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April 2018

TALES: The Song of the Sea

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

Prepare to be immersed in a night of song and story as six performers bring to you their interpretation of the Song of the Sea. Doreen Vanderstoop, Leona Sudom, and Mary Hays will enchant you with stories of Selkies, Sirens and Sea Serpents. Jim Martin and Calum Lykan’s performances will blow you out of the water. Singer James Prescott will delight you with shanties and ballads. $ 10 donation suggested at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by Mindy…

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City of Calgary W.O Mitchell Prize Finalists Reading

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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WGA PRESENTS: THE CITY OF CALGARY W.O. MITCHELL BOOK PRIZE FINALISTS—READINGS, CELEBRATION AND COMPLIMENTARY TAPAS FROM AIDA’S BISTRO FREE The City of Calgary and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta are pleased to announce the shortlisted authors for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, one of 13 awards presented as part of The Calgary Awards. The three finalists are Taylor Lambert for Darwin’s Moving (NeWest Press), Clem & Olivier Martini for The Unravelling (Freehand Books), and Deborah Willis for…

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A Performance by Jaap Blonk

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us at Shelf Life Books for a performance with avant-garde composer and performance artist, Jaap Blonk. Language is the part of our phonic vocabulary that we invest with meaning. The rest, we say, is noise. But for Jaap Blonk, every burble and squeak, hum and growl and splutter the human being can make is there for the taking. Every instance of our power to imitate the sounds of animals and machines and musical instruments — and then invent new…

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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day!!!

April 28
Shelf Life Books,
1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8 Canada
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Join us for independent bookstore day, we’ll have fun events and prizes! For more info please visit: http://www.canadianindependentbookstoreday.ca/

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How Can You Think That?!? A Political Book Club

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8 Canada
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A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their echo chambers and bridge the great divide. Buy the book, read it, and come join us for a lively discussion. We’ve all felt it: Whether we’ve argued pointlessly with someone on social media, felt our blood pressure rise as we’ve fought over politics with family members, or simply veered delicately away from certain topics, it’s hard to ignore the chasm between those who hold opposing political views.…

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Briarpatch Magazine Issue Launch: The Prairie Issue

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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You’re invited to the launch of Briarpatch Magazine’s upcoming issue, The Prairie Issue. Join us for a lively discussion focused on two related topics: decolonizing the justice system; and fossil fuel industries in the Prairies, past, present, and future. Speakers for the afternoon: David Gray-Donald is the Publisher of Briarpatch Magazine and writes about climate justice, pipeline politics, racism, and much more. David is a settler living in Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, SK. Curtis Lefthand is of Niitsítapi (Blackfoot)…

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Holly Quan with Teresa van Bryce

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

Join Holly Quan and Teresa van Bryce as they read from their novels The Sow’s Ear Cafe and House of the Blue Sea.   In her late 30s, Lucie Tanguay is a self-reliant, lippy livewire when her high-pressure, upscale Vancouver life suddenly and shockingly unravels. With help from one of her few trusted friends, Lucie gets out of town and starts looking… for what? She doesn’t know. Car trouble maroons her in the small town of Sweetgrass, Alberta, where she…

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May 2018

Woolf’s Voices 20!

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8 Canada
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Featuring: Amy LeBlanc Brina-Joy Emily Erin Ann Vance Mahlet Leulseged Stacy daSilva Music by Climb and Ruin Riel Visual Art by Rebecca Light Open Mic sign up at 6:45 = FOUR 3minute spots! Woolf’s Voices is a safe space to honour and to express the feminine in us all through Poetry, Music, Art, Spoken Word, Comedy, Dance Performance Art, etc. Everyone Welcome!

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Matronalia Book Launch

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0X8 Canada
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Join us for Angela Dillon’s Launch of Matronalia. A mother reveals a festering secret to her daughter after years of trying to conceal it. Since her daughter’s birth, she has been suffering from a disease that causes bizarre symptoms: sudden calcification, the growth and disintegration of extra ribs, coral splinters in the heart, unrelenting depression. As the mother examines the pathology of her disease, she offers her daughter fierce and harrowing advice on everything from sex to survival to love. Part…

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Wine O’Clock: Wine & Poetry Pairings Presented by the WGA

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Metrovino Fine Wines,
722 11 Ave SW, Calgary, T2R 0E4
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Wine O’Clock: Wine & Poetry Pairings at Metrovino Fine Wines Friday, May 4 | 6:00—8:00pm @ Metrovino—722 11 Ave SW Calgary  Presented by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Alexandra Writers Centre Society  Our legendary wine and literary pairings are back—raise your glass to National Poetry Month and hear from five incredible poets whose work will each be paired with a wine that shares matching attributes—zany, effervescent, bold! Join us for a creative and energizing evening of runaway tannins,…

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