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For those whose bibliomania remains unsated by the time PanCanadian WordFest closes on October 19, this fall's Ex Libris series will begin just in time on October 21. Ex Libris is a great example of teamwork - Pages on Kensington and the Calgary Public Library work together to bring in prominent writers. This year the series presents readings by Mordecai Richler, Carol Shields, David Suzuki, and P.D. James. Richler will kick off the series, reading from his new novel Barney's Version. The readings all take place at the John Dutton Theatre in the Central Library. Tickets cost $5 and are avail- able at Pages on Kensington only. Some of the proceeds will help support the library. For information call 260-2628 or 283-6655.
A Poetry Slam or a Poetry Sweatshop traditionally involves spontaneous composition - you get a word from the dictionary and write while the stopwatch ticks. Some say the process can be aided by alcohol and cheering or heckling crowds. Chapters WestHills' Poetry Slam is giving authors a bit more time to prepare. Any poet who hasn't yet been published in book format can enter now for the first Poetry Slam to be held on October 1 at 8 p.m. The idea is to bring the three best poems you've already written, read them in a way that inspires maximum audience response (the use of a decibel-meter has been mentioned), and win the first event. Then you can move up to later semifinals and finals events against other successful readers. Call 217-2779 to enter or for further details.
Also at Chapters WestHills, teacher Garry Jones reads from Crocus Hill Reunion, an account of real-life teaching in Calgary, on Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, September 24, join the Reading! Group from 8 to 9:30 p.m. to discuss Austin Clarke's The Origin of Waves.
Participating bookstores have begun selling tickets for the Alberta Book Bash. The celebration of Alberta authors and publishers takes place October 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Hillhurst Community Centre. The idea is to raise awareness of any and all types of publishing going on in the province - books for kids, cooks, new age shamans, cartoonists, etc. Over 50 authors and publishers are signed up to appear. Tickets are $2 in advance or $3 at the door and profits will go to charities. Call Nattalia Lea at 283-0498 for further details.
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