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  • Nov 19 - Writing Rogues & Rascals - One more chance to get some work done with the Library's 2014 Writer In Residence, Rosemary Nixon
  • Nov 5 - Come Write In - At home where the Wrimotaurs roam
  • Oct 31 - One Book - Marcello Di Cintio launches One Book One Calgary this Saturday
  • Oct 16 - Pre-NaNo Planning - Saturday, October 25: Dig your fingers in for 50,000 words
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    The Best Things in Life are Free

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Free Online Magazines (including Poets & Writers)

    As of last week, library members now have access to hundreds of free online magazines through Zinio.

    I love magazines and have purchased some through Zinio. I was rather floored when I looked through the titles available so far through the Calgary Public Library Zinio database, some of which I've paid for in the past.

    There are some great magazines for Writers (some of which are pictured below), and many others magazine lovers are sure to want.

    The insanely crazy best part? You "check out" the magazine issues for free, but then you get to keep them. Forever. (shhhhhh.)

    Getting Started With Zinio

    All you need to get started is your library membership. You'll have to register with both the Calgary Public Library Zinio page and with the Zinio site. Once you've done that, you can start getting and reading the magazines (on a computer, tablet, iPad, smartphone) immediately.

    The Ref Centre

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    When it comes to searching for poetry and short stories, or any book really, there's nothing quite like browsing the shelves of your local library, waiting for the books to reach out and grab you, but when it comes to essay-writing season there's no substitute for the convenience of a good, solid, academic database.

    The timing couldn't be any better for our newest, and my new favorite, E-Library resource. Last month one of my co-workers gracefully introduced me to the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre in the blog "In Search of Short Stories" and I've been hooked ever since. Also since then, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize. Then Lynn Coady won the Giller for her short story collection 'Hellgoing'.

    A good year for the form often considered inferior to the novel.

    Regardless of where we stand on that useless debate, any one looking to master the craft of fiction is going to find everything they need to dig deep into these shorter forms, both classic and contemporary. To be specific:

    • more than 51,000 full-text short stories
    • more than 700,000 full-text poems
    • more than 10,000 dramatic works
    • audio recordings of poets reading their own work from Academy of American Poets
    • more than 450 poem explications
    • 542 eBooks
    • lesson plans from The Poetry Foundation

    Whether you are a student of literature or a teacher (and if you're a writer you're likely striving for both), the Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre may become your new go-to spot for pretty much everything. Give it a whirl!

    Loud in the Library

    by Phil

    Calgary's 4th Annual Literary Vaudeville is gonna a be loud one.

    This Thursday, join host Ken Cameron as he presents 4 wonderful writers at the historic Memorial Park library - Rita Bozi, Kris Demeanor, Naomi K Lewis, and Marika Smythe. This year's Vaudeville will also feature a special guest - the 2013-14 Writer-in-Residence from the University of Calgary Distinguished Writer's Program: Sara Tilley.

    It all gets started at 7:00pm. Memorial Park is located at 1221 - 2nd street SW

    You can read teasers from this year's lineup at the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program page.

    And you can find the performers' work on the shelves of your local library:

    Skin Room, by Sara Tilley Harvest & Other Plays, by Ken Cameron I Know Who You Remind Me Of, by Naomi K Lewis The Guilt and the Shame, by Kris Demeanor

    Where the Wrimotaurs Roam

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    The Calgary Wrimotaurs are now officially roaming as National Novel Writing month is upon us. The official Wrimotaur anthem states that Calgary's NaNoWriMo novelists will find their Home, home on the page, Where the verbs and the adjectives play, but as that goal for 50,000 words before December 1 looms heavy and beautiful over our heads, it will become very important to spring away from our fictional worlds and find a second home. A warm, inviting place free from domestic distraction that's quiet enough to get some work done, yet bustling with the life you need to breathe into your novel.

    Oh, give me a home...

    And if this second home also offers an endless selection of material for research and inspiration to keep your plot thickening, well that's a bonus. Oh! Hey! On top of that, why not include the guidance of award-winning Canadian Novelist Lawrence Hill - who just so happens to be appearing at several library branches in early November as part of One Book One Calgary.

    From November 7 to November 10 the library offers 6 opportunities to connect with Lawrence Hill in OBOC Author Talks. Might be nice to hit all six, but if you only go to one, make it this one: a double whammy featuring our 2013 Writer-in-Residence Barb Howard, immediately following our NaNoWriMo "Write-Ins":

    Saturday, November 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

    Memorial Park Library

    "From the Authors: Lawrence Hill and Barb Howard"

    Join us for coffee and cake as Lawrence Hill and Writer in Residence Barb Howard discuss the process of writing fiction and the challenges of writing as a way of life. Register.

    Happy Novel Month to All!