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    Creative Nonfiction Collective

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    The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) is a Canadian organization for writers of creative (or literary or narrative) nonfiction. From May 2–4, the CNFC's 10th Anniversary Conference will be held right here in Calgary at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. This is a unique and irresistable opportunity for writers of creative/literary/narrative nonfiction and Calgarians don't even have to travel to get to it! The $100 registration offer will end April 18th, so make sure to register before next Friday.

    For complete details and registration go to CNFC Conference Page, where you can also find the full 2014 Program Outline. If the 3-day commitment is a bit much you can still get in on the action on Sunday, May 4, with a completely FREE event open to the public: "A Literary Walk with George Melnyk" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Not sure where this walk will take us but it will feature a smashing lineup of guest readers: Myrna Kostash, Fred Stenson, Chris Turner & Aritha van Herk.

    The 2014 Keynote Speaker is acclaimed historian, novelist, essayist and award-winning author Ronald Wright. Find his books on the shelves of your local library:

    What Is America? A Short History of the New World Order Stolen Continents: Conquest & Resistance in the Americas An Illustrated Short History of Progress

    Pressed Into Silence

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    The day before the opening of Sochi's Olympic games 217 prominent writers from around the world signed an open letter to condemn Russia's anti-gay laws. "As writers and artists," the letter states, "we cannot stand quietly by as we watch our fellow writers and journalists pressed into silence or risking prosecution and often drastic punishment for the mere act of communicating their thoughts."

    The full letter letter can be read courtesy of The Guardian.

    So now Putin falls to his knees, apologizes, and repeals the laws, right?

    Of course not. But that's not the letter's intention. Among prominent Canadian authors who signed the letter (including Lawrence Hill, Jane Urquhart, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje), Yann Martel appeared on CBC news from his basement in Saskatoon to explain why. Martel's hope is to "remind Russians that they can do better" and also to remind Canadians that "nations thrive the freer they are. Every nation needs to be reminded of that. Not just in Russia, but also here in Canada."

    The campaign, unfortunately, is not unique. Since 1921 PEN International has been promoting and fighting for the global freedom of expression. Since the letter to Russia was posted on February 6, PEN has posted 22 other headlines in the span of two weeks. It may seem far away from us here, but as the open letter to Russia eloquently states, these issues contribute "to the political and intellectual shape of the world far beyond their country's borders."

    Calgarians looking to celebrate freedom of expression, or just looking for an inspiring night out, have a lot to choose from during the Freedom To Read Week (February 23 – March 1). On Thursday, February 27th, at 7:00pm, the library will be at Owl’s Nest Books to present the winners of the Calgary Public Library’s Freedom to Read Contest.

    The following night Wordfest and the Writer's Guild of Alberta present GUILTY (READING) PLEASURES. Local artists Rosemary Griebel, Christian Bök and Jeff de Boer will discuss what they read purely for pleasure and the topics that obsess them the most. That's Friday, February 28, at Shelf Life Books. Reception and presentations from 7pm onwards.

    And of course — the #1 way to celebrate... READ!

    Farewell, Sweet Study Guides

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    To make room on 4th floor for more study space and for indispensable genealogical records on microfilm, we are soon saying farewell to study guides in print form. While the information within literature study guides is indispensable, getting us through some of those dense texts required for high school and college English courses, the physical presence of the guides have been gradually replaced with online resources. So if you're struggling to get through an essay, cannot understand why Jay Gatsby keeps noticing that green light across the water, trying to wrap your head around Shakespeare, or just need to cheat a little bit, here's where to turn...

    The Calgary Public Library's E-Library offers Literature Resource Centre with full-text journal articles, critical essays, author biographies, author portraits, work overviews, contextual essays and explications. Also includes the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature which provides 10,000 definitions of literary terms.

    Also in the E-Library we have the 'Shakespeare Collection' which "includes the Arden full-text, annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, with introduction and appendices. The database contains primary source material, criticism from the 17th century to the present and general reference data." For those translations into modern-day english, search the library catalogue with the terms "Shakespeare Made Easy" and/or "Shakespeare On the Double".

    For the study of poetry and short stories, go directly to our write-up on the new Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre.

    All E-Library databases are free to access with your library card.

    Fare thee well, study guide. Your coffee stains, dog-eared pages, and pencil marks will be missed. Now here are some quick links to the best online resources for study guides:

    SparkNotes

    Our guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. We offer more than 500 guides forEnglish literatureandShakespeare, and a vast number of guides forhistory,math,biology, and other subjects

    BookRags

    resources including encyclopedia articles, critical essays, student essays, biographies, primary sources, interviews, and study guides.

    Cliffs Notes

    CliffsNotes is the original (and most widely imitated) study guide. CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you're studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams.

    Pink Monkey

    A "G" rated study resource for junior high, high school, college students, teachers and home schoolers. The world's 'largest' library of free online literature Summaries, with over 460 Study Guides, Book Notes, and Chapter Summaries.

    Alberta Book & Literary Awards

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    The Writers Guild of Alberta handed out some hardware in Edmonton last weekend at the annual Alberta Book & Literary Awards gala. Nothing inspires more than some homegrown literary excellence. Listed below are winners for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Click the book covers to place a hold on your copy. For a complete wrap-up of the event and all its winners and nominees, read The Edmonton Journal.

    Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction


    Will Ferguson - 419

    Naomi K. Lewis - I Know Who You Remind Me Of

    Richard Van Camp - Godless But Loyal to Heaven

    Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry


     

    Jenna Butler - Wells

    Nora Gould - I See My Love More Clearly From A Distance

    Sandy Pool - Undark: An Oratorio

    Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction


     

    Marcello Di Cintio - Walls: Travels Along the Barricades

    Brian L. Evans - Pursuing China: Memoir of a Beaver Liaison Officer

    Andrew Nikiforuk - The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

    Another award handed out was the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story. Okotoks writer Lee Kvern outran Kathleen Brown and Lynn Coady for her story "In Search of Lucinda". You can catch Lee Kvern live at the Memorial Park library TONIGHT! on a panel discussing the influence of Alice Munro. Click here for more details. Congratulations to all ABLA winners and nominees and thank you for all the inspiring work you've done.

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