Feb
27
7:00 pm19:00

Sandra Dosdall: Her

Only a select few can remember their own birth, learn a new language in the space of a lunch hour, or speak to the dead; She is one of them. She is an extraordinary child with a huge heart and wisdom that goes beyond anything that most adult minds can comprehend.

Circumstance takes Her and her family on a journey far from everything She knows; there She tries to adapt to a new life. She soon meets Mary Mack, a confidant; who takes a special interest in Her. She's aware that She is different from other children, but little does She know that greater powers are at play, conspiring to keep Her safe in what turns out to be a very turbulent time in Her life.

She was sent to save Mother Earth; Her protectors will ensure Her safe passage to maturity, in which time She will fulfil God's plan for a new world.

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

Mar
2
7:30 pm19:30

Wordfest Presents: Madeline Ashby

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

Join CBC’s Russell Bowers for a one-night-only event with author Madeline Ashby in Wordfest’s Engagement Lab on the 2nd Floor of Memorial Park Library. Doors open at 6:30pm. The event begins at 7:30pm.

Ashby presents her Canada Reads finalist book, Company TownWhether you’ve read the book already or are looking to discover more about Ashby work and her inspiration, come ready to ask questions. Select audience members will also have an opportunity to win a set of books from the 2017 Canada Reads Finalists!

This event is a co-presentation by CBC Calgary and Wordfest. Admission is free of charge, but an RSVP through Eventbrite is required by all patrons, including Wordfest Platinum Pass Holders wishing to attend. Admission without an RSVP is not guaranteed.

Mar
3
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: 1984 by George Orwell

One of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . . Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

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?

Mar
4
11:00 am11:00

Laura Lovett: Losing Cadence

This event has been cancelled. 

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.

 

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
15
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.

 

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
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. 

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

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
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
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
19
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?

May
4
7:00 pm19:00

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

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
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
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
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

Chris Leigh-Smith: Bully Proof

We have all been affected by violence, intimidation, and bullying to some degree. Children are especially vulnerable to the lasting pain and trauma of these experiences. When we give them the tools and understanding to become assertive and self-aware, however, bullying can become a blessing in disguise: a powerful opportunity for personal growth.
Choosing to respond to bullying mindfully, in spite of their fears, is the beginning of a journey into true freedom. We can coach our children awareness of bullying dynamics, and teach them the social and emotional skills to thrive in a world where bullies have always existed. With our help, our children can develop the confidence, courage, and knowledge to alter their experiences and excel in life.
Bully Proof, The Gift of Self-Esteem provides parents, educators, and coaches with concepts and practical strategies to help guide children on the path to letting go of fear and embracing personal growth, inviting the reader on a journey of self-leadership that goes way beyond being competent with bullies; it shows us how to build a foundation for peace and happiness.

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

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

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
21
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

Hootdunnit Book Club Meeting, discussing The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

In beautiful, crumbling Old Havana, Canadian detective Mike Ellis hopes the sun and sand will help save his troubled marriage. He doesn’t yet know that it’s dead in the water—much like the little Cuban boy last seen begging the Canadian couple for a few pesos on the world famous Malecon. For Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Cuban National Revolutionary Police, finding his prime suspect isn’t a problem—Cuban law is. He has only seventy-two hours to secure an indictment and prevent a vicious killer from leaving the island. But Ramirez also has his own troubles to worry about. He’s dying of the same dementia that killed his grandmother, an incurable disease that makes him see the ghosts of victims of unsolved murders. As he races against time, the dead haunt his every step …


Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

FreeFall Magazine: 2016 Chapbook launch

Join us for the launch of FreeFall Magazine's 2016 chapbook. Featuring readings from...

Bob Stallworthy

Joan Shillington

Betty Jane Hegerat

Richard Harrison

Rosemary Griebel

and our own poet Laureate, Micheline Maylor

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

Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest Presents: Terry O'Reilly

This event will be held at the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Theatre

For over a decade on CBC Radio, Terry O’Reilly has covered countless marketing topics, from the origins of modern marketing to how the advertising industry invented the happy housewife. Following his bestselling, Age of Persuasion, in This I Know: Marketing Lessons Under The Influence O’Reilly tackles the question: How does a little business compete with the big guys? After decades at the helm of an award-winning advertising production company, and over a decade exploring the art and science of marketing for the hit CBC Radio series, Under the Influence, O’Reilly delivers all the answers they — and anyone with something to sell — ever wanted to know.

