If you’re looking for an alternative to Stampede-themed entertainment this week, look no further than two distinct tributes to the life and work of Robert Kroetsch, both of which are sure to provide emotionally charged performances from some of Calgary’s best writers.
The first of these events: “A Celebration of Life: ROBERT KROETSCH”, takes place Tuesday, July 12 at Shelf Life Books at 7pm and is being put on by the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, inviting you to gather, share stories, pay tribute, find solace, raise your glasses, and hear readings from his latest work, Too Bad.
“This tragedy has been a great shock to all of us at the WGA and a tremendous loss to everyone whose lives he has touched. A memorial was held in Leduc on Monday, June 27th, but many writers and friends, particularly in Southern Alberta, were not able to attend. In light of this, we would like to invite you to celebrate Robert’s life with short readings from Too Bad (or tell a story) on Tuesday July 12, 2011”
Click here to read full details on the event.
The second tribute event, also starting a 7pm, goes two nights later on Thursday, July 14, at Pages Books on Kensington. This special issue of the local Flywheel Reading Series will feature readings and an open mic, “letting everyone share either work by Robert, for Robert, or otherwise related as a tribute and celebration of the memory of this wonderful man and important Canadian writer who has touched so many.”
For more details go to filling Station’s website.
Of course the best way to celebrate Robert Kroetsch and keep his memory alive is to study and enjoy his masterful work. There is so much to choose from. Click to link to a full list of catalogue results for "Kroetsch, Robert".