Shaun Hunter on Calgary’s Early Literary Culture

Calgary’s literary culture has its roots in the early days of the city’s history; earlier, even, than the the olden days of the local punk scene, believe it or not. To find out more, read Shaun Hunter’s blog post, “Seeds of Calgary’s Early Literary Culture” on the Chinook Country Historical Society’s website, here.

Shaun’s new book, Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers, launches at 2 PM on December 9th at our fabulous new Central Library. I am very much looking forward to celebrating with her!

Mentor-in-the-Loop

Looking for a blue-pencil session? Some writerly chat? NaNoWriMo’ed yourself into a corner? Not to worry! The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society offers a Mentor-in-the-Loop program, where you can book time with an experienced writer to talk about your manuscript or just talk about the often-crazy process of writing. I’m November’s Mentor-in-the-Loop, and I’d love to read your work, or just have a coffee and a chat at Barrow in CSpace. Sign up for a session here.

I look forward to chatting with you.

Giller Light Bash

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I’m very happy to be acting as the one of the defenders at this year’s ninth annual Calgary Giller Light Bash! I’ll be defending finalist Thea Lim’s novel An Ocean of Minutes, which I am looking forward to delving into. Join me and co-defenders Sheri-D Wilson, Karen Hines, Fred Stenson and Marcello Di Cintio, along with host Russell Bowers, at Wurst (at 2437 – 4 St. SW) on Monday, November 19th, 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Funds raised at the Giller Light Bash support Frontier College, Canada’s original (and oldest) literacy organization. So come and join us in supporting an excellent cause! Hope to see you there.

Black Dog Review

My literary comrade Steve Passey and I are happy to announce the publication of the first issue of our new e-zine The Black Dog Review. Issue one features fine work by contributors across Canada and the US, including Sarah L. Johnson, Barbara Biles, Erin Emily Ann Vance, John Grey and many more.

Issue One has been a blast! We hope you enjoy it.

Banff Centre Summer Writers Retreat

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It’s been a busy summer so far (even though this is actually the first official day of summer). And besides being busy, it’s been hard to tear myself away from the bizarre and hideous news the last little while. So I think this is kind of old news by now, but I haven’t really had a chance yet to say how lucky I feel and how thrilled I am to be serving as a mentor along with my friend Lee Kvern at this year’s Banff Centre Summer Writers Retreat! We’re going to be working with an excellent group of writers from near and far, and staying at the beautiful Banff Centre for two weeks, August 27 – September 9th.

2018 is the Banff Centre’s 85th anniversary, and while the Summer Writers Retreat is now closed to applications, there is another retreat in late fall. Check the Banff Centre website for details, here.

Can’t wait!

WGA Conference June 1 – 3

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Counting down the days until the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s annual conference, taking place in Calgary (yay!) this year. Refining Our Narratives runs June 1 – 3, with sessions at Memorial Park Library, as well as Literary Trivia with Shaun Hunter at The Beltliner Diner and the Alberta Literary Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency *Imperial Ballroom*! I’ll be moderating a panel on Creative Writing Pedagogy on Saturday morning featuring John Vigna, Angie Abdou, Patrick Finn and Suzette Mayr. Check the schedule for all the fine programming and fun on offer here.

Another highlight will be the Silent Auction in support of WGA’s programs and services. We’ve had many fine donations from our sponsors this year, including a lovely basket of goodies from our dear friends at Owl’s Nest Books. Thank you, Owl’s Nest, for your ongoing support of Alberta writers!

This all sounds great, you say. Absolutely! And the best part is, there’s still time to register. Hope to see you there!

Top 10: Badass Women Protagonists

Hey, how cool is this? All Lit Up has put together a list of Badass Women Protagonists which includes the dual protagonists Lita and Elsa from my novel After You’ve GonePlus they even gave it this cool gif:

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I see fellow Alberta authors Pam Clark and Caterina Edwards have written some badassery as well. Time to add more titles to my reading list!

 

Calgary Book Signing Event at The Owl’s Nest March 31st, 2018

Excited to read the new book by Tim Bouma of @ttlastspring fame! He’s in Calgary March 31 at Owl’s Nest Books, from 11 – 2 .

 

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Calgary Book Signing Event for Tom Thomson Journal of My Last Spring!

Tom Thomson will be in Calgary!

Or rather, the author of Tom Thomson Journal of My Last Spring will be. A book signing and reading by the author will be held on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 from 11am to 2pm at Owl’s Nest Bookshttp://www.owlsnestbooks.com at 815A 49th Avenue SW Calgary AB Canada

Please come visit (and buy a book!) In addition to the signing, I plan to give a 20-minute talk around noonish, read a few short passages and hang around to talk about all things Tom Thomson.

The event is FREE!, graciously hosted by our friends at the Owl’s Nest Book Store.

I hope you can make it. If you can’t don’t worry. You can always drop by later and buy the book at the store. I’ll also be holding more events around the country…

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“In a Mist”

Last fall, Historical Feathers, a historical fiction journal out of the UK, invited me to submit a story for their December issue. I didn’t have anything suitable on hand at the time, but I was inspired to finally write about something that I’ve wanted to explore for a long time: the life of jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. My story “In a Mist” starts on page 42 of the January 2018 issue.

Unfortunately, Historical Feathers has now had to go on hiatus for the time being. Many thanks to editors Amy Ford and Peter Turner, and hopefully we’ll see new issues again at some time.

AWCS Youth Programs Silent Auction

The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society offers programming for all levels and ages of writers, including youth. And until this Friday, December 8th, you can bid on some great fundraising items at their Youth Programs Silent Auction. All proceeds will support AWCS’ youth programs, and you will get a start on the dreaded Xmas shopping — win – win!