This event features an on-stage interview, audience Q&A and book signing. Books by Terry O’Reilly will be available for purchase at the venue after the event.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Feb
22
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. 

Feb
18
11:00 am11:00

Re' Peters: Your House, Your Choice

Saturday Signing with Re' Peters

SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS...of your older house.

Who do you know who owns a house that is 15 years of age or older? What would it be like to have the total confidence that whatever is going on with your house, you are fully prepared to sleep like a baby at night?
 With direct experience buying several millions of dollars in real estate since 2008, this expert real estate entrepreneur has seen time and time again how homeowners are often blindsided by major repairs simply because they weren't aware of what was happening around them

Re' Peters uses stories and practical tips to walk you through and through on just about everything pertaining to your older house. In this Best-Selling book, you will learn how to identify and slow down the aging process of your house, how to successfully deal with contractors, what to look for in choosing a real estate agent (if you wanted to sell) and much more...
 
This is your house and it is your choice but not all choices will take you where you want to end up. If you want to take full control over your older house and not the other way around, this is the book for you.

Note: 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the first half a million copies sold Canada wide, will be donated to The Salvation Army.

Feb
15
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Hootdunnit Book Club meeting discussing The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Four days later, Louise Rick still had no answers. 

The body of an unidentified woman was discovered in a local forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should have made the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. As the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, Louise risks involving the media by releasing a photo of the victim, hoping to find someone who knew her.

Louise's gamble pays off: an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago. 

Aided by her friend journalist Camilla Lind, Louise finds that the investigation takes a surprising and unsettling turn when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed--and hidden--in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

Feb
14
7:00 pm19:00

Bloody Offensive: Getting Nasty in the Nest

The Valentine's Day date night you don't want to miss. Bring your main squeeze or just treat yourself to an evening of risque cocktails and gritty dirty no-holds-barred readings from a great lineup of local authors.

 

Featuring the following menaces to polite society...

Axel Howerton - author of Furr and Hot Sinatra

Robin van Eck - the one to call when you need to move a body

Jim Jackson - author of How to Tell a Really Good Story About Absolutely Anything

Laurie Zottman - author of Dark Little Therapist

Nick Friesen - has a murder room in his basement

Sarah L. Johnson - author of Suicide Stitch

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

For those looking to grab a bite before attending the event, the amazingly delicious Ratatouille Bistro is graciously offering a 10% discount to Bloody Offensive attendees.

 

 

 

 

Feb
13
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest Presents: Eden Robinson

*Feb. 13th Venue Change. This event will be held at the CPL's Memorial Park Lirary

Everyone knows a guy like Jared: the burnout kid in high school who sells weed cookies and has a scary mom who’s often wasted and wielding some kind of weapon. Jared does smoke and drink too much, and he does make the best cookies in town, and his mom is a mess, but he’s also a kid who has an immense capacity for compassion and an impulse to watch over people more than twice his age, and he can’t rely on anyone for consistent love and support, except for his flatulent pit bull, Baby Killer (he calls her Baby)–and now she’s dead.

Jared can’t count on his mom to stay sober and stick around to take care of him. He can’t rely on his dad to pay the bills and support his new wife and step-daughter. Jared is only sixteen but feels like he is the one who must stabilize his family’s life, even look out for his elderly neighbours. But he struggles to keep everything afloat…and sometimes he blacks out. And he puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he’s the son of a trickster, that he isn’t human. Mind you, ravens speak to him–even when he’s not stoned.

You think you know Jared, but you don’t.

Tickets available through Wordfest

Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

Cea Sunrise Person: Nearly Normal

A follow up to her bestselling memoir North of Normal.

At the age of thirty-seven, Cea has built a life that looks like the normal one she craved as a child—husband, young son, beautiful house, enviable career. But her carefully art-directed world is about to crumble around her. As she confronts the death of her still-young mother, the disintegration of her second marriage and the demise of her business, all within just a few months, she finally faces the need to look at her past to make sense of her present. But even as she bares her soul through writing a memoir, stories too difficult to reveal fail to make it to the page. 

