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    Tender Buttons, 100 Years

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)
    Every Way Oakly: homolinguistic translations of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, by STEVE MCCAFFERY

    Pick up a copy of Tender Buttons, any edition of the countless reissues published since 1912, turn to any page, and you are bound to encounter some of the most strange, beautiful, and wise combinations of the English language you will ever read. It doesn't seem possible for a century old book of poetry to come off the page as fresh and vibrant as the most innovative work being produced today, but Stein's welcoming and accessible approach only seems to brighten as the 20th century grows distant in the rear view.

    When it comes to classic literature the notion of timelessness (seems like this could've been written yesterday!) is automatic, a given necessity of its survival, but out of all the world's most bonafide 'classic' authors very few have had the same sort of magical ability "to capture 'moments of consciousness' independent of time and memory". The act of reading Gertrude Stein doesn't feel the same as what we normally refer to as 'reading'. It starts with the word on the page but somewhere along the way Stein gives readers complete freedom to fly off in their own direction.

    100 years later poets from all over the world continue to respond to Gertrude Stein's resounding, foundational masterpiece. This Sunday, on the 68th anniversary of Stein's death, July 27, Calgary's Poet Laureate derek beaulieu hosts an evening dedicated to poetic responses to Stein's work.

    100 TENDER BUTTONS: CELEBRATING GERTRUDE STEIN

    The event takes place at Loft 112 - 535 8 Avenue SE. Starts at 7 p.m.

    The lineup of poets will include readings by Christian Bök, Natalie Simpson, Nikki Sheppy, Rachel Shabalin, Anj Fermor and Helen Hajnoczky.

    You can read the full text of Tender Buttons at Project Gutenberg.

    For a list of upcoming events at Loft 112, check out the full schedule, which includes dates and times the Loft is open for 'drop-in' - a place to get out and write and meet other writers and share ideas.

    When Words Collide

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    The second weekend of August might be a good one to stick around town, as the 4th annual WHEN WORDS COLLIDE festival descends upon Calgary to bring together a huge range of readers and writers from all over the world. Regardless of the genre you're trying to master or love to read, When Words Collide has more than 60 expert panelists/presenters lined up to share tips and information on everything from science fiction to historical fiction to nonfiction, from inspiration to editing.

    It appears as though this year's program of workshops, pitch sessions, panels, social events, blue pencil cafes, and merchants has caught on and filled up quick, but they are now taking names for a waiting list, the 'Merchants' Corner' is open to the unregistered public, and on the Thursday leading into the big weekend you can catch 5 featured WWC guests live at the Fish Creek Library.

    Thursday, August 7

    7 - 8:30 p.m.

    Second Floor Open Area - Fish Creek Library

    REGISTER HERE

    Join us for readings by international bestselling authors: Jack Whyte, Jacqueline Guest, Brandon Sanderson, D.J. McIntosh and Mark Leslie.

    The authors will follow up the readings with a question and answer and autograph session.

    MARK

    LESLIE

    D.J.

    MCINTOSH

    BRANDON

    SANDERSON

    JACQUELINE

    GUEST

    JACK

    WHYTE

    Stampede of Poets

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    It's pretty convenient to throw a party this week and call it a 'Stampede' party. Or throw a poetry reading and call it a Stampede reading. It's even easier if you've actually "wrangled some of the best darn poets in Cowtown" for a lineup of powerhouse performers that couldn't be described as anything but a stampede, regardless of our being in Calgary during the second week of July. This is exactly what the wonderful folk at Shelf Life Books have done for their 'Stampede of Poets', which'll git goin' tomorrow night - Wednesday July 9 - at 7 p.m.

    Here are the poets prepared to get on their saddle and run you over:

    Christian Bök

    Sheri-D Wilson

    Weyman Chan

    Kirk Miles

    Erin Dingle

    David Eso

    Juleta Severson-Baker

    Richard Harrison

    You may have also seen Stampede of Poets described in this week's FFWD, which offers the insight of Wordfest executive director Jo Steffens on Calgary's literary nightlife, as well as a roundup of Cowtown's hardest working literary organizations. And if you haven't come across the Calgary Herald article on Sheri-D Wilson's powerful new book 'Open Letter', read it here. Happy Stampede week y'all.

    Sizzling Summer Writing

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    As the summer heats up it's only natural for a cool off on some of our creative endeavours. We've got music festivals to go to. Road trips to drive. Friends we don't normally get to see. Gardens to tend to... but Calgary's community of writers that work to inspire, guide, and befriend you never let up!

    Over the summer here at the 'Nook we'll focus on ways to keep your focus over the summer and quite likely come out of August feeling sharper than ever before.


    "SIZZLING SUMMER WRITING" (at the Alexandra Writers' Centre Society)

    Just Write July 9, 23 & August 13, 27 | 6-9pm

    Get out of the heat of summer and into the coolness of AWCS for 3 hours of straight writing time. Work on anything you want. Enjoy uninterrupted writing time with other writers.

    Finding Your Muse July 12-August 23 | 9:30-12pm

    Is there a book hidden somewhere inside you? Do stories dance in your head? Does your personal writing say what you want it to? Are you a poet at heart? Through friendly discussion, in-class writing exercises and sharing your writing, we will address the basics and specific interests of the participants involved. For writers of all levels.

    It's A Wrap! Tuesday, July 15 | 6-9pm

    Why is finding the perfect story ending so elusive? What makes a great story ending? We’ll explore these questions and more in this three hour session. Come prepared to learn, experiment and have fun.

    Settings From Your Past Monday, July 21, 2014 | 6-9pm

    Come and enjoy 3 hours of instruction, discussion and exercises to help you uncover the unique details and potential story hidden within your memory of place.

    Say What? Wednesday, August 6, 2014 | 6-9pm

    Having trouble with dialogue? Come out to this three hour session full of instruction, discussion and exercises to help your characters say exactly what it is they want to say in a way that is authentic.

    Summer Shorts (Short stories, that is.) Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 6-9pm

    Flash fiction is becoming an increasingly popular short story form. Come out for an evening of learning how to write great flash fiction pieces. There will be writing, instruction and discussion.

    For complete details and course registration visit www.alexandrawriters.org.

    Stay tuned for more cool, fresh ideas to keep your writing sharp over the summer, including WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, a festival for readers and writers from August 8 - 10. And don't forget that any of Calgary Public Library's 18 locations are the perfect place to cool off and get some writing done on a hot summer afternoon.