Literary Events in Edmonton

There's a lot going on in E-town and EPL is happy to be a part of it. In addition to the awesome programs we initiate and deliver in our branches, we are also proud supporters and sponsors of many extraordinary literary events that happen throughout the year.

Calling all Alberta authors...

The Edmonton Public Library's Alberta Readers' Choice Award is back for a fifth year!. Last year, we saw five terrific books and their Alberta-based authors duke it out for the $10,000 prize. In the end it was an extremely close race and Fran Kimmel took home the award for her novel, The Shore Girl.

It's time once again for Alberta authors to submit your books for the 2014 Alberta Readers' Choice Award!

Submit yours before December 31, 2013.

Click here for all the details.

  

 

LitFest is a sprawling, joyous celebration of great writing about real things. We combine performances, panels, workshops and multi-disciplinary events, both at the Milner Library and throughout the capital region.  We showcase dozens of Edmonton authors each year, and offer workshops and panels to help develop the local writing community.

LitFest 2014 runs October 16-26.  Below are the events offered at the Stanley A. Milner Library.  Click here for a full listing of this year's events.
 

Date / TimeEvent Description

Sat. Oct. 18

7 p.m.

Conversation with a Dead Man
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

A candid discussion with Mark Abley on his book Conversations With A Dead Man, which imagines Abley confronting the ghost of infamous Canadian politician and poet, Duncan Campbell Scott (also known as the father of Canada’s residential school system). A creative performance in response to the book from Edmonton’s aboriginal community will follow, along with an audience Q&A session with the author and artists. Hosted by Anna Marie Sewell

Sun. Oct. 19

2 p.m.

Just Words
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Join Rashmi Kumar, Janelle Aker, Tanya Kappo and this year’s Greber Award winner--to be announced at this event--in a discussion about social justice writing and its relevance to actual contributions in social change. Hosted by Michael Phair. 

Tues. Oct. 21

7 p.m.

NeWest Celebrates Rudy Wiebe
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

NeWest Press celebrates Canadian literary icon Rudy Wiebe on his eightieth birthday. Over more than fifty years, as an author, mentor, editor, and member and President of the board of NeWest Press, Rudy has been a major force for prose fiction and nonfiction in Edmonton and across Canada. This evening three of Canada's foremost writers with a long-time affiliation with the Press — Aritha Van Herk, Thomas Wharton, and Myrna Kostash — speak to Rudy's accomplishments, and Rudy himself speaks about his experiences and his most recent work.

Wed. Oct. 22

7 p.m.

The Social Life of Ink - Book Launch
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Ted Bishop has made a career of investigating original texts, poring over stains on paper made by some of the greatest minds in literature. But what of the ink itself? The Social Life of Ink asks us to look more closely at something we see so often that we don’t see it at all. This launch combines readings and stories with a hands-on ink-making and calligraphic activities. Hosted by Todd Babiak.

Thurs. Oct. 23

7:30 p.m.

And Home Was Kariakoo
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

From two-time Giller Prize winner and a Governor General’s Award winner for nonfiction, M.G. Vassanji pens a poignant love letter to his birthplace and homeland, East Africa. Part travelogue, part memoir, and part history-rarely-told, here is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land. Hosted by Judy Schultz.

Fri. Oct. 24

7 p.m.

Free Magic Secrets Revealed
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Mark Leiren-Young won a Leacock Medal for his first memoir, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen. Now he mines more comic gold with his coming-of-age account in Free Magic Secrets Revealed, where stories about the excesses of youth and the seedier side of the world of stage magic lead to a more somber understanding of the links between maturity and the loss of illusions. This conversation is presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch.

Sat. Oct. 25

10 a.m.

Real Funny - Workshop
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Want to know how to incorporate humour into your writing? At this workshop, you will learn humour techniques from one of the masters. Leacock-winner Mark Leiren-Young guides this intensive workshop on humour writing, sharing tips, ideas, and techniques that he has developed from his own works.

This workshop – six hours, with a meal break – is presented in partnership with the Canadian Authors Association, Alberta Branch. 

