october, 2019

wed09oct7:00 pmCalgary Launchwith Jaclyn Dawn, Wendy McGrath, & Randy Nikkel Schroeder7:00 pm Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW

Event Details

Join Jaclyn Dawn, Wendy McGrath, and Randy Nikkel Schroeder at this very special NeWest Press Triple Header at Shelf Life Books on October 9th at 7:00pm. They will be celebrating the release of their books in the NeWest Press Fall 2019 season: The Inquirer, Broke City, and Arctic Smoke, respectively.

Order Fall 2019 releases now: https://newestpress.com/category/new-releases.

About The Inquirer:
When an accident jeopardizing the family farm draws Amiah Williams back to Kingsley, Alberta, population 1431, she doesn’t expect her homecoming to make front-page news. But there she is in The Inquirer, the mysterious tabloid that is airing her hometown’s dirty laundry. Alongside stories of high school rivalries and truck-bed love affairs, disturbing revelations about Amiah’s past and present are selling papers and fuelling small-town gossip. As the stakes get higher, Amiah must either expose the twisted truth behind The Inquirer or watch her life fall apart again.

Order The Inquirer now: https://newestpress.com/books/inquirer-the.

About Jaclyn Dawn:
Jaclyn Dawn grew up in a tabloid-free small town in Alberta. With a communications degree and creative writing Masters, she works as a freelance writer and instructor. She now lives somewhere between city and country outside St. Albert with her husband and son.

About Broke City:
Broke City, the final book in Wendy McGrath’s Santa Rosa trilogy, follows young Christine as she edges into self-awareness in the now-vanished Edmonton neighbourhood of Santa Rosa. Budding with creativity that her working-class parents do not understand, Christine questions her parents’ fraught relationship, with alcoholism and implicit violence bubbling just under the surface of their marriage. Her insight turns beyond her family to her neighbourhood, nicknamed Packingtown, a community built on meat-packing plants and abattoirs, on death. Written with tight lyricism, Broke City is a brimming working-class gothic novel that reveals Christine’s deepening knowledge of the adult world around her and of her own complicated place in that world.

Order Broke City now: https://newestpress.com/books/broke-city.

About Wendy McGrath:
Wendy McGrath’s most recent novel Broke City is the final book in her Santa Rosa Trilogy. Previous novels in the series are Santa Rosa and North East. Her most recent book of poetry, A Revision of Forward, was released in Fall 2015. BOX (CD) 2017 is an adaptation of her long poem into spoken word/experimental jazz/noise by QUATRO & SOUND. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction has been widely published. McGrath lives in Edmonton, Alberta on Treaty 6 territory.

About Arctic Smoke:
On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, ageing punk Lor Kowalski is unsure of his sanity. He is haunted by hallucinogens and harbingers, strung out on broken stories that he cannot piece together into a lucid whole. Forced to join his old band from a life he’d rather forget, he is dragged north under the spell of a mysterious ad for an Arctic festival tour. As the band members unspool across the surreal snowscapes and frozen wastelands, rogue CSIS agents are hot on their increasingly iced-over heels. But what are ageing punks to rogue agents? Subversive and irredeemable, spectres from a past that must be erased with extreme prejudice. Randy Nikkel Schroeder combines coked-up magic realism with wound-up cyberpunk style.

Order Arctic Smoke now: https://newestpress.com/books/arctic-smoke.

About Randy Nikkel Schroeder:
Randy Nikkel Schroeder grew up Mennonite in Alberta’s deep south. As a young man he fled for the High Arctic and, psychologically, never came back. He currently lives with his family in Calgary, where he snowshoes in the woods, watches birds, and plays guitar and mandolin for his band, Uncle Zugg. In his spare time, he is Professor of English, Cultures, and Languages at Mount Royal University. To learn more about his work, visit www.randynikkelschroeder.com.

About Shelf Life Books: A lovely bookstore in Calgary’s revitalized Beltline District. Shelf Life is devoted to good writing and literature of all kinds: fiction, genre fiction, history, science, biography, philosophy, psychology and more. They also carry art, photography, children’s books and graphic literature, and their poetry section is the largest in Western Canada.



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