July

Jul 17 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this summer – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Come prepared to delve into Taffy Brodesser-Akner's novel, Fleishman is in Trouble, described by Elizabeth Gilbert as a "blisteringly funny, searingly accurate, wincingly painful" portrait of modern love. READ MORE

August

Aug 21 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this spring – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Come prepared to delve into Nazanine Hozar's debut novel, Aria. The book has been called, "A feminist odyssey, about a girl in a time of intolerance as the revolution in Iran is breaking out . . . a poised and dramatic historical novel with contemporary relevance" by John Irving. READ MORE

September

Do You Know the Difference Between a Vagina and a Vulva?

Sep 25 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Finally, an all-encompassing repository of accurate information based on science for vagina owners and lovers. Dr. Jen Gunter shares her expert understanding of the sexual health needs (and questions) of contemporary girls and women. Including a chapter on trans vaginas, and another on cannabis and the vagina, this is the modern, unfiltered, anti-patriarchal guide to female health. READ MORE
This Event Is Sold Out

Sep 29 @ 7 PM $10

Bella Concert Hall
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
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Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to see Margaret Atwood live at Calgary's Bella Concert Hall, as she presents The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to 1985’s incendiary The Handmaid’s Tale. This event will include a reading and an on-stage interview. For the first time, we're offering pre-assigned seating—the best seats will go quickly, so don't wait to get your tickets. READ MORE

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