Discover the ways we play with words, celebrate ideas and create community.

Stories and Skills

Workshops for all, online and onsite.

Join us for a workshop, from learning to write poetry to sculpting paper art. We offer a variety of programs throughout the year.

Stories for the Climate

Gathering for solutions.

Upstart & Crow’s Climate Series, launched in fall 2023, spotlights exceptional thinkers and solutions we need to implement now.

Stories Inside

Our wall of words.

We invite readers to search a collection that includes a large range of titles from independent and small presses in Canada and the U.S., alongside international fiction.

Stories Upstairs

Our new little shop in Gibsons, B.C.

Welcome to our sister shop, Upstart Upstairs, above the magnificent Persephone Brewing.

Stories from There

The Found in Translation series.

This series introduce readers to the most inventive, exciting books translated into English and available in Canada today.

Stories to There

Our Thistalalh Library partnership.

We’re proud to partner with the Thistalalh Library, a special community library in Bella Bella, in the heart of Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) territory in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Stories from Here

The Upstart Writers Residency.

We offer our mezzanine to a Writer in Residence, providing work space for emerging talent. We also welcome authors interested in writing in the space for short stints.

Stories on the Air

Hear The Long Table Podcast.

Pull up a seat around our dining table in the middle of our studio and bookshop, and listen in on riveting conversations with some of the world’s most insightful authors.

Stories in a Postbox

The Postboxes at Upstart.

Purchase a magical postbox full of bookish treats for any occasion.