Wordfest & ProArts Society Present – FREE
Surrounded by the beautiful interior of one of Calgary’s oldest churches, enjoy a free-admission sampler of great reads on a variety of themes by Wordfest 2016 authors Tim Falconer and Jim Lynch. Hosted by Richard Kelly Kemick.Please RSVP
Before the Wind by Jim Lynch
In Before the Wind, Jim Lynch gives us a grand and idiosyncratic family saga with the grace and humour of a talented storyteller. Joshua Johannssen has spent all of his life surrounded by sailboats. His grandfather designed them, his father built and raced them, his Einstein-obsessed mother knows why and how they work (or not). Suddenly thirty-one, Josh is pained and confused by whatever went wrong with his volatile family. His parents are barely speaking, his mystified grandfather is drinking harder, and he himself—despite an endless and comic flurry of online dates—hasn’t even come close to finding a girlfriend. When the seafaring Johannssens unexpectedly find themselves reunited on a classic vessel their family built decades ago, past and present collide into heart-shattering revelations.
Bad Singer: The Surprising Science Behind Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music by Tim Falconer
Tim Falconer — a self-confessed “bad singer” — is one of the 2.5 percent of the population afflicted with amusia. In other words, he is scientifically tone-deaf. Bad Singer chronicles Falconer’s quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and his search for ways to retrain the adult brain. He is tested by numerous scientists who are as fascinated with him as he is with them. Falconer also investigates why we love music, and deconstructs what we are really hearing when we listen to it. A mix of scientific discovery, musicology and personal odyssey, Bad Singer is a fascinating, insightful and highly entertaining account from an award-winning journalist and author.