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    The Confabulist, Live

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    From the beloved, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, The Confabulist is a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini, with the story of the man who killed him (twice): Martin Strauss, an everyday man whose fate was tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways.

    A cast of memorable characters spins around Houdini's celebrity-driven life, as they did in his time: from the Romanov family soon to be assassinated, to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the powerful heads of Scotland Yard, and the Spiritualists who would use whoever they could to establish their religion. A brilliant novel about fame and ambition, reality and illusion, and the ways that love, grief and imagination can alter what we perceive and believe.*

    On Thursday, June 5 the Calgary Public Library is thrilled to be hosting along with Pages bookstore "An Evening with Steven Galloway" from 7 – 9 p.m. in the John Dutton Theatre (2nd floor, Central Library). Register here or call 403-260-2620.

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    For a taste of the thoughtful, engaging eloquence Steven Galloway puts into the presentation of his work, watch the video of our 2011 One Book One Calgary launch, in which the entire city shared the power of Galloway's 2008 novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo.

    *The Confabulist book summary lifted off the library catalogue

     

     

     

    Award Season

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    One of these five books will win the 2014 Alberta Readers' Choice Award.

    The Edmonton Public Library will take your vote until May 31, 11:59pm.

    Almost A Great Escape, by Tyler Trafford Come Barbarians, by Todd Babiak (also available as eBook) Pilgrimage, by Diana Davidson (also available as an eBook) The Dilettantes, by Michael Hingston The Unfinished Child, by Theresa Shea (also available as an ebook)

    The Alberta Readers' Choice Award is awarded annually for the best fiction or narrative non-fiction written by an Alberta author. The $10,000 award - presented annually by the Edmonton Public Library - recognizes the exceptional writing talent in Alberta and encourages readers to support Alberta authors. Books must be published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

    The winner will be announced June 6 at the 2014 Alberta Book Awards Gala in Edmonton, a night to honour the best of Alberta's literary community. Winners of the Alberta Literary Awards and the Alberta Book Publishing Awards will also be handed out at the gala.

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    Meet the New Poet Laureate

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    There's a whole lot of 'Nookish, literary action taking place in this first half of May. Big news last week—Calgary's first Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor passed over the wreath to derek beaulieu, who will serve as artistic ambassador for the citizens of Calgary from 2014–2016.

    In the news release from Calgary Arts Development, President & CEO Patti Pon had this to say:

    “The enthusiasm we’ve seen for the Calgary Poet Laureate has been astonishing, from the support of Calgary’s private sector to the widespread interest in the capacity for poetry to inspire and build community. On behalf of Calgary Arts Development and the citizens of Calgary, I would like to thank Kris for his service to the city during his time as Calgary Poet Laureate, and welcome derek beaulieu to the role. I look forward to witnessing how derek’s artistry will enrich our civic landscape over the next two years.”

    To dive into beaulieu's work, you can find many of his publications on the shelves of your local library:

    fractal economies seen of the crime Please, No More Poetry eBook version

    GRAND OPENING of Loft 112

    You can also meet the new Poet Laureate at a very exciting event taking place this Saturday, May 10—it's the GRAND OPENING of Loft 112! For months we've been hearing the most promising rumblings coming out of the East Village: the opening of a community writing centre, a place for Calgary artists to meet and develop ideas, and now the time is finally here! The day of celebration will feature readings every hour from some of the city's top notch writing talent, including two former library WIRs, Naomi Lewis and Barb Howard, as well as Jani Krulc, Sara Tilley, and outgoing Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor. Check out the full schedule of readings.

    The 'Loft is only a few minutes walk from the Central Library, so make sure to drop by the party before or after your CAFE workshop with us in Self-Editing 101. The workshop is now full but if you're still looking to fill that appetite for inspiration the Fish Creek Library will be hosting highly acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel for the presentation of his new novel 'Boundless'.

    Busy day. May the tenth be with you.

    May the 7th, too! Great event tonight at the Owl's Nest...

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    Self-Editing 101

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    On Saturday May 10 the Central Library is excited to host Self-Editing 101 — a free workshop on the revision and editing of your writing. Susan Forest from the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors, or CAFE, will lead the workshop from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. with the goal of giving your writing shape and professional polish. Opportunities to attend free writing workshops don't come around too often, so spaces at this event are filling up quick. Register now to make sure you get a spot.

    Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She is a member of SFWA and SF Canada, and works as a fiction editor for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers. She is the winner of The Galaxy Project for her novella, “Lucy”, and her YA novel, The Dragon Prince, was awarded the Children’s Circle Book Choice Award. Other stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, OnSpec, and Legacy Magazine. “Back” was a finalist for the 2009 the Prix Aurora Award.

    Of course nothing beats the in-person guidance of a writing workshop, but to get a head start on the polish of your work, check out some of these titles available from your local library:

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