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September 2014

BECOMING SAND Reading, BY LG Pomerleau

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

 Join us for an evening with the author of Becoming Sand. A gripping work of Canadian literary fiction that sweeps the reader back in time, through generations of decisions that lead to the separation and disintegration of one family. In the 1600′s a dynasty is founded on bitterness carried over from the past in France, to cruelty and hardship in the New World. From a fur-trader in New France, to a land-owner in Quebec, to homesteaders in Alberta in the…

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Fred Stenson, New Release: Who by Fire

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
shelf Life Books

Join us for the launch of Fred Stenson’s new release Who by Fire. From the award-winning, bestselling author of The Trade, Lightning and The Great Karoo, comes a powerful, passionate novel about two generations of a family caught in the path of progress. It’s 1960 and Alladin Oil and Gas breaks ground for a sour gas processing plant in southern Alberta. The plant malfunctions, with immediate impact on the farmers living nearby. The escaping gas is not just sickening; it…

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September’s Happy Endings

September 26 @ 8:00 pm
shelf Life Books

Join us for an evening of Story-Telling comedy. Lineup: Lori Gibbs (comedian, radio host) Brandon Craig (comedian) Jeff Toth (comedian, writer) Kris Demeanor (singer-songwriter, actor, poet laureate)

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SHE of the MOUNTAIN

September 30 @ 7:30 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of music, performance, literature and film.  Vivek also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures on writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia. He facilitated the Supporting Our YOUth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers. She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel that weaves a passionate, contemporary love story with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complex ways that…

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October 2014

Life Real Loud Book Launch by Bill Reynolds

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling, by Bill Reynolds. At age 50, when some people start planning for retirement, John Lefebvre hit the digital motherlode. Neteller, a tiny Canadian internet start-up that processed payments between players and online gambling arenas, rocketed into the stock market. In its early years, Neteller had been a cowboy operation, narrowly averting disaster in creative ways. Co-founder Lefebvre, a gregarious hippie lawyer from Calgary, Alberta, had toked his way through his practice…

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Chris Turner: How to Breathe Underwater

October 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for the Calgary launch of Chris Turner’s new collection of essays. From The Simpsons to Cyberjaya, the multimedia supercorridor of Malaysia; from Pepsi’s failed breakfast beverages to a climate crisis seen through scuba goggles; from dotcom bubbles to the Great Bear Rainforest, the essays of Chris Turner’s Breathing Underwater exhort us to meet the challenges of sustainability – ecological, economic, and cultural – with innovation instead of lamentation. Turner’s works include the bestselling Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon…

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Ken Rivard and Lori Hahnel Double Launch

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for the launch of Ken Rivard’s Motherwild and Lori Hahnel’s After You’ve Gone. Motherwild, is a tense drama about the growth to maturity and a teen son’s desperate relationship with his mother, but it is also the story of a working-class family and the social conditions of working-class life in the 1960s. After You’ve Gone, is the story of two generations of musicians, a jazz grandmother and a punk granddaughter, who each struggle with balancing life, love, and…

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November 2014

Unsuited: Ryan Clements

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join Ryan Clements for a discussion of his book Unsuited. Book Description Work. It’s what we spend the majority of our adult lives doing. We all want careers that are personally engaging, and financially secure, but often people find themselves professionally unfulfilled, confused, and uncertain about how to make a change that won’t jeopardize their security. Drawing on his own experience of leaving a financially secure career at a prestigious international law firm to seek out an uncertain path of…

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Princess of Aminabad: An Ordinary Life Reading and Book Signing

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Please join us for a reading of Princess of Aminabad: An Ordinary Life, with author Sudhir Jain. Set in early 20th century India, a story of the struggles of a woman of extraordinary strength and character living in a conservative society during a period of cultural and political change. Sudhir Jain, author of “Isolde’s Dream and Other Stories,” and his wife have made their home in Calgary, Alberta, for over thirty years. He has appeared on radio and television, and…

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Susan Ouriou and Lisa-Bird Wilson Read

November 17 @ 7:00 pm
shelf Life Books

Join us for a reading that highlights the best of Aboriginal writing with Susan Ouriou and Lisa-Bird Wilson. Susan Ouriou is an award-winning fiction writer, literary translator and interpreter. She worked as faculty for The Banff Centre’s Aboriginal Emerging Writers residency while it was bilingual and helped found the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Susan was also the editor of the 2010 anthology Beyond Words: Translating the World. Languages of Our Land/Langues de notre terre is a collection of poems…

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