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There’s an Alberta magazine for everyone

AMPA celebrates Read Alberta Magazines Month

Fly-fishing photojournalism oil and gas poetry fitness gardening horses — no matter your interests there’s an Alberta magazine for you.

That’s the whole thrust of Read Alberta Magazines Month sponsored every October by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA). The organization represents 55 magazines — everything from dANDelion to Oilweek — from across the province. “A lot of people pick up a magazine and never think about its source” says Colleen Seto the executive director of AMPA. “If they don’t know there’s a regional option they’ll just pick up whatever’s there. But research has shown that if people are given a regional option they choose it.”

Read Alberta Magazines Month kicks off with a celebratory launch featuring poet Felicia Pacentrilli from Freefall potter Greg McRitchie from Airdrie Life The Lonely Hunters from filling Station hors d’oeuvres from Avenue live music by Scott Henderson and more. The event takes place at Art Central as part of First Thursday October 4 5 to 9 p.m.

Youth and wealth — wouldn’t that be keen? In Rich by Thirty: A Young Adult’s Guide to Financial Success Lesley Scorgie offers key strategies for twentysomethings with big ambitions for their bank accounts. Join her for a lecture sponsored by the Canadian Women’s Foundation at McNally Robinson on September 27 5:30 p.m.

If you’ve never met a seabird biologist/journalist/natural historian/poet your chance has finally arrived. Monica Kidd launches Actualities her first collection of poetry alongside local poet Nancy Jo Cullen at Pages Books on September 27 7:30 p.m.

The Calgary Slam Team is heading to Halifax in October to represent our city in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word but it needs your help to get there! Shone Abet Möe Clark Kirk Ramdath and Sabo will unveil fresh poetic performances in an evening that includes a live DJ visual art door prizes a live auction and a limited edition chapbook. The fundraiser takes place at the Auburn Saloon on September 27 8 p.m.

Word on the Street returns for its 10th year. The annual outdoor literary festival includes a whole host of exhibitors and booksellers not to mention a slew of authors. At the adult tent there’s Gordon Cope David Finch Nairne Holtz Margaret MacPherson Micheline Maylor Stuart Ian McKay Nancy Millar Alison Preston Gary Ryan and Meredith Stephure; for the kids there’s Lois Donovan Cheryl Foggo Joan Marie Galat Jacqueline Guest Frances Hern Val Lawton Clem Martini Ginger Mullen Ruth Myles Simon Rose Lorna Schultz Nicholson and Valerie Walker. The event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Visit www.thewordonthestreet.ca for more information.

After her diagnosis with breast cancer Annabelle Bondar embarked on a search through traditional and alternative medical treatments to find her personal path to wellness. As a survivor she shares her experiences in Messages from the Heart: Learning to Love Cancer . Bondar hits McNally Robinson twice this week first on September 28 at noon then on October 4 at 7 p.m.

Calgary is known as an oil town but how much do Calgarians know about the oilpatch? If you need to brush up on your booms and busts David Finch is your man. Pumped: Everyone’s Guide to the Oilpatch is a comprehensive reader-friendly guide to Canada’s oil industry from jargon to statistics to politics. Finch appears at McNally Robinson on October 1 noon.

As a former editor of Chatelaine Rona Maynard is no stranger to sharing her personal memories with mass audiences. Now those memories take centre stage in My Mother’s Daughter with recollections of her family life burgeoning career and the painful accusations of being a bad mother to her own son. Maynard reads from her memoir at McNally Robinson on October 2 6 p.m.

The flywheel series breaks from its usual schedule this month to celebrate Toronto’s Coach House Press. Local authors Jill Hartman and Julia Williams join Sarah Lang and Rachel Zolf for the launch of their new books The Work of Days and Human Resources . This heavy-hitting lineup shares sizzling wordplay at Pages Books on October 2 7:30 p.m.

Dave King coached Canada’s national hockey team through nine years and three Olympic games. He coached the Calgary Flames and the Columbus Blue Jackets. And in 2005 he became the first Canadian coach in the Russian Super League when he took the reins of the Metallurg Magnitogorsk. In King of Russia co-written by award-winning hockey writer Erick Duhatschek King recounts his fish-out-of-water months in Russian hockey. The pair reads from their book at McNally Robinson on October 3 6 p.m.

Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn’t Seem to Care) — it’s a provocative title to a politically charged book. Investigative journalist Bill Marsden doesn’t pull any punches in his critical study of the oil and gas industry’s trail of destruction across our province. He reads from his findings at Pages Books on October 4 7:30 p.m.

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