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May 2017
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Yvonne Blomer – Sugar Ride w/ Micheline Maylor & Emily Ursuliak

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Yvonne Blomer, Micheline Maylor, and Emily Ursuliak speak about poetry and memoir from their new books. Sugar Ride by Yvonne Blomer: For three months Yvonne Blomer travelled by bike with her husband Rupert Gadd through Southeast Asia. A type one diabetic since childhood, she also dealt with the daily challenges of her chronic illness. Part love story, part travel adventure and part medical dance, Sugar Ride explores one woman’s passion for cycling and the roads it pulls her along. Blomer…

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The 2017 Alberta Literary Award Shortlist Reading & Celebration

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta to celebrate the 2017 Alberta Literary Shortlist! There will be complimentary WINE and FOOD from Aida’s Bistro – and we will present a series of short readings (with intermission) by the following nominees. FREE! Lee Kvern Nominated for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award for her piece “Heavy Weight for Silence.” Paige Feureu Nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (sponsored by Under the Arch Foundation at The Calgary Foundation) for…

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Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

Come to our store for an engaging affair with 14 Alberta writers, including Calgary’s Rea Tarvydas, Rona Altrows, Roberta Rees, Susan Calder and JoAnn McCaig. (Yes, that JoAnn McCaig co-owner of Shelf Life Books!) The Writing Menopause literary anthology is a diverse and robust collection about menopause: a highly charged and often undervalued transformation. It includes over fifty works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews and cross-genre pieces from contributors across Canada and the United States that break new ground in…

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How can you think that?!? A Political Bookclub

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their bubbles 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.…

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Wishless: A Graphic Anthology

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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A group of Calgarian artists have self-published their own comic book anthology and will be celebrating its release with a book launch and artist talk. The book is entitled WISHLESS: A GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY and it asks the question: What if Pinocchio’s wish was never granted, and he never became a real boy? This idea is explored in a variety of styles and genres by eight different cartoonists, most of whom graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design. The…

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Thinking in Pictures – Shane Book & Michal Lavi

May 31 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program 2016-2017 Writer-in-Residence Shane Book’s first poetry collection, Ceiling of Sticks, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His second, Congotronic, won the Lampman Award and was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Award, Ottawa Book Award, and 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. His first film, Dust, won prizes at numerous festivals worldwide. His second, Praise and Blame, will premiere in 2017. Shane is currently working on a television series.…

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June 2017
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Jody Robbins – 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us in celebrating the launch of 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by local Calgarian, Jody Robbins. As a travel writer who loves adventuring with her family, Jody was inspired by this year’s Canada 150 celebrations and excited to take advantage of the opportunities to see some of Canada’s most loved cities and attractions. 25 Places is her compilation of her favorite destinations all across the country. Not only does it include in-depth profiles of each location, the…

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