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    New in the Nook

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    From the whimsical to the deepest critical analysis, for the highly advanced to the bright-eyed beginner, the library is constantly bringing in the newest titles aimed at guiding and helping writers. Up on the 4th floor of Central we set them aside into what must be the largest collection of writers' resources anywhere in town. Come visit the Writer's Nook in person or check out some of these new books by clicking the title or book cover...

    Several Short Sentences About Writing

    by Verlyn Klinkenborg

    "Your job as a writer is making sentences. Most of your time will be spent making sentences in your head. Did no one ever tell you this? That is the writer's life. Never imagine you've left the level of the sentence behind. Most of the sentences you make will need to be killed. The rest will need to be fixed. This will be true for a long time. The hard part now is deciding which to kill and which to fix and how to fix them. This will get much, much easier, but the decision making will never end."

    A widely admired writer and teacher of writing for more than 25 years, Klinkenborg gives a distillation of that experience in an indispensable and distinctive book that will help anyone who wants to write, write better, or have a clearer understanding of what it means to be writing.

    45 Master Characters: mythic models for creating original characters

    by Victoria Schmidt

    Want to make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex, and original than ever before? 45 Master Characters is here to help you explore the most common male and female archetypes--the mythic, cross-cultural models from which all characters originate. Explore a wide variety of character profiles including heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Learn how to use archetypes as foundations for your own unique characters Examine the mythic journeys of heroes and heroines--the progression of events upon which each archetype's character arc develops--and learn how to use them to enhance your story. Complete with examples culled from literature, television, and film, 45 Master Characters illustrates just how memorable and effective these archetypes can be--from "Gladiators" and "Kings" like Rocky Balboa and Captain Ahab to "Amazons" and "Maidens" like Wonder Woman and Guinevere. Great heroes and villains are necessary to bring any story to life; let this guide help you create characters that stand the test of time.

    Anatomy of a Short Story: Nabokov's puzzles, codes, "Signs and Symbols"

    by Yuri Leving

    Since its first publication in 1948, one of Vladimir Nabokov's shortest short stories, "Signs and Symbols," has generated perhaps more interpretations and critical appraisal than any other that he wrote. It has been called "one of the greatest short stories ever written" and "a triumph of economy and force, minute realism and shimmering mystery" (Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years). Anatomy of a Short Story contains: - the full text of "Signs and Symbols," line numbered and referenced throughout the book - correspondence about the story, most of it never before published, between Nabokov and the editor of The New Yorker, where the story was first published - 33 essays of literary criticism on the story, bringing together classic essays and new interpretations - a round-table discussion in which a screenwriter, a theater scholar, a mathematician, a psychiatrist, and a literary scholar bring their perspectives to bear on "Signs and Symbols". Anatomy of a Short Story illuminates the ways in which we interpret fiction, and the short story in particular.

    Just Write: here's how!

    by Walter Dean Myers

    What makes a writer? The desire to tell a story, a love of language, an eye for detail, practice, practice, practice. How well should you know your characters? Do you need to outline before you write? How important is length? Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.

    Short Films: writing the screenplay

    by Patrick Nash

    A complete guide to short film screenplays, from finding and developing that exciting idea to information on the technical revolution in digital filmmaking and distribution. Every award-winning short film begins life with a clever idea, a good story, and a screenplay. Here Patrick Nash analyzes the process of writing short film screenplays and gives advice on story and structure, plot and pace, generating ideas, screenplay format, dialogue and format, and character design. He helps readers ensure that their writing will be fresh by discussing common clichés and stereotypes; conflict, obstacles, and stakes; eliciting emotion; and how to hook the viewer. The specifics of loglines, outlines, and synopses are also covered, as well as rewriting, length, practicalities, and budgets. The book also includes a number of award-winning scripts and interviews, advice and contributions from their award-winning screenwriters and a discussion of the benefits to writers of writing short screenplays.


    Single Onion Poetry Contest

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    Way back in April we alerted you to a local poetry contest worth getting excited about – the “Single Onion 100 Calgary Poetry Contest”. Single Onion is Calgary's longest-running spoken word series. In their twelfth year of lining Calgary up with a variety of renowned Canadian poets, as well as up-and-coming local artists, SO will celebrate their 100th event and for the occasion they want to know how local poets see Calgary.

    The deadline for submissions was August 15, 2012, but IT GOT EXTENDED!

    The new deadline is September 15th, 2012.

    Ten finalists will be chosen to perform at the SO100 Celebration Event on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

    Prize money remains the same:

    3rd place – $150, 2nd place – $300, 1st place - $1000

    For full contest details visit the Single Onion blog. This is also the place where you can find the reading series' upcoming schedule of events, which usually take place the third Thursday of every month.

    The Literary Event of the Summer

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    1.00pm - 2.30pm



    Kris Demeanor

    Shannon Lee Bennett

    Marcello Di Cintio

    Jon R. Flieger

    Barb Howard

    Naomi K. Lewis

    Fred Stenson


    The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association has rounded up 7 of Calgary's most exciting writers for an unmissable afternoon of literary performance action under a prairie sky.

    Get full details at the AMPA website.

    Get the authors' work at your local library. Click book covers to place your hold.

    Kris Demeanor Marcello Di Cintio Barb Howard

    Naomi K. Lewis Fred Stenson

    People's Poetry Festival

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    Yay. Yes. It's happening again. Calgary's favorite new festival. The PPF, returning to the streets of Kensington (and beyond) for its second run. Here's what's going to go down, in their words:

    "Showcasing local poets and poetry organizations, as well as amateur and aspiring poets and spoken word artists, the PPF seeks to tear apart the notion that poetry is reserved for academic elites and enlightened beatniks.

    Our free, three-day festival uses public and private space in the Kensington area to create an interactive and collaborative event that shares a love of poetry with everyone, young or old, tall or small. In bringing poetry directly to the people in a public format, we hope to build connections both between poets, artists and fans, but also within Calgary’s multifaceted communities."


    The weekend will feature:Jen Kunlire





    ...and a whole lot more. Things will kick off Friday, August 17, 6:30pm, at Pages Books on Kensington with a performance from this year's Poet of Honour - JEN KUNLIRE.