Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

Cancelled: Adam Dreece: The Wizard Killer (Season Two)

This event has been cancelled. 

Kill me with a floating city? You got my attention. But then steal from me and try to burn me alive? You got me thinking.
I think I’m going to find your yigging, walking carcass and introduce it to two friends of mine: pain and vengeance.
By the way, I borrowed a lightning rifle. Don’t worry, I’ll return it… empty.
See you soon,
The Wizard Killer

Adam is also launching Book Five of his Yellow Hoods series on April 9th at The Village.
 

Apr
26
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
1
7:00 pm19:00

G.W. Renshaw: The True Love Affair

Veronica  Chandler  is  a  totally normal Canadian woman. Apart from  being  a  private  investigator,  that  is.  And  several  recent  cases  involving  demons, mythic artifacts, and a really annoying dwarf. She can't trust her latest client, but  somebody  is  on a worldwide  killing  spree  and  she's  the only person qualified to go after them. All  the  rules  change  as  she must  move  heaven  and  hell  to save the world. Again.

Attendees who pre-order the book will receive $2.00 off retail price.

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

May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest presents: Mary Walsh

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

Canadian actress, comedian and social activist Mary Walsh tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age in 1960s Newfoundland. This event includes an on-stage interview followed by a signing of her new book, Crying for the Moon. Hosted by comedian Cory Mack.

 

 

Tickets available through Wordfest

 

May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Lorna Schultz Nicholson: Bent Not Broken

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

May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Owl's Nest presents: Book Club Nights 2017

A perennial favourite with staff and customers alike. Join us for a glass of wine and hear about our favourite reads for books clubs! A handout with more than forty recommendations will be yours to take home.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Please call (403) 287-9557 or email at contact@owlsnestbooks.com 

 

Our second book club night will take place on Tuesday, May 9th

May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest presents: Kelly Oxford

This event will be held at CPL's Memorial Park Library

The author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar returns with a deeper and even funnier new collection of essays about the pleasures and perils of living in Kelly Oxford’s head. At Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library’s Engagement Lab, the author presents her latest work, When You Find Out the World is Against You. Each tickets includes a copy of the book. Hosted by Mike Morrison.

This is a book with ticket event. Tickets available through Wordfest.

May
6
9:00 am09:00

Junior Owlets: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture. 

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

May
6
2:00 pm14:00

Senior Owlets: Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

When Ben Tomlin’s mother brings home his new “baby brother,” an eight-day-old chimpanzee, Ben is far from thrilled. His father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family and moved them halfway across the country, to Victoria, B.C., so he can pursue a high-profile experiment— to determine whether chimpanzees can learn human sign language.

Zan must be raised exactly like a human. He’s dressed in clothes and fed in a high chair and has a room full of toys and books. Ben is soon smitten. Joining the team of students who are helping with the experiment, Ben becomes both researcher and adored older brother.

Within months, Zan learns his first signs and becomes a media sensation. At his new school, Ben’s life seems similarly charmed as he vies for the attentions of the beautiful Jennifer— using his newly acquired scientific observational skills.

But when Project Zan unexpectedly loses its funding, Ben’s father is under huge pressure to either make the experiment succeed or abandon it—and Zan. Unable to convince his father that Zan is now part of the family, Ben must risk everything to save his baby brother from an unimaginable fate.

May
8
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS & Owl's Nest present: 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

For May, the LBCW will be discussing Victory Lap, the first story in George Saunders' short story collection Tenth of December. You are of course welcome and encouraged to read the entire collection but the discussion will focus on the aforementioned story.

In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? 

Registration through AWCS is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins welcome!

May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Book Club Night 2017

A perennial favourite with staff and customers alike. Join us for a glass of wine and hear about our favourite reads for books clubs! A handout with more than forty recommendations will be yours to take home.

RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Please call (403) 287-9557 or email at contact@owlsnestbooks.com 

 

Our first book club night will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd.