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

Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

Dennis McConaghy: Dysfunction: Canada After Keystone XL

An investigation of the history and demise of the most controversial North American energy infrastructure project.



In 2015, President Barack Obama denied approval for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, which would have carried crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, providing great economic benefit to Canada. Over seven years of regulatory process, environmental activism, and media attention, the project had become infamous, a cause célèbre for North America’s ENGO movement and a test of Obama’s bona fides in the face of global climate change risk.

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

Feb
4
2:00 pm14:00

Senior Owlets: Calvin by Martine Leavitt

In the town of Leamington, Ontario, a seventeen-year-old boy is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode and wakes up in hospital. The boy’s name is Calvin, and he is plagued by hallucinations.

As the hallucinations persist, Calvin comes to believe that the answer lies in performing one grand and incredible gesture.

And so he decides to walk across Lake Erie. In January. The temperatures have been below freezing for weeks. The ice should hold...

The lake, it turns out, is more marvelous, and more treacherous, than Calvin had ever imagined — populated by abandoned cars (joy ride!), ice-fishing eccentrics, psychokiller snow beings, and a not-so-mythical sea witch named Jenny Greenteeth.

Not to mention the man-eating tiger that looms just out of his sight lines as he treks.

But the biggest surprise of all is that Calvin finds himself accompanied by Susie, the girl of his dreams. Or is it his dreams that have conjured up Susie?

Part romance, part adventure story, part quest novel, Martine Leavitt brings her inimitable gentle wit, humor and compassion to a story about a teenaged boy struggling to gain control of his own mind and destiny.

Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

Christopher Cromwell: The Note

Saturday Signing

Bertrand is a street musician who’s often found screaming on the boulevards and squares of Amsterdam. Most chose to ignore him…that is, until his synapses line up giving him the ability to make music that is divined from the ether. It’s been said that music is one of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain. Could Bertrand’s music be a conduit to our shared celestial mind—the medium bridging the conscious to the unconscious world? Many of the Gypsies and Street-people who follow him like a God believe so.

What they don’t know, is that Bertrand was a child prodigy back in the U.S., a child of wealthy New Yorkers with an inheritance that others want to take charge of. They want him back on his meds that control his schizophrenia and render him docile, meds that close the door to his musical genius…and his ability to touch others to the very core of their being.

Christopher takes you into the depths of Bertrand’s world, a world sizzling with music and the characters on the fringe that make it on its most primal level. And alternately, into the world of those that could care less, whose only motivation is money.

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

Feb
4
9:00 am09:00

Junior Owlets: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.
Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”
Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.

Feb
2
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: The Book Thief by Markus Zukas

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

M. Jane Colette: More Than a Guilty Pleasure

Romance and erotica as an antidote to cyber-porn. An evening of discussion.

Do you read romance novels apologetically, under the covers—secretly on your e-reader, so no one catches you at your guilty pleasure? Stop. And join M. Jane Colette, author of the steamy erotic romance Tell Me and the non-fiction essay collectionon language and writing CvP, Alyssa Linn Palmer, author ofnoir romance and gay and lesbian fiction such as award-winning Midnight at the Orpheus, and members of the Calgary chapter of the Romance Writers of America in a spirited discussion of why reading (and writing ) romance and erotica is important in an age of plentiful porn. We promise, you’ll never look at ‘bodice rippers’ the same way again—and you might be inspired to start writing one of your own.

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

Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

Wordfest Presents: Stephen Shawcross

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

It’s the summer of 1969, the summer of love. Amidst the excitement of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk, hosers Ralph and Billy decide to hitchhike to Woodstock, 3 days of peace and music in White Lake, New York. Along the way they encounter situations and circumstances that challenge their small town sensibilities, along with a host of archetypal characters: hipsters, iconoclasts and freaks; hucksters, smugglers and charlatans; bikers, flower children and purveyors of new age enlightenment. Their epic journey of a thousand misadventures perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the era in all its attendant grooviness as they edge inexorably to their intended destination.

