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

May 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 portraying menopause in literature. The collection includes literary work from award-winning writers such as Roberta Rees, Margaret Macpherson, Lisa Couturier and Rona Altrows. Emerging voices such as Rea Tarvydas, Leanna McLennan, Steve Passey and Gemma Meharchand, and an original interview with trans educator and pioneering filmmaker Buck Angel, are also featured. This anthology fills a sizable gap, finding the ground between punchline and pathology, between saccharine inspiration and existential gloom. The authors neither celebrate nor demonize menopause. These are diverse depictions, sometimes lighthearted, but just as often dark and scary. Some voices embrace the prospect of change, others dread it. Together, this unique offering reflects the varied experience of menopause and shatters common stereotypes.

Writing Menopause consists of over 50 literary works, all framed around the topic of menopause. This collection is about the UNUSUAL middle-aged experience. While the collection touches on the usual: hot flashes and emotional turmoil, the end of childbearing, it considers much more; speaking out about rape, the experience of female mountaineers, transgender men, of women who love women, and sex, a lot of sex!

Readers for the evening:

Jane Cawthorn

E.D. (Elaine) Morin

JoAnn McCaig

Rona Altrows

Roberta Rees

Shaun Hunter

Rea Tarvydas

Steve Passey

Lori D. Roadhouse



May 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Shelf Life Books