John Le Carré event Oct 23rd

The Calgary Herald noted that “Le Carré fans can experience the one-night event from London’s Royal Festival Hall…”. It would surprise me if we don’t have lots of Le Carré fans in the Club. I hope to attend!

It will be screened October 23rd at Chinook and Eau Claire Market Cineplex Odeon theatres.

Click here for Calgary showings.

Janet Halls, Webmaster


Ross King, master of creative non-fiction

Photo of Ross King


Doloris’ knowledge of Ross King and of his work revealed to us this author’s skill in describing world-famous artists in very human terms.  His thorough research uncovered engrossing details from their lives. He shares their struggles, challenges, and frustrations.  His readers come to know artists’ grit, courage, and perseverance.  Ross King, by portraying the reality of the human condition, offers insight into how an artist’s current celebrity status does not guarantee that the journey has been one of smooth sailing.

Denise Doz

 See Doloris’ Presentation Summary here.


Special Gail Bowen event this Thursday

Just a final reminder that Gail Bowen will be our guest speaker at a special meeting on Thursday, September 28. Gail will read from her new book The Winner’s Circle, published last month. Let’s get our Fall 2017 season off to an early and exciting start with a much-loved Canadian author who is a good friend of the CWLC, a lively discussion, and refreshments between 1:30 and 1:55 p.m. The meeting will take place in our usual room in the basement of Memorial Park Library.

I look forward very much to seeing many of you again on Thursday.


The Glass Castle, the movie

We have an in-house expert on Jeannette Walls and her memoir, The Glass Castle! Before or after you catch this film, link to Mary’s Presentation Summary to gain insights into the author and her life. If you haven’t thought about going, this may convince you to go. An amazing story and life.

CWLC Presentation on Jeannette Walls

Girl pushing on large glass door

by Mike Wilson on Unsplash


Can Icelandic survive?

Photo of lone house in Iceland

Photo by Cassie Boca on Unsplash

You might ask why the Calgary Women’s Literary Club would be interested! However, a surprising number of our club members have inherited our forebears’ genes that place literacy and education above pretty much everything.

That includes me, CWLC webmaster! So how could I resist not sharing a fascinating National Post article, forwarded by Flora, on how the supremacy of English in all things digital is undermining the Icelandic language. And, of course, I must include a breathtaking photo! (How did people survive?)

Happy reading, happy August!

Janet Halls

Can the Icelandic language survive?

Circle Sept 28 on your calendars to meet author Gail Bowen

This is the first of two reminders about a special meeting on Thursday, September 28 with our friend Gail Bowen as guest speaker. Once again, Gail asked if she could include the CWLC in another book tour promoting her latest novel, The Winner’s Circle, and I was able to accept her offer enthusiastically.

Gail will speak to us and give readings from her new book on Thursday, September 28 starting at our usual time of 2:00 p.m. and in our usual room on the lower level of Memorial Park Library. I know we always have plenty to chat about after our long summer break, so please try to arrive around 1:30 p.m. for coffee or tea and treats.

Gail is always amenable to a good discussion, so please think of some interesting questions that will promote a lively conversation. Copies of her new book will be available for purchase and Gail is usually kind enough to sign them.

Margaret Sparkes


Jane Austen and Harper Lee


Photo by Sam Wheeler on Unsplash

Having enjoyed two incredible presentations on these authors last year by Margaret and Cecilia, it was interesting to read two newspaper articles:

Unique Glimpse of Harper Lee by Will Lester, Calgary Herald, July 15, 2017, describes a new book called Mockingbird Songs, by Wayne Flynt (Harper Collins).

Today (July 18, 2017) in the National Post there’s an interesting article, A roof of one’s own: The Residences and Nascent Feminism of Jane Austen by Sharon Lindores. It is based on speakers taking part in a bicentenary celebration of Jane Austen.

If you haven’t, remember to check out our own experts:

Jane Austen

Nelle Harper Lee

Happy summer reading!