Alberta Literary Awards Calgary Shortlist Readings This Friday!

THE WRITERS GUILD OF ALBERTA & 100 WINES PRESENT: 
THE 2010 ALBERTA LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLIST CELEBRATION—WINE & LITERARY PAIRINGS, SLAM READINGS AND MORE! 
Friday, April 30, 2010
100 Wines
1109 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
7PM
Free admission & open to the public
As a prelude to this year’s Alberta Literary Awards Gala—come out and raise your glasses to the 2010 nominated authors at Calgary’s exquisite 100 Wines.  The celebration will feature a complimentary wine tasting and tapas (tasty!), wine & literary pairings (fun!), a series of slam readings (entertainment!), book sales courtesy of Owl’s Nest Books (shopping!), and an opportunity to relax and socialize with friends.  Many of the shortlisted authors will be available for signings.  Nominated readers include Will Ferguson, Lori Hahnel and Lee Kvern among others—check out the full shortlist here:http://www.writersguild.ab.ca/pdf/2010AlbertaLiteraryAwardsShortlist.pdf.
For catering purposes, please RSVP to swarwick@writersguild.ab.ca
Venue, map & parking info: www.davidwalkerwines.com
(or call the store at 403 452 8820)

Calgary shortlist readings Friday April 30th

Calgary shortlistees for this year’s Alberta Literary Awards are reading this Friday night, April 30th, at 7PM. The venue is 100 Wines, 1109 Olympic Way SE, the same place the Wine and Literary Pairings event was last winter. Looks like Calgarians are dominating the awards this year (hee hee), with fifteen of us reading on Friday, including Bob Stallworthy, Betty Jane Hegerat, Will Ferguson, Cecelia Frey, Lee Kvern and me. Plus wine and tapas! Sounds like a great party to me. Then we’ll all be heading up to Edmonton May 14th for the WGA’s Awards Gala. More fun!

In the meantime, I enjoyed the Alexandra Writers’ Shining Stars Event on the 16th and am in the thick of preparing notes for my weekend intensive, Life Into Story, which is set to run May 28 – 30th. No rest for the wicked, eh? So I guess I’d better get back to work.

Love Minus Zero review; AWCS events; W-i-R wrap up

Dave Williamson reviews Love Minus Zero in Prairie Fire Review of Books. Thanks again to Prairie Fire  — it’s great the book is still getting reviews.

Instructor reading at the Alexandra Writers Centre on Friday night was a fun time, as was a Kilkenny at The Hose and Hound afterward. Next Friday it’s the Alexandra Writers Shining Stars event, 7 PM at the Alexandra Centre, 922 – 9 Ave. SE. Looks like a great lineup of readers!

Getting ready for my last batch of residency-related writer meetings at the library this afternoon. I have one more manuscript to read and then the job is officially wrapped up. I hope the writers I consulted with got as much out of the experience as I did. I think everybody involved benefitted. Now I can concentrate on preparing for my AWCS workshop at the end of May. And after that, maybe I’ll write something. That would be cool.

Seattle, Shortlist

Just back from a spring break trip to Seattle with the family. We had a fabulous time. It was our first time there; so many cool things to see and do. But we were unanimous in our choice for best Seattle attraction: The Experience Music Project, an interactive museum dedicated to rock music. Wow, unbelievably cool stuff like a whole gallery devoted to Jimi Hendrix’s guitars, for instance (or the remaining pieces of them, in some cases). Could have spent days there. Spent a few bucks in the shop, though we really held back. Kinda sorry I didn’t buy the Axis: Bold as Love lunchbox, but I guess I can live without it.

Anyway, now it’s April 1 and I can finally announce that Nothing Sacred is on the shortlist for one of this year’s Alberta Literary Awards, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. The complete list of shortlistees is here. The competition is pretty stiff, but it’s a great honour just to be on the shortlist. Lots of excitement until the winner is announced at the Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton on May 14. Shortlistees will be reading in Calgary at 7 PM, April 30th, at 100 Wines, 1109 Olympic Way SE. Come on down and buy some fine books by some fine Calgary writers!

That’s three readings for me this month, along with the events I’m doing with the Alexandra Writers on April 9 and 16th. Crazy stuff.