Jane Urquhart: One of the best, but underrated, Canadian authors

By John Carter in 2010,
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I’m sure I wasn’t alone in adding Jane Urquhart to my reading list, after attending Sandra’s presentation to CWLC on March 20th!

Using fascinating images to illustrate her talk, Sandra shared her admiration of the author’s mastery of sense of place and characterizations. Sandra revealed common themes interwoven through Jane Urquhart’s body of work.

 

I was left with the strong impression that Jane Urquhart’s works help readers “live” history, in the way only good historical fiction can. It will help us better preserve our past and understand who we were and who we are. I can hardly wait to read one of her novels this Fall!

Please read Sandra’s Presentation Summary for a lot more!

 

Updates to our 2018-2019 Lineup

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If you’ve checked our Fall Lineup recently, you will want to check it again!

Our Season’s Opener is now: The Evolution of Humor & Its Role in Society & Literature, presented by our Program Chair, Mary Carwardine. We will still enjoy Anne Tingle’s presentation on Aristophanes on  November 20.

We also have author and playwright Clem Martini confirmed for our Spring Luncheon.

Change is the spice of life! Click here for the updated Program.

Ready for the Fall season?

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Hello and Happy Autumn!   I am sending this short note to remind you of our first CWLC meeting on OCTOBER 2, 2018.  I look forward to seeing everyone after what seems like a very long break as I know there will be much to share over coffee and dainties before we begin our formal meeting.  I’m also very much looking forward to pursuing the theme that Mary Carwardine, our Program Chair, has prepared.  “The Role of Humor, Irony & Satire in Literature” is an intriguing topic that promises to also provide some fun and laughter: a precious thing in these unpredictable and sometimes frightening times! I wish you each a lovely last few September days…now onward to making all that zucchini bread and crabapple jam that comes with autumn!  Cheers,

Doloris Duval

Click here for the 2018-2019 Program

The Fight for Books: Historic Calgary Week 2018

This month our city enjoyed Historic Calgary Week. The theme for this year was The Power of Partnerships and the Calgary Women’s Literary Club was pleased to be invited to participate. Held in the delightfully historic Memorial Park Library, Mary Carwardine, Sue Carscallen and Sandra Ens took part in an engaging talk which served to deliver a thoughtful and informative overview of the significant role that our club has played in Calgary’s history.

This presentation created an enhanced appreciation of the accomplishments of our founder, Annie Davidson. Annie we were told was a lady of quiet dignity and thoughtful opinions who overcame the many challenges and losses that were typical of her time. Buoyed by her love of books, she sparked intellectual and social discourse in a growing population of literate Calgary women.  These women shared the scarce few books that they had brought with them on their journey to Calgary during their weekly meetings in Annie’s parlor.

Under Annie’s leadership, in a time when women had yet to win the right to vote, the Calgary Women’s Literary Club worked tirelessly to garner support and succeeded in obtaining the land and the funding to build the first public library between Winnipeg and Vancouver. The Memorial Park Library came into being in 1912.

Annie’s “book club with a difference” continues to meet on Tuesday afternoons in the library that she built. Today’s members hold dear the legacy left to us by Annie as we continue to discuss and analyze literature.

I have borrowed liberally from the talk in my efforts to capture and relate the flavor of this wonderful presentation.

Doloris Duval, CWLC President

CWLC First Minute Book

 

Local author events ramping up!

It’s always fun to meet authors in the flesh and blood!

Pages is having a multi-author event this Thursday.

CLICK HERE for details of Pages’ event

And be reminded that WordFest is not waiting for their October festival to get into gear:

Much ado about WordFest

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!