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May 2015
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Philip Slayton – Mayors Gone Bad

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Mayors Gone Bad, a series of profiles of recent and current Canadian mayors gone amok, is an entertaining companion volume to the bestselling Lawyers Gone Bad. Whether they’ve misappropriated funds, had cosy relationships with Mafia hoods, been caught with prostitutes, or admitted to smoking crack, Canada’s mayors are a colourful collection. Slayton offers insight into the nature of municipal government in Canada and speculates about why people seek the office of mayor. Little real power is exercised by any mayor, but…

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June 2015
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David Chaundy-Smart – A Youth Wasted Climbing

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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David Chaundy-Smart took it as a compliment when his high school vice-principal told him he was wasting his youth by climbing. Here, he tells the story of how he and his brother, Reg, spent the last years of the 1970s fighting suburban boredom to become, in the words of renowned climbing historian Chic Scott, “one of the leading figures in Ontario rock climbing throughout the 1980s.”With its vivid accounts of short and nasty climbs, dubious mentors, hapless climbing partners, teenage…

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On the Wrong Side of Everything

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for a literary kitchen party: On the Wrong Side of Everything, an evening of stories and poetry celebrating the “other.” Bruce Hunter hosts with special guests Wade Bell, Lee Kvern and Dale Lee Kwong at Shelf Life Books, Wednesday, June 3, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Admission is free.BRUCE HUNTER was deafened as an infant. His poetry and fiction have been widely broadcast on national radio, anthologized and translated internationally. His novel, In the Bear’s House, about a young mother rais-…

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Adam Lewis Schroeder – All-Day Breakfast

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Whether it is zombies roaming the landscape in TV series and movies or the many websites dedicated to providing guidance when packing a zombie survival kit (earplugs drown out the moaning), zombies are in the news and here to stay. Melding humour, horror and lots of zombie action, All-Day Breakfast is an irreverent romp featuring a substitute-teacher-turned-zombie who is desperate to find a cure for his “undead” condition.In All-Day Breakfast the zombies aren’t mindless brain-eating walking dead. They are parents,…

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Translating Loss: Poets from the University of Alberta Press

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for an evening of readings from three wonderful poets from the University of Alberta Press: Jalal Barzanji, Melissa Morelli Lacroix, and Ella Zeltserman. Jalal Barzanji is a highly respected Kurdish poet and journalist. He has published seven books of poetry and numerous critical columns. After his two-year imprisonment by Saddam Hussein’s regime in the late 1980s and further political repression into the 1990s, Barzanji and his family fled to Turkey. They remained there for eleven months, eventually immigrating to…

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Dee Hobsbawn-Smith – What Can’t Be Undone

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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In her first collection of short fiction dee Hobsbawn-Smith creates protagonists struggling to navigate the domestic troubles common to life everywhere, including children attempting to make their parents proud, the disintegrating of romantic relationships, and dealing with death and loss. Her stories are rife with the disasters of homelessness, domestic violence, and child abuse, as she exposes the difficulties that arise in relationships between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and parents and children. Hobsbawn-Smith’s keen observation and the unflinching…

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Books We Love: Author Book Signing

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Come and meet the authors of Books We Love:Jude PittmanNancy M BellVictoria ChathamA.M. WesterlingJoan Donaldson-YarmeyReadings by each author. Prizes and lots of giveaways!

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