Veronica Trunzo: Like a Lotus
Wednesday September 22, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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This story will inspire you to take a risk, trust in yourself, and never be too scared to start over again; it may just be the best thing you will ever do.
P.D. Workman: Out With the Sunset
Thursday September 23, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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Looking for a police procedural set in picturesque Canada? Let Award-winning and Bestselling Author P.D. Workman take you her favourite Calgary parks, as Métis detective Margie Patenaude investigates a murder in this fast-paced new series.
Detective "Parks" Pat — Margie Patenaude — is a new Calgary homicide detective. Being Métis and a single mom, she has a few things on her plate. Working on a spate of murders in Calgary and area parks earns Margie her nickname.
These short mysteries are just right for those days when you could use a break from your busy life. Take a walk in a Calgary park with Parks Pat.
[POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBA]Saturday Signing with Elizabeth Prost!
Saturday September 25, 2021 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Drop in at Owl's Nest Books for a signing event with local author Elizabeth Prost, author of the memoir Waiting for Winter.
Author Elizabeth A. Prost (or Lizzie, as you'll come to know her) will take you on a journey through life, death, rebirth, and back home again. As she travelled the world and made her choices, Lizzie also ventured to the depths of despair and learned to live positively with mental illness. Through Waiting for Winter, you will discover the vistas of Saskatchewan, Canada, feel and taste the changing landscape of ice, explore Savannah, Georgia, and understand what it is like to be Daisy Duck with Disney on Ice-while witnessing Lizzie's struggle to find happiness and serenity within herself.
A dearly beloved, painfully honest memoir, Waiting for Winter is a revelation.
Check out this author spotlight at Cece Scott's book review blog.
[POSTPONED] Nadine Dunseith: The Rest is Silence
Tuesday September 28, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Join us for an evening of poetry in-person at Owl's Nest Books.
Masks are mandatory. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!
When schools resumed in January 2021, Nadine Dunseith continued to face a different reality of masks, physical distancing as space allowed, and increased quarantines/isolation. Continuing to use the language of the times and the reality of mental health struggles, Nadine Dunseith presents another emotional set of poetry that explores the daily and weekly environment that she faced, culminating in a final revelation: there is hope in times of crisis and one can find the light they need to combat the darkness within. She hopes this set of poetry can provide some solace for teachers and front line workers during these challenging times.
Penguin Random House: National Indie Events!
Wednesday September 29, 2021 @ 06:00PM - Thursday October 28, 2021 @ 07:00PM
Purchase the book and get a free ticket to the exclusive online event!
AWCS Presents: Writers Unplugged, an Open Mic
Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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Bring 5min of work to share or just hang out and listen in a safe and supportive environment.
[POSTPONED] Frontenac Poets!
Monday October 04, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
This event will be held in-person at Owl's Nest Books. Masking is mandatory. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!
Join Micheline Maylor (The Bad Wife), Joan Shillington (Let This Lake Remember), Tyler B. Perry (Plausible Wrong Answers), and Alex Williamson (Very Bright, Almost Pretty), for an evening of poetry and reflection. This reading will navigate through the turbulence of marriage, the waters of memory, the struggles of education, and life with chronic illness.
Bev Katz Rosenbaum: I'm Good and Other Lies
Tuesday October 05, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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“This is a book for RIGHT NOW.” — Teresa Toten, author of
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Is it asking too much to live a typical twelfth grade existence? Kelsey Kendler just wants to earn some money for university, hang out with friends, maybe even snag a boyfriend. But her pill-popping mom and distant dad scare off anybody she tries to bring home, making those last two things feel impossible.
Her part-time ice cream shop job’s a slog, but at least there, she can escape her parents’ constant fighting … until the COVID-19 pandemic forces a lockdown and she’s stuck at home with them 24/7.
As the lockdown takes its toll on Kelsey’s mental health, she starts to see the appeal of her mom’s pills. She hates what they do to her mom, but numbing herself to the world seems like a pretty good idea right about now. Horrified to find herself following in her mom’s footsteps, she can only hope she’ll eventually figure out some other way to cope …
O.W.L.S. Book Club: Luster by Raven Leilani
Thursday October 07, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Winner of the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
Winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize for Best First Book
Winner of the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Fiction
Finalist for the 2021 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel
Finalist for the 2021 Dylan Thomas Prize
Longlisted for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Sharp, comic, disruptive, and tender, Luster sees a young Black woman fall into art and someone else's open marriage.
Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She's also, secretly, haltingly, figuring her way into life as an artist. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscapes of contemporary sexual manners and racial politics weren't hard enough, Edie finds herself unemployed and falling into Eric's family life, his home. She becomes a hesitant friend to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie is the only Black woman who young Akila knows.
Razor-sharp, darkly comic, sexually charged, socially disruptive, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.