May
10
7:00 pm19:00

Jayne Barnard: Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge

A mysterious message from a midnight duelist sends fashion reporter Maddie Hatter to New York’s finest parasol dueling academy, where she foils a daring daylight kidnapping.

The grateful rescuee, only daughter of an American Steamlord, offers Maddie a job as her bodyguard. Soon both young ladies are up to their lace gloves in industrial intrigue and irrepressible street urchins.

Maddie’s clockwork bird faces danger too: hungry owls, curious inventors, even a clockwork foe that hides sneaky tricks behind its jewel-green eyes. From the mansions of Park Avenue to the Statue of Liberty, Maddie hunts a fearless spy and confronts an unexpected power from her past.

Join us for an evening of reading, refreshments, parasol dueling, and live music with special guests Hazel Grey.

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

May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Joanne Ginter: The Fifth Position

The Fifth Position is a well-timed contribution that explores the historically sticky relationship between psychology
and religion. At its core is a fresh perspective on how to approach an increasingly diverse clientele without
neglecting a central aspect of that diversity — the spectrum of belief on matters of religion. A leading expert in
intercultural resiliency, the author shows how to make space for the client’s culture and religion to be a part of the
therapeutic dialogue so that opportunities for the whole self to come forward are expanded. Each chapter covers a
central element in developing intercultural resiliency and pluralism. The author has also designed a series of
activities to increase self-awareness regarding clinical practices and to enable therapists to support clients no matter
their religious traditions or orientations.
 

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

May
12
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen

Please note: we are meeting on a different day than usual for this discussion.  

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of human connection.

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!

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
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
23
7:23 pm19:23

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
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
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
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
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. 

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.

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
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
13
7:00 pm19:00

Karen Bass: Two Times a Traitor

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.

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
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. 

Jun
28
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.
 


Apr
23
7:30 pm19:30

Wordfest presents: Lilly Singh

This event will take place at the Bella Concert Hall.

Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard. Join Wordfest and Penguin Random House for her much-anticipated Calgary appearance at the beautiful Bella Concert Hall. Ticket includes a pre-signed book by Lilly Singh ($32 value!). 

Tickets available through Wordfest

Apr
22
12:00 pm12:00

Saleema Noon: Talk Sex Today

A Saturday Signing event

Not sure what – or how much – information to share with children and teens regarding sex and sexual health? Do you fear what they might ask? Or how to respond to their questions? Or whether you even know the “answers” yourself?

Saleema Noon knows all about these fears and concerns. An expert in sexual health education and stepparent to two teenage daughters herself, she understands the challenges adults face when addressing sensitive topics with their kids.

Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

Agnes Bellegris: Animal Encounters

Saturday signing with kid's author Agnes Bellegris

Author Agnes Bellegris invites readers to notice the large and small creatures that surround us. They create abundance in our world and our lives. The horse, for instance, is fun to pet, but it also carries us on its back and made travel possible before cars and planes existed. The sweet lamb eats grass to stay healthy and, in turn, grows wool that warms our bodies. The graceful cow provides milk for our nourishment. Even the magpie entertains with her colourful squawk! Dogs are loyal friends—unless they see a squirrel. Then, they might go for a run, but they always come back smiling. Donkeys like being fed carrots, and if you’re nice, they might even serenade you with a “hee-haw.” Accompanied by original artwork, every meeting described in Animal Encounters was inspired by the author’s own real life experiences with these wonderful beasts and birds.

Original artwork will be on display and available for purchase.

Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

Stephanie Hrehirchuk: Anna and the Earth Angel

Pria and Alexander laughed at Anna. The whole class laughed at Anna. “You’ll see,” said Anna, “She’s real. And real big too.”


When Anna’s family moves to a new neighborhood where she doesn’t have any friends, Anna sets off to explore the local pond and discovers there’s far more magic in nature than she could have ever imagined. 

While Anna works to restore nature in her story, Anna and the Earth Angel readers help restore nature in Alberta. 

