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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Novelist Elinor Florence Delves Into Alberta History

Last November, author Elinor Florence delivered a stirring presentation to CALL on the historical research behind her wartime novel, Bird’s Eye View. This Canadian bestseller tells the story of a farm girl from Saskatchewan who joins the air force in the Second World War and becomes an interpreter of aerial photographs.

Now Elinor is back for a return engagement on October 12, 2018 to talk about her new novel, Wildwood, set in the Peace River country. She will present a one-hour slide show and include some interesting anecdotes about the challenges faced by the early settlers.

Wildwood tells the story of a single mother from the big city who inherits an abandoned farm in northern Alberta on condition that she spends one year living there, off the grid. Her heroine learns the basic pioneer skills while struggling to survive the long winter. She is inspired by the journal she finds in the old farmhouse, written by the original homesteader.

Elinor grew up on a farm near North Battleford, Saskatchewan and now lives in Invermere, B.C. She spent her career as a journalist for newspapers and magazines including Reader’s Digest, and still writes a monthly column for The Senior Paper.

Elinor has received rave reviews for her fascinating talks about our proud prairie history. Please arrive early to ensure that you get a seat. Signed copies of both novels will be available for purchase. Read more about Elinor at www.elinorflorence.com.

When: Friday, October 12
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Where: cSpace Room 310 (Note: location for this event is back at cSpace)
1721 - 29th Ave SW

Friday, November 9


Photo Courtesy of G. Ryan

The Neighbours You Never Knew

Garry describes his presentation this way:

A creative process has guided me through two series and a standalone novel. An interest in history–specifically the untold stories of WWII–steered me through the Blackbirds historical fiction series. I grew up in a part of Calgary where people served, survived, or fought on opposite sides during the war. This neighbourhood proved to be a story rich environment. One lesson learned was how to knock out a tank in an urban environment.

A fascination with what is going on beneath society’s veneer, combined with stories gathered through three decades of teaching, provided the inspiration for the Detective Lane series.

The most recent novel (Sausage Festival) is inspired by Canada’s perceived rural/urban divide. It uses humour and irreverence as a bonding agent for people who are processing tragedy.

Blending remembrances, experiences, travel, and current events has influenced these novels. This visual and oral presentation hopes to provide insights into the process behind the writing.


Garry Ryan is best known for his Detective Lane series of mystery novels, and he has also published works of historical fiction in his Blackbirds series, a historical trilogy about Sharon Lacey, a female aviator serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.

Ryan studied education at the University of Calgary, and worked for over 30 years as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education. He retired from teaching in 2009.

Ryan was inspired to make Detective Lane, the lead character in his groundbreaking mystery novels, gay, after witnessing the discrimination and bullying that two of his students faced after coming out as gay.

In 2004, NeWest Press published Garry Ryan’s first Detective Lane novel, Queen’s Park. The second, The Lucky Elephant Restaurant, won a 2007 Lambda Literary Award. NeWest has since published eight more titles in the series: A Hummingbird Dance, Smoked, Malabarista, Foxed, Glycerine, Indiana Pulcinella, Matanzas and just released Sea of Cortez. In 2009, Ryan was awarded Calgary’s Freedom of Expression Award. NeWest Press published a second series, the historical fiction novels Blackbirds and Two Blackbirds

Garry has two new books coming out this fall.

Reviewers have said:

“Ryan writes with elegance and intelligence about genuine characters struggling with complex relationships and emotions.” Kristina Stanley, author of The Stone Mountain Mysteries

"Garry is one of the finest novelists in any genre." - Drewey Wayne Gunn, Reviewing the Evidence

"Ryan balances suspense with humour, creating books that are, quite simply, a great read." - Mary Jane Copps, Aloft Magazine

“Lane and Harper are fine characters who deserve a series.” - The Globe and Mail

When:Friday, November 9
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:cSpace Room 310 
1721 - 29th Ave SW

Past Presentations 

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