Jul
22
1:00 pm13:00

Rich Theroux & Jess Szabo: A Wake in the Undertow

Saturday Signing with local artist-authors!

A Wake in the Undertow contains poems from the imaginations of Rich Theroux and Jess Szabo, the creative spirits behind Calgary’s Rumble House Gallery. Illustrated with drawings that emerge from “a brilliant truth like a well-lit hurricane” and that “despite all odds we carry on like the river,” the collection unveils two people in love as they disclose things survived, dig deep for sacred weapons, and endure cantankerously running on fumes. A Wake in the Undertow is a compelling work by Rich Theroux, the author of “Stop Making Art and Die: Survival Activities for Artists,” and Jess Szabo, a woman who radiates love, happiness, and generosity.

Aug
5
2:00 pm14:00

Genevieve Graham: Promises to Keep

Saturday Signing with bestselling historical fiction author

Summer 1755, Acadia

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi’kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes. Amélie’s entire family, alongside the other Acadians, is exiled to ports unknown aboard dilapidated ships.

Fortunately, Amélie has made a powerful ally. Having survived his own harrowing experience at the hands of the English, Corporal Connor MacDonnell is a reluctant participant in the British plan to expel the Acadians from their homeland. His sympathy for Amélie gradually evolves into a profound love, and he resolves to help her and her family in any way he can—even if it means treason. As the last warmth of summer fades, more ships arrive to ferry the Acadians away, and Connor is forced to make a decision that will alter the future forever.

Heart-wrenching and captivating, Promises to Keep is a gloriously romantic tale of a young couple forced to risk everything amidst the uncertainties of war.

 

Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Meghan Masterton: The Wardrobe Mistress

THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is Meghan Masterson's fascinating and visceral debut, an inside look at Marie Antoinette's luxurious life in Versailles remarkably juxtaposed against life in third estate as the French Revolution gains strength. A propulsive exploration of love, loyalty, danger, and intrigue… not to be missed.

It's Giselle Aubry's first time at court in Versailles. At sixteen, she is one of Marie Antoinette's newest undertirewomen, and in awe of the glamorous queen and her opulent palace life. A budding designer, it's a dream come true to work with the beautiful fabrics and jewels in the queen's wardrobe. But every few weeks she returns home to visit her family in Paris where rumors of revolution are growing stronger.

From her position working in the royal household, Giselle is poised to see both sides of the revolutionary tensions erupting throughout Paris. When her uncle, a retired member of the secret du roi, a spy ring that worked for the old King, Louis XV, suggests that she casually report the Queen's actions back to him as a game, she leaps at the chance. Spying seems like an adventure and an exciting way to privately support the revolution taking the countryside by storm. She also enjoys using her insight from Versailles in lively debates with Leon Gauvain, the handsome and idealistic revolutionary who courts her.

But as the revolution continues to gain momentum, and Giselle grows closer to the Queen, becoming one of the few trusted servants, she finds herself dangerously torn. Violence is escalating; she must choose where her loyalty truly lies, or risk losing everything… maybe even her head.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Aug
28
7:00 pm19:00

Loren A. Olson: Finally Out

Dr. Loren A. Olson has frequently been asked two questions: How could you not know that you were gay until the age of forty? Wasn't your marriage just a sham to protect yourself at your wife’s expense? In Finally Out, Dr. Olson answers these questions by telling the inspiring story of his evolving sexuality, into which he intelligently weaves psychological concepts and gay history. This book is a powerful exploration of human sexuality, particularly the sexuality of mature men who, like Dr. Olson, lived a large part of their lives as straight men—sometimes long after becoming aware of their same-sex attractions.

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Sep
11
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS Little Book Club For Writers

Short novels and short stories. Only five books per season. Meetings every other month. This is not your usual* book club. Each meeting of the LBCW will focus on a short work of literature that uniquely lends itself to a facilitated discussion focused on, but not limited to, the elements of style & craft. Structure, theme, characterization, dialogue, setting/world building, voice, narrative mode etc. Anyone with a love of brief reads and an interest in the craft is welcome.

*Of course there will be wine and cookies. We’re not totally reinventing the wheel

Award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.
     Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man name Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears a year later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is and unleashing his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

Registration through AWCS is encouraged but drop-ins are always welcome. info@alexandrawriters.com

Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

Katherine Dell: Harmless

Be careful what you wish for.

After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free. 

So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.

Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.

Featuring surprise musical guest!

