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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, December 14

Marcello Di Cintio Speaks About Palestine in the Present Tense


M. Di Cintio photo by Monique de St-Croix 

Marcello Di Cintio describes his talk this way: The only story most outsiders ever hear about Palestine is one related to enduring conflict. The character of the Palestinian is either a furious young man with a keffiyeh wrapped around his head slinging stones at Israeli soldiers, or a woman in hijab wailing in front of her destroyed home. The Palestinian as militant or victim. Over the course of many trips to the region, I’d long wanted to write a different story about the Palestinians – something outside the narrative of anger and loss. I decided if I wanted to hear new stories about Palestine, I should seek out the storytellers themselves. So for my book Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, I sought out the storytellers themselves: the poets and authors of Palestine. I figured these writers would have different stories to tell. My discussions with Palestine’s writers inevitably led to politics, to be sure, but at least I began from a different starting point. Instead of asking a woman about the Israeli checkpoints, say, I asked about the first poem she wrote. Instead of asking a man about his grandfather’s lost olive groves, I asked about his grandfather’s library. These coffeehouse conversations revealed the regular lives of Palestinians. These are the stories I share in my book, and the stories I will share with CALL.

Marcello Di Cintio is an award winning journalist and non-fiction writer. He won the 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, for his book Walls: Travels Along the Barricades which was presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada's annual Politics and the Pen in Ottawa. His most recent book is Pay No Heed to the Rockets, published in 2018. He is currently Author in Residence at Calgary Public Library.

When: Friday, December 14
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where: cSpace Room 310
  1721 - 29th Ave. SW

Friday, January 11, 2019

Shaun Hunter talks about Calgary through the Eyes of Writers

Shaun Hunter is passionate about her hometown of Calgary, and about books and writing.  She has always known that Calgary is much more than its stereotypes of cowboys and oil barons. In 2015, she set out to see if writers had captured the complexities of the city. Her reading project resulted in the book Calgary through the Eyes of Writers, featuring excerpts from over 150 novels, short stories, poems and essays. Her book offers a detailed literary portrait of the city’s history, landscape and identity and shows off the richness and diversity of this place where we all live.

In her slide presentation, Shaun will talk about Calgary’s earliest written literature (1792!); two century-old novels that capture the female experience of the booming pre-First World War city; a provocative sampling of outsiders’ perspectives on the city; and much more.

Prepare to be surprised.

Shaun Hunter has shared her passion for Calgary’s literary landscape on guided walks, on her blog, and as a member of the Calgary reading circle for Project Bookmark Canada. Her book Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books) was published in November 2018. Shaun’s personal essays have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge (Heritage House, 2012) and Writing Menopause (Inanna Publications, 2017). In 2013, her essay, “Skin Deep” was a finalist for Alberta’s James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction. Shaun writes, reads and turns up literary treasures in Calgary. You can find her at www.shaunhunter.ca

Copies of Calgary through the Eyes of Writers (Rocky Mountain Books, 2018) will be available for purchase.

 When: Friday, January 11, 2019
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace Room 310
  1721 - 29th Ave. SW


Friday, February 8 

Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend


Fran Genereux will talk about her book Being Bertha - How a Wayward Woman Became a Local Legend. This is the life story of Bertha Ekelund (Marshall), Fran’s great aunt, collected from letters, photos, family stories and historical records. Bertha lived her life on her own terms making decisions both good and bad, often with unexpected consequences. Fran will describe Bertha’s journey which included a childhood of tragedy and poverty in southern Alberta, a job in Portland Oregon during the roaring 20’s and the great depression, a career as a nurse at Los Gatos, California, as well as a year at the Fort Saskatchewan penitentiary. Anyone familiar with the popular Bertha Lake hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park has already been introduced to Bertha.


Fran was born in Alberta and raised on a cattle ranch in the south west corner of the province. Graduating from the University of Alberta, she spent most of her career in Calgary as a teacher and counsellor. Now retired, she is pursuing new interests such as travel and writing.

Photos courtesy of F. Genereux

 When:Friday, February 8
 Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where:cSpace Room 310
 1721 - 29th Ave. SW

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