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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Book Publishers is Western Canada’s premier children’s publisher. Orca publishes award-winning, best-selling books in a number of genres.

Read Local BC 2016

October 28 – November 7, 2016

Participating publishers include:
Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Caitlin Press, D&M Publishing, Greystone Books, Harbour Publishing, Heritage House Publishing, McKellar & Martin Publishing, New Star Books, Oolichan Books, Orca Book Publishers, Rocky Mountain Books, Ronsdale Press, Royal BC Museum, Talonbooks, Theytus Books, TouchWood Editions, Tradewind Books, UBC Press

ABPBC Events:
Keep up to date with events and contests on our facebook page.

An Intimate Evening with Vancouver Poets
Tuesday, November 1, 7pm
Pulpfiction Books, 2422 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Join us in celebrating four of British Columbia’s celebrated poets, who will each read from and discuss their latest works: Serpentine Loop by Elee Kraljii Gardiner; Twenty Seven Stings by Julie Emerson; Scree by Fred Wah; and Tumour by Evelyn Lau.

Secrets and Stories from British Columbia
Tuesday, November 1, 7pm
Russell Books, 734 Fort Street, Victoria BC

Explore BC’s most fascinating and underexamined events and experiences—from books uncovering flawed policing tactics during the Pickton murders, to reflections on past and present Indigenous education, to the perils and poignancies of living in remote coastal communities. With Jennifer Manuel, Helen Raptis, and Lorimer Shenher.

Writing the Body
Wednesday, November 2, 7pm
Book Warehouse 4118 Main St, Vancouver, BC

Explore body, mind, and spirit with three of British Columbia’s acclaimed memoirists, who will each read from their explosive new books: Oscar of Between by Betsy Warland and Wasted by Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer.

An Evening with Okanagan Authors
Wednesday, November 2, 7pm
Mosaic Books, 411 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

Join us in celebrating three acclaimed Okanagan authors, who will each read from and discuss their latest works: Niagara Motel by Ashley Little; All-Day Breakfast by Adam Lewis Schroeder; and Piranesi’s Figures by Hannah Calder.

Children’s Storytelling Afternoon
Thursday, November 3, 1:15pm
Mount Pleasant Library, 1 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Join us for magical, captivating readings from four acclaimed children’s authors, who will each read from their latest books: What Grandma Built by Michelle Gilman; Timbertown Tales: Chester Gets a Pet! by Judson Beaumont; Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast; and Crocs at Work (and other Crocs books) by Robert Heidbreder. All curious minds and questions welcome!

Vancouver’s Histories and Mysteries
Thursday, November 3, 7pm
Book Warehouse 4118 Main St, Vancouver, BC

From notorious gangs and unsolved crimes, to the demolishing of original homes, explore Vancouver’s dynamic history with three acclaimed authors and their latest books: Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival by Caroline Adderson; The Last Gang in Town by Aaron Chapman; and Cold Case Vancouver by Eve Lazarus, et al.

Children’s Storytelling Afternoon
Sunday, November 6, 1pm
Russell Books, 734 Fort Street, Victoria BC

Join us for magical, captivating readings from four of Victoria’s most acclaimed children’s authors, who will each read from their latest books. With Robert “Lucky” Budd, Sara Cassidy, Alison Gear, and Alex Van Tol. Curious minds and questions are encouraged at this fun, family-friendly event!

Turning Back Time
Monday, November 7, 7pm
Bolen Books, 111-1644 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC

An intimate evening exploring Vancouver Island’s fascinating local history. With Dr. Martha Black, Glen A. Mofford, and Nick Russell, PhD.

Our Natural World
Monday, November 7, 6pm
Salt Spring Library
129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC

Join us in celebrating our natural world with three celebrated BC authors, who will each read from their latest books: The Real Thing by Briony Penn; The Killer Whale Who Changed the World by Mark Leiren-Young; and At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast by Caroline Fox.