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RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Sep
14
7:00 pm19:00

Anne Campbell: The Fabric of the Day

Throughout the years, Anne Campbell’s work has remained consistently engaging, her tone steady and trustworthy and her control of imagery precise. There are subtle changes in her presentation of the natural world and slight shifts in the metaphysical approach to space, time, and possibility. But in this retrospective there is no doubt that her strength lies in her ability to capture the transcendence that occurs when nature informs the mind and the commonplace rises to philosophical insight. Though universal in scope, the poems only give up all their richness upon slow and careful readings.


The Fabric of Day is an offering to readers who want to know about emotional and spiritual survival and how a creative person confronts regrets and failures through a medium like poetry. The subject matter is as old as time and as contemporary as any authentic Facebook page or blog, except that the language employed is both beautiful as it is impacting. 

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557
 


Jul
15
11:00 am11:00

Kristen Hubschmid: The Meddler

Saturday Signing with Alberta Author!

Reo is a normal girl, enrolled in her first year of normal university.

Normal. Not a word she'd ever particularly liked. 

But when she gets thrown into the back of a van just for standing up for herself, normal suddenly seems awfully safe, and comfortable, and increasingly far away...

Now she's on Carcerem Island, where society doesn't play by the 'normal' rules, and blood seems to run through the very plumbing... And her best option for escape seems to be mastering the power of flight.

Well. 

Not personally. 

Mastering someone else's power of flight...

Jul
15
11:00 am11:00

Carrie Stanton: Emmie and the Fierce Dragon; The Jewel

Saturday Signing with local author!

EMMIE AND THE FIERCE DRAGON

For ages pre-school to 8 years & beyond

The story is about a small girl who offers her skills to a skeptical townsfolk that are afraid of a large, fierce and mischievous dragon. There is conflict resolution without adult intervention and the book's main character, Emmie, handles things in her own unique way.

THE JEWEL

For ages 8 - 12 years & beyond

Friends Grey Wolf and Little Bear find a beautiful jewel that may be more than what it seems. But are they able to keep their friendship intact after the changes that it brings? The Jewel will carry you back to a time when the buffalo roamed over the foothills and to a discovery that could change two friends forever.

Jul
8
11:00 am11:00

Susan Cameron: A Fragment of May

Saturday Signing with local historical fiction author!

In the summer of 1969 Anne Dunlop leaves her job teaching high school and the consequences of a broken romance behind her in Toronto and heads back to the comfort of home and family in Halifax.  By chance she lands a job at an inner city employment office.  Her first clients are dayworkers, many of whom are still adjusting to the uneasy resettlement of their entire community to the neighbourhood due north of Citadel Hill.  Anne, too, faces her own adjustments.  Her widowed father has a new love in his life.  And there is Serge, a charming military man who, unlike her, has a clear future ahead of him.  But Anne’s greatest challenge arrives when she receives a letter from her dearest Aunt Adele, forcing her to consider who she really is and what she truly wants for her future.  

Jul
8
11:00 am11:00

Tyler Trafford: TwoBlackEyes

Saturday Signing!

Meet the terror named TwoBlackEyes, two tons of bone-breaking fury. And meet the unlikely friends who take on this primeval nightmare and ride it to the end. Welcome to the “Land of Ground Thunder Running”.

TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is the story of a young man born into a privileged life in affluent Elbow Park, but with personal goals and ambitions at odds with his family’s plans for him. Leaving private school for the public system, Nathan Munro finds unexpected friendships in a film studies class where no subject is taboo. Meet Willie, who applies the dodge and duck tactics of welfare survival to the dangers of rodeo bull fighting; smart-mouthed Stevie, who endures the black and blue reality of family violence; and self-assured Kayden, who proves that getting bucked off a bull isn’t as painful as never trying. With the help of their mysterious and unorthodox teacher, Miss Emily Arbutus, the four friends challenge boundaries, face their fears and write their own futures.

Award-winning author Tyler Trafford has deftly layered the unfinished murder and revenge Buck Off script written by the late Brandon Flock into this complex three-act, character-driven novel.

Proceeds from sales of TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script will benefit the Brandon Flock Foundation. The Foundation offers financial aid and mentoring to students seeking their passion in the Arts, and encourages emerging talent through the awarding of scholarships to talented and deserving students in Canada.www.brandonflockfoundation.com

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS presents: Writers Unplugged, an Open Mic

Calling all prose writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights!

Come on down to Owl's Nest Books, the last Wednesday of the month to share your words or lyrics in the newly named Writers Unplugged, open mic series. No mic. No pressure. Acoustic instruments only.

How it works:
Arrive about 15 minutes early, throw your name into the hat if you want to read. Readers/performers will be selected by random draw. Five minutes max.

