver Island, a collection of true life ghost stories from our own backyard. Discover the truth about the specters we live with; you may want to keep your light on at night.


This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Touchwood Editions.



 



Kayleen Vanderee and Danielle Gumbley (with Bolt and Keel)

October 30th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


When brothers Bolt and Keel were abandoned behind a garbage bin of a local park their future was uncertain. Kayleen Vanderee and Danielle Gumbley found them and, unable to take them to the animal shelter, they took the eager cats on a mountain adventure. Now they are stars, with thousands of people watching as the brothers experience the wonders of BC, sights a house cat couldn't even imagine. On October 30th you can experience the incredible journey the four have taken together in their book Bolt and Keel, told through Kayleen Vanderee's own stunning photographs.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Countryman Press.
 

Howard Stewart

November 2nd | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


While many books have been written about the Straight of Georgia and the North Salish Sea, few can compare to the comprehensive and detailed study found in Views of the Salish Sea. These bodies of water have been instrumental in human history, and continue to provide life and culture to our province and country. On November 2nd we invite you to be enamored with the history, biology, and economics of a resource we can't afford to lose.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Harbour Publishing.


 



Pauline Le Bel

November 3rd | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

For generation upon generation, the Squamish People thrived in the Howe Sound region until industrialization destroyed its diversity of life. After much needed time to heal it's former beauty is beginning to return, but the modern world continues to push back. On November 3rd Pauline Le Bel examines the life that flows through her home's waters and people, the importance of its survival, and her own relationship with the Sound. With a foreword by Elizabeth May, this enlightening novel will inspire the environmentalist in everyone.

The event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Caitlin Press.
 



Ron Norman

November 6th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Former Deputy Minister and Head of Communications of BC, Ron Norman, joins us to present his first novel, Slouching Towards Innocence. Perhaps it is no surprise that this fictional tale is pinned against the world of BC Politics, with all it's duplicity, scandal, and comedy on display. Terry Fallis has gone on record saying "I’d love it even more if it weren’t quite so plausible." Let's cross our fingers on November 6th and hope that the truth isn't always stranger than fiction.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Now or Never Publishing.



 



AMI MCKAY

NOVEMBER 7th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.

 

From Ami McKay, author of the beloved The Birth House, comes The Witches of New York, a bold new vision of women's lives. Join us as McKay follows a trio of powerful women trying to survive the 1880’s cityscape. Already a bestseller and book club favorite, The Witches of New York is sure to enchant.


This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Knopf Doubleday Publishing.




 



Alison Watt

November 9th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


On December 6th of 1917, Halifax, Nova Scotia was changed forever by one of the worst disasters in Canadian history. Two ships collided, and the largest man-made explosion ever at the time ripped the district of Richmond apart. For her literary debut, Alison Watt has focused on this dark time to present a tale of the transformative power of art, those impacted by the explosion and World War, and their resilience in the face of disaster.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Broadview Press.


 

Keith Ogilvie

November 15th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


Skeets Ogilvie, a brave World War II spirtfire pilot, experienced a true wartime adventure. A young pilot of the British Royal Air Force, Skeets found not only turmoil while in the war but also love. After injury, imprisonment, escape, and lots of luck, Skeets made it back home, and on November 15th his grandson Keith Ogilvie joins us to share the incredible true story.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Heritage House Publishing.

 



Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens

November 16th | 7:00 PM
Free to attend. Books will be available for purchase.


Our love for Canada has been on our mind a lot this year, and we can't think of a better duo that emulates that like Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens. For Canadianity, named after their hit podcast, they have drawn from their combined experience as showbiz veterans to present a hilarious journey across this land that we love. Made partly of beer, pop-culture, and irreverent humour, this book will have you in stitches.

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and HarperCollins Canada.


 

Alan Doyle

November 18th | 2:00 PM
Book signing. Free to attend.


Keeping to the personal tone of Doyle’s first novel, his follow-up, Newfoundlander in Canada, presents the portrait of a rocker from a small fishing village experiencing the diversity and wonder of the Canadian mainland. Be sure to get in line early if you want to meet this legendary Canadian musician!

This signing is brought to you by Bolen Books and Doubleday Canada.


 



Jack Knox

December 2nd | 2:00 PM
Book signing. Free to attend.


Jack Knox joins us once again at Christmastime to sign copies of his upcoming book, Opportunity Knox. The collection of over twenty years worth of material will have you rolling on the floor with laughter, sharing the priceless moments and insights that have helped make him a household name. This is a book signing you won't want to miss!

This event is a presentation of Bolen Books and Heritage House Publishing.