Death Threat & Queer as Camp: Calgary Launch
Wednesday May 22 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
THIS IS AN OFFSITE EVENT TAKING PLACE AT THE CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Join us for the joint launch for Vivek Shraya's comic book "Death Threat" (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Derritt Mason's book "Queer as Camp" (Fordham University Press), both of which highlight the social and cultural disciplining of non-normative gender and sexuality.
Shelf Life Books will be selling books onsite at the event.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Calgary Public Library, Central Branch
Level 4 – Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room
800 3 St. SE
Free online registration: https://events.calgarylibrary.ca/programs/online-registration?id=7885%7C1
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Wednesday May 22 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Woolf's Voices for an evening of Poetry, Writing, Art and Music to honour the feminine - however you define that.
Music by :
Visual Art :
Plus a Mini OPEN MIC - 4 spots 3 minute each
sign up at 6:45
Suggested Donation of $10-20/pay what you can.
How Can You Think That?!
Saturday May 25 | 10:00AM - 12:00AM
A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their echo chambers and bridge the great divide. Buy the book, read it, and come join us for a lively discussion.
We’ve all felt it: Whether we’ve argued pointlessly with someone on social media, felt our blood pressure rise as we’ve fought over politics with family members, or simply veered delicately away from certain topics, it’s hard to ignore the chasm between those who hold opposing political views. And it feels like it’s getting worse, that politics are getting uglier, and that reasonable discussion is falling by the wayside.
What can ordinary people do to bridge the great divide? We can read books that smart and reasonable people have written in defense of their views and we can talk about these books with others who may or may not wear the political stripes we do.
Come to Shelf Life Books for a monthly book club that does just that. Ideally, participants will have read the book assigned for that day, and will come prepared to discuss it. All of the books on our list will be made available by Shelf Life. We will meet from 10 am to noon on the last Saturday of every month.
If you would like to join the Facebook group, click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/778733788972927/
Coach House Books Poetry Triple Threat
Thursday June 06 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Hey, Calgary! Join us for the Coach House Spring Poetry Launch, Calgary edition, with Domenica Martinello, Jason Christie, Ben Ladouceur.
JASON CHRISTIE is the author of Canada Post, i-ROBOT, Unknown Actor, and a co-editor of Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry. He has five chapbooks from above/ground press, including The Charm, random_lines = random.choice, and glass language.
BEN LADOUCEUR is the author of Otter, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and awarded the 2016 Gerald Lampert Memorial prize. in 2018, he received the Dayne Ogilvie prize for best emerging LGBTQ Writer.
DOMENICA MARTINELLO is a writer from Montréal, Quebec. She was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa writers workshop, where she was the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman prize for poetry. All Day I Dream About Sirens is her first book.
NeWest Calgary Triple Header!
Tuesday June 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join three NeWest Press authors as they celebrate their latest novels at Shelf Life Books on June 25th, 7 pm!
About Heidi L.M. Jacobs' MOLLY OF THE MALL: LITERARY LASS AND PURVEYOR OF FINE FOOTWEAR
Aspiring novelist Molly MacGregor’s life is strikingly different from a literary heroine's. Named for one of literature’s least romantic protagonists, Moll Flanders, Molly lives in Edmonton, a city she finds irredeemably unromantic, where she writes university term papers instead of novels, and sells shoes in the Largest Mall on Earth. There she seeks the other half of her young life's own matched pair. Delightfully whimsical, Heidi L.M. Jacobs’ Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear explores its namesake's love for the written word, love for the wrong men (and the right one), and her complicated love for her city.
About Audrey J Whitson's THE DEATH OF ANNIE THE WATER WITCHER BY LIGHTNING
Three years into the second millennium, Majestic, Alberta is a farm town dealing with depressed crop prices, international borders closing to Canadian beef, and a severe drought. Older farmers worry about their way of life changing while young people concoct ways to escape: drugs, partying, moving away. Even the church is on the brink of closing.
When local woman Annie Gallagher is struck by lightning while divining water for a well, stories of the town’s past, including that of Annie and the grandmother who taught her water witching, slowly pour forth as everyone gathers for her funeral.
Told through the varied voices of the townspeople and Annie herself, The Death of Annie the Water Witcher by Lightning reveals Majestic to be a complex character in its own right, both haunted and haunting. Here, Audrey J. Whitson has written a novel of hard choices and magical necessity.
About Theanna Bischoff's LEFT
Twenty-nine-year-old Natasha Bell went for an evening jog, just like any other night – except now no one knows where she is. Not her sister, Abby – eighteen, eight months pregnant, and without a game plan. Not her childhood sweetheart, now ex-boyfriend, Greg, an introverted academic who could never bring himself to commit. Not her best friend Josie, a newlywed, born-again Christian, with whom Natasha recently had a falling out. And not detective Reuben Blake, who thought this case would be open ’n shut – a quick way to prove himself and move up the ranks. Missing person’s statistics suggest Natasha’s ex is the primary suspect, but what about the possibility of a stranger abduction? Or the possibility that Natasha left voluntarily or took her own life? What about Natasha’s mother, who took off eighteen years before her daughter’s disappearance? As days stretch into months and months stretch into years, the evidence that emerges seems only to complicate the picture more. What secrets might Natasha have been keeping? – and, for that matter, her friends and family.
TALES: Murder Under the Big Top
Wednesday June 26 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
For One Night Only, become a part of the Big Top World. Enter a world of fabulous freaks, exotic acts and mysterious management.