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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Blyth

Photo by Laura Goodsell on Unsplash

As a new member in 2012, Carol Blyth was one of the first members I met. She was Secretary of the Club and we both proudly shared our Canadian-Icelandic heritage. She was always interested in others, and I realize now in reading the tribute to Carol in The Calgary Herald that I never asked her nearly enough about her own life.

What a life she had, and how much she has contributed!

 

Carol Blyth Obituary

 

Beirut Movie Passes for CWLC

Movie poster of Beirut

As announced Tuesday, Elevation Pictures has very kindly offered CWLC five FREE double passes (10 tickets) to its latest release! You can see any viewing: Why not coordinate with others from CWLC?

Contact cwlc1906@gmail.com or call Janet, if you would like a double pass. We await reviews!

Synopsis: In 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles is a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Meanwhile, a CIA field agent who is working undercover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success.

 

Bruce Hunter: CPL’s 2017 Author in Residence

 

Photo of Bruce Hunter

From website: brucehunter.ca

On November 21, 2017, we were so lucky to welcome the Calgary Public Library’s Author in Residence, Bruce Hunter, in his last week of tenure!

Rosemary Griebel, Director of Reading Services of the CPL introduced us to this award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays and interviews. The Library is celebrating the 30th year of this outstanding program, and as Author in Residence for the last three months, Bruce has been offering public programs and readings. He also mentors aspiring writers, providing advice and feedback on their manuscripts. Our community has benefitted greatly: Bruce Hunter is renowned in Canada for his support of emerging and established authors.

Especially for those who were not with us – and even for those who were — please click here for an interview which highlights his strength of character.

Interview with Bruce Hunter

There is nothing like seeing Bruce Hunter in person, to appreciate the spirit of this inspiring author.

And click below, to find out what Bruce shared on November 21st – at least as captured by hand-written notes.

Bruce Hunter Presentation Summary

 

Haruki Marakami: Realistic Fantasist?

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Halloween must have gotten in my way (ahem… excuses, excuses)!

In any event, it is high time I add Shawna’s Presentation Summary of an author perfect to be introduced on Halloween — or anytime: Haruki Marakami.

Mr. Marakami is a contemporary Japanese author of surreal fiction. Shawna described a classic Murakami story: A Japanese “everyman”, often single, who doesn’t quite fit into society, who will encounter a fantastic situation, such as a secret underground laboratory, a man possessed by a malevolent sheep, a man who can talk to cats. The protagonist never doubts the existence of the fantastic things but is skeptical about the real world.

Intrigued? We were!

Click here for more on this fascinating author!