This is a free event for attendees who RSVP through Wordfest

Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Irene Bryant: Finding Hope

What would you do if the doctors told you that you only have a few months to live? Would you believe them, give up hope, go home and die? OR, would you FIGHT for your LIFE? Would you declare over yourself, "I will not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD"? Psalm 118:17 Irene Bryant shares her remarkable story of healing from stage IV throat cancer in her personal account of what faith does to give us the will to live. 

Jan
25
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. 

Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

Susan MacGregor: The Tattooed Witch Trilogy

When Miriam Medina and her father are accused by the Inquisition of murdering a high priest, Miriam knows justice is impossible. Their accuser, the Grand Inquisitor, is in fact, the real murderer. Miriam’s only hope is to resort to her long dead mother’s magical legacy: the resurrection of the dead through a magical tattoo.

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

 

 

Jan
18
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: Serpents Rising by David A. Poulsen

Hootdunnit Book Club Meeting, discussing Serpents Rising by David A. Poulsen

A private investigator and a journalist take on a ruthless gang in Calgary to rescue a runaway and find justice for themselves. 

In 2005, journalist Adam Cullen’s wife, Donna, is killed by an arsonist. In desperation after police, fire department, and insurance investigators all give up trying to find the culprit, Cullen hires private detective Mike Cobb, but he, too, is stymied. Seven years later, Cobb re-enters Cullen’s life. A search for a crack-addicted teenage runaway is tangled up with Calgary’s most ruthless criminal organization — and a possible lead on Donna’s killer.

 The parallel investigations take the two onto Calgary’s meanest streets, populated by a vicious biker gang, a silky-smooth pedophile, and an assortment of people who aren’t at all what they seem.

 As they weave their way through long-buried secrets, Cullen and Cobb will come face-to-face with a cruelty they could never have expected … and a killer about to strike again. 

Jan
10
7:00 pm19:00

David Poulsen: And Then the Sky Exploded

This event will be held at the Japanese Community Association

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends … somehow.
 

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.
 

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it’s a stupid idea, that there’s nothing he can do. And maybe they’re right.

But maybe, just maybe … they’re wrong.

Jan
5
7:00 pm19:00

O.W.L.S.: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix-Sweeney

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

Jan
3
7:00 pm19:00

Jeff Willerton: Fix Canada

FIX CANADA is a collection of essays on the political issues of our day, followed by updates on the issues contained therein. And there's just enough history in it to tie it all together and make politics make sense. It's about where we were, where we are, and where we're going. Though poli-sci buffs are amazed by what they find in it, a twelve year old could understand it. Be warned: though easily read and hard to put down, political correctness doesn't live here.

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

Dec
17
1:00 pm13:00

Danielle Jensen: Warrior Witch, the Malediction Trilogy

Join USA Today Bestselling local YA author Danielle Jensen for a special Saturday Signing at the Nest!

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.

 

Dec
14
7:00 pm19:00

Hootdunnit: The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Jackson Sharp

Hootdunnit Book Club meeting, discussing The Twelve Deaths of Christmas by Jackson Sharp. (Please note that Hootdunnit now meets at 7:00pm. Also note that the December meeting is a week early to accommodate the holiday madness.)

The second seasonal thriller from author Jackson Sharp, this time introducing DI Kerry Cox. It's Christmas, but Detective Inspector Kerry Cox is not celebrating. The holiday season is usually tough for Cox, but this year she's preparing to face down the ramifications of her most recent investigation: a fumbled child trafficking case. Distraction comes when the body of a retired ex-policeman is found, and DI Cox refuses to buy that it's a suicide. Despite warnings and pressures, she follows the trail stubbornly. Teaming up with the journalist, and ex-lover, who almost ruined her career, their investigations uncover a sinister network of paedophiles operating many years before. The killer they are hunting is desperate for revenge, revenge against those who evaded punishment all those years before. And as the bodies and historical evidence mount up, DI Cox's focus is torn between tracking down the serial killer, and bringing the upper echelons of British society to justice . . .

