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Top Shelf: Volume 2

Friday, May 5, 2023

Upstart & Crow Studio


Spring has sprung, and so has a second volume of Top Shelf!

Following our first sold out event, the Friend Public Library and Upstart & Crow are back with another night of literary magic, this time with a local twist. Join us to discover books and beverages from across the region, with a few fun surprises sprinkled in.

From Denman Island to the Heiltsuk Nation to Vancouver’s Chinatown, the unceded lands often called British Columbia have served as the backdrop and inspiration for a rich array of novels, story collections, nonfiction and poetry.

We’re pairing some of our favourite reads with delicious wines, beers and ciders from across the region to delight all your senses. Our book sommeliers are available for tailored recommendations and literary matchmaking. We’re holding two “seatings” on Friday, May 5, each 90 minutes long.

Tickets include:

  • A cold drink from a locally owned brewery, winery or cidery (non-alcoholic options available)
  • A $25 gift certificate towards Upstart & Crow purchases
  • Book recommendations for you and yours
  • The opportunity to browse this “literary living room” on a bright spring evening

When booking, please choose one of two time slots (90 minutes each):

  • May 5 – 6 p.m.
  • May 5 – 8 p.m.

*Please note, a previously scheduled Saturday event has been cancelled due to unforeseen staffing challenges.

Meet your Book Sommeliers:

Robyn Smith is the creative and operations director of Upstart & Crow.

Michelle Cyca is a freelance journalist and avid library patron.

Megan Lau is your resident nonfiction aficionado and culture nerd.

Lizzy Karp loves to share links, music, wine and book recommendations. You may know her from gatherings that feature live stories, films, food, music and dancing.

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 encouraged when not drinking. While vaccine passports are no longer required, we hope that folks who come will be vaccinated and boosted and will stay home if they feel ill. All staff on site will be masked.


The main studio of our shop is accessible for folks with mobility aids, though there is a small mezzanine with stairs that will not be accessible. All books are on the main floor. There is a washroom on the main floor available for attendees.


We have limited each “seating” to 30 tickets to ensure ample space for folks to browse and enjoy.

Questions: hello@upstartandcrow.com

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