Alison Watt at the Powell River Public Library

Alison Watt will read from her debut novel Dazzle Patterns, set in 1917 Halifax, at the time of the deadly explosion in Halifax Harbour. For more information, contact Mark at (604) 485-4796 x206.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Location: Powell River Public Library, 100-6975 Alberni Street, Powell River


Clem Martini and Janet Dunnett at Shelf Life Books

Janet Dunnet, a story teller from BC, and Clem Martini, an author and drama professor from The University of Calgary, are teaming up for an afternoon that might change how you think about caregiving. Join us on Saturday, April 21st for an insightful discussion. Janet Dunnett is the author of a memoir called The Dwindling: A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life. She was “daughter at a distance” while her twin Judi Gunter was “daughter on deck” in Calgary.

Clem Martini and his brother Olivier have written a book called The Unravelling: How our caregiving safety net came unstrung and we were left grasping at threads, struggling to plait a new one. Clem Martini is the previous author of Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, The Greek Playwright, and The Blunt Playwright among others. His latest book, The Comedian, was published with U of C Press in February 2018. He’s a three time winner of the Writers Guild of Alberta Drama Prize, a Governor General Nominee for his anthology A Three Martini Lunch, a Seminovitch Prize Nominee, a National Playwriting Competition winner for “The Life History of the African Elephant” and is the Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Both authors have navigated the white water journey of caregiving in Alberta and the give and get nature of this labour of love. They are eager to share their insights in an afternoon of readings and conversation. They’d like to explore how we who are familiar with the challenges can also reveal opportunities as we share our stories, perhaps being part of the change we’d all like to see.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Shelf Life Books, 1302 4th Ave SW, Calgary


Writing & Risk: A Lecture from Lorna Crozier

Every year the Poetry Festival and the CAA join forces to bring you one of the country’s leading poets. This year we are pleased to welcome Lorna Crozier-an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Governor General’s Award winner-to Edmonton for a special lecture that focuses on writing and risk!

How can you take risks in your poetic writing to draw fresh and edgy imagery and meaning in your work? Don’t miss this chance to hear from the multi-award-winning poet and author of seventeen poetry collections.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Avenue, Edmonton
Tickets: CAA or Poetry Festival member – free; Non-member ticket – $10. Tickets available here.


Ali Bryan in Edmonton

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, so Bring Yo’ Momma (or come solo and grab a perfect Mother’s Day gift…) to this celebration of Ali Bryan’s second novel, The Figgs. Food and drinks available for purchase.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: The Almanac, 10351 Whyte Ave, Edmonton (two doors down from the Princess Theatre)


Ali Bryan in Fort Saskatchewan

Details TBA.


Ali Bryan launches The Figgs in Calgary

Join us for the much-anticipated launch of Ali Bryan’s hilarious second novel, The Figgs! Featuring Figgs-themed refreshment specials and a surprise performance…

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
7:00 pm
Location: Treehouse Room, cSPACE King Edward, 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary


Launch of Homes: A Refugee Story in Edmonton

Join Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung for the Edmonton launch of Homes: A Refugee Story!

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
7:00 pm
Location: SNAP Gallery, 10123 121 Street, Edmonton


Calgary Public Library presents Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung and Homes: A Refugee Story

This remarkable true story provides an intimate view of the war in Syria and the refugee experience through the eyes of a young boy. A hopeful and heartbreaking book, Homes is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand the experience of living in a war zone and how love can bind a family together. Hosted by Anila Lee Yuen, CEO of the Centre for Newcomers.

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time: TBA (evening)
Location: John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary


The Unravelling at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

Clem and Olivier Martini will be at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, BC. Tickets are on sale May 30, 2018; more details here.