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Midlife No. 2: Vancouver Launch

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Upstart & Crow Studio


Join us on Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. for readings from Midlife No. 2, the second and final anthology on midlife — in all its glories and woes — by a group of authors who are all 1990s-era alumni from the Gateway student newspaper at the University of Alberta.

The book is a “pandemic project of former colleagues coming back together in midlife and ruminating and telling stories and getting real.” Volume 1 sold out at Upstart & Crow last year, and we expect this one to be a big hit, too.

At this Vancouver launch, we’ll hear from the book’s co-editors Sarah Chan and Jhenifer Pabillano, as well as Vancouver-based contributors Erika Thorkelson, Kate Rossiter, Iva Cheung and David Zeibin.

This is a free event, but please register for your spot on this Eventbrite page, as capacity is limited. Books will be on hand for purchase.

About the editors:

Sarah Chan (MA) is a musician & writer, teacher, social advocate, yoga toddler (RYT-200), and mother of two. She operates a private piano studio, seeing over 30 students every week.

Jhenifer Pabillano, PMP, is the co-publisher and co-editor of the Midlife anthologies. In her day job, she is a Project Manager with the City of Vancouver, working on strategic corporate projects for the City’s Engineering Services department.

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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