RSVPs are appreciate but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Marco Giordano

Recently widowed Poldi moves to Sicily in order to quietly drink herself to death with a sea view, but fate intervenes. When she finds the corpse of a young man on the beach, his face blown off with a sawn-off shotgun, she becomes a potential suspect in his murder case. Poldi soon falls for the gorgeous Commissario Montana who has been assigned to lead the case. They form an investigative-and romantic-partnership. The delightful details of this romance, and the extreme awkwardness of Poldi'sretelling it to her mortified nephew, are some of the novel's many high points.

Sicily, a vivid backdrop, is an island of people obsessed with food. They talk passionately about which remote village produces the best olives, pistachio ice cream, oyster mushrooms, mandarins, and marzipan, and about which restaurant serves the bestpasta al nero di sepia orcanolli a la crema di ricotta. And there is never a direct reference to the mafia (an invention of those fascists in the North"), even when confronted with murders committed with sawn-off shotguns.
 

Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Anna Jennings Steen: How Canada Came To Be

Anna Jennings Steen was born in Calgary in 1936 and,
apart from several years in Europe, has lived and maintained
family connections from east to west of Canada throughout
her checkered career as dancer, actor, librarian, educational
television writer/producer, teacher and mother. To celebrate
Canada’s 100th birthday she rode the train (solo) from Pacific
to Atlantic coasts, ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where
she was entertained on a German fishing trawler. This book celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.

 

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
17
11:00 am11:00

Laura Lovett: Losing Cadence

SATURDAY SIGNING!

When Cadence Weaverly graduates from high school, she thinks it's for the best that she and her boyfriend, Richard White, take separate paths: she to Julliard and he back to Harvard. Ten years later, she has an ideal job and a wonderful fiancé, Christian. She is building the life of her dreams-until the day Richard resurfaces out of the blue, abducts her from her San Francisco apartment, and returns her to his mansion where he holds her captive. Cadence can hardly believe her ears when Richard professes his undying love and reveals his plans to build a life together. Terrified to fight back for fear he will have Christian murdered, Cadence must determine how to reason with a mentally unstable man who is obsessed with making her his forever. But even if she manages to escape, will she ever really be free of the man who hunts her heart? In this psychological thriller, a young woman must rely on perseverance, courage, and inner strength to survive after she is kidnapped by her deranged ex-boyfriend.

Check out the trailer here

 

Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Sudhir Jain: East or West

Sudhir Jain is a retired oil industry consultant who took to keyboard with the dawn of the new millennium. He was born in India and has lived and worked for extended periods in England, Libya, the United States and Canada. He has been passionate about literature and classical music since early teens. In his previous profession, he published more than forty technical papers and won national and international awards. Several hundred of his Letters to the Editor have appeared in the North American newspapers and magazines and were published in the collection “Couldn’t Shut Up” in 2011. A collection “Isolde’s Dream and Other Stories” was published by Bayeux Arts in 2007 and another collection of stories and essays “Pages from an Immigrant’s Diary” in November 2012 by Outskirts Press. His essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald and globeandmail.com. His first novel Princess of Aminabad: An Ordinary Life was published by Bayeux Arts in 2014.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Danielle Jensen: The Broken Ones

Prequel to the USA Today Bestselling Malediction Trilogy

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader.  His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves. 

After accidentally ruining her sister's chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Karen Bass & Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Two YA authors in one amazing evening!

Angry over his family’s recent move and current enforced holiday in Halifax, twelve-year-old Laz Berenger rebels against a guided tour of the Citadel and sets out to explore on his own. In one dark tunnel, his St. Christopher’s medal burns suddenly hot. There’s a strange smell, and Laz blacks out. When he wakes up, everything happens at once. A sword is put to his throat. Men who look like extras from Pirates of the Caribbean hand him over to a ship’s captain who strips him and takes his medal. He is declared a French spy. Laz realizes, to his horror, that it is 1745 and he is trapped in time. These English colonists, still loyal to King George, are at war with the French. To earn his freedom, Laz must promise to spy on the French at the fortification of Louisbourg. But once in Louisbourg, Laz earns a job as runner to the kind Commander Morpain and learns to love both the man and the town. How will Laz find a way to betray the inhabitants of Louisbourg? How else can he hope to earn back his St. Christopher's medal, which is surely his key to returning to his own time?

The award-winning author of The Hill and Graffiti Knight has written an enthralling, swash-buckling time-slip adventure for middle-grade readers centered on a fascinating period in North American history.

