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Event Overview: WORDTASTING TOUR 2015

On Sunday, May 10th, we hosted the Calgary edition of WordTasting Tour 2015, as presented by Asymmetrical Press, The Minimalists, and Exile Lifestyle. If you missed it, the store was filled to capacity, with a last-minute second show added on for those who didn’t make it in the door the first time. Here’s a recap of […]

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DEAR COMMITTEE MEMBERS by Julie Schumacher

My travel companions got quite irritated with me – the guffaws, chuckles and giggles — the gasps of amused recognition.  Does one have to be a recovered academic to enjoy Dear Committee Members? Well, I guess it has a particular resonance for those who can appreciate a line like this, in one of the endless […]

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ELLEN IN PIECES by Caroline Adderson

It’s hard not to love Ellen, the central character in Caroline Adderson’s new novel. She’s cranky, 48, not a fashion model. She has problematic kids, a suicidal dad, odd friends, a messily ongoing divorce, tons of regrets and unquenchable hope. She even gets to have a wonderful much younger lover, if only for a while. […]

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THE WRITING CLASS by Jincy Willet

Is it necessary to have experienced a creative writing class to enjoy this murder mystery?  As a veteran of innumerable writing workshops, I’m unable to say, but would be interested to hear from others on the question. There is so much to like here, especially the irascible central character Amy Gallup, instructor of said writing […]

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At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel by Edward St. Aubyn

At last we come to the end of the Patrick Melrose novels, and At Last does not disappoint. In fact, it feels more like a fully fleshed out narrative than the four short novels that precede it, despite its rather narrow focus on events surrounding the funeral of Patrick’s mother. The novel’s structure is intricate, […]

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