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April 2017

Writer-in-Residence Exchange in Calgary

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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My Mother, My Translator” – A Reading and Talk by Jaspreet Singh. Jaspreet Singh, currently the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, and also a former Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) Writer-in-Residence (2006-2007) returns to Calgary for a reading at Shelf Life Books. Hosted by Shane Book, our current CDWP Writer-in-Residence. Jaspreet Singh is a novelist, essayist and a short story writer. His collection of linked stories, Seventeen Tomatoes, received the Quebec First Book Prize. His novel Chef (about the…

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TALES Present: Escape the Wash Day Blues

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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TALES storytellers and musicians will show you how to escape the daily chores of life or even avoid them altogether! With Jan McLean, Betty Hersberger, Mary Hays and Doreen Vanderstoop. Come on down. No work required. Refreshments to follow. $10 suggested donations. Call Cassy 403.283.9489 for more info. or www.talesalberta.org

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NōD Magazine Launch Issue #21

April 27 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Celebrate the launch of NōD Issue 21 on April 27th at Shelf Life Books! We will be featuring some of our talented artists with open mic readings and musical performances. NōD Magazine Magazine is run by wayward undergraduates at the University of Calgary who cannot be subdued by essays. We publish innovative work intersecting between the literary and visual arts communities, and seek work that blurs the boundaries of convention. Join us as we celebrate another issue of amazing work

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Authors for Indies Day

April 29 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Authors for Indies Day is an annual event held at independent bookstores all across Canada. On this day, Canadian authors show their appreciation for indie bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. AFI is a different sort of literary event — it’s a grassroots volunteer-run campaign whose goal is to raise awareness of indie bookstores and how important they are: to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being. In a world of big box stores and franchised businesses, we…

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May 2017

Alexis Marie Chute – Expecting Sunshine

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Come celebrate the launch and reading of this gripping memoir. Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Marie Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity – not only as a parent but as a woman and artist – after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. The memoir’s clever structure mirrors the gestation of Alexis Marie’s subsequent pregnancy; the book beginning with conception followed by three sections, the three trimesters. Through powerful flashbacks, readers learn…

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Filling Station Magazine – Double Issue Launch

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Come out for a double magazine launch of Filling Station magazine! Readers TBA.

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Suzette Mayr and Nicole Markotić

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for the fantastic double launch of Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall and Nicole Markotić’s Rough Patch. Dr. Edith Vane, scholar of English literature, is contentedly ensconced at the University of Inivea. Her dissertation on pioneer housewife memoirist Beulah Crump-Withers is about to be published, and her job’s finally safe, if she only can fill out her AAO properly. She’s a little anxious, but a new floral blouse and her therapist’s repeated assurance…

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John Creary & Tom Wayman Double Book Launch

May 9 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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The feel of a gritty urban existence, and the way music can delight, console and inspire are the focuses respectively of two new poetry collections to be launched at Calgary’s Shelf Life Books on Tuesday, May 9. Calgary’s John Creary will be reading from his debut collection Escape from Wreck City (Anvil Press), together with B.C.’s Tom Wayman who will read from his latest, Helpless Angels (Thistledown Press). The event begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Shelf Life…

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Kimmy Beach reads with Tyler Perry

May 10 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

Please join us in celebrating with Kimmy Beach as she launches Nuala at Shelf Life Books in Calgary. With special guest reader Tyler Perry. Refreshments will be served. About the book: “Shh, my Nuala. I am with you. Today I shall teach you the newness of you.” As the Engine breathes life into Nuala, her gaze falls on Teacher-Servant, the chosen one. He alone will be able to hear her thoughts and interpret her emotions. But soon Teacher-Servant starts to…

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André Picard – Matters of Life and Death

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for the launch of André Picard’s upcoming book Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada. Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority or for as many years as André Picard. Matters of Life and Death collects Picard’s most compelling columns, covering a broad range of topics including Canada’s right-to-die law, the true risks of the Zika virus, the financial challenges of…

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