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April 2017

Authors for Indies Day

April 29 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Authors for Indies Day is an annual event held at independent bookstores all across Canada. On this day, Canadian authors show their appreciation for indie bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. AFI is a different sort of literary event — it’s a grassroots volunteer-run campaign whose goal is to raise awareness of indie bookstores and how important they are: to our communities, our reading lives, and our cultural well-being. In a world of big box stores and franchised businesses, we…

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May 2017

Alexis Marie Chute – Expecting Sunshine

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Come celebrate the launch and reading of this gripping memoir. Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Marie Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity – not only as a parent but as a woman and artist – after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. The memoir’s clever structure mirrors the gestation of Alexis Marie’s subsequent pregnancy; the book beginning with conception followed by three sections, the three trimesters. Through powerful flashbacks, readers learn…

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Filling Station Magazine – Double Issue Launch

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Come out for a double magazine launch of Filling Station magazine! Readers TBA.

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Suzette Mayr and Nicole Markotić

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us for the fantastic double launch of Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall and Nicole Markotić’s Rough Patch. Dr. Edith Vane, scholar of English literature, is contentedly ensconced at the University of Inivea. Her dissertation on pioneer housewife memoirist Beulah Crump-Withers is about to be published, and her job’s finally safe, if she only can fill out her AAO properly. She’s a little anxious, but a new floral blouse and her therapist’s repeated assurance…

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André Picard – Matters of Life and Death

May 16 @ 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 André Picard’s upcoming book Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada. Health issues have long occupied top headlines in Canadian media, and no journalist has written on public health with more authority or for as many years as André Picard. Matters of Life and Death collects Picard’s most compelling columns, covering a broad range of topics including Canada’s right-to-die law, the true risks of the Zika virus, the financial challenges of…

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Woolf’s Voices

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Woolf’s Voices is a celebration of the feminine spirit and a fun-filled evening of readings, music and art. Readers TBA.

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Single Onion #141

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
shelf Life Books

Single Onion is a monthly poetry reading series. Authors for this month are TBA. Single Onion usually happens the third Thursday of the month, ten times a year. Our event schedule can always be found at: www.singleonion.com. For the most up to date Single Onion news, check us out on Twitter at:http://twitter.com/singleonion We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development

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Yvonne Blomer – Sugar Ride

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books,
1302-4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Join us to celbrate the launch of Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. Excerpt from the press release: For three months Yvonne Blomer travelled by bike with her husband Rupert Gadd through Southeast Asia. A type one diabetic since childhood, she also dealt with the daily challenges of her chronic illness. Part love story, part travel adventure and part medical dance, Sugar Ride explores one woman’s passion for cycling and the roads it pulls her along. Blomer details…

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The 2017 Alberta Literary Award Shortlist Reading & Celebration

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books

We will celebrate the 2017 shortlisted authors and showcase a series of lively readings.

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Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Non-fiction

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

Come to our store for an engaging affair with 14 Alberta writers, including Calgary’s Rea Tarvydas, Rona Altrows, Roberta Rees, Susan Calder and JoAnn McCaig. (Yes, that JoAnn McCaig co-owner of Shelf Life Books!) The Writing Menopause literary anthology is a diverse and robust collection about menopause: a highly charged and often undervalued transformation. It includes over fifty works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews and cross-genre pieces from contributors across Canada and the United States that break new ground in…

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