Out On The Shelves, Vancouver’s Only LGBTQ2IA+ Library, Is Re-Opening

By Casey Stepaniuk

Queer book lovers in Vancouver have ample reason to rejoice this holiday season because Out On The Shelves, the city’s only library devoted to LGBTQ2IA+ books (and DVDs) is re-opening! The entirely volunteer-run library, where anyone can get a library card for free, has found a new home on UBC’s West Point Grey campus in the student Nest Building after being in transition for the last year and a half having lost their downtown space.

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Out On The Shelves, Vancouver’s Only LGBTQ2IA+ Library, Is Re-Opening

5 Books by Vancouver Authors Who Address Gender Politics

By Casey Stepaniuk

Enjoy this diverse list of books by Vancouver authors—including fiction, poetry, and memoir—that are all about gender politics and feminism.

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5 Books by Vancouver Authors Who Address Gender Politics

Small, Independent Arsenal Pulp Press Publishes the Big Voices of Communities

A snapshot of some of the Arsenal Pulp Press books I own / Photo by Casey Stepaniuk

By Casey Stepaniuk

Chances are, if you’ve read a great queer book recently—especially one by a Canadian author—it was published by Vancouver’s own Arsenal Pulp Press. Some fiction and poetry writers you might be familiar with that Arsenal Pulp Press has published include Ivan Coyote, Sarah Schulman, Vivek Shraya, Ashley Little, Amber Dawn, and more! You might also have come across one of their great cookbooks, like Decolonize Your Diet (about vegetarian Mexican-American food) and multiple vegan cookbooks including ones by Dreena Burton and Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer.

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Small, Independent Arsenal Pulp Press Publishes the Big Voices of Communities

Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

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By Casey Stepaniuk

Some people might insist LGBTQ+ books are only for LGBTQ+ readers, to which I would reply, no way! It’s not that I don’t love LGBTQ+ books that are written with LGBTQ+ readers in mind, but that certainly doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy them. With that in mind, here are some solid holiday book gift options for the people on your list, LGBTQ+ or not.

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Books by Queer Vancouver Authors for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List

11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

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populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

September 8th marks World Literacy Day and what better way to to highlight the importance of literacy around the world than by sitting down with a book in this fine city of ours! Here are a few places in Vancouver that you can curl up with a book:

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11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

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One of Vancouver’s most venerable entertainment institutions now has its own book.

Local author/historian Aaron Chapman has penned Live at the Commodore: The Story of Vancouver’s Historic Commodore Ballroom. The book is a loving ode to the Granville Street venue that has hosted everything from vaudeville to big bands to classic rock to punk, and just about everything in between.

Live at the Commodore Ballroom is in local bookstores now. But you can also attend a launch at the Commodore itself Nov. 26. It will feature readings and live music, and admission is free with ticket or reservation (see below for details). Also featured as part of the evening, The Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present one of its Places that Matter plaques to the Commodore Ballroom recognizing its significance to the city.

We talked to Chapman about the book, which is filled with telling anecdotes and never-before-published photographs, posters and more.

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‘Embedded historian’ Aaron Chapman on his new book, Live at the Commodore

Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014

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Vancouver Art and Book Fair 2013. All photos by Colby Ferguson/courtesy Project Space.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is happening this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street). The annual event brings in a plethora of guests and focuses on the art of books and bookmaking. The free event is the only international art book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. It’s expected to draw over 1500 people.

The two-day (Oct 4 & 5, 12 – 5 p.m.) event will feature nearly 100 local, national and international publishers, as well as programs, performances and installations. Artists are coming here from around the globe to show off their books, magazines, zines and other printed ephemera, as well as experimental forms of publication.

Check out some of the highlights below.

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Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014