The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation believes that great libraries help build great communities. Donations to the Foundation have supported projects like The Lab, Booktopia: A Literary Arts Festival for Young People, and, through a generous bequest from the estate of Robert Leslie Welsh, our Friday Night Concert series.
Now, the Foundation is giving back to the community, thanks to many generous donations over the years, by funding the following free events to help us all through these challenging times.
Catch these performances and author talks on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. You don't need an account to tune in, but you'll need to be logged in if you wish to participate in the Live Chat. Sign up by clicking the links below for event reminders and for a chance to win a prize pack that includes books or CDs from the musician or author.
These events are brought to you by the WVML Foundation and Grosvenor.
Friday, July 24, 4 – 5:30 p.m. PST
Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman will be performing an eclectic program including classical, blues, gospel, francophone folk, and favourites from the jazz world. Measha will share memories of her time in Vancouver when she performed the Olympic Hymn at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games and tell us why she chose to follow in the footsteps of Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone for her most recent jazz album.
Brueggergosman is "a singer of rare gifts and artistic intensity" (San Francisco Chronicle) and one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personalities of the day. She has given solo recitals at London's Wigmore Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, the Kennedy Center, and beyond. In 2019, Measha made her debut at the Barbican Centre in London and returned to Carnegie Hall for a sold-out performance.
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor and British Pacific Properties.
Friday, August 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m. PST
Pour a drink of your choice and cozy up with three-time Juno Award–nominated singer-songwriter Jill Barber for an evening of live music right in your own home.
As a singer-songwriter, Jill's influences range from folk to pop to jazz. Her music career has taken her to the stages of Massey Hall in Toronto, The Blue Note in Tokyo, and The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. However, this rare solo acoustic concert will find her in her most intimate setting—at home in her living room—performing a selection of songs in much the way they were first written: solo and acoustic. Jill will curate a set of her most popular repertoire, along with some of her more personal songs, and perhaps a beloved cover and a French song or two from her new French language album, Entre nous.
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor, British Pacific Properties, Farmanara & Rezai, Vancity, Apeiron Holdings, and Royal LePage.
Tuesday, July 28, 7 – 8:30 p.m. PST
Join us for a lively virtual discussion between CBC Radio Host Jen Sookfong Lee and award-winning author Esi Edugyan. In this session, Sookfong Lee will explore the powerful themes and messages in Edugyan’s Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Washington Black.
Best-selling writer Esi Edugyan is the author of critically-acclaimed Half-Blood Blues, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award for English-Language Fiction, and won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of Dreaming of Elsewhere, and Washington Black, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust, and Man Booker Prize, and won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor, British Pacific Properties, and Vancity.
Wednesday, August 12, 5 – 6:15 p.m. PST
Have a laugh with host JJ Lee and bestselling author Maria Semple as they discuss her critically acclaimed witty novels Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go Bernadette, which was recently adapted into a movie starring Cate Blanchette. In this session, JJ and Maria will talk about her writing process and style, the inspiration behind her novels, and the art of creating humorous stories. An audience Q&A and prize draw will follow.
Maria Semple is the international bestselling author of Today Will Be Different (2016), one of New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books; Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2012), which has been translated into 25 languages and short-listed for the Women’s Prize; and This One is Mine (2008). Before writing fiction, Maria wrote for the TV shows 90210, Mad About You, Ellen, Arrested Development, and others.
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor, British Pacific Properties, Farmanara & Rezai, and C.C. Violin Patisserie & Cafe.
Official Sponsor and Bookseller:
Visit 32books.com to purchase any of Esi’s or Maria’s titles.
for all ages
Tui T. Sutherland
Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
Join New York Times best-selling author Tui T. Sutherland in conversation with Head of Youth Services, Shannon Ozirny. They will be talking all things Wings of Fire!
Tui T. Sutherland is one of the most popular fantasy and adventure authors writing for kids today. In addition to the 19 Wings of Fire books, she has written under a number of pseudonyms, including the name Erin Hunter (where she worked with three other authors on the Warriors and Seekers series).
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor and Jiawen Xiao.
Thursday, August 13, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
Join Kazu Kibuishi, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling Amulet graphic novel series, in conversation with Head of Youth Services, Shannon Ozirny.
In addition to the eight wildly popular, groundbreaking Amulet books, Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed comics series Flight Anthologies and the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.
Brought to you by the WVML Foundation and community supporters Grosvenor and Qi Zhu.
Official Sponsor and Kids Bookseller:
Visit kidsbooks.ca to purchase any of Tui’s or Kazu’s titles (curbside pick-up available).