Authors in Calgary for WordFest, Oct 6-17

Besides our Club’s first gathering of the season, there is another literary event on the same October horizon. With over 90 artists, WordFest has something for everyone. For example, how about having brunch with CBC’s Host of Writers & Company, Eleanor Wachtel? Click here to browse the lineup of artists coming to Calgary for WordFest, October 7-16.



Valentine’s Day — favorite reads?

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WordFest will be posting recommendations for books on the theme of love, romance and relationships for Valentine’s Day. WordFest’s Jacquie Moore (who wrote the fabulous Swerve article on our club) wondered if any of us have some great reads to share for the occasion.

“Leave a Reply” (below) to make a recommendation. I’ll share them with our members and send them to WordFest. I’ll watch for their list and share the link in a future post.

Happy Valentine’s Day!





CPL Book Drive

Dear Book Lovers, 

I thought you might be interested in making shelf space for new books by donating old ones to a good cause! The announcement below is by the Calgary Public Library.

There is also a story time event this Saturday for those of you with young ones in your lives!

Janet Halls

To kick off a fresh start to the new year, TD is hosting a book drive that will not only help Calgarians clean their homes of unwanted books, but also allow them to give back to the Library.

On Saturday, TD, in partnership with WordFest and the Library, is holding a special storytime in two of its branches. Join us from 1:00-3:00 at TD Market Mall or TD Macleod & 94th Avenue for refreshments, a presentation from a local author, free TD branded Library cards and a gift for all children in attendance.

The storytime events will launch the start of the TD Book Drive, which runs from January 23- 31, 2016. During the week, Calgarians can visit 43 TD branches across the city to donate books, CDs and DVDs. All proceeds from book donations (through a partnership with Better World Books) will be invested back into the Calgary Public Library to enhance collections and programming.

Market Mall (4880-32 Avenue NW)
January 23, 2016
Featuring a presentation from poet and children’s author, Deborah Fannie Miller

Macleod & 94th Ave (9633 Macleod Trail SW)
January 23, 2016
Featuring a presentation from children’s author and illustrator, Carolyn Fisher

Last year, TD announced a $1 million gift to the Calgary Public Library and became a Founding Partner of Add In—the Campaign for Calgary’s Library. Join us for the special launch event, and bring your used books to help kick-off the book drive!


WordFest 2015 lineup is published

Full disclosure — as a former employee of WordFest and half-Icelandic — I am shamelessly promoting their 20th Anniversary Season. Who else but the Calgary Women’s Literary Club (or Icelandic-Canadians) could boast of being knowledgeable about one of the many International guests, Iceland’s Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of the bestselling Thora Gudmundsdottir crime series? Please click here for the article from The Calgary Herald on WordFest 2015 Lineup.