Somehow it’s March already. With just over a month to go until the end of the school year, it’s tempting to sit here and wonder where the time went. Eight months when you’re a kid seem to take forever to pass; not so, when you’re busy adulting. Then again, when we think back to September itself, and what we were doing then, and who we were as people as we held on desperately to summer’s dying gasps, it paradoxically seems like a lifetime ago. Confusing? Yeah. Time is relative. So here’s a bunch of upcoming literary events in our city to squelch all the pain and realness.
March 8: 4-6 pm, MacEwan University, Rm. 6-135
Hosted by the Bolo Tie Collective, this event will feature three authors: MacEwan Writer-in-Residence Debbie Willis, English and Creative Writing professor Jackie Baker, and Communications instructor Roberta Laurie. The authors will discuss their experience writing, editing, and publishing in the Canadian literary market.
March 9: 1-4 pm, MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Rm. 9-207
Presented by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, this talk and book launch will cover editorial and writing guidelines for creating or dealing with material that involves indigenous people. The author, Gregory Younging, is the managing editor at Theytus Books, the first indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada. This book evolved from the house style guide that Younging developed there. To attend, RSVP on Facebook.
March 13: 7 pm, The Almanac, 10351 Whyte
The next installment of the popular reading series will feature readings by Nigerian poet (and U of A PhD student) Jumoke Verissimo along with the Olive editorial board members. There’s no cover, and hey: you get a free chapbook. As usual, there will be an open mic. Doors are at 6:30 pm.
March 15: 7pm, Whitemud Crossing, 4211-106 Street
Presented by the WGA and Edmonton Public Library, this event will feature new work from six multicultural and multilingual writers to mark the completion of the 2017 Borderlines Writers Circle program. Authors Mila Philipzig, Leilei Chen, Lisa Dublin, Luciana Erregue-Sacchi, Shimelis Gebremichael, and Janine Muster will read a selection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Hosted by EPL Writer-in-Residence Darrin Hagen, and held at the EPL’s Whitemud Crossing branch.
March 15: 7-9 pm, Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper
Author Cait Flanders bought nothing for 12 months, except for consumables. She also got rid of most of her belongings and banned television from her home. Then, with all that extra free time, she wrote a book. The Year of Less shares Flanders’s transformation from binge consumer to mindful consumer.
March 22: 7:30-9:30 pm, MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Heart of the Robbins
Dionne Brand, the author of Love Enough, this year’s Book of the Year at MacEwan, will be in town and on campus. She’ll give a reading from the novel before sitting down with novelist and MacEwan English professor Jackie Baker for a talk, which will be followed by an audience Q&A.
There will also be a regular writing workshop on April 13. As usual, it will be held in Room 6-242 from 5 to 7 pm. Come back for more info, or watch our Facebook page!