Natalie Meisner: A class act!

With kind permission of Natalie Meisner

Program Coordinator Sandra Ens introduced our November 12th special guest speaker. Natalie Meisner is coordinator of the Mount Royal University Writer-in-Residence Program and a professor in the MRU Department of English where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama, and gender/sexuality studies.

Professor Meisner, who is also a published author and playwright, spoke engagingly about the importance of telling stories outside the mainstream so that other voices are represented at the table of post-modern literature. In addition to this focus on diversity and the “lit of now,” her teaching emphasizes the role of empathy in helping emerging writers engage with their subjects to craft stories that create community.  She concluded her presentation by referencing the shift in her own writing away from tragedy and anger toward comedy as a means of effecting social change.

After reading an excerpt from her very amusing work of non-fiction, Double Pregnant:  Two Lesbians Make a Family, Professor Meisner answered questions from the membership that confirmed the idea that literature is something we make, not just something we read.

FOR SO MUCH MORE, CLICK HERE TO VISIT NATALIE MEISNER’S WEBSITE

Helen

Bill Ptacek was inspiring

Guest Bill Ptacek CPL with Margaret at our April 2019 Spring Luncheon

How honoured we were, to have Mr. Bill Ptacek, CEO of the Calgary Public Library, join our Club’s special events over the last few years. As if he didn’t have anything else to do! (Search “Bill Ptacek” for more on this site.)

As reported by Christina Frangou, he “dedicated his career to public libraries in both U.S. and Canadian cities, modernizing, expanding and reshaping them into places where people can gather.” He made an enormous difference to our entire City, and in June was named Calgary’s Citizen of the Year.

We join so many other Calgarians in mourning his passing.

“Life isn’t worth living if you don’t have a good book going as far as I’m concerned.” (Bill Ptacek)

Frangou, Christina. “The American who helped Calgary’s libraries begin a new chapter.” August 19, 2019.

Happy September

Image by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash

The days are growing shorter and the morning air has that bit of an edge to it. Yes, it’s September again and the end of another wonderful summer. It also means that it’s time to get ready for our first Calgary Women’s Literary Club meeting. We have an exciting year ahead of us as we explore our new topic, Cultural Awareness Through Literature.

I know that each of us is looking forward to some thought provoking sessions, engaging conversations and of course, to renewing old and new acquaintances over coffee. October 1st marks that date of our first meeting back. See you anytime after 1:30 at the Memorial Park Library.  

 Doloris Duval, President CWLC

Remembering Lillian Tickles

In great sadness, we inform you of the passing of CWLC member and former President Lillian Tickles on May 15, 2019.

2016 Lillian cutting cake
Lillian Tickles cutting the cake, CWLC 110 year anniversary party 2016.

Lillian was President of our Club for two seasons, spanning 2014-2016. That means she was Vice-President from 2012-2014 and Past President 2016-2018!­­ These are not just titles, but tremendous hands-on involvement for at least six years. She divulged in her Annual Report 2014-15, “When I reflect on year one of my biennium as president, a montage of images tells the story of the unfolding experience. Some of the early scenes in the composition depict Lillian, nervously taking over the role so competently managed by Ruth Hilland. In her words, I had inherited “a book club with a difference.” How to maintain, or indeed enhance this reputation became the challenge.” Lillian indeed enhanced the Club, providing a warm welcome to everyone. We will miss her!

Ruth Hilland says of Lillian’s stewardship of CWLC: “…she set the bar much higher and the club flourished.”

” When I took over from her as President, she was a terrific mentor. She had endless patience and I could always rely on her for sound advice.  Lillian was a very kind person and she always had the best interests of the club in mind. The CWLC has lost a wonderful friend and advocate.” Margaret Sparkes, Past President.

“Loved and respected by many, Lillian was a strong, independent woman with a voice to be heard, clever, purposeful,  yet collaborative and always caring for the needs of others.

She found the perfect venue for her love of literature in the Calgary Women’s Literary Club serving as President in 2014-16 and cut the cake for the club’s 110thbirthday in February 2016. A one hundred and ten year old club needs a few nips and tucks but Lillian initiated the big sweep, cleaning up and bringing the constitution into the 21 century.  She was invaluable in sharing her knowledge and insight.  An admired and respected member of the Calgary Women’s Literary Club.” Long-time member, friend and colleague Anita Madill.

Her obituary can be found at: https://calgaryherald.remembering.ca/obituary/lillian-tickles-1074725478