Meet Madeline and Justin. Before Madeline's bike accident left her with a traumatic brain injury, she and her twin sister were inseparable. So were her parents. But now, Madeline's parents are divorced and Becky has become rebellious, angry, and sneaky. Even worse, she doesn't seem to want Madeline around anymore. At least Madeline knows she can always rely on the miniature therapy horses she visits every week.

Justin is a senior and the president of his school's Best Buddies club. Before his sister with autism died, he used to take her to the barn to visit her beloved therapy horses. Now, with Madeline, he goes there to escape the gloom of his mother's grief at home and the pressures of his final year in high school. 

Together, Justin and Madeline help each other to reconnect with the important people in their lives - and with the lives that they thought they'd lost.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
10
11:00 am11:00

Stephanie Hrehirchuck: Anna and the Tree Fort

Saturday Signing with local children's author!

“It doesn’t look safe, Jeremy,” replied Anna. “For you or the coulee.”    

Anna loves her peaceful walks to school through the coulee. But one day she stumbles upon a kid-constructed tree fort that threatens to harm more than the trees. Anna has to act fast in order to protect her coulee and help her friends. 

Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

C.D. Evans: Less Painful Duties

"Less Painful Duties: Reflections on the Revolution in the Legal Profession" is C.D. Evans QC's sequel to his 2011 title "A Painful Duty: Forty Years at the Criminal Bar." As the title indicates, Evans reflects on changes in the legal profession with chapters on the Female Ascendency, impact of the Charter of Rights, Technology, and Legal Aid.

 

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

Janet Dunnett: The Dwindling

The millennium dawns. Twin baby boomers anticipate freedom following kids and careers. But there’s a hitch. Mom and Dad are frail and fading fast. So Judi and Janet become caregivers, and journey with Betty and Fred to the ends of their lives. Over a decade, the twins reluctantly accept that old age has no cure. As they strive for quality through every stage of dwindling, they sharpen their skills and hone new inner strengths. Both daughters and parents discover their deep connection and tenderness in the slow dance of caring and being cared for.

Flashbacks enrich this impassioned story. The twins learn to recognize both excellence and imperfections in doctor’s offices, emergency wards, dementia lockups, assisted living and long-term-care settings, and hospices. They come to appreciate the challenges all health systems are facing as they work to deliver high-calibre care at the edge of life. Some readers might ponder, “What will happen when the boomer generation begins to dwindle?”

Lyrical and full of humour and insight, this memoir is a fast-paced, eyes-wide-open and hope-filled narrative for our time.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

Senior Owlets: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Senior Owlets Book Club meeting discussing Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson.

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but Lumberjanes is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.

Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

Junior Owlets: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they'd be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?

Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ifemelu--beautiful, self-assured--left Nigeria 15 years ago, and now studies in Princeton as a Graduate Fellow. Obinze--handsome and kind-hearted--was Ifemelu's teenage love; he'd hoped to join her in America, but post 9/11 America wouldn't let him in.
     Years later, when they reunite in Nigeria, neither is the same person who left home. Obinze is the kind of successful "Big Man" he'd scorned in his youth, and Ifemelu has become an "Americanah"--a different version of her former self, one with a new accent and attitude. As they revisit their shared passion--for their homeland and for each other--they must face the largest challenges of their lives.

May
31
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS Presents: Writers unplugged, an Open Mic Night

Calling all prose writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights!

Come on down to Owl's Nest Books, the last Wednesday of the month to share your words or lyrics in the newly named Writers Unplugged, open mic series. No mic. No pressure. Acoustic instruments only.

How it works:
Arrive about 15 minutes early, throw your name into the hat if you want to read. Readers/performers will be selected by random draw. Five minutes max. 

May
30
7:00 pm19:00

Inge Bremer-Trueman: Winging It

With her Mustang filled to the nuts with the crap she’s salvaged from her sordid but blessedly brief marriage, Sonja Pfeiffer heads north onto Highway 63 to begin a clerical job at the tar sands plant near Fort McMurray.  Up there she will finally earn the big bucks needed to give herself what she has always wanted – flying lessons. When, after only a few days in her new digs she meets Pete, an air traffic controller on temporary assignment, Sonja believes her stars are surely now aligned. And the proof—Pete has his own airplane. And he likes her. A lot.

But so does agreeable and devoted, Connor, hotshot soon-to-be DC3 pilot at the local charter company—and scatter-brained Randy, Sonja’s beguiling flying instructor, newly arrived in town with his own laundry basket full of come-ons and shortcomings. 

