Stephen Avenue Through the Eyes of Writers

Join a literary walk during Historic Calgary Week with author/reader, Shaun Hunter.

“Explore one of the city’s most storied streets, and meet a few of Calgary’s literary personalities — from the first chapters of the city’s literature through to the present.”

Stephen Avenue Through the Eyes of Writers
Wednesday, August 1st
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meet at Olympic Plaza, beside the statues of the Famous Five (Women are Persons!)

Below, a teaser:

Reading Calgary: How 12 authors have captured our city’s character

Janet H

Click here for complete information on Historic Calgary Week

 

 

The Fight For Books: Historic Calgary Week

“Open old book, studio shot” by Siri Stafford (Licenced by Getty Images)

Happy summer everyone!

As part of Historic Calgary Week,  Sue Carscallen and Mary Carwardine will be presenting:

The Fight for Books:
The Calgary Women’s Literary Club

Sunday, JULY 29TH
1:30 pm
Memorial Park Branch

We hope those of you NOT away on holidays will come to cheer on our unbeatable CWLC research team/presenters!

 

Unique holiday idea: “Book Town”

Colin Kinnear / The Book Shop

Mary found this gem of an article in the New York Times: At least “armchair travel”.

Unique stay in Wigtown, Scotland

(Of special note: The Bookshop Band, who compose songs inspired by books and sing them in bookstores!)

 

 

2018 AGM – President’s Report

Photo of President Margaret Sparkes

Even the horse is listening!

Margaret Sparkes’ last President’s Report marks a Changing of the Guard! You will find this Report an interesting read: Much has transpired during her tenure (2016-17 and 2017-18).  It reminds us (if we need it) that a lot goes on behind the scenes, and being a President is much more than chairing regular meetings.

So, on behalf of the entire Club, thank you, Margaret, for your leadership!

Special thanks also go to Margaret’s Vice President, Doloris Duval, and Past President Lillian Tickles, along with the entire Board, for their time and talents.

Read the 2018 President’s Report here.

 

Humour, Irony and Satire: Add it to your summer reading!

Photo of lady reading while sitting on a stack of books

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the face.”
– Victor Hugo

Summer Reading Ideas from Next Season’s Program

Humor has the ability to provoke delight and influence our thoughts and emotions, as well as stimulate our imagination and foster new insights. Humor also has physiological and psychological benefits.

One literature analyst (Michael Cart) said, “Humor is the Rodney Dangerfield of literary forms. It gets no respect!” But humor plays many functions in a literary work. Whether you fancy satire, irony, wordplay, incongruity, or any other form of humor, you will find it in the authors that will be presented in our upcoming season.

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.”
― George Gordon Byron

Mary Carwardine, CWLC Program Chair

Our Spring Luncheon with Ellen Humphrey, President & CEO of the CPL.

At this year’s Spring Luncheon we welcomed Ellen Humphrey, Julia Harrington and Christine Gingerick, from the Calgary Public Library. Ellen shared wonderful slides and stories of change. She contrasted photos from early days at the Memorial Park Library to the new downtown jewel soon to be unveiled. From a “Hush! Hush!” space of quiet and books, we now have tech-friendly, event-filled spaces that welcome hustle and bustle alongside those books. For those of us nostalgic for a quiet reading room full of books, the CPL has got that covered too!

Our Spring Luncheon and AGM in the elegant Calgary Golf and Country Club caps off our 2017-2018 year of Favorite Authors! For posterity, here are some “snaps”. We thank Cecilia and her helpers, who added so many special touches! The tables were gorgeous.

P.S. Your webmaster tried to capture everyone: Regrettably, I note that I missed Doloris, our incoming President, no less. Did I miss anyone else? I hope not!

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Sally Gallinari

Sally on left, with Helle at our 2017 Christmas Party

Sally Gallinari has been a Club member since 1976, and still active on the Board this season. On her Curriculum Vitae, she has the following presentation credits to her name: Samuel Johnson, Henry Fielding, Canada: 1925 to 1980, Patrick White, Anatole France, Jane Austen, Eugene O’Neill, Introduction to Mystery Writers, Alexander Pushkin, W.J. Bates, Naguib Mahfouz, Noel Coward, Gabrielle Roy and James Thurber!

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to her family and friends, among whom are the members of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club. Sally Gallinari’s service will be held Friday morning, May 4th.

Sally Gallinari Obituary