Sat. Oct. 25

2 p.m.

Convincing Editors to Take a Chance on You - AMPA Workshop
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Bruce Grierson shares his expertise on selling story ideas to editors. From coming up with a good idea to formulating the perfect pitch, in this two-hour talk Grierson will help to answer the question so many young magazine writers are faced with: How do I break in? (“Apart from having the patience of Job, there are some actual concrete tricks and techniques that improve your chances,” says Grierson, a five-time National Magazine Award winner). Presented in partnership with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Sun. Oct. 26

2 p.m

Standout Copy - Workshop
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Got a script, but not a voice? Want to get into writing for radio or podcasts? This is a workshop for nonfiction writers seeking to adapt their work to audio essay format, with journalist and author Mark Leiren-Young. Presented in partnership with CJSR.

Sun. Oct. 26

2 p.m

Eureka! A Panel on Science Writing
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

Bruce Grierson (author of What Makes Olga Run?) and Bob McDonald (of CBC's Quirks and Quarks) come together to speak about the challenges of condensing jargon, inconclusive results, and dense concepts into passionate and accessible writing. Hosted by Andrea Anderson. 

Sun. Oct. 26

3 p.m

EPL Sunday Writers Series - Jane Christmas
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre and Centennial Room

A fun conversation with travel memoirist Jane Christmas on writing and her wily, globe-gallivanting ways, hosted by the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence, Jason Lee Norman. A free event, presented as part of EPL’s Sunday Writers Series. 

For a complete listing of events at all venues, visit http://www.litfestalberta.com/Venues.


EPL is a proud sponsor of the Edmonton Poetry Festival hosting several events during this week-long festival from April 25 to May 1, 2011.

 

Schedule of Events at Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown)

DateEvent
Tuesday, April 26

Poetry Central - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Foyer
Poetry Central is the heart of the festival in the heart of the city. It’s for poets, passersby, and anybody who identifies with any other label (or not). 

Youth Showcase - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre
Come and hear the next generation of performance poets. This showcase reveals the talents of a group of young poets that has been learning the ropes in a series of workshops with some of Edmonton’s top performers, including Cadence Weapon and members of the Edmonton slam team, Mary Pinkoski, Chris Krueger, and Ben Chu. Come and cheer them on.

Launch to the Moon - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre
Here’s a super-hot presentation by two of North America’s best-known names in spoken word: Sheri-D Wilson and Regie Cabico. They’re launching the brand-new Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach, which will be the Go-To resource for Spoken Word Poetry.

Wednesday, April 27Poetry Central - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Foyer
Poetry Central is the heart of the festival in the heart of the city. It’s for poets, passersby, and anybody who identifies with any other label (or not). 
Thursday, April 28

Poetry Central - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Foyer
Poetry Central is the heart of the festival in the heart of the city. It’s for poets, passersby, and anybody who identifies with any other label (or not). 

Video Virality - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Theatre
The poetry video opens up whole new ways to combine words and images and connect them to audiences. This session will feature Tanya Davis, whose “How to be alone” video has logged more than 2.5 million hits, and Edmonton’s own Kath MacLean.

Friday, April 29Poetry Central - 11:30am to 1:30pm
Stanley A. Milner Library - Foyer
Poetry Central is the heart of the festival in the heart of the city. It’s for poets, passersby, and anybody who identifies with any other label (or not). 
Saturday, April 30

Words Out Loud: Find Your Own Performance Style - 9:30am to 11:30am
Stanley A. Milner Library
***This workshop is now full***
Performance workshop with master performer John Leppard. “Spoken word is not an all-or-nothing thing,” says workshop leader John Leppard. “There are gradations and progressions. This workshop will help you figure out what spoken word techniques are and how to tailor them for yourself.”

