WGA at the Metro: AL PURDY WAS HERE
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

WGA at the Metro: AL PURDY WAS HERE

For National Poetry Month, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta celebrates the poet who put the country of Canada into words like no other has before or since. The boxcar riding, beer drinking, A-Frame building, booming voiced, lanky, obstreperous Al Purdy. They’ll be showing the film Al Purdy Was Here, and the events also features live performances by Kat Cameron, Jason Lee Norman, and Thomas Trofimuk as musicians and artists come together to tell the tale of Al Purdy.

We’ll be selling books by and about Al Purdy in the lobby.

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CLC Brown Bag with Lawrence Hill
Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

CLC Brown Bag with Lawrence Hill

Don’t miss this exciting Canadian Literature Centre Brown Bag Lunch reading with bestselling author Lawrence Hill. Author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, Hill has been awarded the Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Price, is a two-time CBC Canada Reads winner and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

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2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Dionne Brand
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture with Dionne Brand

Don’t miss the 2019 CLC Kreisel Lecture to be delivered by Dionne Brand. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Award, will give a lecture titled “The Trouble with Narrative.” Brand will be introduced by bestselling author Lawrence Hill.

A reception and book signing will follow. We’ll be on site to sell books.

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CLC Brown Bag with Joshua Whitehead
Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

CLC Brown Bag with Joshua Whitehead

Don’t miss this Canadian Literature Centre Brown Bag Lunch reading with Joshua Whitehead! Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is the author of the novel Jonny Appleseed (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018), longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prized and a finalist for Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He is also author of the poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017) and the winner of the Governor General’s History Award for the Indigenous Arts and Stories Challenge in 2016. Currently he is working on a PhD in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the University of Calgary’s English department (Treaty 7).

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QUILTBAG Pop-Up
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

QUILTBAG Pop-Up

We're excited to pop-up at The QUILTBAG, an LGBTQ* retail shop carrying queer & trans wares in Edmonton! The shop carries an always changing assortment of custom and curated used & new clothing; accessories like pins, pronoun buttons, patches, stickers; art by local artists; small gifts; and trans gear, including chest binders and compression underwear.

Come visit this super cool retail shop and say hi to us! We'll be there with some books & chapbooks by queer authors.

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Midnight Market at the Brewery
Mar
8
to Mar 9

Midnight Market at the Brewery

  • Polar Parking Brewing Company (map)
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Sip, shop, and dance at the first live DJ Midnight Market to hit the streets of Edmonton! You'll get a sneak peek of the new Polar Park Brewing Company, while you shop local vendors, food, and artisans to get a taste of the best Edmonton has to offer. We’ll be there selling a selection of incredible books!

This is an 18+ ticketed event, and your ticket includes a taste of Polar Park Brewing Company (or a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice), photo booth, and live DJ entertainment.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/midnight-market-at-polar-park-brewing-company-18-tickets-54576236994

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CLC Brown Bag with Amber Dawn
Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

CLC Brown Bag with Amber Dawn

Join us for this Canadian Literature Centre Brown Bag Lunch reading with poet, novelist, and memoirist Amber Dawn.

Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Her debut novel Sub Rosa (2010) won the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction and the Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize. Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (2013) won the Vancouver Book Award. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015) was a finalist for BC Book Award’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is the editor of two queer anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire (2009) and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (2005).

Her sophomore novel, Sodom Road Exit is forthcoming Spring 2018, and probes themes of systemic poverty, trauma, vengeful ghosts and lesbian desire, all set in a failed amusement park town in the early ‘90s.

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Biographies of Place: Literary Tales from Two Alberta Cities
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Biographies of Place: Literary Tales from Two Alberta Cities

Writers Carissa Halton, of Edmonton, and Shaun Hunter, of Calgary, are mapping their cities through the literary arts. Halton's Little Yellow House and Hunter’s Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers are unique books that, through literary snapshots of their communities, introduce readers to Alberta’s two major cities in ways many have never seen before. In these biographies of place, Halton and Hunter uniquely document the people and culture of their respective communities. Join them at The Almanac as they discuss their books and the power of writing place.

We’ll be on site with copies of both books available for purchase at the event.

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