Libby Leshgold Gallery

We welcome you to join us Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm for a conversation between Billy-Ray Belcourt and Molly Cross Blanchard in celebration of Belcourt’s new book, Coexistence. Presented by Massy Books, Massy Arts Society, Penguin Random House in partnership with the Libby Leshgold Gallery. This project was also made possible by Massy Voices, an ever-evolving collection of book launches and talks that celebrate community voices and the stories they carry.

About the Book: Coexistence

A collection of intersecting stories about Indigenous love and loneliness from one of contemporary literature’s most boundless minds.

Across the prairies and Canada’s west coast, on reserves and university campuses, at literary festivals and existential crossroads, the characters in Coexistence are searching for connection. They’re learning to live with and understand one another, to see beauty and terror side by side, and to accept that the past, present, and future can inhabit a single moment.

An aging mother confides in her son about an intimate friendship from her distant girlhood. A middling poet is haunted by the cliché his life has become. A chorus of anonymous gay men dispense unvarnished truths about their sex lives. A man freshly released from prison finds that life on the outside has sinister strictures of its own. A PhD student dog-sits for his parents at what was once a lodging for nuns operating a residential school—a house where the spectre of Catholicism comes to feel eerily literal.

Bearing the compression, crystalline sentences, and emotional potency that have characterized his earlier books, Coexistence is a testament to Belcourt’s mastery of and playfulness in any literary form. A vital addition to an already rich catalogue, this is a must-read collection and the work of an author at the height of his powers.

About the Author

BILLY-RAY BELCOURT (he/him) is a writer from the Driftpile Cree Nation. His debut novel, A Minor Chorus, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize. His bestselling memoir, A History of My Brief Body, won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award. He won the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut collection, This Wound Is a World, which was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. A recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and an Indspire Award, Belcourt is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Creative Writing at UBC.

About the Moderator

MOLLY CROSS-BLANCHARD is a white and Métis poet, writer, and editor born on Treaty 3 (Fort Frances, ON), raised on Treaty 6 (Prince Albert, SK), and currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, cka Vancouver. She is the former poetry editor of PRISM international, the former publisher of Room, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In service to the writing community, Molly serves as the Indigenous Advocate on the National Council for TWUC, sits on the Board of Directors at Asparagus Magazine, and consults on the Equity Advisory Committee at the BC Arts Council.


Registration is free, open to all and required for entrance. Free General admission tickets available for in person and free Live Stream tickets available for folks accessing event from zoom.

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Please read the one page document (with map) on getting to the Reliance Theatre, which can be challenging to locate.

The Reliance Theatre is located on the 1st floor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The building is best accessed from the southwest entrance, which faces Great Northern Way. The nearest address is 555 Great Northern Way. The entrance is an outward-swinging double door with hand-height buttons for automated opening. This entrance gives access to the buildings 2nd floor. The elevators are located down the hall to the right, approximately 80 steps from the entrance.

View video tour from the Main Entrance of Emily Carr to the Reliance Theatre

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are recommended for this event. We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly. Please contact us at with any questions and we will be happy to assist. Visit for more info, registration and livestream link as well.

Getting Here

TransLink access: nearest SkyTrain stop is VCC Station. #84 VCC/UBC bus stops along Great Northern Way in front of the building.

Bicycle access: ECU campus is located on the Central Valley Greenway. Bike racks are located at the northeast and southwest entrances.

Vehicle access: Public and street parking in the area is greatly reduced due to the Broadway Subway Project construction, which will continue through 2025. There are a dozen stalls available in front of Kafkas Coffee, located on the south-east side of campus and accessible from Carolina St. Underground parking is available at 565 Great. Northern Way, located on the southeast side of campus and accessible from Carolina St.


ASL interpretation provided, livestream available (no registration required). View Livestream on Zoom

Gender neutral washrooms are located on both the 1st and 2nd floors.


This project has also been made possible by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.



Coexistence (2024) by Billy Ray Belcourt