Thursday December 07, 2017 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts local writer and author
Robert Tozer for a select reading of his work.
Robert’s work appears in several anthologies, including: Lava Storm, Final Ships, Of Past and Future, Swallowed By the Beast and Monster Attack. Both Monster Attack and Swallowed By the Beast are available through amazon (or his website www.thedead.com, which has a direct link for customers.) Copies of his novel The Dead can be purchased at Western Sky Books locally.
Saturday December 09, 2017 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts local writer and author Yvonne Harris for a reading from her new novel, Redemption (2017, Dragon Hill.)
Sunday December 10, 2017 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts local writer Sandra Walton for a reading of her children's Christmas storybook, A Tree For Teddy.
Black Out Poetry Workshop/Writing/Art Creation Night
Wednesday December 20, 2017 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Please join Western Sky Books and good friend of the store Jacqueline Guillion for what is sure to be a super fun and engaging Black Out Poetry workshop/writing session.
As we opened the store, we were quite flummoxed about what to do with all the copies of books such as 50 Shades of Grey (no hyper link, because just ew!) which promote violence against women and sexualized battering of women by their sexual partners. It is also badly, if not terribly, written. We don’t want to sell it/them! Jacqueline encouraged us to plan ways for women (and men) to respond to these books and those similar to it which are joyful and creative and also somewhat satisfying in the ‘destruction’ mode. Thus a Black Out Poetry session was dreamed up! Participants interact with the text and transform very bad sentence structure and dangerous pornographic violence into something much more satisfying.
Several copies of various 50 shades and books similar will be available for you to use, but feel free to bring along your own book. All other materials will be provided.
Farida Somjee Reading
Thursday January 11, 2018 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
“The Beggar’s Dance is a challenging and captivating novel. The real strength of this novel is in Somjee’s portrayal of the secondary characters’ heartache and joy, and how Juma, unwittingly or with purpose, orchestrates change within his community,” ~Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Western Sky Books is pleased to host local writer Farida Somjee for a reading and discusion of her award winning novel, The Beggar's Dance.
Cartooning for Kids - Workshop
Saturday February 17, 2018 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM
This fun workshop is designed for 8 to 12 year olds. It will cover the basics of developing cartoon characters and scenes. The students will learn about character creation and expressions and gestures to convey stories with one or more pictures.
This workshop is free and will be limited to 6 students; a future workshop will be set up in case there is more demand.
Please pre-register by calling the store: 604-417-7215
Ronald Callender Book Launch
Saturday February 24, 2018 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts local author Roland Callender for the launch of his book, The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same.
Colin Craig Poetry Reading and Art Show
Friday March 16, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
You're invited to a poetry reading, book signing and art show, featuring the works of local writer and artist Colin Craig.
Friday March 16th 7pm-9pm
Unit 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Button Making Extravaganza
Saturday March 17, 2018 @ 11:00AM - Sunday April 01, 2018 @ 05:00PM
Come on in to the store during Spring Break, March 17-April 1st, to make buttons!
$10/person (plus taxes) gets you all the materials and a quick workshop to make 4 buttons!
It would be great if you could call ahead to let us know you are coming in: 604-461-5602. But otherwise, registration is not required.
Please note hours we will be set up: 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm-4pm Sunday, unless there is another event scheduled. (Please refer to the calendar for any of these dates/events.) We will remain closed on Mondays through Spring Break.
Book Exchange and Book Mark Making
Friday March 23, 2018 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Please join United Way Avenues of Change and West Coast Family Centres for a fun afternoon gathering of neighbours who love books at Western Sky Books. This event is part of #HiNeighbour2.0 community gatherings and events.
please register ahead at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hineighbour-20-share-the-love-of-reading
Story Time with Jaime Windle
Thursday March 29, 2018 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts local children's writer Jaime Windle for a Story Time reading of her books 'Blowing Kisses' and 'Fist Bumps.'
You can find Jaime at:
Books will be available for signing and purchase.
Words in the Burbs
Wednesday May 23, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Words in the Burbs is a reading series created and hosted by Christina Myers and Lynn Easton for audiences outside of Vancouver. We want to celebrate and grow our community of writers living east of Vancouver. All genres. All levels. We love our friends in the Big Smoke, it’s just time to listen and share some great work right here where we live! We welcome all writers – even those who live in Vancouver! Contact us if you’d like to read or follow us to see our call out for readers.
Linda Clement Reading and Discussion
Saturday May 26, 2018 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Please join parents and neighbours for a discussion and reading by local writer and parenting coach Linda Clement at
Western Sky Books.
You can find and follow Linda at www.raisingparents.net
Gisela Woldenga Reading
Friday June 08, 2018 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Western Sky Books hosts local writer Gisela Woldega for a reading and discussion of her work.
Gisela is an author and actress living in Coquitlam, BC. She is the author of numerous short stories, children's stories, poems, and five recent fiction novels - The Old house, Broken Strings, The Destiny of Dreams, The Special Room, and her latest, Chords of Disssention.
You can follow Gisela at: www.giselaauthoractress.com
TJ Lockwood Book Launch, Reading & Signing
Thursday June 14, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Martin Sollanych - Art Night
Friday July 20, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Western Sky Books welcomes local artist Martin Sollanych for a show in the gallery, July 2-September 4 2018.
