5:00 PM17:00

Giller Light Bash

The literary event of the season! Please join me for Calgary’s 10th anniversary Giller LIght Bash — an evening in support of Frontier College and in celebration of Canadian books. I’m thrilled to be one of five book defenders at this Calgary book party hosted by CBC’s Russell Bowers. Come enjoy the live broadcast of the Giller Prize announcement, an animated panel discussion with my fellow book defenders — authors Taylor Lambert and Naomi K. Lewis, book reviewer Anne Logan and interdisciplinary artist Malcolm Mooney. As always, there will be a generous array of raffle and silent auction prizes. All proceeds go to literacy education in Alberta’s high-needs communities.

Festivities start at 5 pm at Wurst in Calgary’s Mission district (doors open @ 4:30 pm)

Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased here.

Hat tip to the organizers: Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Shelf Life Books and Freehand Books.

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7:00 PM19:00

Literary Snapshots from Two Alberta Cities

Join Edmonton’s Carissa Halton, author of Little Yellow House and me as we talk about mapping our respective cities through literary snapshots, introducing readers to Alberta’s two major cities in ways many have never seen before. Carissa and I will share tales from our books and consider the impact of our cities on our writing and our lives.

Shelf Life Books, Calgary

All are welcome!

Details here!

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6:00 PM18:00

Bookmark! A Literary Feast & Fundraiser

You are invited to eat, drink and be literary at this unique fundraiser in support of the installation of the Calgary Bookmark in East Village in Fall 2019.

This celebration of Calgary's rich literary heritage will be hosted at the historic Deane House -- the original home of author Captain R. Burton Deane, and later the place where legendary Dandelion Magazine was born. The event includes a fabulous three-course meal with wine pairings, and a reading by special guest author Rosemary Griebel.

Spaces are limited! To purchase tickets, please visit Canada Helps.

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2:00 PM14:00

Heritage Park & its Literary Links

Calgary’s living history museum has many connections with fiction, poetry and nonfiction set in in the city during its first decades. Join me as I present a virtual walk through the Park and its literary links.

Speaking of the Past lecture series

Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park, Calgary

Free for annual pass holders; included with admission to Gasoline Alley

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2:30 PM14:30

Writing Calgary / Writing Home

Tent Peg Writing Workshop

“Who lives in such an impossible city, brash, arrogant, indelibly new?” 

– Aritha van Herk, Restlessness

Join me at Loft 112’s Tent Peg series for an afternoon of writing the city we call home. Crack open the clichés, plumb the city’s depths, and savour its particularities.

Cost: $5

Find details here.

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7:00 PM19:00

What's Next for Calgary?

Sprawlcast Live Podcast

Calgary is once again wrestling with the question of what kind of city we want to become. What do we want Calgary to be in 2024? I'’m excited to participate in what promises to be a lively conversation with Sprawl founder/editor Jeremy Klaszus, urban planner Francisco Alaniz Uribe (assistant professor and co-director of The Urban Lab at U of C’s Faculty of Environmental Design) and Jyoti Gondek (Calgary City Councillor).

Central Library Performance Hall

Event details here

More about The Sprawl’s pop-up newsroom at the Central Library here

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