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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, February 14

Busting the Myths of the Romance Novel

Speaker: Diana Cranstoun

Myth: Anyone can write a romance novel. They're badly written books read by silly women.


A large proportion of readers are college educated. Authors include university professors, lawyers and surgeons.

82% or romance novel readers are women. 18% of romance novel readers are men.

The Romance Novel is a billion dollar industry. One half of all mass market paperbacks sold in the US are romance novels.

Busting the Myths of the Romance Novel will give a bit of history as well as the requirements of the genre; what makes a book a romance as opposed to a love story and how you have to be a good writer to keep the reader engaged in a book where they know how the story will end. Diana will address the many misconceptions of this much-maligned genre and will also provide an opportunity to discuss how to write a romance novel and get a book ready for market.

Diana is the current vice-president of the Alberta Romance Writers' Association and has given several workshops on the craft of writing for CALL.

 Date: Friday, February 14
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Place: Room 310, cSpace

Free for CALL members; guests welcome with a $5 fee

Friday, March 13


Speaker: Doug Coats

Almost everyone in Canada has an immigration story in their family’s past.  This is the story of my great-grandparents and grandparents, leaving England to start new lives in Manitoba in the 1880’s and then Alberta before it became a province.  Join them for the sea voyage, the railway trip on a colonist car, and the trials and tribulations of homesteading – twice – before settling in Calgary in 1917.  Then we'll learn a bit about life in northeast Calgary through the Armistice, Spanish Flu, Depression and Second World War.

Doug Coats is a native Calgarian and University of Calgary graduate who was first captivated by Calgary history in 1964 when one of his teachers mentioned that you could see the date “1888” in the sandstone of the Alberta Hotel building.  A trip downtown confirmed that this was indeed the case.  An almost 80-year-old artifact was pretty impressive to a kid in Grade 7!  Today both Doug and the hotel are a lot older, but still standing.  

For over thirty years Doug taught junior high Social Studies, and was privileged to receive the Alberta Excellence in Teaching Award.  Then he “retired” to become a Senior Interpreter at Heritage Park Historical Village, where he enjoyed sharing Canadian history with people from all over the world.  He has recently retired again, to indulge his hobbies of walking, reading, model railroading, and of course Calgary history.

Date:  Friday, Marc h 13
 Time:  1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Place:  Room 310, cSpace

Free for CALL members; guests welcome with a $5 fee

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 **Day changed for this month only**

Maxwell Bates: His Art, Life and Legacy

Speaker: Nancy Townshend

Maxwell Bates contributed uniquely and profoundly to Expressionism, one of the major international art movements of the twentieth century.  Born and brought up in Calgary, Bates lived here altogether for forty-one years.  He is known for his iconic paintingPrairie Woman 1947; his landmark St. Mary’s Cathedral; his miraculously surviving Prisoner of War Notebook (1940 – 1945); and his compassion and empathy.  Bates’ figurative work – of prairie people, workers, cafĂ© scenes, cocktail parties, fortune tellers, chess players, families, puppets, scarecrows - play out his grand Expressionist world view.      

Please join Nancy Townshend as she presents her insights into Bates’ fascinating art, life and legacy.  Nancy co-curated the 
major exhibition, Maxwell Bates:  At the Crossroads of Expressionism (2004 - 2006) with over 90 artworks. She curated the Virtual Museum of Canada website Maxwell Bates: Artist, Architect, Writer; 
with 160 artworks (2003 – 2008). As well, Nancy is the author of Maxwell Bates: Canada's Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century (Calgary:  Snyder Hedlin, 2005), and A History of Art in Alberta 1905 - 1970 (Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 2005).

Date: Thursday,  April 9 **note change of day for this month only**
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Place: Room 310, cSpace

Free for CALL members; guests welcome with a $5 fee

Past Presentations 

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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