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    Spur

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    An exciting new festival is set to grip the city this weekend.

    Spur is a festival of "politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada". It was founded last year and is already spreading to five cities across the country. It's Calgary's turn starting tonight and the lineup of events and speakers looks truly amazing...

    The Opening Reception will take place at the ConocoPhillips Theatre in the Glenbow Museum tonight at 8:30 p.m., following Borders and Geopolitics: The World in Seven Years with Diane Francis, author of Merger of the Century: Why Canada and the U.S. Should Become One Country. After that the lineup of events for Saturday and Sunday will surely live up to Spur's namesake, offering Calgary the opportunity to join "today's most provocative thinkers and scholars, artists and activists, journalists and entrepreneurs - from across the country and beyond - to share ideas worth spurring into action."

    Go to the Spur festival website for complete details and ticket information. Go to your local library for the authors' work, such as Terry Fallis, who you can have coffee with on Sunday at Hotel St Germain, where he will read from and discuss his forthcoming novel, No Relation.

    Terry Fallis

    Diane Francis

    New Program Guides

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    CAFE

    Spring-Summer Guides are now out and that means a brand new season of opportunity to take advantage of our free, super wide-ranging programs. Registration starts Monday, April 21.

    A highlight for writers comes up very quick with 'Self-Editing 101' - a workshop on revision and editing techniques - on Saturday May 10. Susan Forest from the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) will be at the Central Library from 1:30 - 3 p.m. to help give your writing shape and professional polish.

    Two days later put your self-editing lessons to the test by joining the library's Creative Writing Club. The club will meet monthly on Monday nights starting May 12. Meet aspiring writers, engage in exercises, and share your writing.

    In June take a visual trip to Oxford University's Christ Church College with Carole Marion as she explores the world of Jane Austen's heroines. The Oxford Experience: In Search of Jane Austen's World is offered at Louise Riley on June 12, at Shawnessy on June 13.

    In August the Fish Creek library will host bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon, Jacqueline Guest, Brandon Sanderson, and D.J. McIntosh for readings, Q & A, and an autograph session. It's all part of WHEN WORDS COLLIDE and this year WWC is offering pre-festival workshops for the first time. A ways away but the opportunity for intimate, hands-on workshop experience will surely fill up quick.

    Oh, yes, and superfoods, The Power of Superfoods. Not necessarily tailored for writers, but what writer wouldn't benefit from a little boost to their brain function? The new Program Guides are already all over the city but if you haven't got your hands on one you can always download the PDF version and read it right now.

    Creative Nonfiction Collective

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    The Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) is a Canadian organization for writers of creative (or literary or narrative) nonfiction. From May 2–4, the CNFC's 10th Anniversary Conference will be held right here in Calgary at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. This is a unique and irresistable opportunity for writers of creative/literary/narrative nonfiction and Calgarians don't even have to travel to get to it! The $100 registration offer will end April 18th, so make sure to register before next Friday.

    For complete details and registration go to CNFC Conference Page, where you can also find the full 2014 Program Outline. If the 3-day commitment is a bit much you can still get in on the action on Sunday, May 4, with a completely FREE event open to the public: "A Literary Walk with George Melnyk" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Not sure where this walk will take us but it will feature a smashing lineup of guest readers: Myrna Kostash, Fred Stenson, Chris Turner & Aritha van Herk.

    The 2014 Keynote Speaker is acclaimed historian, novelist, essayist and award-winning author Ronald Wright. Find his books on the shelves of your local library:

    What Is America? A Short History of the New World Order Stolen Continents: Conquest & Resistance in the Americas An Illustrated Short History of Progress

    It's All Poetry

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    Here are some of the latest titles in Canadian poetry to land on our shelves. For more reading ideas and an in-depth look at the current state of poetry in Canada, check out the April issue of Quill & Quire. The League of Canadian Poets has also just revealed the shortlists for three annual awards, which include a strong showing from Calgary-based publishers Frontenac House (Micheline Maylor for Whirr & Click, Juleta Severson-Baker for Incarnate).

    THE CALGARY PROJECT: A City Map in Verse and Visual

    "How do you get to know a city? What can you learn from a map? The Calgary Project reflects this moment of time: being the Culture Capital, having our very own Poet Laureate, surviving the Flood that redrew the City. It offers a glimpse into the artists' and poets' perception of Calgary right now. The voices of our city include poets and songwriters, rappers and sculptors, painters and fibre artists, photographers and children. The artists featured here are not just the best in our city - they are indeed some of the finest in the world."

    A Bitter Mood of Clouds, by Vivian Hansen

    Begin in Denmark with a strange birth, experience the life of Anne turned Arne, a hermaphrodite. Journey then to Alberta where Vivian Hansen hears her ancestors and the remarkable story of Anne. This intricately braided long poem is delicate, forceful, and unique. A Bitter Mood of Clouds is woven with supernatural voices, history, and the depth of where we come from and how those connections reach into the present.

    Bite Down Little Whisper, by Don Domanski

    From a master poet, meditative lines running like veins through the dark grace of being alive. Governor General's Award-winning poet Don Domanski's new collection, Bite Down Little Whisper, delves into the interconnectedness of all life with spiritual gravitas and powerful mindfulness. These are poems brimming with mythological and scientific energies, with a multi-dimensionality that opens itself to both complexity and clarity. Domanski shows us seams and fastenings that unite our longings with the earth itself, with the nonhuman vitality that surrounds us. The heart's need for unity and reverence is present in these poems as a whisper we hear in occasional moments of quietude, when it's possible to perceive the workings of a larger existence.

    Complicity, by Adam Sol

    A dazzling and exhilarating new collection of poetry from an award-winning Canadian poet. For fans of Ken Babstock, A.F. Moritz, and Karen Solie. Award-winning poet Adam Sol's fourth collection is a meditation on complicity. By turns intimate and lyrical, experimental and outlandish, the collection focuses us on how we cannot escape the troubling structures that determine our lives. How do we identify ourselves with communities - national, cultural, or local - while aware of the violence which underlies their arrangements? How do we pursue love when we know how fraught and imbalanced gender politics is? How do we continue to value art despite the prevailing rhetoric that considers it a marginal discourse? The poems are funny, allusive, off-kilter, and sonically rich, while crucially interrogating, lit with, the contemporary ethos.


    *book summaries lifted off library catalogue

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