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WGA Online Reading Series 2021

The WGA Online Reading Series is back! This summer we will be featuring WGA members with books released in 2021 and presenting a safe event for them to talk about their books. All events will be live streamed through the WGA YouTube channel. Audio versions of the readings will be shared shortly after. 

Wendy Portfors: Through My Eyes: 74 True Stories of Survival, Strength and the Power of Believing
Wednesday, July 28, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Hosted by: Elizabeth Prost
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlBdfwyaBsk&ab

Charlotte Cameron: Love and Courage in Troubled Times
Wednesday, August 4, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Nancy Bell
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyV1DflQlrs

Karen Spafford-Fitz: Pickpocket
Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Charlotte Cameron
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MbwC64BItc

Neil Surkan: Unbecoming
Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Berend McKenzie
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98vbwthQRbk

More events will be added every Wednesday this summer and fall.

Online Reading Series 2021

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Glenn Dixon: Bootleg Stardust (pre-recorded)
Wednesday, June 16th, 7:00-7:45pm 
Hosted by: Greg Rhyno
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=rW1uRxVlDyE

Glenn Dixon is an author, documentary film maker and musician. Bootleg Stardust (Simon & Schuster) is his fourth book. His third, Juliet’s Answer, was a number one best seller in Canada and has now been published in twelve countries and translated into German, Spanish and Chinese. He has travelled through 75 countries and written for the New Yorker, National Geographic, Psychology Today and the Globe and Mail. He currently lives in Calgary where he is pretending to be a rock star.



Joanne Morcom: Big Blue Sky: Haiku and Reflections
Wednesday, June 23, 7:00-7:45pm
Hosted by: Josephine LoRe
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=HIUSuBnyO3U

Joanne Morcom is a poet, self-publisher, book reviewer, workshop presenter, social worker, Certified Laughter Leader and Joyologist who lives in Calgary. Big Blue Sky: Haiku and Reflections is her fifth poetry collection.





HOST: Josephine LoRe has an MA in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen in France. She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, and numerous other writing societies. josephinelorepoet.com


Adriana Davies: From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta’s Italian History
Wednesday, June 30th, 7:00-7:45pm
Host: Marco Melfi
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=6I4_6xvvxYM&ab

Adriana A. Davies, Cavaliere d’Italia and Order of Canada recipient, was born in Italy, grew up in Canada and has a doctorate from the University of London, England. She authored From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor (University of Calgary Press, 2014), The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello (Oolichan Press, 2016) and From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta’s Italian History (Guernica Editions, 2021). With Jeff Keshen, she commissioned and edited The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War (University of Calgary Press, 2016)

Leif Gregersen: Alert and Oriented X3
Wednesday, July 7th, 7:00-7:45pm
Hosted by: Alexis Kienlen
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=StE2mgmBRVc&ab

Leif Gregersen is a writer, public speaker and teacher who believes in positively impacting other people’s lives one person at a time. He grew up in the suburbs of Edmonton, and though he has travelled extensively he feels a deep sense of love and community for Alberta. He has published 11 books in the past ten years.




N.L. Blandford: The Perilous Road To Her
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 – 7:45pm
Hosted by: Susan Calder
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=3xxPMAk1_qo&ab

N.L. Blandford has entered the literary world with her debut novel The Perilous Road to Her. Her poetry was first published when she was 13 and recently her drabble titled “Love of a Lifetime” won the Arlene Duane Hemingway Unconditional Love Drabble Challenge. She resides in Calgary, Alberta where she has built a life of dream exploration with her husband, mild mannered dog, Watson, and stubborn but loveable cat, Sebastian.




Sophie Stocking: Walking Leonard and Other Stories
Wednesday, July 21, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Hosted by: Lori Hahnel
Online at: youtube.com/watch?v=gJLvmSo-S5c&ab

Burdened by the notion that a career should encompass everything, Sophie Stocking changed her major so often, she narrowly escaped a degree in General Studies. Chapters in social work, architecture and motherhood followed. She finally noticed she’d always been writing, and in terms of encompassing everything, stories fit the bill. Sophie found the courage to pursue fiction at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre and went on to study under Aritha van Herk at the University of Calgary. Her debut novel Corridor Nine was released by Thistledown Press in 2019, followed by her collection Walking Leonard and Other Stories published by Guernica Editions in 2021.

Wendy Portfors: Through My Eyes: 74 True Stories of Survival, Strength and the Power of Believing
Wednesday, July 28, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Hosted by: Dorothy Bentley
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlBdfwyaBsk&ab

Wendy is a retired banker turned author. She writes a variety of genres. She recently released a new book titled Through My Eyes: 74 True Stories of Survival, Strength and the Power of Believing. She reached out to authors across Canada and compiled a collection of heartwarming stories for this anthology. She has also been published in several other anthologies. Her first book titled Remembering Love, Balboa Press, was released in 2016 and chronicles her journey caring for her husband and ultimately to her struggles as a widow.

Wendy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul – angels all around and Chicken Soup for the Soul – Making Me Time. She has produced a children’s book and a colouring book. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and several writing groups.

Wendy enjoys golfing, hiking, and travelling, and has been to more than twenty-five countries. Wendy is remarried and with her husband Dave, travels internationally while house and pet sitting. They live in Turner Valley, Alberta, when in Canada. You can reach Wendy at [email protected]; wendyportfors.ca.

Charlotte Cameron: Love and Courage in Troubled Times
Wednesday, August 4, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Nancy Bell
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyV1DflQlrs

Charlotte Cameron is thrilled that a completely revised version of her novel about the medieval Cathars, which was shortlisted in the 1994 Sixth Alberta Writing for Youth Competition, has been published by Fictive Press as a contemporary YA novel, entitled Love and Courage in Troubled Times.

During her 28-year teaching career in Edmonton, Cameron wrote several historic plays about Albertans. No Gun for Annie, about Annie Jackson, Edmonton’s first policewoman, was staged at the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival in 2000. Running: The Alex Decoteau Story premiered at the Edmonton Fringe in 2001, and was published by Fictive Press in 2014.

After moving to Gabriola Island, BC, in 2005, Cameron wrote October Ferries to Gabriola, a radio play celebrating the brief visit to the island by author Malcolm Lowry and his wife, Margerie. It was performed on Gabriola and published by Fictive Press in 2017. Cameron participates in storytelling events at the Gabriola Museum and is president of the Poetry Gabriola Society. Love and Courage in Troubled Times (FictivePress.com, 2021) is available in eBook, Kindle and print-on-demand format from online booksellers.

Karen Spafford-Fitz: Pickpocket
Wednesday, August 11, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Charlotte Cameron
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MbwC64BItc

Originally from Kingston, Ontario, Karen Spafford-Fitz is a life-long book lover who studied English Literature and Literature at Queen’s University. After completing a degree in Education as well, she taught elementary and junior-high students in Toronto and Edmonton.

Karen soon began writing her own stories and is now the author of eight middle-grade and young adult novels. Many are set in Edmonton and have been recognized as “The Year’s Best Books” by Resource Links Journal and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Neil Surkan: Unbecoming
Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Berend McKenzie
Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98vbwthQRbk

Neil Surkan is the author of the poetry collections Unbecoming (forthcoming Fall 2021) and On High (2018), both from McGill-Queen’s University Press, and the chapbooks Their Queer Tenderness (Knife-Fork-Book, 2020), and Super, Natural (Anstruther Press, 2017). He lives in Calgary.





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