A chapter book for ages 6-9, every print copy sold plants a tree in an Alberta forest. Thank you for helping us grow a forest this Earth Day!

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

Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Wordfest presents: Dick Lit's Trivia

This event will take place on the 2nd floor of CPL's Memorial Park Library

How much do you know about impossible love, Italy, murder and Anne Hathaway? Prove you're the smartest person in the library. Win big-league bragging rights and tasty beverages.

Join the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for the launch of Calgary's most Guilt-Free Trivia Competition. Hosted by Richard Kemick and featuring Glenn Dixon, bestselling author of Juliet's Answer.

Juliet’s Answer is one man’s search for love and the elusive cure for heartbreak. Glenn Dixon travels to Verona, Italy, to become a scribe of Juliet, Shakespeare’s fictional character. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet, letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Saleema Noon: Talk Sex Today

This event will take place on the 5th floor at CPL central downtown library

Not sure what – or how much – information to share with children and teens regarding sex and sexual health? Do you fear what they might ask? Or how to respond to their questions? Or whether you even know the “answers” yourself?

Saleema Noon knows all about these fears and concerns. An expert in sexual health education and stepparent to two teenage daughters herself, she understands the challenges adults face when addressing sensitive topics with their kids.

Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Hootdunnit Book Club meeting, discussing The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.

When a child’s bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk’s north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson. He thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years. It’s a cold case he has never been able to forget, in part because he’s been getting creepy letters about Lucy ever since her disappearance from someone who quotes the Bible and Shakespeare and includes references to ritual and sacrifice. When Ruth proves that the bones are those of an Iron Age girl who died over two thousand years ago, she supposes that this is the end of the story. She’s wrong: it’s just the beginning of a nightmare.

 

Apr
18
7:18 pm19:18

Wordfest presents: Karen Connelly

This event will be held at the Public Engagement Lab at the CPL's Memorial Park Library

Happily married, great career, mother of two. What more could a woman possibly want? Enter The Change Room, by award-winning writer Karen Connelly, and find out. Join us at Wordfest and the Calgary Public Library’s Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library for an evening with the bestselling author of eleven books, spanning non-fiction, fiction and poetry. This event features readings and conversations with the author, followed by a book signing.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Dale Smith: The Unbroken Machine

Everybody thinks that it’s the system that’s broken in politics; but what if it’s not the system that’s broken but rather our understanding of it? The Unbroken Machine seeks to explore our lack of civic literacy and show how our system of democracy should work.

Dale Smith is a freelance journalist in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, writing about politics full-time since the 2008 federal election. He has written for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, the Canadian Press, iPolitics.ca, and the Hill Times. Dale lives in Ottawa.

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

Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest presents: Emma Donoghue & Susin Nielsen

This event will take place in the Calgary Public Library's John Dutton Theatre

Powerhouse storytellers Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen appear before an all-ages audience to present their new novels, each celebrating the love that binds together even the most extraordinary family configurations and unique friendships. Whether you’re twelve or ninety, there’s something for everyone in this inclusive and accessible evening full of laughter, mind-blowing conversations, readings and an audience Q&A.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Apr
9
3:00 pm15:00

Adam Dreece: The Day the Sky Fell (Yellow Hoods #5)

This event takes place at The Village (in Brentwood) 4039 Brentwood Road, NW.
www.TheVillageCalgary.ca

Live music! Prizes! Costumes welcome!

As the shepard watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.

Meanwhile, with the meager remains of the Tub, the Yellow Hoods race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?

The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!

Adam is also launching the second book in his series The Wizard Killer at the store on April 25th.  

Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

Wordfest presents: George Saunders

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

Join Wordfest, Penguin Random House and the Calgary Public Library for the much-anticipated Calgary appearance of George Saunders, who presents his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, at the dawn of the American Civil War. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night and narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, the novel is an exploration of struggle, death, love and the powers of good and evil. This event is hosted by Zsuzsi Gartner.

A bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation, Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo is nothing less than a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices—living and dead, historical and invented—to ask a timeless question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

Saunders is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestsellers Congratulations, by the way and Tenth of December, an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and the critically acclaimed collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Apr
8
2:00 pm14:00

Senior Owlets: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

Junior Owlets: Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And consequently, Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra credit project: find a pen pal in a distant country. But when Abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, complications arise. The elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well, but the only qualified English-speaking student is a boy. And in this village, it’s not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So, Sadeed’s sister will dictate and sign the letters for him. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is...unhealthy?

As letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to each other. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves.

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Mark Elliott has a BFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. He has illustrated a number of book covers, and his work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Guild. Mark lives on a sheep farm in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

 

 

Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: Invisible Dead by Sam Wiebe

Dave Wakeland isn't the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category. Chelsea disappeared eleven years ago, leaving a trail leading towards career criminals and powerful men. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed. 
Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they drive him inexorably, addictively toward danger and the allure of an unsolvable mystery. In this fresh and fast-paced noir thriller, echoing the darkest troubles of our age, a witty and badly bruised new face takes his place in the ranks of the very finest characters in crime fiction

Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

Gisèle Villeneuve: nue et crue lettre au poète disparu

When I was fifteen and without my knowledge, my grandfather showed some of my fiction writing to Alfred DesRochers. The Québécois poet then sent me a letter of praise and support. Not believing his encouragement, I never replied. In my writer’s notebook, nue et crue lettre au poète disparu (roughly translated as naked and raw a letter to the dead poet), I initiate a dialogue with the now dead poet, thus correcting a fifty-year-old omission. In fragments of prose and poetry, non-fiction and fiction, le carnet muses on a multitude of subjects, such as writing, mountains, life in Calgary, early life in Montréal, languages, and what the mountain is teaching the writer.



Le 13 avril 1966, le poète québécois Alfred DesRochers a la gentillesse d’adresser une lettre à l’adolescente qui voulait écrire, lettre restée sans réponse pendant cinquante ans parce que la jeune fille d’alors n’avait pas cru à l’encouragement et aux compliments du poète. Longtemps retardée, la réponse surgit enfin de Calgary et un dialogue entre l’écrivaine et le poète disparu s’établit. On parle entre autres de la vie out there, du geste d’écrire (espace de solitude) et du monde de l’édition (place publique), et de ce que la montagne enseigne à l’écriture dans cet ailleurs qui a provoqué un profond changement d’attitude avec le changement d’altitude.

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

Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS Presents: Writer's 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. 

Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ron Friedman: Escape Velocity

Toward the end of the twenty first century we establish space colonies throughout the Solar System. A settlement on Titan, a city on Mars and thriving asteroid-belt mining facilities. At that point, Earth experiences a global catastrophic collapse. No chance to resupply!

Can the space colonies survive?

-Eight stories

-Seven Honorable Mentions in Writers Of The Future contest

-Five originals

-Three previously published

-One Prix Aurora Awards finalist

-Zero. All engines running. We have lift off... Will humanity reach escape velocity?

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

 

Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest Presents: Cecilia Eckback

This event will take place at the CPL's Memorial Park Library

Spend a spine-chilling evening at Wordfest’s engagement lab at Memorial Park Library with author Cecilia Ekbäck, as she takes the crime genre to new heights with a presentation of her latest novel, The Midnight Sun. From the acclaimed author of Wolf Winter (Wordfest 2015) comes a new story with all the intrigue and atmosphere of Burial Rites and the suspense of The Tenderness of Wolves. This event features an on-stage interview, reading and book signing.

 

Tickets available though Wordfest

Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: Keep the Midnight Out by Alex Gray

Hootdunnit Book Club meeting, discussing Keep the Midnight Out by Alex Gray. 

When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.

As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.

