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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.
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.
Wildwood paints a realistic Prairie portrait

Wildwood paints a realistic Prairie portrait

Wildwood, by Elinor Florence Dundurn, 321 pp., $19.99 Canada has a sturdy history of books set in individual corners of the country — the New Brunswick of David Adams Richards, the B.C. ranch country of Paul St.
Cool Choir lifts voices – and hearts

Cool Choir lifts voices – and hearts

Later this month, hundreds of Calgary songbirds will converge on the stage of the city’s Jubilee Auditorium where, accompanied by a live rock band, they’ll perform covers of hit songs by the likes of Queen, Pink, Adele, Justin Timberlake and Phillip
Wildwood a warm and realistic Prairie portrait

Wildwood a warm and realistic Prairie portrait

Wildwood, by Elinor Florence Dundurn, 321 pp., $19.99 Canada has a sturdy history of books set in individual corners of the country — the New Brunswick of David Adams Richards, the B.C. ranch country of Paul St.

Time to dig into some gardening books

Lone Pine Publishing has built an impressive array of knowledgeable and well illustrated books on gardening over the years. As the 2018 season starts, one of their most useful recent titles is Garden Pests and Diseases in Canada, by Rob Sproule.

Lessons from the oldest old

Happiness is a Choice You Make By John Leland Sarah Crichton Books 242 pgs., $34 In 2015, the New York Times gave reporter John Leland a unique assignment.
Red Skelton's gentle legacy of laughs endures

Red Skelton's gentle legacy of laughs endures

To anyone under the age of 50, the name Red Skelton may not ring any bells. But to people of a certain age, the name brings back memories of a simpler time when the ever-laughing, irony-free Skelton was one of TV's biggest variety show stars.

Around the Town

ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club’s Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show – May 4 to 6: Displays, demos, dealer tables, silent auctions and prizes. Venue is VIVO for Healthy Generations (11950 – Country Village Link NE).