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‘Anecdotes’ Launch: An Evening with Kathryn Mockler & Friends

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join us at Upstart & Crow on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. for a lively evening of readings and conversation between four wonderful B.C. writers.

In this free event, hosted by Giller shortlisted writer Kevin Chong, we’ll toast the launch of Kathryn Mockler’s Anecdotes, a darkly funny collection of short stories published by our indie press favourite, Bookhug. And we’ll enjoy readings from amazing fellow writers Shashi Bhat, Christopher Evans, Chong and Mockler, along with great conversation.

Register for your free spot here, as capacity is limited.

About the authors:

Kathryn Mockler is the author of the story collection Anecdotes (Book*hug Press, 2023), five books of poetry, and several short films and experimental videos. She co-edited the print anthology Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis (Coach House Books, 2020). She is an assistant professor at the University of Victoria where she teaches screenwriting and fiction.

Kevin Chong is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. His work has appeared in The GuardianThe Rumpus, and more. He currently lives in Vancouver and is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. The Double Life of Benson Yu was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shashi Bhat is the author of the forthcoming story collection Death by a Thousand Cuts, and the novels The Most Precious Substance on Earth, a finalist for the 2022 Governor General’s Award for fiction, and The Family Took Shape, a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Bhat is the editor-in-chief of EVENT magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.

Christopher Evans is a writer and editor, originally from the lands of the Lkwungen People, on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, in Victoria, B.C. Chris is a former editor for PRISM international magazine and currently teaches creative writing to children. His debut short story collection Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth was published by House of Anansi in 2022.

More about Upstart & Crow:

Located on Granville Island, Upstart & Crow is a literary arts studio 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!

Health precautions:

We want this event to be fun and safe. Masks are welcome, though we won’t enforce them. We hope that folks who come will be vaccinated and boosted and will stay home if they feel ill.


The main studio of our shop is accessible for folks with mobility aids. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees.

Questions: hello@upstartandcrow.com

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