We would first like to acknowledge that our gathering place sits on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the shared traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.
Poetry readings go hand in hand with bookshops. And at long last, we are back in one. Our reading series started off in a bookshop, but it has also meandered through bistros, Mexican restaurants, libraries, and pizza joints. Even though the poetry has always been top-shelf, let’s face it: there is no better home for poets and poetry than a bookshop.
Massy Books has generously offered to be the host venue for our series. In a brand new location in Chinatown (have you seen the changes in Chinatown lately?!), the bookshop also has a 500 square-foot mezzanine gallery that showcases Indigenous art.
It is a beautiful space. Fourteen-foot high ceilings, pipe shelving and rolling ladders dominate the main space. There is also a secret reading room! Events take place after-hours when all the portable shelving on the ground floor is then moved to the perimeter of the shop. Voilà! You now have seating for at least 40 poetry fans. The shop is at grade so patrons in wheelchairs or with walkers can also access the shop, including the washroom.
How to get there
Located at 229 East Georgia and just 93 short steps east of Main Street, getting to Massy Books is convenient and very affordable.
If you are coming via transit, the closest Skytrain station is Main Street-Science World. From there, it is only a ten-minute walk to the venue. Or simply catch one of three buses just outside the station. Go northbound along Main Street, and get off two stops later at East Georgia. Choose bus #3, # 8, or #19 and you’ll be getting off almost as soon as you got on.
Massy Books has been good to us in hosting Poets Corner. Please check them out and support them in return.