Dec
11
1:00 pm13:00

Diana Frost: Coloring it Forward

Join us for a Sunday Signing with Diana Frost

Colouring It Forward -- Discover Blackfoot Nation Art and Wisdom is more than just a colouring book. It contains authentic artwork from Blackfoot artists and teachings from the Blackfoot culture by a Blackfoot elder. It is the first in a series of books which will each be focused on a different First Nation and its art and teachings. For this first book in the series, I’ve had the privilege of working with Blackfoot Elder Camille Pablo Russell to gather traditional wisdom and with the incredibly talented Blackfoot artists Kalum Teke Dan and Ryan Jason Allen Willert, all of whom have been very generous and giving of their time. Inside this colouring book, you will find the Elder’s teachings and the stunning images created by Kalum and Ryan, which have been recreated for you to add your own artistic touch. With each image is a place for you to journal as you colour.

Dec
10
1:00 pm13:00

Eugene Stickland: The Piano Teacher

A reclusive and eccentric concert pianist is asked to teach piano lessons to a 7 year old girl. This and an upcoming concert he agrees to play draw him back into the real world.

 

Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

Taste of Local Authors!

Join us for a feast of literary entertainment with readings, refreshments, and live music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

Rachel Fawdry: Missing You Series

Missing You at Bedtime, Daddy is a bedtime book for parents who are unable to be at home with their children at night. The book goes through the bedtime routine while the child pretends that their missing parent is there with them. Starting with bath time, the children wash, play in the bath, brush their teeth, put on their pajamas and read a story with their parent. The addition of personalized photos allows the child to see their missing parent help put them to bed every night, despite being away. The best part of Missing You at Bedtime is that it allows parents to express to their children how much they are loved and missed. With a combination of engaging narrative, beautiful artwork, and an ability to add personalized photos, these books are the perfect way to connect families, despite the distance between them.

Missing You at Bedtime, Mommy is a bedtime book for parents who are unable to be at home with their children at night. The book goes through the bedtime routine while the child pretends that their missing parent is there with them. Starting with bath time, the children wash, play in the bath, brush their teeth, put on their pajamas and read a story with their parent. The addition of personalized photos allows the child to see their missing parent help put them to bed every night, despite being away. The best part of Missing You at Bedtime is that it allows parents to express to their children how much they are loved and missed.  With a combination of engaging narrative, beautiful artwork, and an ability to add personalized photos, these books are the perfect way to connect families, despite the distance between them.

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

Dec
6
7:00 pm19:00

Neil Enock: Doc Christmas

A fun-filled evening full of holiday magic!

Doctor Archibald Stevens' must overcome his reclusive ways and rejoin his family to rescue Christmas from a man-made peril at the North Pole. Trains, magic, flying cars and the high-tech elves will help but only the Doc's very real science can save the day. Even then, he will have to go further, until he and his family discover the real reason that there is a train around the tree at Christmas time.

 

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

Dec
5
7:00 pm19:00

Catherine Milos: Demons and Destiny & Jennifer Snow: Maybe This Time

Demons and Destiny

What else are friends for if not to help you defeat a deranged, reincarnated, evil Viking Shaman working for a lazy, lesser Celtic god? Ex-Angel Tyrel Hanson is cursed. He must send all demons back to Hell before he can be with the woman he loves. The mission is enough to drive him to darkness. Elizabeth McAllistar discovers she is magic-blind. A dangerous condition which could end up killing her and her best-friend Madison. Madison Porter is a scientist. When she suddenly discovers she has magic and a past-life with Tyrel her world is thrown into chaos. Her magic might be the only thing that can free Tyrel from his cursed destiny and keep them all alive.

Maybe This Time

Starting over means a second chance . . .  Abigail Jansen is done with hockey . . . and hockey players. After leaving her two-timing NHL-star husband, Abby decides to start over in her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado. There she doesn't have to deal with people gossiping behind her back or hear the word "hockey"---until her daughter tries out for the junior hockey team. Now Abby has to face her fears . . . and coach Jackson Westmore. He's tall, dark, handsome---and happens to hate her.

All through high school, talented hockey player Jackson Westmore had a crush on Abby, but he would never make a move on his best friend's girl. He gave her the cold shoulder out of self-preservation and worked out his frustrations on the ice. So when Abby returns, newly divorced and still sexy as hell, Jackson knows he's in trouble. Now even the best defensive skills might not keep him from losing his heart . . .

 

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