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    Emergent Writer's Salon

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    Not sure how we missed the first two meetings of Shelf Life's 'Emergent Writer's Salon', but better late than not at all. This Saturday is the third installment of a 'series of afternoon events to introduce up and coming local writers' and it will feature Samantha Warwick and the library's former Writer-in-Residence Naomi K. Lewis.

    from the Shelf Life website:


    The (Second) Novel with Naomi K. Lewis and Samantha Warwick


    The Calgary Association for Lifelong Learning & Shelf Life Books Present Emergent Writer’s Salon #3 with local authors, Naomi K. Lewis and Samantha Warwick.

    Second novels have been known (and joked about) throughout history as being the most difficult book a writer will negotiate. Is this true? If so—why? In this interview-style presentation, Naomi and Samantha will discuss the process, challenges, highs and lows of writing their first novels as compared to their second. They will give short readings from their first and second books and answer audience questions about the writing process.



    2 – 4 p.m.

    Naomi K. Lewis is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer. She was writer in residence at the Calgary Public Library throughout the fall of 2011, and her short story collection, I Know Who You Remind Me Of, will be published by Enfield & Wizenty in fall, 2012. For more info on Naomi, please visit

    Click here to find her work in the library catalogue.


    Samantha Warwick's work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and has appeared in various literary and commercial magazines including Geist, Event, Room and FASHION. Her first novel, Sage Island, follows nineteen-year-old Savanna “Savi” Mason, who—after a string of bad luck in New York—finds herself competing in the real-life Wrigley Ocean Marathon of 1927, a 22-mile swim race from Catalina Island to Los Angeles. Samantha is also the Southern Alberta Program Coordinator for the Writers Guild of Alberta.

    Click here to find her work in the library catalogue.


    Shelf Life Books in on the corner of 4th Street & 13th Avenue SW, in Calgary.

    Click here for full information on the library's wonderful Writer-in-Residence services!

    How to Haiku

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    HAIKU 101


    Saturday June 2

    Central Library, 4th Floor Writer's Nook

    11:30am - 1:00pm

    Join the Magpie Haiku Poets for an introduction to haiku poetry. Then put your new knowledge and skills to the test and write a little haiku poetry for yourself!



    For a headstart on your mastery of the form, check out these titles available at the library...


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    If you’re here you know there is one and only one piece of advice that anyone seeking to improve their writing must regard, and it’s pretty simple: READ!

    Makes sense. If you wanna be really good at something, you gotta get to know what that something is from top to bottom, best to worst, to the very last page. Professional athletes, for example, devote their entire lives to a sport. Eat, sleep, breathe. All day every day. One hundred and ten percent. There’s no reason to think we can sit down and produce the masterpieces buried deep in our guts without years of training, practice, and study.

    So, we read.

    (There's even a 'Nook blog dedicated entirely to this topic from Oct. '11. Read it!)

    If you’re anything like me you’ve got an infinitely growing backlist of ‘Want-to-Reads’ that will easily outlast your lifetime. And as a passionate, aspiring writer you’ve also got to keep up with the latest greatest trends within your market. That’s why I’m a big fan of NEXTREADS. The library has recently subscribed to this wonderful monthly booklist service and when I opened up my first newsletter I was pleasantly surprised to see that NextReads always features brand new titles in its lists.

    It works real smooth. All you gotta do is sign up, wait for the next newsletter to appear in your inbox, open it, and you will be up to date on the recent releases within your selected ‘topics’ (there are 25 to choose from!) and you will undoubtedly discover brand new authors, as well as unique featured booklists. If you're looking for NextReads without this conveniently linked blog, click 'Books & More' off the library's homepage.

    Get fed.

    Upcoming Author Readings

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    by Eleanor King Byers


    Thursday, May 10

    Memorial Park

    7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Join us for the launch of a new book in which a mother shares her thoughts and feelings on the death of her son, a victim of alcoholism, as her family unites in love to begin their healing journey.

    Click here to find a copy of 'Steps to Nowhere' at your local library.



    by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey


    Monday, May 14

    Central, Main Floor

    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Joan Donaldson-Yarmey reads from her latest mystery novel in The Travelling Detective series, set in Whistler, B.C.

    Click here to find a copy of 'Whistler's Murder' at your local library.


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    Spurs that jingle jangle jingle. Broncos bucking. Parading parades. Giant mechanical arms swing screaming laughing people through the air…

    I know – it’s a bit early to be talking Stampede, but this year is different. This year is #100. It's special and as Calgarians we gotta make it the greatest greatest outdoor show on earth. Wordfest wants to get us in the mood by throwing a special literary series celebrating the Calgary Stampede Centennial - Wild West Wordfest. From June 18 - 20 the mini-festival will celebrate the "expression of cowboy culture through word, music and art in an effort to engage all sectors of the arts community for a city-wide commemoration. Events will include children’s programming, visual art, storytelling and spoken word programming."

    A month and a half away from Wild West Wordfest, you may wonder why I bring it up... there's a writing contest involved, and the deadline is May 14.

    TumbleWord– Writing Contest Call for Submission!

    WordFest is seeking submissions for TumbleWord, a writing contest created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The contest encourages Calgarians to create a brief story based on one of five archival photos from the history of the Calgary Stampede.The concept is simple: write a story that can fit on a postcard (no more than 250 words) and is based on one of the contest images; entries can be fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry.

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS, (including the 5 images we have to work with).

    New to the 'postcard' form? Check out these titles for a sample: