While we were not able to meet for our normal Spring luncheon, we celebrated the end of our spring 2021 program with a Zoom call featuring a guest speaker, author and historian Shaun Hunter. Ms Hunter’s work as Historian in Residence at the Calgary Public Library included a Literary Map of Calgary (https://www.heritagecalgary.ca/heritage-calgary-blog/yycliterarymap).
Ms. Hunter is a native Calgarian, who has searched the canon of Canadian literature for her book Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers. She started by asking the question “What is Calgary and how has it shaped me?”. Generally Calgary has been considered a barren frontier by the literary establishment (my words, not hers), but when you look a bit further, there is a it is a fruited plain.
Highlight’s from her presentation include references to former CWLC members Flos Jewell Williams, Nellie McClung, Georgina Thompson. She ended with a quote from Johnny Chinook (Robert Gard, 1967): “Calgary people are the children of change”.
Check out Shaun Hunter’s website here: http://shaunhunter.ca/
The club’s Annual General Meeting followed Shaun Hunter’s presentation. The AGM, included the President’s Annual Report, can be found here: https://calgarywomensliteraryclub.com/presidents-report/