Here we are. A whole new year has started, with all the requisite hope and resolutions to be awesome at everything. For some of you, that maybe means being more literary and creative. With that in mind, we start off 2018 with a rundown of some upcoming literary in Edmonton.

Jan. 9: 6:30 pm, The Almanac, 10351 Whyte

The Olive Presents: Deborah Willis and Margaret Christakos

The Olive Reading Series hosts its first event of 2018 with not one, but two writers-in-residence. Calgary’s Willis is WiR at MacEwan this year, while Toronto-based writer and poet Christakos is holding down the same position at the U of A. As usual, the event will have readings, along with food and drinks.

Jan. 17: 7-9 pm, Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper

Book Launch: In a Wide Country, Robert Everett-Green

Edmonton-born and Montreal-based Everett-Green revisits the Prairies in his new novel. Taking place in the summer of 1961, the story involves a mother and her son escaping their life in Winnipeg, heading west to Edmonton, and then onward to Vancouver. Everett-Green has written award-winning short fiction and regularly contributes to The Globe and Mail.

Jan. 19: 6:30-8 pm, St. John’s Institute, 11024 Whyte

January CAA AB Writers’ Circle

Rescheduled from January 26. The Alberta Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association is hosting this event, which will feature a talk and a chance to socialize with other writers and creative types. That includes Greg Bechtel, one of the Writers-in-Residence of the CAA’s Alberta branch. For those interested, Bechtel will be giving on-the-spot writing feedback (more detailed feedback is available by making an appointment) as well as answering your writing questions.

Jan. 20: 7-11:11(!?) pm, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Level Up! A Gala Night of Spoken Word

It’s a gala evening of spoken word at the AGA, with 10 performers getting vocal. The performances will be split into two acts with an intermission. The event is all ages, with tickets on a sliding scale from $10 to $20.

Jan. 24: 7-10 pm, Evolution Wonderlounge, 10220 103 St NW


An open stage for people to share their creative work about the Edmonton LGBTQ experience. Performers will be capped at 5 minutes, but content and themes are still open. May turn into a regular event. If you’re interested in sharing, check out the link and contact Rob at

Jan. 27: 10 am – 5 pm, SNAP Printshop, 12056 Jasper

Hand Printed Books Workshop

Hosted by the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP). This print workshop with illustrators Andrew Benson ( and Sergio Serrano ( will teach participants how to create their own hand-printed books. The theme of this workshop is “Edmonton Landmarks” and the goal is to create a collaborative postcard book. Register soon, as class size is capped at 12 participants. Tickets are $147 for SNAP members, $161 for non-members.

Feb. 1: 7 pm

WGA event

There is scant information at this time, but as it follows on January’s heels we thought we’d give a heads-up on this event, which is listed on the Writers’ Guild of Alberta calendar. This posting will be updated as more details come out.

Also, the Bolo Tie Collective has a number of events this month. There will be workshops on January 9 (note the room change, to 6-242) and another on the 23rd. As well, our submissions deadline for Volume III has been extended to January 12. That gives you a whole other week to get your mini-masterpieces into us!

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