Stephan G. Stephansson: Icelandic-Albertan-Canadian Poet

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 Without speaking Icelandic, Moorea Gray clearly demonstrated the art of the poet, Stephan G. Stephansson. She compared an Icelandic stanza with its English translation. Alliteration, formalized rhyme schemes, invented words, double and triple entendre are just a few of the challenges a translator might encounter. Hence, many of this unique, esoteric poet’s works remain in Iceland, without translations. However, the majority of his poetry was published after he settled his family in Markerville, Alberta, where he had moved in 1889. His poems often reflect our Alberta landscape and a pioneer’s experience.

Thanks to a project introduced by Stephansson’s grandson, Stephan V. Benediktson, Moorea started researching this Icelandic-Canadian poet. Her research has been extensive, and her deep appreciation for the poetry of Stephan G. Stephansson was shared with all in attendance on October 17.

Link here for Moorea’s Summary which includes a Stephansson poem that contemplates our Alberta landscape. Not to worry: It’s an English translation!

If you can’t make it to Iceland to see this magnificent tribute, Markerville is nearby.

Janet Halls

 

 

CPL Windows of Opportunity

At last week’s meeting, Margaret Sparkes mentioned the Calgary Public Library Foundation’s Windows of Opportunity initiative. She will discuss this further during the next few meetings, to confirm if we wish to support this initiative as a group.

Rendering of the facade of the Calgary Public Library to open in 2018

Rendering of the new Calgary Public Library opening in 2018 From mylibrarywindow.ca

The new Central Library is considered “the greatest civic project since the 1988 Olympics”.  Calgary’s world-class library’s design will have a spectacular glass-paneled façade. If our Club wishes to participate in the Windows of Opportunity campaign:

  • $100 would give us recognition on a window, alongside other donors, for ten years
  • $2018 would give us one side of our own “CWLC” window, also for ten years

If you can’t get to the next two or three meetings, please go to:

CPL’s Windows of Opportunity

 

Carol Shields gave us “masterful depictions of ordinary life” (The Guardian)

Book Cover showing Carol Shields

Book Cover: Published 2016 by Random House Canada

Lillian Tickles is an avid reader — one of the many in the Club to ask what they’ve been reading and make sure you add their recommendations to your growing reading list! She shared her favorite author this October 10th, and Janet Samber caught some highlights, below.

Carol Shields, born in Chicago in 1935, is a Canadian by choice. At the University of Exeter, she met and married Canadian Donald Shields and they lived mostly in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Victoria. Home life and raising five children was of prime importance to her but she noted that “writing keeps me stable”. She first published poetry but found poetry-to-prose an easy transition.  Her first novel, Small Ceremonies, was written during a sabbatical year in France. Swann, Lillian’s favorite, is a mystery which doesn’t conform to regular novel form and structure. Stone Diaries is Shield’s best-known novel, with its strong female character. Some critics feel that Shield’s writing is too domestic, too nice, but Lillian’s view is that is exactly Carol Shield’s strength.

For more insights, read Lillian’s  Presentation Summary of Carol Shields

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.

https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/john-le-carre-an-evening-with-george-smiley

Click here for Calgary showings.

Janet Halls, Webmaster

 

Ross King, master of creative non-fiction

Photo of Ross King

Image: rosskingbooks.com

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.

Margaret

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