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A new way of looking at animals – and Calgary

Calgary: City of Animals, edited by Jim Ellis University of Calgary Press, 115 pp., $29.95 Some out-of-the-way books are obscure and deserve their lack of fame. Others are well constructed and make you think.
The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs, by Ali Bryan Freehand Books, 305 pp., $21.95 June Figg, middle-aged mother of three, has problems. Her husband Randy appears to be loving and supportive but is sometimes lost in unquenchable optimism and woodworking projects.
The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs invokes spirit of screwball comedy

The Figgs, by Ali Bryan Freehand Books, 305 pp., $21.95 June Figg, middle-aged mother of three, has problems. Her husband Randy appears to be loving and supportive but is sometimes lost in unquenchable optimism and woodworking projects.
Poetry in mourning: widow pens book of poems to her lost love

Poetry in mourning: widow pens book of poems to her lost love

By SCOTT HAYES St. Albert Gazette It’s not uncommon to express one’s grief for the loss of a lifelong spouse in writing. “My cousin said something quite beautiful: ‘Normand’s death birthed a poet.’ I was quite touched by that.
The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian, by Clem Martini University of Calgary Press, 362 pp., $24.99 Here’s a novel that’s great fun, although possibly not for the reasons that a casual glance may suggest. The title does not refer to comics on late-night television.

Your Calgary cultural calendar for the fall

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are over, and Calgary's arts and culture community is back in full swing. Here's a rundown on major events happening this fall in the city. September Sept.
The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian entertaining and painlessly educational

The Comedian, by Clem Martini University of Calgary Press, 362 pp., $24.99 Here’s a novel that’s great fun, although possibly not for the reasons that a casual glance may suggest. The title does not refer to comics on late-night television.
Weak writing hobbles interesting story

Weak writing hobbles interesting story

Ashoona: Daughter of the Winds, by Yvonne Harris Eschia Books, 447 pp., $21.95 Small presses produce books that often don’t fit whatever moulds their bigger counterparts think will make money. One of the smallest in Alberta is Eschia Books.
Weak writing hobbles interesting story

Weak writing hobbles interesting story

Ashoona: Daughter of the Winds, by Yvonne Harris Eschia Books, 447 pp., $21.95 Small presses produce books that often don’t fit whatever moulds their bigger counterparts think will make money. One of the smallest in Alberta is Eschia Books.
Grandparents inspired story of struggle

Grandparents inspired story of struggle

Passages, by Anne Hamre FriesenPress, 367 pp., $22.99 paperback Last month we wrote about Elinor Florence’s Wildwood, a tale of homesteading in Alberta’s Peace River Country. This month brings Anne Hamre’s Passages.