I am enjoying Deborah Willis’ The Dark and Other Love Stories’. She’s speaking at The Women’s Centre on June 1.
Our friends at WordFest are extending an offer to our members! Barbara Gowdy is in Calgary on May 18 with her new book, Little Sister. If you are a CWLC member, please contact email@example.com to take advantage of their offer.
“With Little Sister, without a doubt Gowdy renews her reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative writers…. Gowdy’s descriptions of Rose occupying Harriet while retaining her own consciousness are remarkably similar to what it is, in the most magical moments of writing, to embody a character.” —Zoe Whittall, Literary Review of Canada, Barbara Gowdy
In the gorgeous setting at the Calgary Golf and Country Club on April 26, we shared lunch and stories at tables given a decorative touch by CWLC members. We were thoroughly entertained by our guest speaker, Shelley Youngblut. We closed out with a brief Annual General Meeting in which CWLC President Margaret Sparkes tied the year up with a lovely bow, highlighting how this year’s theme of Favorite Authors gave us an insight into those who presented, through their choices. Margaret has led a very successful year for our Club, with the introduction of several new members. This event gave us a great chance to get to know each other better.
Shelley Youngblut, our guest speaker, presented her personal literary crush, George Saunders. That’s a significant recommendation, coming from the CEO and Creative Ringleader of WordFest, who must be in the know about dozens (or more) contemporary authors and their work! Sometimes Shelley is lucky enough to spend time with authors “up close and personal”, as she has with George Saunders. Shelley was captivated, not only by his writing but also by the warmth and magnetism of his personality.
CWLC’s Janet Samber will be giving an illustrated talk May 17 as part of the CALL (Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners) Treks and Travels Speaker Series.
Entitled Nagaland? Where is Nagaland ?, it will be held May 17, from 7:30 –9:00 PM at the Rosedale Community Hall 901 –11 Ave NW. Free for members of CALL, there is a $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration is required.
Before I moved away from home, I was the dessert maker of the family with no interest whatsoever in learning how to make the rest of the wonderful meals my Mom prepared. I learned to cook through mouth-watering pages of magazines such as Gourmet. Elaine Bucknum revealed Ruth Reichl as a favorite author… who happens also to be a chef, restaurateur, food writer, restaurant critic, editor-in-chief of Gourmet, producer of a few PBS series, novelist and author of critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs.
For Elaine Bucknum’s presentation April 4, Janet Samber prepared a Ruth Reichl recipe, The Cake that Cures Everything, which has been lauded by everyone lucky enough to have tasted it.
The above quote is from Antonia Fraser, renowned for her historical biographies on (to name a few): Mary Queen of Scots; Cromwell, the Lord Protector; King James VI of Scotland, 1 of England; King Charles II; The Weaker Vessel: Woman’s lot in 17th century England; The Warrior Queens; The Wives of Henry VIII; Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot; Marie Antoinette; Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King; Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill of 1832.
In addition, she has written a series of mystery novels (Jemima Shore), memoirs, contributed to anthologies and edited books. She was also newsworthy for her relationship with Harold Pinter, the exceptionally influential British dramatist. For her services to literature, she has received the title Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE).
With a bibliography of 36 publications, so far, Helle Kraav explained Antonia Fraser’s incredible output being, in part, a gift of being able to speed read at a very young age. She grew up in a home where debate and discussion abounded. She was encouraged to have limitless imagination and ambition. She was allowed to read anything at hand. Her fame took off in 1969 with the publication of Mary Queen of Scots. Using original documents and her own research, she wanted readers to see Mary in the context of the times she lived. Fraser’s factual research on historical figures and events has stood the test of time.
Janet Samber is one of our Club’s most intrepid travelers. So it’s not surprising when she shared her favorite author, travel writer Pico Iyer. Iyer has brought something new and important to the genre. By acutely observing our emerging global culture, his travelogues moved into social criticism, philosophizing on the effects of travel on the traveler, and the traveler’s effect on the places traveled to.
But he writes so much more, as well.