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    Naomi K. Lewis - 2011 Writer in Residence

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    I’ve never liked the month of August. Not sure why. Rather do July twice.

    One reason might be that I just adore Autumn, and the similarity between the words (both with 6 letters, both consisting of 3 ‘U’s, both beginning with the exact same two letters) just makes me wish August was really Autumn so we could get on with the best season of the year.

    The end of August will also mark the beginning of the library’s most wonderful service – our Writer-in-Residence program. Yes, and hooray, it’s back.

    This year we are blessed with author Naomi K. Lewis, who will take residence at Memorial Park Library for three months to mentor writers in the community, review manuscripts, and provide constructive criticism during individual consultations.

    Click here for Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Click here for a list of all the other wonderful events, workshops, and opportunities coming this fall.

    Whether you are a beginning writer trying to find your literary-singing voice or an established writer needing professional appraisal, don’t miss this 3-month window of opportunity to learn from the very best.

    Get familiar with Naomi K. Lewis’ work – titles available at the library:Cricket in a Fist

    Journey prize stories

    People's Poetry Festival

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    If you aren’t already planning to roam the streets of Kensington this weekend to check out the People’s Poetry Festival, well, the weather looks like it will be perfect, so don’t miss any of it. The kick-off event is at Pages bookstore at 6:30pm, tonight.

    Then, Saturday morning the PPF will have volunteers at the library for a rapid fire look at what poetry is, how it’s written, why people write it, and how it’s evolved over time. Even if poetry is already your expertise come down the 4th Floor of Central to see all the great poetry resources your library has to offer.

    Register here for Poetry 101.

    And here’s a great article from this week’s FFWD, describing what this new festival is all about.

    Poetry 101

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    This week the library is thrilled to host volunteers from the People’s Poetry Festival visiting to deliver a rapid fire look at what poetry is, how it’s written, why people write it, and how it’s evolved over time.

    Saturday, August 20

    11-12 am

    Central Library, 4th Floor North

    (Space is limited.) Register here.

    The festival then roars forward Saturday afternoon with two FREE feature films screening at the Plaza theatre in Kensington.

    1:15 Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen (1965) A National Film Board, fly-on-the-wall documentary of Canada’s favourite poet at the age of 30, roaming the streets and parks of Montréal by day and living in $3 francophone motels by night.

    2:15 Howl (2010) James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg during the 1957 obscenity trial that nearly got his classic text, Howl and Other Poems, banned. His defense lawyer, Jake Ehlrich, is played by Mad Men star Jon Hamm.

    Keep up to date on all the People’s Poetry Festival updates at Or on Facebook. If you can’t make it to the Plaza theatre for the double feature, find all your favorite poetry films on DVD at the library…

    Authors Live at the Library

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    Rachel Caine, Walter Jon Williams, Jack Whyte, & Robert J Sawyer

    Thursday, August 11

    7:00 PM @ Fish Creek Library (Click for MAP)

    Rachel CaineWalter Jon WilliamsJack WhyteRobert J Sawyer

    In anticipation of Calgary's upcoming When Words Collide fiction festival, its four guests of honour will appear at Fish Creek library to read from their work as well as sign books. WHEN WORDS COLLIDE gets underway the next day. Here's what the weekend will offer, as described on the festival's website:


    We expect to see about 350 people at this multi-genre fiction festival celebrating Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Historical, Thriller, and other popular fiction genres.

    There will be over 130 hours of programming in 7 meeting spaces in the hotel.

    The evenings will also offer social activities in our 3 hospitality suites.

    The program itself will include keynote addresses by our Guests of Honour, discussion panels, presentations, and workshops on a variety of current topics for readers, writers, and artists.

    There will be author readings, signings, and discussions of their books.

    Upcoming and aspiring writers can get tips on writing from successful authors, meet editors and publishers, and network with their peers.

    The program is not just limited to books, but will also cover fiction magazines, graphic novels, comics, script writing and poetry. We will discuss new trends such as e-books, print-on-demand books, and book trailers.

    We will also be looking at how art is created and used in these media.

    There will be Kaffee Klatsches -- small, intimate discussions with our guests, as well as Blue pencil Cafés, and Pitch Sessions.



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    Interested in Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction and other genres?

    Don’t miss this chance to attend When Words Collide, A Festival for Readers and Writers, August 12 - 14 at the Best Western Village Park Inn. Readers and writers from Western Canada and North-Western U.S. will enjoy panels, parties and special events (such as tours of the University of Calgary's H.G. Wells Collection) with a variety of professionals, including Guests of Honour:

    - Rachel Caine: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy and Romance (the Morganville Vampires and Weather Warden series)

    - Walter Jon Williams: Science Fiction novelist, screen, television and game writer (Hardwired, Days of Atonement)

    - Jack Whyte: Author of Historical Fiction and Alternate History (Camulod Chronicles, The Templars Saga)

    - Robert J. Sawyer: Science Fiction novelist, (FlashForward, on which the recent ABC television series was based, Wake, Watch and Wonder

    Prior to the conference, there will be two opportunities for members of the public to attend FREE readings by our Guests of Honour:

    Thursday, August 11

    7:00 PM

    @ Fish Creek Library (11161 Bonaventure Drive SE)


    Friday, August 12


    @ the University of Calgary: CIBC Hub Room in the Rosza Centre

    There will be an opportunity to purchase books and for author signings at both locations. Come out and mingle with other readers and writers of popular fiction!

    *submitted by Susan Forest

    For full details on When Words Collide, visit their website at:

    Here's some titles you can find at the library to get to know these writers before the big weekend:

    StarplexOrder in ChaosDeep StateBite Club(Click cover for catalogue link!)