Morgan Murray: Dirty Birds
Saturday October 09, 2021 | 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Join us for a Saturday Signing with acclaimed humour author!
***LONGLISTED FOR CANADA READS 2021***
***APMA BEST ATLANTIC PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD: WINNER***
***STEPHEN LEACOCK MEADAL FOR HUMOUR: SHORTLIST***
***THOMAS RADDALL ATLANTIC FICTION AWARD: SHORTLIST***
***MARGARET AND JOHN SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION: SHORTLIST***
***FOREWORD INDIES HUMOUR AWARD: SILVER***
***THE GLOBE AND MAIL SUMMER'S HOTTEST READS***
***2021 RELIT AWARD: LONG SHORTLIST***
In late 2008, as the world’s economy crumbles and Barack Obama ascends to the White House, the remarkably unremarkable Milton Ontario – not to be confused with Milton, Ontario – leaves his parents’ basement in Middle-of-Nowhere, Saskatchewan, and sets forth to find fame, fortune, and love in the Euro-lite electric sexuality of Montreal; to bask in the endless twenty-something Millennial adolescence of the Plateau; to escape the infinite flatness of Saskatchewan and find his messiah – Leonard Cohen. Hilariously ironic and irreverent, in Dirty Birds, Morgan Murray generates a quest novel for the twenty-first century—a coming-of-age, rom-com, crime-farce thriller—where a hero’s greatest foe is his own crippling mediocrity as he seeks purpose in art, money, power, crime, and sleeping in all day.
Hootdunnit Book Club: The Chessmen by Peter May
Wednesday October 20, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
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THE FINAL VOLUME IN PETER MAY'S LANDMARK LEWIS TRILOGY
"MAGICAL." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"UTTERLY ABSORBING." --BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
"A PERFECTLY FORMED TRILOGY." --THE INDEPENDENT
Living again of the Isle of Lewis, ex-Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is working as a security officer for a local landowner. While investigating illegal activity on the estate, Fin encounters his former childhood friend and bandmate, the elusive poacher Whistler Macaskill.
When Fin catches up with Whistler among the windswept hills of the estate, the two witness a freak natural phenomenon--a bog burst--which drains a loch of all its water in a flash, revealing a mud-encased light aircraft with a sickeningly familiar moniker on its side.
Both men immediately know what they will find inside: the body of Roddy Mackenzie, a friend whose flight disappeared more than seventeen years before. But when Whistler's face appears to register something other than shock, an icy chill of apprehension overtakes Fin. What secret has Whistler been hiding from him, and everyone else on the island?
O.W.L.S. Book Club: A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
Thursday November 04, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
New York Times bestselling author Mary Lawson, acclaimed for digging into the "wilderness of the human heart", is back after almost a decade with a fresh and timely novel that is different in subject but just as emotional and atmospheric as her beloved earlier work.
A Town Called Solace, the brilliant and emotionally radiant new novel from Mary Lawson, her first in nearly a decade, opens on a family in crisis. Sixteen-year-old Rose is missing. Angry and rebellious, she had a row with her mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Left behind is seven-year-old Clara, Rose’s adoring little sister. Isolated by her parents’ efforts to protect her from the truth, Clara is bewildered and distraught. Her sole comfort is Moses, the cat next door, whom she is looking after for his elderly owner, Mrs. Orchard, who went into hospital weeks ago and has still not returned.
Enter Liam Kane, mid-thirties, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, who moves into Mrs. Orchard’s house—where, in Clara’s view, he emphatically does not belong. Within a matter of hours he receives a visit from the police. It seems he is suspected of a crime.
At the end of her life, Elizabeth Orchard is also thinking about a crime, one committed thirty years previously that had tragic consequences for two families, and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.
Told through three distinct, compelling points of view, the novel cuts back and forth among these unforgettable characters to uncover the layers of grief, remorse, and love that connect them. A Town Called Solace is a masterful, suspenseful, darkly funny and deeply humane novel by one of our great storytellers.
Hootdunnit Book Club: Snap by Belinda Bauer
Wednesday November 17, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE
The latest from award-winning crime writer Belinda Bauer, winner of the UK National Book Award, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize,Snap is a gripping novel about a teenage boy’s hunt for his mother’s killer. Eileen Bright puts her 11-year-old son Jack in charge when she left their broken-down car on the side of the road to find help. But she never comes back, and three years later, Jack’s still in charge: of his sisters, of making ends meet, of making sure nobody knows they’re all alone in the house, and—quite suddenly—of finding out who murdered his mother. Meanwhile, a young woman named Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note reading “I could have killed you.” With a husband on the road and a baby on the way, Catherine makes a single bad choice that leads her into a tangled web of deception and danger. A stylish, masterfully written novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats,Snap is Belinda Bauer at the height of her powers.