Tuesday, December 15, 7pm—late. Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant at 1503 4 St SW Calgary—private room upstairs. Free for WGA & TWUC members; $5 @ the door for non-members (cash only). Seating is first-come, first served. As always, guests are welcome to arrive any time after 6:00pm.
Kick back and relax with your literary friends over a pint of literary cheer and some comfort food. Cozy up to the crackling wood-burning fireplace, enjoy some complimentary appetizers, lively social time and three dynamic readings by local authors Christian Bok, George Melnyk and Barbara Scott. Barbara will also play us a few songs on her guitar!
Christian Bök is a poet, conceptual artist and professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and of Eunoia, a bestselling work of experimental literature awarded the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. He has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry, particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters. Bök presents The Xenotext, a scientific and literary study that combines the principles of DNA mutation and poetry.
George Melnyk is the author and editor of 25 plus books. He is a nonfiction writer, former President of the WGA, and cultural historian. His 2015 book First Person Plural is a collection of essays on visual images of writers, filmmakers, and celebrities from Leonard Cohen to Marilyn Monroe.
Barbara Scott’s first book, The Quick, won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Howard O’Hagan Award for Best Collection of Short Fiction and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She has taught creative writing and given creative writing workshops in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. For the last three years she has had the dream job of fiction editor for Freehand Books and this fall was awarded the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence. She is happy to say that she has finally completed what will forever be known to her as “that @#**@!@$@#$^&*” novel and is collecting some quite stellar ‘near miss’ rejections. When the writing life gets her down, and even when it doesn’t, she tries to squeeze as much music into her life as possible.