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    Celebrate Calgary Authors

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    This Saturday the Memorial Park Library is hosting a special all-day event highlighting authors who call Calgary home. Presented by the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners and Sponsored by Calgary 2012, this will surely be a wonderful way to get to know locally-produced writers, to commemorate their contributions to the city, and to get excited about the future...

    A CELEBRATION OF CALGARY AUTHORS

    Saturday, Sep 29
    10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    REGISTER HERE!

    Featured Guests:

    Pat Roome, Hugh Dempsey, Brian Brennan, Max Foran, Fred Stenson, Katherine Govier, Chris Turner, Chryl Foggo, and Kris Demeanor

    New in the Nook, September Edition

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Another interesting batch of new arrivals to report!

    The 4th floor of the Central library is keeping an eye on all the latest resources for writers and we set them aside in the "physical" version of the Writer's Nook, where you will find everything you need to get inspired and informed to keep your writing projects moving forward.

    Wired for Story: the writer's guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence by Lisa Cron

    Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets-and it's a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper. (Summary)

    Science can reveal new perspectives, but just as often it shows us what we already know. The study of narrative as a powerful force that can do more than entertain is a perfect example of how neuroscience validates what writers -and readers- already sense: we are hardwired to love a story because it allows us to make sense of the world. Cron (Extension Writers' Program, UCLA) draws on her extensive experience in publishing, story consultancy, and television to elucidate not just how to write well but how to tell a story. While the brain science element can come off as a bit gimmicky as Cron shares her "secrets," it's the only flaw in a marvelous examination of key writing concepts such as plot, tone, theme, timing, conflict, subplot, and setup. Cron shows how these elements work to keep the narrative unfolding while moving it along, with patterns and parallels connecting the reader to the whole story. Practical, useful, and well organized, this enjoyable book provides a framework of questions for writers to ask themselves. This book will be well received by both aspiring and established writers. (Library Journal Review)

    The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets by Jeffrey Skinner

    A private eye turned moderately successful poet leads readers on a satiric, hopeful tour of how to make a life in the arts, while still having a life. Revealing, hilarious, and peppered with sly takes on the ins and outs of contemporary American poetry.

    Revision is the process a poem endures to become its best self.
    Or, if you are the poet, you are the process a poem endures to become its best self. [...]

    Endures because a first draft, like all other objects in the universe, has inertia and would prefer to stay where it is. The poet must not collaborate.
    Best
    self because the poem is more like a person than a thing, and does not strenuously object to personification.
    Yo, poem.
    But let's not get carried away. It's your poem and you can treat it as you wish; sweet talk it; push it around if that's what it takes. Alfred Hitchcock notoriously said of the actors in his movies, "They are cattle."

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    Walls

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    In 2002 he brought us to Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania with Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa. In 2006 Poets & Pahlevans took us on ‘a journey into the heart of Iran' in an exploration of the relationship between heroic poetry and the various styles of traditional Persian wrestling. This year Marcello Di Cintio is taking his audience into Walls. Many walls. From India to Montreal, Morocco to Arizona, Cyprus to Belfast. I have no idea how he managed to fit this much travel, tension, and experience into 288 pages, but this week we get to find out...

    OFFICIAL WALLS BOOK LAUNCH

    THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20

    CROWN SURPLUS (INGLEWOOD)

    1005 - 11th Street SE

    7pm - 8pm

    According to the event's Facebook page, this is outdoor, so do bring a jacket.

    To place your hold on Walls, click here.

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    More on the book...

    In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world’s most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls?

    Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco’s desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona’s migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel’s security barrier.

    From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the “Great Wall of Montreal” to Cyprus’s divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define “us” from “them” with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.

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    Why is this event outdoor in Calgary in September?

    According to Marcello's blog, "Elsewhere":

    "I decided to hold the event in the back lot of Calgary’s Crown Surplus. Considering the topic of the book, I figured I’d surround my audience with fences, barbed wire, army tents and other shards of military urbanism."

    Makes sense.

    Nuit Blanche

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    If you are interested in having your mind blown, consider any of the following projects being constructed for Calgary's first year taking part in Nuit Blanche - an international, multi-city, late night arts festival...

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    An audience-activated handcrafted rideable carousel.

    A living cloud created from 5,000 light bulbs.

    Live, interdisciplinary performance.

    A rowdy, portable Belfast pub.

    Text message town criers.


    Maybe wear a helmet?

    Saturday, September 15.

    Olympic Plaza Park.

    7pm - 3am.

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    For all the amazing pictures and details go to NUIT BLANCHE.

    SINGLE ONION is looking to create a response poem consisting of one-line reactions to the event, which sounds like a really good idea. The incredibly simple instructions on how to contribute your reaction are at Single Onion's blogspot.

    Read recent articles on this event from FFWD magazine, or the HERALD.

    Writer in Residence 2012, Program Launch!

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    If you want to get some serious value out of your library card, there is a three month window, which has already opened, for Calgary Public Library members to take part in our Writer in Residence services. With financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, we are quite lucky to be able to offer an opportunity for Calgary writers to pursue an appraisal of their work from a professional author.

    This year Memorial Park library has welcomed Brian Brennan and this Saturday, September 8, we want to make it official...

    Writer in Residence Welcome and Program Launch

    Memorial Park Library
    1221 2nd St SW
    No registration required

    Saturday, September 8

    2:00–3:30 p.m.

    A reception will follow.

    Here is a small sample of Mr. Brennan’s work:

    How the West was Written: the life and times of James H. Gray

    Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories

    Leaving Dublin: Writing my Way from Ireland to Canada

    Romancing the Rockies

    For information on submitting a manuscript and setting up an individual consultation, click here, or call the Memorial Park library at 403-221-2006

    Naomi K. Lewis, Book Launch DATE CHANGED!

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    You may have met Naomi K. Lewis last fall through the library’s Writer-in-Residence service as she gracefully critiqued our manuscripts, imparted her experienced wisdom, and shared her work. Good things seemed to have happened for Naomi since the end of her residency, as she was awarded the Colophon Prize for Fiction in January and now, eight months later, I Know Who You Remind Me Of is ready to be launched:

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15

    SHELF LIFE BOOKS

    (Corner of 4th Street & 13th Avenue SW)
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Original and effortlessly clever, the stories in I Know Who You Remind Me Of capture the sensibility of a generation with no cultural inhibitions to overcome. Naomi K. Lewis’s characters bear the battlescars of adolescence and early adulthood ­– scars left when one classmate impersonates another in Internet pornography; a lover donates his eyeball in the heat of passion; sibling rivalry escalates into a low orbit. For these characters, everything is straight-on, never coy, and often deliciously funny. Stories from this collection have appeared in the Journey Prize anthology, the Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and other journals.

    Library copies of I Know Who You Remind Me Of are on the way. Until they come, click here to place a hold on Naomi K. Lewis' debut novel - Cricket in a Fist.


    Read the Nook's interview with Naomi from November 2011.