Writing Under the Influence - 9:30am to 12:15pm (Session 1)
Stanley A. Milner Library
Writing Under the Influence
This poetry workshop will explore the intoxication that comes from drinking the wine of a different tavern. Fall under the spell of Sufi poetry, create spontaneous work and perform in the moment. Moving through the senses to the sixth sense, this workshop will also include a short introduction to the dance of the Whirling Dervish. Requirements: Passion, Patience, Paper, Pencil, relaxed clothing and good socks.

Writing Under the Influence - 1:30am to 4:15pm (Session 2)
Stanley A. Milner Library
Turning Point Performance
Examine a personal transition point and transform it into artistic expression. Through guided meditation and writing exercises, produce a polished piece of poetry, get tips on the music of language and present the work in a non-competitive “Alphabet SLAM.” Requirements: Passion, Patience, Paper, Pencil, Mind, Body and Voice.

Writing Under the Influence (both sessions) is presented by the Canadian Authors Association in collaboration with the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Workshop fee for each session is $20 for members of the CAA and the Edmonton Poetry Festival Society, or $35 for non-members.

Advance registration is required. Register for this workshop here.

Festival History

The Edmonton Poetry Festival kicked off in 2006, with the help of Edmonton’s then-poet-laureate Alice Major and an organizing committee representing a wide range of poetry groups in the city. TELUS came on board as the founding sponsor. Victoria School for the Arts held its hugely successful poetry day, with dozens of local poets in classrooms and the Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Pauline Michel in the school theatre.

A passle of other poets laureate descended on the festival, including Dolores Bell of Washington, D.C., Louise Halfe of Saskatchewan and Lorri Neilen Glenn of Halifax. There was Concrete Poetry — poems chalked all over Sir Winston Churchill Square — and the Roar’s big pub crawl. And there was the first ever Blinks poetry event — sixty poets, 30 seconds each — organized by the Stroll of Poets Society.

The 2007 festival got even bigger, thanks to a funding boost from Edmonton’s Cultural Capital Program. TELUS continued its support. That allowed us to stage a symposium, bringing in people like U.S. slam poet, Jack McCarthy. The school program exapnded to seven schools, Poets Blinked, Roared and did Stand-up Poetry on street corners.

For more information and details about the festival schedule, visit www.edmontonpoetryfestival.com

Listen to EPL's Amanda Bird on CBC RadioActive talk about:
• 2013 Overview
• Prairies/North Top 10

Each year, Canada Reads celebrates five Canadian books for three months online, on the air and at public events. It all leads up to a week-long show on CBC Radio hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with THE book for Canada to read.

This year, the country has been divided into five regions with Canadians recommending the novel they want to represent the place they call home. Each region will ultimately be represented by one book in the debates.

 

 

 

Canada Reads Regional Top 10s

Find them at EPL, then read 'em and vote! Vote for your favourite book in each region to help it make the Top 5! Polls close at 11:59pm ET on November 12.

Prairies & NorthB.C. & YukonOntarioQuebecAtlantic

Cool Water

 

Bow Grip

 

Alias Grace

 

De Niro's Game

 

Annabel

Fall from Grace

 

Everything Was Good Bye

 

Away

 

How to Make Love to a Negro

 

Anne of Green Gables

Late Nights on Air

 

Indian Horse

 

Clara Callan

 

Ilustrado

Come, Thou Tortoise 

Stolen

 

Monkey Beach

 

Far to Go

 

Inside

 

February

The Age of Hope

 

Obasan

 

Fifth Business

 

Ru

 

Galore

The Diviners

 

One Good Hustle

 

Helpless

 

Solomon Gursky Was Here

 

Glass Boys

The Englishman's Boy

 

Swamp Angel

 

Sweetness in the Belly

 

The Beautiful Mystery

 

No Great Mischief

The Garneau Block

 

The Canterbury Trail

 

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

 

The Darling of Kandahar

 

Ragged Islands

The Trade

 

The Cure for Death by Lightning

 

The Day the Falls Stood Still

 

The Tin Flute

 

The Bay of Love and Sorrows

Who Has Seen the Wind

 

The Golden Mean

 

The English Patient

 

Two Solitudes

 

The Town That Drowned

Want to learn more about Canada Reads? Visit the official site.