WordFest has launched year-round events, and there are some fun ones just around the corner, beginning with astronaut Scott Kelly on Sunday, November 19th. Click below:
Check WordFest.com for upcoming events.
Our friends at WordFest are extending an offer to our members! Barbara Gowdy is in Calgary on May 18 with her new book, Little Sister. If you are a CWLC member, please contact email@example.com to take advantage of their offer.
“With Little Sister, without a doubt Gowdy renews her reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative writers…. Gowdy’s descriptions of Rose occupying Harriet while retaining her own consciousness are remarkably similar to what it is, in the most magical moments of writing, to embody a character.” —Zoe Whittall, Literary Review of Canada, Barbara Gowdy
In the gorgeous setting at the Calgary Golf and Country Club on April 26, we shared lunch and stories at tables given a decorative touch by CWLC members. We were thoroughly entertained by our guest speaker, Shelley Youngblut. We closed out with a brief Annual General Meeting in which CWLC President Margaret Sparkes tied the year up with a lovely bow, highlighting how this year’s theme of Favorite Authors gave us an insight into those who presented, through their choices. Margaret has led a very successful year for our Club, with the introduction of several new members. This event gave us a great chance to get to know each other better.
Shelley Youngblut, our guest speaker, presented her personal literary crush, George Saunders. That’s a significant recommendation, coming from the CEO and Creative Ringleader of WordFest, who must be in the know about dozens (or more) contemporary authors and their work! Sometimes Shelley is lucky enough to spend time with authors “up close and personal”, as she has with George Saunders. Shelley was captivated, not only by his writing but also by the warmth and magnetism of his personality.
In March 2016, Judi Lee gave a presentation on Calgary-born author Karen Connelly.
Karen Connelly will be presenting her new novel, The Change Room, on April 18, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Park Library. See Wordfest.com for details.
We (WordFest) are having an event next Thursday evening in our Engagement Lab at Memorial Park library and wanted to extend an invitation to your members. Cecilia Ekback is a Swedish mystery writer, whose first book was published to wide acclaim. She’ll be at Wordfest presenting her new novel, The Midnight Sun.
A link to the event and some reviews of Cecilia’s work can be found here:
To obtain WordFest’s complimentary tickets for CWLC members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If the cold and snow reminded us that Spring is still but a hope, our Club nevertheless began its spring season March 7 with gusto.
Shelley Youngblut, CEO of WordFest, was our guest. She invited CWLC members to visit their new premises on the 2nd Floor of the Memorial Park Library. WordFest now has its own performance space upstairs. She impressively listed off many events for March/April (starting this Friday). Another good reason to get out of hibernation!
Our President Margaret invites us to CWLC’s Spring Luncheon and AGM. Please note: It will be held on WEDNESDAY, April 26 at the Calgary Golf & Country Club. The cost is $40 per person (see Della Mae for payment).
CWLC is in Avenue Magazine this March, under “5 Book Clubs You Should Join.” What an honor!
Mary Carwardine gave a truly delightful presentation on her favorite author, Jeannette Walls. Jeannette’s memoir and subsequent books deal with heartbreaking stories of childhood neglect, offset by human resilience and forgiveness. Jeannette Walls is a truly inspirational author and individual.
The Calgary Public Library has exciting news for WordFest, the Memorial Park Library and us!
Announcing WordFest’s new Pad — here!
Another great opportunity for us!
At the end of this month, Wordfest will be presenting Governor General David Johnston, also the author of The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation.
This is a free event but you must reserve a seat.
In addition, WordFest is encouraging Calgarians to invite any new Canadians they might know.