As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Susan Calder: Ten Days in Summer

Calgary, Alberta, gears up for its ten-day Stampede festival. When a hoarder dies in a suspicious house fire, adjuster Paula Savard sets the revelry aside to handle the property insurance claim. But Paula’s interviews with the hoarder’s bickering heirs raise questions. What are they hiding from each other and the police? Are they trying to help or to sabotage the investigation? Did one of them set the blaze to kill a relative and hasten an inheritance?

The case turns personal when Paula’s daughter becomes involved with a suspect and moves into his home. If Paula learns the truth, she can ensure her daughter’s safety. While the police are occupied with keeping order during the Stampede, Paula digs through the hoarder’s life. She unearths betrayal, murder and a long-ago secret that led to his death. Exposing the truth would put Paula at risk, but free a troubled family.

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

Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

AWCS & Owl's Nest Present: The 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

First meeting of the LBCW will be discussing The Vegetarian by Han Kang, a short novel translated from Korean and winner of the 2016 Booker International Prize.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares.
Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

Owl’s Nest Books is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all LBCW selections.

Registration is appreciated but not required. Contact AWCS office at info@alexandrawriters.org to register.

Any questions about the LBCW can be directed to: Olyn Ozbick olynozbick@gmail.com or Sarah Johnson sarah,misfit@gmail.com

Mar
11
11:00 am11:00

Amanda Audit: My Family & Yours

Join us for a Saturday Signing with local author Amanda Audit

As featured on Huffington Post, My Family & Yours is picture book about all different kinds of families, written for parents and children by professional early childhood caregiver and author Amanda Audit.

Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest Presents: Heather O'Neill

Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author.

Exquisitely imagined and hypnotically told, The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. Set in the early part of the 20th Century, it is an unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose fortune hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to escape one's origins. It might also take true love.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Jim Jackson: How to Tell a Really Good Story

5 Ways to Change Your Life through your Story (and How to Tell it)

You can craft gripping, memorable tales, but instead of using the power of story to get your spouse to stop leaving his socks on the floor, you nag. Instead of using a really good story to get your family to recycle more, you hector and lecture.

Sound familiar?

Jim Jackson, author of How to Tell a Really Good Story about Absolutely Anything in 4 Easy Steps, leads an interactive workshop where you use your natural storytelling ability to help make your life easier, more awesome and more authentically yours.

We’ll look at how a really good story can help you:

-          present your ideas

-          cut through all the bulls&%$

-          influence and cajole

-          market yourself

-          craft your personal brand

Come on down. Tell your story. 

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

Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Harrison: On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood

In his final years, Richard Harrison's father suffered from a form of dementia, but he died without ever forgetting the poems he had memorized as a student and had taught to Richard as a child. In 2013, the poet feared his father's ashes had been lost in the flood water that ravaged Alberta?a crisis that would become the inciting event and central theme of this collection. Combining elements of memoir, elegy, lyrical essay and personal correspondence with appreciations of literary works ranging from haiku to comic books, Richard Harrison has written a book of great intellectual depth that is as generous as it is enchanting.

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

Mar
4
2:00 pm14:00

Senior Owlets: Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Donovan, whose real gift is getting into trouble, finds himself at an academy for gifted students!

Donovan is definitely skilled . . . at getting into trouble. And when one of his thoughtless pranks accidentally destroys the school gym during the Big Game, with the superintendent watching, he knows he's in for it. Suspension at best, maybe expulsion. Either way, a lawsuit and paying for damages. But through a strange chain of events, his name gets put on the list for the local school for gifted students: the Academy for Scholastic Distinction. Donovan knows he's not a genius, but he can't miss this chance to escape.

Now, he has to figure out a way to stay at ASD - and fit in with the kids there. And who knows, maybe his real gift will come to light . . .

A new story from the master of middle-grade and YA humour Gordon Korman, Ungifted is a funny exploration of the special (and often surprising) talents that make each of us gifted in our own way.

Mar
4
9:00 am09:00

Junior Owlets: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!

When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?