In case you didn't know, I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada (not Vancouver, WA) and I heard of a few upcoming events that I wanted to share with fellow Booklikers.
First off, from October 22nd to October 27th, there is The Vancouver Writers' Festival. I first heard of this event during an informational interview with a marketer who also has a soft spot for books. The festival will take place on Granville Island with a few readings-- if I am not wrong-- also taking place at the Vancouver Public Library. To learn more about the story behind the Writers Fest, please check out this video. And if you are interested in the writers who will be visiting our magnificent city (sorry, I had to boast or this would not be a proper post on Vancouver), check out this link. Apparently, Maureen Johnson is also coming! I am delighted to see the emphasis that is being put on storytelling and its importance to social connections. Here is an excerpt for their website:
The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. Ideas create books, but people create the Festival. The Writers Fest brings people of all backgrounds together—writers, children, adults, staff and hundreds of volunteers—all of whom love to read. They also love what reading represents: the stirring of ideas, the sparks of recognition, and the realization that we are all connected.
Secondly, I wanted to share the Vancouver Public Library's (VPL) initiative-- Welcome Back Week. Have you had any books that are more than 6 weeks overdue? Have you not returned them because you fear the borrowing fees? Or perhaps, you returned them but haven't borrowed any book because you know that there will be fees. Well, you can finally return your books in person and your fees will be waived! Completely waived! I will definitely be taking advantage of this opportunity.
In my opinion, this initiative follows the line of VPL's innovation in the public library experience. Remember how prior to this, librarians became mobile?
Anyways, I hope that these events brighten your October calendars.
PS. I would like to disclose that I am not gaining any benefit from sharing this information. I just thought it would be nice to use Booklikes as a means to also mention what is happening in the publishing/ literary community.