Please join us Friday July 20th 7-9pm for an 'opening night' reception and summer art gathering.
You can find more of Martin's work in the following places:
Google Pages - Artist: Martin Sollanych
Face Book - Art by Martin Sollanych
Twitter - Martin Sollanych (@martinosolly)
Instagram – Martin Sollanych (@martinosolly)
Tri City Poets Open Mic
Tuesday July 31, 2018 @ 07:00PM - Tuesday September 25, 2018 @ 09:00PM
Western Sky Books hosts a monthly poetry reading/slam/open mic featuring local writers and poets. Poets can register ahead by contacting the store, or simply come for the open mic. Writers are invited to bring copies of their books, chapbooks, and art to sell (cash sales unless pre-arrangements are made by poets with the store for us to handle sales for you.)
Our September feature poet is Onjana Yanghwe, BC Bookprize finalist and author of the just released The Small Way (Caitlin Press, 2018.)
Tuesdays: August 28, September 25
Tammy Pilon Opening
Friday September 14, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us in welcoming local artist Tammy Pilon for a show in the gallery, September 4th-November 6th, 2018
And we are very happy to invite you to an evening of art, music, and literature at Western Sky Books Friday, September 14th 7pm-7pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information about Tammy Pilon, her art practise, work, and upcoming classes, please go to www.tammypilon.com and www.pocoartstudio.com
An Evening with Local Author Tima Kurdi
Wednesday September 19, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Local author Tima Kurdi talks about her book, The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home. Tima is the aunt of Alan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015.
The heartwrenching photo of her drowned nephew drew the world’s attention to the horrors of the Syrian refugee crisis. Come and hear her powerful story. Tima will sign copies of her book following the talk. This is a free program, please register online at the Coquitlam Public Library website.
Western Sky Books will sell books at this event. We also have several copies of the book in store for you to purchase ahead of the event.
Words in the Burbs
Thursday September 20, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for our second Words in the Burbs reading night. Our feature reader is Rob Taylor, author of Oh Not So Great: Poems from the Depression Project (Leaf Press, 2017) and editor of What the Poets are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions, 2018). Poet Aidan Chafe, and local writers Zuri Scrivens, Peggi Peacock, Kathryn Alexander, and Margret Bollerup (Maj Ogabo) will also read.
All Hallows Story Night
Tuesday October 23, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Please join us for a nite of spooky tales brought to you by local writers.
In addition to the writers on the poster, Linda Purdy Kong, Anton Von Stefan and Rhea Rose will also read their ghastly tales.
This is a free event
Hallowe'en at the Booooookstore
Wednesday October 31, 2018 | 2:00PM - 7:00PM
The first 75 young readers that come to Western Sky Books in their spooky costumes will receive a Booooook treat.
October 31 2pm-7pm
*We will post on the facebook event page when we run out of treats.
*No purchase necessary
*Under 10 years old appropriate
Fall for Bookstores
Saturday November 03, 2018 @ 10:00AM - Sunday November 04, 2018 @ 06:00PM
Lots of people still say there are fewer and fewer bookstores, but we are here to tell you that Metro Vancouver has a lively and growing list of independent used bookstores.
We encourage readers to spend this weekend on a "crawl" to each participating store. We hope you will actively search out the stores you haven't been to yet, and that you'll do a little browsing and shopping on your own or with a gang. Drive, take transit, stop for lunch or go for a stroll in between each store as you go. We're all independently owned small businesses, we love books, and want to share that book love with readers and writers alike!
Pick up your passport at the first store you visit, and be sure to get it stamped at each store. There will be prizes for everyone who visits all 7 stores, as well as a social media post prize or two, Stay tuned for details!
Tomes and Tales Books - Pitt Meadows
Western Sky Books - Port Coquitlam
Iron Dog Books - Mobile - SFU/Port Moody/Various www.irondogbooks.com
Renaissance Books - New Westminster www.renaissancebookstore.com
Companion Books - Burnaby
Massy Books - Vancouver
The Paperhound Bookshop - Vancouver
Please visit each store's facebook page or website to confirm their specific hours and promotions for both days of the crawl, so you can plan both your browsing and travel time.
Words in the Burbs #3
Wednesday November 28, 2018 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
We are pleased to welcome Words in the Burbs back to Western Sky Books for their reading series. Hosted by Lynn Easton and Christina Myers, this reading event features local writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
The writers this month are:
Find and follow Words in the Burbs:
Words in the Burbs #4
Wednesday January 23, 2019 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Our Reading Night #4 will feature talented local writer Janie Chang whose latest book, Dragon Springs Road, has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award. We'll also have CNF, memoir, and even a bit of Haiku from the Vancouver Haiku Group and their collection, the Jade Pond. Come join us at Western Sky Books 7 pm Wednesday, January 23. As always, there will be cookies!
Tri-Cities Open Mic/Poetry Slam: Cancelled 2019
Tuesday October 29, 2019 | 12:00AM - 1:00AM
We will not host this event for the rest of 2019.
Please watch this space and our social media for updates and plans for the future.
T.J. Lockwood Book Release
Saturday May 16, 2020 | 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Join Mecha Panda Publishing and the broader writing community to celebrate the release of T.J Lockwood's "The Nature of Gods".