You probably still have a free evening or two before the seasonal madness takes hold of your life, so use them wisely, preferably in a relaxed or reflective setting.

Such an opportunity presents itself Thursday (December 11) at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. It’s an author reading event in celebration of long-time B.C. journalist Alicia Priest’s recently published book, A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist.

There are several good reasons to make the small effort to skip over to the Alice MacKay Room in the library’s lower level tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

Writer and activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is making an impact after donating his Governor General's prize money to the battle against bitumen.

Nadeau-Dubois won a GG in the French-language nonfiction category forTenir tête, which is his memoir from Quebec's student protests of 2012.

In a move that generated a fair amount of attention, he gave his $25,000 prize money to a campaign opposing TransCanada Corporation's plan to build the Energy East pipeline.

Then he challenged viewers of the popular Quebec TV show Tout le monde en  parle to double his gift.

Since then, more than $200,000 has been raised.

Taking pride of place on the coffee table next to The Secret and Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Graphic Thrills has provided countless hours of engaged family reading time for myself, the wife, and kids.

Robin Bougie’s boutique collection of vintage porno movie posters, published earlier this year, is a must-have for anyone who wants a boutique collection of vintage porno movie posters. If that's still not enough, then the author will be at the Fox Cabaret on Tuesday (November 25) to present an evening of classic XXX trailers, curated, like the book, from his private collection.

It’ll be nice if some of the old regulars make it out for this one.

Two Vancouverites are among the authors named today as winners of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Michael Harris, a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazine, took the English-language side of the nonfiction category with The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins), his exploration of our fast-fading sense of solitude and wonder in an era that grows more wired by the day.

The 30th annual Cherie Smith JCCGV Jewish Book Festival takes place at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (950 West 41st Avenue) from November 22 to 27.

The festival features an exciting roster of writers from across Canada, the U.S., and Israel and includes readings, meet-the-author opportunities, panel discussions, book club event, writing and self-publishing workshops, film screenings, a foodie event, and two onsite bookstores.

The Vancouver Writers Fest presents an evening with Alan Doyle at the Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street) on November 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The Newfoundland-based singer-songwriter and frontman of Canadian band Great Big Sea will talk to CBC host Lisa Christiansen about his new memoir, Where I Belong. The book follows Doyle’s journey from growing up in Petty Harbour to becoming the lead singer of an acclaimed folk-rock band.

Tickets to see Alan Doyle are $25 for adults, $23 for students and seniors, and $21 for book club members. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn will appear at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

Cockburn will talk about his long-awaited memoir, Rumours of Glory, which chronicles faith, fear, activism, as well as music and culture through the late 20th century.

With 30 albums and numerous awards to his credit, Cockburn has earned high praise as a songwriter and guitarist, whose career has been shaped by politics, protest, romance, and spiritual discovery.

Cory Doctorow just taught me more about copyright issues than I've probably learned over much of my lifetime.

It came during a Vancouver Writers Fest talk that he gave today at the Improv Centre on Granville Island.

I was moderating the presentation by Doctorow, the Toronto-born author of science fiction and nonfiction, including the recently released Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.

This week as part of David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan delivered a powerful video on the importance of saving the planet from climate change.

"Shoulders" features lyrics by Koyczan and music by him and The Short Story Long, all directed by Johnny Jansen and Amazing Factory Productions.

Yes, that's the same Shane Koyczan who's on the cover of this week's Georgia Straight for writing the libretto for Vancouver Opera's new work on bullying, Stickboy.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair opens October 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and continues on October 4 and 5 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the only international art and book fair in Canada and only one of two on the West Coast. The public event attracts over 1,500 visitors from across Greater Vancouver.

The festival presented by Project Space features nearly 100 local, national, and international publishers that produce books, magazines, zines, and printed ephemera, as well as digital and experimental forms of publication. Also included at the event are a diverse lineup of programs, performances, and installations.

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