Along with new friend Annie, from Newfoundland who carries a burden of over-sized baggage of her own, Sonja takes flight on a journey of betrayal, grief, and a hangar full of kerosene-fueled choices. 

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

May
27
11:00 am11:00

Louise Blank: Marigolds & Munchies

Saturday Signing!

Garden lovers guide to Alberta daycations. Wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon? Not sure what direction to head? Marigolds and Munchies breaks it all down. Within each quadrant of the province and its major cities, you will find a list of gardens, garden centers, and local cafes located within close vicinity of each other, or on en route.
 

May
25
7:00 pm19:00

David Poulsen: Dead Air

There’s no such thing as bad press …

Ex-cop turned private detective Mike Cobb is hired as the personal bodyguard of right-wing radio celebrity Buckley-Rand Larmer, who has been receiving a string of vicious, graphic threats. Once again, Cobb recruits crime journalist Adam Cullen, this time to dig into Larmer’s past and find out who might have a grudge against him.

Soon it becomes evident that Cullen and Cobb have more to contend with than the not-so-veiled threats. When Larmer’s associate turns up dead, the broadcaster is charged with the killing, but Cullen believes the murder might be related to a series of suspicious deaths of right-wing media figures going back years. As layers of secrets and lies peel back, Cullen and Cobb have more than Larmer’s guilt or innocence to worry about. A vicious killer is out there somewhere, poised to strike again.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Joshua Pantalleresco: Just Joshing Podcast

Just Joshing live podcast!

Join us for an evening with Joshua Pantalleresco, host of Just Joshing, a literary podcast that features writers and other artists talking about their projects.

Just Joshing live! is a live podcast featuring Robert Bose, Axel Howerton and Vanessa Cardui.   Come here the talk, drink some drinks and enjoy literary talk.

 

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest presents: Omar El Akkad

This event will be held at Memorial Park Library

At Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library’s Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library, Omar El Akkad presents an audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle — a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

 

 

Tickets available through Wordfest

May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Sandra Hurst: Y'Keta

Banished. Cast out. Powerless. Y’keta is exiled to the small village of Esquialt as his father's punishment for his rebellious spirit. Village tradition gives him one Cycle, from spring to spring, to earn the right to stay.
The villagers have a legend about mighty beings called the Waki'tani, mythical lords of the wind and lightning who can shapeshift into human form. Y'keta knows the truth behind these stories. Could there be more to them than just tales shared around the campfire?
If Y'keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their history and traditions apart...but sharing his secrets may be their only hope for survival when Esquialt is threatened by the brutal, ferociously destructive Utlaak.
Loosely based on the Thunderbird of North American legend, Y'keta is an epic fantasy set in an ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars.


… I seriously loved reading this book. The characters all blew me away. They made me laugh at their playfulness and cry at their pain…. Jennifer S.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest presents: Barbara Gowdy

This event will be held at CPL's John Dutton Theatre

Meet the author and explore the limits of the human mind. Barbara Gowdy’s latest fictional tour de force, Little Sister, is an impassioned tale of a woman’s determination to help a stranger, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. Barbara Gowdy is an internationally acclaimed author of seven previous books, including HelplessThe RomanticThe White BoneMister SandmanWe So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels. This Wordfest event is presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and includes an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.

Tickets available through Wordfest

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

ChiSeries YYC

Join us at the Rose & Crown Pub for readings by Adam Dreece, Sarah L. Johnson, and Konn Lavery. Hosted by Axel howerton.

The Chiaroscuro reading series brings you the best voices in horror, fantasy and science fiction each month...in Toronto, Peterborough, Guelph, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary & Vancouver.

May
17
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Hootdunnit Book Club meeting, discussing The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she's still uneasy at Khattak's tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton's death. Drayton's apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattak's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But when she learns that Drayton may have been living under an assumed name, Rachel begins to understand why Khattak is tip-toeing around this case. It soon comes to light that Drayton may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

If that's true, any number of people might have had reason to help Drayton to his death, and a murder investigation could have far-reaching ripples throughout the community. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. Had the specters of Srebrenica returned to haunt Drayton at the end, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man justfall to his death from the Bluffs?

May
16
7:00 pm19:00

A Taste of Local Authors

Join us for another evening of food, live music, and great readings from local authors with host Randy McCharles.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. contact@owlsnestbooks.com or (403) 287-9557

May
15
7:00 pm19:00

The Shady Ladies

May is Short Story Month! Join the Notorious BJH and the Shades (Astrid Blodgett, Lori Hahnel, Barb Howard, and Lee Kvern) in celebrating the shadowy side of short fiction.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Sunglasses encouraged!