April

Apr 25 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Join us for an evening with the author of Seva for this sizzling event featuring Ruprai’s second collection, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. This humorous book of poetry reads like a woman of colour's manifesto — infused with intense sexuality, racial tensions, and questions of gender conformity. READ MORE
Apr 26 @ 7 PM $0 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Word Play takes you behind the scenes in the making of a new Canadian play. Join us for a stage reading of excerpts from four new scripts in development by members of Alberta Theatre Projects’ Playwrights Unit. Plus enjoy a post-show conversation moderated by local playwright and ATP Playwrights Unit Director Meg Braem. READ MORE
Eat Your Heart Out

Apr 29 @ 7 PM $45 - $50

Glenbow Theatre
130 9 Ave SE
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Don’t miss the tastiest live event of 2019, as Calgary welcomes the legendary Ruth Reichl in celebration of her new memoir, Save Me the Plums. This conversation-style event will give you the rare opportunity to connect with an unparalleled powerhouse (editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, New York Times restaurant critic, chef and bestselling author), as Reichl shares an insider’s take on the obsessions, intrigues and delights of being at the centre of the explosion of contemporary food culture. Your ticket includes a signed copy of Save Me the Plums READ MORE

May

May 01 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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In great demand as an inspirational speaker, Kristen Worley is an Olympic-calibre cyclist who challenged the highest levels of international sport on science, gender and human rights … and won. In her new memoir Woman Enough, Worley tells the powerful and inspiring story of her journey to self-realization, one that will upend your assumptions about sexual identity and show how one person can create significant change in the world while staying true to oneself. This event will feature an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
Discover Easy-to-Make Recipes from Novelist Kim Thuy

May 10 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Stuffed Squash Soup and Vermicelli Bowls and Fried Lemongrass Fish, OH MY! This conversation-style event is for anyone who has ever said the words, “I wish I could cook like that.” Legendary author and former restaurateur, Kim Thúy presents her new cookbook, Secrets From My Vietnamese Kitchen, complete with 50 easy-to make recipes. This event includes an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
A Unique Staged Reading

May 15 @ 7 PM $50 - $60

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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A riveting exploration of what it means to belong. Don't miss the Calgary premiere of this unique staged reading by our hometown Olympic hero, inspirational leader and world-renowned social justice activist. READ MORE
A Unique Staged Reading

May 16 @ 7 PM $50 - $60

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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A riveting exploration of what it means to belong. Don't miss the Calgary premiere of this unique staged reading by our hometown Olympic hero, inspirational leader and world-renowned social justice activist. READ MORE
May 23 @ 7 PM $20 - $25

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, New Central Library
800 3 Street SE
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Join us for an evening with the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay as he presents his masterful new novel, A Brightness Long Ago. Set in the vivid world of early Renaissance Italy, the novel offers an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. CBC host Jennifer Keene will be doing the on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
May 25 @ 1 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Don't miss this afternoon with the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of Fifteen Dogs. André Alexis' latest novel, Days by Moonlight, is a darkly comical exploration of the perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real and what is real anyway? READ MORE
May 28 @ 7 PM $15 - $20

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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The self-proclaimed “Queen of Fibre” is coming and she’s going to help you get an A+ on your next Colonoscopy, phew! On May 28th media personality, bestselling author, and professional home economist Mairlyn Smith is presenting her new fibre infused cookbook, Peace, Love & Fibre. This event includes an on-stage interview with local celebrity Julie Van Rosendaal, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. READ MORE
May 29 @ 7 PM $10

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Come prepared to delve into French Exit, written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt. The book has been called, "An immaculate performance on ice, executed with sharp shining blades, lutzing and pirouetting above unknowable black depths" by Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation READ MORE

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