Stories are the fabric of all communities, everywhere. They shape what we know, what we believe in, who we are, how we live. Upstart & Crow exists to share bold stories and to support the literary arts in Vancouver and beyond.

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Our Literary
Arts Studio

Located on Granville Island, one of Vancouver’s cultural hubs, we are a vibrant intersection for curious readers and creative storytellers alike. We are international in our outlook, and local in our sensibilities. We create opportunities to surface new talent and champion bold ideas through events, workshops, literary launches, unique partnerships — and yes, we also sell books! And gifts, and art.


We tailor our book selections, our events, and our literary arts experiences to encourage people to think about what they want from a work of literary art. Outrage, advice, immersion, diversion, context, comfort, love, amazement, provocation, or the simple joy of drowning in words and stories and art and ideas: we open the page to new ideas and timeless works that shape our world.


Vancouver is an international city and we aim to make it feel even more so by partnering with international story creators and their publishers, and creating a destination and a venue for some of the leading thinkers of our time.


We are privileged to work in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We live in a city of brilliant and ever-changing diversity and complexity. Our selections, our events and our creative endeavours aim to create a positive impact for our neighbors in Vancouver and beyond. We strive to be more than a bookstore, to be a welcoming and immersive space. A literary living room for the city we know and love.