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Events at Russell Books

Here at Russell Books we are passionate about our culturally rich community. Because of this we created an event space in our Vintage department to showcase local authors, performers, and small businesses. We try to create events that are inclusive and that allow authors and artists to partner with local businesses to create diverse and fun events for people in our community! We post our upcoming events in our enewsletter, on our Facebook page, as well as on our Twitter and Instagram feeds. Feel free to follow us on any of our social media platforms or sign up for the newsletter to get updates regarding events and for more store information. Hope to see you at our next event!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 21st marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's beloved classic "The Hobbit". Join us here at Russell Books to celebrate the enduring legacy of this classic work of fantastical fiction in the style of The Shire! Sheringham Distillery will also be with us to provide cocktail tastings featuring their renowned spirits with a fun Tolkien-esque twist! There will also be live music during the event and a chance to win some great prizes with Tolkien trivia! Tickets are $20.00 and include three drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased at Russell Books.  For more information, contact 250 361 4447 or events@russellbooks.com.  You must be 19+ to attend this event.  

Past Events At Russell Books

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Triva Night

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 Public Safety, Compassion & Community Integration: Meeting the Needs of All

February 3rd 2017 at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall for Public Safety, Compassion & Community Integration: Meeting the Needs of All with guest speakers Dr. Bruce Alexander, Mary Campbell, and Kyle Deschamps, and keynote speaker Dr. Gabor Mate. This event is a public forum aimed at engaging in a discussion regarding crime reduction strategies and community support for those returning to the correctional system Purchase tickets at http://vcm.bc.ca/, by phone at 888-732-1682, or in person at the VCM. 

Truth, Lies & Memories featuring Canadian authors Miji Campbell, Nikki Tate, & Trisha Cull 

Book Launch at Legacy Art Gallery

Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada's Chemical Valley by Sara Marie Wiebe

Friday November 25th 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. at Legacy Art Gallery

Remembered in Bronze and Stone at the Victoria Public Library

Remembered in Bronze and Stone evokes the years immediately following the First World War, when grief was still freshly felt in communities from one end of Canada to the other. This book tells the story of the nations war memorials―particularly bronze or stone sculptures depicting Canadian soldiers―through the artists who conceived them, the communities that built them, and, above all, those who died in the war and were immortalized in these stunning sculptures raised in their honor. Join Alan Livingstone MacLeod November 12th at 2 p.m. at the Victoria Public Library.

Read Local BC 2016 - At Russell Books in the Vintage Collectibles Department

Russell Books is so excited to be hosting two incredible events with Read Local BC and some of our favourite local authors this November! Join us for Children's Storytelling Afternoon on Sunday, November 6th, and for Secrets and Stories From British Columbia at 7 pm on Tuesday November 1st. Both events are free and everyone is welcome. Children and families are encouraged to come our for our November 6th event which will include children's book readings and stories! See you there!


Bill Reid Collected at the Oak Bay Branch of the Victoria Library

Russell Books is excited to be the book seller at Author Martine Reids event"Bill Reid Collected" at the Oak Bay Branch of the Victoria Library October 27th! Bill Reid is one of Canada's most renowned Northwest Coast Indigenous artists. As a kick-off to Read Local BC Week, author Martine J. Reid will present visual presentation about Bill Reid Collected--her new, beautifully photographed small format book that is the largest chronological collection of the artist's works to date and outlines a completely new system of classifying his work. 


A Banned Book Speakeasy    

Join Russell Books for an evening at a 1920's speakeasy! 

Come out and celebrate Victoria's thriving cocktail scene and Banned Books Month with us with a prohibition-themed event. We'll be featuring cocktail tastings and demonstrations, live music, and readings from banned books as well as readings from author Shawn Soole and Nate Caudle's book "Cocktail Culture".

We'll have local authors and bartenders Shawn Soole, Nate Caudle, and Solomon Siegel preparing cocktails, doing demonstrations, and talking about cocktail culture in Victoria. Put on your favorite Flapper dress or top hat and join us for a magical evening! 

Tickets are $15 and include 3 cocktail tasters. They are available for purchase at both Russell Books on Fort Street and at Spinnaker's Spirit Merchants in James Bay.


Boots, Bikes, & Beers Event - An evening celebrating local authors and craft beer!

One of our recent events: Boots, Bikes, & Beers. Showcasing four local recreation authors and wonderful BC craft breweries the night was a wonderful opportunity to get to know about our local hiking and biking opportunities while enjoying some incredible craft beer!