River of Salmon Peoples
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30pm
Westbank Branch, Okanagan Regional Library
31-2484 Main Street, West Kelowna, BC

Learn more about the salmon of the Fraser River and what this valuable resource means to the First Nations communities along the river’s basin. With thoughtful commentary by Geraldine Manossa, Greg Younging, and Jeannette Armstrong.


Community Initiatives and Events:

Emerging Local Authors Days
Saturdays in October
Various Branches, Greater Victoria Public Library

Drop by your local branch and meet some of the local authors featured in our Emerging Local Authors Collection, on display at our Central Branch.

Indie Author Day Book Launch
Saturday, October 8, 1:30-3:30 pm
Central Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
735 Broughton St, Victoria, BC

Join us for our first Indie Author Day book launch—plus food, music and conversation—to celebrate new fiction, poetry and memoir by local authors Joy Huebert, Gisela Ruebsaat and Inge Israel. Drop-ins welcome.

Book Launch: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey
Saturday, October 15, 2:30-4:30 pm
Central Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
735 Broughton St, Victoria, BC

Please join Margriet Ruurs as she launches her latest book, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr. Presented in partnership with Orca Book Publishers and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments provided. Drop-ins are welcome, however, space is limited.

Read Local BC Online Contest
October 28-November 7
Greater Victoria Public Library

Tell us about your favourite BC book for a chance to win a stack of local reads. All ages are welcome and the contest is open to GVPL cardholders. Enter here for a chance to win.

Author Martine Reid: Bill Reid Collected
October 27, 7-8:30 pm
Oak Bay Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
1442 Monterey Ave, Victoria, BC

Bill Reid is one of Canada’s most renowned Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. As a kick-off to Read Local BC Week, author Martine J. Reid will present visual presentation about Bill Reid Collected—her new, beautifully photographed small format book that is the largest chronological collection of the artist’s works to date and outlines a completely new system of classifying his work. Drop-ins are welcome, however, space is limited. Books available for purchase from Russell Books.

The News by Rob Taylor, Book Launch
October 27, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30pm)
WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, BC

Join us for the launch of Vancouver poet Rob Taylor‘s second collection The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016). This free event will feature readings from Rob and special guests Karen Solie (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out), Aislinn Hunter (The World Before Us) and Raoul Fernandes (Transmitter and Receiver).

Heritage House Publishing
Friday, October 28, 7pm
Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC
Barbara Smith presents The Valiant Nellie McClung: Selected Writings by Canada’s Most Famous Suffragist. With M.A.C. Farrant. Sidney Literary Festival Fall Reading Series. Tickets $10.

Author Gwen Curry: Tod Inlet: A Healing Place
October 30, 2-3:30 pm
Central Saanich Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library
1209 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay, BC

As part of Read Local BC Week, join Gwen Curry as she presents a visual and narrative account of the natural, industrial and First Nations history and beauty of Tod Inlet. Register at gvpl.ca or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. Registration begins September 6th.

Heritage House Publishing
Monday, November 1, 7pm
Book Warehouse 4118 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Linda DeMeulemeester presents Forest of Secrets: Grim Hill Book Five and Carnival of Secrets: Grim Hill Book Six.

Heritage House Publishing
Wednesday, November 2, 7pm
Nanaimo Harbourfront, Vancouver Island Regional Library
90 Commercial St, Nanaimo, BC
Jack Knox presents Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada.

Heritage House Publishing
Thursday, November 3, 3pm
Courtenay, Vancouver Island Regional Library
300 6th St, Courtenay, BC
Jack Knox presents Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada.

Heritage House Publishing
Thursday, November 3, 7pm
Mulberry Bush Books
102 280 E Island Hwy, Parksville, BC
Jack Knox presents Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada.

Anvil Press Fall Book Launch
Thursday, November 3, 7pm
The Beaumont Studios
316 & 326 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC
A free event with readings, refreshments and, of course, books! Featuring Garage Criticism by Peter Babiak, Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West, Jettison by Nathaniel G. Moore, and As If by Alban Goulden.