Offerings

Within Upstart & Crow we offer a range of programs, such as:

STORIES INSIDE:

Our Wall of Words

We invite readers to search for books on our carefully curated shelves and tables. We stock books based on key themes or experiences the reader wants to have, inventively categorized and with regularly rotating recommendations.

Our collection includes a large range of titles from independent and small presses in Canada and the US, alongside international fiction. Life’s too short to read the same thing as everyone else. We help you to find books that belong with you.

STORIES FROM HERE:

Writers in Residence

Coming in 2021, Covid willing, our mezzanine will be home to rotating Storytellers in Residence. We will provide modest financial support and a great place to work for emerging talent. We also welcome renowned authors interested in writing in the space for short stints.

STORIES TO THERE:

Indigenous Library Partnership

We are proud to partner with the Thistalalh Library, a first-of-its kind community library in Bella Bella, in the heart of Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) territory in the Great Bear Rainforest. The library’s curator, Jessie Housty says, “Stories are sacred things. As Haíɫzaqv people, we really are nothing more than the sum of the stories we have lived in.”

The Thistalalh Library thrives as a source of new books for the community of about 1,300 people. Fiction, non-fiction, Indigenous and environmental titles, field guides — if you’d like to help grow the Thistalalh collection, please choose an amount you’d like to contribute towards a featured book of their choice. We’ll source books at cost and get more books into eager hands up the coast!

STORIES IN A BOX:

Literary Gift Packages

We offer a literary twist to online gift packages. Tell us about your reading habits, and we’ll hand-select books uniquely for your tastes, and combine them with other special items such as stationery, homewares, art or confectionary, all of which is carefully sourced from small-batch producers.

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STORIES ON THE FLY:

Tales Written Just For You

Granville Island buskers are a beloved feature of our community. Musicians, magicians, contortionists — why not writers? We host poets and pamphleteers who create a story only for you. You give us a word or an idea or a place or a name, and we’ll give you an original story to take away in an hour.

Seasonal — Watch This Space for Dates

WE HAVE LOTS MORE IN STORE.

Watch this space as we add new programs and expand our offerings as health measures allow.