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May 2019

Write & Rise: Poetry Workshop

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lucid Yoga and Meditation, 10026 102 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0V6 Canada
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Write & Rise is a two-hour poetry workshop designed to help you tap into your innate creativity. This workshop is open to all levels of writing experience—first-time poets are especially welcome! Even if you wouldn't consider yourself "creative" or "artsy", given the right circumstances, you'll be surprised by the beauty contained within you. All you'll need is a pen, some paper, and an attitude of openness.

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Karlynn Johnston

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5J 3J5 Canada
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Join the author for the launch of her new book, The Prairie Table.  This is a book designed to bring groups of people together to celebrate food.

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Tim Bowling

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, AB T5J 3J5 Canada
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The award-winning poet will launch his new collection, The Dark Set: New Tenderman Poems, at Audreys Books. Bowling's poetry is accessible and will feature more than a few pop-culture references, and he says the book includes words like "hogmanay, rostrum, selfie, bupropion, scrimshaw, mummery, hermit, plankton, aftershave."

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June 2019

Rebuilding Democracy with Dave Meslin at the Metro

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9 Canada
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Join us for a conversation with Dave Meslin, author of the new book TEARDOWN: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up, which is being called a “playbook for democracy in turbulent times.” Hosted by Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal city columnist. The headlines are full of examples of governments misleading their people, parties misleading their delegates, and policy drifting further and further away from what polls keep showing people want. We always vote for change, and yet we always end up with the same old…

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WGA Annual Conference: Writing Across Worlds

June 7 - June 9
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, 10155 105 St NW
Edmonton, AB Canada
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Our 2019 writers’ conference, Writing Across Worlds, will be held June 7 – 9 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. Themes will explore literary works that cross forms, genres, and cultures, as well as how storytelling is crossing into new realms—from the digital sphere to the sleeves of our coffee cups—and into the psychological space of our daily routines. We will offer keynote lectures, panel discussions, networking and social opportunities, and individual workshops devoted to creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and speculative…

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EPL Forward Thinking Speaker Series: Anthony Ray Hinton

June 12
Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1N7 Canada
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Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders in 1985 and was held on Alabama's death row for 28 years. He's the author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Rowopens a new window. Wednesday, June 12 Chateau Lacombe Hotel Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite General Admission tickets - $10 each Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each

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Oprah Winfrey: Your Path Made Clear

June 20
Rogers Place, 10214 104 Ave.
Edmonton, AB Canada
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Oprah Winfrey will embark on a multi-city Canadian tour this summer as she shares her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. Winfrey’s most recent New York Times Bestseller released in March 2019, “The Path Made Clear” provides inspiration and guidance to help readers discover not only who they are, but who you are meant to be. Guests featured in the book who will join Winfrey on tour will be announced at…

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September 2019

EPL Forward Thinking Speaker Series: Dr. Chris Nowinski

September 17
Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill Rd NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1N7 Canada
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Dr. Chris Nowinski is a former WWE wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation opens a new window which is dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. Tuesday, Sept. 17 Chateau Lacombe Hotel Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite General Admission tickets - $10 each Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each

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Kaleido Family Arts Festival

September 20 - September 22

Kaleido Family Arts Festival is a joyous, exuberant, radically open arts festival that shares the love of the Alberta Avenue Arts District. Kaleido welcomes arts and cultural experiences with multi-arts collaborative performances such as music, dance, theatre, film, literary and visual arts with performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks and found spaces. It’s an extravagance of creative exploration, imagination, and play.

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The Color Purple

September 21 - October 13
Citadel Theatre, 9828 101 A Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6 Canada
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This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical is an epic tale spanning 40 years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman struggling against poverty, abuse, and prejudice in the South of the 1930s.

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Write & Rise is a two-hour poetry workshop designed to help you tap into your innate creativity. This workshop is open to all levels of writing experience—first-time poets are especially welcome! Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself “creative” or “artsy”, given the right circumstances, you’ll be surprised by the beauty contained within you. All you’ll need is a pen, some paper, and an attitude of openness.

Join the author for the launch of her new book, The Prairie Table.  This is a book designed to bring groups of people together to celebrate food.

The award-winning poet will launch his new collection, The Dark Set: New Tenderman Poems, at Audreys Books. Bowling’s poetry is accessible and will feature more than a few pop-culture references, and he says the book includes words like “hogmanay, rostrum, selfie, bupropion, scrimshaw, mummery, hermit, plankton, aftershave.”

Join us for a conversation with Dave Meslin, author of the new book TEARDOWN: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up, which is being called a “playbook for democracy in turbulent times.” Hosted by Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal city columnist.

The headlines are full of examples of governments misleading their people, parties misleading their delegates, and policy drifting further and further away from what polls keep showing people want. We always vote for change, and yet we always end up with the same old lies, Penguin Random House Canada explains.

It’s hard to change the world if you can’t change a municipal by-law. TEARDOWN will show readers how to do both. And it will show us that these two challenges are not fundamentally different. Once we know that we can do it, and we know how to do it, we can get democracy working for us rather than against us.

Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door 

DAVE MESLIN is an activist, artist, and community organizer who inspires better engagement between governments and citizens. He formed the Toronto Public Space Committee (TPSC) that in 2005 was chosen as the “Best Activist Group” by both EYE Weekly and NOW magazines. TPSC published the first issue of Spacing Magazine, an award-winning urban affairs publication. Meslin appears as an expert on political engagement on national media. His TED talk about apathy has more than 1.5 million views and his 90-second video clip from the 2016 federal election coverage, using colourful stacks of Lego bricks to explain how our voting system fails us, has over 2.5 million views on Facebook alone.

Our 2019 writers’ conference, Writing Across Worlds, will be held June 7 – 9 at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. Themes will explore literary works that cross forms, genres, and cultures, as well as how storytelling is crossing into new realms—from the digital sphere to the sleeves of our coffee cups—and into the psychological space of our daily routines. We will offer keynote lectures, panel discussions, networking and social opportunities, and individual workshops devoted to creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and speculative fiction. All writers from across the province and beyond are welcome to register. Three spotlight presenters include Griffin-nominated poet and novelist Ian Williams, (Reproduction, Penguin Random House, 2019), accomplished author Larissa Lai (The Tiger Flu, Arsenal Pulp, 2018), and Senior Agent with the Transatlantic Agency, Carolyn Forde. Before her current role with Toronto-based Transatlantic, Carolyn was an agent and International Rights Director at Westwood Creative Artists for 14 years. Our full schedule of sessions and presenters are currently showcased on our website.

Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders in 1985 and was held on Alabama’s death row for 28 years. He’s the author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Rowopens a new window.

Wednesday, June 12
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets – $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets – $75 each

Oprah Winfrey will embark on a multi-city Canadian tour this summer as she shares her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life.

Winfrey’s most recent New York Times Bestseller released in March 2019, “The Path Made Clear” provides inspiration and guidance to help readers discover not only who they are, but who you are meant to be. Guests featured in the book who will join Winfrey on tour will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Chris Nowinski is a former WWE wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation opens a new window which is dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research.

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets – $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets – $75 each

Kaleido Family Arts Festival is a joyous, exuberant, radically open arts festival that shares the love of the Alberta Avenue Arts District. Kaleido welcomes arts and cultural experiences with multi-arts collaborative performances such as music, dance, theatre, film, literary and visual arts with performances on rooftops, sides of buildings, back alleys, parks and found spaces. It’s an extravagance of creative exploration, imagination, and play.

This Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical is an epic tale spanning 40 years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman struggling against poverty, abuse, and prejudice in the South of the 1930s.