Forest fires and quantum physics

This week’s list of literary picks

As the weather heats up so does Calgary’s literary scene whose offerings this week range from forest fires to quantum physics trapeze artists to white guys.

Vivian Demuth winner of a Distinguished Service Award from Alberta Forestry spotlights fire lookouts tree planters and oil workers in her new ecological novel Eyes of the Forest set in Alberta’s boreal forest. Sponsored by the flywheel reading series and Pages Books Demuth reads at the Oolong Tea House (110 10 St. N.W.) on May 8 7 p.m.

When David Ostlere vanished off the coast of Ireland his sister Cathy Ostlere set out in search of her missing brother. From Madeira Spain to the Scottish island of Mull she followed David’s path and explored the depth of family bonds. Cathy reads from Lost: A Memoir at McNally Robinson (120 8 Ave. S.W.) on May 8 7 p.m.

Alexandra Wiwcharuk was a beauty queen studying to be a nurse. She was singled out by Johnny Cash in a crowd of fans where he sang “Girl in Saskatoon” directly to her. She was brutally murdered in 1961. In her new novel The Girl in Saskatoon Sharon Butala tells the tale of her friend Alex. Butala reads at Pages Books (1135 Kensington Rd. N.W.) on May 8 7:30 p.m.

If you want to improve your writing who better to turn to than the award-winning author of four books? Natalee Caple runs Linking Character to Action this week a workshop to help writers develop unique and realistic characters whose actions reveal their motivations. Presented by the Writers Guild of Alberta the two-day workshop takes place May 10 and 11. To register visit www.writersguild.ab.ca .

If your life’s at a crossroads Theresa Papp is here to help. She presents two new books: Single and Loving It a guide to finding yourself and your ultimate partner and Shifting Career Gears a workbook for job satisfaction. She reads at McNally Robinson on May 12 noon.

Jeane Watier’s new book Life’s Song follows Rachel Adams and her co-worker Jenna as they battle depression and discover a path to possibility. Watier signs her book at McNally Robinson on May 13 noon.

In the 1920s quantum physics was the new big thing and every scientist wanted a piece. One problem: nobody quite agreed on what quantum physics meant . In her new book The Quantum Ten Sheilla Jones offers a window into the lives of fallible men and the science they crafted. She reads at Pages Books on May 13 7:30 p.m.

Trapeze artists. An exploding shoulder-pad factory. Apocalyptic underwater sex. Claudia Dey’s new novel Stunt follows Eugenia Ledoux abandoned by her parents and searching for family in the wildest corners of Toronto. Check out this mischievous and magical new work at Pages Books on May 15 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Hunt launches his debut novel The White Guy: A Field Guide in a special interview with his African-American actress playwright and critic wife Melanee Murray-Hunt wherein she poses the question: “When did you first realize you were white?” The interview takes place at the W.R. Castell Central Library (616 Macleod Tr. S.E.) on May 15 7:30 p.m.