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    Book Launch at Memorial Park

    by Philip Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    On Thursday, May 5, Memorial Park library will host the launch of Betty Jane Hegerat’s new novel The Boy. By the time you finish reading the book's description (below) you'll probably have plans for Thursday night.

    In 1959 Ray and Daisy Cook and their five children were brutally slain in their modest home in the central Alberta town of Stettler. Robert Raymond Cook, Ray Cook’s son from his first marriage, was convicted of the crime, and had the infamy of becoming the last man hanged in Alberta. Forty-six years later, a troublesome character named Louise in a story that Betty Jane Hegerat finds herself inexplicably reluctant to write, becomes entangled in the childhood memory of hearing about that gruesome mass murder. Through four years of obsessively tracking the demise of the Cook family, and dancing around the fate of the fictional family, the problem that will not go away is how to bring the story to the page. A work of non-fiction about the Cooks and their infamous son, or a novel about Louise and her problem stepson? Both stories keep coming back to the boy. Part memoir, part investigation, part novella, part writer’s journal, The Boy, is the author’s final capitulation to telling the story with all of the troublesome questions unanswered.

    Sounds like we might also gain some valuable insight into a successful author's writing process!

    Place a hold on your library copy here.

    Live at the Library - U of C's Creative Writing Student Gala

    by Philip Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    On Wednesday April 27th the Central library will host the annual end of year student reading for U of C's creative writing students. Calgary's best up-and-coming writers will take over the John Dutton Theatre for a rapid fire delivery of their best short work and there will be plenty of room in the theatre for you to join us.

    Any one is welcome!

    While the Gala is a celebration of term's end, it is also a chance for these promising writers to get a taste of public reading. Truth is most of these students are well-practiced public speakers and this event's unique setup of squeezing in over 100 readers in one night, featuring a gong-type time restraint, makes for guaranteed laughs.

    This is also a great chance for anyone considering application to the university's Creative Writing program to get a taste of what the program offers. And the self-produced chapbooks are always worth picking up.

    Wednesday, Apr 27

    5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

    2nd floor - John Dutton Theatre

    No registration required

    Check out a few books from past students who've read at U of C's Year End Gala....

    Come, Thou Tortoise, by Jessica Grant

    Miss Lamp, by Chris Ewart

    Wonderfull, by William Neil Scott

    The Un-Finished Novel of David Foster Wallace

    by Philip Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    When the sad, shocking news of David Foster Wallace’s death disseminated in September 2008 his legions of fans probably all had the same two questions –

    1) Why would one of the most talented, exciting artists of our generation take his own life?

    2) What was he working on and will we ever get to read it?

    The answer to question one is obviously complicated, involving a life-long battle with depression and problems with how his condition was medicated. (For insight into the circumstances leading to the end of Wallace’s life, read Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, by David Lipsky.)

    The answer to question two has arrived in the form of an unfinished novel - The Pale King, released on April 15th. I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet, so won't pretend I know what it's all about, but I know that, although bittersweet, it will be one of the most exciting and important events in the world of fiction this year.

    Read these reviews for a better preview of The Pale King - Publisher's Weekly, Esquire, The Paris Review.

    Read these books if you haven't yet discovered the undisputed, lost genius of David Foster Wallace.

    Live at the Library - City of Poets

    by Philip Rivard - 0 Comment(s)

    On April 20 many of Calgary’s finest and brightest poets will converge at Central library’s John Dutton theatre in celebration of new books by Rosemary Griebel and Kirk Ramdath.

    Also taking the stage will be Weyman Chan, Richard Harrison, Jen Kunlire, Bob Stallworthy and Sheri-D Wilson.

    If you know Calgary poetry, you know this is a very good lineup.

    If you want to get to know Calgary poetry, don’t miss this opportunity to see so many of our best poets on the same stage. The event will be hosted by Alyson Fortowsky a feature live music by The Ruminants.

    The show gets under way at 7pm - Wednesday April 20 - in the John Dutton Theatre (2nd floor of Central library). Admission is free!